Fantasy Football Rankings Week 12: Sleepers, starts, sits | Latavius Murray, Demarcus Robinson and others
What do the fantasy football rankings bring in Week 12? A contribution to the Thanksgiving party. Well, more than the 10 worst Thanksgiving side dishes, but while we’re debating whether cranberry sauce is food, let’s give you some sleep for Week 12, plus the final buys and sells of the NFL season.
*** Oh! And, we might find a solution to the ranking widget problem using Fantasy Nation (via Football Diehards). All three scoreboards are working and editable (unlike before), and the widget will let you scroll on Android (browser) without using two fingers! YAY! ***
Disclaimers | The real SOS ranking list
Fantasy Football 101 (starts, sits, trades, more)
Everything in football (video pod)
2022 Week 12 Fantasy Football Sleepers
🚨 WARNING 🚨 These are sleepers. It won’t mimic my ranking 100%. This runs the gamut and often carries more risk.
POSSIBLE STARTER: Geno Smith, SEA — Russell Wilson’s poor performance in Week 11 was the first time a quarterback didn’t throw for a touchdown or average 16.7 points against the Raiders. In fact, Wilson managed 26.4 in the first game with the Raiders, and Davis Mills and Andy Dalton managed to throw two touchdowns in their games. Smith has 2+ touchdowns in all but two games, including four straight against the Seahawks.
POSSIBLE STARTER: Latavius Murray, DEN — As mentioned on waivers, this backfield is now almost all Murray, and while the offense still can’t get out of its way, the bell tower work has value. Sure, there’s a low floor, but the game helps, as the Panthers were the ones responsible for Joe Mixon’s crazy Week 9. They also allowed the likes of Darrell Henderson, Tyler Allgeier and Tevin Coleman — yes, you read that right — to score 12+ points.
HAIL MARY START: Raheem Mostert, MIA — What do these back scores look like: 10.0, 11.3, 11.8, 15.3, 22.5, 35.0, 35.3? Those seven have come in the past five games against the Texans…just five! So while Jeff Wilson is now the leading scorer for the Dolphins, Raheem Mostert has enough upside to reach double figures in the same game, just like Dontrell Hilliard and Kenneth Gainwell did.
POSSIBLE START: Drake London, ATL — With Kyle Pitts done for the year, Marcus Mariota should rely on London 50% of the time. The problem is that would still only average 11 goals per week. However, even though the Commanders have played better, they still provide the 10th most favorable matchup in the wider week in Week 12. Brandin Cooks went 6-3-70-0 last week, and while that can’t be tripped up, it’s still serviceable if you’re thin at receiver.
POSSIBLE STARTER: Allen Robinson, LAR — Assuming John Wolford is at quarterback, Robinson has the big game of the Cooks/London team. He also has the best matchup of the week with the Chiefs forcing opponents to play catch-up while also being vulnerable to the pass. Just like London, it’s a risky game, but Josh Palmer and Keenan Allen had big games last week, while Christian Kirk was good in Week 10, plus Zay Jones went 10-8-68-0 in the same game.
HAIL MARY START: Demarcus Robinson, BAL — As mentioned on waivers, maybe Robinson is the answer for the Ravens receivers? Maybe the Jaguars matchup is the answer to what is bothering Lamar Jackson? Since Week 6 (five games), the Jaguars have given up seven in double figures, including Michael Pittman and Parris Campbell (same game), Darius Slayton, Jerry Jeudy and another pair of teammates in Marquez-Valdes Scantling and Kadarius Toney. In Robinson’s two games with eight and nine targets, he’s 6-for-64 (9.4 ppg) and 9-for-128 (17.3 ppg), respectively, so here’s hoping Jackson throws a few more his way .
HAIL MARY START: Foster Moreau, LV — If no one has yet told you to start tight ends against the Seahawks, let’s make that right. Even if you take out Taysom Hill’s performance against them, the Seahawks are still allowing 10.4 FPPG in opposing yards per receiver, plus five touchdowns. With Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow gone from the lineup, Moreau has TE1 upside if he can repeat his performance in Week 10 (3-43-1 looks pretty easy this week).
Fun with ranking!
Top 10 Worst Thanksgiving Side Dishes
It’s food week again… well, of course Thanksgiving is here. And, I’ve already ranked the best of Thanksgiving, so now it’s time for the worst!
- Ambrosia salad — I don’t know which unicorn fairy banished to hell thought of this, but this fruit is nightmare fuel.
- Salad, salad — Salad? Who struggles to eat healthy on Thanksgiving or wants to waste time with a salad to start? Just get to the good stuff!
- Improved vegetable tray — The laziest side dish — aka, your poor friend who spent five minutes and dollars bringing their “contribution to the party”… who don’t even eat while gobbling up all the good stuff — and you have this.
- Soup — Like the salad, why do we waste time on things before the meal. Nobody is sick. Keep food on the water out of Thanksgiving!
- Coleslaw — I love coleslaw, but it has no place or importance on Thanksgiving.
- Creamy spinach — Is this a dip? It’s not an attachment, that’s for sure. It’s more like when my dog ate pieces of a green toy and threw it up.
- Cranberry sauce — This is going to get the most hate because I know many who absolutely love this red, gelatinous, blob of “fruit”.
- Corn – Corn on the cob? Of course. But that’s the baking/cooking side. Corn flakes, or worse… in pudding… is disgusting.
- Sweet Potato Casserole — Let’s add another kind of mashed potato, but one with an almost sickly texture, and then put marshmallows on top? This is not cereal or campfire. Note: I actually like sliced sweet potatoes with a syrup/brown sugar glaze (no marshmallow though). I guess it’s technically a candied yam?
- Green Bean Casserole — How can we make green beans even worse? Put the soup on them! Creamy — often mushroom — soup and crunchy onions make them better? Bleh.
BUYS AND SELLS
With the trade deadline this week for many, I’ll list some of the best and worst SOS for the playoffs (only)
He is shopping
- Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, SF — 1 st
- Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB — 8
- Alvin Kamara, RB, NO — 2
- Isiah Pacheco, RB, KC — 4
- Jonathan Taylor, RB, IND — 6
- George Pickens, WR, PIT — 3rd
- Allen Lazard, WR, GB — 4
- DJ Moore, WR, CAR — 5th: if they move away from Mayfield
- Greg Dulcich, TE, DEN — 4
- Trevor Lawrence, QB, JAX — 32
- Joe Burrow, QB, CIN — 30
- Josh Jacobs, RB, LV — 32
- Nick Chubb, RB, CLE — 29
- Jeff Wilson, RB, MIA — 27
- Christian Kirk, WR, JAX — 32
- Allen Robinson, WR, LAR — 30
- Tee Higgins, WR, CIN — 29
Week 12 Fantasy Football Projections
🚨 HEADS UP 🚨 They may differ from mine and my ranks ranks are the order I would start players outside of additional context, such as “The highest increase is required, even if it is risky”. Also, based on 4 point TD for QB, 6 point rest and Half-PPR
***These are NO updated sunday morning FYI***
Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings
🚨 HEADS UP 🚨
- We may have found a solution to the ranking widget problem using Fantasy Nation (via Football Diehards). All three scoreboards are working and editable (unlike before), and the widget will let you scroll on Android (browser) without using two fingers! YAY!
- It’s updated regularly, so check back until the line-up is locked.
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