WR Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 12: Are Elijah Moore, Brandon Aiyuk, and Courtland Sutton trustworthy?

With the fantasy football playoffs inching closer, who makes the list of the top WR start 'em and sit 'em options for Week 12?

As we make our push towards the end of the fantasy football season and upcoming playoffs, making WR start ’em or sit ’em decisions in Week 12 begin to carry even more weight as teams separate themselves from the pack. With not all matchups being equal, here are our top wide receiver start ’em and sit ’em plays for Week 12 of fantasy football.

Week 12 Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers

We are now officially in the back half of the fantasy regular season. Every start or sit decision begins to mean just that little bit more every single week. Let’s get into this week’s start ’em and sit ’em plays at the wide receiver position. Which wide receivers are starts heading into Week 12?

Start ‘Em | Elijah Moore, New York Jets (@ HOU)

At this point, the talent of Elijah Moore is undeniable. Those of us who are heavy into college football and dynasty knew how special Moore could be when he was lighting up the SEC at Ole Miss, but now he is a borderline household name. Moore has scored 13 or more points in each of his last four games with two games above 27 PPR points. Since Week 8, Moore is the No. 1 receiver in fantasy, averaging 20.9 PPR points.

I’m going to say something I never thought I would say. I wish Joe Flacco were under center. With Flacco starting last week, Moore recorded a season-high 141 yards on 11 targets while recording 101 air yards, which also set a new high. Flacco is willing to push the ball downfield. I’m going to bet on Moore’s talent to rise above the play of Zach Wilson. I’m starting Moore in Week 12 against Houston in the hopes the Jets don’t mess this up.

Start ‘Em | Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers (vs. MIN)

I wonder how many of the fantasy managers that are enjoying Brandon Aiyuk’s resurgence are the same ones who drafted him a few months ago? Because if you managed to stick it out, you clearly are better at commitment than I am.

Aiyuk’s scored over 18 fantasy points in two of his last three with two games with at least 80 yards and a score. He is now back to fringe WR2 territory, which is astonishing given the 49ers have Deebo Samuel and George Kittle still feasting in this offense. So long as Aiyuk is in the good graces of Kyle Shanahan, he’s a starter in fantasy.

Start ‘Em | Marvin Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. ATL)

I’ll be honest. This is more of a gut call than one based on recent results. Marvin Jones has one touchdown since Week 2 and has scored more than 9 PPR points once since Week 3. The trade for Dan Arnold and the emergence of Jamal Agnew seemed to phase out Jones in a way. Add in Trevor Lawrence looking like a rookie, which happens to the best of them, and there has been little value in the Jaguars’ receivers.

But with Agnew out for the season, Jones has as good of a shot in Week 12 to have a solid fantasy week as ever. The Atlanta Falcons are No. 25 in fantasy points per game at 37.39 and have surrendered the second-most TDs in the NFL at 14. Jones has WR3 potential in Week 12 and is a viable flex starter.

Week 12 Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers

Sometimes, wide receivers have a problematic matchup. Or maybe it comes down to inconsistent play, which forces them to remain on your bench. Whatever the reason, these WRs should be left off your starting roster in Week 12.

Sit ‘Em | Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers (vs. LAR)

Anytime Marquez Valdes-Scantling has a big game, he lures fantasy managers into trusting.

But I’m treating him as one of those hooks in the SpongeBob episode — I’m not touching him.

Valdes-Scantling hauled in 123 yards and a TD on his 4 receptions, leading the team with 10 targets. But here’s the thing, this was his first double-digit target game since Week 3 of 2019. Of his 18.3 PPR points, 79% came on one play when Aaron Rodgers took a deep shot to tie the game up nearing the two-minute warning.

Yes, he can be a dynamic player. Since entering the league in 2018, Valdes-Scantling is second in yards per reception behind only DeSean Jackson. But during this time, he has been a WR3 or worse in 80% of his games. I cannot rely on his boom-or-bust performances, especially when every game means more as the playoffs quickly approach.

Sit ‘Em | Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (vs. LAC)

Courtland Sutton has fallen off a cliff. While he does sit eighth in intended air yards (1,098), it certainly doesn’t seem like it.

He’s the WR32 in PPR, but since Jerry Jeudy has come back into the lineup, Sutton has seen 10.8% of the targets and averages 4.9 points per game. That’s it. He’s seen 9 targets while catching 5 passes for 78 yards. Since Week 8, he is the WR91. Allen Robinson, who has even missed a game, is ahead of him (WR90).

Sure, he can be a phenomenal player. We have seen it. Heck, the Broncos know this, seeing as they just gave Sutton a four-year extension worth just under $61 million. But until we see it, I’m keeping him on my bench. This week, the Broncos get the Rams, who are allowing 159 yards per game and have surrendered the second-fewest TDs (6).

Sit ‘Em | Kenny Golladay, New York Giants (vs. PHI)

If you listen closely, you can still hear Giants fans celebrating the removal of Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator. But do we honestly think Freddie Kitchens is the short-term answer we should be happy about as we head into Week 12 and beyond? I know I sure don’t.

Kenny Golladay is the healthiest he’s been (which is not saying a lot), but even last week, he saw just 2 targets against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a game that wasn’t even close. Even if Darius Slay (concussion) is out, I still don’t like Golladay. Daniel Jones is playing poorly, and the Eagles allow the third-fewest fantasy points to WRs on the season at 28.7. 

Tommy Garrett is a Fantasy Analyst for Pro Football Network and is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can read all of Tommy’s work here, listen to him on PFN’s Fantasy Football podcast, and check out his contributions in PFN’s free fantasy newsletter. Give him a follow on Twitter: @TommyGarrettPFN.

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