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Key NFL Week 12 matchups to leverage in fantasy football start/sit decisions

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks to pass in the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Football is a game of matchups. There is a saying in fantasy football to “start your studs,” but we really want to rely on the players who will score the most fantasy points. Talent plays a big factor in which players score the most, but matchups also heavily contribute.

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Digging deep into the PFF database, here are four cases where the combination of how the two teams play or use their players will lead to bigger games by the offenses involved in Week 12.

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton is back

Newton has returned to the Panthers and is off to a great start. He’s often been among the league leaders in fantasy points per dropback throughout his career, and he leads the league so far this year (1.15). In his first start of the season, he finished as a top-five fantasy quarterback. Carolina has surrounded Newton with talent, which has only helped him.

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This week, he’s facing a Miami Dolphins defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. One reason they’ve allowed so many fantasy points to QBs is their below-average pass rush. That’s good news for Newton, who has an 80.7% adjusted completion percentage without pressure over the last two seasons. He should be able to complete plenty of passes and find success on the ground. Miami has allowed 8.3 yards per quarterback scramble and haven’t been able to stop a quarterback sneak yet. All this adds up to another great Newton performance.

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