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Week Twelve Lineup Advice

The DLF advice column is open for business and ready for Thanksgiving week!

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Just remember to keep things short, but also let us know if your league is PPR, non-PPR or if there are any unusual scoring rules that would affect our advice.

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Ashley Moser
9 years ago

Josh gordon
Cecil shorts
or Gresham
in non ppr

cb591858
Reply to  Ashley Moser
9 years ago

Shorts

Reply to  Ashley Moser
9 years ago

Gotta start Shorts … he’s on fire.

Allen Sarvinas
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
9 years ago

FYI, CLE has a nice schedule comin up, so with Weeden taking a step forward, maybe Gordon is a playoff difference maker.

Drew Swanson
9 years ago

12 team, Standard Scoring

Pick 1 RB
Chris Johnson
Doug Martin

Pick 1 WR
Brandon Lloyd
Titus Young
Darrius Heyward-Bey
Antonio Brown
Justin Blackmon

stephen wolkiewicz
Reply to  Drew Swanson
9 years ago

Antonio brown is still out
Titus young – suspended
Blackmon got lucky last week
I’d go with Lloyd

Drew Swanson
Reply to  Drew Swanson
9 years ago

Add Danario Alexander to that list.

Matthew Russo
Reply to  Drew Swanson
9 years ago

Doug Martin & Alexander. The number of snaps Lloyd was on the field last week was half of what he normally gets. The coaching staff in NE is starting to realize he’s not great, he’s just above average.

Reply to  Drew Swanson
9 years ago

Oh .. you have to start Alexander.

Reply to  Drew Swanson
9 years ago

Doug Martin

Call me crazy, but I’m starting Blackmon now that Henne is in.

Drew Swanson
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
9 years ago

Thank you all for the advice! Happy Thanksgiving.

Jared Davis
9 years ago

Willis’ injury is a big one for me.
I know it’s early in the week so I will be asking this again later on this week.

As an RB2 in a PPR do I start:

Hillman vs KC
Reggie Bush vs SEA
Bryce Brown vs CAR (for arguments sake, let’s figure that Shady is out)

Matthew Russo
Reply to  Jared Davis
9 years ago

Bush vs. Seattle, he’s the only proven commodity as the other two are complete wild cards.

Reply to  Jared Davis
9 years ago

I think it stick with Reggie.

Matt Giles
9 years ago

10 team Standard Scoring….

Flex (Pick 2):

Fitzgerald
Amendola
Aaron Hernandez
Mendenhall

Reply to  Matt Giles
9 years ago

Amendola and Hernandez.

If Amendola sits, start Fitz.

SAllen0400
9 years ago

12 Team PPR WR3 spot:

Denarious Moore @ Cin
or
James Jones @ NY Giants

Reply to  SAllen0400
9 years ago

Tough … I’d stick with Moore

Rodney Dawson
9 years ago

I need a flex, no ppr, bonus for 100yds

Colston v SF
Harvin @ Chi
Blackmon v Ten
Shorts v Ten
Hunter @ NO

My gut says Blackmon but what do you think Ken?

jason holder
Reply to  Rodney Dawson
9 years ago

1-Harvin if healthy
2-colston
3- Blackmon

Reply to  Rodney Dawson
9 years ago

Have to start Harvin. If he’s not in, Colston.

dco002
9 years ago

PPR Flex, huge game with playoff implications as I am the current 6 seed and need to win.

If Shady misses, do I flex
Bryce Brown
Kenny Britt
Davone Bess
John Stewart

Reply to  dco002
9 years ago

I have a feeling about Britt this week but I’d go with Stewart and hope he gets a more touches.

trey sands
9 years ago

2 part question

12 team non PPR, i am in a must win situation and have the dreaded flex decision and feel like i am over thinking this.

stewart, mendy, hillman, broyles, sproles, maclin quizz are my options

I also have the choice between gates and rudolph at TE.

thanks for all the advice this year have a great holiday week

Matthew Russo
Reply to  trey sands
9 years ago

Sproles & Gates. And don’t by shy about asking for seconds at dinner.

Reply to  trey sands
9 years ago

Non PPR makes a big difference here. I lean toward Stewart but Gates could be a nice play at home vs. Baltimore. That said, I’d stick with Stewart being non PPR. Sproles is too much of a question mark in my mind and they have too many ball carriers. He’s great in PPR though.

Reply to  trey sands
9 years ago

Oh .. you can start two? Stewart and Gates then.

Sir Newtlesworth
9 years ago

Non-PPR, need to play 2.

Fitz
Denarius
Broyles
Hilton

Reply to  Sir Newtlesworth
9 years ago

Fitz and Moore.

jason holder
9 years ago

Luck vs Buffalo

Or

RG3 vs Dallas

Matthew Russo
Reply to  jason holder
9 years ago

Rookie vs. a terrible team

or
Rookie vs. an underachieving team on a short week

LUCK!

Reply to  jason holder
9 years ago

This is a toss up. I’d go with Luck at home against that terrible BUF D.

robert moore
9 years ago

alrighty , i’ve lost my HUGE advantage with Gronk out heading into the playoffs, the pickens are slim on the waiver wire,,,, any ideas on who might be the best bet for the next 5 weeks?

Matthew Russo
Reply to  robert moore
9 years ago

I’d look for a guy like Greg Olson or Brandon Myers… they could still be out there. If not just grab what is best available.

Reply to  robert moore
9 years ago

Couple names to look for. Dallas Clark has been targeted relatively often recently. Benjamin Watson has some potential. I’m just throwing darts without knowing who is on your wire. Moeaki?

lostcause
9 years ago

Need 3 to keep slim playoff hopes alive!

PPR, TDs score 6, 9, or 12 depending on length of score.

Britt
Hilton
Sidney Rice
Crabtree
Maclin
Blackmon

Reply to  lostcause
9 years ago

Britt, Rice and Blackmon. Risky starts there and the chance of getting the right trio is pretty low.

Alan Bauerle
9 years ago

Hey Ken happy T-Day to you n everyone at DLF and all of the people who use your site.

Schaub, Locker pick 1

Doug Martin is my #1 so pick 1 Bradshaw, J-Stewart, Shane Vereen.

Cobb, Wallace, Brown, Shorts, Hartline, Wright, Avery pick 3

K Rudolph or T Moekai

Thanks again everyone enjoy your birds

Reply to  Alan Bauerle
9 years ago

Howdy Alan … happy T-day to you!

Schaub.
Stewart
Cobb, Wallace and SHorts. I’m nervous leaving Wright out.

Rudolph

Jamie Battaglia
9 years ago

PPR league – Cecil Shorts, Marcel Reece or Michael Crabtree

Reply to  Jamie Battaglia
9 years ago

Shorts. He’s been too hot to sit.

PJ Markey
9 years ago

Kenny Britt , Ryan Broyles or Jeremy Maclin

.5 ppr

Reply to  PJ Markey
9 years ago

Britt but any one of those three could have out perform the others.

Will Finnegan
9 years ago

Eli or Dalton?

Luck54
Reply to  Will Finnegan
9 years ago

I’m riding Dalton. Good matchup this week I think he keeps putting up solid numbers.

Reply to  Will Finnegan
9 years ago

I’d have to say Dalton until Eli turns it around.

Jared Davis
9 years ago

PPR
Long play bonuses
All TDs 6 pts.

Eli or Freeman

Aaron Hernandez or Dwayne Allen

Also, what plug-n-play defenses do you recommend this week?

Reply to  Jared Davis
9 years ago

Freeman.
Hernandez

For D’s that may be on your wire. I like MIN, CIN, CAR and STL this week.

Matt Kornberg
9 years ago

Need 3 out of this group, 1 RB, 2 flex
League is PPR

Andre Brown
Rashard Mendenhall
James Starks
Malcolm Floyd
Davone Bess
Golden Tate
Brandon Lafell

I’m leaning Mendy, Floyd, and Tate. I’m already starting Cam and SSmith from Carolina, so I’m hesitant to start Lafell.

Matt Kornberg
Reply to  Matt Kornberg
9 years ago

Also, in another PPR league at flex, Avery, Manningham, Garcon, DBrown, Ingram, Ivory, PThomas, or Chandler. 1.5 PPR for TE

Reply to  Matt Kornberg
9 years ago

Garcon if he plays. If not, risk the CHandler play

Reply to  Matt Kornberg
9 years ago

Floyd, Bess and Tate for me. I’ll take the sure starters in PPR.

Ryan Macnamara
9 years ago

PPR
1) Pick two: Cecil Shorts, Denario Alexander, Torrey Smith and Stevie Johnson
2) Pick one if Shady can’t play: Bryce a brown or Ronnie Hillman
3) Pick one if Shady can’t play (different league): Kenny Britt, Mikel LeShoure or Denario Alexander

Thanks!

Reply to  Ryan Macnamara
9 years ago

1) Alexander and Johnson. Tough call
2) Bown
3) The hot hand of ALexander

Dustin Bennett
9 years ago

10 man standard scoring non-PPR

I need one WR and a flex.

Vincent Jackson, Randal Cobb, or Alfred Morris

Reply to  Dustin Bennett
9 years ago

VJax and Morris. Cobb is a tough sit but non-ppr means I want at least one RB going

Reply to  Dustin Bennett
9 years ago

I take it back … VJax and Cobb

cb591858
9 years ago

pick 4

Miles Austin
Mike Williams
Brandon Lloyd
Darrius Heyward-Bey
Santana Moss
Leonard Hankerson
Malcolm Floyd

Starting QB is RGIII

Reply to  cb591858
9 years ago

Austin, Williams, Floyd and Lloyd. DHB is a close 5th to Lloyd

cb591858
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
9 years ago

I ended up picking up Jalen Parmele and rolling with him at the flex. I sat Lloyd, which looks like a good move, and then started Austin, Williams, and Floyd at WR.

rodney711
9 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving!

1-QB, Brady or RG3
2-RB, Forte, Ridley, F. Jackson, S, Vereen, A. Brown and Parmele
3-WR, Welker. T. Smith, M. Williams, R. Cobb and Edelman
1-TE, Olsen, Bennet or Pitta

Preesh the help.

rodney711
Reply to  rodney711
9 years ago

NON PPR

Reply to  rodney711
9 years ago

You too!

1) I have the same QB decision. I’m wavering. RG3 has a higher ceiling and a lower floor. If you’re confident you have better matchups … take the safety of Brady. If you think you need points, go with RG3. I’m leaning RG.

2) Forte and Ridley
3) Welker, Smith and Cobb.
4) Olsen

ziggy19
9 years ago

Alf Morris or J Stew?
Morris who is n`t finding the endzone gets the Cowboys.
J Stew who has been a Bust all yr showed a little last week and gets the Eagles.

Reply to  ziggy19
9 years ago

I lean toward JStew here. Morris is on a downtrend.

ziggy19
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
9 years ago

oh oh J Stew has his work cut out for him…I might have to take my business elsewhere. lol

Reply to  ziggy19
9 years ago

Me too

ziggy19
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
9 years ago

A loss by 6 pts… Alf 19 on the bench Stew 2 pts and on the bench with ankle injury ouch.

james farmer
9 years ago

PPR league…

Pick 2….

Darino Alexander, v jax, green Ellis, sjaxs

Only reason I’m considering green Ellis is the matchup… I was leaning towards vjax and danario

Grant Britton
Reply to  james farmer
9 years ago

I would go with VJax and SJax. Alexander is due to fall back to earth and BJGE just isn’t good.

Reply to  james farmer
9 years ago

Alexander and VJax

We’re thinking the same.

Grant Britton
9 years ago

Am I crazy to consider starting Jamel Parmele over Michael Turner this weekend? I’m a Falcons fan so I watch turner every week and he just stinks at this point. If he doesn’t score a TD he’s worthless 90% of the time.

JBlake
Reply to  Grant Britton
9 years ago

That’s not crazy at all. FleaFlicker weekly projections have Parmele getting 86 total yds vs. 48 for Turner. But as you know, Turner has the better chance of scoring…

Reply to  Grant Britton
9 years ago

I’d start Parmele. I’m not starting Turner again.

David Buffington
9 years ago

PPR, flex:
Broyles, LaFell, E Sanders, Stewart, LSH, Rudolph, Beanie Wells and Chris Ivory in there too.

Reply to  David Buffington
9 years ago

Stewart.

f00sb4llpete
9 years ago

Hillman Dwyer or Bryce brown

Greg Olsen martellus Bennett Dwayne Allen, Dallas Clark, marcedes, chandler. (Lost gronk)

Reply to  f00sb4llpete
9 years ago

Brown.
Olsen.

trey sands
9 years ago

Rams DST or cardinals DST?

Reply to  trey sands
9 years ago

Rams. Lindley is getting the start.

Luck54
9 years ago

PPR league Got my flex up in the air, Its one of these guys have options but need some advice

Mike Wallace vs Cleveland (Not Considering because the qb situation)
Marcel Reece vs Cincy (If Mcfadden starts then he is out, if not he is the best on the board)
Bryce Brown Vs. Panthers (Do you like him this week or let him stay on the bench and see what he does)
Mikel Leshoure vs Houston (Thursday night game, I dont know if it be a smart move to play him during a short week)
Beanie Wells vs Rams (I believe in Beanie, but should I start any of these guys before him)

Reply to  Luck54
9 years ago

Leshoure as the more established starter. Brown has a decent matchup and should get touches, but I’d still start Leshoure.

Jo Cat
9 years ago

Huge rivalry game this week that will probably decide a bye in our league. My options are Sproles vs. SF, danario vs. bal, Broyles vs. HOU, and Jstew vs. the eagles. I could sit Mathews and start 2 of these 4 but idk if I’m there yet

Jo Cat
Reply to  Jo Cat
9 years ago

1/2 ppr

Doug Jarrett
Reply to  Jo Cat
9 years ago

I like Broyles this week as a really sneaky pick on Turkey day as houston will take away Megatron… or try at least. As for the other three I think you can’t go wrong but I’d personally go with Sproles even if it is half ppr (assuming he’s healthy).

Reply to  Jo Cat
9 years ago

I just can’t play hunches or sneaky plays in big rivalry games … I like to go with who is scoring so I Can sleep at night if I lose. Danario gets the play for me. And I’d keep Mathews in.

David Bulow
9 years ago

What running back would you play? Basic league no yardage, 6 pts to throw catch or run
play 1 qb 2 rb 3 te/wr 1 k

my running backs
charles
green-ellis
a. brown

Reply to  David Bulow
9 years ago

Charles without question.

Matt Caldwell
9 years ago

Good problem to have…..I can start 3 RB but which 2 since Foster is a lock

Forte – Against Minny
TRich – Against PIT
Foster – against DET
Charles – Against DEN

Matt Caldwell
Reply to  Matt Caldwell
9 years ago

Standard Scoring

Reply to  Matt Caldwell
9 years ago

I think you have to sit Charles … but it’s not easy to do.

Anthonyc24
9 years ago

romo or stafford 6 pts passing tds + standard yard scoring

ballard, maclin, lafell, jermichael finely as flex, 1 pt ppr. (pick one)

Reply to  Anthonyc24
9 years ago

Stafford
Maclin

Will Finnegan
9 years ago

Need Three (3) & one of them must be a TE

Pettigrew
Celek
Hernandez
Jarrius Wright
Sanu
Jalen Parmele

Reply to  Will Finnegan
9 years ago

Pettigrew
Hernandez
Parmele

Drew Swanson
9 years ago

Standard scoring

Romo or Dalton?

Reply to  Drew Swanson
9 years ago

Romo but it’s close

james farmer
9 years ago

Rank these in order to start this week. Ryan, luck, romo.

Reply to  james farmer
9 years ago

Ryan, Luck, Romo. I don’t expect Ryan to have another day like that.

JBlake
9 years ago

10-team redraft, non-PPR, TD-heavy scoring, no distinction between TE/WR.
Trying to hang onto 1st place with my banged up receiving corps, and I need to start 2 of these 4:

Julio/Nicks/Hernandez/Harvin, or I could get Broyles/Bowe/Hilton off the waiver wire for a spot start.

Reply to  JBlake
9 years ago

If Harvin plays

Harvin and Hernandez.

Otherwise, Hernandez and Julio.

Ryan Bekar
9 years ago

PPR League
Keller or Daniels?
Stafford, Kaepernick, or Flacco?

Thanks

Reply to  Ryan Bekar
9 years ago

Daniels if he plays.

Stafford.

Allen Churchman
9 years ago

PPR League

Need 1 TE and 2 Flex WR/TE.

Deciding between, Owen Daniels, Greg Olsen, Dwayne Allen, Brandon Lloyd, DHB, TBMW, James Jones. Thanks!

Reply to  Allen Churchman
9 years ago

Olsen, TBMW, James Jones. Lloyd is a close 4th

Tyler Shelton
9 years ago

12 Team, non-PPR, injuries everywhere!

Edelman, Kendall Wright, or Santana Moss at Flex???

Reply to  Tyler Shelton
9 years ago

Wright.

Nick Wood
9 years ago

RB = 0.25PPR WR = 0.5PPR TE = 1.0PPR
I’m assuming McCoy is out this week, pick one
Bryce Brown
Anquan Boldin
Marcedes Lewis
Logan Paulsen

Reply to  Nick Wood
9 years ago

Brown for me.

N B
9 years ago

PPR – Need one, thanks

Maclin v. CAR
Tampa Mike v. ATL
Hilton v. BUF (looks like Avery will play)

Reply to  N B
9 years ago

TBMW

Josh Balaberda
9 years ago

Play Nicks over Julio?

My other WR are AJG and Marshall so they are locked in. I think its obvious to play Nicks after his bye and not Julio with his ankle issue. Correct?

Reply to  Josh Balaberda
9 years ago

I’m a little concerned about Julio but I still would play him over Nicks this week. It’s nearly 50/50 though so go with YOUR gut here.

Matt Bruun
9 years ago

Britt or Williams?

Reply to  Matt Bruun
9 years ago

Mike Williams? I’d go with TBMW until Britt establishes that he doesn’t suck.

Matt Bruun
9 years ago

NOT PPR (Britt or Williams)

Reply to  Matt Bruun
9 years ago

Williams

Doug Jarrett
9 years ago

Half PPR for flex spot BJGE or Brandon Lafell?

Reply to  Doug Jarrett
9 years ago

BJGE

D R
9 years ago

0.5 PPR. Amendola, Mathews, or LeShoure?

Reply to  D R
9 years ago

Mathews but you can flame me when Mathews flames out.

Jared Davis
9 years ago

Really?
Reggie vs Seattle over Hillman or Bryce Brown at my RB2?

This is a really big game for me!

Reply to  Jared Davis
9 years ago

Always, always, always go with your gut. It really depends on which Seattle defense shows up … they’ve been awful two of the past four weeks. My favorite matchup is Brown vs CAR. CAR lets up a fair number of TDs vs the run but there’s no guarantee that that McCoy doesn’t play. As I write this, McCoy has a Q tag but the feeling is that he won’t play. As long as you’re willing to risk it, put Brown in and hope for the best. If you happen to have McCoy, it’s a no brainer. Bush has not been good recently but he’s the surest thing for touches. Hillman is a wild card this week and we just don’t know what to expect … Ball is the best runner there.

Ray Voeller
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
9 years ago

Take a look at Seattle D vs run with and without K J Wright . He went out early vs Minnesota. Run D hasn’t been same since. Plus SF and Minn are both strong rushing teams. Personally I would go Brown. Of all your options he has most to gain by playing well. Figure Brown to give 110% every play.

Russ Knopf
9 years ago

I need 1RB/4WR or 2RB/3WR out of this bunch –

McCoy vs. CAR (assume he’s out)
Hillman @ KC
Sproles @ SFO
JStew @ PHI

Blackmon vs. TEN
Broyles vs. HOU
Edelman @ NYJ
Hilton vs. BUF
Stevie J @ IND
Little vs. PIT
Maclin vs. CAR

So far I’ve got Hillman, Stevie, Blackmon, Broyles, Hilton. Not sure if I should play Edelman as it looks like Avery could play? Or would you play Edelman over Broyles? Or are they probably about the same?

Reply to  Russ Knopf
9 years ago

I’d play JStew over Hillman but Hillman isn’t a horrible play … just risky.

I’d also play Blackmon, Boryles, Stevie and Maclin. Maclin is risky but I have to believe they’ll do a better job getting the ball to him this game.

Russ Knopf
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
9 years ago

Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

Thane Obijeski
9 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have a pick 5 for you. Typical MFL scoiring… yardage, tds, .5 ppr.

Bradshaw
S Jax
Ridley
D Alexander
Andre Johnson
Megatron
Brandon Marshall
Nicks
D. Moore

I’m leaning towards Ridley, S Jax, Andre, Calvin, Marshall. Although I’m itching to sit Jax and play Danario. What do you think?

As a side note…. I was perhaps the only moron in fatasy football who sat Andre Johnson last week!

Reply to  Thane Obijeski
9 years ago

I like your gut feeling on playing SJax over Danario.

Bad luck with Andre but I understand the play. I had him last week and started him in a crucial game for me and he got me the win. I lose if I don’t start him.

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