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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 12 Quarterbacks

We break down the top starting options at quarterback this week, along with some players who should be avoided.

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Week 12 of the fantasy football season is here, and we're back with another crop of start/sit options. We have a nice set of data about each team through six weeks, and can make informed decisions on good plays and traps. With that in mind, we'll pick quarterbacks who should exceed expectations in Week 12, along with three you should probably sit.


Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers at New York Jets

It’s almost scary how well things line up for Newton in this game. Coming off the bye — after he shredded Miami in Week 10 — Newton gets his most reliable receiving target, Greg Olsen, back in the lineup. He does so against a defense that funnels opponents to pass, but also allows the third-most rushing yards to quarterbacks. Just in time for Newton, who has regained his form as a dual-threat QB.

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers

Big Ben has always been a monster at home, and he showed again why 10 days ago against the lowly Titans defense, throwing for four touchdowns. The Packers aren’t likely to slow down Antonio Brown any better than the Titans did, so Roethilsberger can sit back and take his shots downfield. Another four-TD game is certainly within reach in a Sunday-night hammer spot.

Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts

It has been a frustrating season for the banged up Titans offense. Enter the Colts, who have been a get-well team all season. Mariota carved up the Colts in the second half of their previous meeting in October, continuing his career success against Indy. Mariota is healthy, Delanie Walker is healthy, Corey Davis is healthy, and so is the overall outlook.


Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos

What a difference a year makes. The Raiders were the league’s darlings last year before Carr got hurt in Week 16, and the team still has not recovered from it. The Broncos defense has had its issues lately, but Carr and this sputtering offense does not seem capable of taking advantage. Carr has just five touchdown passes in five career games vs. Denver. He’s not just bench-worthy right now. Carr is a cut candidate.

Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

Anything is better than Jay Cutler, but that doesn’t make Moore a good play this week, especially against a Patriots defense that’s really starting to come on after its dreadful first few weeks. Moore has two solid relief appearances this season, but his one other start was a dual-interception nightmare against the Ravens in Week 8. This could be a repeat performance.

Josh McCown, Jets vs. Panthers

We have loved McCown as a waiver darling all season long, and for the most part, McCown has lived up to the hype. But he stumbled in his last game in a spot he should have flourished against the Buccaneers, and now he draws one of the toughest matchups in the league. It’s hard to like a bye-week replacement when there are no byes.