As Thanksgiving is now here, it is time to start thinking about what we might be thankful for. I am thankful that the NFL is playing, while other leagues continue to prove how stupid they are in insulting the fans by the day. Football is still king.
Who to Start:
QB Andrew Luck (IND) v. BUF: He struggled last week against the Pats, but the Bills defense has been pretty bad for most of the season, and they are much worse on the road than they are at home. Luck could have a big game this week.
RB Doug Martin (TB) vs. ATL: After LaRod Stephens-Howling ran through the Falcons defense last week, the "Muscle Hamster" (worst nickname ever) could do even more damage to the Falcons porous rush defense.
WR Dez Bryant (DAL) vs. WSH THU: So long as Tony Romo is upright, Bryant will see the majority of the targets in any game. Also, the Redskins pass defense is still terrible, despite what happened last week, so Bryant could have another huge game for the Cowboys.
WR Randall Cobb (GB) vs. NYG: He is this year's Jordy Nelson with all the fantasy points he's racking up, and going up against the Giants at MetLife, he should rack up even more fantasy points. He's a must-start for this weekend.
TE Jermaine Gresham (CIN) vs. OAK: He hasn't had the best of seasons for the Bengals, but since he's going up against the absolute sieve of a Raiders defense, he's a decent option if you need a tight end for the weekend.
DEF Tennessee vs. JAX: Don't let last weekend's breakout performance fool you, the Jags have been awful at home this season for some reason. The Titans are coming off their bye, so they'll be well rested for a game that their defense could very well dominate.
Who to Sit:
QB Joe Flacco (BAL) vs. SD: Joe Flacco for some reason doesn't like playing on the road, since he's pretty bad when he does. Not that the Chargers are an amazing defense, but there is legit reason to not trust Flacco in a road start, fantasy-wise.
RB Mark Ingram (NO) vs. SF: He did have a breakout game against the Raiders, but he has two factors working against him for this week. One is the possible return of Darren Sproles, who could eat into his carries. Two is the 49ers rush defense, which is pretty good.
WR DeSean Jackson (PHI) vs. CAR MON: If Nick Foles starts again, it's hard to trust Jackson to put up the big numbers he usually can put up. Even with Vick, he still is a gamble because of his overall struggles, and an underrated Carolina secondary.
WR Malcolm Floyd (SD) vs. BAL: The Ravens defense had a resurgence last Sunday in Pittsburgh, and now they go up against the floundering Chargers offense, which won't help Floyd any. Danario Alexander is also taking away targets from Floyd, making him an even less decent fantasy option.
TE Kyle Rudolph (MIN) vs. CHI: He's a risk this week because of his matchup against the Bears defense, but also because his QB, Christian Ponder, could have an absolutely horrid game against a defense that desperately needs to rebound after getting embarrassed on Monday.
DEF New York Jets vs. NE THU: The Pats put up 59 last week. Of course I'm going to suggest benching the Jets D.
3 Super Sleepers:
QB Jake Locker (TEN) vs. JAX: Of his bye, Locker could have a big game against a Jags secondary that was absolutely shredded by Matt Schaub and the Texans last Sunday.
RB Marcel Reece (OAK) vs. CIN: Once again, Reece should see most of the carries for the Raiders this Sunday, and the Bengals defense has struggled against the run some, so Reece could be in for another decent game.
WR Michael Crabtree (SF) vs. NO: Since he's going up against the putrid Saints secondary, he could have a big game while the Saints D tries to take out Frank Gore and Vernon Davis.
QB Philip Rivers (SD) vs. BAL: Just look to last week to see why Rivers is a sketchy option, and playing against the Ravens doesn't help that much.
Good Luck in Week 12, and have a happy Thanksgiving!
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