Now that the turkey has been eaten and Thanksgiving is over, fantasy owners can look ahead to the rest of the slate of Week 12 games on Sunday (and Monday night). No teams are on bye and with only two games on Thanksgiving Day, fantasy owners have plenty of players to pick from in order to fill out their roster with the best players possible, although keep a close eye on the already-moved-once Baltimore-Pittsburgh game.
Wins are needed at this point in the season (unless you've already been mathematically eliminated from your league's playoffs) and every point counts (especially if that becomes a tie-breaker to get into the playoffs). Check the injury reports, check the inactive reports, and do your best to put your best team forward.
START These QBs
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Allen has had some great games this season and he's had some rough outings. In Week 12, the Bills are facing the Chargers, and could be without wide receiver John Brown. Allen can still find other pass catchers in what could be a shootout. Justin Herbert also is a must-start, and even though the Bills defense can be tough, Herbert has been great. Both quarterbacks should do well in this game. In the past two games before the bye, Allen has thrown for 699 yards and five touchdowns. He has a rushing touchdown as well.
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders at Atlanta Falcons
The Raiders face the Falcons, who allow the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Coming off a game where he threw for 275 yards, three touchdowns and an interception (against the Chiefs), Carr should build on that and have another good game in Week 12. Against Atlanta, all quarterbacks except for two have thrown for either multiple touchdowns or more than 300 yards. Expect Carr to be in that category as well.
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Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts
Tannehill has been a decent fantasy quarterback this season, but he's really excelled in good matchups. Unfortunately, Week 12 is not a good matchup against the Colts, who have been tough against opposing quarterbacks this season. When these two teams faced each other in Week 10, Tannehill only threw for 147 yards and a touchdown. It's hard to trust him in Week 12 as anything more than a low QB2.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers
After a three-touchdown game with 314 yards, it's hard to imagine sitting Cousins. However, he faces the Panthers in Week 12. The Panthers have a decent secondary; expect this to be a big Dalvin Cook game. Cousins has eight touchdown passes in the past three games, but this is a tougher test. It's not clear if Adam Thielen will be cleared from the reserve/COVID-19 list in time to play. If he is out, Cousins should absolutely be on fantasy benches.
START These TEs
Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills
With four receptions in each of the past four games, Henry isn't putting up Travis Kelce numbers by any means, but because of the tight end landscape, he's still a TE1. Henry has a great matchup in Week 12 against the Bills, but Justin Herbert loves Keenan Allen. Henry does have touchdowns in the past two games, and while that streak may not continue this week, it certainly is a possibility. It should be enough to want to start Henry as a TE1.
Evan Engram, New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals
After having 29 targets in Weeks 8-10, Engram took a step back in Week 11 with three targets. He had two receptions for 15 yards. However, the Giants face the Bengals in Week 12 and they should start throwing the ball. The Bengals are a great tight end matchup and this has the makings of a get-right game for the Giants. Engram should be part of that game plan and started as a TE1.
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Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons vs. Las Vegas Raiders
At one point, Hurst was a viable fantasy option. However, since the Week 10 bye, Hurst has two targets and no receptions. He was on the injury report this week with an ankle injury. Perhaps that hindered him in Week 11, but it is reason enough to keep him on fantasy benches (or even the waiver wire if you have better options available).
Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers
The Rams have been using both Higbee and Gerald Everett this season, which has made both tight ends nearly useless for fantasy owners. In Week 12, neither should be started in fantasy leagues. The Rams face the 49ers, who have only allowed one tight end to score a touchdown this season (Marcedes Lewis, in Week 9, with a 1/1/1 stat line). Both Rams tight ends should be kept on fantasy benches.
START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
The Packers face the Bears, and at this point, the Bears have yet to name a starting quarterback. Both Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles are dealing with injuries and it's may just be a matter of who is healthy enough to get on the field. This is good news for the Packers DST. They are going to get to the quarterback, whichever one it is. David Montgomery might be a good start, but he is not able to carry the team. The Giants (at Cincinnati with no Joe Burrow or Joe Mixon) get an honorable mention as a start, but the Packers seem like a better option if both are available.
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Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Ravens were supposed to play the Steelers on Thanksgiving night. Because of a COVID-19 outbreak, the game was (tentatively) moved to Sunday afternoon. The Ravens have missed practice time this week and it's unclear the status of all players. The Steelers are undefeated and the offense is firing on all cylinders. While the Ravens DST has been decent in games, this is not the week to start them, especially since it's looking less and less likely this game will be played on Sunday.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.