Time to Shine or Ride the Pine: Week 12 Start or Sit

Week 11 definitely didn’t go as I would have liked as Terry McLaurin, Brian Hill, and Miles Sanders all laid eggs. My Cowboys won again ahead of this weeks huge matchup in Foxboro and the Ravens continued to bulldoze the competition. We’re two weeks away form most fantasy playoffs so here is week 12’s start or sit with some deep sleepers. Good luck!

Players who will Shine

Derrius Guice (Det@Was 1pm est)

Guice looked really nice as he spun and juked his way to a 45-yard receiving touchdown last week against the Jets. In doing so he helped alleviate any lingering concerns about his health and effectiveness going forward. I understand that AP isn’t going anywhere but Guice is the future and offers much more big play ability on top being a far superior receiver out of the backfield.

Washington must see what they have in Derrius which will lead to him seeing the larger share of backfield touches going forward. Those increased touches are sneaky good for a Redskins team who despite their faults, can still run the ball. As an RB3 or low-end flex play you could be worse off then former 2nd rounder Derrius Guice.

Prediction: 11 car 52 yards 1 td, 3 rec 16 yards: 14.3 pts

James Washington (Pit@Cin 1pm est)

This one should have an asterisk as its solely dependent on who DOESN’T play in Cincinnati. Big Play James saw 85% of the offensive snaps last week when both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson left early due to injuries. He was only able to reel in 3 of 5 targets for 49 yards but the snap % clearly places him atop the pecking order minus those two.

Johnson returned to full practice on Wednesday but still needs to clear the concussion protocol in order to suit up on Sunday. If both JuJu and Diontae miss this week, Washington gets his shot to shine with college teammate Mason Rudolph. A big play or two can be expected from the Oklahoma State duo in this rematch against the Bengals.

Prediction: 5 rec 82 yards 1 td: 16.7 pts

Patrick Laird (Mia@Cle 1pm est)

This is a complete shot in the dark for only those with no other options. Having been active the last two weeks, Laird has shown a nice skill set as a receiver out of the backfield with 8 receptions for 66 yards. His 58 yards on 7 touches was 51 more than Kalen Ballage had on twice as many touches.

He has played well enough to earn more playing time and the ineffectiveness of Ballage should cause Miami to utilize the more elusive Laird. Week 12 presents an exciting opportunity for the pass catcher in a game the Dolphins are double digit dogs again.

Prediction: 4 car 20 yards, 6 rec 43 yards 1 td: 15.3 pts

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Ride the Pine

Josh Jacobs (Oak@NYJ 1pm est)

The rookie hasn’t disappointed so far in 2019 while averaging 92.3 yards per game, and only 77 away from 1,000. This week however, the rookie runs into the fortress know as the big Green machine. The Jets have only allowed 791 yards this year and are keeping opposing rushers to a 3 yards per carry average.

The Raiders will try hard to establish the ground attack but will find no success and turn to the passing game. Jacobs has seen more time on passing downs but is still not the top option as Jalen Richard holds that role. Temper expectations against a Jets defense that is hell bent on stuffing the run.

Prediction: 15 car 69 yards, 3 rec 14 yards: 9.8 pts

Ravens WRs (Bal@LAR MNF 8:15pm)

Baltimore has been humming on offense by riding its NFL best rushing attack and Lamar Jackson. Their wide receivers have been an afterthought in their offense and that should continue this week in LA. Keep the divas on the bench this week.

Prediction: Don’t start them

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