Welcome to “Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em” for Week 12! We’ve got 3 games on Thursday for Thanksgiving, so we have starts for just those games, as well as something a little different for Sit ‘Em. For these Thursday games, we’ll help you fill those lineups with the two byes left on the docket for the Chiefs/Rams. For this week, the Sit ‘Em is going to lead off the article.
During this holiday season, it’s important to take some time to reflect on the things that you hold dear, the things you hold for granted. It’s important to not take things for granted; you never know what will happen so live life as rich and as full as you can. Don’t be afraid to show your emotions. I know especially for the male gender, that it may not be “macho” to show emotion, but live, laugh, love. Those three words are very important. Tell a family member you love them. Tell a friend that you care about them, that you’ll be there for them. Is somebody you know not doing anything for Thanksgiving? Invite them over! Make somebody’s day, month, year. I know all of that sounds cliche, but doing the right thing and helping your fellow man (or woman) never goes out of style. I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving, and we all bond a little bit closer together during the holidays. I know that Fantasy Football is just a dollop of whipped cream on the pumpkin pie of life, but if it makes life a little bit sweeter, then it’s all worth it. Thank you for reading, and good luck if you have players playing tomorrow
QB Dak Prescott, DAL vs. WAS
Washington has been an ascending defense this season, but with Colt McCoy entrenched as the starter, the defense may see more time on the field, which would be a net positive for Dak Prescott. The offense has been worlds better since the acquisition of Amari Cooper, adding balance and stability at the wide receiver position. Add in the points floor Dak has rushing the ball, and you have the perfect Thanksgiving recipe for a low-end QB1 you should start.
RB Mark Ingram, NO vs. ATL
Two straight games of 100 yards or more for Mark Ingram have vaulted him into high-end RB2/low-end RB1 consideration, especially with a primo matchup on Thanksgiving night against the Atlanta Falcons. Clearly, the Saints are the blueprint for sustaining fantasy value for two running backs, and both Kamara and Ingram are quality RB1s for the matchup.
RB Theo Riddick, DET
With Kerryon Johnson unlikely to suit up on Thanksgiving, the running back snaps may be split up between 3 backs, LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, and Zach Zenner. Riddick should have a consistent role as a passing catch back and safety value for Matthew Stafford, as his line has been in shambles and faces the Chicago defense for the 2nd time in 3 weeks. Riddick should have a nice fantasy floor, as he’s had at least 5 catches and 7 targets in each of his last 3 games. As a high-end flex, you could do worse.
WR Kenny Golladay, DET
Although facing a superb defense at home, Kenny Golladay (Gobbleday?) put up a quality stat line (6-78-1) and should do the same inside the confines of Ford Field. After a sluggish middle of the season, the trade that sent Golden Tate to Philadelphia coupled with the injury to Marvin Jones has left Golladay with volume galore and plenty of opportunity. Golladay should gobble up plenty of targets in this matchup as a high-end WR2.
WR Anthony Miller, CHI
Anthony Miller had his best game of the season a couple weeks ago against these same Detroit Lions, with 122 yards on 5 catches and a touchdown. With Darius Slay to see plenty of outside receivers, mostly Allen Robinson, Miller should benefit no matter who is at quarterback for the Bears. Detroit has allowed the 3rd most FPTS per game since Chicago’s bye in Week 5 so that definitely brightens the forecast for fantasy success. Trust the ascending Miller as a WR3.
TE Austin Hooper, ATL
A notable stat for Austin Hooper: Hooper has the most receptions of any tight end not named Ertz or Kelce since Week 5. He is pretty volatile with his scoring, but when he’s gotten the targets, he’s produced. In what should be a high-scoring affair, I’d be comfortable starting Hooper as a TE1.
TE Jordan Reed, WAS
With new quarterback Colt McCoy installed for Washington after the awful season-ending injury to Alex Smith, the tried and true “backup looks for the safety valve” approach certainly rings true for this offense and Jordan Reed. McCoy may take a few more downfield shots, but McCoy is cut from the same cloth as Smith. The secondary for Dallas has also been much improved this season. The Redskins may look more to the middle of the field at Jordan Reed as a high target/low yardage ceiling option. Still, in PPR, that’s enough to get you close to 10 points, and as volatile a position as tight end has been in Fantasy, you’ll certainly take that.
The Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em with the rest of the week’s players will be out on Friday!