Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 12

QUARTERBACKS

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Mark Sanchez (NYJ) – He plays the Cincinnati Bengals who allowed the Buffalo Bills to score 35 unanswered points Sunday.  While they rank well against fantasy QBs when playing at full strength, he will take advantage of this favorable matchup against a depleted secondary.

Shaun Hill (DET) – The Lions will fall behind and be forced to air it out on this Thanksgiving Day show down.  The Patriots are 4th last against fantasy QBs this year so Hill should be able to put up points this week.

Eli Manning (NYG) – The Jaguars give up over 22 PPG to fantasy QBs.  Eli has thrown at least 2 TD passes in his last six games and will add to that streak at home against Jacksonville.

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Jay Cutler (CHI) – He plays an opportunistic Eagles defense which does not bode well for him as he likes to give defenses opportunities to make big plays.  They lead the league in interceptions with 18 and Cutler has been known to throw to the wrong team.

Carson Palmer (CIN) – Palmer has not performed well in two games against the Rex Ryan led Jets (One, a meaningless week 17 matchup where he was 1- 11 for 0 yards and 1 INT; the other, a playoff game where he went 18-36 for 146 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT).  The Bengals show no sign of helping him change that so leave him on the bench.

David Garrard (JAC) – The Giants give up under 15 PPG to fantasy QBs and kept Michael Vick from throwing a TD pass.  If you have another option, use him.

RUNNING BACKS

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BenJarvus Green-Ellis (NE) – The Lions give up 21 PPG to fantasy RBs and while he splits time with Woodhead, he will get the goal line looks and likely find the end zone.

Brandon Jacobs (NYG) – He regained the starting spot and will want to prove he belongs there so look for him to breakout against a susceptible Jaguar defense allowing 18 PPG to fantasy RBs.

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Ronnie Brown (MIA) – The Raiders defense has been tough this year. While they did allowed a TD to Mendenhall last week, they help him under 10 fantasy points.  The Dolphins terrible passing game will let them stack to box and shut down the run.

Fred Jackson (BUF) – The Steelers give up only 8 PPG and are this year’s best defense against fantasy RBs.  He will not repeat the performances he had against Detroit and Cincinnati.

WIDE RECEIVERS

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Mike Wallace (PIT) – He and Ben have hooked up for 6 TDs in 6 games since Ben took over at QB.  My math tells me he will score at least once against the Bills on Sunday. He is a top 10 fantasy WR but is only starting in 63% of leagues. He needs to be in your lineup if you have him.

Mario Manningham (NYG) – He is Eli’s number 1 option with Nicks now out so his looks will increase and they play the Jaguars who are the 5th worst team against fantasy WRs.

Nate Washington (TEN) – He plays the Texans (worst team against fantasy WRs) and has come on since the Titans acquired Randy Moss.

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Brandon Marshall (MIA) – He is battling a hamstring injury and may not even play this week. Even if he were healthy he should not be starting. The Dolphins passing game has been bad and the Raiders secondary is capable of shutting him down.

Chad Ochocinco (CIN) – Just like Carson Palmer, he does not play well against the Jets. He was shut out in one game last year and had just 2 catches for 28 yards in the playoff game.

TIGHT ENDS

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Greg Olsen (CHI) – The Eagles defense has given up 6 TDs to opposing tight ends and is near the bottom of the league against them.  Olsen could be Cutler’s safety valve this week.

Jacob Tamme (IND) – He is still only starting in about half of fantasy football leagues.  San Diego plays WRs tough but give up a lot of catches to TEs. Tamme should be a great play again this week.

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Kellen Winslow (TB) – He plays the number 1 defense against fantasy TEs in the Ravens.  They’ve allowed double digit points only once and have given up just 1 TD to opposing tight ends all year (Week 3).

Brent Celek (PHI) – If you are still starting him, shame on you.  He has 2 catches for 8 yards in the 3 games since Vick came back.

DEFENSES

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Cleveland Browns – The Panthers allow the most points to fantasy defenses and they shut down the NFL’s best offense in the league a few weeks ago (Patriots). It could get ugly in Cleveland.

Philadelphia Eagles – They lead the NFL in interceptions and will add to it against Jay Cutler and the Bears.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Ravens have caused negative points 3 times this season and have not let opposing defenses score more than 6 points since week 2.

Chicago Bears – They have been playing well but this week they play against Michael Vick, not Tyler Thigpen.

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