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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Week Twelve: Fine or Pine?

Who should you feel good about in week twelve?  Don't sweat it, Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24) is here to help you out.

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With the fantasy football playoffs just a couple of weeks away and week twelve upon us, fantasy owners will be faced with some tough choices. Certain players who were projected to produce major fantasy points just aren't living up to that potential after eleven weeks and players most fantasy owners never heard of are putting up the points that the top picks in your fantasy draft should be putting up. It's difficult to sit the studs but at this point in the fantasy season, owners need production and consistency. It's crunch time and the duds just aren't cutting it anymore. Which players should be "fine" heading into week twelve and which should ride the "pine"? The Fantasy Sports Brain has your answers.

Quarterback

Fine- Colin Kaepernick- Not that Kapernick is coming off of a good game in week eleven but he does have a good matchup in week twelve versus a poor Washington pass defense. Fantasy owners have to believe that if Kaep cannot get the job done against a defense as vulnerable through the air as Washington, maybe he's not the fantasy stud owners thought he'd be. He sure hasn't been up until this point. Even though Kaep is only averaging 134 yards passing in his last four games, he may be able to do some damage with his legs.

Pine- Ryan Tannehill- Tannehill wasn't very sharp in week eleven when he faced the Chargers and the Dolphins offense as a whole has been streaky at best. Week twelve has Miami facing a dominant Carolina front and top five defense all together. With not much of a run game to help out and an O-line that doesn't protect particularly well, Tannehill is in for a rough week twelve.

Running Back

Fine- Zac Stacy- The Rams face the Bears this week and no team has been burned by the running backs more than Chicago. Since week six, Stacy has averaged well over 100 yards per game and has three touchdowns. Last week, Chicago gave up 131 yards rushing to a struggling Ray Rice. Stacy has been running well and the Bears haven't defended the run well. Zac Stacy has a huge game in store this week.

Pine- Ray Rice- Even though Ray Rice is coming off of a huge game in week eleven, it was more of a product of the opponent than the player. The Ravens offense as a whole hasn't looked great this season and Ray Rice hadn't had a 100 yard rushing performance until week eleven. This week, Rice faces a tough Jets defense who happens to be extremely good at stopping the run.

Wide Receiver

Fine- Harry Douglas- The Falcons are going to be forced to throw most of the game and Harry Douglas should see a ton of targets because of it. Week eleven saw Douglas finish with six catches for 134 yards and a touchdown. At this point, Matt Ryan simply doesn't have many healthy options to throw to and because the Saints figure to get ahead early, the Falcons will need to pass more than usual and Harry Douglas is the only capable receiver right now.

Pine- Brian Hartline- Coming off of a poor performance in week eleven versus San Diego, Hartline shouldn't fare much better when Carolina comes to town in week twelve. Tannehill is going to have all kinds of problems and probably won't even have enough time to get the ball downfield to Hartline. Add to all of that, Hartline hasn't had 70 yards or a touchdown since week seven. Figuring out when his big games will be are too difficult as he hasn't produced a double digit points game since week seven.

Tight End

Fine- Rob Gronkowski- The Denver defense hasn't stopped opposing offenses from scoring yet and week twelve won't be any better for them. The Patriots offense isn't the juggernaut they used to be but they can still score points. Gronk should be heavily targeted this week and will have no problem shredding the Broncos defense. He's had double digit fantasy points in three of his four games this season since returning from multiple surgeries.

Pine- Jordan Cameron- Cameron hasn't been the same productive fantasy player since Jason Campbell took over as starting quarterback. Cameron had a measly six catches for 29 yards in week eleven and since the quarterback change has only seven catches for 33 yards and no touchdowns. His last impactful fantasy game came back in week seven.

Defense

Fine- Carolina- How can fantasy owners not love the Panthers D these days? Week eleven versus the Patriots was the first week the Panthers defense didn't score double digit fantasy points since week two. Week twelve has them playing Miami and a poor O-line with no run game. Expect another double digit fantasy points week from Carolina. The sacks should be plentiful.

Pine- St. Louis- The last time fantasy owners saw the Rams defense, they put up almost 30 fantasy points in a beat down of the Colts. With five games of double digit fantasy points this season, St. Louis gets a Chicago offense that hasn't missed a beat since Jay Cutler went down with an injury. With two monster receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery and a running back in Matt Forte running like he's never run before, the Rams defense should have a difficult time handling all the weapons Da Bears will throw at them.