July 28, 2021

Fantasy Football Week 12: Players to start or sit

The Falcons have allowed a whopping 8.4 YPA and the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, while Carr has the third-best Passer Rating when not under pressure. It’s an especially good matchup for Carr, as the Falcons have quietly been the stingiest defense against fantasy backs recently but are vulnerable to Las Vegas’ strength, allowing the most fantasy points to tight ends this season.

[Week 12 Fantasy Rankings: QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | FLEX | DST | Kickers]

Julio Jones is highly questionable, while Calvin Ridley remains banged up, so Gage should continue to see good targets (he got 12 last week) in a game indoors with one of this week’s highest over/unders. Moreover, the Raiders have been gashed for the most fantasy points to the slot over the last eight weeks.

Arizona Cardinals @ New England Patriots
Start: Christian Kirk, James White

Kirk disappointed in a prime matchup last week but gets another one Sunday versus a Patriots secondary that’s yielded an NFL-high 8.7 YPA this season, and it sets up nicely with Stephon Gilmore likely shadowing DeAndre Hopkins. After looking historically good at one point last year, the Patriots’ defense continues to rank last in DVOA.

White is back on the fantasy radar after Rex Burkhead went down for the season, and New England enters this matchup with a huge advantage in the trenches. White is hardly guaranteed to see a bunch of targets with a mobile QB as a teammate, but he saw nine last week, and Burkhead had been sneaky productive in PPR leagues over the last month in the same role.

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