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Fantasy Football Week 12 Starts and Sits – Sunday Only Edition

A Sunday-only edition of starts and sits for Week 12 of fantasy football.

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I hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving yesterday and were lucky enough to score some mega-points! Any Antonio Gibson or Deshaun Watson owners are very happy this weekend. Also, anyone dumb enough to play the Texans defense, myself included, are quite pleased by their expected performance against Detroit. In this article, we’re going to focus specifically on the Sunday slate of games for your fantasy football team.

Quarterback Starts

Derek Carr Fantasy Football
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Derek Carr at ATL – This Raiders team has gone through a great deal of adversity in their short time spent in Las Vegas. Derek Carr is quietly having a solid fantasy season. Apart from a Week 8-10 stretch where he threw for 165 yards or less in each game, he’s averaging 285 passing yards and two touchdowns. The Raiders travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons’ terrible secondary this week. This Falcons team has only held their opponent to fewer than 20 points one time this season, Week 8 against Carolina, and they have no shot at stopping the Raiders in this game.

Additional Starts:

  • Teddy Bridgewater at MIN
  • Jared Goff vs. SF
  • Cam Newton vs. ARI
  • Taysom Hill at DEN

Quarterback Sits

Robert Griffin III at PIT – Lamar Jackson tested positive for COVID-19 and is going to miss this game. The chances of this game getting postponed entirely are still prevalent and we don’t know for sure if the two AFC North rivals will square off on Sunday. If this game goes on as planned, then Robert Griffin III is best kept off your roster. Going head-to-head with the best defense in the NFL is not the ideal way for Griffin to get his first start in quite some time.

Additional Sits:

  • Mitchell Trubisky at GB
  • Nick Mullens at LAR

Runningback Starts

Gus Edwards Fantasy Football
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Gus Edwards at PIT – This game was postponed from Thanksgiving night to Sunday afternoon and it makes a fine addition to the Sunday-only starts and sits. Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram, and J.K. Dobbins are all out for this game against the Steelers due to COVID-19. In our weekly waiver wire article, Gus Edwards is the first name on the list. For a good reason, Edwards should be started. He should be the focal point of Baltimore’s offense, albeit in a tough matchup.

Additional Starts:

  • James Robinson vs. CLE
  • Mike Davis at MIN
  • Kalen Ballage at BUF
  • Kareem Hunt at JAX
  • Nyheim Hines vs. TEN

Running Back Sits

Giovani Bernard vs. NYG – The good news is Bernard practiced on Thursday. The bad news is he still has to clear the concussion protocol. If his status is in question at all, then he should not be started. However, this is a tricky one. If he does clear the concussion protocol then he might be worth starting if you’ve got no one else. I don’t like the fact that his Thursday practice was only one day removed from sitting out completely. That leads me to believe he won’t be 100%. The Bengals also have Samaje Perine and Trayveon Williams in the backfield, so I expect a running back committee anyway.

Additional Sits:

  • Leonard Fournette vs. KC
  • Melvin Gordon III vs. NO

Wide Receiver Starts

Cooper Kupp vs. SF – He managed 25 fantasy points in PPR formats last week in Tampa Bay without a touchdown. Kupp caught 11 passes for over 140 yards. He’s one of Jared Goff’s most reliable targets and that shouldn’t change in a game where the Rams are heavy favorites.

Cooper Kupp Fantasy Football
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Robert Woods vs. SF – Like his aforementioned counterpart, Woods also had a monster day last week. He caught 12 passes for 130 yards and the one touchdown that could have gone to either receiver in their eruption. I like both of them this week against the 49ers.

Additional Starts:

  • Curtis Samuel at MIN
  • Cole Beasley vs. LAC
  • Corey Davis at IND

Wide Receiver Sits

Jerry Jeudy vs. NO – He has been struggling through an ankle injury this week and has been limited in practice. That said, even if Jeudy is a full-go for Sunday against the Saints, I cannot trust him or any member of the Broncos offense. This game reeks of Louisiana destruction. I don’t see this being much of a contest and the Saints should dominate this game.

Additional Sits:

  • Sterling Shepard at CIN
  • Tee Higgins vs. NYG
  • T.Y. Hilton vs. TEN
  • Marquise Brown at PIT

This Sunday-only edition of the starts and sits is crucial for gaining a victory right before the playoffs. We avoided digging into the Monday Night Football game between the Eagles and Seahawks because of redundancy. Play everyone on the Seahawks and avoid any Eagles offensive players if you can.

Good luck this Sunday in fantasy football! Check out the most recent episode of Fantasy Hour On Tap where Premier Amp and I dive deeper into the issues with wide receivers this week.


Husband and father, Chicago (mostly) sports fan, total gym rat and geek enthusiast. I write for OnTapSportsNet and talk fantasy football on the Fantasy Hour On Tap. Gaming, movies, TV shows, books, and bodybuilding/strongman are some of my other passions. A good-tasting white ale goes well with any sporting event. #Crackum

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