Start/Bench—Week  12 

 

Start

 

Quinton Flowers, QB-South Florida vs Cincinnati

Not only has Flowers passed for 200 or more yards in three consecutive games, but he has rushed for at least 79 yards in four of his last five games.  This week, he’ll face a Cincinnati defense that is giving up over 185 yards per game on the ground (186.1).

 

Perry Hills, QB-Maryland vs Indiana

After rushing for 100 yards in three consecutive games, Hills struggled in back-to-back games against Wisconsin and Michigan State.  A Week 12 matchup at home against Indiana is just what Hills needs to get back on track.  The Hoosiers are allowing over 170 yards per game on the ground, 38 points per game, and 511 total yards per game, which is among the ten worst teams in the FBS.

 

Kyle Postma, QB-Houston at Connecticut

There is still a chance that injured starter Greg Ward plays on Saturday at Connecticut, but if he doesn’t, fantasy owners should hesitate on inserting Postma into their starting lineups.  Last week against Memphis, the sophomore quarterback was sensational leading the Cougars to a 35-34 win over Memphis, passing for 236 yards, rushing for 49 yards, and accounting for two touchdowns, one passing and one rushing.

 

Saquon Barkley, RB-Penn State vs Michigan

Barkley has been more effective recently as he has been utilized in the passing game in Penn State’s past two games, posting 50 yards receiving in back-to-back games.  This week, Barkley will face a Michigan defense looking to bounce back from a poor performance against Indiana in Week 11.  The freshman back may not be a great play as a RB1 or RB2 this week, but don’t hesitate to use him as a Flex option in the all-important Week 12.

 

Jeremy Cox, RB-Old Dominion at Southern Miss

Cox was the first name listed in our Waiver Wire this past Monday and fantasy owners that were able to grab him received great news earlier this week.  Starter Ray Lawry has already been ruled out of the Monarch’s Week 12 matchup at Southern Miss, so don’t hesitate to put the freshman back in your lineup, as Cox has averaged 5.5 yards per carry in limited duty as a Lawry’s backup.

 

Shaun Nixon, RB-TCU at Oklahoma

As Josh Doctson has been sidelined with a wrist injury, Nixon has thrived in the past two games, catching 16 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown, which has been better than both Kolby Listenbee and KaVontae Turpin.  Nixon is a risky start if starting quarterback Trevone Boykin doesn’t play, but if Boykin does play, get Nixon in your lineup.

 

 

Bench

Joshua Dobbs, QB & Jalen Hurd, RB-Tennessee at Missouri      

When Tennessee visits Missouri this weekend, the Vols will face an inspired team looking to send out head coach Gary Pinkel a winner in his final home game.  The Tigers are only allowing 113 rushing yards per game, which is 15th in the FBS, and are only one of six teams in the country to allow six or fewer rushing touchdowns.

 

Anthone Taylor & Jordan Johnson, RBs-Buffalo at Akron

We expect Taylor and Johnson to split carries when the Bulls travel to Akron on Saturday, which means that neither may be productive enough to start in Week 12 against the Zips, who currently have the nation’s 3rd best defense against the run, allowing fewer than 100 rushing yards per game (94.6).

 

CJ Prosise and Josh Adams, RBs-Notre Dame vs Boston College

Prosise is expected to make his return this week, but given Adams’ production in the past two games, we’re expecting a split in carries this Saturday when Boston College goes to South Bend.  The Eagles currently have the nation’s top rushing defense, allowing 71.7 yards per game on the ground, and have only allowed five rushing touchdowns this season, so how do you favor one over the other?  We can’t.

 

Justin Jackson, RB-Northwestern at Wisconsin

 

Jacobi Owens, RB-Air Force at Boise State

Owens has scored in four of the Falcons’ previous five games, but he has only combined for 25 carries in the past two games.  In Week 11, five players had at least nine rushing attempts with Owens leading the way with 17 in a 35-28 win over Utah State.  In Week 12, the Falcons travel to Boise in a Friday night game and face one of the nation’s best rushing defenses, as the Broncos are allowing fewer than 95 rushing yards per game (94.6) 

 

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