Week 12 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings & Projections

If you are having some decision making trouble for Week 10, we can certainly help out with our fantasy football positional rankings. If you are looking for some permanent adds for Week 12 and moving forward, check out the waiver wire breakdowns. With most of the industry now in a standard full-point PPR format, we break down the top ranked players at each position for Week 12.

Week 12 Quarterback Rankings

Week 12 Ranking Player Week 12 Opponent Week 12 Projection
1 Lamar Jackson @LAR 27.1
2 Matt Ryan TB 26.3
3 Deshaun Watson IND 25.2
4 Russell Wilson @PHI 24.7
5 Drew Brees CAR 24.3
6 Aaron Rodgers @SF 23.2
7 Jameis Winston @ATL 22.9
8 Dak Prescott @NE 21.2
9 Tom Brady DAL 20.5
10 Baker Mayfield MIA 20.1
11 Jimmy Garropolo GB 19.8
12 Jared Goff BAL 19.5
13 Derek Carr @NYJ 19.5
14 Jeff Driskel @WAS 19.3
15 Jacoby Brissett @HOU 18.9
16 Sam Darnold OAK 18.7
17 Josh Allen DEN 17.7
18 Ryan Tannehill @JAX 17.4
19 Chase Daniels NYG 16.5
20 Ryan Fitzpatrick @CLE 16.2
21 Mason Rudolph @CIN 15.9
22 Nick Foles TEN 15.7
23 Kyle Allen @NO 15.5
24 Brandon Allen @BUF 15.4
25 Daniel Jones @CHI 15.4

matt ryanThis is a pretty brutal bye week, and it leaves a lot of mediocre quarterbacks on the slate. No surprise to see Lamar Jackson top the list, even against a tougher Rams defense that ranks 10th against quarterbacks. Jackson is averaging over 25 fantasy points per game, and is doing it in various ways. He has 19 touchdowns through the air, and six on the ground. He is completing 66% of his passes as well. Russell Wilson will travel east against Philly, who have been a middle of the road pass defense. Wilson has been a strong fantasy option most weeks, averaging 24.3 fantasy points per game. This is second among quarterbacks. Matt Ryan gets a major bump for me, averaging 295 passing yards per game and has 18 touchdowns. He gets a 31st ranked pass defense at home versus Tampa. All the Falcons passing game options among the top. After a rough week, expect DeShaun Watson to bounce back against Indy and at home. He is averaging 22.5 fantasy points per game this season. As far as names that scare me a bit due to the matchup are Dak Prescott, Josh Allen, and Aaron Rodgers. They will all face strong pass defenses, and two of them are on the road.

Week 12 Running Backs Rankings

Week 12 Ranking Player Week 12 Opponent Week 12 Projection
1 Christian McCaffrey @NO 26.9
2 Alvin Kamara CAR 24.3
3 Nick Chubb MIA 22.9
4 Derrick Henry JAX 20.1
5 Josh Jacobs @NYJ 19.9
6 Ezekiel Eliott @NE 18.6
7 Aaron Jones @SF 18.1
8 Leonard Fournette @TEN 17.5
9 Todd Gurley BAL 16.5
10 Le’Veon Bell OAK 16.2
11 Saquon Barkley @CHI 15.6
12 Chris Carson @PHI 15.2
13 Mark Ingram @LAR 14.9
14 Phillip Lindsay @BUF 14.5
15 Jaylen Samuels @CIN 14.3
16 David Montgomery NYG 13.8
17 Devin Singletary DEN 13.5
18 Joe Mixon PIT 12.9
19 Tevin Coleman GB 12.5
20 Adrian Peterson DET 11.9
21 Ronald Jones @ATL 11.5
22 Jordan Howard SEA 11.3
23 Carlos Hyde @IND 10.9
24 James White DAL 10.5
25 Kareem Hunt MIA 10.3
26 Jonathan Williams @HOU 9.9
27 Tarik Cohen NYG 9.5
28 Nyheim Hines @HOU 8.7
29 Derrius Guice DET 8.2
30 Sony Michel DAL 7.6
31 Miles Sanders SEA 7.1
32 Jamaal Williams @SF 6.8
33 Royce Freeman @BUF 6.4
34 Kalen Ballage CLE 6.3
35 Bo Scarbrough @WAS 6.1
36 Raheem Mostert GB 6.1
37 Duke Johnson @IND 5.9
38 Brian Hill @NO 5.6

alvin kamaraTough matchup for Christian McCaffrey this week, as the Saints are a top ten run defense. However, he is averaging over 30 PPR points per game this season, and his volume is going to be solid no matter what. Nick Chubb and Derrick Henry are strong options this week. Jacksonville continues to be gashed by the run, and we saw that again this past week with the Colts have two 100+ yard rushers. Henry is coming off the bye week and has been decimating bad run defenses. Chubb will get Miami, and the volume is going to be around 20 touches with room for more. He is averaging 5.0 yards per attempt, and Miami is one of the easier defenses to target. Alvin Kamara looked extremely healthy this week, and will now get Carolina, who rank dead last against the past. Some middling names pop out this week like Phillip Lindsay. Buffalo ranks 21st against the run, and this should be a slugfest style game where Lindsay can get 15+ touches in this spot. There are some tough matchups this week for Todd Gurley, Cris Carson, Aaron Jones, and the Atlanta backfield.

Week 12 Wide Receivers Rankings

Week 12 Ranking Player Week 12 Opponent Week 12 Projection
1 Michael Thomas CAR 24.5
2 Julio Jones TB 22.9
3 DeAndre Hopkins IND 21.8
4 Mike Evans @ATL 20.2
5 Julian Edelman DAL 19.9
6 Cooper Kupp BAL 19.5
7 Tyler Lockett @PHI 19.3
8 Amari Cooper @NE 18.8
9 Kenny Golladay WAS 18.1
10 Chris Godwin @ATL 17.7
11 Davante Adams @SF 16.9
12 Odell Beckham MIA 16.3
13 Calvin Ridley TB 16.1
14 DJ Moore @NO 15.7
15 DJ Chark @TEN 15.5
16 Courtland Sutton @BUF 15.4
17 Allen Robinson NYG 15.3
18 DeVante Parker @CLE 15.2
19 Jarvis Landry MIA 15.1
20 John Brown DEN 14.9
21 Curtis Samuel @NO 14.6
22 Tyrell Williams @NYJ 14.3
23 Jamison Crowder OAK 14.1
24 Marvin Jones @WAS 13.9
25 Deebo Samuel GB 13.7
26 Michael Gallup @NE 13.5
27 Marquise Brown @LAR 13.4
28 Josh Reynolds BAL 13.2
29 Dede Westbrook @TEN 12.9
30 DK Metcalf @PHI 12.6
31 Zach Pascal HOU 12.2
32 Mohamed Sanu DAL 12.1
33 Hunter Renfrow @NYJ 11.6
34 Terry McLaurin DET 11.3
35 Taylor Gabriel NYG 10.6
36 Chris Conley @TEN 9.4
37 Randall Cobb @NE 9.3
38 Kenny Stills IND 8.6
39 Robby Anderson OAK 7.5
40 Cole Beasley DEN 7.2
41 Ted Ginn CAR 6.6
42 Nelson Agholor SEA 6.3
43 AJ Brown JAX 6.1

julio jonesMichael Thomas continues to just blow the doors off the position, and comes into the week at the top again. However we can point to the Atlanta wide receiver options, as Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley are both in prime spots. Tampa Bay are allowing the most fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season. There are a lot of wideouts on bye this week, but hopefully Tampa Bay can step up and provide fantasy value after a lackluster showing against the Saints. The Cowboys matchup is going to be tough, as the Patriots continue to stifle opposing offenses. Don’t shy away from the Jacksonville Jaguars wideouts, as the Titans defense is dealing with major injuries. They have also played fairly poorly on defense before the bye. Jeff Driskel has been serviceable enough to give the Lions wideouts a sense of hope without Matthew Stafford. Getting Washington this week is also a plus for them. Cleveland is in an overall smash spot if they can keep their foot on the pedal.

Week 12 Tight Ends Rankings

Week 12 Ranking Player Week 12 Opponent Week 12 Projection
1 Zach Ertz SEA 16.7
2 Mark Andrews @LAR 15.6
3 George Kittle GB 15.1
4 Darren Waller @NYJ 14.9
5 Greg Olsen @NO 12.1
6 Jared Cook CAR 11.8
7 Eric Ebron @HOU 10.7
8 Noah Fant @BUF 10.3
9 Dallas Goedert SEA 10.2
10 Vance McDonald @CIN 9.9
11 Jimmy Graham @SF 9.4
12 Gerald Everett BAL 9.1
13 Jack Doyle @HOU 8.5
14 TJ Hockenson @WAS 8.2
15 Darren Fells IND 7.7
16 Tyler Eifert PIT 7.3
17 Cameron Brate ATL 6.9
18 Mike Gesicki @CLE 6.6
19 Dawson Knox DEN 6.4
20 OJ Howard @ATL 5.3

zach ertzWe will have to keep watching George Kittle’s status, as this week is going to be tough due to the byes. Travis Kelce and Hunter Henry are the major names on bye this week. Zach Ertz is getting all the shine right now as the Eagles are very limited with pass-catching options. Both him and Dallas Goedert are viable against Seattle, who have struggled against tight ends this season. There are not a ton of glaring good spots, but volume is where we can find Darren Waller and Mark Andrews to be reliable options. If you are in need of a streaming option or bye week fill-in, TJ Hockenson isn’t in a bad spot against Washington, and while Buffalo is a tough matchup, Noah Fant has been getting a ton of targets of late.

Week 12 Kicker Rankings

Week 12 Ranking Player Week 12 Opponent Week 12 Projection
1 Wil Lutz CAR 11.5
2 Greg Zuerlein BAL 10.7
3 Justin Tucker @LAR 10.5
4 Matt Gay @ATL 10.3
5 Kai’mi Fairbairn IND 10.0
6 Younghoe Koo TB 10.0
7 Joey Slye @NO 9.7
8 Austin Seibert MIA 9.4
9 Daniel Carlson @NYJ 9.2
10 Chris Boswell CIN 9.1
11 Jake Elliott SEA 8.9
12 Daniel Carlson @PHI 8.6
13 Mason Crosby @SF 8.3
14 Steve Hauschka DEN 8.1
15 Jason Sanders BUF 7.8
16 Brett Maher @NE 7.7
17 Matt Prater @WAS 7.6
18 Sam Ficken OAK 7.4
19 Adam Vinatieri @HOU 7.3
20 Brandon McManus @BUF 7.2

Will LutzTeams allowing the most field goal attempts this season are Cincinnati, Denver, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles Rams, and Baltimore. Detroit, Arizona, Houston, and Philadelphia are a few other teams worth targeting with kickers, as they give up a lot of volume. Teams that give up the least amount of volume are New England, New Orleans, San Francisco, Oakland, and Minnesota. Volume is ultimately what you want each week. Finding kickers on offenses that move the ball is always a plus for fantasy points at the position. Efficiency would come next.

Week 12 Defense Rankings

Week 12 Ranking Team Week 12 Opponent Week 12 Projection
1 Pittsburgh @CIN 12.9
2 New Orleans CAR 12.1
3 Chicago NYG 11.8
4 Buffalo DEN 11.4
5 New England DAL 10.7
6 Cleveland MIA 10.3
7 Detroit @WAS 9.9
8 Denver @BUF 9.5
9 Tennessee JAX 9.1
10 Seattle @PHI 8.8
11 Oakland @NYJ 8.6
12 Baltimore @LAR 8.2
13 San Francisco GB 8.0
14 New York Giants @CHI 7.9
15 Jacksonville @TEN 7.7
16 Atlanta TB 7.5
17 Houston IND 7.4
18 Green Bay @SF 7.4
19 Indianapolis @HOU 7.1
20 Cincinnati PIT 7.0
21 Los Angeles BAL 6.9
22 Philadelphia SEA 6.7
23 New York Jets OAK 6.5
24 Miami @CLE 6.5
25 Dallas @NE 6.3
26 Carolina @NO 6.2
27 Washington DET 6.1
28 Tampa Bay @ATL 5.9

Pittsburgh SteelersThe Patriots and 49ers have averaged the most fantasy points per game this season, and will have their hands full against better offenses this week. While I believe they will put up a steady game, I have a few other defenses ranked higher. Pittsburgh especially, as they the defense is the reason why they are 5-5. They have averaged 3.4 sacks per game, and have forced 2.6 turnovers per game this season. They also face Cincinnati. The Saints are another one at home, where they get Carolina, who are struggling with Kyle Allen under center. That upside is there. Chicago, Buffalo, and Cleveland are some of the other top options on the week.

Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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