Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! I hope you all not only have plenty of delicious food, but also take the time to enjoy the wonderful game that is football. We don’t just have 1, but 3 games to enjoy all day while feasting on turkey and stuffing. If you want to make sure that you turkey day isn’t ruined by fantasy misfortune then please review the remainder of these fantasy football rankings to ensure an enjoyable fantasy experience in week 12. Good luck to you all and enjoy the holidays!

  1. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT QB at IND
  2. Tom Brady, NE QB at NYJ
  3. Drew Brees, NO QB vs. LA
  4. Russell Wilson, SEA QB at TB
  5. Aaron Rodgers, GB QB at PHI
  6. Cam Newton, CAR QB at OAK
  7. Derek Carr, OAK QB vs. CAR
  8. Dak Prescott, DAL QB vs. WAS
  9. Marcus Mariota, TEN QB at CHI
  10. Kirk Cousins, WAS QB at DAL
  11. Carson Palmer, ARI QB at ATL
  12. Eli Manning, NYG QB at CLE
  13. Matt Ryan, ATL QB vs. ARI
  14. Philip Rivers, SD QB at HOU
  15. Ryan Tannehill, MIA QB vs. SF

Ben Roethlisberger (Big Ben) comes in as the top QB this week in the FantasyProjection rankings. I know I know he had a very bad game last week and may have even lost owners their match-ups, but I can’t help but go back to the well with Big Ben’s amazing match-up against the Colts this week. The Colts are last in the league in Pass D based on passing yards allowed per game at 285. They also have given up 19 passing touchdowns over the season putting them in the bottom half of the league. I know its hard to start someone with confidence who let you down last week, but you must remember that the conditions were snowing and windy and this week he will be playing in a dome. The combination of the neutral environment and the horrible defense he is playing leads me to believe that Big Ben will have a monster game on Thanksgiving Night. I project Ben will throw for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Matt Ryan has easily been one of the best fantasy QBs this season and it helps to have a top 3 WR in Julio Jones. Although he has been incredible, I have him slightly lower this week mainly due to the match-up he is facing. The Arizona Cardinals Pass D is not only the best pass defense on a passing yards allowed per game measure, but has also allowed the fewest touchdowns over the season to opposing QBs (7). I think Ryan will struggle against this impressive defensive front finding himself just outside of QB1 status for week 12. I project Ryan will throw for 250 yards and 1 TD with 1 INT.

Running Backs
  1. David Johnson, ARI RB at ATL
  2. Jay Ajayi, MIA RB vs. SF
  3. Le’Veon Bell, PIT RB at IND
  4. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL RB vs. WAS
  5. Melvin Gordon, SD RB at HOU
  6. DeMarco Murray, TEN RB at CHI
  7. Thomas Rawls, SEA RB at TB
  8. Spencer Ware, KC RB at DEN
  9. Lamar Miller, HOU RB vs. SD
  10. Frank Gore, IND RB vs. PIT
  11. Todd Gurley, LA RB at NO
  12. Carlos Hyde, SF RB at MIA
  13. Devonta Freeman, ATL RB vs. ARI
  14. Jonathan Stewart, CAR RB at OAK
  15. Matt Forte, NYJ RB vs. NE

Melvin Gordon is back off his BYE week and will get right back on the established pace this week against the Houston Texans. Gordon has been almost match-up proof this year and the Texans are average at best against the run allowing 111 yards per game and 10 touchdowns over the season. I don’t think this defense will pose any threat to Gordon’s production and I expect to see him within the top 5 running backs this week. I project Gordon will rush for 80 yards while catching 5 passes for another 60 yards and 1-2 TDs.

Thomas Rawls is back from injury and has found himself in the driver seat of the Seahawks run game. With fellow teammate CJ Prosise fracturing his scapula Rawls is now the only show in town. I expect Rawls will be an immediate RB1 from week to week especially with the limited options the Seahawks have. It also helps that this week he is playing a soft Buccaneers Run D that is allowing 114 rushing yards per game and 9 touchdowns over the season to running backs. I project Rawls will tear up this defense for 90 yards and 1 TD in week 12.

Wide Receivers
  1. Antonio Brown, PIT WR at IND
  2. Odell Beckham Jr., NYG WR at CLE
  3. Amari Cooper, OAK WR vs. CAR
  4. Doug Baldwin, SEA WR at TB
  5. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI WR at ATL
  6. Julio Jones, ATL WR vs. ARI
  7. Jordy Nelson, GB WR at PHI
  8. Mike Evans, TB WR vs. SEA
  9. Dez Bryant, DAL WR vs. WAS
  10. Julian Edelman, NE WR at NYJ
  11. Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR vs. KC
  12. Jarvis Landry, MIA WR vs. SF
  13. Brandin Cooks, NO WR vs. LA
  14. Kelvin Benjamin, CAR WR at OAK
  15. Allen Robinson, JAC WR at BUF
  16. Jordan Matthews PHI WR vs. GB
  17. Terrelle Pryor, CLE WR vs. NYG
  18. Steve Smith, BAL WR vs. CIN
  19. Brandon Marshall, NYJ WR vs. NE
  20. Jamison Crowder, WAS WR at DAL
  21. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU WR vs. SD
  22. Michael Thomas, NO WR vs. LA
  23. T.Y.Hilton, IND WR vs. PIT
  24. Tyrell Williams, SD WR at HOU
  25. Richard Matthews, TEN WR at CHI

Larry Fitzgerald has been a WR1 this year especially in PPR formats where he is getting peppered with targets and with Larry’s hand, he is catching most if not all of them. I expect this trend to continue against a high powered Falcons offense where the Cardinals will have to throw to keep up. Although the Falcons have a great offense, their defense is extremely suspect. They are second worst in the league against receivers allowing 297 yards per game. They are also tied for second most touchdowns allowed over the year at 23. This all adds up to a huge game for Fitzgerald. I project he will catch 9 passes for 100 yards and 1 TD in week 12.

Unlike Fitzgerald above, Jamison Crowder does not have the household name value that makes him a top fantasy consideration… but he should be. If you look at the production that Crowder has delivered over the season you will see a high upside WR2. Just last week he went for over 100 yards and a touchdown. He is only getting better and gaining more cohesion with his QB Kirk Cousins. I project that Crowder’s success will continue this week against the Cowboys where he will have 70 receiving yards and the possibility of a TD.

Tight Ends
  1. Jimmy Graham, SEA TE at TB
  2. Greg Olsen, CAR TE at OAK
  3. Jordan Reed, WAS TE at DAL
  4. Rob Gronkowski, NE TE at NYJ *
  5. Delanie Walker, TEN TE at CHI
  6. Kyle Rudolph, MIN TE at DET
  7. Tyler Eifert, CIN TE at BAL
  8. Eric Ebron, DET TE vs. MIN
  9. Travis Kelce, KC TE at DEN
  10. Zach Ertz, PHI TE vs. GB
  11. C.J. Fiedorowicz, HOU TE vs. SD
  12. Gary Barnidge, CLE TE vs. NYG

Jimmy Graham is becoming one of the go to options for Russel Wilson in the Seahawks passing game. He is now going up against a Buccaneers Pass D that is 27th in the league in touchdowns allowed over the season (20) and 23rd in the league in receiving yards allowed per game (279). Jimmy will have no issue against this miserable defense and will once again be one of the best options at the position. I project Jimmy will have 100 yards and 1 TD in week 12.

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