World Eater Week 12 Starts and Sits - Running Backs and Wide Receivers

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Here we are, in the home stretch! This week has a lot of weird decisions to make because of all of the games from Thursday on Thanksgiving. Many people may have left some of those players on the bench, and are now left with thin choices for the remaining games on Sunday. Well, here at World Eater, we’ve got you covered.


Here we are, in the home stretch! This week has a lot of weird decisions to make because of all of the games from Thursday on Thanksgiving. Many people may have left some of those players on the bench, and are now left with thin choices for the remaining games on Sunday. Well, here at World Eater, we’ve got you covered.

World Eater Week 12 Starts and Sits – Running Backs and Wide Receivers


Running Backs


Start


Alex Collins vs Houston Texans


Our first player on the start list is Baltimore Ravens running back, Alex Collins. Collins may be one of the ugliest players in the NFL, but he has come out of nowhere to take the starting job in Baltimore. It took the Ravens a while to find out who their guy is, but the last three games, Collins has at least 14 touches, including a season-high 24 last week against the Green Bay Packers.

Collins doesn’t have the best looking matchup on this week because the Texans are giving up the third fewest fantasy points to running backs this season. The thing is, they haven’t really played a lot of quality competition. A lot of their matchups have been against washed up players like Frank Gore and Adrian Peterson. They did however, give up 6.1 yards per carry against Todd Gurley, and over 100 yards to Kareem Hunt.

While Collins is nowhere near their level, it shows that their defense is vulnerable, and Collins should be able to dish out a respectable output because of his volume. With a dearth of high volume running backs in available right now, teams should have no problem inserting Collins into their lineups this week.

Kenyan Drake at New England Patriots.


Moving on, but sticking to the theme of under-the-radar players, is Miami Dolphins ball carrier, Kenyan Drake. Last week, he laid a big, smelly, rotten egg, but this week he has a dream matchup against the Patriots that will make last week seem like it was just nightmare.

It would seem like Drake is fading out in favor of teammate Damien Williams in Miami, but that is not really the case. Even though Williams got three more carries than Drake, Drake still played 63% of possible snaps against Williams’ 45%. The Dolphins still like Drake more because he is a better pass protector, so he should be more consistent game-to-game than Williams.

Now on to the matchup. This could be a week where both backs put up great statlines. The Patriots run defense is horrid. Last week, they let the old beast, Marshawn Lynch rack up 67 yards on just 11 carries. Backup Jalen Richard was able to turn four carries into 19 yards, and Jamize Olawale got 16 yards on just three carries.

The Dolphins should give both backs a pretty even workload, and if the Dolphins can do just a little bit better in the pass game than the Raiders did last week, they will be able to keep their run game going, leading to a nice fantasy day for Drake.

Sit


C.J. Anderson at Oakland at Oakland Raiders


Speaking of the Oakland Raiders, our first sit candidate is on the team going up against the Raiders: C.J. Anderson of the Denver Broncos. There were rumblings about Anderson making the jump to an elite level in fantasy circles, but instead he’s been trending down lately. As of now, he is moving into the realms of a touchdown dependent back.

After playing at least 50% of possible snaps the first eight weeks of the season, Anderson hasn’t seen more than 40% of them the past three weeks. Teammate Devontae Booker, on the hand, might be usurping his job. He saw a season high 61% of the snaps last week, and thoroughly outgained Anderson both on the ground, and through the air.

Factor that in with the fact that the Broncos have a whole new look on offense this week. Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was fired, with Bill Musgrave taking his spot. Also, second-year quarterback Paxton Lynch is making his first start of the year. This is an offense where no one really knows what is going to happen, so most of the players in it are best avoided this week.

Jordan Howard at Philadelphia Eagles


The last of our running backs for the week Chicago Bears second year man, Jordan Howard. While most will likely start him no matter what, expectations should definitely be tapered this week against the Eagles extremely stout run defense.

They have only allowed two running backs to even go over 38 yards, give up the third fewest points against running backs. It’s not like he’s played against scrubs either. He went up against the likes of Hunt, Melvin Gordon, and Carlos Hyde. Week three was the last time they even gave up decent yardage against the run.

Howard may have a relatively high floor, only having one game all season going under five points, but he has had four games total where he didn’t even reach ten. This will likely be his fifth. Don’t come crying to us when he doesn’t perform this week.

Wide Receivers


Start


Tyreek Hill at Buffalo Bills


Our next batch of players for this week are wide receivers. We’ll start with Tyreek Hill for the Kansas City Chiefs. Hill disappointed along with the entire Chiefs offense last week, but looks to bounce back in a big way this week. Kansas City is going to come out with a chip on their shoulder as they try to fend off the red hot Los Angeles Chargers, now hot on their heels for the AFC West title.

The Bills played the Chargers last week, and were absolutely demolished by Keenan Allen. He exploded for 12 catches, 159 yards and two touchdowns. This is a matchup for where statistics may be deceiving. Hill lives on explosive plays that go for long touchdowns, and the Bills have only given up six touchdowns to wide receivers all year. Still, the wheels are falling off in Buffalo, and the team might not be as motivated after last week’s event that shall be known as “The Peterman Debacle.”

Kansas City does not want the same thing to happen to them, and will go back to the foundation that they found success with early in the season. This will make Hill owners pretty happy this week.

Corey Davis at Indianapolis Colts


Next up for wide receiver starts is Tennessee Titans rookie Corey Davis. Davis has been a solid player as a rookie when he’s on the field. He hasn’t really had any great games, and has yet to find the end zone, but he’s getting force fed targets, and it will eventually pay off.

Against a Colts defense that loves to let receivers catch passes, this could be the week his breakout happens. Indianapolis is giving up the seventh most fantasy points to receivers this season. Davis still hasn’t seen less than five targets in a full game he’s played this season, and two of the five he has 10 targets. He’s a good bet to meet that number this week, and hopefully even score.

Teams that need a solid wide receiver should put him into their lineups with confidence this week.

Sits


Larry Fitzgerald vs Jacksonville Jaguars


It’s time for our weekly “sit whoever goes against the Jacksonville Jaguars” part of the column. While most weeks, our sits are still relatively reasonable players going against the Jags, this week is one that team owners might try to ignore. Still, Larry Fitzgerald should rest his weary bones on the bench this week.

Fitz has weathered through three different quarterbacks this season, and hasn’t really missed a beat. This week, he goes against Jalen Ramsay and A.J. Bouye, who are ranked third and seventh in passes defensed. Fitzgerald is great at making contested catches in the middle of the field, but both of Jacksonville’s corners are experts in batting the ball away and not allowing any type of catch.

Still not sold? How about the fact that they have held elite wide receivers like T.Y. Hilton and A.J. Green to under 30 yards? Ramsay got Green so heated that he couldn’t take it anymore and got himself ejected from the game. Obviously he didn’t want get embarrassed any longer.

Tailor expectations for Fitzgerald this week, because he is going into no man’s land for fantasy wide receivers.

Amari Cooper vs Denver Broncos


Next in line of players to avoid this week is Amari Cooper on the reeling Oakland Raiders. Cooper saved himself from yet another embarrassing showing last week against the Patriots catching the Silver and Black’s lone touchdown. It’s only going to get worse this week against the Broncos though.

The first time Cooper went up against them this year he left the game only able to catch two of eight targets for nine yards. That’s putrid. The no-fly-zone in Denver seems to be relaxing their policies lately, but Cooper is turning into the bunk of the year, and seems to have lost all hand-eye-coordination.

On the season Coop has only caught 41 of 84 targets. That is less than 50% of his targets. It is an unprecedented catch percentage that is unacceptable at the pro level. Cooper has so much potential, but until he shows he can start catching the ball, he needs to be avoided in the fantasy world.

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