Complete Player Rankings & Projections l More Sit & Starts
Thank you Mike Edwards. Who is Mike Edwards? He is the UTEP receiver who was one of the only good calls we made on receivers to bench in Week 11.
But the bright side is the starts we recommended surely earned you major fantasy points, and hopefully brought you another round further into your playoffs.
There is no doubt it is now crunch time, and if you are reading this piece, you are looking for every advantage possible to find the sneaky plays and avoid the bad matchups, to continue that title push.
Before we look at Week 12 starts, let's look at the solid starts from Week 11.
Last Week's Starts:
Kain Colter, Northwestern vs. Rice-14 passing yard, 39 rushing yards, 5 catches, 27 yards, TD. Grade A-.
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky-6 catches, 131 yards, TD. Grade A
Terrance Williams, Baylor vs. Kansas-4 catches, 52 yards, TD. Grade A-
Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin vs. Minnesota-2 catches, 27 yards. Grade F
Rueben Randle, LSU vs. Western Kentucky-3 catches, 76 yards, TD. Grade A-
Justin Johnson, Houston vs. Tulane-5 catches, 96 yards. Grade B+
Jeremiah Ostrowski, Hawaii vs. Nevada-8 receptions, 133 yards, TD. Grade A.
Last Week's Sits:
Marvin McNutt, Iowa vs. Michigan State-8 catches, 130 yards, TD. Grade F
Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee vs. Arkansas-5 catches, 106 yards. Grade B-
Nick Harwell, Miami (OH) vs. Temple-15 catches, 229 yards, 2 TD. Grade F
Mike Edwards, UTEP vs. ECU-3 catches, 17 yards. Grade A
Cole Beasley, SMU vs. Navy-8 catches, 65 yards, TD, rush TD. Grade F
Overall Grade: B
Emory Blake, Auburn vs. Samford
Despite losing 45-7 against Georgia, Blake still topped 100 yards and there is no way Samford can match him. Expect the Tigers to play angry and roll up 50+ points, and Blake should be a sure bet to find the end zone.
Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina vs. The Citadel
Jeffrey has been one of the biggest busts of the entire 2011 season, however against The Citadel this week, he is a solid start. He is a physical specimen and even with bad quarterback play, he should dominate his way to a score or two this week.
Andre Debose, Florida vs. Furman
Another SEC wideout playing a team that has no match for his skill set. Debose has deep threat skills, and he should be able to make two or three big plays against Furman. He is a solid flex option in all leagues.
Jaz Reynolds, Oklahoma vs. Baylor
Reynolds had been playing well as he was when stud receiver Ryan Broyles went down with a season-ending injury. Now with defenses concentrating on Kenny Stills, Reynolds should see single coverage and dominate a Baylor defense that has not stopped an opponent's passing game all season. Reynolds is a solid WR2 in all formats.
Chris McNeill, Wyoming vs. New Mexico
McNeill is coming off a solid game against Air Force which saw him find the end zone yet again, and with the Cowboys playing solid offensive football all year, they should easily hang 30+ against UNM. McNeill has the talent to catch six or seven balls with 100 yards and a score.
Cody Hoffman, BYU vs. New Mexico State
Hoffman continues his torrid play, scoring twice for the Cougars in their blowout win against Idaho. With Jake Heaps likely back at quarterback, expect Hoffman to have the same big play ability against the Aggies, en route to another huge day.
A.J. Jenkins, Illinois vs. Wisconsin
Jenkins has had a very good season for the Illini and despite the blowout loss to Michigan he caught eight balls. However he may struggle to produce that way against the Badgers and you can probably play it safe.
Eric Ward, Texas Tech vs. Missouri
The Red Raiders have not been the same since they upset Oklahoma a few weeks back, and the passing game is an absolute mess. Ward has had some big games this season, but you cannot trust them against Missouri, who is coming off a solid defensive effort against Texas.
Keenan Allen, California vs. Stanford
Allen is coming off a quiet three-catch game in a win against Oregon State, and you must think Stanford is pissed coming off a loss to Oregon. Allen is a solid playmaker who has been a solid fantasy performer in 2011, but there should be better options who are more likely to score this week than Allen.
Kamar Jorden, Bowling Green vs. Ohio
Jorden is finally coming on following a slow start to 2011, and this is a risky bench choice. But Ohio has a very solid defense, one that can take away a team's best option, which Jorden is. He may score, but we wouldn’t expect a massive game from the Falcons receiver.
Taylor Stockemer, Arkansas State vs. MTSU
You may be tempted to start Stockemer after his two-touchdown performance last week, but think again. Arkansas State should roll MTSU both in the air and on the ground, and chances of a repeat are slim, especially considering the other wideouts on the ASU team.