2021 Fantasy Football Week 12 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Quarterbacks
Week 11 of the NFL season saw the return of Cam Newton as the starting quarterback. This is a big week for fantasy football to pay attention to the quarterback position. It’s time to continue our fantasy football series with a breakdown of the fantasy quarterbacks ahead of Fantasy Football Week 12.
The fantasy football playoffs are looming and it’s important to keep an eye on this position. There are some quarterbacks that are playing better than typical stars. Some QBs are missing games because of an illness or are on the COVID-19 list. For example, Lamar Jackson missed the game with an illness against the Chicago Bears on Sunday as a game-time decision. Many fantasy football owners kept him in the lineup and suffered because of the late decision.
This is the time where matchups are crucial. Let’s take a look at the fantasy quarterbacks you should consider starting and sitting for Fantasy Football Week 12.
Fantasy Football Week 12 Start ‘Em
Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings
Kirk Cousins is secretly one of the better fantasy football quarterbacks this season. According to ESPN, he is the 8th ranked QB and is averaging over 20 fantasy points. Cousins is fresh off of an incredible game against one of the better defenses in the NFL in the Green Bay Packers. He threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions. The Vikings defeated the Packers with a game-winning field goal and Cousins was a major part of it.
He will face the 27th ranked San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The 49ers are not great at stopping opposing quarterbacks and Cousins should be in line for another great performance. I would seriously consider starting him as some of the higher-ranked QBS face difficult matchups.
Tyrod Taylor – Houston Texans
The decision to add Taylor to this list took a lot of thinking. If it were not for the matchup against the 22nd ranked New York Jets, then he probably isn’t worth starting. Taylor and the Texans upset the Tennesee Titans on Sunday 22-13. Taylor scored two rushing touchdowns but threw for only 107 yards. He didn’t throw an interception which is a good sign because he threw three in the loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 9. There is a lot to like about starting Taylor this week because the Jets’ defense gives up a ton of points. If he continues to play well then he should put up a good amount of fantasy points on Sunday.
Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson needs to really get going. This is a very favorable week for him to do so. Wilson has failed to reach 10 fantasy football points in his last three games. In Week 5 he suffered a fractured finger against the LA Rams and didn’t finish the game. The two games he’s started in his return did not go well whatsoever. He doesn’t pose much of a threat with zero touchdowns since returning. With all that being said, I expect that to completely switch in Week 12.
Wilson and the Seahawks will face the Washington Football Team who are ranked 32nd against opposing quarterbacks. This will be a great time to get things going because Washington’s defense is nowhere near where it should be. He should find DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett all game long and get back on track.
Fantasy Quarterbacks Sit ‘Em
Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals
Burrow is not playing well as of late. The last two games resulted in less than 10 fantasy points after what was a great stretch of games. He found Jamar Chase for a touchdown against the Raiders but Joe Mixon won the game with his performance in the run game. That might be their focus again this week as they match up against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers rank 8th against opposing quarterbacks so he should be benched in your lineups this week.
Derek Carr – Las Vegas Raiders
Derek Carr also didn’t play well in that matchup against the Bengals. After leading the NFL in passing yards, Carr started to slow down and the Raiders’ offense is struggling because of it. Carr will face the Dallas Cowboys this Thursday on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys rank 13th against opposing quarterbacks and proved to force a ton of turnovers. If the Cowboys’ defense gets just a little healthier it should result in another poor performance from Carr.
Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans
It’s been a disappointing year for Tannehill in terms of fantasy football. He’s only reached 20 fantasy points in one game this year and isn’t worth keeping in your lineup. We all thought it would’ve been an electric year for him when they traded for Julio Jones. With Jones missing most of the action and Derrick Henry out for the year, it’s going to be a lot harder for Tannehill. He faces the 2nd ranked New England Patriots on Sunday and that isn’t going to result in much. There are many more matchups worth considering.