Week 12 Rankings

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After finishing in the Top 10 in FantasyPros’ 2012 Expert Accuracy Competition, I’m back in the Top 10 this season. Here are my rankings for Week 12.

Quarterbacks

Rank Player Matchup
1 Drew Brees – NO at Atl
2 Peyton Manning – Den at NE
3 Matthew Stafford – Det vs. TB
4 Tom Brady – NE vs. Den
5 Cam Newton – Car at Mia
6 Tony Romo – Dal at NYG
7 Colin Kaepernick – SF at Was
8 Case Keenum – Hou vs. Jac
9 Andrew Luck – Ind at Ari
10 Robert Griffin – Was vs. SF
11 Eli Manning – NYG vs. Dal
12 Alex Smith – KC vs. SD
13 Josh McCown – Chi at StL
14 Ben Roethlisberger – Pit at Cle
15 Matt Ryan – Atl vs. NO
16 Carson Palmer – Ari vs. Ind
17 Philip Rivers – SD at KC
18 Scott Tolzien – GB vs. Min
19 Joe Flacco – Bal vs. NYJ
20 Mike Glennon – TB at Det
21 Ryan Fitzpatrick – Ten at Oak
22 Jason Campbell – Cle vs. Pit
23 Kellen Clemens – StL vs. Chi
24 Ryan Tannehill – Mia vs. Car
25 Geno Smith – NYJ at Bal
26 Christian Ponder – Min at GB
27 Chad Henne – Jac at Hou
28 Matt McGloin – Oak vs. Ten

Peyton Manning may be the number one quarterback this season, but Drew Brees gets the edge this week due to his matchup with a Falcons’ squad that is struggling to stop everyone… Tom Brady’s up-and-down year will continue when he is forced to match points with the Broncos’ video game offense. Brady will be up for the challenge, so start him with confidence… Cam Newton is proving that he can be a reliable fantasy starter. The Dolphins’ pass defense is legit, but that won’t stop Newton from producing… Eli Manning has played better recently and he will need his best effort of the season if the Giants are going to continue to make up ground in the NFC East. He’s flirting with QB1 status again… Philip Rivers has a tough matchup with the Chiefs, so hopefully you have another option to turn to this week.

Running Backs

Rank Player Matchup
1 Matt Forte – Chi at StL
2 Jamaal Charles – KC vs. SD
3 Zac Stacy – StL vs. Chi
4 Andre Brown – NYG vs. Dal
5 Ben Tate – Hou vs. Jac
6 Adrian Peterson – Min at GB
7 Eddie Lacy – GB vs. Min
8 Frank Gore – SF at Was
9 Knowshon Moreno – Den at NE
10 Reggie Bush – Det vs. TB
11 Rashad Jennings – Oak vs. Ten
12 Alfred Morris – Was vs. SF
13 Chris Johnson – Ten at Oak
14 Le’Veon Bell – Pit at Cle
15 Pierre Thomas – NO at Atl
16 Maurice Jones-Drew – Jac at Hou
17 DeMarco Murray – Dal at NYG
18 Stevan Ridley – NE vs. Den
19 Bobby Rainey – TB at Det
20 Shane Vereen – NE vs. Den
21 Ray Rice – Bal vs. NYJ
22 Danny Woodhead – SD at KC
23 Donald Brown – Ind at Ari
24 Chris Ivory – NYJ at Bal
25 Ryan Mathews – SD at KC
26 Chris Ogbonnaya – Cle vs. Pit
27 Joique Bell – Det vs. TB
28 Andre Ellington – Ari vs. Ind
29 Steven Jackson – Atl vs. NO
30 Rashard Mendenhall – Ari vs. Ind
31 Darren Sproles – NO at Atl
32 DeAngelo Williams – Car at Mia
33 Lamar Miller – Mia vs. Car
34 Trent Richardson – Ind at Ari
35 Jacquizz Rodgers – Atl vs. NO
36 Brian Leonard – TB at Det
37 Shonn Greene – Ten at Oak
38 Mark Ingram – NO at Atl
39 Mike Tolbert – Car at Mia
40 Jonathan Stewart – Car at Mia
41 Montee Ball – Den at NE
42 Bilal Powell – NYJ at Bal
43 Roy Helu – Was vs. SF
44 Daniel Thomas – Mia vs. Car
45 James Starks – GB vs. Min
46 Kendall Hunter – SF at Was
47 Fozzy Whittaker – Cle vs. Pit
48 Bernard Pierce – Bal vs. NYJ
49 Willis McGahee – Cle vs. Pit
50 Marcel Reece – Oak vs. Ten
51 Brandon Jacobs – NYG vs. Dal
52 Dennis Johnson – Hou vs. Jac
53 LeGarrette Blount – NE vs. Den
54 Toby Gerhart – Min at GB
55 Benny Cunningham – StL vs. Chi
56 Michael Bush – Chi at StL
57 Joseph Randle – Dal at NYG
58 Knile Davis – KC vs. SD
59 Jordan Todman – Jac at Hou
60 Jonathan Dwyer – Pit at Cle

Zac Stacy is facing a Bears’ defense that makes ever running back look like a Pro Bowler. They even brought Ray Rice back to life last week… Keep an eye on Adrian Peterson’s status this week. If you own him, you may want to get Toby Gerhart on your bench just in case… Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram are both higher than usual due to a great matchup and the potential that Darren Sproles misses Thursday night’s game… Shane Vereen is a Top 20 back this week and he will likely continue to be so for the rest of the season. Stevan Ridley remains one fumbled away from a permanent spot on the bench…  Bobby Rainey also cracks the Top 20 after his monster Week 11 performance… Ray Rice may have looked like his old self last week, but he will fall back to Earth against a stifling Jets’ run defense… Shonn Greene and Kendall Hunter are backups that have an excellent chance of finding the end zone this week.

Wide Receivers

Rank Player Matchup
1 Calvin Johnson – Det vs. TB
2 Vincent Jackson – TB at Det
3 Andre Johnson – Hou vs. Jac
4 Brandon Marshall – Chi at StL
5 Demaryius Thomas – Den at NE
6 Dez Bryant – Dal at NYG
7 Jordy Nelson – GB vs. Min
8 Victor Cruz – NYG vs. Dal
9 Pierre Garcon – Was vs. SF
10 Alshon Jeffery – Chi at StL
11 Josh Gordon – Cle vs. Pit
12 Wes Welker – Den at NE
13 T.Y. Hilton – Ind at Ari
14 Antonio Brown – Pit at Cle
15 Torrey Smith – Bal vs. NYJ
16 Eric Decker – Den at NE
17 Marques Colston – NO at Atl
18 Larry Fitzgerald – Ari vs. Ind
19 Danny Amendola – NE vs. Den
20 Kendall Wright – Ten at Oak
21 Michael Floyd – Ari vs. Ind
22 Cecil Shorts – Jac at Hou
23 Keenan Allen – SD at KC
24 Harry Douglas – Atl vs. NO
25 Jarrett Boykin – GB vs. Min
26 Aaron Dobson – NE vs. Den
27 Roddy White – Atl vs. NO
28 Dwayne Bowe – KC vs. SD
29 Hakeem Nicks – NYG vs. Dal
30 Steve Smith – Car at Mia
31 Anquan Boldin – SF at Was
32 Mike Wallace – Mia vs. Car
33 James Jones – GB vs. Min
34 Rueben Randle – NYG vs. Dal
35 Terrance Williams – Dal at NYG
36 Emmanuel Sanders – Pit at Cle
37 Brian Hartline – Mia vs. Car
38 DeAndre Hopkins – Hou vs. Jac
39 Brandon LaFell – Car at Mia
40 Santonio Holmes – NYJ at Bal
41 Denarius Moore – Oak vs. Ten
42 Rishard Matthews – Mia vs. Car
43 Jerricho Cotchery – Pit at Cle
44 Rod Streater – Oak vs. Ten
45 Tiquan Underwood – TB at Det
46 Greg Jennings – Min at GB
47 Chris Givens – StL vs. Chi
48 Kenny Stills – NO at Atl
49 Marlon Brown – Bal vs. NYJ
50 Nate Burleson – Det vs. TB
51 Dexter McCluster – KC vs. SD
52 Miles Austin – Dal at NYG
53 Nate Washington – Ten at Oak
54 Kris Durham – Det vs. TB
55 Mike Brown – Jac at Hou
56 Greg Little – Cle vs. Pit
57 Lance Moore – NO at Atl
58 David Nelson – NYJ at Bal
59 Tavon Austin – StL vs. Chi
60 Eddie Royal – SD at KC
61 Donnie Avery – KC vs. SD
62 Mario Manningham – SF at Was
63 Andre Roberts – Ari vs. Ind
64 Vincent Brown – SD at KC
65 Darrius Heyward-Bey – Ind at Ari
66 Cordarrelle Patterson – Min at GB
67 Ted Ginn – Car at Mia
68 Tandon Doss – Bal vs. NYJ
69 Santana Moss – Was vs. SF
70 Julian Edelman – NE vs. Den
71 Austin Pettis – StL vs. Chi
72 Jacoby Jones – Bal vs. NYJ
73 Devier Posey – Hou vs. Jac
74 Justin Hunter – Ten at Oak
75 Kenbrell Thompkins – NE vs. Den

Dez Bryant will likely play this week, but his health could be an issue in terms of his production… We’ve learned that you are safe to start Jordy Nelson regardless of who the quarterback is… Alshon Jeffery is quickly becoming a fantasy star. He is a WR1 this week… Torrey Smith looks like a great play this week against a surprisingly generous Jets’ secondary… Marques Colston has found his way back into our hearts with his recent performances… Keenan Allen avoided a serious injury, but his matchup with the Chiefs is less than ideal… Chris Givens is a name I keep coming back to this week. Maybe I’m still in denial, but I feel like he has a big game in him.

Tight Ends

Rank Player Matchup
1 Rob Gronkowski – NE vs. Den
2 Jimmy Graham – NO at Atl
3 Julius Thomas – Den at NE
4 Vernon Davis – SF at Was
5 Jason Witten – Dal at NYG
6 Tony Gonzalez – Atl vs. NO
7 Coby Fleener – Ind at Ari
8 Antonio Gates – SD at KC
9 Jordan Cameron – Cle vs. Pit
10 Delanie Walker – Ten at Oak
11 Jordan Reed – Was vs. SF
12 Garrett Graham – Hou vs. Jac
13 Martellus Bennett – Chi at StL
14 Greg Olsen – Car at Mia
15 John Carlson – Min at GB
16 Heath Miller – Pit at Cle
17 Rob Housler – Ari vs. Ind
18 Charles Clay – Mia vs. Car
19 Brandon Pettigrew – Det vs. TB
20 Tim Wright – TB at Det
21 Jared Cook – StL vs. Chi
22 Dallas Clark – Bal vs. NYJ
23 Anthony Fasano – KC vs. SD
24 Marcedes Lewis – Jac at Hou
25 Jeff Cumberland – NYJ at Bal
26 Brandon Myers – NYG vs. Dal
27 Andrew Quarless – GB vs. Min
28 Mychal Rivera – Oak vs. Ten
29 Ladarius Green – SD at KC
30 Ed Dickson – Bal vs. NYJ

After Gronkowski and Graham you can make an argument for any tight end between No. 3 and No. 17… Jordan Cameron is still ranked as TE1, but another bad week could send him down the list… Delanie Walker will continue to benefit from Ryan Fitzpatrick’s decision making… Jordan Reed (concussion) is ranked low due to the potential that he doesn’t play.

Kickers

Rank Player Matchup
1 Matt Prater – Den at NE
2 Stephen Gostkowski – NE vs. Den
3 Garrett Hartley – NO at Atl
4 Justin Tucker – Bal vs. NYJ
5 Dan Bailey – Dal at NYG
6 Ryan Succop – KC vs. SD
7 Mason Crosby – GB vs. Min
8 David Akers – Det vs. TB
9 Phil Dawson – SF at Was
10 Nick Novak – SD at KC
11 Nick Folk – NYJ at Bal
12 Robbie Gould – Chi at StL
13 Adam Vinatieri – Ind at Ari
14 Graham Gano – Car at Mia
15 Randy Bullock – Hou vs. Jac
16 Rob Bironas – Ten at Oak
17 Kai Forbath – Was vs. SF
18 Jay Feely – Ari vs. Ind
19 Matt Bryant – Atl vs. NO
20 Blair Walsh – Min at GB
21 Shaun Suisham – Pit at Cle
22 Josh Brown – NYG vs. Dal
23 Rian Lindell – TB at Det
24 Billy Cundiff – Cle vs. Pit
25 Greg Zuerlein – StL vs. Chi
26 Sebastian Janikowski – Oak vs. Ten
27 Caleb Sturgis – Mia vs. Car
28 Josh Scobee – Jac at Hou

Defenses

Rank Team Matchup
1 Kansas City Chiefs – KC vs. SD
2 Carolina Panthers – Car at Mia
3 Baltimore Ravens – Bal vs. NYJ
4 New Orleans Saints – NO at Atl
5 Houston Texans – Hou vs. Jac
6 Tennessee Titans – Ten at Oak
7 San Francisco 49ers – SF at Was
8 Green Bay Packers – GB vs. Min
9 Arizona Cardinals – Ari vs. Ind
10 New York Jets – NYJ at Bal
11 Indianapolis Colts – Ind at Ari
12 Cleveland Browns – Cle vs. Pit
13 Pittsburgh Steelers – Pit at Cle
14 St. Louis Rams – StL vs. Chi
15 Chicago Bears – Chi at StL
16 Detroit Lions – Det vs. TB
17 Denver Broncos – Den at NE
18 Dallas Cowboys – Dal at NYG
19 New York Giants – NYG vs. Dal
20 San Diego Chargers – SD at KC
21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – TB at Det
22 Miami Dolphins – Mia vs. Car
23 Oakland Raiders – Oak vs. Ten
24 Washington Redskins – Was vs. SF
25 Minnesota Vikings – Min at GB
26 New England Patriots – NE vs. Den
27 Jacksonville Jaguars – Jac at Hou
28 Atlanta Falcons – Atl vs. NO