Saturday, November 24, 2018

Week 12 Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Tyler Boyd is listed below as a "start" for Week 12. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 12 with him as one of my starting wide receivers.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned DeAndre Hopkins, Davante Adams and Boyd and start two wide receivers, you should start Hopkins and Adams -- and in turn, bench Boyd.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

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Week 12 Fantasy Football WR Start'em

WR - Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (vs. PIT)

While he hasn't had any big games this season, Sutton has finished with 50-plus yards or a touchdown in seven consecutive games. In addition, the rookie from SMU has exceeded 75 yards in two of his past three games. Sutton has yet to exceed six targets in any game, but he should continue to see his involvement in the passing game expand as the season progresses given that Demaryius Thomas is now in Houston.

WR - Josh Gordon, New England Patriots (at NYJ)

Not only does Gordon have double-digit targets in back-to-back games, but he set a season high with 12 targets against the Titans in Week 10. In the four games prior to the bye, Gordon exceeded the 80-yard mark three times. Gordon, Julian Edelman and the Patriots receivers get a favorable matchup this week against the Jets, who have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing receivers on the year.

WR - Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. CLE)

Through Thursday's games, Boyd ranks 17th in wide receiver fantasy points scored (both PPR and non-PPR). With double-digit targets in two of his past three games, Boyd has a minimum of 65 yards in each of those games with a total line of 16/274/1 over that stretch. A.J. Green may return this week, but I like Boyd in either event.

Week 12 Fantasy Football WR Sit'em

WR - Michael Crabtree, Baltimore Ravens (vs. OAK)

With the Ravens favored by double digits and rookie Lamar Jackson drawing another start, it's going to be a run-heavy game plan for Baltimore. In last week's win over the Bengals, Jackson targeted Crabtree on just three of his 19 pass attempts. Getting fewer than 20 percent of the team's targets in three consecutive games, Crabtree has finished as the weekly WR66, WR57 and WR82 over his past three games, respectively.

WR - Golden Tate, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. NYG)

The good news is that Tate had eight targets in Week 11 against the Saints, but he finished with five catches for 48 scoreless yards. In his two games as an Eagle, Tate has finished as the weekly WR71 and WR48, respectively. Since Week 5, Tate has played five games, had two byes and has yet to finish as a weekly top-36 fantasy wide receiver during that stretch. For now, I'd prefer to take a wait-and-see approach with the former Lion.

WR - Demaryius Thomas, Houston Texans (vs. TEN)

It's been a disappointing season for Thomas, who had a goose egg in his second game as a Texan in Week 11. Not only will Thomas be behind DeAndre Hopkins in the targets pecking order, rookie Keke Coutee should see more opportunities than DT as well. Thomas hasn't scored a touchdown in four consecutive games and has finished as the WR50 or worse in three of those outings.

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