Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 12: Forecasting Feast-or-Famine Stars for This Weekend

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Pierre Garcon #88 of the Washington Redskins slams the ball down after he caught a five yard touchdown pass during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on September 29, 2013 in Oakland, California. The Redskins won the game 24-14. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Another week, another spate of questions regarding some of the intriguing fantasy performers this season.

We're getting into the critical juncture of the fantasy football season. The playoffs aren't here yet, but you want to make sure you lock down that spot in the postseason before it's too late.

In order to do that, you'll have to make some difficult decisions with your final selections. You don't want to back the wrong horse and watch some guy have a huge day on the bench.

Go ahead and read on to find out the final verdict on four of fantasy football's tougher calls for Week 12.


Case Keenum, Houston Texans

Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) attempts a pass during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Reliant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Texans 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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In what was the least surprising news of the week, the Houston Texans confirmed that Case Keenum will be getting the start on Sunday.

As if things couldn't get better for Keenum, he's facing off against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Just as a suggestion, go ahead and start whoever is starting against the Jags each and every week.

It helps that Keenum has been very good since taking over for Matt Schaub. In just four games, he's nearly eclipsed 1,000 yards. That 8-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio isn't too bad, either.

Any way you look at it, Keenum should be a fantasy stud on Sunday.

If you happen to be in one of the leagues where he is still available on the waiver wire, snap him up as fast as you can.

Verdict: Start 'Em


Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts

Nov 10, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson (34) runs the ball during the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Rams won 38-8. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
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Remember when people were raking the Cleveland Browns over the coals for trading Trent Richardson? Who really got the better of that trade now?

Since moving to the Indianapolis Colts, Richardson has run for 272 yards and two touchdowns. Worse still is that his yards per carry are down to 2.8, 0.6 fewer than they were with the Browns before the trade.

People expected that once he learned the blocking schemes and had time with the offense, Richardson would take off. Only it hasn't happened. In the last three games combined, he's had just 21 carries for 44 yards.

He's been a major disappointment, and this is coming from a guy who drafted Lamar Miller as an RB2.

Against a stout Arizona Cardinals defense, Richardson is on pace to have another poor fantasy day.

Verdict: Sit 'Em


Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins

Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon (88) prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Francisco 49ers have had a good defense against the pass this season, ranking eighth on Football Outsiders. Against the New Orleans Saints, they did a great job of limiting Drew Brees' opportunities over the top. He had to settle for a lot of short passes and checkdowns to his other receivers.

If the 49ers do something similar on Monday night, Pierre Garcon could see his fantasy production take a big hit.

Although Robert Griffin III is likely to pass it 30-40 times, he's not the passer that Brees is. He could have a hard time moving the ball against San Francisco.

If you're in a PPR league, Garcon should get the start. He'll get enough targets to give you a solid point total.

However, if you're in a more basic fantasy league, Garcon isn't the automatic start some might think him to be. He may have to settle for shorter receptions, thus keeping his yardage total down.

Verdict: Sit 'Em


Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns

Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Vincent Rey (57) tackles Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (84) during the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 41-20.  Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Let's try this again.

I haven't had the best track record when it comes to sitting Jordan Cameron. In this case, though, I feel confident in my prediction.

Over his last six games, Cameron has averaged 4.3 receptions and 44.8 yards receiving per game. Those are hardly inspiring numbers, even for a tight end.

In three of Cameron's first four games, he received double digits in targets. However, since Week 4, the most targets he's had are nine, and that was against the lowly Green Bay Packers defense.

He's been hurt by a combination of teams game-planning for him, suspect quarterback play and the return/re-emergence of Josh Gordon.

A game with the Pittsburgh Steelers promises to be a physical affair. Cameron will have little chance to make an impact on the game.

Verdict: Sit 'Em