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Week 12

Week twelve is upon us and lineups are crucial this time of year. Remember the basics and monitor your injuries as late information may dictate your starters this week. Also, be weary of any early lineup submissions due to the Turkey Day games. Any player listed below whose game is on Thursday will be noted. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

When using this list, try and remember a couple basic rules:

1) Studs – Always play your studs. Each position will include a list of players that are considered studs and should not be benched. If you have the luxury of needing to decide between studs, check out the matchups or feel free to let the shark tank assist you in your decisions.

2) Depth – Every fantasy team is different and some have more depth than others. Only follow the recommended moves if your team depth allows you to make such a move.

Enough of the chit-chat, onto the list!!



Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota vs. Jacksonville
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Giants
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Detroit **Thanksgiving Day game**


Trent Green, Kansas City (vs. San Diego): Green has thrown for over 300 yards in three straight games and four out of the past five games. With Holmes unlikely to play again this week, expect the Chiefs to continue to air it out and Green will post big numbers.

Aaron Brooks, New Orleans (vs. Atlanta): The three INTs from last week were a bit disturbing, but the 377 yards passing was a nice touch. The last time Brooks played against the Falcons in Atlanta, he threw for 352 yards with three TDs and no INTs. Don’t get your hopes up that high, but you should expect another solid performance from Brooks this week.


Patrick Ramsey, Washington (vs. Pittsburgh): It’s probably going to take a couple of weeks for the Redskins offense to find its way with Ramsey taking over at the helm. Unfortunately, fantasy football owners cannot wait. Look elsewhere as Ramsey will struggle against the Steelers.

Jeff Garcia, Cleveland (vs. Cincinnati): Garcia is questionable this week with a strained rotator cuff. The Bengals have been playing well against the pass as of late and will force the Browns to stick to the ground.


Running Backs

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Curtis Martin, N.Y. Jets vs. Arizona
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Kansas City
Shaun Alexander, Seattle vs. Buffalo
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis vs. Detroit
**Thanksgiving Day game**
Tiki Barber, N.Y. Giants vs. Philadelphia
Deuce McAllister, New Orleans vs. Atlanta
Clinton Portis, Washington vs. Pittsburgh

Removed from Studs list:

-Priest Holmes, K.C.: Doubtful, knee
-Ahman Green, Green Bay: Questionable, ribs
-Jamal Lewis, Baltimore: Questionable, ankle


Reuben Droughns, Denver (vs. Oakland): Hopefully you took our advice and started Droughns last week. If so you enjoyed his 166 yards and a TD to the fullest. Droughns faces an Oakland defense that he rushed for over 175 yards just five weeks ago. Enjoy similar success from Droughns this week.

William Green, Cleveland (vs. Cincinnati): Lee Suggs is day-to-day with a toe injury, which could open the door just enough for Green to sneak a spot start in your lineup. The Bengals rank 31st in the NFL in rushing yards allowed, so if Suggs can’t go Green should perform well enough to be worthy of a start.

Warrick Dunn, Atlanta (vs. New Orleans): Dunn is another RBBC candidate who should perform well this week. Despite sharing time with T.J. Duckett, Dunn has still averaged 15 carries over the past three weeks. Against a defense like the Saints, 15 carries is enough to due plenty of damage.


Kevin Jones, Detroit (vs. Indianapolis): Jones posted his first 100-yard game of his career last week, but against the Vikings that’s no big deal. The Colts end up turning their games into shootouts, leaving the running game in the dust. Expect more of the same this week limiting Jones’ opportunities.

Emmitt Smith, Arizona (vs. N.Y. Jets): The “Return of Emmitt” was fun while it lasted. Expect more of the 11 carries for 26 yards from last week the rest of the way as old #22 rides off into the sunset.

Tyrone Wheatley, Oakland (vs. Denver): Wheatley did not play the last time these teams met, but Amos Zereoue only mustered 34 yards on 15 carries. Wheatley may find the end zone, but expect similar rushing totals in Denver this week.


Wide Receivers

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Terrell Owens, Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Giants
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. Detroit
**Thanksgiving Day game**
Andre Johnson, Houston vs. Tennessee
Javon Walker, Green Bay vs. St. Louis
Isaac Bruce, St. Louis vs. Green Bay
Torry Holt, St. Louis vs. Green Bay
Derrick Mason, Tennessee vs. Houston
Hines Ward, Pittsburgh vs. Washington
Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina vs. Tampa Bay
Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville vs. Minnesota
*Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. Detroit
**Thanksgiving Day game**

Removed from Studs list:

-Randy Moss, Minnesota: hamstring injury
Joe Horn, New Orleans: elbow


Eddie Kennison, Kansas City (vs. San Diego): Kennison fell just one yards shy of his third straight 100-yard receiving game on Monday night. His two TD catches made it three TDs in two weeks. Get the picture? Kennison should be in your lineup against the Chargers which should be a shootout.

Nate Burleson, Minnesota (vs. Jacksonville): With Randy Moss expected to return this week, don’t think that Burleson will be ignored in the passing attack. Burelson has caught a TD in four straight games and should see enough action this week to keep him a worthy starter.

Ashley Lelie, Denver (vs. Oakland): Lelie has emerged as a solid WR in Denver catching a TD pass in three straight games and having a reception for 30 yards or more in six straight games. Against an average Raiders secondary, Lelie should continue at least one of those streaks this week.

Donald Driver, Green Bay (vs. St. Louis): Driver has been hit or miss this season posting huge numbers one week and so-so numbers the next. Despite having a big game on Sunday night (10-148, 1 TD), Driver should still be worthy of a start against at home on Monday night against the Rams who were torched by Drew Bledsoe last week.


Laveranues Coles, Washington (vs. Pittsburgh): After a short stint on the studs list, Coles has been inconsistent mostly in part to the lackluster performance of Mark Brunell. The change to Ramsey helps Coles, but not this week playing on the road against one of the hottest defenses in the league.

Plaxico Burress, Pittsburgh (vs. Washington): I thought plastic wasn’t supposed to break? Plax strained a hamstring last week and is questionable to play against the Redskins. Even if he does get some P.T, expect limited numbers against a solid Redskins pass defense.

Keary Colbert, Carolina (vs. Tampa Bay): The emergence of Muhammad as a Stud, has certainly diminished the value of this promising rookie. Colbert hasn’t had more than four catches in over five weeks and won’t have huge numbers against the Bucs this week either.

Brandon Lloyd, San Francisco (vs. Miami): Lloyd had been one of the hottest WRs in the league before last week catching a TD in four of the previous five games. The Bucs held Lloyd to one catch for seven yards and you can expect Miami’s pass defense to be just as tough this week.


Tight Ends

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. San Diego
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Kansas City
Eric Johnson, San Francisco vs. Miami
Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. New Orleans
Jason Witten, Dallas vs. Chicago
**Thanksgiving Day game**
Randy McMichael, Miami vs. San Francisco


Boo Williams, New Orleans (vs. Atlanta): After catching only 13 passes in the first seven games, Williams has amassed 11 catches in the past three games with a TD. Williams should continue to find some openings next week in Atlanta.

Jeremy Shockey, N.Y. Giants (vs. Philadelphia): Shockey has been on the cusp of the Stud list for a couple weeks. His first game with young Eli was an encouraging one for Shockey owners. If the younger Manning looks Shockey’s way often this week, he’ll be a Stud the rest of the way.


Mark Campbell, Buffalo (vs. Seattle): There’s no need to scramble to pick up Mark Campbell after last week’s three TD performance. This is not a rebirth of the Ben Coates days. Campbell will return to his normal 1-catch for 15 yards this week.

Daniel Graham, New England (vs. Baltimore): Graham had a couple big plays on Monday night, but don’t confuse big plays with consistent production. Graham will be used mostly as a blocker next week against the Ravens defense.

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