Week 12 Player Rankings

By Mike Cannici

QB Rankings

1.       Drew Brees @ DAL

2.       Michael Vick @ CHI

3.       Aaron Rodgers @ ATL

4.       Peyton Manning vs. SD

5.       Phillip Rivers @ IND

6.       Tom Brady @ DET

7.       Kyle Orton vs. STL

8.       Matt Ryan vs. GB

9.       Shaun Hill vs. NE

10.   Ben Roethlisberger @ BUF

11.   Mark Sanchez vs. CIN- Sanchez has been solid as of late, and the way Cincy has been struggling, I can’t imagine Sanchez putting up a stinker at home Thursday night.

12.   Jon Kitna vs. NO

13.   Matt Cassel @ SEA- Cassel has been lights out lately and gets another risky pass defense this Sunday.

14.   Eli Manning vs. JAX-Manning has now lost his top two receivers in Nicks and Smith, but faces one of the league’s worst pass defenses so should still post some solid numbers at home.

15.   Matt Schaub vs.TEN

16.   Brett Favre @ WAS-Favre has been up and down, but could have same effect as Kitna following coaching change and light up the shaky Redskins pass defense who is likely to be without star safety Laron Landry.

17.   Donavan McNabb vs. MIN

18.   Joe Flacco vs. TB

19.   David Garrard @ NYG

20.   Josh Freeman @ BAL

21.   Sam Bradford @ DEN

22.   Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. PIT

23.   Jay Cutler vs. PHI

24.   Carson Palmer @ NYJ

25.   Rusty Smith @ HOU- I know most of you have never heard of Smith before last week and neither have I, but he faces the league’s worst pass defense and I can’t possibly rank him lower than this.

26.   Matt Hasselback vs. KC

27.   Troy Smith @ ARI

28.   Derek Anderson vs. SF

29.   Jason Campbell vs. MIA

30.   Tyler Thigpen @ OAK

31.   Browns QB’s vs. CAR- McCoy likely to be out with high ankle sprain, Seneca Wallace likely to start.

32.   Jimmy Clausen @ CLE

RB Rankings

1.       Arian Foster vs. TEN

2.       Frank Gore @ ARI

3.       Chris Johnson @ HOU

4.       Peyton Hillis vs. CAR

5.       Adrian Peterson @ WAS

6.       Knowshon Moreno vs. STL

7.       Rashard Mendenhall @ BUF

8.       Michael Turner vs. GB

9.       Steven Jackson @ DEN

10.   Ray Rice vs. TB

11.   Ahmad Bradshaw vs. JAX- Because of fumbling issues, Jacobs will get the start, which is why I have to put Bradshaw right outside my top 10. Ahmad should still have the better overall day though.

12.   Jamaal Charles @ SEA

13.   Maurice Jones-Drew @ NYG- The Giants have been great against the run, and until the final quarter Sunday night, held Lesean McCoy to just 9 carries for 13 yards.

14.   LaDainian Tomlinson vs. CIN

15.   Darren McFadden vs. MIA

16.   Mike Tolbert @ IND- Had a big game against Denver Monday night, I wouldn’t be shocked if he ran all over the suspect Colts defense as well.

17.   Matt Forte vs. PHI

18.   LeSean McCoy @ CHI- Chicago is third in the league against the run, still makes for solid RB2

19.   Keiland Williams vs. MIN- Will get bulk of carries again and especially valuable in PPR leagues.

20.   LaGarrette Blount @ BAL- The Ravens run defense is a little overrated in my opinion and Blount should be able to find some openings as well as the end zone on at least one occasion.

21.   Donald Brown vs. SD- Looked better last week and if Addai sits again this week, Brown could put up some low end RB2 numbers as he did last week.

22.   BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ DET

23.   Shonne Greene vs. CIN

24.   Maurice Morris vs. NE- Likely to start for Jahvid Best and is a decent flex play.

25.   Cedric Benson @ NYJ

26.   Felix Jones vs. NO

27.   Jonathan Stewart @ CLE- Looks like he’ll return Sunday but has a tough matchup against the underrated Browns defense.

28.   Beanie Wells vs. SF- I think this will be the week he finally gets a healthy amount of carries and posts flex numbers at the very least.

29.   Brandon Jackson @ ATL

30.   Fred Jackson vs. PIT- Facing the league’s best run defense, bump him up a few spots in PPR leagues though.

31.   Marshawn Lynch vs. KC

32.   Ronnie Brown @ OAK

33.   Brandon Jacobs vs. JAX- With Bradshaw’s fumbling issues, Jacobs will get the start, but I still like Bradshaw to put up the better numbers.

34.   Thomas Jones @ SEA- I Don’t see a huge yardage game out of Jones, but should be able to find the end zone on at least one occasion.

35.   Chris Ivory @ DAL

36.   Danny Woodhead @ DET- Like him a lot again this week especially in PPR leagues.

37.   Darren Sproles @ IND

38.   Ricky Williams @ OAK

39.   Mike Goodson @ CLE- With J. Stewart expected to back, Goodson will likely only see 10-12 touches.

40.   Justin Forsett vs. KC

41.   Michael Bush vs. MIA

42.   Reggie Bush @ DAL- Wouldn’t look for more than 10-12 touches here, but could break one long if he is fully healthy. I’d take the wait and see approach on starting him this week.

43.   Tim Hightower vs. SF

44.   Marion Barber vs. NO

45.   Willis McGahee vs. TB

46.   Cadillac Williams @ BAL- Stole a touchdown from Blount last week on a draw play, could sneak one in again, in desperation, especially in PPR leagues you can give him a go.

47.   Jason Snelling vs. GB

48.   Dmitri Nance @ ATL

49.   Chester Taylor vs. PHI

50.   Bernard Scott @ NY

WR Rankings

1.       Roddy White vs. GB

2.       Calvin Johnson vs. NE

3.       Brandon Lloyd vs. STL

4.       Dwayne Bowe @ SEA

5.       Reggie Wayne vs. SD

6.       Andre Johnson vs. TEN

7.       Larry Fitzgerald vs. SF

8.       Mario Manningham vs. JAX- Giants are without Nicks and Smith so Manningham is now the guy and facing a terrible pass D at home, Manningham is a solid WR1 this week that your probably playing as a WR3.

9.       Greg Jennings @ ATL

10.   Santonio Holmes vs. CIN

11.   Steve Johnson vs. PIT

12.   Mike Wallace @ BUF

13.   Vincent Jackson @ IND- Makes his return Sunday night, and with Gates and Floyd questionable, could have a big game.

14.   Dez Bryant vs. NO

15.   Marques Colston @ DAL

16.   Santana Moss vs. MIN

17.   Mike Thomas @ NYG

18.   Anquan Boldin vs. TB

19.   Brandon Marshall @ OAK- He expects to play after suffering a hamstring injury last week, I’m rating him as if he’ll go.

20.   Wes Welker @ DET

21.   Desean Jackson @ CHI- Matched up against Charles Tillman, one of the most underrated corners in the game, could have a tough day.

22.   Steve Breaston vs. SF

23.   Mike Williams @ BAL

24.   Michael Crabtree @ ARI- 1 catch for 15 yards last week, the Cardinals are just who he needs to get back on track.

25.   Miles Austin vs. NO

26.   Johnny Knox vs. PHI

27.   Jeremy Maclin @ CHI

28.   Sidney Rice @ WAS – Will make his second start against the banged up secondary, could explode back into fantasy relevance.

29.   James Jones @ ATL

30.   Terrell Owens @ NYJ- Matchup vs. Revis, who shut down Andre Johnson last week, low end WR2 at best this week.

31.   Jabar Gaffney vs. STL

32.   Hines Ward @ BUF

33.   Braylon Edwards vs. CIN

34.   Blair White vs. SD

35.   Percy Harvin @ WAS

36.   Randy Moss @ HOU

37.   Chad OchoCinco @ NYJ

38.   Ben Obomanu vs. KC- Will become Hasselbacks new number one with Mike Williams sidelined, KC is susceptible against the pass, so could have a solid day at home.

39.   Lee Evans vs. PIT

40.   Pierre Garcon vs. SD

41.   Danny Amendola @ DEN

42.   Derek Hagan vs. JAX- The number two receiver now in NY, could pick up a few catches and a score against the lowly Jags secondary.

43.   Derrick Mason vs. TB

44.   Steve Smith @ CLE

45.   Deion Branch @ DET

46.   Nate Burleson vs. NE

47.   Nate Washington @ HOU

48.   Mohammed Massaquoi vs. CAR

49.   Brandon Gibson @ DEN

50.   Brian Hartline @ OAK

51.   Eddie Royal vs. STL

52.   Michael Jenkins vs. GB

53.   Emmanuel Sanders @ BUF

54.   Louis Murphy vs. MIA

55.   Donald Driver @ ATL

56.   Anthony Armstrong vs. MIN

57.   David Gettis @ CLE

58.   Laurent Robinson @ DEN

59.   Davone Bess @ OAK

60.   Kevin Walter vs. TEN

TE Rankings

1.       Jason Witten vs. NO

2.       Jacob Tamme vs. SD

3.       Zach Miller vs. MIA

4.       Chris Cooley vs. MIN

5.       Marcedes Lewis @ NYG

6.       Vernon Davis @ ARI

7.       Aaron Hernandez @ DET

8.       Brandon Pettigrew vs. NE

9.       Heath Miller @ BUF- The Bills allow the most points to opposing TEs.

10.   Tony Gonzalez vs. GB

11.   Dustin Keller vs. CIN

12.   Todd Heap vs. TB

13.   Kevin Boss vs. JAX- Could see a lot more targets with Nicks and Smith out.

14.   Joel Dreessen vs. TEN

15.   Kellen Winslow @BAL

16.   Greg Olsen vs. PHI

17.   Visanthe Shiancoe @ WAS

18.   Tony Moeaki @ SEA

19.   Ben Watson vs. CAR

20.   John Carlson vs. KC- With Mike Williams out, Carlson should get a few more looks.

21.   Bo Scaife @ HOU

22.   Jermaine Gresham @ NYJ- Jets allowed 104 yards and a touchdown last week to Texans TE Joel Dreessen and Gresham could wind up with similar success with all the attention on TO and OchoCinco.

23.   Anthony Fasano @ OAK

24.   Jimmy Graham @ DAL- Could have a big game again if Shockey can’t go and has a ton of upside. Cowboys have given up a combined 13-156-1 stat line the last two weeks against opposing TEs.

25.   Michael Hoomanawanui @ DEN

26.   Rob Gronkowski @ DET

27.   Brent Celek @ CHI

28.   Travis Beckum vs. JAX- Caught a touchdown pass last week and could get more involved out of the slot with Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith dealing with injuries.

29.   Jeremy Shockey @ DAL- Move up near Graham’s spot if he’s able to play

30.   Randy McMichael @ IND- Gates is still not likely to play, but if Gates goes, he’s a must start against the Colts Sunday night.

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