Fantasy Football Week 12: Start 'em and Sit 'em on Thanksgiving Week

Chris Eggemeyer@@chriseggemeyerCorrespondent INovember 24, 2010

Fantasy Football Week 12: Start 'em and Sit 'em on Thanksgiving Week

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31:  Brandon Marshall #15 and Vincent Jackson #83 of the AFC's Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers jog on the field during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl game at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The
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    Tomorrow is Turkey Day, and you all know what that means, right?

    Good old fashioned Thanksgiving Day football action.

    While you're chowing down on some mashed potatoes, turkey and stuffing, you're probably also wondering about your fantasy team: Who should I start? Who should I sit? How can I organize my team so I can eat more and think less?

    Fear not people. I have the advice that you all are looking for.

    Here are some must starts and must sits for Week 12.

Start 'em: Vincent Jackson

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31:  Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Deigo Chargers carries the ball during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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    After holding out through most of the season (as well as spending three games on the roster exempt list), Vincent Jackson finally returns to the lineup for the San Diego Chargers.

    While he is facing a decent passing defense in Indianapolis, it isn't too difficult to imagine him having a great game.

    Philip Rivers likes to spread the ball around, but the Colts will likely be keying in on Antonio Gates and Malcom Floyd (should he be healthy enough to play), which should open up the outside for Vincent Jackson. 

Sit 'em: Shaun Hill

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 21: Shaun Hill #14 of the Detroit Lions throws the ball as DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys makes the sack during the game at Dallas Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Lions 35-19.  (
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    I know what you all are thinking: Why am I bringing up Shaun Hill?

    Most of you probably don't have him on your roster, and that's fair (although you may want to look into him as a sleeper in the coming weeks).

    This week is not one of those weeks to take a chance.

    A lot of people will be enticed by the fact that the Lions have been able to put up big passing yards against weak defenses, and they are facing a really weak one this week.

    Don't oversell yourself on this, though. The Lions have been struggling as of late, and the Patriots are very capable of ramping up their game when it becomes necessary, and they have been able to force turnovers every game, including three interceptions last week against Indianapolis.

Start 'em: Pittsburgh Defense

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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 21:  Ryan Clark #25 and James Farrior #51 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders during the game on November 21, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Imag
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    The Steelers completely dominated the Oakland Raiders last week, holding them to only three points.

    This week, they face the Buffalo Bills, who are poised to threaten the Steelers with another amazing upset.

    Again, though, don't be oversold on this mentality.

    The Bills overcame a huge deficit last week against the Bengals, but the Bengals are notorious for falling apart and giving away games.

    The Steelers defense is way too physical to allow the Bills any leeway, so, as they are most weeks, the Steelers are a good start on defense.

Sit 'em: Brett Favre

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    MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 21:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings looks for an open receiver while playing the Green Bay Packers at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 21, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/
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    Every week things just seem to get worse and worse for Brett Favre.

    This week is not the week for upturns.

    Sure, the Vikings will be playing the Washington Redskins, who are really struggling on defense this year, but all of the insanity surrounding the Vikings team and organization over the past week does not bode well for their performance.

    All that aside, even if Favre starts to put up large numbers during the game, he is also extremely prone to mistakes, and those interceptions could kill his point total.

Start 'em: LaDainian Tomlinson

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 21:  LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets runs against the Houston Texans on November 21, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    LT had a pretty good game last week against the Houston Texans, playing an integral role in securing the win in the dwindling minutes of the game.

    This week should be something similar.

    The Jets will lean on their running game against the Cincinnati Bengals, and, while it may not work right away, LT will assert his dominance in the second half.

    Considering the kind of numbers he has been putting up recently, LT will be a safe bet.

Sit 'em: LeGarrette Blount

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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 21:  LeGarrette Blount #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is tackled by the Ray McDonald #91 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 21, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    LeGarrette Blount has exploded onto the scene as one of the best weapons on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which is saying a lot for a team that has been posting decent numbers every game.

    The Bucs may be the sweetheart of the NFC, the team that everyone wants to succeed, but it can't happen every week, and this is one of those weeks.

    The Baltimore Ravens are stingy on defense. Very stingy.

    They simply seem too physical to allow Blount to put up the kind of numbers that he's been putting up over the last few weeks.

Start 'em: Brandon Lloyd

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    SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 22:  Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to the start of the football game against San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Get
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    Playing away from St. Louis usually spells death for the St. Louis Rams.

    On the flip side of things, playing in the Mile High City usually means good things for the Denver Broncos.

    The Broncos have one of the most prolific passing offenses in the league, and they will be in good position to completely dominate the St. Louis Rams.

    Lloyd, as usual, will see most of the passes thrown his way, and his deep-threat ability will likely place him in the end zone with the ball on more than one occasion.

    This one is a sure bet.

Sit 'em: Chicago Bears Defense

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    MIAMI - NOVEMBER 18:  Receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins runs as safety Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears defends at Sun Life Stadium on November 18, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    The Bears did a fantastic job corralling the Miami Dolphins last week, shutting them out 16-0.

    Don't expect that to continue.

    The Bears are playing great defense don't get me wrong. The problem is, though, that they haven't quite faced anything like this Philadelphia Eagles offense so far this season.

    With a quarterback as explosive as Michael Vick, coupled with a defense that seems to be performing quite well as of late, the Bears probably don't have much of a chance in the way of repeating their performance from last week.

Start 'em: Roddy White

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    ST. LOUIS - NOVEMBER 21: Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons stiff arms Jerome Murphy #23 of the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 21, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Falcons beat the Rams 34-17.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Ima
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    The Green Bay Packers may be good on defense, but the combination of Matt Ryan and Roddy White is better.

    The two have connected often enough to put Roddy White over 1,000 yards on the season already, and he is showing no signs of slowing down.

    It also helps that the game is being played in Atlanta. Home-field advantage is never something to be doubted.

Sit 'em: Darren McFadden

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs against the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 7, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Here is my two cents on the most talked about running back as of late: Darren McFadden must sit this weekend. He will only hold you back.

    The Dolphins have a half-decent rushing defense, and they have the potential to force the Oakland Raiders into a one-dimensional offensive game plan.

    Even if that doesn't happen, something tells me that the Oakland Raiders are about ready to come down from the cloud that they've been riding over the past few weeks.

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

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