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Week 12 is just a week or two away from the end of the fantasy regular season and now is the time to start getting hot into those postseason matchups. Here are some guys to start or sit this week:
Colin Kaepernick (vs. Washington): Washington’s defense has been porous for throwing and running the ball, so Kaepernick should be able to gain points through the air and on the ground in this Week 12 contest.
Stevan Ridley (vs. Denver): Denver has really struggled against running backs all season. Ridley may have his fumbling issues, but he should be let loose in this easy matchup.
Jarrett Boykin (vs. Minnesota): The Vikings defense has allowed 11 WRs to score this season and Boykin is getting the looks from QB Scott Tolzien. Expect a big day from Boykin.
Heath Miller (vs. Cleveland): The Browns have struggled with the tight end in its last five games, including allowing six scores in those weeks. Miller finally got some looks in the passing game, so expect to see more in Week 12.
Graham Gano (vs. Miami): Unless the Panthers are continuously running the ball into the endzone, then Gano should be able to convert on multiple field goal attempts this week.
Ravens DEF (vs. New York Jets): The Ravens will be able to get to QB Geno Smith early and often. Maybe even pick off a pass or two along the way.
Ryan Tannehill (vs. Carolina): Tannehill has been a major disappointment for fantasy owners and a matchup against one of the better defenses in the league won’t help anything.
Ray Rice (vs. New York Jets): The Jets continue to dominate against the run and Rice has struggled before last week’s contest against the Chicago Bears. Rice wo;t get more than 65 rushing yards in this game.
Steve Smith (vs. Miami): The Dolphins have allowed a grand total of one touchdown to wideouts in their games this season. Smith has failed to eclipse 70 yards in a contest this season and he won;t get close to that number in Week 12.
Martellus Bennett (vs. St. Louis): The Rams have not allowed a single tight end to score in double digits since 2012 and that trend should continue against a struggling Bennett.
Sebastian Janikowski (vs. Tennessee): Janikowski has had multiple field goal attempts just twice since Week 5 and missed a 54-yard try last week that would have put him in double digits. With the Oakland Raiders struggling to move the ball, expect to see few chances for this kicker.
Denver DEF (vs. New England Patriots): The Patriots high-powered offense will put up multiple touchdowns on this defense and Denver will be lucky to get a turnover or two in this must-see contest.