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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 12

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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 12

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is on the horizon.

We hope you got all of your Black Friday shopping done and didn't have to deal with any angry mothers along the way.

Man. Christmas shopping may be even more cutthroat than fantasy football. 

With that being said, It's a crucial week for fantasy owners who are looking to secure a playoff berth.

As always, we'll try our best to steal you a Week 12 victory:

START

Buck Allen, RB, BAL (@ CLE) - Allen is the latest running back thrust into the spotlight because of injuries (what a crappy year it's been). Luckily for Allen, his first defense he gets to face is the Browns, who are known for whiffing on tackles. Allen recorded 22 carries along with five catches in last week's game after Justin Forsett left. He's in the prime time spotlight with the Ravens likely trying to take the game out of Matt Schaub's hands. Expect him to get buck wild tonight. (John "The Professor" Paschall)

Travis Benjamin, WR, CLE (vs. BAL) - It seems like no matter the quarterback, Benjamin has been thriving this year as the Browns deep threat. What better secondary to dismantle than the Ravens shaky unit on MNF. The world will know of Benjamin's talents after Monday's game. Get him in your FLEX spot. (Paschall)

Alfred Blue, RB, HOU (vs. NO) - Let's face it. Arian Foster may never play another down in a Texans uniform, and at some point the coaching staff needs to find out what they have in Blue. If Week 11 was any indication (21 carries for Blue vs. Jonathan Grimes' 6), the first-place Texans will lean on Blue down the stretch. Expect a heavy dose of my favorite color (Blue) when Houston takes on the lowly Saints. New Orleans hasn't stopped any opposing running back this season so if you're looking for a week to start Blue, well this is the one. (Scott Krinch)

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Eli Manning, QB, NYG (@ WSH) - Eli should be a Top 10 QB in your league, regardless of scoring or format. But people don't classify him as a must-start each week and that needs to change. Manning has a fantastic matchup this week going up against a Redskins defense that has allowed multiple TD passes in five straight games, and seven of the last eight contests. (Tony Andracki)

Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA (vs. PIT) - Move over, Marshawn. There's a new "Beast Mode" in Seattle. Rawls has looked the part in Lynch's absence as the rookie from Central Michigan has exploded in his three starts this season, with the latest being 255 total yards against the 49ers last weekend. Ignore the Steelers' No. 2 ranking against opposing fantasy running backs (they have been so-so after a hot start to the season) and make sure the "Rawls Royce" is in your lineup. (Krinch)

Jameis Winston, QB, TB (@ IND) - Winston's home/road splits are absolutely bizarre - 10 TDs, 1 INT on the road and 5 TDs and 8 INTs at home. Playing on the road in Indy this week is a pretty solid matchup. Look for him to buil doff that 5 TD performance from last week and keep rolling away from TB. (Andracki)

SIT

A.J. Green, WR, CIN (vs. STL) - Remember when Green was a surefire No. 1 wide receiver? Green has recorded just one 100-yard game and a single touchdown since Week 3. To make matters worse for Green's owners, Marvin Jones has just one less target than Green in the last three weeks, plus the emergence of Tyler Eifert and Gio Bernard have taken away from Green's fantasy output. It won't get any easier for Green in Week 12 as he'll likely be covered by Rams No. 1 cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who has allowed just one score this season. Stay away from this matchup on Sunday. (Krinch)

Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN (vs. NE) - The secret is out: The Patriots are rock solid at stopping the run. What makes me really worried about Hillman is The Hood. Belichick is really good at taking away what you do best and for the Broncos that's running the ball. I fully expect Brock Osweilier to have to beat the Patriots and that makes me feel very shaky about a guy like Hillman. (Paschall)

Brian Hoyer, QB, HOU (vs. NO) - He's the popular start pick this week but NOT SO FAST, MY FRIEND. The Saints defense has made pedestrian QBs look like All-Pros. But this week may be different. With Rob Ryan out, the Saints defense can't be possibly be as bad as it was in weeks past. In addition, they've had two weeks to prepare for Hoyer, which should be enough. I'm going against the flow and saying don't buy into the Hoyer temptation. (Paschall)

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Lamar Miller, RB, MIA (@ NYJ) - After back-to-back 100-yard rushing games under interim head coach Dan Campbell, Miller has rushed for just 146 total yards in his last four games. He's still dangerous in the passing game, however that won't be enough for him to make a fantasy impact against a Jets defense which has given up only one rushing touchdown to an opposing back this season. (Krinch)

Latavius Murray, RB, OAK (@ TEN) - The Titans are actually the No. 2 defense at limiting opposing RBs' fantasy production, allowing an average of just over 15 points per game in PPR formats. Murray has been pretty consistent lately, but that consistent production is just mediocre at best, disappointing his fantasy owner. This isn't a great week to play him, unless you don't have any better options. (Andracki)

Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF (@ KC) - If you just look at the Chiefs' overall ranking against WRs (31st or 32nd depending on your league's scoring), you might think this is a cushy matchup for Watkins. But that would be a mistake. The Chiefs have actually been fantastic on defense over their four-game winning streak and they haven't allowed more than 13 points since Week 6 against Minnesota (16). It took a while for Kansas City's D to get going, but they're on now. Meanwhile, can you trust Watkins? He's a fantastically talented receiver, but has been a major disappointment in fantasy this season. (Andracki)

Mike Trout says Browns will win more games than Bears in 2018

Mike Trout says Browns will win more games than Bears in 2018

Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout is quickly becoming an icon in American sports. The two-time American League MVP is enjoying another dominant season batting .335 with 23 home runs and 48 RBI.

On Tuesday, he took a swing at what Bears fans may consider a shocking NFL prediction.

“I’ve got the Browns having a better record than the Bears,” Trout told a radio reporter, according to the Los Angeles Times. Trout's comments were made in response the reporter "talking up" Chicago.

Both the Browns and Bears have had productive offseasons that involved headline-grabbing acquisitions on offense. Cleveland drafted QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick, traded for WR Jarvis Landry, signed RB Carlos Hyde and drafted a backfield mate for him in Georgia's Nick Chubb. They added potential lockdown corner Denzel Ward with the fourth overall pick, too. Add all that to a motivated Josh Gordon ready to contribute for a full season, and there's good reason to be excited in Cleveland.

Still, it's hard imagining Trout can be that confident in a team that's won only one game over the last two seasons. And let's not forget what GM Ryan Pace has done this offseason, one that's been praised by analysts from all corners of the NFL universe. From new coach Matt Nagy to free-agent WR Allen Robinson and all the skill players in between, the Bears are ready to make a legitimate run in the NFC North.

Trout doesn't strike out much in the major leagues, but this prediction feels like it could be a back-straining whiff.

Is Matt Forte pushing for a coaching job with the Bears?

Is Matt Forte pushing for a coaching job with the Bears?

Is former Bears star Matt Forte going to be the team’s new running backs coach?

For now, that’s Charles London’s job, who was hired to head coach Matt Nagy’s staff earlier this year.

But on Tuesday night, Forte tweeted that he would like a coaching spot with Chicago sometime in the near future.

Serving as evidence, the now-retired running back responded to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, which announced the Broncos’ hiring of former linebacker Demarcus Ware as a “pass-rush consultant on a part-time basis.” Forte tweeted at the Bears, saying that he is “available” to take on a similar role to Ware’s new Denver gig.

Forte’s tweet was relatively cryptic, and he never specified exactly what type of job he would want with the Bears. After finishing up a storied career this past season and solidifying his name as a Bears legend, Forte has proven that he could easily coach young running backs or even wide receivers at some point.

But isn’t this all just a joke?

Forte silenced the doubters by tweeting “I wasn’t joking” as a response to an article saying that his desire for a new occupation with the Bears was simply a gag. The former workhorse was also intrigued by a fan’s tweet asking “Coach Forte??”

The mere thought of having Forte back in Chicago with the Bears’ coaching staff sent fans on Twitter into a frenzy. In April, Forte came back to Halas Hall to ink his name on a one-day contract, successfully allowing him to retire as a Bear. Now, Forte wants a lengthier stay in the Windy City.

Ware’s role with Denver is not extensive by any means and, according to Schefter, he will work a pretty scattered schedule with Broncos players. What Forte’s role would look like with the Bears is completely unknown if his plan to coach becomes a reality.

Forte has the running back credentials to take on a coaching position. In eight seasons with the Bears, Forte racked up a combined 8,602 rushing yards, second to only the great Walter Payton. Forte’s 4,116 receiving yards as a running back, 12,718 yards from scrimmage, 24 games with 100 rushing yards and 25 games with at least 150 yards from scrimmage also ranks second behind Payton.

Maybe this will be a new development in Chicago’s offseason plans, but there is no real talk of bringing one of the team’s all-time leading rushers back to the team as of right now.

Last month, NBC Sports Chicago announced Forte will be joining the network as a Bears game day studio analyst for the upcoming 2018 NFL season. And we're not joking about that.