Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Adrian Peterson, Julius Thomas, Keenan Allen & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 12 (for most teams anyways) I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit? Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:


Adrian Peterson – Running Back – Minnesota Vikings
Earlier in the week Tom Peliserro tweeted (click here to view):

“#Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who’s been hobbled, says he’s planning to play Sunday vs. #Packers”

There is a good chance he plays, and at least we will know early enough with the Vikings set to take on the Packers at 1 PM EST. The problem is, what should fantasy owners do? The injury certainly limited him in Week 11, as he rushed the ball 21 times for 65 yards.

That said, it’s Adrian Peterson. Unless we hear he’s going to be severely limited, if he dresses he’s got to be in starting lineups.


Julius Thomas – Tight End – Denver Broncos
According to Adam Schefter on Friday (via Twitter):

Jack Del Rio on TE Julius Thomas, who is listed as Questionable: “Limited again today. We’ll just have to make a determination.”

We may not have a resolution until game time, which unfortunately is not until Sunday night. In order to protect yourself Fred Davis (who will take Jordan Reed’s spot on Monday night) or Joel Dressen would be intelligent pickups just in case.


Jordan Cameron – Tight End – Cleveland
Matthew Berry of ESPN threw out a stat in this week’s Love/Hate column that has to get your attention:

“In his last three games with Jason Campbell at quarterback, Cameron has averaged fewer than 40 yards and four receptions with no touchdowns or red zone targets.”

No targets in the red zone?? Really?? Now, throw in the fact that the Steelers have actually been one of the better teams at defending tight ends this season (47 receptions for 534 yards and 3 TD) and how can you trust him? Guys like Coby Fleener, Delanie Walker and maybe even Rob Housler would appear to be better plays.


Jarrett Boykin – Wide Receiver – Green Bay Packers
Over the past two weeks, with Scott Tolzien at quarterback, Boykin has posted lines of:

  • 8 receptions for 113 yards (13 targets)
  • 6 receptions for 91 yards (8 targets)

He’s obviously going to share targets with Jordy Nelson, and Eddie Lacy should get his carries in a favorable matchup, but there should be more than enough opportunities to go around. Boykin is clearly ahead of James Jones on the depth chart right now and gets a Minnesota defense that’s just bad. While he can be considered a potential WR2, he’s a no brainer WR3 at worst.


Terrance Williams – Wide Receiver – Dallas Cowboys
Miles Austin is listed as probable and is going to return to the Cowboys lineup today (barring a surprising setback). Williams has scored touchdowns in five of his past six games, but he has five total catches in his last three games and two catches or less in four of his past five.

On a team with Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Demarco Murray and now Miles Austin back, are you about to bet on Williams finding the end zone? I certainly wouldn’t if I could avoid it.


Rod Streater – Wide Receiver – Oakland Raiders
Denarius Moore is out today, so one would think Streater would naturally be a recommended option. However, the Raiders face a Titans defense that has allowed just 1,166 yards and 2 TD to opposing wide receivers. When you couple that with Streater’s up and down performances (only one catch against the Giants two weeks ago), he becomes a tough player to trust outside of a desperation WR3.


Keenan Allen – Wide Receiver San Diego Chargers
He has been practicing this week and the knee injury he suffered does appear to be minor. That said, he’s coming off back-to-back disappointing games (7 catches for 86 yards) and draws the Chiefs this week. That has to knock him down a few spots on the rankings, but he’s still worth a WR2 spot depending on your alternatives.


Jordan Reed – Tight End – Washington Redskins
At least the Redskins didn’t make us wait.  Reed has already been ruled out for Monday night, so fantasy owners need to hit the waiver wire immediately to find an alternative.

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  1. Kevin says:

    Should I go with Jordan Cameron or garret graham at tight end. Also what’s a better flex Ty Hilton, Keenan Allen , or bobby Rainey. I’m currently going with graham and Ty

  2. Randy says:

    I hear Nicks may sit. If so, which two would you start out of Gordon, Randle, and Vereen in a standard league? Thanks!

  3. Kevin – I think I’d still lean Cameron over Graham, but just by a tiny bit. As for the FLEX, gotta go Hilton

    Randy – Throwing conditions in NY are going to be tough, so I’d lean Gordon/Vereen at this point.

  4. Dale says:

    Should I play andre ellington or levon bell or donald brown today. Also i am thinking of dropping tony gonzales for delany walker? Also would you pick up nick folk to backup payton manning at this point in the season. Last do you still like crabtree.

    • RB – I’d say Bell is the safest

      TE – Really depends, but for this week I like Walker

      K – It depends on the format and who you’d want to drop. If there are ample options on waivers, I probably wouldn’t.

      Crabtree – Yes, I do

  5. AJ says:

    Who should i start at flex in a standard league, Shane Vereen, Bobboy Rainey, Kendall Wright, or Andre Ellington? Thanx for for help ahead of time.

  6. Dale says:

    Sorry I meant nick foles. Not folks.

  7. Dale says:

    Reason being.. in case manning goes down do I waist a spot or roll with just manning and deal with it later if needed. I actually could put crabtree in that foles spot.

  8. Dale says:

    Not a lot of options..usual ones like Glennon, prior,mccown,ponder….

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