Robert Kelley! After the Washington running back busted out for 137 rushing yards and three touchdowns on Sunday Night Football, he went from little-known and sparsely owned running back to the number one fantasy player for Week 11. His 31-point outing was predicted by A-Mac last week, and everyone that picked up Kelley (over 20% of fantasy owners in ESPN leagues have picked him up) should be giving thanks for their new fantasy running back
There are three games on Thanksgiving Thursday, so GOAT and A-Mac have gone above and beyond and got us their picks for Week 12 on Wednesday! Not a single team is on a bye this week, so everyone is playable this week, maybe except the few guys GOAT and A-Mac don’t like below. Here are GOAT and A-Mac’s start ’em and sit ’em’s for Week 12!
A-Mac’s Week 12 Start Ems’
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins (ESPN 18% owned): Tannehill scuffled early in last week’s game in Los Angeles, but he rallied to throw two touchdowns for the second straight week. This week, Tannehill plays a 49er pass defense that has allowed 11 touchdown passes in their last four games.
Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST (ESPN 38.8% owned): At first blush, any defense playing in Indianapolis sounds like a risky play. But Colt quarterback Andrew Luck is still in concussion protocol following last week’s game, meaning that backup Scott Tolzien will likely start Thursday night. The Steelers should feast on Tolzien, who has thrown five interceptions in just 91-career passing attempts.
GOATs Week 12 Start Ems’
Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (ESPN 23.3% owned): With AJ Green out for some number of games, Boyd should see a bump in targets. He scored his first touchdown after Green was knocked out of the game against the Bills. This week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens should be a decent matchup. The Ravens have been top notch with run defense which makes it likely that Dalton will have to sling it around to move the ball downfield.
Rashard Jennings, RB, New York Giants (ESPN 76.7% owned): Jennings has reemerged from the fantasy player graveyard posting 4.8 yards per carry in the last two weeks. He added five receptions for 44 yards and only his second touchdown of the season against Chicago in Week 11. Facing a Cleveland Browns defense that has looked like a college defense at times, Jennings is in line for another nice week of production.
A-Mac’s Week 12 Sit Ems’
Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (ESPN 96.3% owned): Ryan and the Falcons have had two weeks to prepare for this matchup with the disappointing Arizona Cardinals, but the week still won’t be easy. The Cardinals have only allowed a total of two passing touchdowns in their last five games.
Latavius Murry, RB, Oakland Raiders (ESPN 95% owned): Murray has been one of the hotter backs in fantasy as of late, scoring five touchdowns in the last four games. Murray and the Raiders face a tough Panther defense, who have not allowed a rushing touchdown since Week 4.
GOAT’s Week 12 Sit Ems’
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons (ESPN 74.9% owned): Coleman may make his return to the field this week against the Arizona Cardinals. Unfortunately, the Cardinals have been the best defense in the league against pass-catching running backs. If he makes it back and coming off a hamstring injury, this is going to be the worst matchup he has faced so far this season.
Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (ESPN 27.9% owned): Hill leads the team in targets and receptions since Maclin went down with a groin injury. While he hasn’t necessarily blown up in fantasy, his production has been a solid and reliable target for Alex Smith. This week’s matchup against Denver’s secondary is brutal. Hill isn’t really start-able in any format.