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

- Updated: Friday, November 23rd

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, Jameis Winston is listed below as a "start" for Week 12. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 12 with him as my starting quarterback.

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

In other words, if you owned both Andrew Luck and Winston, you should start Luck -- and in turn, bench Winston.

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 QB Start'em

QB - Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. SF)

It's been virtually a two-outcome scenario with Tampa's starting quarterback this season: (1) finish as a weekly top-10 fantasy quarterback or (2) get benched. In fact, Week 10 was the only time that the starter finished the game and did not finish as a top-10 weekly performer.

Despite the obvious risk that Winston could implode and get benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick, he has a ton of upside assuming a full game. While his interception rate (6.7 percent) is more than double his career average (3.2 percent), Winston has a 65.9 completion rate, 4.9-percent TD rate and is averaging 8.4 Y/A, all of which are career highs.

In games where opposing quarterbacks have thrown 30-plus attempts against them, the 49ers have allowed multiple passing scores in all seven instances. Not only have the 49ers have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, but the Bucs are the favorites of the game with the highest over-under (of remaining games) this week.

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Week 12 Fantasy Football RB Start'em

RB - Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns (at CIN)

Productive on limited touches before the trade, Chubb has been a workhorse following Cleveland's short-lived Carlos Hyde era. In his four starts since Hyde was traded to Jacksonville, Chubb has a minimum of 18 carries each week and he totaled 209 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in his previous game.

If you own Chubb, you have to be happy about the matchup this week against the Bengals. (And perhaps even happier that you get it again in Week 16 -- Championship Week in most leagues.) No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season and they have surrendered a league-high 5.13 per attempt on running back carries.

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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.

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Week 12 Fantasy Football TE Start'em

TE - Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers (at DEN)

McDonald missed the season opener, but he has three-plus catches in all but one game since making his season debut in Week 2. Since exceeding 60 yards in three of four games, McDonald has had a more modest 25 to 47 yards over his four most-recent games, but he has scored in back-to-back weeks. In a plus matchup, McDonald has a chance to post a third consecutive top-10 performance.

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