NFL fantasy start 'em, sit 'em
Week 12 means that there are just a couple of games left until the fantasy playoffs, making every player decision the most important of the season so far. Here are a lucky seven players who will help put you over the top and three more who hopefully won't drag you down.
After missing Week 10 against the Titans, Orton struggled mightily against the Packers and their tough pass defense on Sunday at Lambeau to the tune of 13 for 256 passing for 133 yards and a lost fumble. Things get dramatically easier this week for him in St. Louis against the Rams, who have disintegrated after losing star running back
Back from his bye week book tour just in time, Dunn will have to shoulder a majority of the backfield load for the rest of the season after
You're looking for a way to salvage some justification for still having the troubled Johnson still on your roster and here it is. Last week against the Saints Johnson returned to the lineup with 19 carries for 67 yards and a 20-yard catch out of the backfield. He'll add to those numbers against a Bills team spiraling downward and having surrendered nine rushing TDs in all five losses this season, including a pair in each of the last two. Although it looked sketchy there for a while, Johnson will pay some dividends this season afterall.
The rookie fullback played exceedingly well last week in a big road win over Atlanta, reaching the end zone twice and proving to naysayers (like yours truly) that he could indeed be a lead back. This week with
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As the Seahawks offense slowly returns to health, the defense is crumbling, giving up at least 20 points in each of the teams eight losses, including three games in a row. Last week against the Cardinals,
The first time the Dolphins and Patriots met, it was the
After doing a credible job in his first two NFL starts, Quinn looks like a great call to play against a Texans defense that's allowed the third most TD passes (17) in the league. However he'll be playing with a broken finger (if he's able to play at all) and he hasn't been sharp enough (52.1 percent completions, 79.8 rating) to trust to play in what promises to be a cold afternoon on the shores of Lake Erie.
Like the rest of his teammates, the unanimous top 5 fantasy pick is in a terrible slump, coming off a third straight showing of fewer than 100 yards from scrimmage and no touchdowns. In fact he has just two games with more than 100 yards from scrimmage the entire season. The Ravens defense is seething after giving up more than 200 yards to the Giants last week and is looking to put a hurt on an opposing runner to re-establish it as the league's best. Facing an offensive line much inferior to the one they faced last week in New Jersey, Baltimore will do just that back at home, sending Westbrook deeper into the fantasy abyss.
After starting off the season on fire, scoring five touchdowns over the first five games, Chambers has been nearly invisible catching just eight balls for 68 yards since. Although he's fully recovered from a sprained ankle that has slowed him down, he's not a good play against the Colts who've gone four straight games without giving up a TD through the air and have allowed just one wideout, Houston's