*Editors Note: Before the start of each week, we’ll go over how the previous week’s selections fared.
Top QB: Ben Roethlisberger – finished 24th
QB Sit: Carson Palmer– finished 19th
QB Sleeper: Tyrod Taylor – finished outside top 25
Top RB: LeGarrette Blount – finished 13th
RB Sit: Todd Gurley – finished 9th
RB Sleeper: Latavius Murray – finished outside top 25
Top WR: Antonio Brown – finished outside top 25
WR Sit: DeAndre Hopkins – finished outside top 25
WR Sleeper: Jamison Crowder – finished 3rd
Top TE: Zach Miller – finished 3rd
TE Sit: Kyle Rudolph – finished outside top 25
TE Sleeper: Martellus Bennett – finished outside top 25
Top D/ST: Miami – finished 7th
D/ST Sit: Baltimore – finished 25th
D/ST Sleeper: KC – finished 18th
Week 12 Predictions
Top QB: Ben Roethlisberger – I am once again going back to Big Ben this week versus Indianapolis. Roethlisberger might have been fantasy’s biggest disappointment in Week 11, scoring only eight points against the Browns in what was supposed to be the QB matchup of the week, however Ben gets a shot at the Colts on TNF who have given up the second most points to the position at 20.7 per game.
QB Sit: Blake Bortles – This choice may not be bold at all and is probably a given, but it is the safer route as a lot of good QB’s are playing great QB fantasy defenses this week, (Ryan vs. ARI, Stafford vs. MIN, Rivers vs. HOU, Brees vs. LA, Luck vs. PIT, Rodgers vs. PHI, Winston vs SEA). So yes, I could have gone with Tyrod Taylor here, but Bortles clearly is experiencing some more issues and I’ll take Taylor to have a better game at home in a matchup that obviously doesn’t breathe ‘shootout’. The Bills give up the 11th least points to QB’s at 15.8 per game and although it may not look deadly, Bortles is worthy to sit on any bench this week.
QB Sleeper: Joe Flacco – It’s nice to put ‘matchup-based plays’ in this sleeper section and maybe Flacco isn’t ‘elite’, but he should be owned in more than just 29 percent of leagues. Coming into a matchup against the Bengals who give up the seventh most points to quarterbacks at 18.6 per game doesn’t look amazing. But when you realize Cincinnati has given up 2+ TDs in six games this year you may want to give Flacco a second look. Flacco has only produced for more than 20 points twice this season, but he showed in Week 10 what a plus matchup can do, jumping all over Cleveland for three TDs and 21 points.
Top RB: Jay Ajayi – Ajayi has come back down to earth recently after tearing up the league for a few weeks, but he’s still an obvious “must start” because of his glorifying Week 12 matchup vs. San Francisco. The 49ers’ fantasy run defense has allowed the most fantasy points in the league at 28.6 per game and are tied for the most rushing touchdowns given up this season at 13.
RB Sit: Isaiah Crowell – Crowell’s stretch of nice performances was definitely great while it lasted, but now he is near impossible to trust. He’s crept back into a hole in the fantasy football world by scoring just a combined 12.3 points with zero TDs in his last three games. He may not be a horrible play in PPR leagues as his pass catching abilities have closed the gap in recent weeks between standard and PPR scoring, but he should be left on benches this week.
RB Sleeper: Thomas Rawls – Well, everything has fallen in place for Rawls to get a legit starting gig in Seattle with CJ Prosise going down to injury, and Christine Michael being placed on waivers. That leaves Rawls with all the carries in the world this week against a Tampa Bay defense that’s allowed an average of 20 PPG to RB’s, ninth worst in the league.
Top WR: Doug Baldwin – Is he REALLY back? He just may be! If you’ve stuck with Baldwin this long, I applaud you. With 23 points in Week 10, backed up by 14 last week, Baldwin could be fantasy’s biggest boom or bust piece, but you have to ride out the hot hand until it fades out. Given Baldwin’s hot stretch and a game that could maybe get out of hand, look for him to top the charts this week as the Bucs give up the fourth most PPG to WR’s at 26.
WR Sit: Terrelle Pryor – Pryor is a definitely a tough player to keep on the bench with the season he is having, but this week’s matchup against the Giants isn’t exactly favorable. NYG has allowed just two No.1 wide receivers to score double-digit fantasy points, (DeSean Jackson and AJ Green). Pryor may not post great numbers this week, especially since Corey Coleman is back in the mix.
WR Sleeper: Jordan Matthews – Matthews hasn’t been very reliable this season, but it’s definitely hard to ignore his Week 12 matchup against the Packers. Green Bay’s defense has been awful in recent weeks and have allowed more than 31 fantasy points per game in three f their last four games. In addition, the Packers are the league’s worst against WR’s surrendering 28.43 PPG to the position.
Top TE: Kyle Rudolph – As expected, Rudolph put up a horrible line in Week 11 against an Arizona fantasy defense who is incredible against tight ends. This week however, Rudolph gets the Lions again just like he did in Week 9 when he scored a touchdown on his way to six points. The Lions give up the second most points to TE’s at 11.7 per game, (first is Cleveland, but who knows what the Giants do at tight end). With that said, Rudolph is an extremely safe pick for this week.
TE Sit: Austin Hooper – It’s tough to bench anyone at a thin position like TE, but Austin Hooper’s value doesn’t exactly boom in Week 12 even with Jacob Tamme out for the season. Squaring off against the Cardinals this week, their TE defense has allowed no touchdowns this season and an average of just 2.6 fantasy PPG to tight ends.
TE Sleeper: Eric Ebron – Ebron’s value is increasing every week, especially with Zach Miller being lost for the year, and no Rob Gronkowski. The Vikings don’t exactly give up a ton of points to TE’s at 7.93 PPG (11th in league), but Ebron does have 85+ yards in his last two games against Minnesota, with two TD’s in his last three games against them also.
Top D/ST: Buffalo – The Bills unit has looked great lately and now they get a matchup against Blake Bortles. Opposing defenses have averaged 11.5 fantasy PPG against Jacksonville over the last month. Look for Buffalo to have a big day, too.
D/ST Sit: New York Jets – It seems like just yesterday that this D/ST unit could be trusted against anyone, but those days are long gone. A Week 12 matchup against Tom Brady breathes must-sit, even without Gronk on the sidelines.
D/ST Sleeper: Tennessee – By now, streaming any team (Giants this week) against the Browns is a given, so I’ll go with the Titans versus the Bears. The Titans are available as free agents in the majority of leagues out there, and have an increased value against the Bears for Week 12. Chicago is going to be starting third string QB Matt Barkley in an offense without Zach Miller and Alshon Jeffery. Ouch.