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Sam LaPorta start or sit: Week 12 fantasy football advice

We break down the fantasy football outlook of Sam LaPorta ahead of the Packers Week 12 matchup against the Lions.

NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at Detroit Lions Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

Last week was a rare dud for Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta. With his team’s passing game struggling, the rookie had his worst game of the season. If that’s left you questioning LaPorta’s fantasy football value heading into Week 12, let me stop you right there. LaPorta is still a top-10 tight end, a crucial part of Detroit’s pass attack, who should bounce back this week against the Green Bay Packers.

Fantasy Football analysis: Lions TE Sam LaPorta

Targeted five times, LaPorta caught just three passes for just 18 yards. He did catch a crucial two-point conversion, underscoring just how important he is to this offense even on a bad day.

The Bears have given up five touchdowns to opposing tight ends so far this season, and an average of 47.5 yards per game.

Start or sit in Week 12 PPR leagues?

Start LaPorta in any and all PPR leagues. It’s not unusual for him to see double digit targets in a game, and he’s averaging five catches per contest this season.

Start or sit in Week 12 standard leagues?

Don’t let the down week fool you—LaPorta is an every week starting tight end in all standard fantasy leagues too, regardless of the size of the league.

Player(s) you would start ahead of Sam LaPorta

You might consider Trey McBride of the Cardinals considering his connection with Kyler Murray and a matchup with the Rams on tap this week. Other than, it’s just the obvious guys I’d put above LaPorta, Travis Kelce, George Kittle, etc.