Fantasy Football's Week 12 Starts and Sits

Football ManiaxsSenior Writer INovember 25, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 22:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 22, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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By Chad Samuels.

Start of the week:

The Cleveland Browns collapsed as a defense last week. With the NFLPA investigating Eric Mangini and his hard work practices the Browns are in total disarray. It showed really well when Cleveland gave up 422 passing yards and five passing touchdowns to Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford last week.

What little defensive gains (1.11 passing TD per game and just over 230 passing yards per game) Cleveland had been making over the last few weeks appears to be gone. This week Cleveland will face the Cincinnati Bengals. Carson Palmer is a good enough QB that he should be able to exploit the Browns defense. Start Palmer; he should not disappoint.


RBs to sit:

Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden owners have been disappointed this year with his performance as he has accumulated only 244 all-purpose yards through five games played. To compound things, the Oakland Raiders will play the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. Dallas is ranked 26th in most fantasy points allowed to running backs with 26.7 PPG. The Raiders offense will find it difficult to run the ball. Plus, the carries will likely be split between McFadden and Michael Bush. McFadden should sit this week. Bush should be slightly more productive but still is a poor play. I would bench him too in Week 12...

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