The AEE Fantasy Start/Sit List – RB edition – Week 12

The AEE Fantasy Start/Sit List – RB edition – Week 12

The Fantasy Football 2019 NFL regular season. As we close out the regular season, let’s take a look at the best starts and sits heading into Week 12 of your fantasy football matchups.

Start of the Week: Jaylen Samuels @ Cincinnati Bengals

If James Conner is going to miss the game, Jaylen Samuels obviously becomes a must-start. Even if Conner is able to play, I really like Samuels in PPR leagues because of the injuries to the Steelers’ wide receiver corps. Mason Rudolph is sure to pepper Samuels with short-range targets if JuJu Smith-Schuster or Diontae Johnson will miss the game. 

Start – Kalen Ballage @ Cleveland Browns: Kalen Ballage’s stat line from last week is honestly one of the worst I can remember seeing for a starting running back who wasn’t injured. He finished with 9 attempts for 9 rushing yards and caught 5 passes for a whole 8 yards. The 5 receptions and touchdown were his saving grace and the reason that if I’m desperate, I’m cashing in my chips at the Ballagio.

Start – Bo Scarbrough @ Washington Redskins: Scarborough might be Toronto’s doormat, but Bo Scarbrough treats defenders like doormats. Scarbrough took it to the Cowboys last week, putting together a nice game with 14 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown. Fool me once, shame on you, as the Lions did with Ty Johnson. If they fool us again, I’m out, but for this game against the Redskins, Scarbrough is a decent play.

Start – Tony Pollard @ New England Patriots: This is certainly a risky play, but I think Tony Pollard could have some flex appeal against the vaunted Patriots defense. This will be especially true if Amari Cooper is limited or out, as Pollard could see some extra passing work out of the backfield in relief of Zeke. You’re hoping for a touchdown, but Pollard seems like a better option than some of the other backup running backs people are trying to start.

Start – Raheem Mostert vs Green Bay Packers: The Colonel is practicing in full this week and Matt Breida is likely to be out for this game. The Packers defense started the year hot, but they’ve struggled against the run for a large chunk of the season and I believe they’ll be susceptible to the 49ers running game, making all of their running backs intriguing plays this week.

Sit of the Week: Brian Hill vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

“I should apologize to my fantasy owners but I really don’t care.” – Brian Hill

Good, then we don’t need to care about you, especially against one of the NFL’s top run defenses this year. Fade Brian Hill like a bad haircut.

Sit – Ronald Jones @ Atlanta Falcons: On the other side of the ball, Ronald Jones was incredibly unimpressive last week, but it wasn’t entirely his fault.

It’s hard to do much of anything when you only receive 6 touches. With how the Falcons defense has performed lately, I have no faith in starting Ronald Jones.

Sit – James Conner @ Cincinnati Bengals: It’ll be easier to make the decision if James Conner is declared out, but even if he’s active, Conner will be on my bench. James Conner is a talented back but with the shoulder injury hampering him last week, I’m more inclined to lean on Jaylen Samuels as a PPR option than to risk starting Conner again.

Sit – Adrian Peterson vs Detroit Lions: The return of Derrius Guice has cut into the volume required to keep Adrian Peterson fantasy relevant. Peterson is the type of running back that needs 20 touches per game to produce for fantasy, so he’s a fade for me for as long as he’s sharing backfield touches.

Sit – Jamaal Williams @ San Francisco 49ers: His streak of receiving touchdowns came to an end at 4 games after playing the Panthers but was still largely effective. Jamaal Williams is still going to be a fade for me because of how good the 49ers defense is, especially when they’re playing at home. If you have no better options, I understand playing Williams in this spot, but at least temper your expectations.