Fantasy Football Thanksgiving Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Decisions: Frank Gore & More

Eric StashinSenior Writer INovember 24, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 06:  Wide receiver Laurent Robinson #81 of the Dallas Cowboys lunges but can't make a catch while being pursued by Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks in the second half at Cowboys Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Seahawks 23-13.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Just hours before the start of Week 12 I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit? Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:

Laurent Robinson, Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver

The team’s official Twitter feed has reported that, “Official Game Status: Out – Austin, Fiammetta, Jenkins, Kitna. Questionable – Jones, Kosier, Sensabaugh." The big news is that Miles Austin will miss his third straight game, leaving Laurent Robinson to start against the Miami Dolphins.

Robinson has been a major cog in the Cowboys offense, with five touchdowns in his past four games. Granted, he has posted less than 40 yards in two of those games, but the touchdowns more than make up for it. Against a Dolphins’ team that is allowing the eighth most passing yards per game (251.1) and 14 TD on the year, he should be considered a solid WR2 in all formats and a good play today.

Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins Running Back

Wasn’t Daniel Thomas supposed to be the better back in Miami? At this point the carries are virtually even between Bush and Thomas (117 vs. 114), yet Bush has rushed for 100 more yards (506 vs. 406) and has 4 TD. Thomas, on the other hand, has yet to find the end zone on the ground (he does have one receiving touchdown).

Throw in Bush’s prowess in the passing game, with 32 receptions for 202 yards and 1 TD, and it’s obvious who the better play is at this point.

Thomas has been running the ball a little bit better of late (92 yards on 32 carries in his past two games) than Bush (79 yards on 29 carries), but that shouldn’t be enough to deter you. The touchdowns and receptions are too much to overcome. Bush should be considered a solid RB2 depending on your other options.

James Starks, Green Bay Packers Running Back

Playing in the first game on Thursday, the questionable tag is a major red flag for fantasy owners. It’s not that he’s a great option to begin with, as the Packers are a pass first team and should be in a shootout against the Lions, but the knee and ankle injuries will limit him even further.

He hasn’t scored since Week 1 and has not had more than 13 carries in a game this season. Look for another option.

Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers Running Back

Despite being limited in practice this week, there is no question that he is going to play. He came out of Week 11 unscathed, and considering he got 24 carries for 88 yards in that one there is little doubt that he will again operate as the lead back.

The Ravens do pose a tough test (fifth best in the league at 93.2 rushing yards per game), but look for him to continue to be a major part of the offense. All it will take is one touchdown for him to prove usable, so consider him a solid RB2 in all formats.

Dan Carpenter, Miami Dolphins Kicker

According to Benjamin Volin via Twitter, “Source confirms that #Dolphins K Dan Carpenter is not on the team flight toDallas. Shayne Graham will handle kicking duties again." If you were looking towards Carpenter for Week 12, you need to hit the waiver wire immediately and find yourself an alternative.


Make sure to check out all of our Week 12 articles: