Looking towards Week 12 of the NFL fantasy football season, we will examine all of the matchups and discern the positive or negative impact that a given matchup will have on the wide receivers. Below are the best fantasy football start ’em/sit ’em options for Week 12 NFL matchups.
Week 12 Fantasy Football Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers
Must Start: DeVonta Smith — Eagles at Giants
Over the last three weeks, we have started to see some clear consistency out of Smith. Early on in the seasons, we saw flashes of superstardom but the consistency was nonexistent until the last few games. Last week was his worse showing of the last three games with four receptions on six targets for 61 yards against the Saints. Despite the Eagles actually utilizing the rushing game as of recent Smith has still been a key piece in this offense. Going against the Giants this week has the potential for another upper-echelon performance out of Smith. Play him with confidence this week.
Must Start: Darnell Mooney — Bears at Lions
Mooney has been on a hot streak over the last two games scoring over 19 half-PPR points in each of those contests. Last week against the Ravens he had 5 receptions on 16 targets for 121 yards and a touchdown. He has been able to perform with both Justin Fields and Andy Dalton so even if Fields can’t play it should not be much of an issue. Facing the Lions also helps make a great argument as to why Mooney will continue on this hot streak. Fire up Mooney as he has top twelve potential on the week.
Must Start: Elijah Moore — Jets at Texans
Moore has been on a metaphorical warpath over the last four games. While the team has other receiving options of note like Corey Davis and Jamison Crowder, regardless of who the quarterback is the team has been keying in on getting the ball to Moore. He had eight receptions on eleven targets for 141 yards and a touchdown last week against the Dolphins. He also tacked on fifteen rushing yards on a single rush. This week they face the Texans who looked very stout defensively last week against the Titans, but that is very likely more of a flash in the pan. Meaning we could see a more back and forth game here, even if that is not the case and the Jets are crawling back from defeat they will still look to sling the ball Moore’s way. Some will be nervous because Zach Wilson will be under center but Moore has produced with Mike White, Josh Johnson, and Joe Flacco so the quarterback should hardly matter at all.
Must Sit: Jarvis Landry — Browns at Ravens
Landry has fallen short of expectations for most of the season. Though last week he had a bit of a resurgence against the Lions. Having four receptions on eight targets for 26 yards as well as having one rush for 16 yards and a touchdown. While that is great for those of you who listened last week and started him when I listed him as a must-start, this week against the Ravens he should be left on your bench. Head coach Kevin Stefanski came out and said that Landry is playing through a left knee injury so he is not at one hundred percent. He is also facing a much stronger defense in the Ravens this week, as well as having a quarterback in Baker Mayfield who does not look like himself.
Must Sit: Courtland Sutton — Broncos vs. Chargers
This week we saw Sutton signing a four-year contract extension with the Broncos. While it is great to see Sutton get all of this money this increased salary is not indicative of his play this season. Last week against the Eagles he had two receptions on three targets for 29 yards. Since Jerry Jeudy returned to the team Sutton has been cast aside with no signs pointing towards a return to a high target share in this offense for him. Facing the Chargers this week Sutton is best left on the bench.
Must Sit: Marquez Valdes-Scantling — Packers vs. Rams
Valdes-Scantling played amazing against the Vikings last week. Having 4 receptions on 10 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown. This resulted in a mass pickup of him off of the waiver wire. The downside of Valdes-Scantling doesn’t even have to do with him as we have seen flashes when given a high target share of a great receiver. The issue is that every week it is near impossible to predict who Aaron Rodgers second-most targeted player will be behind Davante Adams. Could it be Valdes-Scantling this week? One hundred percent but it could also be Randall Cobb or Allen Lazard, it could also be a Marcedes Lewis week. There is also a possibility that there is no clear number two behind Adams and the ball is just being spread around. With so many questions surrounding this receiver core, everyone besides Adams is best left on your bench.
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