Quarterback Player Rankings – Week 12
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Quarterbacks (Updated: Sunday, Nov. 23 - 9:41AM CT)
1. Andrew Luck (vs. Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
Luck was not able to step up to the challenge and lost to Tom Brady and the Patriots last week. Andrew did throw for 300 yards, but his 24.7 fantasy points were his worst output since Week 2. This week he should be able to get back to being the dominator as he faces the Jaguars. When he played them in Week 3, Luck threw for 370 yards, with four touchdowns, scoring 36 fantasy points. The Jaguars defense has gotten better since their last meeting, and they have not allowed a 300-yard passer since Week 4. The Colts need this win real bad, and while they have not faired well against the elite teams, the Colts and Luck do very well in the games they are supposed to win.
2. Aaron Rodgers (at Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
Aaron Rodgers has been the best quarterback in the NFL this season without a doubt, he has also been one of the top fantasy options as well, putting up numbers eerily similar to his MVP campaign. Rodgers has also sat out more second halves than anyone this season, as he has been able to pile on a lot of points quickly. Last week, Rodgers posted the weeks top quarterback score against the Eagles, throwing for 341 yards and three scores. This week Rodgers takes on the Vikings for the second time this season, and last time, even though he threw just 17 passes for 156 yards, he did throw four touchdown passes. With the recent drop in temperatures nationwide this game could focus a little bit more on Eddie Lacy early, but expect Rodgers and his receivers (along with their “battery powered” gloves) to have nice games.
3. Peyton Manning (vs. Mia - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
Manning returns home this week, after playing his last three games on the road, and he should be very happy to be home. Before playing his last three games, Manning only had three interceptions in seven games, but has thrown six in his last three games. Peyton will face the Dolphins this week, and it is not clear if he will have Emmanuel Sanders or Julius Thomas healthy for the game. The Dolphins have yet to allow a 300-yard passer this season, and if Sanders and Thomas are out, Manning will have a hard time getting there this week. The Broncos offense has been exposed over the past three weeks by aggressive pass rushers, and the Dolphins have a great one in Cameron Wake. You are going to roll with Peyton, and hopefully the home cooking helps, but this could prove to be a tougher matchup than at first glance.
4. Drew Brees (vs. Bal - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)
Brees is about to play his third home game in a row, and he is hoping that this one goes much better than the first two. In his last two games he has only thrown for 547 yards with four touchdowns, and two interceptions. Last week was Drew’s low point, throwing for only 255 yards with one touchdown in an embarrassing loss to the Bengals. This week the Ravens come to town, and they have only allowed one 300-yard passer over their last five games. The Ravens are not as good on the road, and the Saints have normally been better at home, although it is hard to tell after watching their last two home games, so Brees has a chance to get going in this one, but nothing is coming easy for him as of late.
5. Jay Cutler (vs. TB - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
Jay Cutler continued his season of feasting on the weak defenses of the NFL last week against the Vikings at home. While you have been fairly happy with Cutler as your fantasy starter for a majority of the season, in reality he is just a great matchup play, scoring points in boatloads when he faces bad defenses. Against the Vikings last week Jay completed 72% of his passes for 330 yards and 3 touchdown passes and added two interception for good measure. Luckily for owners Jay has another great matchup as former coach Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers role into soldier field. The Bucs are allowing 17.9 fantasy points a game to opposing passers on the season, and against the upper echelon of quarterbacks they have faced, they have been torched everytime. Look for Cutler and the Bears offense to feast on yet another bad opponent and have a nice fantasy day for your squad.
6. Andy Dalton (at Hou - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
7. Tom Brady (vs. Det - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
Brady was cooled off last week, only scoring 20.7 fantasy points, but that was because it was the Jonas Gray show for a day. Brady was not needed to help the Patriots ease to victory over the Colts, but he will be needed this week. The Lions come to Foxborough, and they are holding opposing running backs to 14.4 fantasy points, which is seventh best, but the thing they do best is shut down quarterbacks. The Lions are only giving up 12.3 fantasy points per week to opposing quarterbacks, which is the best in the league, but they have allowed two 300-yard passers in their last four games, including last week to Drew Stanton. Brady should be able to overcome the stats, and give a dome team a lesson of contender versus pretender.
8. Colin Kaepernick (vs. Was - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
Oh how the mighty have fallen. In his last 5 games, Kaepy’s passing yards have tumbled in each and every outing. Last week, he passed for a seasonal low 193 yards. The big problem: he is no longer getting it down on the ground. They kid has not rushed for over 50 yards since Week 4. In 2014, he has not been able to score even 1 rushing TD. Last year he ran for 4. In 2012 he ran for 5. The simple fact is this: if he is not contributing to your fantasy team with his legs, then he is more of a hindrance than anything. He has a great matchup this week. Washington is giving up the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing QBs this year. So, if there was ever a matchup for Kaepy to turn things around, the time is now. Only 4 teams have allowed QBs to rush for more yardage than Washington. They have allowed 2 QB rushing TDs this season (tied for 2nd most in the NFL). There have been 4 games this year where they have allowed the opposing QB to put up more than 20 fantasy points. In fact, 2 of those times, they have been torched for more than 30 fantasy points. It may seem a gamble, but this is great matchup for Kaepernick in Week 12. Linebackers Jordan and Orakpo are on IR, and their versatile defensive lineman, Chris Baker, is listed as questionable as of Thursday. I am starting Kaepy in Week 12.
9. Eli Manning (vs. Dal - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)
The Giants are home to the Cowboys on Sunday night. In 20 career games against the Boys, he has a 90.6 QBR. He has tossed 41 TDs to 22 INTs and averages just over 256 yards per contest. You can not be confident starting Eli after his worst performance of the season. They guy threw 5 picks. Damn, if that performance doesn’t call for a VAAAAL-VERDE I don’t know what does. On the season, Dallas is giving up just over 15 fantasy points to opposing QBs. He is on my bench until I see something from this son of a Manning.
10. Tony Romo (at NYG - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)
11. Ryan Tannehill (at Den - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
Tannehill had a very nice game against a tough Bills defense last week, throwing for 240 yards, with two touchdowns, and no interception, while completing 76% of his passes. The Bills are a top ten team at limiting quarterbacks, but Tannehill’s opponent this week, the Broncos, are allowing 18 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, which is eight worst in the league. Tannehill is still looking for his breakout game, as he has not thrown for 300 yards in a game this season, and only thrown three touchdown passes once. The odds of him throwing for 300 yards are slim, as Tom Brady is the only quarterback to do so against Denver over the last nine weeks.
12. Philip Rivers (vs. StL - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
Rivers has been struggling over the past two weeks, with only 331 passing yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. Philip only threw two interceptions in his first six games, but has thrown six over his last four games. This week he faces the Rams, who just beat Peyton Manning, but have allowed over 300 passing yards in each of their last two games. The Chargers are going to need to lean on Rivers in this game, as the Rams have held their last three opponents under 100 rushing yards, and holding the Broncos and Cardinals to 56 total rushing yards. The Chargers have only rushed for more than 100 yards as a team once in their last four games. Look for Rivers to take to the air in this game, but he will need to be safer with his throws against a very opportunistic Rams defense.
13. Josh McCown (at Chi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
14. Matthew Stafford (at NE - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
Stafford is coming off his worst game of the season. In Week 11, he passed for just 180 yards, 0 TDs, and 1 INT. New England is giving up an average of 15.9 fantasy points per week to opposing QBs. They are only 1 of 13 teams that are giving up less than 16 points to the position. Besides Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning, no QB has thrown for over 300 yards against the Pats this year (Orton did throw for 299). Not just that, but only 2 QBs have tossed more than 3 TDs against them. They have a very tough secondary. In fact, only the Seahawks are giving up fewer fantasy points to opposing WRs so far this year. I fear Stafford will have a tough outing again this coming week.
15. Kyle Orton (vs. NYJ - Monday, 7:00pm ET - TV: CBS - at Ford Field in Detroit)
16. Michael Vick (at Buf - Monday, 7:00pm ET - TV: CBS - at Ford Field in Detroit)
17. Matt Ryan (vs. Cle - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
Ryan continues to disappoint, and last week squandered another great chance against a bad Panthers defense. Ryan has not thrown for 300 yards since Week 5, and only has seven touchdown passes in his last six games. This week the competition gets stiffer, as he faces the Browns, who are limiting quarterbacks to 13.8 fantasy points, which is fifth best in the league. Ryan will be at home, where he is a better quarterback, but with the streak he is on, it is hard to recommended starting him in this matchup.
18. Mark Sanchez (vs. Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
19. Joe Flacco (at NO - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)
20. Russell Wilson (vs. Ari - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
Russell Wilson set a new career high in rushing as he added another 71 yards to his rushing total on the season. Wilson was also called upon to throw it more than in the previous week, completing 20 of 32 attempts for 178 yards and 2 touchdown passes. Wilson has one of the worst receiving corps in the entire league at his disposal, so when he fails to make an impact with his legs he is a tough start. This week Wilson takes on the 9-1 Arizona Cardinals at home, and with a lot on the line in terms of the Playoffs for the Seahawks Russell will need to carry this team more than usual as the Cardinals feature a stifling run defense that has been tough on Marshawn Lynch in the past. The Cardinals are giving up 14.3 fantasy points a game to opposing quarterbacks, but did give up 54 yards rushing to Kaepernick (the only other mobile quarterback they have played to this point) earlier in the season. Wilson is also a much better passer at home then on the road, but has had his struggles against the Cardinals in his career.
21. Zach Mettenberger (at Phi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
Mettenberger has still not gotten a victory as a starting quarterback, but he looked a lot better in his third outing against the Steelers. He finished with 263 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The highlight was a double move by Nate Washington, and Mettenberger stood in the pocket to complete an 80-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes remaining in the half. This week he faces he Eagles, who have been eaten alive by opposing quarterbacks, and are coming off a shellacking by the Packers. Zach should be able to have a good game against the Eagles, and will have a good chance for his first 300-yard passing game of his career.
22. Blake Bortles (at Ind - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
23. Brian Hoyer (at Atl - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
The Browns are at the Falcons for Week 12. Atlanta started the first 3 weeks of the season looking pretty stout against QBs. In that time, the highest scoring fantasy QB was Drew Brees with just 15.7 fantasy points. Since then, the lowest fantasy total for an opposing QB was Joe Flacco with 14.7. Freakin’ Teddy Bridgewater put up a 21.4 fantasy day against them. In the last 3 matchups, they are averaging just over 19 fantasy points to opposing QBs. In that time, Hoyer has passed for over 300 yards twice. This is a feat that 5 quarterbacks have already accomplished versus Atlanta this year. While 2 TDs may be his ceiling, Hoyer could be a sneaky play as he just might surpass that 300 yard mark yet again in Week 12.
24. Ryan Mallett (vs. Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
Mallett was very competent in his first start of his career, with 211 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, while completing 67% of his passes. This week he faces the Bengals, who have not allowed a 300-yard passer since Week 7. Mallett is not going to throw for a lot of yards, as the Texans are still leaning on their running game, even with Arian Foster out. Ryan is going to be called on to do more of the same; manage the game, and don’t make any big mistakes, and while that may lead to a win, it will not score a lot of fantasy points.
25. Robert Griffin III (at SF - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
RG III said that he was not a very good football player right now, and he is right. He also called out all his teammates at the same time, just to show how much of a leader he is. Griffin was absolutely horrible against the hapless Buccaneers, throwing for 207 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. He did run for 41 yards, but if you can’t take advantage of playing Tampa, then you have no business being started in fantasy football. This week he faces the 49ers, who are limiting quarterbacks to 13.6 fantasy points, which is third best in the league. Griffin is losing respect amongst the players in his locker room, and fantasy owners should bench him this week.
26. Alex Smith (at Oak - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: NFL Network)
27. Drew Stanton (at Sea - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
28. Derek Carr (vs. KC - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: NFL Network)
29. Teddy Bridgewater (vs. GB - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
The Packers travel to face the Vikings in the NFC North divisional staple game. In seven starts so far this season, Teddy has yet to pass for multiple TDs in one game. Unfortunately, that is not true with the picks, as he has thrown multiple picks in two separate games. He has yet to rush for at least 30 yards in a contest. Although Sanchez just threw for over 300 yards against them, he failed to put up 14 fantasy points. This is a fairly familiar pattern versus Green Bay. In fact, only 1 QB has accumulated over 20 fantasy points in one game against them thus far, and that guy was one Drew Brees (25 total fantasy points). Green Bay is tied for 3rd with 14 INTs on the year. I fear Teddy will struggle to score and will likely throw multiple picks against the Pack. Bridgewater is definitely on the bench in Week 12.
30. Shaun Hill (at SD - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
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Running Back Player Rankings – Week 12
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Running Backs (Updated: Sunday, Nov. 23 - 9:22AM CT)
1. DeMarco Murray (at NYG - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)
DeMarco Murray is locked and loaded as one of the top three options at running back this week, coming off a week of rest during the team’s bye week. He also is taking on team New York Giants who are allowing 23.7 fantasy points a game to opposing runners. He also torched them earlier in the season rushing 28 times for 128 yards and a score. Since then, the Giants have only gotten worse against the run, being torched by Marshawn Lynch two weeks ago for 40 fantasy points. Just remember to reinsert him in your lineup after his bye week, no hesitation, just like DeMarco’s running style.
2. Jamaal Charles (at Oak - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: NFL Network)
KC faces the Raiders on Thursday night in Oakland. You gots ta love you some Jamaal this week. In his last meeting with Oakland, he had 215 combined yards and scored 5 TDs. Believe me, I had to look this up because I faced him in the 1st round of the playoffs last year. The experience was so emotionally damaging I have since blocked that whole day from my memory. I am still working things out in therapy. It is going okay, but… Who are you calling a psycho anyway! Oops. Sorry, sometimes things just get cropped up in the old skull, I just need to keep repressing. Anyway, Jamaal is a top play this week. In the last 5 games, Oakland has allowed opposing RBs to score a combined 6 TDs through the air and the ground. Only one other team has allowed more in that time. Not only that, in that same time span they are 5th in yards allowed on the ground to RBs and 2nd in yards allowed to backs through the air. I am thinking he will have plenty of opportunity against a porous Oakland D.
3. Matt Forte (vs. TB - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
Matt Forte had another great game on Sunday against the Vikings, amid all of the commotion going on with other parts of the offense. He did it on both the ground and through the air as usual, rushing 26 times for 117 yards and caught all six of his targets for 58 yards. Forte is now on pace to catch over 100 passes this season and really help his owners in PPR leagues. Forte’s do it all ability should play well against the Buccaneers who allow 20.8 fantasy points a game to opposing running backs. The Bucs have allowed over 100 yards rushing per game, over 45 receiving yards per game, and over 1 total touchdown per game. Lock Forte in your lineup as it looks like he will be locked into a big workload.
4. Eddie Lacy (at Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
Green Bay heads to Minnesota for a divisional rivalry game. In 3 games against the Vikings, Lacy has a total of 4 TDs and has averaged 103 yards per game. Forte put up 175 total yards against them last week. The week before, Alfred Morris rumbled for 92 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns. Hell, earlier this year, Lacy himself racked up 132 total yards and busted in for 2 TDs. He is a must-start.
5. LeSean McCoy (vs. Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
The Eagles keep trying to get McCoy going, but he has not had success over the past two weeks. In that time LeSean has 35 carries for 107 yards, with one touchdown. This week he will get a great chance to get 100 yards and a touchdown, as he takes on the Titans. Tennessee is allowing running backs to score 23.1 fantasy points per game against them, and they were just embarrassed by Le’Veon Bell on Monday Night Football. Philadelphia should look to lean on McCoy early, as they don’t want Mark Sanchez to get off to a bad start, and the way to beat the Titans is on the ground. McCoy has been horrible this year, but you have to start him this week.
6. Marshawn Lynch (vs. Ari - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
Marshawn has been running angry over the past two weeks, with 264 rushing yards. He was held out of the endzone last week, but had four touchdowns the week before. This week he will have to earn his yards, if he wants his third straight 100-yard game against the Cardinals. Arizona is second best in the league, limiting running backs to 13 fantasy points per week, and have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season. In two games against the Cardinals last season, Lynch had 162 yards and one touchdown, without a 100-yard game.
7. Denard Robinson (at Ind - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
8. Alfred Blue (vs. Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
9. Justin Forsett (at NO - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)
Baltimore travels to New Orleans for the Monday night matchup. After a bye last week, Forsett and the Ravens are rested and ready to play. Forsett has one of the highest floors for #1 RBs this year. In 10 games, the Saints have surrendered 9 total TDs to opposing RBs. Last week, Jeremy Hill put up a combined 165 yards against them. The week before, the San Francisco backs totaled 120 yards and 2 TDs. In Week 8, Eddie Lacy lit them up for 182 combined yards on the ground and through the air. Forsett is an RB1 week-in and week-out. He could do some damage to a Saints defense that is allowing nearly 19 fantasy points to opposing RBs in the last 3 weeks.
10. Isaiah Crowell (at Atl - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
11. Rashad Jennings (vs. Dal - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)
Jennings returned to action last week, and assumed the lead role in the backfield. He did not have a great game, with 59 yards on 18 carries, and another eight yards on four receptions. The Giants only gave Andre Williams two carries, so there is no danger of Jennings losing a lot of touches to the rookie. This week he will face the Cowboys, who have held their last five opponents to an average of 96 rushing yards. The Giants offense is floundering right now, so they should try to lean on Jennings early. Rashad only has one 100-yard game on the season, and only has one other game with more than 60 rushing yards.
12. Mark Ingram (vs. Bal - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)
13. C.J. Anderson (vs. Mia - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
14. Tre Mason (at SD - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
15. Ryan Mathews (vs. StL - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
Mathews returned to action last week, and finished with 70 yards on 16 carries. The Chargers have been severely lacking a consistent running game, and Mathews gives them that threat. This week he may be just that, a threat, but not much more. The Rams are allowing 14.6 fantasy points to opposing running backs, but over the past three weeks they have only yielded 136 rushing yards, with only 56 yards over the last two weeks.
16. Andre Ellington (at Sea - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
The DUKE has had some real tough matchups over the past few weeks, and that trend will continue this week, as he faces the Seahawks in Seattle. Over the last two weeks, Ellington has 37 carries for only 65 yards, with one touchdown, and nine receptions for 43 yards. Last week Jamaal Charles victimized the Seahawks, but Ellington does not run inside as well as Charles, and the Seahawks were on the road for that game. DeMarco Murray is the only running back to rush for over 100 yards in Seattle this season, and The DUKE is still looking for his first 100-yard game of the season. Look for him to most of his damage as a receiver in this game, and don’t expect him to score a touchdown.
17. Frank Gore (vs. Was - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
Frank Gore had a nice game against the New York Giants, rushing 19 times for 95 yards. He also caught 2 passes for 19 yards but was held out of the endzone. Gore has been up and down this season but has had a string of two nice games in a row. However, this week he faces a Washington Redskins defense that has been tough against the run, allowing just 13.3 fantasy points a game to opposing runners. That being said, Gore has put up double-digit fantasy points in all but three home games over the last three seasons (21 games including playoffs), so don’t be afraid to slot him in as an RB2 this week.
18. Jeremy Hill (at Hou - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
In Gio’s absence, Hill has been a monster. In those 3 games, he has 2 TDs and has gone for over 150 rushing yards twice. He performed so well, now that Gio is back, OC Jackson is very hesitant to name a starter. He has insinuated Gio will be eased in slowly. While Bernard is on pace to play, we will still get a dose of Hill, especially this week as Gio will likely be on a snap count against Houston. The Texans, who in the last 4 games, have only allowed 2 total TDs to opposing RBs. On the season, they are giving up almost 19 fantasy points to opposing RBs. I expect Hill to get the lion share of those points. Hill is in your lineup as an RB2.
19. Trent Richardson (vs. Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
The Colts are home to face off against the Jaguars. In the last 3 weeks, only the Colts themselves are giving up more fantasy goo to opposing RBs than Jacksonville. In the last 2 contests, DeMarco Murray and Jeremy Hill have put up 254 rushing yards between them. The big news in Indy is the loss of Ahmad Bradshaw. Chances are, the Colts will pick up another RB at some point. Before you make a trade for Richardson, I offer a word of caution. The Bradshaw injury does not necessarily mean Richardson will pick up all of that slack. Since he has been in Indy, he is averaging roughly 3.1 yards per carry. So, even if he does get a small increase in workload, it will not amount to much. There is some serious scuttlebutt about picking up Richardson. It’s as if everyone is so RB hungry, we’ve all forgotten one thing - It’s Freakin’ T-Rich. If anything, I think the tight end position will see a bigger increase in production due to the loss of Bradshaw. That said, if you’ve stuck with him this long, tis’ a fine matchup in Week 12, thus his mediocrity will be on grand display.
20. Shane Vereen (vs. Det - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
Shane Vereen was relegated to just 5 touches but made the most of them, averaging over 15 yards a touch. On his one carry, he took off an 18-yard chunk but per usual, he did most of his damage in the pass game catching all 4 of his targets for 59 yards. Jonas Gray did most of the damage in this one compiling over 35 carries for 201 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Patriots also just resigned LeGarette Blount so he could cut into the workload for both Patriot runners, but most likely more Gray than Vereen. Shane and the Patriots are taking on a tough Detroit defense that has been able to shutdown opposing run games. Luckily for Shane Vereen and his owners this is a game where he should get a lot of play as the Patriots will have to attack the Lions through the air.
21. Alfred Morris (at SF - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
Washington travels west to face the 49ers. Morris has only played them once, and averaged a mere 3.71 yards per carry. Morris is just about the only Washington player I trust. Mainly that has to do with RG3. However, in the three complete games that RG3 has played, Morris has averaged nearly 5.4 yards per carry. In those same three games, he has averaged 93 yards per contest. Heck, he even averages 18 yards receiving. In those same 3 games, he has a total of 2 TDs. So, while RG3 has undoubtedly been an albatross for his receivers, it is arguably a good thing for Morris to have Griffin in the game. The 49ers did just lose their starting Nose Tackle, Ian Williams, to IR. As of early Thursday, they also have 3 defensive player listed as questionable; one of which is NT Glenn Dorsey. If both he and Williams are out, it could be a better-than-expected day for Morris.
22. Lamar Miller (at Den - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
After a Week 10 performance of only 5 touches and a total of 6 yards, Miller bounced back last week with 17 touches and 98 total yards. Miami travels to Denver this Sunday. In the last 5 weeks, Denver is the #1 team against opposing RBs. Part of this is due to the fact the Broncos will get up early and often, forcing other teams to pass. That said, last week Tre Mason was the first RB all season to rush for over 100 yards against Denver. The Duke did have a combined 144 yards in Week 5. The only other back to go for more than 100 total yards was Knile Davis; he put up 105 total in Week 2. I am starting Miller this week as a flex option or a low-end RB2 at best.
23. Chris Ivory (at Buf - Monday, 7:00pm ET - TV: CBS - at Ford Field in Detroit)
24. Giovani Bernard (at Hou - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
Gio is hoping to get back into action after missing the last three weeks. In that time, Jeremy Hill has done a nice job filling in for him, and will likely eat into the amount of touches that Bernard gets. If Gio does play, the Bengals are not going to want to overwork him, so expect him to only have between 13-17 touches in this game. The Texans are a middle of the road defense against running backs, and Gio still has the ability to break one anytime he touches the ball. If you own him you are going to start him, but expect a reduced workload in his first game back.
25. Joique Bell (at NE - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
26. Latavius Murray (vs. KC - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: NFL Network)
27. Jerick McKinnon (vs. GB - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
McKinnon got off to a fast start against the Bears, but became less and less a part of the offense as the game progressed, finishing with eight carries for 38 yards, and four receptions for 20 yards. This week he faces off against the Packers for the second time this season, and in their first meeting he only had seven carries for 24 yards, and three receptions for 22 yards. The Vikings are likely to fall behind early in this game, and that will cause them to abandon the running game once again, and that reduces the amount of touches that Jerick will see in this game.
28. Steven Jackson (vs. Cle - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
Steven Jackson had a down game, after two of his stronger games of the season. Jackson did receiver 17 carries, but gained only 41 yards. He also caught 2 of his 3 targets for six yards. It was also one of the Falcons better matchups of the season against a struggling run defense of the Panthers. This week Jackson and company take on the Cleveland Browns who are allowing 19 fantasy points a game to opposing runners. At home this week, Jackson could be a surprise player this week as the Falcons look to stay in the playoff hunt.
29. Fred Jackson (vs. NYJ - vs. NYJ - Monday, 7:00pm ET - TV: CBS - at Ford Field in Detroit)
30. Bishop Sankey (at Phi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
Sankey was looking good last week, but only had 11 carries for 38 yards with a touchdown, and one reception for seven yards. The Titans did not have the ball very much in the second half of last week’s game, as Le’Veon Bell just ran over them again and again. Sankey is showing good moves once he has the ball, but the offensive line has yet to open any gaping holes for the rookie. Sankey should benefit from the improved play of Zach Mettenberger, but the Titans have trouble sustaining drives, which hurts his production. This week Sankey faces the Eagles, who teams are having more success passing against them. Bishop should once again see his 10-13 carries, and expect more of the same, as the Eagles defense has performed much better at home this season.
31. Theo Riddick (at NE - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
32. Darren Sproles (vs. Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
Sproles was looking to stay hot last week, and he got some early touches, but still finished the game with a meek total of four touches for 44 yards. This week he faces the Titans, who are a defense that can be had by running backs, who are scoring 23.1 fantasy points per week against them, which is third most in the league. This is a game that could see Sproles get loose a few times, but bear in mind that he is still only averaging less than five touches per game over his last four games.
33. Terrance West (at Atl - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
The Browns released Ben Tate this week, and that clears the way for Terrance West to see more carries. West has been stuck in a three-headed backfield, but now it will be West and fellow rookie Isaiah Crowell who share the carries in the backfield. Last week it was Crowell who saw the majority of the carries, but it was West the previous two weeks. Expect the Browns to give both backs their chance to start the game, but they will end up going with the hot hand. One of them, if not both, should be able to have a good game against the Falcons. Atlanta is allowing 23.3 fantasy points to running backs, which is second most in the league, so West could have a nice game, if he gets enough carries.
34. Lorenzo Taliaferro (at NO - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)
35. Jonas Gray (vs. Det - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
36. Doug Martin (at Chi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
37. Devonta Freeman (vs. Cle - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
38. Knile Davis (at Oak - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: NFL Network)
39. Roy Helu (at SF - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
40. Charles Sims (at Chi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
41. Jonathan Grimes (vs. Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
42. Benny Cunningham (at SD - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
43. Chris Johnson (at Buf - Monday, 7:00pm ET - TV: CBS - at Ford Field in Detroit)
After looking pretty good in Week 9, Johnson cooled off again in Week 10, with seven carries for 23 yards, and one reception for 12 yards. This week he faces the Bills, who were one of the better defenses against running backs through their first six games, not allowing more than 86 rushing yards in a game. Over the past four weeks the Bills have allowed an average of 146 yards per game. Johnson still does not see enough touches on a weekly basis to be recommended, and he only has two touchdowns on the season, with none in his last five games.
44. Darren McFadden (vs. KC - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: NFL Network)
Darren McFadden had another subpar game, averaging just 2.6 yards per carry. He had 8 carries and was targeted three times but didn’t come up with any passes. McFadden had his lowest output of the season since week 1, scoring just 2.1 fantasy points on the day. Word is that Latavius Murray is bound to get more looks going forward as a size speed freak who had his best game of the season last week. He takes on the Chiefs on Thursday night, and the Chiefs have been tough on running backs allowing just 13.7 fantasy points a game.
45. Branden Oliver (vs. StL - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
San Diego sees the Rams come to town for one of the late afternoon games this Sunday. In their first 6 games, the Rams only allowed 1 TD to go to opposing RBs. In their last 4 matchups, they have allowed 4 rushing TDs. So, they are not as tough as their seasonal numbers show. However, they have not allowed any TDs through the air to opposing RBs. Now that Mathews is back, Oliver will be playing the Danny Woodhead role. Granted he will see get some carries, in fact, he had 13 last week which was Mathews first game back. Not only that, 3 of those came in the red zone. I think Oliver will be a larger part of the offense than many expect. He could very well see 8–12 touches this week. His yards-per-carry has only dipped below 3.9 once since Week 4. I think he is a low-end flex play in Week 12.
46. Pierre Thomas (vs. Bal - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)
47. Carlos Hyde (vs. Was - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
Carlos Hyde got a lot of carries against a less than stellar day averaging only 2.8 yards per carry. Hyde’s 9 carries were his most since week six and he also caught a pass for five yards. Hyde has been mixed in more and more, but his usage is just to unpredictable and without a touchdown he really isn’t going to score much for you. This week he faces a tough run defense that has allowed just 4 rushing touchdowns on the season, but they did have a week where they allowed three to Matt Asiata.
48. Dan Herron (vs. Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
49. James Starks (at Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
50. Bryce Brown (vs. NYJ - Monday, 7:00pm ET - TV: CBS - at Ford Field in Detroit)
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Wide Receiver Player Rankings – Week 12
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Wide Receivers (Updated: Sunday, Nov. 23 - 9:16AM CT)
1. Jordy Nelson (at Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
Jordy had his second straight 100-yard receiving game last week and scored his ninth touchdown of the season. He has done a lot of damage in limited time, as the Packers have pulled him early with the Pack putting up large leads the last two weeks. The same thing happened to him the last time he faced the Vikings. He caught a 66-yard touchdown reception to start the game and with the Packers blowing out the Vikes, Nelson was pulled without another catch. He should be able to get a lot more than one reception this week and should be able to continue his torrid pace of scoring touchdowns. If the Vikings can stay within 17 points, Nelson could have a monster game and not get pulled in the third quarter.
2. Dez Bryant (at NYG - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)
3. A.J. Green (at Hou - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
Green finally had himself a more typical game last week, with six receptions for 127 yards, with a touchdown. This was his first 100-yard game since he returned in Week 9. This week he faces the Texans, and he should have a great opportunity to double down with another 100-yard game. Houston is surrendering 27.9 fantasy points per game to receivers, which is second worst in the league. The Cleveland Browns abused the Texans last week, so A.J. should be able to carve them up and is a must-start this week.
4. Emmanuel Sanders (vs. Mia - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
5. T.Y. Hilton (vs. Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
The Patriots took T.Y. out of the game last week, limiting him to three receptions for 24 yards. Hilton now only has three receptions in each of his last two games, as defenses have begun to key on him. This week he will face the Jaguars, who he faced in Week three and had five receptions for 80 yards without a touchdown.
6. Calvin Johnson (at NE - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
Johnson has been back for two weeks, and he has to find his stride, with only 12 receptions on 27 targets. Last week the Patrick Peterson and Cardinals limited Megatron to five receptions for 59 yards, and no touchdowns. This week he faces another tough challenge in the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick is great at taking away what opposing offenses do best, which means fantasy points are not going to come easy this week. Last week the Patriots limited T.Y. Hilton to 24 yards on three receptions. Johnson will see double-digit targets in this game, but he needs to improve on he catch percentage. You will start him this week, but prepare for the Belichick effect.
7. Demaryius Thomas (vs. Mia - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
Thomas has been held out of the endzone in his last four games, but he continues to collect 100-yard receiving games, with his seventh in a row last week. Thomas and the Broncos have been on the road the last three weeks and are ready for some home cooking. However, the Dolphins have been a tough defense this season, limiting opposing receivers to 18.7 fantasy points per game. Thomas is likely to see a lot of Brent Grimes in this game, an up-and-coming defensive back. Demaryius is going to get his eighth straight 100-yard game and should see more targets with Emmanuel Sanders potentially missing this game due to a concussion.
8. Randall Cobb (at Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
9. Brandon Marshall (vs. TB - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
10. Mike Evans (at Chi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
11. Alshon Jeffery (vs. TB - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
The Bears are home to the Bucs in Week 12. Looks can be deceiving, even for Buccaneers. On the season, there are only 2 teams giving up more fantasy goo to opposing WRs than Tampa. Yet in the last 5 weeks, they are top 10 against the position (10th toughest). Since their Week 7 bye, they have only allowed 1 opposing WR to go for over 100 yards. Although they have allowed a whopping 14 TDs on the year to the position (only Philly has given up more), only 3 TD have come since the bye. Again, Tampa has been playing far better than the stats led you to believe. A big concern is his health. Both he and Marshall were held out of practice on Wednesday. Both receivers were able to participate Thursday but only in a limited fashion. Obviously, if Marshal does not play, it is good for Jeffery owners. However, he is no guarantee either. Keep your eyes peeled on this one Pyromaniacs.
12. Sammy Watkins (vs. NYJ - Monday, 7:00pm ET - TV: CBS - at Ford Field in Detroit)
The Jets come knocking on Buffalo’s door in Week 12. There are only 9 NFL teams that have given up more goo to opposing WRs than the Jets. In their last game, Martavis Bryant went for 143 yards and 1 TD. In Week 8, low and behold, it was our little Sammy. In their last meeting, Watkins put up over 21 fantasy points. He had 157 yards and 1 TD. Pretty productive for catching just 3 balls on 6 targets. That was his second lowest targeted game since Orton took over. In the last 4 games, he has a combined 37 targets. He is easily getting the usage and production to qualify as a WR1.
13. Roddy White (vs. Cle - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
14. Odell Beckham Jr. (vs. Dal - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)
Sunday night will see a classic NFC East battle as the Cowboys head north to New York. The Giants are surprisingly tied for 10th for passing attempts per game. In the last 3 games, ODB only has 3 less targets than team leader Rueben Randle. For now, Randle is still getting more red zone targets, but I expect this to change sooner than later. Randle does not have the wiggle that Beckham does. Yes, he get the looks, but it’s all about what you do with it. In those same 3 games, Randle may have 3 more targets but has 157 less yards than ODB. Beckham gives them a better shot of scoring, and they will need that in spades versus the Cowboys. Although stout in the beginning of the year, Dallas has given up 3 TDs to WRs in the last 4 games. In the last 3 weeks alone, they have seen 2 separate WRs go for over 100 receiving yards. Manning’s career average against eh Boys is over 256 yards per game and averages more than 2 TDs per tilt.
15. Julio Jones (vs. Cle - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
Julio has been very disappointing this season, and over his last seven games he only has two 100-yard receiving games, with no touchdowns. Julio has been held under 60 receiving yards in three of his last four games. This week he is likely to draw the coverage of Joe Haden, which could makes things difficult on Jones. The Browns have only allowed an average of 180 passing yards per game over their last three games. You will once again start Julio, but don’t expect a huge game-breaking performance.
16. Josh Gordon (at Atl - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
17. DeSean Jackson (at SF - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
The Buccaneers shut down Jackson and the Redskins last week. DeSean was limited to four receptions for 35 yards, and was held out of the endzone. Jackson now only has one touchdown in his last four games. DeSean is still the best deep threat in the game, and after all the turmoil surrounding the team and RG III this week, expect them to try to get the passing game going early in this one. The 49ers are solid at stopping the run, and opposing quarterbacks, but receivers are scoring 22.9 fantasy points per week, which is the weakest part of the San Francisco defense.
18. Jeremy Maclin (vs. Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
19. Torrey Smith (at NO - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)
Torrey has actually been pretty hot as of late. If you take out the game he got blanked against the Bengals, Smith has 16 receptions for 270 yards, with five touchdowns in his last four games. This week he faces the Saints, who are allowing receivers to score 25.5 fantasy points per week. Steve Smith was the hot hand to start the season, but it has been Torrey who has been much more productive in the second half, and that should continue this week. Torrey will have a great chance to break a long one in this game.
20. Keenan Allen (vs. StL - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
Allen has seen an increase in his targets over the past four weeks, with 45, and at least 10 in three of them. Those targets have only resulted in 27 receptions for 241 yards, with one touchdown. Keenan should have a good chance to have his first 100-yard receiving game since Week 4, as he faces a Rams defense that is allowing receivers to score 26.4 fantasy points per game. The Rams have allowed three 100-yard receivers over the last two weeks.
21. Rueben Randle (vs. Dal - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)
22. Marques Colston (vs. Bal - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)
Colston has been ineffective over the past four weeks, with 13 receptions for 177 yards, with no touchdowns. He only had one game with more than 50 receiving yards, which was last week when he had 56 yards. The good news for Colston owners is that Brandin Cooks has been placed on season ending IR, which means Marques should see an uptick in his targets and production. This week he faces the Ravens, who are yielding 26 fantasy points per week to receivers. The Saints will be at home for the third week in a row, where they play better, but they dropped the last two. Look for Sean Payton to pull put all the stops in this one, and Colston should be much more effective this week.
23. Vincent Jackson (at Chi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
Jackson has been held out of the endzone in his last six games and seems to have taken a backseat to rookie standout Mike Evans. Evans has been ridiculous over the last three weeks (21-458-5) while Jackson has just 17 receptions for 204 yards… with no touchdowns. This week V-Jax faces the Bears, whose defense has been under a lot of stress the past three weeks. They were able to limit the Vikings last week, but they don’t have receivers like the Bucs. Josh McCown is focused in on Mike Evans right now, much in the same way he was with Alshon Jeffery last season. If that holds true for the Bucs, Jackson is going to see more of the same type of output.
24. Mohamed Sanu (at Hou - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
25. Anquan Boldin (vs. Was - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
26. DeAndre Hopkins (vs. Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
27. Jarvis Landry (at Den - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
28. Jordan Matthews (vs. Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
Matthews has been fantasy gold over the last two weeks, with two 100-yard receiving games, and three touchdowns. Jordan now has four touchdowns in his last three games, and will look to stay hot against the Titans. The issue for Matthews is going to be the amount of looks he gets in this game. Tennessee is horrible at stopping running backs, and teams have been mostly attacking them on the ground, as the Steelers did to perfection last week. The good news is that this is the Eagles fast paced offense, so he should still see a good amount of targets, 17 in the last two weeks, and do some damage. The amount damage will be limited if the Eagles lean on McCoy and the running game.
29. Mike Wallace (at Den - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
Wallace has had a rough go over the past four weeks, with only 14 receptions for 198 yards, and one touchdown. #11 has been held under 60 receiving yards in his last five games, and has not been the go to receiver for Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins are playing the Broncos this week, so they should have to take to the air, in order to keep up with Peyton Manning, which should give Wallace more opportunities, but he will also likely draw Aqib Talib in this game. He needs touchdowns to be effective, but that pay streak has dried up as of late.
30. Kenny Stills (vs. Bal - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)
Stills got back in the endzone last week, after going three games without a score. The yardage numbers have taken a hit for Kenny over the past two weeks, with only 58 receiving yards. The Saints lost Brandin Cooks, which was the receiver Stills has been battling most for playing time, so expect his workload to see a nice uptick. The Ravens can be had through the air, surrendering 26 fantasy points per game to receivers, so Stills could be a nice sneaky play this week.
31. Kendall Wright (at Phi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
Last week Wright had four receptions for 70 yards, and the 70 yards was his highest yardage game of the season, but he was held out of the endzone for the third straight week. This week he faces the Eagles, who are the worst in the league at stopping receivers, who score 28.4 fantasy points per week against them. Kendall has been a risky start all season, and if you have been going back and forth with deciding to start or bench him, this is the best week to chance on him.
32. Reggie Wayne (vs. Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
The Jags travel to face the Colts this Sunday. In the last 3 weeks, only 6 teams are giving up more fantasy points to opposing WRs. But, according to Football Outsiders, there is only 1 team allowing fewer yards to opposing #2s. While they can be had by #1 WRs, McCray and Gratz, their 2 cornerbacks, have been able to lock down #2s this year. In 24 career games against the Jags, Wayne averages nearly 6 catches per game and just over 84 yards. Out of those 24 tilts, he has scored 7 times. Wayne is coming off 2 nice games in which he combined for 161 yards and a TD. However, those games were against New England and the Giants. Neither team is very good against #2s, particularly the Pats. I am not a big fan of the Week 12 matchup against the Jags, even though it looks decent on paper. Plus, if the Colts get ahead, they may rely on the ground game to close out the contest. If you have another player that is ranked in Wayne’s neighborhood, I would keep Wayne on my bench.
33. Golden Tate (at NE - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
Tate was held to 41 yards on two receptions last week, which ended his three-game streak of 100-yard games. This week he faces the Patriots in New England, and they could be the hottest team in the NFL right now. They are doing a fantastic job against receivers this season, only yielding 17.5 fantasy points per week, which is second best in the league. Tate was only targeted two times last week, as the Lions were taken out of their game plan. Bill Belichick is a master at taking away what teams do best, and for the Lions that is pass, which is bad news for Tate.
34. Brandon LaFell (vs. Det - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
35. Steve Smith (at NO - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)
36. Michael Crabtree (vs. Was - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
Last week Crabtree had three receptions for 85 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown catch. That was his first touchdown in his last four games and his first game with more than 75 yards in his last seven games. Over the last two weeks, Crabtree has averaged 24.5 YPR, which has helped his overall output. Kaepernick continues to target him a lot, but he is not converting those into receptions, as evidenced over the last two weeks with only six receptions on 16 targets. Crabtree always seems to leave fantasy points on the field and has yet to have a big game through 11 weeks. This Sunday he faces a Washington defense that is allowing 23.8 fantasy points per game to receivers, but don’t expect him to have his first 100-yard game of the season.
37. Davante Adams (at Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
38. Andre Johnson (vs. Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
Johnson was more effective last week with Ryan Mallett under center, finishing with seven receptions for 68 yards. That being said, Andre only has one touchdown on the season and is still looking for his first 100-yard game. This week he faces the Bengals, who have been solid against receivers limiting them to 17.8 fantasy points per week, which is third best in the league. The Texans continue to lean on their running game and they just don’t pass enough to make Johnson a strong start this week.
39. Percy Harvin (at Buf - Monday, 7:00pm ET - TV: CBS - at Ford Field in Detroit)
This game was supposed to be played in Buffalo, but the snow would not stop falling, so this game has been moved to Monday night at Ford Field in Detroit. This is good news for Harvin, as the fast track in the dome should allow him to use his speed more effectively this week. Percy was quiet in Week 10, with three receptions for 23 yards, and six carries for 33 yards. The Jets had the benefit of the bye week, so Harvin should be much more comfortable with the offense going forward. The Jets will continue to use Percy in a variety of ways, but he still has to deal with poor quarterback play.
40. Pierre Garcon (at SF - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
Washington travels west to face the 49ers. In 2 games against them, Garcon averages less than 50 yards per tilt and has never scored. Sad to say, with RG3 under center, those stats sound a bit lofty to be honest. I just do not feel comfortable starting any Washington player, save Alfred Morris. In the 3 complete games Garcon has played with RG3 this year, it has been abysmal. In that span, Garcon does not even have 100 total receiving yards. In the last two weeks alone, he has been targeted just 7 times. He caught 4 of those for 21 yards. He is on my bench until RG3 steps up and proves something.
41. Malcom Floyd (vs. StL - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
42. Kenny Britt (at SD - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
43. Michael Floyd (at Sea - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
Floyd finally reemerged last week with two receptions for 54 yards, and both catches going for touchdowns, and scoring 17.4 fantasy points. Michael was only targeted five times, though, and has not had more than five targets since Week 6. He is the biggest conundrum in fantasy football right now, and that is why it is still hard to recommend starting him, especially with his matchup this week. Floyd will face a Seahawks defense that is allowing 16.2 fantasy points to receivers, which is the best in the league. You are definitely rolling the dice if you go with Floyd.
44. Allen Hurns (at Ind - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
45. John Brown (at Sea - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
46. Eric Decker (at Buf - Monday, 7:00pm ET - TV: CBS - at Ford Field in Detroit)
47. Terrance Williams (at NYG - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)
48. Andrew Hawkins (at Atl - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
49. Julian Edelman (vs. Det - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
Edelman had a decent game last week against the Colts, with five receptions for 50 yards, and 31 yards on two carries, but he was held out of the endzone. Julian had another drop last week, an ailment that has plagued him over the past month. This week he faces a Lions defense that has been tough as nails, surrendering just 18 fantasy points per game to receivers. Julian will have a hard time breaking any big plays against this defense, with most his receptions likely coming underneath for short yardage.
50. James Jones (vs. KC - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: NFL Network)
51. Chris Hogan (vs. NYJ - Monday, 7:00pm ET - TV: CBS - at Ford Field in Detroit)
52. Cecil Shorts (at Ind - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
53. Justin Hunter (at Phi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
54. Larry Fitzgerald (at Sea - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
55. Hakeem Nicks (vs. Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
Nicks and the Colts welcome the Jags to town this Sunday. In the last 3 weeks, only 6 teams are giving up more fantasy points to opposing WRs. According to Football Outsiders, only 4 teams allow more yards to opposing #3s than the Jags. In his one and only game against Jacksonville, Nicks went for 50 yards and a TD. In that game, which occurred in Week 4 this year, Nicks caught all 4 of his targets. Look, he is still Hakeem Nicks, but with Allen a big question mark for Week 12, he might get a few more looks. If you are down this far in the rankings and he is one of your viable options, he could have a decent showing again this week. Now don’t get crazy, I like him compared to guys ranked right around Nicks.
56. Dwayne Bowe (at Oak - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: NFL Network)
57. Eddie Royal (vs. StL - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
58. Greg Jennings (vs. GB - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
59. Doug Baldwin (vs. Ari - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
Seattle is home for the Cardinals in Week 12. In 6 career games against Arizona, Baldwin has failed to score and has caught a total of 11 passes. His average yards per game is barely over 20. Seattle is 3rd worst in passing yards per game and in passing attempts per game. Baldwin is firmly planted on my bench with the weekend crossword, a good book, and a pina colada. He even has one of those colored, paper umbrellas.
60. Robert Woods (vs. NYJ - Monday, 7:00pm ET - TV: CBS - at Ford Field in Detroit)
61. Cordarrelle Patterson (vs. GB - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
Patterson continues to disappoint, and last week with a great opportunity against the Bears, he only mustered two receptions for 24 yards, and one carry for three yards. Patterson has now been held under 40 yards in six of his last seven games, and fewer than 30 yards in five of his last six. This week he faces the Packers, and when he saw them earlier this season, he had two receptions for eight yards. He should be benched.
62. Marqise Lee (at Ind - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
63. Andre Holmes (vs. KC - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: NFL Network)
64. Wes Welker (vs. Mia - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
Welker has been horrible all season, with one touchdown, a high receiving game of 60 yards, and only three games with 50 or more yards. This week he will have a chance to have his best game of the season. It's possible the Broncos will be without Emmanuel Sanders, though he now looks good to play, but Julius Thomas is definitely a game-time decision, so Welker still has that going for him. If Julius doesn't play, then Welker should see a slightly larger role and with the Dolphins likely to key on Demaryius Thomas, it will be Welker who will be called on to beat one-on-one coverage. If you still own Welker, and I am not sure why you would, this could be the week to start him.
65. Brian Hartline (at Den - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
66. Stevie Johnson (vs. Was - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
67. Jermaine Kearse (vs. Ari - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
68. Nate Washington (at Phi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
69. Riley Cooper (vs. Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
70. Miles Austin (at Atl - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
71. Charles Johnson (vs. GB - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
72. Harry Douglas (vs. Cle - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
73. Preston Parker (vs. Dal - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)
74. Louis Murphy (at Chi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
75. Kenbrell Thompkins (vs. KC - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: NFL Network)
76. Andre Roberts (at SF - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
77. Taylor Gabriel (at Atl - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
78. Danny Amendola (vs. Det - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
79. Jaron Brown (at Sea - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
80. Donte Moncrief (vs. Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
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Tight End Player Rankings – Week 12
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Tight Ends (Updated: Sunday, Nov. 23 - 9:35AM CT)
1. Rob Gronkowski (vs. Det - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
2. Jimmy Graham (vs. Bal - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)
3. Coby Fleener (vs. Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
4. Larry Donnell (vs. Dal - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)
5. Jason Witten (at NYG - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)
6. Martellus Bennett (vs. TB - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
7. Niles Paul (at SF - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
8. Travis Kelce (at Oak - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: NFL Network)
Travis Kelce takes on the Raiders on Thursday for the first time in his career. Coming off a week in which he had a great matchup and underachieved his expectations, he will have a chance to rebound. Last week the Chiefs threw it just 17 times but 5 of those targets went to Travis and he caught three for 37 yards, but did have a fumble as he rolled over the opposition. The Raiders are just average against tight ends allowing 8 fantasy points a game. Look for Kelce to get involved in a primetime game where all eyes will be on the Chiefs.
9. Antonio Gates (vs. StL - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
Gates was held out of the endzone for the second straight game, which has led to a major decrease in fantasy points, but prior to the two-week drought, Antonio had six scores in his previous four games. This week he faces the Rams, a real good defense against tight ends giving up just 5.8 fantasy points per game to the position. Gates needs to score touchdowns to be an effective fantasy player because at this point in his career, he simply cannot generate get a ton of yardage. With St. Louis being a tough defense to score touchdowns on, don’t expect too much from the future Hall-of-Famer.
10. Mychal Rivera (vs. KC - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: NFL Network)
11. Vernon Davis (vs. Was - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
Davis continues to struggle and is has been completely fantasy irrelevant. Over the past two weeks, Vernon has managed just two receptions for 15 yards. It has come to the point where you should not even consider him, unless you have no other options.
12. Owen Daniels (at NO - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)
13. Delanie Walker (at Phi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
14. Marcedes Lewis (at Ind - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
15. Jacob Tamme (vs. Mia - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
16. Jace Amaro (at Buf - Monday, 7:00pm ET - TV: CBS - at Ford Field in Detroit)
17. Luke Willson (vs. Ari - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
18. Eric Ebron (at NE - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
Ebron is still searching for a breakout game, as his best receiving game of the season only went for 38 yards. He has been targeted four times in each of the last four games, but only has 11 receptions for 87 yards with one touchdown, but no scores in his last three games. This week he faces the Patriots, which is a good thing, as they are allowing tight ends to score 9.5 fantasy points per week. He is still a risky start, though, and even in a pretty decent matchup, not a strong play.
19. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (at Chi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
20. John Carlson (at Sea - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
21. Kyle Rudolph (vs. GB - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
Rudolph will be getting back into action, but he is not going to be worth starting this week. The Vikings offense is very inconsistent and Kyle will need to prove that he truly is healthy and ready to make an impact before you throw him back into your starting lineup. In the three games he was healthy, he only had one touchdown and 10 receptions for 96 yards.
22. Scott Chandler (vs. NYJ - Monday, 7:00pm ET - TV: CBS - at Ford Field in Detroit)
23. Brent Celek (vs. Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
24. Garrett Graham (vs. Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
25. Jared Cook (at SD - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
The Rams head out west to face the Chargers in Week 12. Cook is coming off a lackluster performance in Week 11. He was targeted 5 times and caught 3 passes for 19 yards. The game did not follow script. Chances are you may have picked up Cook just for the matchup thinking the Rams would be playing from behind. Alas, the garbage time did not come, as the Rams pulled one over on Manning and his seemingly unstoppable Broncos. The Rams utilized the run mainly in the second half. Strangely, his Week 11 stat line looks almost exactly the same from his last meeting with the Bolts. Cooks caught 3 passes for 23 yards. San Diego has only given up 2 TDs all year. In Week 8, they held Julius Thomas to just 23 yards and prevented him from crossing the end zone. I must say, Jared Cook, you are no Julius Thomas.
26. Zach Ertz (vs. Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
The Titans travel to Philly in Week 12. Last week, Ertz saw the most work he has been given in several weeks. He caught 4 passes for 55 yards. He actually had a play go for over 20 yards. That has not happened since Week 6. Philly is getting some of their starting O-line back in the mix. They have welcomed back 2 starters in the last few weeks. This should free up Ertz a bit more. With the line issues, they have had to rely heavily on Celek, a far superior run-blocker. Now that this situation is improving up front, Ertz should be in line for increased usage, as was witnessed last week. This should continue moving forward. The Titans looked soft against TEs in the beginning of the year. But, they have not allowed a TD to the position in the last 4 games. Not only that, in that time span, only 5 teams have been tougher on opposing QBs. I am hopeful for increased usage going forward, but this may be a difficult week for Ertz.
27. Gavin Escobar (at NYG - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)
28. Tim Wright (vs. Det - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
29. Jermaine Gresham (at Hou - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)
30. Andrew Quarless (at Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)
31. Dion Sims (at Den - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)
32. Tony Moeaki (vs. Ari - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)
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