Injuries and bye weeks continue to cause lineup issues, forcing fantasy football managers to face even further difficult lineup decisions. Let’s take a look at our Week 12 RB start ’em and sit ’em plays.
Week 12 Start ‘Em: Running Backs
We are now officially in the back half of the fantasy regular season. The stakes are higher, and every decision feels like it will make or break your season. As always, Pro Football Network will do its best to steer you in the right direction. Let’s get into this week’s start ’em and sit ’em plays at the running back position for Week 12.
Start ‘Em | David Montgomery, Chicago Bears
It’s been a rough go of it for David Montgomery following his return from injured reserve. Montgomery was immediately reinserted into the starting role, but he hasn’t produced anywhere near what Khalil Herbert was doing in his absence.
The good news is help is on the way in the form of the Detroit Lions. The Lions allow the third-most fantasy points to running backs. Last week, Montgomery played a season-high 95% of the snaps. He’s locked in as the every-down back. The volume is there. He just hasn’t produced against tough opponents in the Steelers and Ravens. Start Montgomery this week — he’s having some lion for Thanksgiving.
Start ‘Em | Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team
I like this game I’ve been playing — where Antonio Gibson appears on this column every week, but never in the same spot. Last week, Gibson faltered in a tough matchup and was a quality sit. This week, I think it’s wheels up for Gibson.
The Seahawks have surrendered the second-most fantasy points to running backs. They’ve also struggled offensively since Russell Wilson’s return. Over the past two weeks, Seattle has scored 13 and 0 points. Meanwhile, the Football Team are winners of two straight. I like Washington to avoid a negative game script here, which will keep Gibson on the field and may allow him to find the end zone in a favorable matchup. He’s a strong start in Week 12.
Week 12 Sit ‘Em: Running Backs
One running back has a decent enough matchup, but I’d recommend staying away. These running backs should be left on your bench in Week 12.
Sit ‘Em | Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins
Don’t you know? It’s time for “Even Week” Myles Gaskin. What does that even mean? Well, let me let you in on a little secret. In every odd week, Gaskin has scored double-digit PPR fantasy points. In every even week, he’s failed to reach double-digits and has been completely unstartable.
Okay, the week number is not actually why I’m fading Gaskin. It’s the matchup against a Panthers defense allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to running backs. Gaskin smashed last week against the Jets’ league-worst run defense. Against the Panthers, the Dolphins will have to throw to move the ball. Gaskin could buoy his fantasy point total with some receptions, but it’s going to be a down week for Gaskin unless he finds the end zone.
Sit ‘Em | Alex Collins, Seattle Seahawks
Every week it’s the same story with Alex Collins. Collins opens the game as the only running back in the rotation. He takes a few carries. He looks somewhat decent. Then, by the second half, we hardly hear from him.
Over the past three weeks, Collins has been remarkably consistent — and not in a good way. He’s carried the ball exactly 10 times for 36, 41, and 44 yards. He’s caught just 1 pass in that span and hasn’t scored.
The Football Team is an average matchup for running backs. The problem is two-fold. First, Collins isn’t seeing enough volume: 10 inefficient carries is not going to cut it. Second, the Seahawks’ offense looks broken. As I mentioned above in the Gibson section, they’ve scored a total of 13 points over their past two games.
If a running back doesn’t catch passes, he needs to be in an offense that can move the ball and create scoring opportunities in order to be effective in fantasy. The Seahawks should be one of those offenses. Unfortunately, they haven’t been. Leave Collins and his diminishing snap share on the bench this week.