Start or Sit Week 12

How good does it feel to be able to look at your full roster this week? No byes and only a handful of injuries expected to keep players out this Sunday.

As good as it feels to have our full roster at our disposal, this is where the decisions get difficult. When you didn’t have Julio Jones it was easy to just start Doug Baldwin. Now you could be looking at Julio Jones in a tough matchup or Baldwin in a good one. 

There will be tons of tough decisions this week, and a lot of them will be a big factor in determining who is in the playoffs and who is in the consolation bracket.

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Russell Wilson @ Buccaneers: Wilson is back. The Buccaneers haven’t been great this season. Three of the last four games against quarterbacks have been good, but those were against some pretty uninspiring signal callers. I expect Wilson to have a huge game.

What you can expect: 300 yards, two touchdowns, 25 yards rushing

Derek Carr vs. Panthers: The Panthers are beat up everywhere and the Raiders are at their best when they let Carr takeover. Good quarterbacks have taken great advantage of the Panthers this season.

What you can expect: 300 yards passing, three touchdowns

Marcus Mariota @ Bears: On a ridiculous roll right now, but this might be the last time you can start him until week 15. I am pretty confident in Mariota’s floor, but his ceiling is a little capped. Throwing for more than two touchdowns is more of an anomaly than a trend, although that anomaly has occurred four times in the past seven weeks.

What you can expect: 275 yards passing, two touchdowns, 20 yards rushing


Jameis Winston vs. Seahawks: He makes good decisions, but the accuracy isn’t there a lot. The matchup doesn’t help. Miss against Seattle and it turns into an interception instead of an incompletion.

What you can expect: 250 yards, one touchdown, one interception

Andy Dalton @ Ravens: No real weapons other than Tyler Eifert for him to use.

What you can expect: 250 yards, one interception

Running Back


Rashad Jennings @ Browns: Jennings isn’t going to give up the role to Perkins. He is too valuable in pass blocking and it keeps him on the field more often than not. It doesn’t hurt that he is in a fantastic matchup this week.

What you can expect: 80 yards rushing, one touchdown, two catches for 10 yards

Carlos Hyde @ Dolphins: When healthy, and it appears he is, Hyde is a borderline lock for 20 touches and some red zone work. He has a nice safe floor with a realistic chance to hit 20 if he converts in the red zone. The matchup doesn’t scare me.

What you can expect: 70 yards rushing, one touchdown, two catches for 15 yards

Jeremy Hill @ Ravens: No Bernard or Green. Hill is in line for a lot of work. He should take a lot of Bernard’s work, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Bengals go to the ground attack a little more now that their star receiver is on the sidelines.

What you can expect: 80 yards rushing, one touchdown, three catches for 20 yards


Isaiah Crowell vs. Giants: It is just about over for Crowell. He is fine to be dropped in most formats now that the byes are in the rear view.

What you can expect: 25 yards rushing, two catches for 20 yards

Matt Forte vs. Patriots: The Patriots are big favorites, and if the Jets previous games have told us anything, Forte won’t do much this week.

What you can expect: 40 yards rushing, two catches for 10 yards

Devontae Booker vs. Chiefs: A tough matchup, and Booker hasn’t done anything since being handed the reigns after Anderson’s injury.

What you can expect: 50 yards rushing, one catch for five yards

Digging deep

James Starks @ Eagles: He has taken over the backfield. A better runner than Montgomery and a more than capable receiver; this should be his backfield the rest of the way. He should be a good bet for 10-15 touches every week.

What you can expect: 35 yards rushing, four catches for 30 yards

Chris Ivory @ Bills: This is under the assumption Yeldon doesn’t play Sunday. Ivory isn’t a great player, but you don’t have to be great if you’re the only game in town and might get 20 touches.

What you can expect: 65 yards rushing, one touchdown, three catches for 20 yards

Bilal Powell vs. Patriots: As noted before, when the Jets lose, Forte doesn’t have good games and is typically outscored by Powell. Don’t love him in standard, but he should be a capable flex or second running back in PPR.

What you can expect: 25 yards rushing, four catches for 35 yards

Wendell Smallwood vs. Packers: Less excited than I was on Tuesday with it looking like Sproles is going to play. He should still dominate the early down work. and wouldn’t be surprised if they try to lighten Sproles workload because of the broken rib.

What you can expect: 50 yards rushing, one catch for five yards

Wide Receiver


Steve Smith vs. Bengals: When healthy he is the top option in the passing game, not Mike Wallace.

What you can expect: Six catches for 90 yards, one touchdown

Doug Baldwin @ Buccaneers: A great matchup, and Wilson appears to be in “second half of 2015” form again. Baldwin has also taken off recently. Maybe they are just second half players.

What you can expect: Six catches for 100 yards, one touchdown

Tyrell Williams @ Texans: The concern is he might see a lot of Bouye. I would assume he doesn’t get shadowed so he should still manage to have a good game.

What you can expect: Five catches for 75 yards, one touchdown


Allen Robinson @ Bills: Too garbage time dependent, and even then he isn’t a lock to do much in garbage time.

What you can expect: Three catches for 30 yards

Michael Crabtree vs. Panthers: Cooper gets the better matchup this week and Crabtree has expectedly struggled lately after a crazy amount of touchdowns early in the season.

What you can expect: Four catches for 40 yards

Sammy Watkins vs. Jaguars: If he plays I am not playing him. I want to see him go out there for a game or have a few full practices before I start him.

What you can expect: Two catches for 25 yards

Digging deep

Dontrell Inman @ Texans: Might be a safer play than Williams, but a much lower floor. He either avoids the shadowing of Bouye or he gets him half the time. Either way I like Inman as a deeper league play this week.

What you can expect: Four catches for 65 yards

Brandon LaFell @ Ravens: I have a weird feeling he scores this week but doesn’t do much else. Good enough if you are looking for something outside the top-40 this week.

What you can expect: Three catches for 40 yards, one touchdown

Tight End


C.J. Fiedorowicz vs. Chargers: Has scored six or more in five of his last seven. Doesn’t sound like much, but when you realize that the number 10 tight end hasn’t scored 10 points per game this season it isn’t too bad. If you want to make it a little better, he has at least eight points in four of the past seven.

What you can expect: Six catches for 70 yards

Zach Ertz vs. Packers: The Packers are going to be really depleted on defense, and Ertz should benefit as one of the top passing options in the offense.

What you can expect: Six catches for 80 yards


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I am a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan and a graduate from Penn State. Baseball was my first love and I still play to this day in an adult baseball league. I always love helping people with their questions on Twitter so feel free to follow me and ask questions.