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Fantasy Football Week 12 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Running Backs

The 11th week of the NFL season has concluded and it was another week of action-packed games. Throughout the slate of games, there were plenty of running backs who gashed opposing defenses en route to a big-time performance in fantasy football.

Just like most weeks, Christian McCaffrey led all running backs in scoring. The Carolina Panthers’ dynamic running back totaled 191 yards from scrimmage as he scored 30.1 fantasy points on Sunday.

As a matter of fact, McCaffrey has eclipsed 21 points in nine of the 10 games that he’s played in. Who could be the running backs who join McCaffrey in scoring in the upcoming week?

All of the picks in this article are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) fantasy football leagues. In light of that, here are the running backs to start and sit in your fantasy football lineups in Week 12.

RBs to Start in Week 12

49ers’ Tevin Coleman (vs. Packers): The San Francisco 49ers have built their offense around their dangerous rushing attack. The main beneficiary of the running game has been Tevin Coleman, who has disappointed in the past three weeks.

While Coleman has underwhelmed in recent weeks, he should be able to get back on track against the Green Bay Packers’ defense. The Packers have given up 11 rushing touchdowns to RBs so far (second-most in the NFL).

Browns’ Nick Chubb (vs. Dolphins): Many have wondered what the Cleveland Browns’ offense would look like with Kareem Hunt joining the backfield. Hunt’s presence hasn’t prevented Chubb from getting 20 carries in five straight weeks but he hasn’t found the end zone since Week 6.

The Browns’ bruising back should get back to scoring touchdowns in Week 12 versus the Miami Dolphins. Miami’s defense has allowed 27 points per game to opposing RBs (seventh-most in the NFL).

Steelers’ Jaylen Samuels (vs. Bengals): As of this moment, the status of James Conner in Week 12 is up in the air after reaggravating his shoulder injury last week. Therefore, we could see Jaylen Samuels handle the majority of the workload in the backfield.

In the event that Conner starts, then Samuels becomes a less-viable option against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have surrendered an average of 28 points per game to RBs this year (fourth-most in the NFL).

Other RBs to Start: Redskins’ Derrius Guice (vs. Lions), Titans’ Derrick Henry (vs. Jaguars), Browns’ Kareem Hunt (vs. Dolphins)

RBs to Sit in Week 12

Texans’ Carlos Hyde (vs. Colts): The Houston Texans’ offense revolved around Deshaun Watson and the passing attack but Carlos Hyde has become the featured running back. At the same time, Hyde only has five games this season where he has scored more than 10 points.

To along with that, the veteran running back will face a stout run defense of the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12. the Colts have held opposing RBs to only three rushing touchdowns (tied for second-fewest in the NFL).

Falcons’ Brian Hill (vs. Buccaneers): Heading into Week 11, it was predetermined that Brian Hill would be a reliable option at running back against a susceptible run defense of the Panthers. Instead, Hill totaled a mere 4.8 fantasy points on Sunday.

With Devonta Freeman likely out for another week, Hill should draw the start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12. Tampa Bay’s defense has been remarkable against the run, allowing 651 rushing yards and only 3.5 yards per attempt to RBs (both are third-fewest in the NFL).

Bengals’ Joe Mixon (vs. Steelers): While everyone was growing impatient with Joe Mixon, the versatile running back has now had three consecutive weeks of scoring more than 17 fantasy points. Before that, Mixon only had three games of scoring double-digit points.

The Bengals’ running back will have a tough test on Sunday as he faces the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh’s defense has given up an average of 19.6 points per game to RBs (sixth-fewest in the NFL).