Fantasy Football Starts and Sits for Week 12 in 2014
QB – Andy Dalton, CIN
It has definitely been an up-and-down season for Dalton, thus far. Two weeks ago, he completed only 10 passes for 86 yards and threw three interceptions in a loss against the Cleveland Browns. Last week, Dalton compiled 220 passing yards and threw for three TDs in a win against the Saints. Which one will we see in Week 12? Considering that Houston is 31st against the pass (278.1 passing yards allowed per game), I would go with the latter.
Other notables: Josh McCown (TB), Blake Bortles (JAC), and Matt Ryan (ATL)
RB – Cleveland’s starting running back (Isaiah Crowell or Terrance West)
With Ben Tate no longer on the roster, the big question in Cleveland is: Who will be the main running back? Last week, Crowell had the most carries (16) and yards (61) in a losing effort against the Texans. Two weeks ago, during the Thursday night game, West led the team with 26 rushing attempts for 94 yards, even though every RB scored. The week prior to that, Crowell didn’t play a down. No matter whom Mike Pettine and Kyle Shanahan choose, the player will have a great matchup. Atlanta has allowed the most rushing TDs to opposing running backs (12) this season.
Other notables: Denard Robinson (JAC), Tre Mason (STL), and Steven Jackson (ATL)
WR – Cecil Shorts III, JAC
Remember when I said I was done with Shorts? I lied. Now that Allen Robinson is out for the year with a foot injury, the door is open for Bortles next-favorite target. Before Week 12 begins, Shorts is now the most-targeted Jaguar with 61 passes sent his way. Allen Hurns trails by only five balls. Hurns also has 100 more receiving yards than Shorts, on three fewer receptions. Hurns leads the team with five TDs, too. Huh. Maybe you should start Hurns, too.
Other notables: Mohamed Sanu (CIN), Kendall Wright (TEN), and Keenan Allen (SD)
TE – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TB
There have been eight touchdowns in the last four games for tight ends facing the Bears. It’s as simple as that.
Other notables: Scott Chandler (BUF), Larry Donnell (NYG), and John Carlson (ARI)
QB – Russell Wilson, SEA
Other notables: Drew Stanton (ARI), Mike Vick (NYJ), and Ryan Mallett (HOU)
RB – Lamar Miller, MIA
In the past last five weeks, only Denver and Kansas City refused to allow a rushing TD to opposing running backs. Also, in those 94 total attempts, the Broncos defense has only surrendered 58.8 rushing yards per game to the opponents’ RBs.
Other notables: Mark Ingram (NO), Darren McFadden (OAK), and Jerick McKinnon (MIN)
WR – Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, ARI
Seattle’s secondary is ruthless. In 10 games, they have only allowed four receiving TDs to opposing WRs: Randall Cobb (Week 1), DeSean Jackson (Week 5), Andre Roberts (Week 5), and Preston Parker (Week 10). Only three receivers have tallied over 100 yards this season: Emmanuel Sanders (Week 3), DeSean Jackson, and Odell Beckham Jr. (Week 10). Don’t expect much from Arizona’s duo this week.
Other notables: Golden Tate (DET), DeAndre Hopkins (HOU), and Eric Decker (NYJ)
TE – Jared Cook, STL
The two teams that have been very successful when it comes to shutting down the opponent’s TE are New Orleans and San Diego. I image it has to do with the fact that both of those teams have elite tight ends and can use them in practice. The Chargers have only allowed two touchdowns to the opposing TE this season: Nic Jacobs (Week 4) and Charles Clay (Week 9). Also, in Shaun Hill’s return to the starting quarterback role in St. Louis, Cook only caught three passes for 19 yards (five targets).
Other notables: Jeff Cumberland (NYJ), Delanie Walker (TEN), and Zach Ertz (PHI)