Rob Kelley will eat on Thanksgiving
It is Week 12 and time for some Thanksgiving football and crunch time seasonal fantasy. Enjoy the games but also be thankful of the family you are joined by on Thursday. As you know each week I will be here to help alleviate the fantasy decision making process. I offer starts and sits at the running back position. Now you will obviously be starting your studs every week so no need for me to tell you that David Johnson or guys of similar talent are ones that you want in your lineup every week. Instead I will be focusing on the RB2 and Flex positions where you probably aren’t really sure who will be able to produce. Additionally, I will provide some projected stat lines but please take those with a grain of salt. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, share this page and comment down below! Now time to find out why Rob Kelley will be carving up Dallas just as you are carving your turkey. To check out some more advice on other positions be sure to check out the Fantasy Football Start Sit hub. I apologize for the shorter article, ten guys will be back for Week 13.
Must Start: Rob Kelley, Washington Redskins @ DAL
Fat Rob as his teammates call him is coming off of a 30 point game and is going to be playing on one of the biggest regular season stages in football. Thanksgiving is a great day for families to gather around to enjoy a nice meal and then watch this undrafted free agent obliterate the Cowboys defense. He had a huge factor in the Redskin’s win against Green Bay and has produced 321 rushing yards and four touchdowns in three weeks as the team starter. If he can keep this up he is in for a feast that will surely get fantasy owners off to a good start. Start him as an RB1.
Projection: 20 carries, 92 yards, 2 TDS; 1 catch, 2 yards
Start: Rashad Jennings, New York Giants @ CLE
This is going to be game script that Giants fans like myself will love seeing. An early couple of scores for New York will put the team up big and they will get to practice their struggling, yet improving, rushing attack against the worst team in the NFL. Jennings is the top back for the team and will rack up the carries against such a lowly Browns team. While the other guys in the backfield will get their chances too there is no way that Jennings falls short of 100 yards. A safe play with great upside.
Projection: 24 carries, 112 yards, 1 TDS; 3 catches, 11 yards
Start: Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears vs TEN
So Jay Cutler is hurt, and Zach Miller is on injured reserve and Alshon Jeffery is suspended. I do not think there are any real options on the team aside from Howard and thus we will see what he can do with 20 carries against the Titans who may be controlling the game just enough that the Bears will still be comfortable running the ball. If Mariota runs away with the game then this may be a bad situation for Howard but as it looks going into Sunday you can bet that Howard will be able to produce.
Projection: 22 carries, 94 yards, 0 TDS; 2 catches, 9 yards
Start: Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons vs ARI
Now that he is fully back from his injury I believe that Tevin will be right back at it on Sunday against the Cardinals. He has great speed and catches passes as the primary third down back for Atlanta. He says that he could’ve played last week so I do not think he is going to slowly be eased back into his role and will rather see his normal snaps immediately. It has been a long break but the sophomore back is hungry and will draw a decent matchup that he should be able to produce against. He is at least safe for PPR.
Projection: 9 carries, 40 yards, 1 TDS; 7 catches, 46 yards
Sit of the Week: Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos vs KC
Booker did not look like the hero everybody was expecting prior to the bye and I think those that are expecting it to come this week are going to be quite disappointing. He is not averaging more than 3.2 yards per carry and while the Chiefs defense looks like a cake walk on paper they are anything but. Kansas City plays well on both sides of the ball and this is going to be a lower scoring affair than many expect. Sit Booker for this week, and those looking forward to 16 take note that he will be playing the Chiefs again on Christmas.
Projection: 17 carries, 50 yards, 0 TDS; 2 catches, 7 yards
Sit: Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings vs DET
Please sit McKinnon. I understand wanting to root for your guys on Thanksgiving but he is going to be nothing more than a turkey when it comes to fantasy. He has been unable to score five fantasy points since WEEK 4 and I do not think this of all games will be the one where he comes alive. The team is just going to keep feeding the worst rushing attack of all time and I want to part of it. Even against the Lions you have no choice but to sit McKinnon on Thursday. Gotta love that Vikes backfield.
Projection: 18 carries, 40 yards, 0 TDS; 0 catches
Sit: Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks @ TB
Rawls is in an interesting scenario as the only healthy back in Seattle yet even he is pretty banged up. The Buccaneers are no pushovers this season and even have a serious chance at the playoffs. Not many teams get to the playoffs if they don’t have a defense and they are no exception. They fall right in the middle of the league against the rush and should not have too much trouble containing Rawls who will likely be on a pitch count when it comes down to the fourth quarter. Expect a lot of passes and not too much of Rawls this weekend.
Projection: 15 carries, 55 yards, 0 TDS; 1 catch, 0 yards
Sit: Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals @ BAL
Now Hill is going to be feature back. Hooray! Ever since his days at LSU he has been a great physical runner who has great speed and finesse. With so many more opportunities to come for him it should spell great upside for his fantasy value. However, against the Ravens it is doubtful he will rack up the yards even as the lone man in the backfield. Baltimore is too run tough for Hill and I do not think his numbers will stray too far from the usual. Rex Burkhead will pick up some of the passing downs that would usually belong to Giovani Bernard.
Projection: 16 carries, 45 yards, 0 TDS; 4 catches, 19 yards