What’s better than football on Thanksgiving? Perhaps the food. Better yet, following your fantasy team on turkey day is always a treat. With week 12 in line, that means there are two more weeks remaining in the fantasy season. At this point, there are owners that have given up on their teams and no longer adjust their lineups. Then there are the owners that are vying for bragging rights and remaining active in their leagues.

There are three games on Thanksgiving, with the first game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions beginning at 12:30. Owners should be aware and check their lineups earlier than normal.

Pro-tip: For the remainder of the season, there will be no more bye weeks. Here are the week 12 start ’em and sit ’em.

Start ‘Em

Matthew Stafford (Quarterback/Detroit Lions)

Matthew Stafford. Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service.
Matthew Stafford. Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service.

Matthew Stafford faces the Philadelphia Eagles on Thanksgiving. Although Stafford has struggled this year, the matchup with the Eagles is a tasty one. Philadelphia has given up 10 touchdowns in their last three games. Also, Stafford has thrown for at least 330 yards the past three years on Thanksgiving.

T.J. Yeldon (Running back/Jacksonville Jaguars)

T.J. Yeldon has had a solid season in the breakout year for the Jaguars offense. Although Yeldon scored only once, he’s recorded double-digit carries in every game. This week, Yeldon faces the worst run defense in the league, the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers give up nearly five yards a carry, making Yeldon a viable option for running backs.

Randall Cobb (Wide receiver/Green Bay Packers)

With Aaron Rodgers as quarterback, it’s difficult to sit any Green Bay receiver. Randall Cobb hasn’t lived up to the expectations that were put on him in the pre-season, but he still has six touchdowns. Also, Cobb is beginning to develop better chemistry with Rodgers, registering at least nine targets the last four games. The Bears defense ranks fourth-worst in the league also.

Sit ‘Em

Drew Brees (Quarterback/New Orleans Saints)

Drew Brees. Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service
Drew Brees. Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service

Drew Brees is fighting off father time. Skeptics were heavy on Brees earlier in the season, but he now ranks as the seventh-best fantasy quarterback. But this week, Brees faces the Houston Texans who are beginning to look like the defense that they were thought to be at the beginning of the season. The Texans have given up only one touchdown to quarterbacks the last three games.

Frank Gore (Running back/Indianapolis Colts)

The Colts season hasn’t gone as expected. But they still find themselves in first place in the AFC South. Frank Gore season, just like the Colts, hasn’t gone as expected either. This week, Gore faces a tough Buccanneers run defense. Tampa Bay ranks fifth-best in yards per carry, giving up 3.7 yards on average.

Jeremy Maclin (Wide receiver/Kansas City Chiefs)

Kansas City wide receivers are not a trusted fantasy commodity the last two years. As for Maclin, he came out the gates hot but has cooled down the last month. Maclin has only two receptions, on average, the last five games. This week, Maclin faces the Bills, who are not exactly stout against the pass. Regardless, the Bills have given up two touchdowns the last three games to opposing team number one receiver. Not a good sign for Maclin.


Andy Gustafson is the Sports Writer for the Niner Times. This is his first year involved with the Times. He is majoring in mass media communications and minoring in journalism. He is from Asheville, North Carolina.