Fantasy Football 3 IN/OUT week 12











-   Week 12 –

Each week, the FANFOOD 3 IN/OUT will not include players that are locks for your starting rosters, just the ones that are considered “fringe” starters and may be outside the TOP 10 at each position.

They are the ones that you may have on the bench or ones that you can find on the waiver wire. Either way, they are the players we think will have a big game for you this week and players that have a tough row to hoe. They are the ones you want to start and players you need to bench. This week we will talk about 6 players that will help or hurt your team in week 12, and a bonus DST that you can plug and play.  As always, it’s followed by a great recipe, this time it’s not a recipe Per se, it’s a step by step guide on how to carve your Thanksgiving turkey.


Lets get to it.


It’s the waning moments of the fantasy regular season.  You need as much info as possible to get into the fantasy playoffs. That is what we are here for.  After this week, you will either be looking forward to the start of the fantasy playoffs, or looking forward to Thanksgiving. Check back all this week for FANFOOD tips & tricks to make your Thanksgiving Party the best on the block.



Week 12

Matthew StaffordJamaal CharlesCalvin JohnsonRob Gronkowski
Drew BreesMatt ForteAndre JohnsonJimmy Graham
Peyton ManningFrank GoreDemaryius ThomasVernon Davis
Tom BradyZac StacyVincent JacksonJason Witten
Eli ManningAdrian PetersonBrandon MarshallCoby Fleener
Andrew LuckAndre BrownDez BryantDelanie Walker
Cam NewtonChris JohnsonJordy NelsonGreg Olsen
Tony RomoEddie LacyVictor CruzJulius Thomas
Josh McCownAlfred MorrisTorrey SmithTony Gonzalez
Ben RoethlisbergerKnowshon MorenoPierre GarconAntonio Gates


NFL Week 12 Games


 -WEEK 12  -

(Byes: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle)

click here for TV & Radio listings 


Thursday, Nov. 21

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, 8:25


Sunday, Nov. 24

New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens, 1

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns, 1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions, 1

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, 1

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans, 1

San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, 1

Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins, 1

Chicago Bears at St. Louis Rams, 1

Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05

Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders, 4:05

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants, 4:25 



Denver Broncos at New England Patriots , 8:30 


Monday, Nov. 25

San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins, 8:40


Here is a handy NFL Schedule Grid you can refer to throughout the season…

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For most leagues, your team needs at least 110 points to have a chance of winning. You never want to concern yourself with what your opponent is doing, just aim to get to this number, hope for more and let the chips fall where they may. To reach this goal you will need (at minimum) 12 points from each of your starting skill positions, over 20 from your QB, more than a few from your kicker and at least 11 from your defense. This is the threshold for the IN/OUT predictions.

Here are the basic league settings that we are basing our predictions on…


QB,2WR,2RB,TE,FLEX (w/r/t), K, DST
TDs=6 pts0 pts allowed=10
passing=25 yds/pt2-6=7
receiving=10 yds/pt7-13=4
rushing=10 yds/pt14-20=1
reception=1 pt21-27=0
blocked kick=5
Return Yds=50 yds/pt





Rueben Randle vs DAL


from fftoolbox:
Rueben Randle might be the definition of boom or bust in fantasy this season. He has scored six touchdowns in his last six games played, but during that same span he has only gained more than 75 yards once. Randle is definitely not catching many passes, but when he does he is making them count as he is scoring a touchdown on every 4.8 receptions. This week Randle faces the Dallas Cowboys — by far the NFL’s worst pass defense– who giving up a brutal 313 yards passing per game. Randle’s only game this season when he has surpassed 100 yards receiving was in week one vs. the Cowboys. Don’t be surprised if he does that again and gains over 100 yards and scores. Look for a big week from Randle.
from fantasy sharks:
Continues to find the end zone often and with a great matchup this week, he certainly should be strongly considered for your starting lineup, especially considering how well he did in the Week One matchup with the Cowboys.
from rotoworld:
he has visited the end zone six times in his last six games and leads the team in touchdowns. Randle is not catching a lot of footballs, but he’s scoring at a high rate. That makes him a fine WR3 candidate every week. Dallas is up next. Randle caught five passes for 101 yards against the Cowboys in the season opener.


FANFOOD Says: Start him over WRs like Aaron Dobson, Harry Douglas and Mike Wallace.




Pierre Thomas at ATL


from fantasyknuckleheads:
The P.T. Cruiser has been remained productive on a consistent basis thanks to Sean Payton’s frequent deployment of the seventh-year back as a duel threat. With Darren Sproles operating at well less than 100% on a short week, Thomas should receive an extensive workload. And that should take place amid an exceptional matchup with Atlanta. The Falcons are a mere 30th against the run, while allowing 133 YPG.
from fantasy sharks:
Still the main RB threat and has a really good matchup this week, so probably a good option to utilize this week, especially since Sproles is not quite 100%. This could mean a few more receptions as well.
from rotoworld:
Pierre Thomas rushed 11 times for 49 yards in New Orleans’ Week 11 win over the 49ers, adding five catches for 35 yards. Thomas led the Saints in rushing, and the running back corps in receiving. He’s now cleared 80 yards from scrimmage in six straight games, averaging 5.3 catches in the process. Quietly, Thomas appears to have moved past Darren Sproles as a standard league FLEX option, and PPR league RB2. He has a juicy Week 12 matchup in the Falcons’ barely-there defense.


FANFOOD Says: Start him over RBs to the tune of Chris Ivory, Danny Woodhead and Trent Richardson.



Kendall Wright @ OAK


from fantasy sharks:
Continues to quietly fly under the radar and with a great matchup this week, he could continue to be a nice starting option.
from rotoworld:
Kendall Wright caught nine passes for 80 yards in Tennessee’s Week 11 loss to the Colts. The nine catches matched Wright’s career high, while the yards were his second most of the season. Wright worked the middle all night long, hauling in 9-of-12 looks. Frustratingly, the closest he came to the end zone was the Colts’ 20-yard line. Delanie Walker got the Titans’ lone passing touchdown. Wright’s lack of scores cap his fantasy upside, but averaging a weekly 6.3 catches for 72 yards since a slow Week 1, he’s a WR3 who won’t hurt you with doughnuts.
from FFLockerRoom:
Wright has 59 receptions through 10 games (5.9 average) , but remains a guy who moves the sticks rather than a big-play option. His 660 yards come on just 11.2 yards per reception but he has produced 5-plus receptions in 8 of 10 games along with recording 8 games with either 69-plus yards receiving or a touchdown.
from funston | Yahoo! Sports:
6 straight of 69+ yards, and OAK not a good candidate to stop that streak


FANFOOD Says: Start him over WRs like Wes Welker, Danny Amendola and Jarrett Boykin.









Lamar Miller vs CAR


from fantasyknuckleheads:
After rumbling for 194 rushing yards in Weeks 8-9, he has managed an anemic 19 on 11 carries in Miami’s last two games. While it is conceivable that his production will improve, the continued presence of Daniel Thomas coupled with the sometimes questionable play calling make that unlikely. And it certainly won’t happen this week, as Carolina’s stingy rush defense ranks third, and allows just 84.5 YPG.
from fantasy sharks:
Hardly touched the ball last week and who knows what this week will bring. I do know they face a great Panthers defense, so yards could be tough to come by. So it would be wise to play it safe and just avoid this situation entirely.
from Fantasy Football Maniax:
Miller is going to find it tough to run on the Panthers front seven this week, especially if they do not have some help from their passing game.
from FFLockerRoom:
You can NOT trust his work load. I believe in his talent but you have no idea how many times he will touch the ball.
from rotoworld:
Miller has now recorded 11 or fewer touches in six of ten games and is averaging just 10.4 carries per day. With two very tough matchups on deck (vs. CAR, at NYJ), owners would be hard-pressed to use him as anything more than a weak flex.


FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of RBs like Montee Ball, Mike Tolbert and Donald Brown.





Tavon Austin vs CHI


from fftoolbox:
Tavon Austin made his biggest fantasy impact of his young career in week ten, catching two touchdown passes for 138 yards, while also finding the endzone on a long punt return. The electric rookie was picked up in many fantasy leagues after this game, but I would not recommend starting him until he starts seeing the field more on offense. Despite his big fantasy numbers in week ten, Austin played just 15 snaps on offense, a number that will not lead to fantasy success in the future. Fantasy owners should not take the gamble on Austin this week.
from fantasy sharks:
The rookie had a monster game prior to the bye, but considering he hasn’t done much else, may be best to take a wait and see approach with him. If you are in a pinch, you could roll the dice to see if they spent the bye finding more ways to get him involved, but I’d still rather see him produce more consistently before relying on him.
from rotoworld:
Tavon Austin played only 15 offensive snaps in his Week 10 breakout game. He played eight downs on special teams. While Austin’s game was electrifying and a reminder that he has game-breaking talent, fantasy owners trying to chase Tavon’s Week 10 box score into the fantasy playoffs probably aren’t going to have much success. He’s a better hold in Dynasty than re-draft formats.


FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of Brian Hartline, Brandon LaFell and Miles Austin.





Jordan Cameron vs. STEELERS


from fantasy knuckleheads:
This has been a difficult position for many owners this season, and you may not have the luxury of finding a more favorable option. Plus, it might be difficult for you to move beyond those early games with high quality production. But reality needs to be embraced: he has scored just once since Week 4, while averaging 42 YPG since that time.
from bleacherreport:
I haven’t had the best track record when it comes to sitting Jordan Cameron. In this case, though, I feel confident in my prediction.Over his last six games, Cameron has averaged 4.3 receptions and 44.8 yards receiving per game. Those are hardly inspiring numbers, even for a tight end.In three of Cameron’s first four games, he received double digits in targets. However, since Week 4, the most targets he’s had are nine, and that was against the lowly Green Bay Packers defense.He’s been hurt by a combination of teams game-planning for him, suspect quarterback play and the return/re-emergence of Josh Gordon.A game with the Pittsburgh Steelers promises to be a physical affair. Cameron will have little chance to make an impact on the game.
from fantasysharks:
Continues to get his touches, though he has still not been quite as effective as he was early in the season. Faces a tough matchup this week, though he is certainly capable of getting it done any week.


FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of TEs like Delanie Walker, Greg Olsen and Garrett Graham.






FANFOOD Streaming Defense of the Week

 @ CLE



from rotoprofessor:
The Steelers’ defense hasn’t generated a lot defensively, including 6 interceptions and 18 sacks (though the Browns have allowed 34 sacks), but the Cleveland offense is in a near state of disaster. Jason Campbell threw 3 INT in Week 11, while the team also lost a fumble. Outside of Josh Gordon, there just isn’t much that’s going to scare you. The biggest issue with Pittsburgh’s defense has been its rushing defense (125.2 rushing yards per game and 13 TD), but does anyone really believe Cleveland’ backs can put a hurting on them? Chris Ogbonnaya saw his role increase in Week 11 (8 carries for 69 yards, 6 receptions for 30 yards) and is obviously the player to watch. He’s still just not going to scare you.
from Fantasy Sports LR:
It’s time to trust Pittsburgh’s fantasy defense again. At least, in this week’s matchup against the Cleveland Browns. Available in more than 2/3rds of leagues the Steelers D, despite a first half to forget, delivered two sacks and three turnovers against the Lions this week while shutting them down in the second half. Against a Browns squad who made the Bengals this week’s top scoring DST, a top 6 performance is in the offing for Pittsburgh in what should be a low-scoring AFC North affair.
from rotoballer:
Steelers face off in a game in which both teams give up 24 points a game and both have a negative giveaway takeaway margin.
from sonsofroto:
This has been one of the worst fantasy seasons in recent memory for the Steelers defense, but they should harken back to the glory days in this one. The reason? Jason Campbell. Dude threw three ugly picks in last week’s loss to Cincinnati and is facing a Steelers D that is actually playing the pass really well. Sure RB Chris Ogbonnaya may rack up the yards in this one, but I like Pittsburgh’s odds of generating enough turnovers and sacks to make them a worthy stream in Week 12.


FANFOOD SAYS: Start over DSTs like The Texans, Jets, and Ravens. 



Other Tools:

Fantasy Pros – who should I start?

The Fake Football Matchup Machine week 12

Fantasy Sports Portal – Sit/Start Tool

FF Toolbox – Weekly Cheatsheets

The Grey Report

Numberfire Player Comparison Tool

Fantasy Rundown Weekly Rankings

CBS Sports Weekly Projections

Fantasyomatic week 12 Projections

Week 12 Fact Sheet







Six Steps to Carving the Perfect Turkey

It’s not too early to start thinking about your Thanksgiving Dinner Party.  All this week we will be posting everything you need to know to host the perfect party, with tips, tricks recipes and how-to-guides. Lets start things off with how to carve your perfect bird, we’ll show you how to cook it later. click the link or image below for a .pdf from CharBroil.


Six Steps to Carving the Perfect Turkey



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