Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 12: Smart Sleepers to Exploit and Lineup Advice

a peculiar way to impact a fantasy team.

They can, on the one hand, diminish the worth of the players surrounding the wounded player and cast doubt on their ability to perform; but, on the other hand, they can provide a chance for those who would not have had many before.

Cooper Kapp suffered a sprained ankle during Sunday’s 17-16 victory over the Seattle Seahawks for the Los Angeles Rams.

Start 'Em: Puka Nacua, Los Angeles Rams

Even if quarterback Matthew Stafford will be able to spread the ball more in the absence of his preferred target, it is still a huge letdown for a man who has seen more than his share of injuries over the past two seasons.

Pukka Nacka, who is sixth in the league with 897 yards and ninth with 69 receptions, will probably benefit from that.

Although Kapp’s return to the lineup caused a significant decline in the BYU product’s fantasy production, he still managed five double-digit scoring outings in ten games.

Nacka will be Stafford’s main target against a weak Arizona Cardinals defence, so expect him to put up high numbers and potentially spark the recently struggling Rams offence.

Though he may be the most unappreciated running back in the league right now, Joe Mixon is not a lock to start for the Cincinnati Bengals against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 12.

Sit 'Em: Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

Due to a wrist injury, star quarterback Joe Burrow will not be able to play this season. Instead, the Bengals will rely on Jake Browning to lead them against the renowned Steelers pass rush.

Regarding the backup signal-caller, Pittsburgh has scored 28 touchdowns this season and used a 33.3 percent blitz rate, according to Pro Football Reference.

Against a quarterback making his first career start, that figure might increase.

The 2021 Pro Bowler still has a chance to contribute because the Steelers allow opposing backs to score 20.7 fantasy points per game, but this is not a matchup or position on your squad where you should give up points in exchange for possibility.

For a replacement this week, check your bench or the waiver wire (hey, Devin Singletary!).

Despite not being the quintessential fantasy starter—especially after failing to score in the double digits in his previous two games—Garrison Minshew is a great sleeper in Week 12.

Sleeper: Gardner Minshew, Indianapolis Colts

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who allow opponents to score 20 points a game, are allowing the fourth-most to quarterbacks; on Sunday, Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers exploited them.

Against a Bucs secondary that appeared ill-prepared to stop the Niners, the second-year quarterback completed three passes for three scores.

Though they lack San Francisco’s offensive prowess, the Colts do have their own weapons.

One of the league’s top one-two punches could be Michael Pittman Jr. and Josh Downs, who can take advantage of a defense’s weakness on the tail half of a The Buccaneers defence this weekend might be missing cornerback Jamel Dean. The plays will be there for Minshew to make an impact on the game.

In Week 7, the 27-year-old had his finest fantasy football performance of the season against a strong Browns defence, scoring twice via the air and twice on the ground. ground for 28.1 points.

It may be tough to replicate that, but there is no reason why Minshew won’t be able to pick apart the Buccaneers’ secondary and break the 20-point threshold for just the second time this season.

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