Fantasy Football NFL Week 12: Start, Sit Decisions

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer INovember 21, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 18:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass against the New England Patriots during the game on November 18, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Here’s a look at LestersLegends sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the 12th week of the 2012 NFL season.



Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Luck is averaging 296.5 yards and 1.2 passing touchdowns per game. He has also thrown 12 interceptions, but has offset that with five rushing scores.

The Buffalo Bills rank 18th in passing defense with 234.1 yards allowed per game. They are, however, one of eight teams to have allowed 19 or more passing touchdowns.


Eli Manning, New York Giants

Yes, Eli is coming off of a bye. Yes, the Green Bay Packers have a mediocre pass defense. Eli is averaging 177.3 yards in his past three games.

During that stretch, he threw four interceptions while failing to throw a touchdown. In his past five games, he’s averaging 212.4 yard with two touchdowns and six picks.

Running Backs


BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

I used The Law Firm here last week and he delivered with 108 total yards and a touchdown. I’ll trot him out there again against the Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders have allowed 122.4 rushing yards per game, which ranks 23rd in the league. They are also one of three teams to have allowed 14 or more rushing touchdowns.


Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

Turner has been up and down this year. He has had less than 65 yards rushing in seven of ten games. He is facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Bucs have the best run defense in the league, yielding just 81.8 yards per game.

Wide Receivers


Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers

DX goes from sleeper to starter. He is averaging 97 yards and a touchdown in his last three games. He faces the Baltimore Ravens. They are allowing 250.1 passing yards per game.

Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars

Shorts is another one that has elevated his game. He is averaging 87.4 yards with three touchdowns in his last five games.

The Tennessee Titans have allowed 266.2 yards per game and 20 touchdowns passes on the season.


DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

This duo had a dream matchup against the Washington Redskins last week. They combined for two catches for five yards. No way you can trust them until further notice.

Tight Ends


Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots

Hernandez is returning just in time to replace Rob Gronkowski in the lineup. Even if he’s at 80 percent, Hernandez should be a top tight end option on Thanksgiving against the New York Jets.


Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

Miller did not fare as well without Ben Roethlisberger. He caught just two passes for 22 yards. It was the first time that he didn’t either score a touchdown or record 46-yards receiving.

The Browns have allowed just two tight end touchdowns this year and 35.3 yards a game to tight ends.



Denver Broncos

The Broncos have a great formula working. Peyton Manning and the offense get a lead and then they turn Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil loose on opposing quarterbacks.

Denver ranks sixth in total defense (312.8 yards per game allowed) and 11th in scoring defense (21.2 points per game allowed). The Kansas City Chiefs rank last in scoring offense (15.2 points per game).


San Francisco 49ers

As great as the Niners looked against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, they are a risky play this week against the New Orleans Saints.

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