Start Seahawks’ J.D. McKissic, Drop Patriots’ James White
Plug and Play: J.D. McKissic SEA
Seattle's running backs have been bad options in fantasy all season long, but currently McKissic looks like the best and safest bet of the group. His versatility and the likelihood of an uptick in his workload make him worthy of a look this week. Mike Davis is out with a groin strain, and Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls have been completely ineffective. McKissic should take advantage of a solid matchup against the 49ers as he likely gets 10-15 touches. He's an especially good option in PPR. Give McKissic a look if you need flex help in Week 12.
Wait and See: Robert Woods LAR
[caption id="attachment_261100" align="alignright" width="300"] J.D. McKissic is a popular flex play for Week 12 (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)[/caption]
Robert Woods is expected to miss a couple weeks with the shoulder injury that he suffered last Sunday in the Rams' loss at Minnesota. It seems that two weeks is the minimum for his absence, as he is a High Injury Risk according to Inside Injuries. This injury is tough considering how well Woods was playing, having taken over the #1 spot in the Rams explosive passing game.
From a fantasy perspective, if you need to make a move to just try and get into the playoffs, then dropping Woods might be a necessity. However, if you're in a good position heading into the fantasy playoffs and have a roster spot or two open for a stash, then Woods should be kept around. His potential to help you later on when you're competing for a championship is too great. It remains to be seen if he'll be back in time to help, but he's worth holding onto for a little while longer if you can. Inside Injuries has given him a four week Optimal Recovery Time.
Drop: James White NE
White has been a safe flex play every week, especially in PPR, for the majority of this season. However, the Patriots backfield is again in flux, which should come as no surprise. Ever since Rex Burkhead returned a few weeks ago from injury, things have been shifting. Dion Lewis has a hold on the early down role, and it looks like Burkhead will continue to get plenty of the passing down snaps moving forward, eating into White's workload.
White has just 10 touches the last two weeks combined, and most notably only three catches, including none last week. The uncertainty that always surrounds what New England does with their backs muddies the waters here a bit, but it seems clear that Lewis and Burkhead are the two Patriot RBs to own currently. White can be dropped, even given his past production.
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