Hope everyone had a joyous Thanksgiving. The holiday weekend concludes today with Week 12 of the fantasy season. Those of you who started the Patriots' Tom Brady at quarterback are feeling thankful, I'm sure, after his near-perfect performance Thursday against the Lions.
As for today's games, I wrote in Friday's column that starting any of the Bills this week is a risky bet. I have Fred Jackson in my starting lineup, but it's out of necessity. Stevie Johnson has also reached must-start status at WR, but that's it for useful Bills.
What should be the game of the day is in Atlanta, where the Falcons host the Packers. I know he hasn't been very productive this year, but I'd start Packers RB Brandon Jackson. I feel like he's got a touchdown in him this week.
I know Eli Manning throws a lot of interceptions, but if they don't hurt your score, he's definitely worth a start at home today against the woeful Jaguars' pass defense. In the same game, don't worry about Brandon Jacobs starting at RB over Ahmad Bradshaw. I still think the latter will get most of the carries and makes a good No. 2 or 3 RB.
The Panthers continue their march to the first pick in the draft today in Cleveland. That makes the Browns' defense fantasy relevant today. Start them as a sleeper. Also, stick with Mike Goodson at RB even though Jonathan Stewart is back for the Panthers.
I'm not entirely sure why, but I continue to believe that Titans WR Randy Moss is still a useful fantasy option. That includes today, even though he's got a rookie quarterback starting. The Texans' pass defense is just that bad.
Another player I stubbornly believed in most of the season is Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch. That changes today, though. Lynch hasn't done enough to earn the starting role and is losing too many carries to Justin Forsett.
Good luck in Week 12!