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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 12

Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 12

With only two or three regular-season fantasy matchups left, we hope you're not eliminated already.

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Let's get right into the Week 12 Start/Sit and as always, Liam Neeson has a message for you:


Tyler Boyd, WR, CIN (@ BAL) - A.J. Green has a strained hamstring and Gio Bernard is done for the season. Somebody has to be the benefactor in Cincinnati, and I think Boyd is primed for the role. Boyd saw nine targets in Week 11 and hauled in six receptions and a touchdown. The rookie out of Pittsburgh should become a favorite of Andy Dalton in the final six games of the season. Baltimore's defense, without shutdown corner Jimmy Smith, should help put Boyd on everybody's fantasy radar. (Scott Krinch)

Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS (@ DAL) - He has six catches in three straight games, at least five receptions in seven of 10 games and at least five targets in every game. Kirk Cousins is on fire, the Redskins offense is on fire, Garcon is the most trustworthy target in passing game after Jordan Reed and the Cowboys surprisingly rank 25th vs. WRs in PPR leagues. (Tony Andracki)

Duke Johnson Jr., RB, CLE (vs. NYG) - The Duke has multiple receptions in every game this season and only has one TD, but is consistently putting up 5-15 pts in PPR leagues. Not a top performer in any week, but those numbers may get a tick up this week with veteran Josh McCown expected to start as a guy who checks down often. Isaiah Crowell has struggled recently, too, with only 23 carries for 37 yards the last 3 games. (Andracki)

Rishard Matthews, WR, TEN (@ CHI) - The Bears boast arguably the worst pass D in NFL, allowing the most points to fantasy WRs. Matthews has either scored or topped 100 yds in six of the last seven gms and has emerged as Mariota's No. 1 target among WRs with Delaine Walker the top target. (Andracki)

Dak Prescott, QB, DAL (vs. WSH) - That 40 percent start rate for Prescott needs to at least double by the time this weekend is over. If Prescott is on your roster, he's a must start. Prescott is the No. 5 ranked fantasy quarterback and has compiled 96 total points in his last four games. The Redskins are a middle-of-the-pack defense against opposing signal-callers, but have allowed five total touchdowns in the last two games. Prescott should provide Cowboys' fans another reason to be thankful for Jerry Jones and the front office for stopping his slide in the 2016 NFL Draft. (Krinch)

Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA (@ TB) - If you've stashed Rawls on your roster, you've got yourself an RB1 for the most important stretch of the fantasy season. With Christine Michael released and C.J. Prosise lost for the season, Rawls is now the bell cow in Seattle. Rawls gets a nice gift in his return as a starter as he draws a Buccaneers defense which has allowed 100-plus rushing yards in three of the last four weeks. (Krinch)

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Davante Adams, WR, GB (@ PHI) - After setting the fantasy world on fire with 25 catches in two games, Adams has combined for just 13 receptions in his last three contests. The Green Bay Packers offense is a complete mess right now, and I'm not trust anybody not named Aaron Rodgers. (Krinch)

Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL (vs. ARI) - The Cardinals have overtaken Bears as the top D vs. Fantasy RBs - allowing only 57 points last five gms, or 11.4 PPR points per game. Plus, Tevin Coleman is coming back after missing last three games (hammy), so Freeman isn't the bellcow again. (Andracki)

Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN (@ BAL) - If you've got Hill on your roster, be scared, very scared. The injuries to A.J. Green and Gio Bernard are going to negatively impact Hill. I expect opposing teams to focus squarely on stacking the box and making Andy Dalton beat them. We'll see it happen in Week 12 with a Ravens defense which has only allowed three rushing scores in 2016, and just slowed down one of the league's best running back in Ezekiel Elliott. (Krinch)

Matt Ryan, QB, ATL (vs. ARI) - I'm going to try this again. Last time I recommended sitting Ryan, he had one of his best games of the season. It can't happen again, right? Arizona's defense ranks Top 3 against opposing quarterbacks, and Ryan has struggled against better defenses this season. The Cardinals desperately need a victory to keep their postseason hopes alive, and I think they'll be up to task in Week 12. (Krinch)

Donte Moncrief, WR, IND (vs. PIT) - Andrew Luck is getting over a concussion and even if he plays, how effective will he be? Beyond that, the Steelers have allowed only two TDs to WRs in the last five weeks and rank seventh overall vs. WRs in PPR formats. It's a tough matchup and Moncrief's value is solely on TDs right now given that he hasn't even reached 65 yds yet this year. (Andracki)

Any Cardinals WR not named Larry Fitzgerald (@ ATL) - Fitzgerald is incredibly consistent with at least five receptions in every game this season and double digit targets in six of 10 games. John Brown failed to even record a catch last week and has three games with only one reception this year. Michael Floyd has random good games then complete clunkers and is catching a woeful 47 percent of targets thrown to him. J.J. Nelson is wildly inconsistent and it's just impossibly to trust anybody in this passing game behind Fitz and David Johnson. (Andracki)

D Rose is training at the Bulls' practice facility


D Rose is training at the Bulls' practice facility

Don't get too excited, Bulls fans, but Derrick Rose is playing basketball in Chicago in a Bulls facility.

The former NBA MVP was spotted training at the Advocate Center, the Bulls' practice facility in Chicago.

Rose just finished a partial season with the Minnesota Timberwolves (a.k.a. the TimberBulls), playing under former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, and seemed to regain some of his former glory by averaging 14.2 points per game in five playoff games off the bench. He is now an unrestricted free agent.

Could this mean he is going to return to Chicago for another stint with the Bulls? Probably not.

Rose is, of course, a native Chicagoan and the Advocate Center opened in time for Rose's last two years with the Bulls. Both the city and the facility are familiar to Rose, which makes it an ideal place to train in the offseason. That surely won't stop hardcore Rose fans in Chicago from wishing it into an omen.

All the best moments from the Cubs-Marlins benches clearing incident


All the best moments from the Cubs-Marlins benches clearing incident

The Cubs and Marlins delivered a benches clearing incident Tuesday night at Wrigley Field but instead of tempers boiling over, a ticklefight ensued a few feet from home plate.

Lewis Brinson lined a hard single to right field off Cubs pitcher Rob Zastryzny in the fourth inning. Ben Zobrist came up firing with an absolute beauty of a throw to home plate to nab Derek Dietrich trying to score:

Some things to focus on:

First off, what a throw from a guy that's about to turn 37 later this month and has played a lot more second base than outfield since joining the Cubs.

Secondly, it was interesting and amusing to see the bullpen doors open and both teams come sprinting out from under the bleachers to join the foray. A couple years ago, a benches clearing incident would've just resulted in each team's bullpen coming from a couple hundred feet down the foul line.

Willson Contreras was MOVING out of the Cubs dugout, looking like he was ready to hand out some serious punishment to protect his fellow catcher.

But instead of an actual fist fight, however, we got some comedy gold, like Bryzzo teaming up to play-fight with former teammate Starlin Castro.

First there was Kris Bryant tickling Castro:

Shortly after that moment, Anthony Rizzo jokingly pushed Castro from behind and the two players laughed it off:

Javy Baez loved it all:

Nobody was ejected and the coaches and umpires were able to quickly gain control of the situation, which couldn't have been that difficult when opposing players are out there tickling each other and laughing.