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Injuries are starting to set in over the past few weeks and fantasy football owners are challenged to find key players to help them win games. Making that crucial start or waiver pickup can make the difference between not reaching the playoffs and winning a championship.

Not to toot my own horn, but I was reminded of this just this past week when I lost Cedric Benson and Michael Turner. I needed some running backs and picked up Justin Forsett and Bernard Scott.

At first I wanted to start Forsett over Scott but later realized that Scott was the better play for my private league because of his matchup. If I would have started Forsett, I would have tied in starter points against my opponent and lost on bench points. Starting Scott was the difference for victory.

Hopefully, your team won’t come down to decisions like that but every once in awhile your challenged with making those kinds of decisions. Thankfully, for my team that decision worked out.

Below we have our top border line players at different positions that are worth starting and worth sitting for the 12th week of the NFL fantasy football season.



  • Donovan McNabb vs Redskins
  • Brett Favre vs Bears
  • Matt Ryan vs Buccaneers

Running Backs

  • Jason Snelling vs Buccaneers (If Turner is Out)
  • Justin Forsett @ Rams (If Jones is Out or Limited)
  • Bernard Scott vs Browns (If Benson is Out)
  • Jamaal Charles @ Chargers
  • Steve Slaton vs Colts
  • Laurence Maroney @ Saints
  • Kevin Smith vs Packers
  • Knowshon Moreno vs Giants(Fumbles are Concerning but keep starting him)

Wide Receivers

  • Greg Jennings @ Lions
  • Terrell Owens vs Dolphins
  • Chris Chambers @ Chargers
  • Devin Hester @ Vikings (Cutler still throws the ball his way a lot)
  • Michael Crabtree vs Jaguars

Tight Ends

Start as you normally would


  • Billy Cundiff vs Steelers
  • Rob Bironas vs Cardinals
  • Nick Folk vs Raiders (If he doesn’t turn it around this week bench him)
  • Niel Rackers @ Titans (If Warner is Out)
  • Shayne Graham vs Browns
  • Robbie Gould @ Vikings

Defense/ ST

  • Eagles vs Redskins
  • Cowboys vs Raiders



  • Jay Cutler @ Vikings
  • Matthew Stafford vs Packers (Great Game Last Week but Don’t Start Yet)
  • Ben Roethlisberger @ Ravens (May Not Play)
  • Tony Romo vs Raiders (Where’s the Offense?)

Running Backs

  • Shonne Greene vs Panthers (Needs More Touches)
  • Tim Hightower @ Titans (Losing Goal Line TD’s to Wells)

Wide Receivers

  • Malcom Floyd vs Chiefs (Naanee is better than Floyd)
  • Eddie Royal vs Giants (Not Enough Looks)
  • Pierre Garcon vs Texans (Needs More Catches)

Defenses/ ST

  • Patriots @ Saints
  • Saints vs Patriots
  • Colts @ Texans
  • Broncos vs Giants
  • Titans vs Cardinals

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