Week 12 Rankings: Standard | PPR

Week 11 was a disaster with injuries. Plenty of prominent players were hurt and are out for the season or expected to miss extended time. It was brutal.

But now it's time to recover. And the good news is there are no teams on a bye in Week 12.

The list of players who went down in Week 11 reads like an All-Star team. A.J. Green (hamstring), Giovani Bernard (torn ACL), C.J. Prosise (shoulder) and Zach Miller (broken foot) suffered the worst injuries, but Fantasy owners could also be without Andrew Luck (concussion), LeSean McCoy (thumb), Mark Ingram (concussion), Ryan Mathews (knee), Darren Sproles (ribs), T.J. Yeldon (ankle) and Robert Woods (knee) for this week.

It's still possible Luck, McCoy, Ingram and Sproles play this week, but we'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, Fantasy owners need to find potential replacements, and we also don't know if players dealing with previous injuries will return in Week 12, including Rob Gronkowski (chest), Tevin Coleman (hamstring), Travis Benjamin (knee) and Jeremy Maclin (groin).

The early news on McCoy and Sproles is promising, but replacement running backs in Buffalo (Mike Gillislee) and Philadelphia (Wendell Smallwood) are priorities this week. I'd lean toward Smallwood over Gillislee because Mathews is likely out for an extended period of time. And if Sproles is out also, Smallwood is a potential starter in all leagues in Week 12 against Green Bay.

I'd also start Gillislee in Week 12 against Jacksonville if McCoy is out, but Smallwood could make more of an impact over several weeks in his situation. It might also be time to add Adrian Peterson (knee) again with reports he could return in Week 15. If your Fantasy team is locked into a playoff berth then speculate on Peterson just in case he comes back at 100 percent after being out since Week 2.

At receiver, the No. 1 priority is Sammy Watkins (foot), who could return in Week 12 after being out since Week 2. He could be a difference maker for Fantasy owners down the stretch. We'd also add Green's replacement options in Cincinnati, Tyler Boyd and Brandon LaFell (in that order), and don't give up on Eli Rogers just yet after a dud performance in bad weather at Cleveland in Week 11.

With Luck potentially out on Thursday against Pittsburgh, Fantasy owners should look at Colin Kaepernick or Ryan Tannehill as replacements. Kaepernick is on fire with at least 23 Fantasy points in three games in a row, and Tannehill gets to face that bad 49ers defense at home this week.

Should Gronkowski miss another game, Fantasy owners can look at a few good tight end options this week, including C.J. Fiedorowicz, Zach Ertz, Will Tye, Jared Cook and Vance McDonald. They obviously won't post Gronkowski-like stats, but all four of these guys could be potential starters in Week 12.

The injuries were devastating in Week 11, but we hope you can still recover for your playoff push. There are definitely some options on the Waiver Wire to keep you afloat, so make the right moves to help your team this week.


Injuries of note: Andrew Luck (concussion), Blake Bortles (shoulder), Jay Cutler (shoulder), Cody Kessler (concussion) and Trevor Siemian (shoulder)

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Colin Kaepernick
SF • QB • 7
Week 11 stats vs. NE
CMP %5,330.0
30 percent ownership
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Kaepernick's schedule in Week 12 bothers me with a cross-country trip to Miami for a 1 p.m. ET start, which is never good for West Coast teams. But with the way he's playing of late, despite a non-existent receiving corps, it's hard to doubt him. He's scored at least 23 Fantasy points in a standard league in three games in a row against New Orleans, Arizona and New England, and he's worth trusting as a low-end starter against the Dolphins. His rushing has been great with at least 32 yards in four of five starts, and he's being productive in garbage-time situations. He's due for a dud, which could happen here, but if you're without Luck this week then he's a good fallback option given his recent level of play.

  • Ryan Tannehill (37 percent): Tannehill has been great the past two games at San Diego and Los Angeles, especially his fourth-quarter comeback against the Rams. He only has one game since Week 3 with at least 20 Fantasy points, but he should do well this week against San Francisco at home. Only two quarterbacks have failed to throw multiple touchdowns against the 49ers, and Tannehill is right behind Kaepernick as a solid replacement option for Luck in Week 12.
  • Carson Wentz (46 percent): Wentz has the dream matchup this week against the Packers, who are awful in pass defense and playing their third road game in a row. Three of the past four quarterbacks against Green Bay have scored at least 29 Fantasy points in a standard league, and Wentz just had his first multiple-touchdown game since Week 5 in last week's loss at Seattle. The Eagles might not throw the ball all over the place this week, but if they do then Wentz will be successful for Fantasy owners.
  • Joe Flacco (62 percent): It's hard to trust Flacco, who only has three games this season with at least 20 Fantasy points, and two of them came against Cleveland. But Cincinnati has allowed three of the past five opposing quarterbacks to score at least 23 Fantasy points, and Flacco is always better at home than on the road. The Bengals are falling apart due to injuries, and this could be a good time for a breakout game for Flacco if you need help in a two-quarterback league.

Drop list

* - If you need to make a move, these are players you can drop for this week.

  • Matthew Stafford (98 percent): You can come back to Stafford in Week 13 at New Orleans, but even then it might be hard to trust him as a starter in all leagues. He's now gone four games in a row with 19 Fantasy points or less, including 11 points against Jacksonville in Week 11. I'm not stashing him in Week 12 when he faces the Vikings, who held him to 18 Fantasy points in Week 9.
  • Andy Dalton (92 percent): He's down two key weapons in Green and Bernard, and losing Green is a killer for his production. Dalton might be worth adding for his Week 14 game at Cleveland, but if Green remains out then it will be hard to trust him in any matchup moving forward, especially in Week 12 at Baltimore.
  • Carson Palmer (91 percent): Palmer actually has a decent schedule coming up (at ATL, vs. WAS, at MIA and vs. NO), but it's hard to trust him even in favorable matchups since we saw him score just 16 Fantasy points against San Francisco in Week 10. His offensive line is beat up, his receivers aside from Larry Fitzgerald have been terrible and the Cardinals should lean on David Johnson to carry the offense. Palmer only has one game with more than 16 Fantasy points in his past seven outings, and he has to prove himself first before Fantasy owners can rely on him again.

Running backs

Injuries of note: LeSean McCoy (thumb), C.J. Prosise (shoulder), Giovani Bernard (ACL), Ryan Mathews (knee), Darren Sproles (ribs), T.J. Yeldon (ankle), Mark Ingram (concussion), Tevin Coleman (hamstring), Charcandrick West (concussion) and Alfred Blue (calf)

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Wendell Smallwood
RB •
Week 11 stats at SEA
9 percent ownership

Smallwood could start for the Eagles in Week 12 against the Packers and get a hefty workload since Mathews has a sprained MCL and Sproles is dealing with a broken rib. The Eagles have given Smallwood 13 carries in each of the past two games, and he's averaging 4.4 yards per carry for the season as a rookie. Even if Sproles does play this week we could see the Eagles leaning on Smallwood in a favorable matchup against the Packers at home. Green Bay has allowed a running back to score in four games in a row, and Smallwood should be considered at least a flex option in all leagues. In deeper league, you should add Kenjon Barner (1 percent) in case his workload also increases with Mathews and Sproles hurt.

  • Mike Gillislee (50 percent): He's scored at least seven Fantasy points in a standard league in three games in a row, and he'd be a must-start option if McCoy is out against Jacksonville. If you just need a one-week fix then I like McCoy better then Smallwood if both got starting chances in Week 12, but it sounds like McCoy could return this week, which clearly limits Gillislee. Still, every McCoy owner needs to handcuff Gillislee since he's among the best backup running backs in the NFL.
  • Adrian Peterson (38 percent): There's an ESPN report that Peterson could join the team by mid-to-late December and suggests he could return in Week 15 against the Colts. It would be difficult to trust him in the Fantasy playoffs after he hasn't played since Week 2 with a knee injury and has a shaky offensive line, but this is still a potential difference maker if he's healthy. If you are locked into the playoffs and have a a roster spot to play with then stash him on your bench and see what develops.
  • Kenneth Dixon (64 percent): Terrance West remains the starter for the Ravens, and he played well against Dallas in Week 11 with eight carries for 42 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 11 yards. But Dixon also ran well with six carries for 40 yards, and he's now averaged more than 6 yards a carry for two games in a row. Baltimore will continue to give him more work, and he could pay dividends soon. He's a definite stash candidate in all leagues.
  • Rex Burkhead (0 percent): With Bernard now out for the season, Burkhead gets a chance for increased playing time as the potential No. 2 running back for the Bengals behind Jeremy Hill. Ideally, the Bengals just lean on Hill with a heavy workload, but Burkhead can work on passing downs and is worth a look in deeper PPR leagues.
  • Bilal Powell (46 percent): Powell is a sneaky sleeper this week because the Jets have leaned on him when trailing big, which could easily be the case against the Patriots. And New England has been awful of late against running backs out of the backfield, which should help Matt Forte and Powell. We like Forte this week, but in deeper leagues you can potentially flex Powell if you're stuck because of an injury.
  • Alex Collins (1 percent): He's now the handcuff for Rawls with Prosise out. If Rawls gets hurt then Collins could see plenty of touches, so he's worth a flier in deeper leagues, especially if you own Rawls.

Drop list

* - If you need to make a move, these are players you can drop for this week.

  • Isaiah Crowell (98 percent): He's rushed for 30 yards or less in six of his past seven games and has a brutal offensive line. You're not starting him in Week 12 against the Giants, and then he has a bye in Week 13. We'd like to see Duke Johnson get more work, and it's not worth stashing Crowell if you're never going to start him.
  • Giovani Bernard (98 percent): He's done in seasonal leagues with a torn ACL, and hopefully he'll make a full recovery in time for training camp next year. We'd love to see what Bernard can do with a full workload, but he should continue to share touches with Hill in 2017, which limits his upside.
  • C.J. Prosise (96 percent): Prosise is likely done for the Fantasy season and potentially the regular season with a fractured scapula, which opens the door for Rawls to dominate touches in Seattle. Prosise was just looking good with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league in three of his past four games, so hopefully he's back in time to help the Seahawks for the playoffs.
  • Derrick Henry (68 percent): Henry did not have a touch in Week 11 at the Colts. He's still worth holding onto as the handcuff for DeMarco Murray, but his only chance at being Fantasy relevant this year is Murray getting hurt. He's not worth stashing if you don't own Murray.
  • Jacquizz Rodgers (52 percent): There doesn't appear to be a timetable for his return, and he will clearly come back as a reserve behind Doug Martin. There's no reason to keep stashing Rodgers at this point.

Wide receivers

Injuries of note: A.J. Green (hamstring), Robert Woods (knee), Torrey Smith (shoulder), Travis Benjamin (knee), Roger Lewis (concussion), Chris Hogan (back), Stefon Diggs (knee) and Jeremy Maclin (groin)

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Sammy Watkins
BAL • WR • 14
2016 stats (two games played)
49 percent ownership
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Watkins isn't guaranteed to return in Week 12, but clearly he's close after being out since Week 2 with a foot injury. And while there's no guarantee he'll be 100 percent or play like the receiver we saw to close last season with at least 13 Fantasy points in a standard league in five of his final six games, he's worth the speculation. Watkins is an elite talent when healthy, and he can still reward Fantasy owners with a strong playoff performance, especially with matchups ahead against Oakland in Week 13, Cleveland in Week 15 and Miami in Week 16. Just stash him on your bench for now, and hopefully he'll deliver soon.

  • Tyler Boyd (9 percent): I'm taking Boyd over Brandon LaFell (20 percent) because I'd rather speculate on the player with upside. Neither one is going to post stats like Green, but maybe the Bengals will showcase Boyd more to see if he can be a reliable starter in the future. In Week 11 against Buffalo after Green went down, Boyd had six catches for 54 yards on eight targets, and LaFell had four catches for 32 yards on nine targets. LaFell might end up being more consistent in the games Green is out, but Boyd should have a higher ceiling.
  • Eli Rogers (41 percent): I liked Rogers heading into Week 11 at Cleveland, but the Steelers passing game was derailed because of bad wind. As a result, Rogers' two-game streak with at least 10 Fantasy points ended when he had four catches for 20 yards on six targets. I expect a better performance in Week 12 at Indianapolis, and I'm still adding him where available. He's a favorite target for Ben Roethlisberger, and I want pieces of that offense.
  • DeSean Jackson (56 percent): He returned from his shoulder injury in Week 11 against Green Bay and had one of his better performances of the season with four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown. It was only his second touchdown of the year and just his third game with double digits in Fantasy points, but hopefully he can finish the season strong. I still like Jamison Crowder better, but Jackson could still perform like a Fantasy starter with how well Kirk Cousins is playing. You should also look at Pierre Garcon (41 percent) in PPR leagues since he has at least six catches for 67 yards in three games in a row, and he scored his second touchdown of the year against the Packers.
  • Marqise Lee (10 percent): He's scored at least nine Fantasy points in a standard league in three of his past five games, and he's been a much better receiver this season than Allen Hurns. Like Allen Robinson, it's risky to trust Lee because of how erratic Blake Bortles has been this season, but Lee can be a No. 3 Fantasy receiver most weeks, including Week 12 at Buffalo.
  • Tajae Sharpe (14 percent): After a dismal start, Sharpe has come around the past two weeks, which definitely makes my colleague, Dave Richard, happy. Dave touted Sharpe as a sleeper this offseason, but the rookie failed to deliver through the first nine weeks of the year. Something clicked the past two games, and he's scored 12 Fantasy points in a standard league in each outing against Green Bay and Indianapolis. He could be poised for a strong finish, and he's worth adding if you have a need at receiver.
  • Malcolm Mitchell (1 percent): His Fantasy value could be tied to Hogan being healthy, but we hope the Patriots found something with Mitchell's performance against the 49ers in Week 11 with four catches for 98 yards and a touchdown on five targets. He has big-play potential and speed in an offense that could use both, and he has the chance for a repeat performance against the Jets in Week 12. He's worth a flier if you're looking for a sleeper this week.
  • Dorial Green-Beckham (7 percent): Like Mitchell, Green-Beckham can also be a sleeper this week against the Packers, who can't stop anyone in the passing game. Jordan Matthews is the only reliable Eagles receiver, but Green-Beckham just had his best game of the season in Week 11 at Seattle with five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown on eight targets. We hope that carries over to this week against Green Bay, and he's worth a flier in deeper leagues.

Drop list

* - If you need to make a move, these are players you can drop for this week.

  • Marvin Jones (93 percent): He only had two targets in Week 11 against Jacksonville and has now combined for two catches for 20 yards in his past two games. He also hasn't scored double digits in Fantasy points since Week 3. It's time to move on.
  • Jeremy Maclin (85 percent): Maclin can still be Fantasy relevant this year, but he was a bust before hurting his groin in Week 9, which has cost him the past two games. He only has two touchdowns on the season and hasn't topped 80 yards in any game. Tyreek Hill has been the better Fantasy receiver for the Chiefs.
  • Will Fuller (84 percent): His hot start seems like a distant memory, and he struggled Monday night against Oakland with one catch for 17 yards on four targets. Injuries have wrecked his rookie year, along with an inconsistent quarterback in Brock Osweiler. You won't be starting Fuller any time soon.
  • Alshon Jeffery (72 percent): He has three games left of his four-game suspension, but when he comes back it will likely be with Matt Barkley at quarterback since Cutler is hurt. Jeffery was struggling before his suspension, and now the quarterback downgrade lowers his value even more. He's only worth stashing in deeper leagues.
  • Ty Montgomery (68 percent): It was fun while it lasted. But with James Starks back in action and a healthy receiving corps the touches for Montgomery have gone down each week. He's combined for four Fantasy points in a standard league in his past two games, and it's doubtful he'll post consistent stats any time soon.
  • Michael Floyd (66 percent): We thought Floyd turned a corner with his performance against the 49ers in Week 10 with five catches for 101 yards, but he followed that up with another dud in Week 11 at Minnesota with two catches for 21 yards. The passing game for the Cardinals has dramatically regressed this season, and Floyd will be hard to trust even in good matchups moving forward.
  • Allen Hurns (65 percent): Lee has been better than Hurns, and he only has two touchdowns on the season. In his past three games he's combined for three catches and 22 yards. There's no reason to stash him at this point in the year.
  • John Brown (51 percent): See Floyd. Brown had no catches in Week 11 at Minnesota and only has one touchdown on the season.

Tight ends

Injuries of note: Rob Gronkowski (chest) and Zach Miller (foot)

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C.J. Fiedorowicz
HOU • TE • 87
Week 11 stats at OAK
44 percent ownership
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Fiedorowicz was great against the Raiders, and he should stay hot against San Diego in Week 12. He now has at least seven targets in five of his past six games, and he's scored at least eight Fantasy points in a standard league in three of his past five outings. Osweiler is leaning on him as the No. 2 target behind DeAndre Hopkins, and Fantasy owners should feel comfortable about Fiedorowicz as a starter in all leagues.

  • Zach Ertz (53 percent): He scored his first touchdown of the season in Week 11 at Seattle and had another one called back due to a penalty. He now has at least six catches in each of his past three games, and this is a great matchup for him against the Packers. He's back on the radar as a No. 1 tight end in all leagues.
  • Will Tye (2 percent): He's been involved the past two games with five catches for 53 yards on eight targets against Cincinnati in Week 10 and two catches for 12 yards and a touchdown against Chicago in Week 11. He has a favorable matchup this week at Cleveland and is worth using as a streaming option.
  • Jared Cook (8 percent): Cook had one of the best games of his career in Week 11 at Washington with six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets, although he lost a fumble. We'd love to see him stay involved at that level moving forward, but he's teased us with his ability before, only to let us down. I have no problem adding him in all leagues, and he could even start if needed in Week 12 at Philadelphia. But don't be surprised if Cook significantly regresses and you're dropping him next week. That's just the nature of his career so far.
  • Vance McDonald (6 percent): He's scored at least 10 Fantasy points in a standard league in two of his past three games and has done well as the most consistent receiving option for Kaepernick. He has six targets in each outing, and he should be considered a solid streaming tight end for Week 12 at Miami.
  • Hunter Henry (44 percent): Henry scored in Week 10 against Miami, and he should be healthy after a bye following some missed action because of a recent knee injury. Antonio Gates isn't going away, but Henry can still be heavily involved and is worth stashing in all leagues. I don't love the matchup for him in Week 12 against Houston, but he does have a favorable schedule coming up, even as the No. 2 tight end behind Gates.

Drop list

* - If you need to make a move, these are players you can drop for this week.

  • Zach Miller (81 percent): His season is over, which is unfortunate since he was just coming around as a solid Fantasy option. His value would have been lower with Cutler out, but now you can drop him in all formats.
  • Julius Thomas (58 percent): He's a touchdown or bust player, and those guys are hard to consider must-start options in most leagues. Thomas hasn't topped 30 receiving yards since Week 2, and he scored one Fantasy point in Week 11 at Detroit.
  • Jack Doyle (45 percent): Doyle has proven to have minimal Fantasy value when Dwayne Allen is active, and now Luck is hurt for Week 12. There's no reason to think Doyle is going to rule against the Steelers on Thursday, and he's not worth stashing as long as Luck is out.

DST streamers

* - If you need a DST for this week, these teams have favorable matchups are worth starting.

  • Ravens (58 percent) vs. CIN
  • Bills (61 percent) vs. JAC
  • Titans (32 percent) at CHI

K streamers

* - If you need a kicker for this week, these guys have favorable matchups are worth starting.