Start/Bench--Week 12

Start
Jarrett Stidham, QB-Auburn vs UL Monroe
Not only did Stidham lead the Tigers to a rout of Georgia last week, but he had his best fantasy outing of the year against the Bulldogs.  Stidham has accounted for at least three touchdowns in back-to-back games coming into this week’s matchup against UL Monroe, a team that is giving up over 37 points per game.  If a Warhawks offense that scores almost 38 points per games, can find a way to score points, Stidham and RB Kerryon Johnson may play deeper into this game than most expect.

 

AJ Turner, RB-South Carolina vs Wofford
Turner has topped the 100-yard mark in two of the last three games and this week’s matchup against FCS opponent Wofford offers a good chance for him to have back-to-back 100-yard weeks.  The Terriers are gritty, having won six of their nine games by four points or less, so Turner should be in line for 15-plus carries if Wofford keeps things close.  If you have a running back like Kentucky’s Benny Snell, who plays Georgia this week, Turner may be a safer option, especially if you’re looking to play it a little more conservatively.
 
Kyle Hicks, RB-TCU at Texas Tech
Hicks has yet to rush for 100 yards in a game this season, but that could change this week now that teammate Darius Anderson has been lost for the season and QB Kenny Hill is questionable heading into this week’s game at Texas Tech.  Expect the Horned Frogs’ offense to lean on Hicks against a Texas Tech defense giving up over 150 rushing yards per game and 33 points per game.

 

Jordan Lasley, WR-UCLA at USC
Before being disciplined and missing three games, Lasley topped 100 yards receiving in three of the five games in which he played during the first half of the 2017 season.  Last week, Lasley returned and caught seven passes for 162 yards and a touchdown in the Bruins’ 44-37 win over Arizona State.  With Darren Andrews lost for the season, Lalsey is now QB Josh Rosen’s top receiver in an offense that averages over 330 passing yards per game and 35 points per game.

  

Bench
Jalen Hurts, QB-Alabama vs Mercer
Alabama will not have a problem with Mercer, but that doesn’t mean quarterback Jalen Hurts’ fantasy numbers will be any better than they have been on a week-to-week basis in 2017.  Hurts hasn’t accounted for more than three touchdowns in any one game this season and has only thrown two touchdown passes in two of ten games.  Expect Hurts to hand the ball off early and often before handing off the offense to freshman Tua Tagovailoa.

 

Cam Phillips, WR-Virginia Tech vs Pitt
After topping 100 yards receiving in three of the Hokies’ first four games of 2017, Phillips has only topped the century mark once in the past six games.  In fact, Phillips has failed to reach the 50-yard mark in four of the last five games.  Week 12 is not the time for another sub-50 yard game, so if you have the depth, it would be wise to invest in a more consistent option at your WR3 or Flex spot.
 
James Washington, WR-Oklahoma State vs Kansas State
Two weeks ago, Bryce Love rewarded fantasy owners that took a chance on him and his ailing ankle by rushing for 166 yards and three touchdowns in Stanford’s win over Washington.  Fantasy owners that took a chance on James Washington last week were left second-guessing themselves after Washington caught one pass for 25 yards against Iowa State.  Some fantasy owners may have to take a chance on Washington this week, which is understandable because offense wins fantasy championships.  However, Washington may be college fantasy football’s biggest high risk/high reward play of the weekend.

 

Benny Snell, RB-Kentucky at Georgia
Through the first seven games of 2017, Snell had scored six touchdowns and fantasy owners were wondering if Snell would come close to his 13 touchdowns he scored as a freshman last year.  Over the next three games, Snell would score nine touchdowns and now he will go into his Week 12 matchup at Georgia having rushed for three touchdowns in three consecutive games.  How can you possibly bench Snell with so much on the line after his production over the past three weeks?  Well, fantasy owners must consider that the last three defenses that Snell has faced have ranked 4th-to-last (Tennessee), 5th-to-last (Ole Miss), and 15th-to-last (Vanderbilt) in the FBS against the run.  On Saturday, Kentucky will travel to Georgia and face a Bulldogs defense that got pushed around and gave up 40 points and 257 rushing yards at Auburn last week.  However, we cannot ignore the fact that Georgia’s defense is still ranked among the top five schools in the country in rushing yards allowed and points allowed. 
 
 
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