After looking at Week 12’s matchups, here are the three starts and sits of this week in the National Football League.
START: Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (projected 26.1 points)
Matchup: Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 PM
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 21 of 31 passes for 311 yards and a touchdown in a 29-3 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 11.
Ryan has only reached 300 yards passing once over his past three games, but he has a chance to make it two straight games when the Falcons square off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense.
The Bucs defense is ranked 32nd in the NFL against the pass, and they allowed 228 passing yards and three passing touchdowns to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees last week.
If you have Matt Ryan on your team, he is a must-start option at quarterback.
START: David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears (projected 13.3 PPR)
Matchup: New York Giants @ Chicago Bears, 1:00 PM
Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery had 14 carries for 31 yards and he caught one pass for 19 yards in last week’s 17-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Montgomery was a game-time decision due to an ankle injury at practice, but he was able to play and lead the Bears in rushes.
He has been averaging 18 carries over his last four games, and he has a chance to have a great game against the New York Giants, who allow 122.7 rushing yards per game this season.
Start Montgomery this week.
START: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns (projected 13.8 PPR)
Matchup: Miami Dolphins @ Cleveland Browns, 1:00 PM
I know fantasy football owners are down on Odell Beckham Jr. this season, but the star wide receiver has favorable matchups coming up in the home stretch of the fantasy football season.
Beckham had four catches for 60 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, which was good enough for a 10-point performance.
It could have been an even better game, but he fell one yard short of the goal-line early in the first quarter and he never managed to find the endzone for the rest of the game.
The targets are there. Beckham had 10 of them against the Steelers and I do expect them to remain high this week against the Miami Dolphins.
Feel confident starting him in this matchup.
SIT: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (projected 19.8 points)
Matchup: Dallas Cowboys @ New England Patriots, 4:25 PM
Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback of all time, hasn’t been great for fantasy football owners this season.
Three times this year Brady has failed to throw a touchdown pass and he is on pace for a career-low 22 touchdowns over a full 16-game season.
In Week 11, for the first time in his career he failed to lead the Patriots in passing touchdowns despite playing the entire game – wide receiver Julian Edelman threw the only score in the game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Even though the Patriots are at home in this matchup, a tough Dallas Cowboys defense is coming to town.
If you have better options at quarterback, like Matt Ryan above, feel confident benching Brady.
SIT: Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos (13 PPR)
Matchup: Denver Broncos @ Buffalo Bills, 1:00 PM
Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay had 16 carries for 67 rushing yards, and he had two receptions for eight yards in a 27-23 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11.
Lindsay is averaging 4.9 yards per carry this season, which is down from his 5.4 average as a rookie one year ago.
He has topped 75 total yards from scrimmage in five of his last six games and he is on pace to surpass last year’s numbers both rushing and receiving.
His next matchup isn’t so juicy. Lindsay will have a tough road test in Week 12 when the Broncos travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills.
Sit Lindsay here.
SIT: Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions (12.7 PPR)
Matchup: Detroit Lions @ Washington Redskins, 1:00 PM
With Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford sidelined, wide receiver Kenny Golladay’s production has dropped tremendously.
Last week against the Cowboys, Golladay only had one reception for 34 yards in the loss. The week prior against the Bears, he only had three catches for 57 yards, but he did have a score.
Clearly Golladay’s production isn’t the same with Jeff Driskel under center.
Until further notice, bench Golladay until you see Stafford back at quarterback.
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By Dan Canova