With the fantasy playoffs just around the corner, Week 12 could be a make-or-break week for some fantasy teams. Most teams need to stream for at least one or more positions during any given week. So who should you be starting and sitting this week? Here are the starts and sits for NFL Week 12 for fantasy football.
Starts and Sits for NFL Fantasy Week 12
Quarterback: Cam Newton (Start), Taylor Heinicke (Sit)
After throwing for two scores and rushing for another last week, Cam Newton is a must-start in Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have been one of the best matchups for quarterbacks all season. If Newton goes off against the Dolphins, he could be a league-winning player down the stretch of the season. After throwing for three touchdowns against the Carolina Panthers in Week 11, some may want to stream Taylor Heinicke this week. That would not be wise, as Heinicke has not scored more than one touchdown in a game since Week 4 prior to last week’s eruption. Unless you are really in a pinch, Heinicke should not be started.
Running Back: Elijah Mitchell/Jeff Wilson Jr. (Start), Tevin Coleman (Sit)
With Elijah Mitchell still dealing with a broken finger, his status for Sunday is still up in the air. If he plays, he is an obvious start given how run-oriented the San Francisco 49ers offense is. If he sits for one more week, Jeff Wilson Jr. should be started in all leagues. Expect a big day for whoever gets the nod at running back on Sunday. Despite some analysts thinking Tevin Coleman could be the lead back this week for the Jets, that may not be the case. Ty Johnson has played well this season for the Jets while Coleman has not. Add in how bad the Jets offense is and Coleman should be avoided if possible.
Honorable Mention Sits: Rex Burkhead (vs. Jets), David Johnson (vs. Jets)
Wide Receiver: Elijah Moore (Start), Jarvis Landry (Sit)
Since Week 7, Elijah Moore has quietly become one of the most consistent receivers in fantasy. He has at least six targets in his last five games and at least one touchdown in four of his last five. Operating as the clear-cut first option on the Jets, Moore should be rostered and started in all leagues from this point forward. With Baker Mayfield playing injured, Jarvis Landry should not be started this week. Landry does not have a receiving touchdown this season but he does have two rushing touchdowns). The Browns formula for winning games has been running the football and that should only be amplified with Baker Mayfield’s struggles. There are receivers on the waiver wire with much higher upside than Landry.
Honorable Mention Starts: Michael Pittman Jr. (vs. Buccaneers), Brandon Aiyuk (vs. Minnesota Vikings)
Honorable Mention Sits: Tyler Boyd (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers), Courtland Sutton (vs. Chargers)
Tight End: Logan Thomas (Start), Kyle Pitts (Sit)
After missing the last six games, Logan Thomas is back and should be started. The Washington Football Team does not have another dependable receiver besides Terry McLaurin, so Thomas should get a lot of targets right away. Thomas was drafted as a top seven tight end in fantasy drafts this summer, so he should be picked up where available. Despite all of the hype, Kyle Pitts is a sit this week if you have another tight end on your roster that can be used. Pitts has one touchdown on the season and his last impressive showing was in Week 7 where he had 163 receiving yards. While the opportunity is there, the Atlanta Falcons offense is a mess right now and Pitts cannot be trusted.
Honorable Mention Starts: Mike Gesicki (vs. Panthers), Dan Arnold (vs. Falcons)
Honorable Mention Sits: Noah Fant (vs. Chargers), Jared Cook (vs. Denver Broncos)
Defense: Houston Texans (Start), Jacksonville Jaguars (Sit)
The Houston Texans have not had a great defense for most of the season but the past two weeks have been a different story. They have held their last two opponents to under 20 points while racking up six sacks, six interceptions, and four fumble recoveries over that same span. Facing a Jets offense this week that ranks near the bottom in every category could keep their hot streak going. Despite the great matchup against the Falcons, the Jacksonville Jaguars are a sit this weekend. Their defense has given up over 20 points in every game this season besides one and any game they play in has the potential to turn into a disaster.
Honorable Mention Sits: Miami Dolphins (vs. Panthers), Titans (vs. Patriots)