Week 12 of the 2021 NFL Season is here, and with it comes Championship Sports Media’s Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings!
The explosive performances of running backs Jonathan Taylor (53.4 fantasy points) and Austin Ekeler (41.5 fantasy points) headlined the action from Week 11. Which players have a chance to be the highest scorers this week? Check out CSM’s Week 12 positional rankings for some possibilities!
This Week’s Contributing Authors:
Week 12 PPR Rankings
|1||Lamar Jackson (BAL)||vs. CLE||4||4||1||1||1||2.2|
|2||Josh Allen (BUF)||at NO||2||5||3||2||4||3.2|
|3||Tom Brady (TB)||at IND||1||8||2||5||2||3.6|
|4||Dak Prescott (DAL)||vs. LV||5||1||5||4||8||4.6|
|5||Justin Herbert (LAC)||at DEN||6||7||4||6||3||5.2|
|6||Jalen Hurts (PHI)||at NYG||3||2||13||3||7||5.6|
|7||Matthew Stafford (LAR)||at GB||7||3||7||9||9||7.0|
|8||Aaron Rodgers (GB)||vs. LAR||8||9||6||7||5||7.0|
|9||Cam Newton (CAR)||at MIA||10||6||8||8||6||7.6|
|10||Kirk Cousins (MIN)||at SF||9||13||12||13||10||11.4|
|11||Russell Wilson (SEA)||at WAS||11||10||9||10||19||11.8|
|12||Joe Burrow (CIN)||vs. PIT||12||14||10||12||12||12.0|
|13||Derek Carr (LV)||at DAL||13||15||21||11||14||14.8|
|14||Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)||vs. CAR||15||11||20||17||13||15.2|
|15||Carson Wentz (IND)||vs. TB||19||12||14||14||20||15.8|
|16||Mac Jones (NE)||vs. TEN||17||19||18||18||11||16.6|
|17||Jimmy Garoppolo (SF)||vs. MIN||14||18||11||20||21||16.8|
|18||Taylor Heinicke (WAS)||vs. SEA||18||NR||15||16||16||18.2|
|19||Ryan Tannehill (TEN)||at NE||25||22||23||15||15||20.0|
|20||Tyrod Taylor (HOU)||vs. NYJ||16||20||NR||24||18||20.8|
|21||Teddy Bridgewater (DEN)||vs. LAC||21||25||16||25||24||22.2|
|22||Trevor Lawrence (JAC)||vs. ATL||NR||16||24||22||23||22.2|
|23||Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)||at CIN||24||21||19||23||25||22.4|
|24||Daniel Jones (NYG)||vs. PHI||20||23||NR||19||NR||22.8|
|25||Trevor Siemian (DEN)||vs. BUF||NR||17||NR||21||NR||23.2|
QB Start of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: Tom Brady. The return of long-time favorite target Rob Gronkowski seemed to help Tom Brady bounce back last week after a tough loss to the Washington Football Team a week prior. Brady is now the QB2 on the year by both average fantasy points per game (fppg) and total points scored. While it looks like the return of Antonio Brown is still some time away, Brady and the Bucs receiving corps should have no problem producing this week against a Colts defense that is allowing the 6th most fppg to QBs this season and the 5th most fppg to QBs over the past 4 weeks. Brady checks in as the QB1 in my Week 12 rankings.
Josh Limesand: Carson Wentz. The world’s worst kept secret is how dominant Jonathan Taylor has been of late. The Bucs, however, have one of the best run defenses in the NFL. I think Indy comes out of the gates throwing, and Wentz picks up 2 touchdowns. Then he adds one later on the ground, before Tom Brady ultimately ends the Colts’ winning streak. Wentz has a good fantasy game in a loss this time around.
Zach Milaszewski: Tom Brady. Tom Brady is the number 1 fantasy quarterback in the league. He’s averaging 25 points a game. This week he is taking on the 26th ranked defense against quarterbacks in the Indianapolis Colts. The Bucs offense is one of the best in the NFL. Brady has had two of his worst weeks in the past two games, he is due for a bounce back week. An offense that throws the ball 35-40 times a game on average is set up for quarterback success in fantasy football. Especially when said quarterback is the GOAT.
Nic Cunningham: Taylor Heinicke. Seattle just gave up 328 yards and 2 touchdowns to Colt McCoy. Career backup Colt McCoy. Heinicke is more talented, and Terry McLaurin is a better receiver than anyone that suited up for Arizona last week. Heinicke is averaging 250 yards and 1.5 touchdowns through the air in his last 4 games, and provides a slight boost with his legs as well. I expect him to score over 20 points this week.
J.D. Holler: Jalen Hurts. Hurts has proved that he can be a viable option as a starting fantasy quarterback, not only by his arm, but also by using his legs. Philadelphia’s schedule only gets easier down the road, making Hurts the clear choice.
QB Fade of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: Carson Wentz. Carson Wentz is averaging less than 10 fppg over the past 2 weeks. While the Bucs have shown a vulnerability to the pass at times this season, such susceptibility was due in part to injuries. Carlton Davis remains on IR-R and is unlikely to play this week, but Sean Murphy-Bunting returned to game action last week. What’s more, star DT Vita Vea is expected to come back this week. Fading Carson Wentz has less to do with him and more to do with his matchup. The Colts have found a lot of success on the ground in recent weeks, but that same success will likely be harder to come by against Vea and the Bucs’ linebackers. I just don’t see Wentz putting up top 15 numbers if forced into predictable throwing situations against a healing Bucs’ secondary. Wentz is the QB19 in my Week 12 rankings.
Josh Limesand: Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben had a big game last week in L.A. on Sunday night. Herbert’s Chargers were putting up points left and right against the injured Steelers D, and so Pittsburgh had to air it out. I expect a lower-scoring affair this week against Cincinnati in a tough divisional matchup. I think the Steelers keep it close by trying to sustain drives with Najee Harris (assuming he is okay after that hit), but Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase eke out a close one. Roethlisberger plays admirably, but I think he stays under 18 fantasy points.
Zach Milaszewski: Ryan Tannehill. Without Derrick Henry, defenses can focus more on shutting down the passing game and Tannehill. The Patriots have the 2nd best fantasy defense against quarterbacks. In the past three games, the Pats defense held quarterbacks to less than 10 points, twice under 2 points. It is just a bad matchup for Tannehill this week, he belongs on the bench this week.
Nic Cunningham: Tyrod Taylor. Many will rush towards Taylor as a streaming option because he is playing the New York Jets, but aside from week 1 against Jacksonville, Taylor’s fantasy production has been mostly on the ground. He has scored the same number of rushing touchdowns (3) as he has passing touchdowns, and put up just 107 scoreless yards against the Titans. Taylor can’t be expected to get a rushing touchdown every week, and thus has a low floor, even against the Jets.
J.D. Holler: Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill has shown us that he simply cannot produce reliable numbers from a fantasy standpoint. With all of the offensive weapons on the Titans, Tannehill has still found a way to disprove many fantasy managers. This week things get even tougher, with a road matchup against one of the AFC’s top team in the Patriots.
|1||Christian McCaffrey (CAR)||at MIA||1||2||2||2||4||2.2|
|2||Austin Ekeler (LAC)||at DEN||2||1||3||4||3||2.6|
|3||Jonathan Taylor (IND)||vs. TB||5||4||1||1||2||2.6|
|4||D’Andre Swift (DET)||vs. CHI||6||6||7||6||1||5.2|
|5||Najee Harris (PIT)||at CIN||3||9||5||5||5||5.7|
|6||Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)||vs. LV||8||3||8||8||9||7.2|
|7||Nick Chubb (CLE)||at BAL||11||5||11||9||6||8.4|
|8||Joe Mixon (CIN)||vs. PIT||9||7||13||7||8||8.8|
|9||Dalvin Cook (MIN)||at SF||4||8||4||3||NR||9.0|
|10||David Montgomery (CHI)||at DET||7||12||16||11||7||10.6|
|11||James Robinson (JAC)||vs. ATL||16||10||6||13||10||11.0|
|12||A.J. Dillon (GB)||vs. LAR||10||14||9||10||13||11.1|
|13||Saquon Barkley (NYG)||vs. PHI||15||16||10||12||16||13.8|
|14||Darrell Henderson Jr. (LAR)||at GB||13||11||20||14||12||14.0|
|15||Antonio Gibson (WAS)||vs. SEA||17||15||14||15||14||15.0|
|16||Leonard Fournette (TB)||at IND||14||22||19||NR||11||18.4|
|17||Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL)||at JAC||12||NR||15||17||NR||19.2|
|18||Myles Gaskin (MIA)||vs. CAR||22||21||18||20||18||19.8|
|19||Melvin Gordon III (DEN)||vs. LAC||21||19||21||22||15||20.2|
|20||Elijah Mitchell (SF)||vs. MIN||19||13||NR||18||NR||20.4|
|21||Miles Sanders (PHI)||at NYG||25||18||17||19||NR||21.0|
|22||Josh Jacobs (LV)||at DAL||24||25||NR||16||17||21.6|
|23||Javonte Williams (DEN)||vs. LAC||20||NR||22||23||22||22.6|
|24||Damien Harris (NE)||vs. TEN||23||NR||NR||21||19||23.0|
|25||Devonta Freeman (BAL)||vs. CLE||NR||17||23||NR||NR||23.6|
RB Start of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: David Montgomery. David Montgomery was the RB11 in PPR prior to his injury earlier this year. On Thanksgiving Day, Montgomery and the Bears will travel to Detroit to take on a Lions defense that is allowing the 3rd most fppg to the RB position thus far this season. What’s more, Justin Fields is going to miss some time, leaving Andy Dalton to start under center for Chicago.The Bears may elect to lean on the run game even more heavily than usual with their promising rookie signal caller sidelined for the foreseeable future. David Montgomery is the RB7 in my Week 12 rankings.
Josh Limesand: Saquon Barkley. My heart goes out to all of those Barkley owners who started him in Tampa on Monday night. The Giants had no chance going into Tampa Bay where the Bucs have not lost yet this season. But, there is hope! Saquon only rushed 6 times for 25 yards, but also caught 6 passes for 31 yards. While the output was mediocre, the usage was encouraging. I would start Barkley proudly at home against Philly this week. The Giants’ offense should improve, and along with it Barkley’s production, which offers about 15 PPR points without a TD. I have an inkling that Saquon has a big game, now that he’s played a bit and is back at game speed.
Zach Milaszewski: Jonathan Taylor. Coming off of a 50 point fantasy performance, 5 touchdowns, Taylor has been the absolute best fantasy running back this season. Last week he went up against the Bills defense, I didn’t list hum as my start of the week. He proved me very wrong, this week, going up against the Bucs, he is a must start. Taylor is a must start the rest of the season he has just been absolutely unreal.
Nic Cunningham: David Montgomery. Last week I had Montgomery as a fade, and that worked out, as he put up just 7.7 points against Baltimore. This week, however, Montgomery is a clear start. Even with Andy Dalton likely playing quarterback, Chicago should be able to provide Montgomery with a positive game script against a terrible run defense. Montgomery should go over 100 yards for the 3rd time this season, while scoring at least 1 touchdown.
J.D. Holler: D’Andre Swift. With Tim Boyle as the Lions starting quarterback for the week, Detroit will have to heavily rely on Swift to put points up on the board. Keep in mind that Swift is a Top Tier running back when Goff is healthy, just now imagine him as possibly getting double the workload this week against the Bears on Thanksgiving.
RB Fade of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: D’Onta Foreman. Since reigning RB1 Derrick Henry was placed on IR following Week 8, the fantasy world has been falling head over heels trying to anoint his replacement. Adrian Peterson and Jeremy McNichols received a lot of hype in the immediate aftermath; however, AP has since been waived and McNichols is out. D’Onta Foreman has gained some steam in recent weeks, but RB Dontrell Hilliard was recently elevated from the practice squad. This week, the Titans travel to New England to face a Patriots defense that has surrendered 3 total touchdowns to RBs all year. Given how murky this backfield situation remains, combined with a matchup against a Pats defense that has been on fire recently, Foreman may struggle to produce despite many viewing him as the favorite to lead the Titans’ backfield. Foreman did not crack the top 25 RBs on my Week 12 rankings.
Josh Limesand: Myles Gaskin. The past four weeks Gaskin has alternated scoring a TD vs not. This week would then be a non-TD week for Gaskin. I know this isn’t exactly the expert analysis that makes you feel good about a decision, but for Gaskin, he needs to get to the endzone to be a contributor on your team. RB is so thin right now that you may have to start him anyway, but don’t be surprised if he struggles to score 8 fantasy points this week. In Week 13, though, you’re looking at over 15 points, let’s go!
Zach Milaszewski: Darrell Henderson Jr. Henderson is the 14th ranked fantasy running back this season, 15 points a game. But in the last two weeks, he has scored 16 total points, 8 per game. That wouldn’t be as worrisome if his touches were staying the same. His rushing attempts have gone down every week since week 6. Last week facing the 49er’s, he had just 5 rushing attempts, and 4 receptions. That is bad news for any fantasy player, it would be best to find a different option than DHJ this week.
Nic Cunningham: Myles Gaskin. The overall RB16 this season, Gaskin has performed. However, he seems to only play well in odd-numbered weeks (17.8 points in odd weeks, 5.3 in even weeks), and I am a superstitious individual. Aside from that, Gaskin runs into a buzzsaw Carolina run defense that has been above average. Plus, with Cam Newton’s return, Carolina has the potential to force Miami into a negative game script. You never know when Gaskin might erupt, but this doesn’t shape up to be his week.
J.D. Holler: Aaron Jones. There are multiple reasons on why you should sit Jones this week. To start there’s still questions on whether or not he might even play, after banging up his knee in week 10. Second of all, AJ Dillon is emerging as Green Bay’s next lead back, which could be a factor in Jones’ relevance for the future.
|1||Cooper Kupp (LAR)||at GB||1||1||1||2||1||1.2|
|2||Davante Adams (GB)||vs. LAR||2||3||3||1||2||2.2|
|3||Justin Jefferson (MIN)||at SF||5||2||4||3||3||3.4|
|4||Deebo Samuel (SF)||vs. MIN||3||4||2||5||4||3.6|
|5||Stefon Diggs (BUF)||at NO||4||7||7||4||6||5.6|
|6||Ja’Marr Chase (CIN)||vs. PIT||6||6||5||6||5||5.6|
|7||Keenan Allen (LAC)||at DEN||7||5||6||9||7||6.8|
|8||Chris Godwin (TB)||at IND||8||14||8||10||10||10.0|
|9||Mike Evans (TB)||at IND||9||18||11||7||8||10.6|
|10||D.K. Metcalf (SEA)||at WAS||13||13||9||11||11||11.4|
|11||Terry McLaurin (WAS)||vs. SEA||11||10||12||12||14||11.8|
|12||Diontae Johnson (PIT)||at CIN||12||21||10||8||9||12.0|
|13||D.J. Moore (CAR)||at MIA||10||19||17||14||19||15.8|
|14||Michael Pittman Jr. (IND)||vs. TB||18||9||NR||13||13||15.8|
|15||Jaylen Waddle (MIA)||vs. CAR||15||22||15||20||15||17.4|
|16||Michael Gallup (DAL)||vs. LV||16||12||19||NR||17||18.0|
|17||Adam Thielen (MIN)||at SF||25||20||16||18||12||18.2|
|18||Tyler Lockett (SEA)||at WAS||14||NR||13||17||22||18.4|
|19||Brandin Cooks (HOU)||vs. NYJ||17||17||14||24||25||19.4|
|20||A.J. Brown (TEN)||at NE||23||11||24||15||NR||19.8|
|21||Mike Williams (LAC)||at DEN||20||NR||18||19||18||20.2|
|22||Elijah Moore (NYJ)||at HOU||NR||8||23||23||NR||21.2|
|23||Marquise Brown (BAL)||vs. CLE||NR||15||NR||16||NR||21.8|
|24||DeVonta Smith (PHI)||at NYG||19||NR||NR||21||20||22.4|
|25||Hunter Renfrow (LV)||at DAL||22||16||22||NR||NR||22.4|
WR Start of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: Deebo Samuel/Brandon Aiyuk. The 49ers receivers have a juicy matchup this week. Still, it felt like cheating to pick the overall WR3 on the year as my “Start of the Week,” so I threw fellow WR Brandon Aiyuk in there as well. Samuel and Aiyuk face off against a Vikings defense that has allowed the most fppg to the WR position over the past 4 weeks. Samuel and Aiyuk are the WR4 and WR13, respectively, over that same time frame. Fire them both up with confidence in Week 12 in what could turn into a high-scoring game. Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk are the WR3 and WR24, respectively, in my Week 12 rankings.
Josh Limesand: Hunter Renfrow. Derek Carr shouldered the blame for the Raiders’ recent run of poor form. I think he and the rest of the Raiders offense comes to play on Thanksgiving in Dallas. Dallas has a good defense, but I like Renfrow’s volume. If we allow last week to be an anomaly, Renfrow had three games in a row with 7 receptions. I love that floor. You may already be starting him, but if you are worried after the last game and looking to try someone new, I would say stick with Hunter Renfrow, and give him a chance to ball out on turkey day.
Zach Milaszewski: Deebo Samuel. I’m sticking with my week 11 pick, Deebo has been one of the best fantasy players this season. Deebo’s versatility on the field has come to the surface the past two weeks. With just one reception last week, he still ended up with 16 points. Deebo has has 5 and 8 carries the past two weeks. The 49er’s offense is really getting all they can out of him. Going against the 31st ranked defense against wide receivers, you have to start Deebo Samuel this week.
Nic Cunningham: D.J. Moore. Moore started off the season hot, but cooled down after a rough stretch of QB play from Sam Darnold and P.J. Walker. However, with Cam Newton back in a Panthers uniform, Moore found his previous form, catching 5 passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. This week, he gets a Miami secondary allowing the 2nd most fantasy points to wide receivers and the 8th most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Carolina should be able to easily pass the football, and Moore is the main beneficiary.
J.D. Holler: Adam Thielen. Thielen could be a sneaky start this week in fantasy. Assuming San Francisco plans a lot of different method to stop fellow Vikings star receiver Justin Jefferson from getting the ball, Thielen could very well be left open as a top option for Kirk Cousins and the amazing Minnesota offense this week. Thielen has his good weeks and his bad weeks, but most of the time is always a great start at Wide Receiver.
WR Fade of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: A.J. Brown. A.J. Brown is questionable to play this week after suffering multiple injuries throughout the course of the Titans’ Week 11 loss to the Houston Texans. This week, AJB and the Titans travel to New England to take on a Patriots defense that has been trending upward the past few weeks. The Pats have allowed the fewest fppg to the WR position over the past 4 weeks. Additionally, as discussed in my fading of Kyle Pitts in last week’s rankings, the Bill Belichick is renowned for taking away the opposing team’s biggest offensive threat. With both Derrick Henry and Julio Jones still on the IR, AJB is the last man standing in the TEN offense and will likely be a point of focus for the NE defense. AJB is the WR23 in my Week 12 Rankings.
Josh Limesand: A.J. Brown. You’re probably going to start him anyway. I would if I had him. But I’m nervous. He hasn’t hit 10 fantasy points in the past three weeks, and I don’t like the Titans offense in Foxboro this week. The Patriots have a good defense, and the Titans couldn’t even beat the Texans last week. You could say that was a fluky loss, and I’d believe you, but I don’t see a lot of offense here, and Brown’s stats will suffer. He is also banged up, so there’s an injury to potentially slow him down as well. Unfortunately, even as my sit of the week, can anyone really justify sitting A.J. Brown? I don’t know, it’s crazy to think about.
Zach Milaszewski: A.J. Brown. Facing the Pats defense, AJ Brown is going to have a hard time finding success. The Patriots have the 5th best defense against wide receivers. Brown has also struggled since Derrick Henry went down with injury. In the past three weeks, Brown has yet to score 10 points. He has hit 9 points twice, it will be best to look for a different receiver this week.
Nic Cunningham: A.J. Brown. As I mentioned in my Fantasy Football Week 11 Recap, A.J. Brown was held under 10 fantasy points for the 3rd straight game, this time against the Houston Texans of all teams. His matchup with a New England Patriots defense that has recently transformed into one of the best in the NFL is certainly not appealing, and A.J. Brown’s season is quickly becoming a disappointment.
J.D. Holler: Michael Pittman Jr. Pittman does have a very favorable matchup this week against one of the league best defenses in Tampa Bay. Pittman only brought in 2 balls for a total of 23 yards against the Bills last week, which is surprising because Indianapolis put up 41 points and totally dominated in that game. Don’t expect much from Pittman this week either, as the Colts will against try to to feed the ball to running back Jonathan Taylor.
|1||Darren Waller (LV)||at DAL||2||2||1||1||3||1.8|
|2||George Kittle (SF)||vs. MIN||1||5||2||2||1||2.2|
|3||Mark Andrews (BAL)||vs. CLE||3||3||4||3||2||3.0|
|4||Dalton Schultz (DAL)||vs. LV||5||1||3||6||8||4.6|
|5||Kyle Pitts (ATL)||at JAC||4||7||5||8||5||5.8|
|6||Rob Gronkowski (TB)||at IND||6||6||6||5||6||5.8|
|7||Mike Gesicki (MIA)||vs. CAR||7||8||7||4||4||6.0|
|8||T.J. Hockenson (DET)||vs. CHI||8||4||11||7||7||7.4|
|9||Dallas Goedert (PHI)||at NYG||11||9||10||11||9||10.0|
|10||Noah Fant (DEN)||vs. LAC||15||10||8||9||10||10.4|
|11||Dawson Knox (BUF)||at NO||10||11||13||12||11||11.4|
|12||Pat Freiermuth (PIT)||at CIN||13||16||9||10||12||12.0|
|13||Tyler Higbee (LAR)||at GB||17||12||12||14||14||13.8|
|14||Dan Arnold (JAC)||vs. ATL||12||13||14||15||18||14.4|
|15||Hunter Henry (NE)||vs. TEN||9||21||18||13||13||14.8|
|16||Tyler Conklin (MIN)||at SF||16||18||15||16||15||16.0|
|17||Cole Kmet (CHI)||at DET||22||15||19||20||16||18.4|
|18||Jared Cook (LAC)||at DEN||19||25||17||20||17||19.2|
|19||Evan Engram (NYG)||vs. PHI||18||NR||16||17||21||19.6|
|20||C.J. Uzomah (CIN)||vs. PIT||21||14||23||24||20||20.4|
|21||Austin Hooper (CLE)||at BAL||24||20||20||19||19||20.4|
|22||Gerald Everett (SEA)||at WAS||23||23||21||23||23||22.6|
|23||Logan Thomas (WAS)||vs. SEA||14||NR||NR||NR||NR||23.6|
|24||Juwan Johnson (NO)||vs. BUF||NR||17||NR||NR||24||23.8|
|T25||Jonnu Smith (NE)||vs. TEN||20||24||NR||NR||NR||24.4|
|T25||David Njoku (CLE)||at BAL||NR||NR||22||22||NR||24.4|
TE Start of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: Dalton Schultz. While Schultz figures to be a solid play in all formats given the drop-off in tight end quality after the top tier guys, this “Start of the Week” pick is geared more towards PPR leagues. Both Amari Cooper (COVID) and Ceedee Lamb (concussion) have been ruled out for the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day tilt with the Las Vegas Raiders. The ball has to go somewhere, right? This week, that “somewhere” looks to be WR Michael Gallup and TE Dalton Schultz. The Raiders were already an inviting matchup for tight ends (3rd highest fppg to the TE position this season), and now Schultz will likely be a major focal point of the passing offense. Dalton Schultz is the TE 5 in my Week 12 Rankings.
Josh Limesand: Dalton Schultz. With Cooper out and most likely Ceedee Lamb as well on a short week, Michael Gallup and Dalton Schultz are in line for A LOT of targets. I love this matchup on Thanksgiving, and I think Schultz comes away with a touchdown and a lot of receptions. He had 6 catches on 8 targets last week in KC, and the Dallas offense was sputtering for most of the game. I look for Dak to get back on track, with Schultz being one of the beneficiaries.
Zach Milaszewski: Dalton Schultz. Dalton Shultz has a great matchup this week. The Raiders are the 29th ranked team defending tight ends. Shultz’s first 6 weeks were much better than his past 4 weeks. With a banged up wide receiver core, Shultz is set up to play big part in the passing game for Dallas. If you are looking for a value pick at tight end, Shultz is your guy.
Nic Cunningham: Rob Gronkowski. Finally healthy for the first time since week 3, Gronkowski caught 6 passes for 71 yards and was targeted 8 times. He is a huge red zone threat, and has a chance for a touchdown any given week. Gronkwoski is also a key target for Tom Brady, as he has been targeted 8 times in ¾ games (excluding his decoy game in week 8).
J.D. Holler: Mike Gesicki. Mike Gesicki has been one of the league’s best underlying Tight Ends this year, which is why he deserves a start this week against the Panthers. Miami and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa have finally started to figure out how to work their offense efficiently and effectively, and a main way to do that is hitting up the big man multiple times throughout the game, which Miami has excelled at.
TE Fade of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: Jared Cook. Jared Cook has not finished higher than TE11 in weeks when he has not scored a touchdown this year. He has only exceeded 56 receiving yards and 5 receptions one time and is averaging 34.6 receiving yards per game. This week, Cook and the Chargers travel to Denver to take on a Broncos defense that is allowing the second fewest fppg to the TE position over the past 4 weeks. Denver has allowed only 11 receptions, 104 yards, and 0 touchdowns to TEs over that span. Cook has been averaging 5.8 fppg since Week 8, placing him as the TE24 over that same span. I get that TE success largely hinges on touchdowns after the elite TE options, but you would likely be better off betting on someone else this week. Jared Cook is the TE19 in my Week 12 rankings.
Josh Limesand: Donald Parham and Jared Cook. This is a bothersome ranking for me, because I like both players. Furthermore, I like the matchup, AND the fact they both got 5 targets. But this is also why they are my sit of the week. I do not like the split. While watching the game against Pittsburgh, I thought Parham looked to be the better TE, but Cook is also good, and they both had the exact same amount of targets. This is too problematic for their fantasy managers. Volume is everything, and at a position that is typically touchdown-dependent anyway, you need, at the minimum, the clarity of starting a #1 guy. Sorry, boys, but even though your offense is top-notch, neither of you are starting in Week 12.
Nic Cunningham: Hunter Henry. Henry is one of the most touchdown dependent players in fantasy football. He has only gone over 42 yards 1 time this season, and has been under 40 yards in 6 straight games. However, he has caught 7 touchdowns. Against a strong Tennessee defense that will be looking to rebound after an embarrassing loss to Houston, I don’t see Henry finding the end zone this week.
J.D. Holler: Dallas Goedert. Goedert has played decent throughout the whole year, but is just not good enough to be a star tight end just yet. The Eagles tight end isn’t necessarily a bad pick this week, it’s just hard to find a place on a star studded list with great other tight ends from head to toe.
|1||Christian McCaffrey (CAR)||at MIA||RB1||1||2||2||2||1.8|
|2||Austin Ekeler (LAC)||at DEN||RB2||3||1||4||5||3.3|
|3||Jonathan Taylor (IND)||vs. TB||RB3||6||5||1||1||3.3|
|4||Cooper Kupp (LAR)||at GB||WR1||2||3||3||6||3.5|
|5||Davante Adams (GB)||vs. LAR||WR2||7||8||6||3||6.0|
|6||Dalvin Cook (MIN)||at SF||RB4||5||12||7||4||7.0|
|7||Najee Harris (PIT)||at CIN||RB5||4||13||8||7||8.0|
|8||Deebo Samuel (SF)||vs. MIN||WR3||8||9||5||14||9.0|
|9||Justin Jefferson (MIN)||at SF||WR4||12||6||10||9||9.3|
|10||D’Andre Swift (DET)||vs. CHI||RB6||9||10||14||8||10.3|
|11||Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)||vs. LV||RB7||14||4||16||11||11.3|
|12||Stefon Diggs (BUF)||at NO||WR5||10||19||13||12||13.5|
|13||Ja’Marr Chase (CIN)||vs. PIT||WR6||13||17||11||15||14.0|
|14||Nick Chubb (CLE)||at BAL||RB8||17||7||20||13||14.3|
|15||Joe Mixon (CIN)||vs. PIT||RB9||15||11||NR||10||15.5|
|16||Keenan Allen (LAC)||at DEN||WR7||18||16||12||21||16.8|
|17||James Robinson (JAC)||vs. ATL||RB10||NR||14||9||22||17.8|
|18||David Montgomery (CHI)||at DET||RB11||11||21||NR||17||18.8|
|19||A.J. Dillon (GB)||vs. LAR||RB12||16||NR||17||16||18.8|
|20||Chris Godwin (TB)||at IND||WR8||20||NR||15||24||21.3|
|21||Darrell Henderson Jr. (LAR)||at GB||RB13||23||15||NR||23||21.8|
|22||Mike Evans (TB)||at IND||WR9||21||NR||24||18||22.3|
|23||Saquon Barkley (NYG)||vs. PHI||RB14||NR||NR||19||20||22.8|
|T24||Darren Waller (LV)||at DAL||TE1||NR||23||22||25||24.0|
|T24||Dalton Schultz (DAL)||vs. LV||TE2||NR||18||NR||NR||24.0|
|T24||D.K. Metcalf (SEA)||at WAS||WR10||NR||NR||18||NR||24.0|
|1||New England Patriots||vs. TEN||3||2||3||1||1||2.0|
|2||Chicago Bears||at DET||2||4||2||2||2||2.4|
|3||Philadelphia Eagles||at NYG||4||12||8||4||6||6.8|
|4||Buffalo Bills||at NO||1||10||NR||3||7||7.4|
|5||Baltimore Ravens||vs. CLE||11||6||9||10||4||8.0|
|6||Dallas Cowboys||vs. LV||5||11||11||5||9||8.2|
|7||Carolina Panthers||at MIA||8||7||4||8||NR||8.6|
|8||Houston Texans||vs. NYJ||9||8||1||NR||11||9.0|
|9||Los Angeles Chargers||at DEN||14||3||7||NR||5||9.0|
|10||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||at IND||6||NR||14||7||3||9.2|
|11||Jacksonville Jaguars||vs. ATL||12||1||12||12||NR||10.6|
|12||Washington Football Team||vs. SEA||NR||5||6||NR||NR||11.8|
|13||Miami Dolphins||vs. CAR||7||NR||NR||14||8||12.2|
|14||Pittsburgh Steelers||at CIN||10||15||NR||6||NR||12.6|
|15||Detroit Lions||vs. CHI||15||NR||5||NR||NR||13.6|
D/ST Start of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: New England Patriots. As I have noted multiple times throughout this article already, the Patriots defense has been absolutely on fire as of late. They are the #1 D/ST since Week 8, averaging a ridiculous 18.0 fppg over that span. This week, the Pats take on a Tennessee Titans team that just gave the Texans their 2nd win of the season. To make matters worse for Tennessee, promising young WR A.J. Brown remains questionable for the game. With Derrick Henry and Julio Jones already on IR, the Titans really will be completely bereft of options should AJB miss the game. There is a considerable chance that this is another smash spot for the Patriots defense. NE checks in as the #3 ranked D/ST in my Week 12 rankings.
Josh Limesand: Washington Football Team. Without Chase Young their pass rush is nowhere near as good, but this unit beat Carolina last week. They didn’t put up a great fantasy score, but that is hard to do against Cam Newton and Christian McCaffery. I look for them to take advantage of a struggling Seattle offense that is not running the ball well. They’ll get a couple of sacks, and pick off Wilson to become a decent streaming D/ST for the week.
D/ST Fade of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: Pittsburgh Steelers. Since finishing as the 3rd D/ST in Week 1, the Steelers have only finished as a top 10 defense in one other week this season. This week, the Steelers travel to Cincinnati to take on a Bengals defense that is the 20th ranked matchup for fantasy defenses so far this season. What’s more, PIT is coming off of a -3.0 performance in Week 11, though it should be noted that T.J. Watt and Minkah Fitzpatrick, who missed last week with injuries, are expected to return to the lineup this week. That being said, CB Joe Haden is still questionable. In a matchup versus a Bengals squad that has demonstrated an ability to put up points quickly at times this year, the Steelers defense should be faded a bit this week. PIT is the 10th ranked defense in my Week 12 rankings.
Josh Limesand: Los Angeles Rams. In most weeks I love this defense. But Aaron Rodgers at home is a different story. They may get a turnover or two, but Rodgers will get his, and the Packers will put up points. He gets the ball out so fast, and Davante Adams is always open. The Rams won’t be able to slow the Pack down completely. They will need Stafford to play well if they want to steal one at Lambeau, and I’m not liking this defense as a fantasy contributor.
|1||Justin Tucker (BAL)||vs. CLE||3||6||2||3||2||3.2|
|2||Nick Folk (NE)||vs. TEN||1||1||1||1||13||3.4|
|3||Greg Zuerlein (DAL)||vs. LV||8||2||7||9||3||5.8|
|4||Tyler Bass (BUF)||at NO||2||NR||NR||2||1||7.4|
|5||Evan McPherson (CIN)||vs. PIT||7||14||6||7||9||8.6|
|6||Ryan Succop (TB)||at IND||5||5||NR||14||5||9.0|
|7||Younghoe Koo (ATL)||at JAC||6||NR||15||NR||10||9.4|
|8||Chris Boswell (PIT)||at CIN||10||7||NR||6||8||9.4|
|9||Greg Joseph (MIN)||at SF||11||4||11||12||12||10.0|
|10||Matt Gay (LAR)||at GB||4||NR||NR||10||6||10.4|
|11||Daniel Carlson (LV)||at DAL||12||11||NR||11||7||11.4|
|12||Robbie Gould (SF)||vs. MIN||NR||8||4||15||NR||11.8|
|13||Graham Gano (NYG)||vs. PHI||9||NR||NR||NR||4||12.2|
|14||Zane Gonzalez (CAR)||at MIA||13||NR||8||8||NR||12.2|
|15||Brandon McManus (DEN)||vs. LAC||15||NR||3||NR||14||12.8|
Kicker Start of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: Nick Folk. You know what they say: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I selected Nick Folk as my Kicker Start of the Week last week, and he reward my faith with a 16 point outing. I am going back to the well and picking Folk again this week. He is the #1 scoring fantasy kicker through 11 weeks and has a matchup with a Titans defense that just surrendered 22 points to Tyrod Taylor and the Houston Texans last week. The Pats’ offense has only looked better and better as Mac Jones continues to improve each week, and I expect them to be in a scoring position often against the Titans on Sunday. As I noted last week, Folk will benefit one way or another from these scoring opportunities. Nick Folk is the #1 ranked kicker in my Week 12 rankings.
Josh Limesand: Nick Folk. This is more of an apology to Folk than anything else, for him having been my “sit of the week” last week. I will not bet against him again! He had another solid outing, and I think the Pats win a game of FGs this week against the stumbling Titans at Foxboro. Nick Folk will do just fine.
Kicker Fade of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: Randy Bullock. I have really beat the NE vs. TEN matchup to death in this article, haven’t I? It just seems that all of the stars are aligning for a New England blowout, which means that, in true fantasy football fashion, things will probably go completely against expectation and cause me to miss every single prediction this week. That being said, I am still going to follow the stats. Bullock is coming off of a 1 point performance in which he missed an extra point and didn’t attempt a FG. This week is a much more difficult matchup for the TEN offense as a whole, especially with their offense being so banged up. The Titans, and by extension Bullock, may not be in the position to score much this week. Bullock did not crack the top 15 kickers in my Week 12 rankings.
Josh Limesand: Mason Crosby. I think I heard during the Vikings/Packers game that Crosby has missed like 8 or 9 FGs this year. He is normally solid, but there is something going on here. I think he’ll miss an XP and a FG early, and then Rodgers and LaFleur will just go for two the rest of the game.
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