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Fantasy Football advice for Week 12: Start or Sit

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It's Sunday, which means it's football time. Here are some players you should start, and some you should sit, for this weekend's game in your fantasy league.

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The NFL gets back into action this afternoon after starting Week 12 with the three-Thanksgiving game feast earlier this week. Who should you be starting or sitting in your fantasy football league this weekend? We take a look at some players who should be, and some who should not be, in your lineup today.

Start

Quarterback - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars - The San Diego Chargers are making the dreaded West to East road trip for a 1pm ET game. Their defense has not been very good, especially on the road, and Bortles should be able to take advantage of them. Jacksonville is coming off the mini-bye, having played on Thursday night football in Week 11, so that should be even more of a reason to believe Bortles is ready for this game.

Running back - Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals - Johnson ran all over the San Francisco 49ers in his first matchup this year, and he could very easily do it again this week. Johnson has not had a great performance the last few weeks, but facing a 49ers defense who has been run over and through most of the year should be exactly what Johnson needs to get back on track.

Wide receiver - Jarvis Landry, wide receiver - There was not a Dolphins Start/Sit advice column this week, so Landry lands here on the overall Start/Sit advice article. Officially he is questionable for the game, but he is expected to play. The New York Jets have struggled this season, especially over the last month, and now will be without Darrelle Revis. Miami is such a pass happy team, forgetting to use Lamar Miller way too often, that it could benefit Landry even more this week.

Tight end - Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers - Miller rarely gets the football when it is not Ben Roethlisberger under center for the Steelers, but he typically gets it early and often when it is Roethlisberger quarterbacking the Steelers. Big Ben should be taking the opening snap this week - unlike two weeks ago where the Cleveland Browns had to knock Landry Jones out of the game to get to Roethlisberger - and Miller could benefit from having his starting quarterback back. The Seattle Seahawks have allowed the third most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Everything looks good for Miller - who probably is not even owned in your league.

Sit

Quarterback - Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills - Taylor appears to be able to play with the should injury that caused him so much trouble against the New England Patriots last week. Throughout the end of the game and down the tunnel after the game, Taylor could not stop grabbing at his shoulder, trying to adjust his pads to make the pain stop. It looks like he is going to play in this game, but he is facing a Kansas City Chiefs defense that has absolutely shut down opposing quarterbacks the last few weeks. It is not a good matchup for a healthy Taylor, and definitely not one you want with a possibly injured one.

Running back - Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks - Rawls is a player shooting up in the owned percentage across all of the fantasy games out there. Marshawn Lynch's injury allowed Rawls to explode, and everyone is trying to grab him off waiver wires for it. He probably should be owned in your league, if he is not already, but should not be starting this week. Putting up gaudy numbers against the 49ers is one thing (see Chris Johnson in the start section), but going up against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who do not allow running backs room to do anything this year, is something different. Grab him, but bench him, this week.

Wide receiver - Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts - Moncrief has been a disappointment lately, never seeming to find the end zone, and he and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck do not seem to be on the same page. Bench Moncrief and leave him there until Andrew Luck gets back in the lineup.

Tight end - Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills - Typically, two players from the same team do not end up on this list, but Clay just cannot be started this week. Clay has to overcome the fact that he appears to have disappeared from the Bills' offense as of late, he may still be hampered by a neck injury, this game does not matchup well for Taylor, and Kansas City has given up the fewest fantasy points to tight ends this year. If you are relying on Clay, think about going to grab Miller off the waiver wire and start him over Clay.