NFL Week 12 IDP Start/Sits

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Don't set your defensive fantasy lineups for Week 12 of the NFL season without consulting the IDP Guys' Week 12 IDP start/sits article!

Welcome to the NFL Week 12 IDP Start/Sits article!

Table of Contents

Thanksgiving Early Game
Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions
Thanksgiving Afternoon Game
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Thanksgiving Evening Game
New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings
Early Afternoon Games
Denver Broncos at Carolina Panthers Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns
Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins
Chicago Bears at New York Jets Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans
Atlanta Falcons at Washington Commanders  
Mid-Afternoon Games
Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona Cardinals
Las Vegas Raiders at Seattle Seahawks
Los Angeles Rams at Kansas City Chiefs
New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers
Sunday Night Football
Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles
Monday Night Football
Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts

It shouldn't be necessary to say this, but these are only suggestions. We don't sit in on team meetings; we simply absorb as much information as possible and then make calls based on that knowledge. If you don't agree with our suggestions, by all means, go in a different direction. Nobody makes these decisions for you.

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These players have the best outlook based on their opportunity, past production, talent level, and matchup. They usually have a solid floor and an excellent ceiling. These guys should be the nearest to guaranteed production you can find.

If You Must

These players should earn a reasonable amount of points. Their opportunity, talent, or matchup is typically not on par with a trusted player. Tier two players are usually a good option in deep leagues that start multiple players at each position.


Sit these players unless you're desperate. You should not start these players for any number of reasons. They aren't necessarily bad players. We just don't predict them to be scoring well this game week. In the case of rookies, for example, they may simply need time to earn more playing time and, therefore, our trust as fantasy starters.

Any player not listed in these three categories should probably be considered a "sit." If they become IDP relevant on a week-to-week basis, they will likely end up in one of the categories above.

No Cornerbacks?

Johnny writes a separate article for CBs that drops on Fridays, and you can find it here once it is published.

True Position Designations

In some IDP leagues, certain positions are grouped in a suboptimal way, primarily because of outdated interpretations of what players at each position do. Many IDP leagues are turning towards True Position formats to address that problem. To know more about IDP True Position, click here to read the article written by Jase!

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Jase Abbey

I'm an IDP-obsessive and have been playing fantasy football for 20 years. I write the weekly IDP start/sit for IDP Guys in-season, redraft IDP content during the offseason, and appear on the odd podcast from time to time. I am a big, big believer in data-driven and evidence-based content. I'm UK-based, love most sports, and study sports journalism at university. My favorite two things in life are family and sarcasm.
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