Week 12 Start/Sit/Grab/Drop

Welcome to Start/Sit/Grab/Drop for Week 12, where I not only take a look at which players you should start or sit, but identify players to grab from waivers and disappointing players you can safely drop.


Cam Newton (QB - NE) vs ARI

Cam Newton hasn’t been wowing anyone with his arm this year. In fact, he hasn’t really been wowing people in any way whatsoever in 2020, but has still produced as a QB1 in fantasy more often than not. Newton’s rushing floor alone makes him a low-end QB1 and he has shown better chemistry with his receivers as of late, so a matchup against the Arizona Cardinals defense allowing 19.8 FPPG to the QB position is a great spot for Cam. Start him with confidence this week.

Other QBs to start:

Matthew Stafford - DET (vs HOU)

Daniel Jones - NYG (@ CIN)

David Montgomery (RB - CHI) @ GB

Monty is currently questionable to play this week against the Green Bay Packers with a concussion, but after having two weeks off, I’m expecting him to play. If he can go, he’ll be up against the Green Bay Packers’ horrific run defense allowing 25.1 FPPG to RBs. Montgomery is the workhorse back for the Chicago Bears, so he should get most of those points and, if he can fall into the endzone, he'll give you an RB1 performance.

Other RBs to start:

Ronald Jones II/Leonard Fournette - TB (vs KC)

Jonathan Taylor - IND (vs TEN)

James White - NE (vs ARI)

Robby Anderson (WR - CAR) @ MIN

Robby Anderson started the season on a tear, but has cooled off significantly since week 5. He has a 27% target share and only a single TD on the season, so positive TD regression is coming his way. I believe this is the week he finally gets back on track and produces like a low-end WR1/high-end WR2. With Bridgewater likely to return as the starter this week and a matchup against the Minnesota Vikings’ porous pass defense giving up 29.1 FPPG to WRs up next, Anderson should have a very productive outing.

Other WRs to start:

DeVante Parker - MIA (@ NYJ)

Travis Fulgham - PHI (vs SEA)

Sterling Shepard - NYG (@ CIN)

Evan Engram (TE - NYG) @ CIN

It’s not easy to find a tight end to stream these days. If you don’t have Travis Kelce or Darren Waller, you’re probably straight up not having a good time, but luckily Engram has a favorable matchup this week that you could take advantage of. The New York Giants take on a Cincinnati Bengals defense giving up 9.9 FPPG to TEs. That doesn’t sound like much, but I feel like plenty of fantasy managers would love 9.9 points this week from their TE, so Engram is definitely in play this week.

Other TEs to start:

Noah Fant - DEN (vs NO)

Robert Tonyan - GB (vs CHI)


Matt Ryan (QB - ATL) vs LV

When it comes to Matt Ryan, it’s actually very easy to decide whether to start him or sit him and it all has to do with one Julio Jones. If the Atlanta Falcons’ number one WR is playing, start Ryan with confidence. If Jones is held out this week against the Las Vegas Raiders due to the hamstring injury that’s been plaguing him all season, you sit Ryan with confidence. Even though the Raiders defense gives up 19.8 FPPG to the QB position, I don’t expect Julio to play this week, so I would keep Ryan on my bench.

Other QBs to sit:

Lamar Jackson - BAL (@ PIT)

Ben Roethlisberger - PIT (vs BAL)

Melvin Gordon III (RB - DEN) vs NO

The Denver Broncos’ backfield is getting very difficult to predict. While Phillip Lindsay has looked like the better back thus far, Melvin Gordon seems to be getting all the passing work and redzone touches. If you have to start one, I would start Melvin Gordon, but he’s going to be running into the brick wall that is the New Orleans Saints’ run defense giving up 12.5 FPPG to RBs, the lowest in all of fantasy. I would avoid both Broncos RBs, if possible.

Other RBs to sit:

Gus Edwards - BAL (@ PIT)

Duke Johnson Jr. - HOU (@ DET)

Le’Veon Bell - KC (@ TB)

JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR - PIT) vs BAL

JuJu didn’t have the best birthday of his life on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had 4 catches for only 19 yards and injured his foot late in the game by stepping on a flag thrown by one of the officials. Sure, he got to blow out some birthday candles after a Chase Claypool TD grab, but that was about the only highlight of his day. If he can play on Thanksgiving night against the Baltimore Ravens, I would avoid Smith-Schuster since the Ravens allow just 18.7 FPPG to WRs.

Other WRs to sit:

Mike Evans - TB (vs KC)

Amari Cooper - DAL (vs WAS)

John Brown - BUF (vs LAC)

Hayden Hurst (TE - ATL) vs LV

Just like Matt Ryan, the Julio rule seems to apply to Hayden Hurst as well. If you started Hurst this past week, you got the goose egg, which is one of the worst things a fantasy manager can endure. Hurst’s production falls off a cliff when Jones isn’t in the lineup for the Atlanta Falcons and the Las Vegas Raiders aren’t a great matchup for TEs either, as they allow just 7.4 FPPG to the position. For all these reasons, Hurst is definitely a player to avoid this week.

Other TEs to sit:

Tyler Higbee - LAR (vs SF)

Jonnu Smith - TEN (@ IND)


Taysom Hill (QB - NO)

TE extraordinaire Tayson Hill is the priority add from waivers this week. Okay, so he’s going to lose his TE eligibility in ESPN leagues this week, which will put an end to the fantasy civil war over him, but Hill is still a viable QB for fantasy managers who stream QBs or are dealing with injuries. His solid rushing floor gives him low-end QB1 appeal at worst and he passed the eye test as a passer, so I would consider Hill a weekly start until Drew Brees returns from his injuries.

Other players to grab from waivers:

Quarterbacks (QB)

Daniel Jones - NYG

Derek Carr - LV

Running Backs (RB)

Salvon Ahmed - MIA

James White - NE

Frank Gore - NYJ

Wide Receivers (WR)

Michael Pittman Jr. - IND

Jalen Reagor - PHI

Russell Gage - ATL

Tight Ends (TE)

Jordan Akins - HOU

Jordan Reed - SF

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

Cleveland Browns

Green Bay Packers

New York Giants


Marquise Brown (WR - BAL)

Marquise Brown was one of “my guys” entering the season, but it’s time to face facts. Other than TE Mark Andrews, there’s no one worth owning in this Baltimore Ravens’ passing offense. Lamar Jackson doesn’t throw for many yards, so Hollywood’s chances of being a consistent fantasy producer at slim to none. He’s as boom-or-bust as it gets at the WR position and lately he’s just been busting, so you can safely drop the Ravens’ WR at this point in time.

Other players to drop:

AJ Green (WR - CIN)

Devin Singletary (RB - BUF)

Justin Jackson (RB - LAC)

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