Week 13 is underway and it marks the beginning of December football. This means the playoffs are in sight for NFL and fantasy players alike, which makes starting and sitting the right players all that more crucial. I wish everyone luck during this intense time of the year.

With no openly gay players in the league, we formed a fantasy team from players who have shown their support for LGBT issues in interviews with Outsports and other media.

Here are our starts and sits for Week 12:


Start: Aaron Rodgers vs. Cardinals

Yes, Aaron Rodgers has a subpar offensive line, and yes, he has not performed to his standards himself. However, facing a Cardinals team that allowed 25 straight completions to Philip Rivers and 45 points, I like Green Bay’s chances against the lowly Cards.

Sit: Andrew Luck @ Jaguars, Cam Newton @ Buccaneers, Derek Carr vs. Chiefs, Russell Wilson vs. 49ers

If I was feeling a little risky, I’d start Russell Wilson instead of Rodgers against San Fran, but I have to stick with A-Rod. Wilson is by no means a bad start though and should be a Top 5-7 QB this week.

Running back

Start: Jordan Howard @ Giants, Frank Gore vs. Bills

Howard is due for a touchdown after not sniffing the end zone on Thanksgiving and Gore continues to be incredibly consistent. He hardly breaks out for a big game but he never has a bad game, and that’s important with the playoffs coming up.

Sit: Giovani Bernard vs. Broncos, Kyle Juszczyk @ Seahawks

Bernard’s stock might go up given that Andy Dalton has moved to injured reserve, but he still is not a proper fantasy starter and should not be played unless it is a very deep league. Juszczyk falls in the same boat.

Wide receiver

Start: DeAndre Hopkins vs. Browns, Adam Thielen @ Patriots

Hopkins continues to impress, coming off of another strong performance on Monday Night Football. Thielen came back in a big way on Sunday night with a touchdown against the Packers. Look for him to try to do the same against the Pats on Sunday.

Sit: Marquise Goodwin @ Seahawks, Kenny Stills vs. Bills, T.Y. Hilton @ Jaguars, Robert Woods @ Lions, Davante Adams vs. Cardinals

A lot of these players are strong plays, but they do not hold a candle to Hopkins and Thielen. It’s a good problem to have — a surplus of strong, accepting wide receivers in the NFL.

Tight end/Flex

Start: Rob Gronkowski vs. Vikings, Travis Kelce @ Raiders

It’s been a while since we’ve been able to roll out two tight ends, but we can finally do it again this week. Gronk found the end zone in his return to action on Sunday against the Jets, and Kelce is fresh off the bye and playing against the worst team in the league. Cake.


Start: Miami Dolphins vs. Bills

Walt Aikens and the Dolphins have a good matchup against the Bills, a team that completed just eight passes last week. The challenge for the Fins will be to quiet the run game, something they have been able to do well this season.


Sit: Matt Prater vs. Rams

Prater’s facing the Rams, a team that will run up the scoreboard, which means that the Lions will be likely to do the same. Start Prater.

Sit: Brandon McManus @ Bengals

It’s tough to sit McManus this week. He returns to the starting lineup as his team is riding a two-game win streak against playoff-bound opponents. Denver now faces a Bengals team that surrendered 35 points last week and will be without their starting QB. Tough sit, but one I have to make.

LGBT Focus

Giovani Bernard

New Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovanni Bernard said this about Jason Collins coming out as gay in the NFL in 2013: ”That’s good for America, that’s good for our society to kind of get that out there. Nowadays, people have a certain stigma of their sexuality, but I think they shouldn’t be considered different at all.”

Read more on these players’ LGBT views:

Jeremy Brener is a student at the University of Central Florida who writes for Outsports. He can be reached via email ([email protected]) and followed on Twitter.