Fantasy football Week 12: Start and sit

Eddie Brown, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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Commanders 23, Texans 10: Nico Collins is emerging as the WR1 in Houston with a 24% target share the last two games. Collins is the overall WR22 in standard formats (WR23 in PPR) over that span. He’ll have WR3/flex upside going forward if he maintains this type of usage.

Raiders 22, Broncos 16 (OT): Russell Wilson was the first quarterback who failed to throw a TD against Las Vegas this season.

Cowboys 40, Vikings 3: Only Bears quarterback Justin Fields (33.2) and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (31.6) are averaging more fantasy points per game than Dallas’ Tony Pollard (27.5) since Week 8.

Bengals 37, Steelers 30: The reports of Najee Harris not being a factor in fantasy has been greatly exaggerated. Harris maintained flex value as the overall RB29 in standard formats (RB27 in PPR) since Week 6 before his two-TD performance against Cincinnati. He’s the overall RB4 in standard (RB5 in PPR) the last two games.

Chiefs 30, Chargers 27: Travis Kelce has played 17 career games against the Bolts. Kelce has 88 receptions (126 targets) for 1,044 yards and seven TDs. Even more impressive, Kansas City is 15-2 in those games.

49ers 38, Cardinals 10: Christian McCaffrey is having a similar affect on Jimmy Garoppolo that an emotional support animal has on someone dealing with severe anxiety. Throwing out the Kansas City game (CMC was in the building for five minutes), Garoppolo has been sharper and, more importantly, calmer in the pocket (the best he’s been since 2019), making better decisions when his first read isn’t open (usually finding McCaffrey toying with some poor linebacker in coverage). Garoppolo has been the overall QB8 since Week 5, so he was already playing well before McCaffrey arrived.


Follow me on Twitter @UTEddieBrown if you have questions throughout the week.

Here’s an in-depth look at the NFL matchups for Week 12 and how they’ll affect your fantasy football lineup, with players you should start, sit and a sleeper for each game:


Obvious starters: Josh Allen (BUF), Stefon Diggs (BUF), Gabe Davis (BUF), Bills D/ST, Amon-Ra St. Brown (DET), Jamaal Williams (DET).


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