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Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings - The Blueprint

Nov 26th 2022

Hayden Winks

Every site has a fantasy football rankings column. None of them will be as charted up on a Thursday afternoon up as this one. I'll go position-by-position with the charts, matchup notes, film, and injury nuggets that I view as worth your time.

Note: This is an abbreviated Blueprint because of the holiday. We'll be back to greatness for the home stretch.

Week 12 QB Rankings

  1. Josh Allen @ DET (32.0 team total, -9.5 spread)

  2. Patrick Mahomes vs. LAR (28.75, -15.5)

  3. Jalen Hurts vs. GB (26.5, -6.5)

  4. Tua Tagovailoa vs. HOU (30.5, -14.0) - Elite team total.

  5. Dak Prescott vs. NYJ (27.75, -10)

  6. Justin Herbert @ ARI (25.5, -2.5) - He looks healthier now.

  7. Lamar Jackson @ JAC (23.5, -3.5) - No LT Ronnie Stanley.

  8. Jimmy Garoppolo vs. NO (26.0, -9.0) - Can't fade this team total.

  9. Geno Smith vs. LV (25.75, -4.0)

  10. Joe Burrow @ TEN (23.0, -2.5)

  11. Tom Brady @ CLE (23.0, -3.5)

  12. Kyler Murray vs. LAC (23.0, +2.5) - Unlikely to run as normal.

  13. Kirk Cousins vs. NE (22.25, -3.0)

  14. Jared Goff vs. BUF (22.5, +9.5)

  15. Derek Carr @ SEA (21.75, +4.0)

  16. Trevor Lawrence vs. BAL (20.0, +3.5)

  17. Taylor Heinicke vs. ATL (22.25, -4.0)

  18. Jacoby Brissett vs. TB (19.5, +3.5)

  19. Marcus Mariota @ WAS (18.25, +4.0) - No Kyle Pitts.

  20. Daniel Jones @ DAL (17.75, +10.0)

  21. Mike White vs. CHI (22.25, -6.0) - In-game benching risk.

  22. Aaron Rodgers @ PHI (20.0, +6.5)

  23. Russell Wilson @ CAR (18.75, -1.5)

  24. Kenny Pickett @ IND (18.25, +2.5)

  25. Matt Ryan vs. PIT (20.75, -2.5)

  26. Ryan Tannehill vs. CIN (20.5, +2.5)

  27. Mac Jones @ MIN (19.25, +3.0)

  28. Sam Darnold vs. DEN (17.25, +1.5)

  29. Kyle Allen @ MIA (16.5, +14.0)

  30. Andy Dalton @ SF (17.0, +9.0) - In-game benching risk.

  31. Trevor Siemian @ NYJ (16.25, +6.0) - Justin Fields seems unlikely to play.

  32. Bryce Perkins @ KC (13.25, +15.5) - I think the lowest team total of the year.

Week 12 RB Rankings

Read the player notes here. Rankings below are half PPR.

  1. Austin Ekeler

  2. Christian McCaffrey

  3. Derrick Henry

  4. Jonathan Taylor

  5. Kenneth Walker

  6. Travis Etienne

  7. Nick Chubb

  8. Jeff Wilson - No Raheem Mostert with a team total of 30 points.

  9. Saquon Barkley

  10. Rhamondre Stevenson

  11. Josh Jacobs (Questionable) - Added to injury report on Friday with a calf injury but will play.

  12. Dalvin Cook

  13. James Conner

  14. Alvin Kamara - Mark Ingram (limitedx3) is nearing a return.

  15. Najee Harris - Jaylen Warren (hamstring) is out.

  16. Aaron Jones

  17. Rachaad White - No Leonard Fournette. Let's ride.

  18. Tony Pollard

  19. Samaje Perine - Chris Evans will play and spell Perine a bit, but last week's usage was very promising.

  20. David Montgomery - No Justin Fields.

  21. Michael Carter - More checkdowns from Mike White.

  22. Dameon Pierce

  23. Jamaal Williams

  24. Devin Singletary

  25. Miles Sanders - Usage is down with Boston Scott.

  26. Ezekiel Elliott

  27. Isiah Pacheco - Ronald Jones will fill in for CEH (IR).

  28. Antonio Gibson

  29. Cordarrelle Patterson

  30. Latavius Murray

  31. D'Andre Swift

  32. Elijah Mitchell

  33. D'Onta Foreman

  34. Brian Robinson

  35. Damien Harris

  36. Gus Edwards - Full practices on Thursday and Friday.

  37. Kenyan Drake - Gus Edwards likely to return after full practices.

  38. Jerick McKinnon

  39. Cam Akers

  40. Kyren Williams

Week 12 WR Rankings

Read the player notes here. Rankings below are half PPR.

  1. Tyreek Hill - Texans CB1 Derek Stingley is out.

  2. Davante Adams - No Waller or Renfrow. Now Jacobs is questionable.

  3. Stefon Diggs

  4. Justin Jefferson

  5. Amon-Ra St. Brown

  6. CeeDee Lamb

  7. Jaylen Waddle - Dolphins team total is above 30 points.

  8. DeAndre Hopkins - Hollywood Brown could return on limited snaps. Kyler is expected back.

  9. Tee Higgins

  10. Keenan Allen - No Big Mike and Keenan looked healthy last week. Cardinals CB Byron Murphy is out.

  11. Chris Godwin - This is a bet on him improving post-bye.

  12. Mike Evans - Browns CB2 Greg Newsome remains out. Denzel Ward has underwhelmed.

  13. A.J. Brown

  14. DK Metcalf

  15. Amari Cooper

  16. Christian Kirk

  17. JuJu Smith-Schuster - He should be back to 100%.

  18. Chris Olave

  19. Gabe Davis

  20. Brandon Aiyuk - Deebo is dealing with a hamstring.

  21. Terry McLaurin

  22. Tyler Lockett

  23. Garrett Wilson - Mike White and Joe Flacco are upgrades over Zach Wilson for all Jets skill players. The Bears (tanking) defense is without S Jaquon Brisker and CB Kyler Gordon, too. Buy low.

  24. Joshua Palmer - No Big Mike.

  25. Tyler Boyd

  26. Michael Pittman

  27. Deebo Samuel (Questionable) - Limited all week.

  28. DeVonta Smith

  29. Allen Lazard

  30. Christian Watson

  31. Jakobi Meyers

  32. Drake London - No Kyle Pitts helps London's targets.

  33. Demarcus Robinson - Duvernay (hamstring) is questionable, and Robinson has been the more consistent full-time player.

  34. Courtland Sutton - Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler are out.

  35. DJ Moore

  36. George Pickens

  37. Treylon Burks - WR3 snaps in Tennessee but highest upside without question.

  38. Donovan Peoples-Jones

  39. Darius Slayton

  40. Nico Collins

  41. Curtis Samuel

  42. Diontae Johnson

  43. Parris Campbell

  44. Adam Thielen

  45. Terrace Marshall

  46. Brandin Cooks - Benched Davis Mills for Heinicke-like Kyle Allen.

  47. Darnell Mooney - Expecting no Justin Fields.

  48. Michael Gallup

  49. Marquise Brown (Questionable) - Expected to play but on limited snaps. No Rondale Moore or Greg Dortch.

  50. Marquez Valdes-Scantling - No Kadarius Toney and Mecole Hardman.

  51. Justin Watson - Played 40-of-41 dropbacks last week with JuJu out. Will be a part of WR rotation in Week 12 as the most physical option.

  52. Isaiah McKenzie

  53. Jarvis Landry

  54. Zay Jones

  55. Mack Hollins

  56. Julio Jones

  57. Jahan Dotson

  58. Skyy Moore - No Kadarius Toney and Mecole Hardman.

  59. Devin Duvernay (Questionable) - Added to the injury report on Friday with a hamstring injury.

Week 12 TE Rankings

Read the player notes here. Rankings below are half PPR.

  1. Travis Kelce

  2. Mark Andrews - Isaiah Likely added to injury report (ankle) on Friday. Same with Duvernay (hamstring).

  3. T.J. Hockenson

  4. George Kittle

  5. Dalton Schultz

  6. Pat Freiermuth

  7. Dawson Knox

  8. David Njoku - He'll play more (ankle) this week.

  9. Gerald Everett

  10. Greg Dulcich

  11. Foster Moreau

  12. Cole Kmet

  13. Hayden Hurst

  14. Mike Gesicki

  15. Juwan Johnson

  16. Taysom Hill

  17. Evan Engram

  18. Hunter Henry

  19. Logan Thomas (Questionable)

  20. Tyler Conklin

  21. Trey McBride - No sign of him being good yet.

  22. Robert Tonyan

  23. Noah Fant

  24. Tyler Higbee (Questionable) - Unserious 13.25 team total, and DNP-limited-limited in practice.

  25. Austin Hooper

Week 12 Fantasy Defenses For Sickos

The defenses of the week are the Chiefs, Jets, Cowboys, 49ers, Dolphins, Broncos, and Colts.

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