Start ‘Em, Sit’ Em is the latest look at the best and worst matchups based on a PPR scoring system in fantasy football. This column will not cover elite NFL players like Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Davante Adams, or Travis Kelce. Instead, I’ll look at the players you have the most questions about to help you establish the most effective starting lineup possible. For all of your Final Fantasy lineup decisions, be sure to see my weekly player ranking which will be updated daily during the 2021 NFL season.
Byes: Cardinals, Chiefs
Week 12 PPR Rankings: CUARTERBACKS | RUN BACK | WIDE RECEIVERS | TIGHT ENDS | FLEX | KICKERS | TEAM DEFENSES (DST)
Week 12 Start ‘Em: Running Backs
Beginning of the week
David Montgomery at Lions (Thursday 12:30 pm ET, Fox): Montgomery hasn’t been that good in his return to action, scoring a combined 17.7 fantasy points in the last two games. Fortunately, you will have the opportunity to feast with the Lions on Thanksgiving. Their defense has allowed running backs the third-most points per game this season, and 11 running backs have scored 15 or more fantasy points against them overall.
Week 12 Get Started, Sit Down: QUARTERBACKS | RUN BACK | WIDE RECEIVERS | TIGHT ENDS | KICKERS | DEFENSES
Start with them
Antonio Gibson vs. Seahawks (Monday at 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): Gibson has been tough to trust the past few weeks, but an upcoming showdown against the Seahawks makes him an attractive No. 2 fantasy running back. His defense has allowed running backs the second-most fantasy points per game, and seven have scored more than 17 fantasy points against them. Gibson has also seen close to 40 percent touch engagement in its last two games of 2021.
AJ Dillon vs. Rams (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox): Dillon ran just 53 yards in his first game as a starter for the Packers, but he also caught six passes and saw a 40.5 percent touch share. This week’s game against the Rams might not look very good on the surface, but their defense has allowed great stat lines to players like D’Andre Swift, James Conner and David Montgomery. I would consider Dillon a number one fantasy racer at the edge.
Mark Ingram vs. Bills (Thursday 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC): Ingram has been tremendous in the absence of Alvin Kamara, scoring 36.1 fantasy points combined while playing more than 70 percent of the plays. It has also seen more than 40 percent touch engagement in that time. Assuming Kamara isn’t available in a short week, Ingram should be seen as a No. 2 fantasy running back against a Bills team that’s been hit by running backs lately.
Melvin Gordon vs. Chargers (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS): Revenge! Gordon should be highly motivated to produce against his old team, the Chargers, in an AFC West matchup. Their defense has allowed opposing running backs the ninth most fantasy points per game, including eight who have scored 14 or more points. Gordon and Javonte Williams, who will also benefit from the showdown, should be in the flexible starter conversation this week.
- Darrell Henderson at Packers (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox)
- Miles Sanders at Giants (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
- Jeff Wilson Jr. vs. Vikings (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox)
- Melvin Gordon vs. Chargers ($ 5,300)
- Miles Sanders at Giants ($ 5,100)
- Rex Burkhead vs. Jets ($ 4,200)
Week 12 Sit ‘Em: Running Backs
Sit of the week
Myles Gaskin vs. Panthers (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Gaskin has become one of the easier running backs to predict, having alternated good and bad stat lines for most of the season. In fact, he hasn’t managed to score more than 8.6 fantasy points in any even week. It would sit him in Week 12, as Gaskin also faces a showdown against a Panthers defense that has allowed running backs the second fewest fantasy points per game in 2021.
Zack Moss at Saints (Thursday 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC): Moss has seen his usage and totals plummet in recent weeks as the Bills have gone from a two-headed backfield monster to one that now includes Moss, Devin Singletary and Matt Breida. Also, Moss is third in terms of touch participation in the last two games, while Breida has become a bigger part of the offense. The Saints can be tough on their backs too, so I’d put Moss on the bench.
Alex Collins on the football team (Monday at 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): Collins has seen a bigger role in the Seahawks offense this season, as the team has been (and will continue to be) without Chris Carson. Unfortunately, Collins hasn’t been able to do much with his chances. In the last four games, he failed to score even six fantasy points. The confrontation against Washington is not bad, but Collins has not been able to produce.
Rhamondre Stevenson vs. Titans (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Stevenson was a hot name in the fantasy world heading into Week 11, but the return of Damien Harris threw cold water on his courage. He split plays and taps with his veteran teammate against the Falcons, bringing him to a modest 8.5 point stat line. He will continue to share the workload, and the Titans have allowed running back the fourth fewest fantasy points per game.
Mike Davis at Jaguars (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Davis’ stock has plummeted as he couldn’t even get past Qadree Ollison last week in a game where the Falcons were without Cordarelle Patterson. Regardless of Patterson’s status this week, Davis should be out of fantasy (or even out of resignation) against a Jaguars defense that has allowed enemy running backs the sixth fewest fantasy points since the Week. 8.
- Josh Jacobs at Cowboys (Thursday 4:30 pm ET, CBS)
- Devonta Freeman vs. Browns (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)
- Adrian Peterson at Patriots (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
- Damien Harris vs. Titans ($ 6,100)
- Myles Gaskin vs. Panthers ($ 5,600)
- Mike Davis at Jaguars ($ 4,900)
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