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Fantasy football Thanksgiving sit/start advice, Week 12

Ronald Martinez

Three games are slated for Thanksgiving. We break down the fantasy implications.

Thanksgiving is always a day for gorging yourself while enjoying plenty of football throughout the festivities. This year will be no different.

With three games in store for Turkey Day, fantasy owners have more on the line early in the week. The playoffs are right around the corner, so there's little time left to claim that last spot in your league's postseason.

Before you get ready to gain 10-20 pounds tomorrow, take a look at a few of the names you need to start on Thanksgiving, and who you should sit for Thursday's lineup in Week 12.


Tony Romo, quarterback: The Cowboys offense has certainly struggled at times this year, but Romo knows how to step up when this time of year rolls around. He should be in for another solid day against the Redskins 29th ranked pass defense. Washington stopped Nick Foles last week, but don't put much stock into a poor performance from a rookie starter in lackluster offense.

Alfred Morris, running back: Even better news for his owners, Morris was in for nine of the Skins 11 third downs last weekend. He's developing into an every-down back, which will only increase his value. Morris is in a scoring drought right now, but the Cowboys have given up eight touchdowns to running backs in 2012. Expect another solid day from Washington's No. 1 back.

Ryan Broyles, wide receiver: If you're in need of help at wide receiver, Broyles will be playing under the rader on Thanksgiving. Titus Young's attitude leaves him out for Week 12, giving Broyles another chance to step up. The rookie hasn't showed up the past two games, but he did start to make more of an impact when Nate Burleson headed to IR. Now the No. 2 wideout, he'll be seeing plenty of looks on Thursday. Broyles is still available in most leagues. He's worth a flex play this week.

Owen Daniels, tight end: The Lions gave up three touchdowns to tight ends in the past four weeks. Daniels is still nursing a hip injury, but he's reportedly moving better in practice, and he still managed six receptions in Week 11. Matt Schaub continues to look for his No. 1 tight end, making Daniels a big scoring threat for any league.

Texans defense/special teams: Yielding 37 points to the Jaguars will just be an aberration in the long run. The Texans rank seventh against the pass and second against the run, while the Lions offense ranks 15th in scoring. They don't seem to have the same spark from last season, so Texans D/ST owners shouldn't be deterred from last week's embarrassing display against the mighty Chad Henne.


Mark Sanchez, quarterback: Sanchez hasn't thrown over a single touchdown since Week 6. His last performance against the Patriots resulted in big yardage, but out of all the quarterbacks to trust as you gear up for the playoffs, are you really putting your faith in Sanchez? Eleven touchdowns and nine interceptions in 10 games shouldn't impress any fantasy owner.

Mikel Leshoure, running back: Leshoure has four touchdowns in his last three games. However, he's taking on the Texans defense that hasn't given up a single score to running backs this season. Do you really feel confident about his potential here? Houston's pass defense was exploited against Chad Henne last week. Matt Stafford might be able to do the same, leaving Leshoure with less of an opportunity to make an impact. Look elsewhere for RB help.

Brandon Lloyd, wide receiver: The Patriots scaled Lloyd's workload back again in Week 11. He played just over half of the offensive snaps against the Colts, while Julian Edelman became more involved in the passing game. Rob Gronkowski's injury might keep Lloyd on the field more often, but Lloyd's value is still tough to trust at this point.

Logan Paulsen, tight end: Paulsen showed promise after Fred Davis went down, catching 13 passes in three games after the injury. Last week he found the end zone for the second time in his career, but it was his only reception on the afternoon. The Cowboys have given up five touchdowns to opposing tight ends so far. You can find a better option this week as RG3 takes on the sixth-ranked pass defense.

Jets defense/special teams: Tom Brady and the gang average scoring 35.8 points per game, by far the best in the league. Even with the absence of Gronk, you can expect the Patriots to keep finding ways to score over and over. Aaron Hernandez looks like he will play, giving Brady another red zone target. The Jets D/ST doesn't look too appealing for Week 12.

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