With just two games on Thanksgiving and no teams on bye this week, fantasy owners have a lot of players to choose from when it comes to setting their lineups. Many leagues have already awarded the coveted asterisks, indicating that your team has already locked into a playoff spot. However, those fantasy owners who are still fighting to get into the playoffs need to make sure they have their best lineups out there. Keep in mind injuries and players on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Be aware of any schedule changes (Baltimore-Pittsburgh looking very iffy for Sunday) and make sure that all players in your starting lineups are active.
START These RBs
David Montgomery, Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Montgomery missed Week 10 with a concussion and the Bears were on a bye in Week 11. He's cleared the concussion protocol and is ready to return in Week 12 against the Packers, who allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Montgomery has struggled a bit this season, but with Chicago's struggles at quarterback and finding ways to move the ball, the team may rely on him in Week 12. He should be a solid RB2.
Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
Ahmed has been the Dolphins running back since Myles Gaskin was placed on injured reserve. Gaskin has been designated to return but he's no guarantee to be back in the lineup on Sunday. The Dolphins face the Jets in Week 12. Ahmed struggled against the Broncos in Week 11 (43 rushing yards, 31 receiving), but he has an easier matchup this week. The Jets are struggling, so it seems likely that the Dolphins will end up with a lead and then Ahmed will be the one to kill the clock and carry the ball. He's an RB2.
SIT These RBs
Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints
The Broncos face the Saints, who allow the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. The last touchdown of any kind (rushing or receiving) they allowed to an opposing running back was in Week 4. No running back has had more than 100 rushing yards and only two all season have had more than 100 yards from scrimmage – Josh Jacobs in Week 2 with 105 yards and David Montgomery in Week 8 with 105 yards. Gordon had a good game against Miami but could struggle in Week 12.
James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
Conner has only had 20-plus carries in two games this season. In the past three weeks, he hasn't had more than 15 carries. He had 22, 36, and 89 yards in the past three games. Conner was drafted as an RB1, but he's been a low RB2 so far this season. The Steelers are scheduled to face the Ravens on Sunday, and Ben Roethlisberger will likely be throwing the ball as much as possible, which makes it hard to trust Conner as anything more than a low RB2. The last time Conner faced the Steelers, he rushed for 47 yards but he did manage to get in the end zone.
START These WRs
Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans
Perhaps it's age or injury, but it's unclear what T.Y. Hilton's issue has been this season. With Hilton struggling Philip Rivers has unofficially anointed Pittman as his No. 1 receiver over the past three weeks. Pittman had his first 100-yard game in Week 10 against the Titans, and his first touchdown in Week 11. The Colts face Tennessee again and it's a great matchup for their offense. He's a high WR2.
Nelson Agholor, Las Vegas Raiders at Atlanta Falcons
After a brutal Week 10, Agholor bounced back in Week 11 and had six receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown. The Raiders face the Falcons this week, whose secondary has been repeatedly beaten by pass catchers throughout the league. Agholor is the No. 1 pass catcher for the Raiders, and he and Derek Carr have had a connection this season. With the great matchup, Agholor should be a WR2 this week.
SIT These WRs
DJ Chark Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cleveland Browns
Chark missed practice on Wednesday with a ribs injury, but it doesn't appear to be anything that will keep him out this Sunday. However, fantasy owners should be concerned with the change at quarterback. Gardner Minshew is still out and after throwing four interceptions in Week 11, Jake Luton has been benched for Mike Glennon. Jacksonville is Glennon's fifth team in five years. He hasn't looked like an NFL starter at any point of his career, so it's baffling why he would be starting now. All Jaguars pass catchers should be downgraded, but Chark is the one that most fantasy owners are counting on.
Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens at Baltimore Ravens
In Week 11, fantasy owners would get the same amount of points if they inserted themselves in their fantasy lineups as they got from Brown. There is no known injury to Brown to explain the fact that he couldn't make a catch on three targets. In Week 10, Brown had two receptions for 14 yards. In Week 9, he had three receptions for 38 yards. In Week 8, he had one reception for three yards, but it was a touchdown. He hasn't had a 100-yard game since Week 1. If these stats were assigned to another player, they would be on the waiver wire without question. He's a super-risky start in Week 12, especially since his game may not happen 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.
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