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5 Emergency Start Options to Save Your Week 12 Fantasy Football Lineup

Javon Ringer is still behind Chris Johnson on the depth chart, but that won't last long if CJ can't get his engine running against a fairly pedestrial Tampa Bay run defense.
Javon Ringer is still behind Chris Johnson on the depth chart, but that won't last long if CJ can't get his engine running against a fairly pedestrial Tampa Bay run defense.Grant Halverson/Getty Images
John ZaktanskyCorrespondent INovember 27, 2011

Week 12 means we’re finally past the bye week blues for 2011. Too bad the injury bug is still running rampant.

The following options may not seem super sexy or even totally logical, but they pose interesting plays if you are struggling to find a viable starter for your Week 12 matchup.


Vince Young, QB, PHI

I watched the Eagles game last week and was appalled at how sloppy Young was. He did show a little more composure as the contest went on and hopefully the rust is off what could be a shootout on Sunday.

Young plays against the worst pass defense in the league: New England. The Eagles are likely to be behind in this game early, so expect a healthy dose of Young, who is owned in just 20 percent of Yahoo leagues.


Matt Leinart, QB, HOU

We all know that Leinart has tons of potential but was a train wreck when given opportunity in Arizona. Now he finds himself in a starting role on a high-powered team with dreams of playoffs.

All reports from Houston suggest that Leinart has matured greatly over the past couple years and that he’s ready to be given a chance to start again. Time will tell.

This week isn’t a great matchup, but expect the Texans brass to get Leinart’s feet wet enough to build confidence moving forward.


Javon Ringer, RB, TEN

We know that Ringer is behind Chris Johnson in the pecking order, but we also have ample evidence that Johnson has major issues below the surface that are keeping him from being anything reliable as a fantasy starter.

This week, Johnson could have a decent game against a Tampa Bay defense that is sloppy against the run, but at one of these points, Johnson will cede to Ringer if he can’t make noise against less-than-stellar defenses.

I have a hunch it will happen this week.


Mike Thomas, WR, JAX

His value has been diminished by Blaine Gabbert, but Thomas still has the potential to put up a decent game.

This week, against a Texans team that will attempt to run up a score, Thomas may see enough extra targets to merit starting.


Chaz Schilens, WR, OAK

Carson Palmer has been getting more and more used to getting the ball downfield, and has a plethora of solid weapons to stretch the field.

However, this week, both Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore are looking like they’ll be sitting out, meaning Schilens will line up across from Darius Heyward-Bey at wideout.


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