With 3 games to get through and one of them kicking off at 11:30 a.m. c.s.t. I figured I better get the START/SIT choices up; so you'll have some extra time to make those big decisions. We've got the Minnesota Vikings at the Detroit Lions. The Washington Redskins at the Dallas Cowboys and the night game is the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Indianapolis Colts. We've got a lot of picks to make; so here goes.


Sam Bradford got the Vikings back into the win column last week, but I don't think I have the confidence to use him this week. I have Bradford on my bench as a SIT tomorrow.

Matthew Stafford is the key to the Lions offense. Detroit struggles to run the football; so Stafford should get his passing attempts. Even though he's facing a good Vikings defense I have Stafford as a START tomorrow.

Kirk Cousins showed in Week 11 that he can throw the football down the field. Now it won't be as easy for Cousins tomorrow, but I think you can get away with him as a START tomorrow.

Dak Prescott showed the Cowboys made the right choice in sticking with him. Prescott had 301 passing yards against the #1 defense last week. Prescott should be a solid START tomorrow.

A healthy Ben Roethlisberger is a must start in this Pittsburgh offense. It helps that "Big" Ben is facing a Colts defense that gives up an average of 284 1/2 passing yards a game. This is an easy choice; START.

The Colts quarterback situation is in flux. Andrew Luck is in the NFL's concussion protocol and hasn't been cleared to play. Scott Tolzien is the Indianapolis back up. This is a situation that I'm going to stay away from. Be it Luck or Tolzien I'm going with SIT for tomorrow.

Running Back:

Matt Asiata is averaging 3.1 yards per carry as Minnesota has struggled to run the football. Asiata does have 4 rushing touchdowns, but it's a tough play to bet on a score. Asiata is a SIT tomorrow.

Jerick McKinnon is actually the Vikings leading rusher with 285 yards on the season, but he's only found the end zone 1 time this season. I'll keep McKinnon next to Asiata on the bench as a SIT.

Even after missing a couple of games with injuries Theo Riddick is still the Lions top running back. While Riddick is a big factor in the passing game he averages just 38.8 yards a game rushing. He won't score enough points even in a PPR league to use; so Riddick is a SIT tomorrow.

In the absence of Matt Jones it's been Rob Kelley getting the bulk of the carries in the Redskins running game. Kelley has had 20 plus carries the last three weeks. If Kelley is going to get that volume of carries he'll be a solid START tomorrow.

Is there really a question what to do with Ezekiel Elliott at this point. He's the NFL's leading rusher with 1102 yards and has 9 rushing touchdowns this season. I'm sure you have Elliott as a START tomorrow.

Le'Veon Bell is set up to have a big game tomorrow. Bell is a duel threat as he averages 82.7 yards rushing a game and 59.3 yards per game in the Steelers passing game. Bell is another player who's a must START tomorrow.

Frank Gore's day my depend on who the Colts quarterback is tomorrow. If they end up starting Tolzien he could see a lot of work, but if Luck plays it could just be an average week for Gore. Since the quarterback situation is so up in the air I'm going to make Gore a SIT for tomorrow.

Wide Receiver:

Stefon Diggs has a good connection with Sam Bradford and that equals a lot of catches. The issue has been Diggs hasn't been putting up a lot of yards. Being the go to receiver can pay off; so I'll START Diggs tomorrow.

Adam Thielen has found his way into the role as Vikings 2nd receiver. Thielen just doesn't total up enough numbers fantasy wise to be a good play tomorrow. I have Thielen as a SIT against the Lions.

Golden Tate is still getting his catches, but his yards and touchdowns are down this season. Is this the game Tate breaks out? I'm not willing to take that chance; so Tate is a SIT for me.

Marvin jones Jr. got off to a hot start for the Lions, but has cooled off as of late. It's difficult to pick which receiver on the Lions will get the targets; so I'm going to SIT Jones Jr. tomorrow as well.

Anquan Boldin has been a solid pick up for the Lions this season, but with the play of the tight end improving Boldin's targets are down. Boldin averages 7.9 yards per catch, but does lead the team with 5 receiving touchdowns. Since touchdowns aren't guaranteed I have Boldin as a SIT tomorrow.

DeSean Jackson seems to always be hurt. Jackson returned last week and had 4 catches and a touchdown, but he's listed on the injury report as limited with a shoulder injury. While Jackson is a game breaker he's hard to trust; so he's a SIT for me.

Pierre Garcon is coming off probably his best game of the season last week. Garcon caught 6 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. That was just Garcon's 2nd touchdown pf the season. Was it a breakout week for Garcon or just the team he was playing. I'm going to go with the later and that makes Garcon a SIT for me.

Jamison Crowder leads the Redskins in passing yards with 637 and touchdowns with 6. Crowder is also the teams main punt returner; so that can add fantasy points if your league uses that. I'm going with Crowder as a START tomorrow.

Dez Bryant had 8 catches last week and 2 of those went for touchdowns. It seems as though Bryant is working into a groove with Dak Prescott. It's tough to keep Bryant on the bench any time with his draft position. I do have Bryant as a START tomorrow.

Cole Beasley is never going to rack up the passing yards for you in fantasy. He seems to find ways to get his catches though. I do think the improvement of Bryant will hurt Beasley's numbers. I'm going to SIT Beasley tomorrow.

Antonio Brown is a must START every week. There's really no question about it. Brown leads the NFL in receptions with 77 and has been targeted 115 times. Any questions.

Eli Rogers has taken over as the Steelers 2nd receiver due to injuries. Even as the starter Rogers doesn't get a lot of targets as Ben Roethlisberger always seems to look Brown's way. This makes Rogers a SIT for me tomorrow.

T.Y. Hilton is the Colts top receiver, but that's with Andrew Luck under center and that might not be the case tomorrow. Hilton should still get his targets and with the draft position you took Hilton with he is probably a START. This is the toughest call of the day.

Donte Moncrief is averaging just 41.2 receiving yards per game, but does have 4 touchdowns. Fantasy owners have been waiting for Moncrief to break out, but I'm not sure this is the week for it. I have Moncrief as a SIT tomorrow.

Phillip Dorsett was a hot fantasy name last week, but didn't really produce. Dorsett had 1 reception for 50 yards last week. Dorsett does average 17.3 yards per catch, but that's not enough to start him. Dorsett is a SIT tomorrow.

Tight End:

Kyle Rudolph hasn't been the tight end fantasy owners thought he might be. Rudolph does have 5 touchdown receptions this season, but he's not putting up enough numbers to use him tomorrow. Rudolph is a SIT for me.

Eric Ebron has been on the upswing the last few games. Ebron has had 70 plus yards in each of the last 3 games, but the negative is he just has 1 touchdown on the season. I think Ebron is a sneaky START tomorrow.

The question isn't really what to do with Jordan Reed as he's a START every week with the numbers he puts up. The thing you have to make sure is that Reed is healthy. He's not on the Redskins injury report; so he should be good to go tomorrow.

Jason Witten had a huge game 3 weeks ago, but hasn't been anywhere close to those numbers since. There is a chance that Witten will pop up every now and then and have a big game. I'm not willing to take that chance; so Witten is a SIT for me.

Jesse James hasn't really produced fantasy wise this season. James is averaging 23.6 yards per game and had 3 touchdowns. There's just not enough there to use James; so he's a SIT for me.

Ladarius Green was brought in to help replace Heath Miller, but has been hurt most of the season. Green is healthy now, but I'm not sure if he's fully versed in the Steelers offense. I'm going to SIT Green tomorrow.

Dwayne Allen is a tough call like all the Colts player are with the quarterback situation. The tight end could be a solid check down guy for a back up quarterback, but I just can't use Allen in that role. That makes him a SIT for me.

Jack Doyle has been a fantasy surprise at tight end, but he's in the same position as all Colts players. Doyle has 4 touchdowns and that ties him for 2nd among all tight ends, but like Allen I just can't get behind him. Doyle is a SIT for me.

Defense/Special Teams:

Minnesota looked like the Defense/Special Teams that every fantasy owner wanted last week. Against a team like the Lions who should throw the football a lot they have a chance at a big day. This unit is a START for me tomorrow.

Are you willing to take a chance on Detroit's Defense/Special Teams because they're playing a weaker offense? A lot will depend on how your league is scored; so take a good look at that. In my league I think this unit is a SIT for me.

It was a tough call, but I have Washington's Defense/Special Teams as a SIT tomorrow. They're facing the top rushing team in the NFL and there could be to many negatives there to go with this unit.

I'm going with the Cowboys Defense/Special Teams unit as a START tomorrow. I am concerned that the Redskins may rack up some big time passing yards, but I'm betting on the Cowboys controlling the game with their running game and keeping this unit off the field.

The Pittsburgh Steelers Defense/Special teams unit isn't what it use to be when Dick LeBeau was coaching the defense, but they're facing an Indianapolis team that may be starting a back up quarterback. I think that alone is enough to take a chance and START this unit tomorrow.

I can't get far enough away from the Indianapolis Colts Defense/Special Teams tomorrow. Pittsburgh has one of the top offenses in the NFL and they have a chance to really put up some numbers. In case you're wonder this is a SIT for me tomorrow.

There you go. I hope in some small way this helps out your Week 12 fantasy teams. Thanks for taking the time to read this article and check back on Friday and we'll see how these picks worked out.

Happy Thanksgiving!    

Published by John Burke