Fantasy Football: Week 12 NFL Player Breakdowns By Matchup

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Fantasy Football: Week 12 NFL Player Breakdowns By Matchup
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Week 12 is among us, and instead of just one Thursday game, we are thankful to have three. Why? Well, it’s Thanksgiving of course! Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays here at NFL Soup. We get to eat a lot of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, while enjoying quality NFL football and fantasy football action. All. Day. Long.

With all 16 matchups back in full force starting in Week 11, it’s become a bit harder to set your lineup. If you only have two RB spots, how do you determine between Peyton Hillis, Arian Foster, and Ahmad Bradshaw?

 

Well, let us help you. We present the Week 12 Fantasy Football Matchups for all 16 games:

New England Patriots @ Detroit Lions (Thursday, 12:30pm)

New England Patriots

QB Tom Brady- There’s no reason to shy away from Brady against this secondary. ****

RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis- Keep the Law Firm in as a Flex if you can. ***

RB/WR Danny Woodhead- Woodhead see’s a good amount of touches. Not a bad Flex option in deeper leagues. ***

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RB Fred Taylor- With the Law Firm and Danny Woodhead playing well, we’d be surprised if Taylor had any value. *

WR Deion Branch- Branch is a nice option as a Flex play this week. ***

WR Wes Welker- Wes Welker seems to be back. Get him in. ***

WR Brandon Tate- Tate failed to get targeted once in Week 11. He’s a borderline Flex option at best.  **

TE Rob Gronkowski- It’s hard to predict the NE tight end stats. Gronk is usually the red zone guy, but Hernandez got the TD in Week 11. **

TE Aaron Hernandez- Hernandez’s only catch was a touchdown, but he hasn’t seen many looks as of late.  ***

Patriots Defense- The Lions have established an offense. The Pats are a decent start this week, but there are better options. ***

Detroit Lions

QB Shaun Hill- Hill has value as a middle grade QB2 in Week 12. ***

RB Jahvid Best- I’m sitting Best until he’s 100% from his turf toe. He’s been disappointing since Week 2. **

RB Maurice Morris- Morris may see the bulk of the carries in Detroit with Kevin Smith on the IR. I’d stay away, for now. **

WR Calvin Johnson- Johnson continues to produce. Keep him in. ****

WR Nate Burleson- Burleson makes for a nice Flex play this week. He’s been very solid recently. ***

TE Brandon Pettigrew- Hill targets his tight ends heavily. Pettigrew is a solid option. ***

TE Tony Scheffler- Keep Scheff benched unless you need TE2 for some reason. **

Detroit Defense- The matchup is pretty bad for Detroit in Week 12. **

 

New Orleans @ Dallas Cowboys (Thursday, 4:15pm)

New Orleans Saints

QB Drew Brees- No reason to sit Brees here, against a struggling secondary. ****

RB Pierre Thomas- Thomas will most likely be out for one more week since this is a short week. *

RB Reggie Bush- Look’s like Bush will be back for Week 12, but we’ll let him get a few touches before investing one of our Flex spots on him. *

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Reggie Bush could be back after missing quite a bit of time.

RB Chris Ivory- Ivory should get majority of the carries, but his value is limited going forward. **

WR Marques Colston- Keep Colston in your WR2 spot at the least. ****

WR Lance Moore- Moore is a solid Flex play this week. He keeps seeing receptions in the red zone. ***

WR Devery Henderson- He only see’s two to three receptions a game. Pass. *

WR Robert Meachem- He had two touchdowns, but just three catches. He’s not worth gambling for touchdowns. **

TE Jeremy Shockey- Shockey could play less of a factor in New Orleans offense with a rib injury. **

TE Jimmy Graham- If Shockey sits, Graham is a nice sleeper TE. **

New Orleans- This defense is pretty tough, but Kitna and the Cowboys offense can score points. There are better matchups. ***

Dallas Cowboys

QB Jon Kitna- Even against this tough secondary, I like Kitna as a QB2 at the least. ****

RB Felix Jones- The inconsistency scares me away from him. Although he is running well in limited touches. **

RB Marion Barber- Barber still isn’t starter worthy. **

WR Miles Austin- Just two catches for seven yards in Week 11, but both for touchdowns. Keep him in. ****

WR Dez Bryant- Keep plugging the hot Bryant in weekly. ****

WR Roy E. Williams- Williams isn’t even worthy of being on this list now. *

TE Jason Witten- I still like Witten with Kitna as the QB. ***

Dallas Defense- They should take a seat against Drew Brees and company. ***

 

Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets (Thursday Night)

Cincinnati Bengals

QB Carson Palmer- Palmer is a middle grade QB2 this week. ***

RB Cedric Benson- Benson had a great Week 11. But I’d consider sitting, or moving to the Flex this week. ***

WR Chad Ochocinco- I’d consider benching Ochocinco for this matchup.  **

WR Terrell Owens- Owens continues to score. He has a tough matchup, but it’s hard to sit a hot receiver. ****

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Sanchez has been on a roll in November.

WR Jordan Shipley- Shipley’s value lies in PPR leagues. He’s not a red zone threat. **

TE Jermaine Gresham- Gresham is a bit inconsistent. There are better options. **

Cincinnati Defense- Just say no to this defense who surrendered 42 unanswered points to the Bills. **

New York Jets

QB Mark Sanchez- I’m starting Sanchez for a 3rd straight week as a low end QB1. ****

RB Shonn Greene- Greene is worth a Flex start in deeper leagues. ***

RB LaDainian Tomlinson- Tomlinson is a Flex play at the most. ***

Santonio Holmes- There’s no reason to steer away from Holmes here, who has developed a rhythm with Mark Sanchez. ****

WR Braylon Edwards- Edwards has good Flex value.  ***

WR Jerricho Cotchery- I’d bank on Cotchery sitting Week 12 with a groin tear. *

TE Dustin Keller- Time to jump off the Keller bandwagon. He’s been invisible with Holmes back. **

New York Defense- I like the defense this week, but they are slowly falling down on the list of top defenses in fantasy. ***

 

Minnesota Vikings @ Washington Redskins

Minnesota Vikings

QB Brett Favre- He gets a favorable matchup, but has failed to make any sort of fantasy impact. Good news is that he has Sidney Rice back. **

RB Adrian Peterson- No reason to sit AP despite his recent “struggles”. *****

WR Percy Harvin- Look for Harvin to rebound in Week 12. ****

WR Sidney Rice- Time to get Rice in your lineup. Most likely as a Flex. ***

WR Bernard Berrian- No thanks to Berrian, with Rice back. *

TE Visanthe Shiancoe- Shiancoe’s value drops with Rice back. **

Minnesota Defense- Not a bad matchup, but the Minnesota defense has been very disappointing. **

Washington Redskins

QB Donovan McNabb- McNabb didn’t like me talking bad about him. He still turns the ball over too much, but a decent QB2 in Week 12. ***

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RB Ryan Torain- Torain will most likely miss Week 12 as well. *

RB Keiland Williams- Time to keep plugging Keilan Williams in as he’ll get the carries with the other two RB’s out. ***

RB Clinton Portis- Portis will most likely sit in Week 12.

WR Santana Moss- I’d continue to plug Moss in. McNabb loves him. ****

WR Anthony Armstrong- Armstrong is making a few plays here and there. He may be worth a look in the Flex in very deep leagues. **

TE Chris Cooley- Cooley is a solid start for Week 12. ***

Washington Defense- No thanks to this struggling secondary. **

 

Carolina Panthers @ Cleveland Browns

Carolina Panthers

QB Jimmy Clausen- Regardless of who starts in Carolina, I’d sit them. Clausen could be back, however. *

QB Brian St. Pierre- He’ll sit if Clausen is cleared. His throwing shoulder is bothering him, so I wouldn’t touch him with a 20 foot pole. *

RB Jonathan Stewart- Even if Stewart is cleared to play, I’d sit him as the Panthers will give the majority of carries to Goodson who is playing well. *

RB Mike Goodson- Goodson looks like a solid Flex for Week 12. ***

WR Steve Smith- I’d consider benching Smith who hasn’t scored since Week 2. **

WR David Gettis- Despite one fluke 88 yard reception, I’m staying away from Carolina receivers. *

TE Jeff King- Jeff King has almost no fantasy value. *

Carolina Defense- There’s never a reason to start the Panthers defense. *

Key note: DeAngelo Williams went on the IR in Week 11.

Cleveland Browns

QB Jake Delhomme- There’s very limited value in Delhomme who’s still playing on a tender ankle. **

RB Peyton Hillis- Hillis just keeps getting into the end zone. No reason to bench him. ****

WR Mohamed Massaquoi- Mo Mass isn’t worth much, even in deeper leagues. *

WR Chansi Stuckey- Stuckey is the Browns most productive wide receiver. He’s a nice Flex play in deeper PPR leagues. ***

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Two words: Man Beast

WR Josh Cribbs- Cribbs suffered four dislocated toes in Week 10. He’ll probably sit out in Week 12 as well. *

TE Ben Watson- If Watson is healthy enough to play, he’s a nice option at TE. ***

TE Evan Moore- If Ben Watson sits, Evan Moore becomes a very deep sleeper. **

Cleveland Defense- I’m not trusting the Cleveland defense, but this matchup is as good as any. **

 

Miami Dolphins @ Oakland Raiders

Miami Dolphins

QB Tyler Thigpen- Thigpen is really worth very little, but the matchup isn’t terrible so long as Nnamdi Asomugha is still out. **

RB Ronnie Brown- It may be best to stay away from both of these RB’s if you can. **

RB Ricky Williams- Stay away if you can. There’s too much inconsistency. **

WR Brandon Marshall- Marshall’s stock takes a bit of a hit. He’s not producing in the last few weeks, and he’s down to his 3rd string quarterback, and now he has a hamstring injury. ***

WR Davone Bess- Bess is still a PPR demon. But his stock could take a small hit. ***

WR Brian Hartline- Hartline should keep seeing receptions. Like Bess, he’s a nice Flex in PPR leagues. ***

TE Anthony Fasano- I’d stay away from Fasano until Thigpen proves something. **

Miami Defense- Miami can force turnovers, but they are still a struggling defense overall. **

Oakland Raiders

QB Jason Campbell- Campbell remains the starter, and has a better matchup. But his fanatasy value is still limited. **

RB Darren McFadden- Time to get McFadden back in the lineup facing a much weaker defense. ****

RB Michael Bush- Bush see’s a few touches, and may be worth a Flex in VERY deep leagues at best. **

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey- DHB shouldn’t be on your roster in most leagues, especially now with a hamstring injury. *

WR Louis Murphy- Murphy will be the #1 if DHB sits again. He’s worth a Flex start in deeper leagues. ***

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Darren McFadden should get back to his ways in Week 12.

WR Jacoby Ford- The entire Oakland offense had a tough day. Ford could produce in Week 12. ***

TE Zach Miller- Miller was back from injury against a top defense. I’d get him back in the lineup this week. ****

Oakland Defense- This may not be a bad game to start Oakland’s defense, but inconsistency scares me away. ***

 

Jacksonville Jaguars @ New York Giants

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB David Garrard- Time to sit Garrard against a tough Giants defense. He threw three interceptions to the Browns in Week 11.**

RB Maurice Jones-Drew- Even against this defense, he should be able to make plays. ****

WR Mike Sims-Walker- He’s injured, and inconsistent. No thanks. **

WR Mike Thomas- Thomas has value as a Flex play. ***

TE Marcedes Lewis- Lewis is a solid start most weeks, this week could be a bit tougher. ***

Jacksonville Defense- Keep the Jags defense on the bench every week. *

New York Giants

QB Eli Manning- Eli will continue to produce as a QB1 this week. If you can deal with the interceptions, he’s worth it. ****

RB Ahmad Bradshaw- Bradshaw will continue to get touches and make plays. ****

RB Brandon Jacobs- I’d sit Jacobs this week, although he could find a goal line carry here and there. **

WR Steve Smith- Smith will be out for about three to five weeks. Get him on the bench. *

WR Hakeem Nicks- Prepare to sit Nicks for at least three to four weeks with a lower leg injury. *

WR Mario Manningham- Manningham becomes Manning’s number one target with Nicks, Smith, Barden, and Cruz out. ****

WR Derek Hagan- Hagan looks to replace Ramses Barden who went on the IR last week. Could be a solid play in future weeks, but let’s make sure he secures the 3rd WR spot. **

WR Duke Calhoun- Calhoun will be the #3 receiver most likely. He has very little value, but keep him in mind. **

TE Kevin Boss- Boss could have a bigger role with the injuries to the WR staff. **

New York Defense- Time to get the NYG defense back in your lineup. ****

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Beware RUSTY SMITH!

 

Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans

Tennessee Titans

QB Rusty Smith- The big, pocket passing quarterback looks to get the nod with Collins out for another week or two, and Vince Young on the IR. No value. *

QB Kerry Collins- Collins will most likely be out for a week or two (calf). *

RB Chris Johnson- It’s never smart to keep your No.1 overall pick on the bench. *****

WR Randy Moss- Another great matchup, but with Rusty Smith at QB, and Moss not seeing one catch in Week 11 makes me want to sit him. **

WR Kenny Britt- Britt will most likely sit for another week or two with a hamstring injury. *

WR Nate Washington- Washington is a nice sleeper going forward, but it depends on whether or not Rusty Smith can play well enough to get him the football. **

TE Bo Scaife- There are a lot of better options out there. *

Tennessee Defense- Houston can score points, and I think they will surprise the Titans defense. **

Houston Texans

QB Matt Schaub- Schaub is a top notch QB2 this week. ***

RB Arian Foster- No reason to sit Foster as he continues to produce. ****

WR Andre Johnson- Schaub and AJ seems to hook up weekly. ****

WR Kevin Walter- Walter can’t put it together for consecutive weeks. Stay away. **

WR Jacoby Jones- Jones isn’t worth a start unless a receiver goes down. *

TE Owen Daniels- Daniels wasn’t active on Sunday’s game, and is looking more like a Fantasy Dud for 2010. Stay away from him. **

TE Joel Dreessen- If Daniels doesn’t play again, Dreessen is a sleeper tight end. ***

Texans Defense- I can’t start this defense so long as they continue to give up touchdown after touchdown. *

 

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Buffalo Bills

Pittsburgh Steelers

QB Ben Roethlisberger- Ben should be started most weeks. The matchup is favorable in Week 12. ****

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Mike Wallace has been great this season.

RB Rashard Mendenhall- Keep Mendenhall in, he continues to see the end zone. ****

RB Mewelde Moore- Moore only really has value in very deep PPR leagues as a Flex. **

WR Hines Ward- Look for Ward to rebound in Week 12. ***

WR Mike Wallace- There’s no reason to sit a receiver who just keeps producing. ****

WR Emmanuel Sanders- Sanders is worth a look in deep Flex leagues. **

TE Heath Miller- Miller’s value is still limited as he’s not being found in the end zone. **

Pittsburgh Defense- Keep the Pittsburgh defense in. They’ll continue to produce good defensive points. *****

Buffalo Bills

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick- The Steelers give up yardage in the air, but are stingy when it comes to points. Tough matchup here. ***

RB C.J. Spiller- With Fred Jackson playing well, Spiller won’t see many touches even if he does play. *

RB Fred Jackson- No thanks to Jackson this week against the top rush defense in the league. **

WR Lee Evans- Evans struggles to get in the end zone, but he’s not a bad Flex play. ***

WR Steve Johnson- He’s emerged as Fitzpatrick’s favorite target. I’d keep him in despite the matchup. ****

TE Shawn Nelson- Buffalo rarely targets tight ends. *

Buffalo Defense- No thanks to the Buffalo defense in any week. *

 

Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons

Green Bay Packers

QB Aaron Rodgers- Rodgers gets a favorable matchup here.  *****

RB Brandon Jackson- This is a good week to sit Jackson, but he does have Flex value in PPR leagues. ***

RB John Kuhn- Kuhn is seeing close to 10 touches a game. I’d be hesitant to start him, however, as he’s purely a short yardage runner. *

WR Greg Jennings- Jennings has continued to produce with Jermichael Finley out. No reason to sit here. ****

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Jennings dominated in Week 11.

WR Donald Driver- Driver is back, and is a decent Flex option in deeper leagues. ***

WR James Jones- Jones may lose targets to Driver, but he’s a decent Flex. ***

TE Andrew Quarless- No reason to start Quarless in any week. He’s no Jermichael Finley. *

Green Bay Defense- The matchup against a tough Falcons offense isn’t favorable, but they are a top notch defense. ***

Key Note- Jermichael Finley is out for the season with a torn meniscus. Ryan Grant is done for the season, as is Justin Harrell.

Atlanta Falcons

QB Matt Ryan- Ryan continues to put up points. He’s a low grade QB1 this week. ****

RB Michael Turner- Turner should be a decent RB2 this week. But he won’t put up over 100 yards. ***

RB Jason Snelling- It’s hard to start a guy who’s lucky to see 10 touches a game. **

WR Roddy White- White is the No.1 fantasy wideout. Keep him in every week. *****

WR Michael Jenkins- Ryan targets Jenkins quite a bit. I like him as a Flex play.  ***

TE Tony Gonzalez- It’d be a good time to sit Gonzalez, unless you’re desperate for a TE. **

Atlanta Defense- I’ll pass against Aaron Rodgers. No pun intended. **

 

St. Louis Rams @ Denver Broncos

St. Louis Rams

QB Sam Bradford- Bradford moves in a QB1 this week. Denver can’t stop anybody. ****

RB Steven Jackson- No reason to sit Jackson here against Denver. ****

RB Kenneth Darby- Darby is a handcuff at best. We won’t talk much about him unless Jackson goes down.*

WR Danny Amendola- Amendola remains a nice option in PPR leagues, although he won’t get a ton of yardage. He is among the league leaders in red zone targets, however. ***

WR Brandon Gibson- Gibson is showing nice Flex value in deeper leagues over the last three matches. ***

WR Laurent Robinson- Robinson is starting to see more consistent targets. Deep Flex player at the very most. **

TE Michael Hoomanawanui- The Hoo is a red zone target at most, but has limited fantasy value.**

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Orton should get back on track this week.

St. Louis Defense- I don’t like this defense in Week 11 against a high powered Bronco offense. **

Denver Broncos

QB Kyle Orton- Orton should recover after a bad Week 11 game.  ***

RB Knowshon Moreno- I’d keep Moreno in the RB2/Flex as he is a threat in the passing game as well. ****

WR Brandon Lloyd- Lloyd is the most consistent Bronco receiver. Keep him started. ****

WR Jabar Gaffney- Gaffney is one of the top red zone targets in the league. Keep him in the Flex if you don’t have better options. ****

WR Eddie Royal- Royal hasn’t been very healthy, and has limited value in return yardage leagues. **

TE Daniel Graham- Graham still isn’t worth a look in any format. *

Broncos Defense- I’d bench the Denver defense every week. *

 

Kansas City Chiefs @ Seattle Seahawks

Kansas City Chiefs

QB Matt Cassel- Cassel gets another favorable matchup in Week 12. Not a bad QB2. ****

RB Jamaal Charles- Charles is making the most of the touches. Keep him in the Flex since he’s not a big touchdown scorer. ****

RB Thomas Jones- Jones proved me wrong in Week 11. He has a favorable matchup if he gets the touches. Risky play. ***

WR Dwayne Bowe- Bowe is producing like a WR1, so he’s worth no less than a WR2 start. ****

WR Chris Chambers- I’d pass on the inconsistent Chambers. *

TE Tony Moeaki- Moeaki is a good start if healthy, although he sat out Week 11. ***

Kansas City Defense- I like the KC defense for a second straight week. ***

Seattle Seahawks

QB Matt Hasselbeck- I’d bench Hasselbeck against a improving secondary. **

RB Marshawn Lynch- Lynch isn’t consistent enough to warrant a fantasy start. **

RB Justin Forsett- Forsett isn’t a bad Flex play most weeks because of his break away ability and receptions out of the backfield. ***

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Blount is getting a lot of touches.

WR Mike Williams- Keep an eye on his foot injury. If he starts, he’s great for yardage and targets. Nice Flex play. But he could miss a few weeks. ***

WR Deon Butler- Butler could see more catches if Williams sits. Keep an eye on the situation. **

TE Jon Carlson- Carlson is just not a reliable fantasy option. **

Seattle Defense- No thanks to Seattle’s defense going forward. *

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Baltimore Ravens

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB Josh Freeman- Freeman is a QB2 in most leagues, but this matchup isn’t favorable. ***

RB Carnell Williams- Williams is only valuable in PPR leagues as a Flex, being the 3rd down back. **

RB LeGarette Blount- I’d sit Blount this week, but he’ll see his fair share of carries. **

WR Mike Williams- Williams is a WR2 at the most, but could have a rough week.. ***

WR Michael Spurlock- Inconsistent amount of catches makes me not want to roster him. *

WR Arrelious Benn- He’s seeing more targets, but temper your expectations. **

TE Kellen Winslow- Winslow isn’t seeing enough receptions to warrant a start, you could find an option like Brandon Pettigrew. **

Tampa Bay Defense- I’ll pass on Tampa Bay’s defense against the weapons in Baltimore. * 

Baltimore Ravens

QB Joe Flacco- He’s not throwing a ton of touchdowns, but he’s producing like a low grade QB1. Good matchup here. ****

RB Ray Rice- Keep Rice plugged in this week, as he makes plays in the passing game and on the ground. ****

RB Willis McGahee- He’s terribly inconsistent, and worth a Flex spot if you’re very desperate. **

WR Anquan Boldin- I like Boldin to recover from a bad Week 11 against Tampa Bay. ****

WR Derrick Mason- Mason makes for a decent Flex play in Week 12.***

WR TJ Houshmandzadeh- Housh is on the board, and becoming fantasy relevant. But temper your expectations. **

TE Todd Heap- Heap is a decent play this week against a defense week against tight ends. But don’t expect big numbers. ***

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Theres no reason to bench Vick here.

Baltimore Defense- I like the Baltimore defense against Tampa Bay. ****

 

Philadelphia Eagles @ Chicago Bears

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Michael Vick- Vick didn’t have a huge performance, but should still be plugged in weekly. *****

RB LeSean McCoy- There’s no reason to bench McCoy who makes play on the ground, and in the air. ****

WR DeSean Jackson- Keep Jackson in your lineup. He’ll get in the end zone this week. ****

WR Jeremy Maclin- Maclin should be started as a WR2 at most every week. ****

WR Jason Avant- Avant catches almost everything, but isn’t targeted heavily. ***

TE Brent Celek- I’d sit Celek as long as Vick is the starter. He wasn’t even targeted once in Week 11. *

Philadelphia Defense- This is a favorable matchup against a turnover prone quarterback in Jay Cutler. ****

Chicago Bears

QB Jay Cutler- Cutler is a QB2 at the most, but I’d sit him this week. **

RB Matt Forte- This is a good week to get Forte in the Flex at the most. ***

RB Chester Taylor- Taylor has seen 10 or more carries in his last two matches. He’s worth a Flex play in very deep leagues, otherwise, don’t bother. **

WR Devin Hester- Hester has scored in two straight games, but his value is still limited after he had just nine yards in Week 11. *

WR Johnny Knox- Knox is a great Flex play often making plays downfield. ***

WR Devin Aromashodu- Eight catches is what he has for the season. No thanks. *

TE Greg Olsen- Olsen hasn’t been bad in the last few weeks. The matchup is good for a tight end, but temper your expectations. ***

Chicago Defense- No thanks to this defense against Michael Vick and friends. **

 

San Diego Chargers @ Indianapolis Colts

San Diego Chargers

QB Philip Rivers- Rivers is a top notch QB1, and gets Vincent Jackson back. ***** 

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Hes back!

RB Ryan Mathews- Mathews could sit in Week 12 as well, and Mike Tolbert is playing well enough. **

RB Mike Tolbert- I like Tolbert this week assuming he gets the start. ***

WR Malcolm Floyd- Time to get Floyd back in your lineup. He’s a stud.  ****

WR Vincent Jackson- I’d give Jackson a week to get back in the habit, but he’s a great start going forward. ****

WR Legedu Naanee- He could return to the starting lineup, but he’ll be limited with Jackson and Floyd back. *

WR Patrick Crayton- Crayton has nice value, but with Jackson back, he may be best suited back on your bench. **

WR Seyi Ajirotutu- Tutu didn’t catch a pass in Monday’s win over the Broncos. Time to bench him. *

TE Antonio Gates- Keep an eye on Gates as he’s missed two straight games now. When healthy, he’s the best TE in the game. *****

San Diego Defense- They played very well against the Broncos, but it’s tough to start a defense against Peyton Manning. ***

Indianapolis Colts

QB Peyton Manning- Manning continues to produce, but he struggles against 3-4 defenses. He could have a mediocre game. But you can’t not start him. *****

RB Joseph Addai- I’d sit Addai until he’s 100%. He may be out in Week 12. *

RB Donald Brown- Donald Brown may be a decent Flex option, but that’s his max. ***

RB Mike Hart- Hart will most likely sit in Week 12. *

RB Javarris James- James is a red zone back, and a PPR Flex option in very deep leagues. Not much value overall. **

WR Reggie Wayne- Wayne bounced back from a disappointing few weeks. He could have a rough week, however. ***

WR Austin Collie- Collie may not play for another week or two as concussion symptoms are looming. **

WR Pierre Garcon- Garcon is a Flex option at most. ***

WR Blair White- If Collie sits out, Collie makes for a nice Flex option in Week 12. ***

TE Jacob Tamme- Time to get Tamme in weekly. Peyton loves him. ****

Indianapolis Defense- I’m not crazy about starting the Colts defense any week. *

Key Note- Dallas Clark is out for the season with a wrist injury. Austin Collie may be out with a concussion. Anthony Gonzalez was place on the IR.  

 

San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals

San Francisco 49ers

QB Troy Smith- I like Smith to rebound in Week 12 against a weak Cardinals defense. ***

RB Frank Gore- Gore will rebound nicely against the Cardinals. Don’t worry about his poor Week 11. ****

WR Michael Crabtree- Crabtree makes for a decent Flex play with a downfield passer like Troy Smith. ***

WR Josh Morgan- Morgan isn’t getting enough receptions to warrant a fantasy start. **

WR Ted Ginn Jr- There’s no reason to start Ginn in any league. *

TE Vernon Davis- Davis should play despite aggravating his ankle. He’s a solid start assuming he plays. ***

San Francisco Defense- San Francisco’s defense can’t seem to start anybody. But they are a good sleeper for this week. *** 

Arizona Cardinals

QB Derek Anderson- Anderson is developing into a decent QB2 in very deep leagues. *** 

RB Beanie Wells- Wells isn’t worth a start until he can produce a bit. **

RB Tim Hightower- Hightower’s touches make him a Flex play at the most. ***

WR Larry Fitzgerald- Keep faith in Fitzgerald. He’ll find ways to produce.  ****

WR Steve Breaston- Breaston is making plays downfield and has a downfield passing QB to help with that. Solid Flex play. ***

TE Ben Patrick- I’m not sure why I even let Patrick in this article.

Arizona Defense- No reason to start Arizona’s defense in any week.  *

 

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