What do the week 12 fantasy football rankings bring? A side dish of Thanksgiving fun. Well, more than the 10 worst Thanksgiving side dishes, but while we’re debating whether cranberry sauce is a food, let’s give you some sleepers for Week 12, plus the latest trades and trades of the NFL season.
*** Oh! And we may have found a solution to the rankings widget problem using Fantasy Nation (via Football Diehards). All three scores work and can be edited by me (unlike before) and the widget lets you scroll on Android (browser) without using two fingers! YIP! ***
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2022 Week 12 Fantasy Football Sleepers
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POSSIBLE START: Geno Smith, SEA — Russell Wilson’s poor performance in Week 11 marked the first time a quarterback hasn’t thrown for a touchdown or averaged 16.7 points against the Raiders. In fact, Wilson managed 26.4 in the first matchup with the Raiders, with Davis Mills and Andy Dalton managing to throw two touchdowns in their matchups. Smith has 2+ touchdowns in all but two games, including four straight heading into the Seahawks’ bye.
POSSIBLE START: Latavius Murray, DEN — As mentioned in waivers, this backfield is almost all Murrays now, and while the offense still can’t get out of its own way, clock work has value. Sure, it’s a low floor, but the matchup helps, as the Panthers were responsible for Joe Mixon’s insane 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 regression scores look like: 10.0, 11.3, 11.8, 15.3, 22.5, 35.0, 35.3? Those seven came in the last five games against the Texans … just five! So while Jeff Wilson now leads the way for the Dolphins, Raheem Mostert has enough upside to hit 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 lean on London 50% of the time. The problem is that it will still equate to just 11 goals a week on average. Nonetheless, while the Commanders have played better, they still provide the 10th most favorable wideout matchup in Week 12. Brandin Cooks was 6-3-70-0 last week, and while that’s nothing to trip over, is it still usable if you are thin on the receiver.
POSSIBLE START: Allen Robinson, LAR — Assuming it’s John Wolford at quarterback, Robinson has the volume play of the Cooks/London team going. He also has the best matchup of the week with the Chiefs forcing opponents to play catch-up while leaving him 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 did just as well in Week 10, plus Zay Jones went 10-8-68-0 in the same game.
HAIL MARY START: Demarcus Robinson, BAL — As mentioned in waivers, maybe Robinson is the answer for the Ravens receivers? Maybe the Jaguars matchup is the answer to what ails Lamar Jackson as well? Since Week 6 (five games), the Jaguars have given up seven double-digit wideout scores, including Michael Pittman and Parris Campbell (same game), Darius Slayton, Jerry Jeudy and another teammate duo in Marquez-Valdes Scantling and Kadarius Toney. In Robinson’s two eight- and nine-goal games, he’s 6-for-64 (9.4 points) and 9-for-128 (17.3 points), respectively, so we hope Jackson throws a few more his way.
HAIL MARY START: Foster Moreau, LV — If no one has told you to start the tight ends against the Seahawks yet, let’s correct that. Even if you take out Taysom Hill’s “tight end” numbers against them, the Seahawks are still allowing 10.4 FPPG to opposing tight ends with the second-most receiving yards given up to them, plus five touchdowns. With Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow out of the lineup, Moreau has TE1 upside if he can repeat his Week 10 performance (3-43-1 seems pretty easy this week).
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Top 10 Worst Thanksgiving Side Dishes
It’s another food week…well, of course it is with Thanksgiving 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 – A salad? Who’s trying to eat healthy on Thanksgiving or want to waste time with a salad to start? Just get to the good stuff!
- Ready-made vegetable tray — Latest side dish — a.k.a. your lame friend who spent five minutes and a dollar bringing their “part to the party”… which they don’t even eat while gobbling up all the goodness — and you’ve got this.
- Soup — Like salad, why do we waste time with things before the meal? Nobody is sick. Keep the water food away from Thanksgiving!
- Coleslaw — I love coleslaw, but it has no place or relevance with Thanksgiving.
- Creamed spinach – Is this a dip? It’s not a side dish, that’s for sure. It’s more like when my dog ate pieces of a green toy and threw it up.
- Cranberry sauce — This will get the most loathing because I know a lot of people who absolutely love this red, Jell-O-like, “fruit.”
- Grain – Corn on the cob? Secure. But there is a grilling/cookout side. Corn chips, or worse… in a pudding… are disgusting.
- Sweet Potato Casserole — Let’s add a different type of mashed potato, but one where the texture is almost sickening 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 (but no marshmallows). Guess those are technically candied yams?
- Green bean casserole — How can we make green beans even worse? Put soup on them! Creamy – often mushroom – soupy things and crispy onions make them better? Bleh.
BUYERS AND SELLER
With the trade deadline this week for many, I’m going to list some best and worst SOS for the playoffs (only)
- Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, SF — 1
- Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB — 8
- Alvin Kamara, RB, NO — 2
- Isiah Pacheco, RB, KC — 4
- Jonathan Taylor, RB, IND — 6
- George Pickens, WR, PIT — 3
- Allen Lazard, WR, GB — 4
- DJ Moore, WR, CAR — 5th: if they move 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
- T-shirt Higgins, WR, CIN — 29
Week 12 Fantasy Football Projections
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***These are NOT updated Sunday morning, FYI***
Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings
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- We may have found a solution to the rankings widget issue using Fantasy Nation (via Football Diehards). All three scores work and can be edited by me (unlike before) and the widget lets you scroll on Android (browser) without using two fingers! YIP!
- Updated regularly, so check all the way up to line-up locking.
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