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Fantasy Football Week #12

Week #11 is in the books and fantasy football teams are looking forward to week #12. There is a lot to discuss this week so let’s jump right in to the action.

Bye Week

No byes for the rest of the season. You are in the clear and can relax about starting a player on a bye week.

Mismatches

Panthers vs. Cowboys, and Packers vs. Bears, although the Packers are starting to cool down, Bengals vs. Rams, and Cardinals vs. 49ers.

The Patriots against the Broncos will be clash between a couple of heavyweights. The Bronco’s defense is the best in the league and will slow down the Patriots offensive machine.

There are a lot of even matches this week that could go either way. Make sure to look at individual players against the teams that they are facing. A team may have a strong defense, but have problems covering a TE. Your WR maybe going against the best corner in the league. Be sure to look at individual match ups.

Quarterbacks

Brady is ranked #6 this week. He is one of the best quarterbacks ever, however his fantasy production over the last few weeks has been mediocre at best. Against an excellent Bronco’s defense Brady will not score a lot of fantasy points. Look hard at your bench.

Romo is ranked 8th and is predicted by many as a starter. He is still fighting a shoulder injury, has a weak offense to work with and is facing one of the best defenses in the league. Only start Romo if you have to in an emergency.

Big Ben is ranked #20. The Seahawks have decent defense, but before going into their bye week, the Steelers offense stacked with weapons came out to play. Start Ben if you have him.

Running Backs

McFadden is ranked #2 against the staunch Panther’s defense. I don’t think so. He is still nursing a groin injury, has no passing help to take the focus off of his already large workload, and did I mention is facing a good defense. Take a hard look at starting McFadden this week.

Peterson struggled badly last week, but expect good things from him this week against a weak Falcon’s defense.

Murray has a good matchup against the Lions. The Lions defense is less than stellar. Murray is not a #1 ranked RB, but he should have a good points outing.

Tight Ends

Gronk is the best TE in the league. However, being ranked #1 is a stretch this week. The Patriots are weak at WR and the Broncos will easily be able to focus on shutting Gronk down. He is not sure start. Depending how deep your bench is, will determine whether you have to make the very difficult decision to sit him.

Witten ranked #4? Very generous due to the fact he is going against a stout Panther’s defense. He does better in a PPR league than a standard league, however his points production has been horrible this year. Don’t start him.

Eifert should have great points week against a Cardinals defense that has given up points to TEs this season. He has had three 20 + point weekends and this will be his fourth.

Wide Receivers

Going through the WR polls this week it seems every thing is in order. Having Hopkins, Jones, Beckham, Jr. and Brown as the top four makes a lot of sense. Whether to start a WR or not should be the least of your worries this week.

Defenses

Lots of room to scratch your head in the defense category this week. Broncos are ranked well down the list and they should be because their point’s production over the last few weeks is low. The Patriots are beat up, but can still move the ball.

The Steeler’s defense is ranked way down the list going against a dismal Seahawk’s offense. This is my sleeper pick of the week. The Seahawk’s offensive lines has given up the second most sacks this season at 35.

Conclusion

We are starting into week #12 games. The playoff picture is starting to get crystal clear. Start thinking trading and picking up players on the waiver wire that will be in the playoffs. At this point it is obvious the Bengals, Broncos, Packers, and Panthers are going to be in the playoffs. In fact in most divisions the playoff picture already complete. There is a good race going in the wild card positions. Start making some trades for players on these teams.

Good luck this week and kick some ass this week in your league!

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