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Good Call/Bad Call – Week 12


Eli Manning

tore apart the Dallas defense in Week 1, going for 450 passing yards and four touchdowns. That game was played in Dallas. This week it’s a home game for Manning and he’s a guy you’re going to want to start. Along with Manning’s 31 fantasy points in Week 1, the Cowboys have given up three more 30-plus point games this season. That makes them the easiest defense for quarterbacks to go against. Starting Manning shouldn’t even be a second thought for you this week. Plug him into the quarterback spot on your roster and move on to the hard decisions. Next.

The Detroit defense looks like it’s getting easier to go against as the season has worn on. In their last four games, the Lions defense has allowed three quarterbacks to throw for three or more touchdowns and only have one interception. Don’t be afraid to start
Mike Glennon

this week if you don’t have any better options. Glennon hasn’t been playing poorly given the team he’s had to work with, and injuries have taken their toll on the Tampa Bay offense. Glennon has an eight-to-one touchdown-to-interception ratio over the past five games. While he hasn’t been putting up big fantasy points, he’s been pretty steady in the 15-20 point range. With his easy matchup this week, give Glennon a shot if you can.

The St. Louis defense is one that looks like a good matchup on the surface, but when you see how they’ve done defending quarterbacks, you don’t really want to go against them.
Andrew Luck
353 passing yards was the first time a quarterback went for more than 300 passing yards since Week 2. A quarterback hasn’t scored over 20 fantasy points since Week 2 as well. If you thought starting Josh McCown was a good idea this week, seeing the Rams on the schedule, think again. McCown only has one game with better than 20 fantasy points this year, and this is not a week he’s going to be doing it again. McCown is a bad call this week.

Running Backs

Rashad Jennings

has been on fire lately. Only
Marshawn Lynch

has more fantasy points over the last three weeks. If you’ve got Jennings, start him. His matchup with the Tennessee Titans is the best one he’s going to see so far. The Titans have a nice streak of six straight games they’ve allowed the primary running back to score a touchdown. Those six starting running backs all scored more than 20 fantasy points in their games. I’d put the floor for his production this week at 20 points and wouldn’t be surprised if he cracked 30. This week he’s going to be one of the top running backs, again.

Chris Ivory

has always had the problem of staying healthy, not if he can produce when he is. The last few weeks we’ve seen a healthy
Chris Ivory

and it’s paid off if you had enough guts to start him. This week you’re going to want to put him back on the bench. Ivory has to run against a Baltimore defense that is the third-toughest defense for running backs to play against. The Ravens have only allowed one rushing touchdown on the season, and only one running back has had more than 100 rushing yards. This is not the week to start Ivory. He’s a bad call.

If you’re still starting
Lamar Miller

Daniel Thomas

, stop. Not only are they taking value away from each other by splitting the workload, they’re also playing a tough game this week. Carolina is the seventh-toughest matchup for running backs. The Panthers have only allowed one running back to score more than 20 points against them. They’re second to only Baltimore with just three rushing touchdowns allowed this season. Starting either of these guys would be a bad call.

Wide Receivers

Jarrett Boykin

has double-digit points in four of the past five games. Not bad for a guy that wasn’t even drafted in almost every draft this past August. With Randall Cobb still out with injury, he’s been taking major advantage of his increased workload. It even looks like he’s overtaken
James Jones
the No. 2 wide receiver in Green Bay. This week he gets a great matchup with the banged up Minnesota defense. The Vikings have allowed a league-leading 23 passing touchdowns against them this year. Seven wide receivers have had 20 or more fantasy points against the Vikings this year. Boykin should be able to have a big day this weekend, and he’s a good call.

Michael Floyd

has been quietly having a good fantasy season. He has double-digit points in all but three games this season, and got his first 100-yard game of the year last week. He looks to be getting a hold of the pro game in his second season, and has only seven less fantasy points than
Larry Fitzgerald

. He should have no problem getting double-digit points again this week with a soft matchup against Indianapolis. The Colts are in the bottom third of the league and have given up good games to secondary wide receivers like Rod Streater,
Brian Hartline

Eric Decker

. Starting Floyd would be a good call this week.

Aaron Dobson

has appeared to have taken over the No. 1 receiver job in New England, but that could be debatable with
Danny Amendola

back in the lineup. This week it won’t matter which one you have since both should have a big week. Their matchup with Denver should be a shootout. Teams playing the Broncos have to keep up with their high-powered offense, and with
Tom Brady

throwing the ball a lot it shouldn’t be tough for both guys to get points for you this week.

Tight Ends

Garrett Graham

to have a good game this week. Jacksonville has given up eight touchdowns to tight ends this season, so the odds of him getting a score this week are good. If you listened to me last week he got you 26 points. This week he won’t have that many be he’ll be a good call for you to start.

Mychal Rivera

is a rookie tight end that you might want to keep watching. His role in the Oakland offense has been increasing lately and he caught his second touchdown of the year last week. This week he’s got a soft matchup with Tennessee, who ranks 25th against tight ends. Last week
Coby Fleener

broke 100 receiving yards, and I have a hunch Rivera could get close to that this week. Side note, Rivera’s sister plays Santana on the FOX show Glee. Don’t ask me why I know that.

This week is not the week to be starting
Jordan Reed

. He plays the fourth-ranked San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers have allowed just four tight ends to score in double digits this season. Reed has been hit-or-miss with his big games this year, but seems to be having solid games all season. This week he plays his toughest matchup of the year, and he’s a bad call this week.

Good luck this week and, as always, may your starters stay healthy and I hope you make all the right calls.

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