Week 12 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings (PPR): Taysom Hill defies fantasy football

Last week, there were a lot of headlines for quarterbacks in fantasy football. Taysom Hill put up the third-most points as a “quarterback.” However, for ESPN fantasy leagues, owners were allowed to start him in their tight end spots and owners certainly benefitted. Joe Burrow is out for the rest of the season after tearing his ACL and MCL against the Washington Football Team. Deshaun Watson led his second week in fantasy football standings last week with 31.36 fantasy points. Check out this week’s fantasy football quarterback rankings below.

RankTierNameAverage PointsWeek 12 Opponent
11Kyler Murray28.6@ NE
21Russell Wilson26@ PHI
31Josh Allen24.5LAC
42Justin Herbert24.7@ BUF
52Patrick Mahomes26.2@ TB
62Deshaun Watson22.7@ DET
73Aaron Rodgers23.6CHI
83Tom Brady20.4KC
94Ryan Tannehill20@ IND
104Ben Roethlisberger19.2BAL

Tier One Quarterbacks

Kyler Murray had a slightly down week in a loss against division rival Seattle Seahawks. He threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns with zero turnovers. The problem for Murray was the fact that he only ran for 15 yards in the game, his lowest of the season. However, it still landed him the tenth spot in the fantasy point standings last week and he still leads the league in fantasy points and average points. Next week, he will go against the New England Patriots, in a game he should be a force to get his team back on track.

Russell Wilson, like Murray, has had a bit of a long time getting out of a fantasy slump. Over the past three weeks, he has recorded three of his lowest scores of the season for fantasy. He has averaged 17.7 points over the last three weeks in quite a disappointing run. Next week he will take on the New England Patriots in a game he should come back to putting up top-three fantasy points in.

Josh Allen will be coming off of a bye week this week to face the Los Angeles Chargers. From weeks 5-8, he did not record one game over 20 fantasy points. However, in the last two weeks, he has not had a game under 25 fantasy points and has averaged 32.18 fantasy points. Allen will have a challenge against the possible rookie of the year, Justin Herbert, to keep his team ahead in the division.

Tier Two Quarterbacks

Justin Herbert, as I mentioned, is a serious candidate for rookie of the year now that Joe Burrow is out for the rest of the year. Herbert is on pace to break the rookie record in passing yards, touchdowns, and completions. He has only had one game under 20 points this season, and last week he put up 366-3-0 on the New York Jets. The Buffalo Bills will be a difficult task for him next week, but he should perform well for fantasy.

Patrick Mahomes had a scare against the Las Vegas Raiders in a close game up until the end, but he pulled out the victory with a 348-2-1 stat line. He had 21.52 fantasy points last week which still landed him 8th in the fantasy standings. Mahomes is still averaging a whopping 26.2 points per game, which is third in the NFL. Mahomes dropped a bit in the rankings due to his competitive matchup next week with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have allowed the sixth least fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.

Deshaun Watson had a whopping 31.36 fantasy point game last week with 346 yards and three total touchdowns in a win over the New England Patriots. Watson had three receivers with over 80 yards receiving and has been producing quite well except for his wind storm game against the Browns two weeks ago. He will take on the Detroit Lions this week, who are below average at containing quarterbacks in fantasy points.

Tier Three Quarterbacks

Aaron Rodgers had a bit of a rough go against the Indianapolis Colts last week, who realistically have one of the best defenses in the league. The Packers lost this game in overtime 34-31 and Rodgers had his worst fantasy week in five weeks with 21.74 fantasy points. He still threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns but turned the ball over twice to the Colts’ defense. He will take on another tough defense next week against the Chicago Bears.

Tom Brady has been averaging 21.14 fantasy points this season as a top ten fantasy quarterback. On Monday night against the Rams, he put up a 216-2-2 stat line for 12.4 fantasy points. Next week, Brady and the Buccaneers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in a possible Super Bowl matchup next week. Expect Brady to be in or near the top ten in fantasy points.

Tier Four Quarterbacks

Ryan Tannehill had a great fantasy week last week after not having had a 20 point game since week six against the Texans. He put up 259 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in a win against the Baltimore Ravens for 21.86 fantasy points. He will hover in the top ten rankings next week with a matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. The last time he played against them, two weeks ago, he had only 10.78 fantasy points.

Ben Roethlisberger had a down week last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a game he really did not have to play too hard in. He had only 16.68 fantasy points off of 267-2-1 on the day. However, the two weeks before he averaged 27.18 fantasy points. On Thanksgiving Day, this Thursday, Big Ben will take on division rival Baltimore Ravens to try to keep his team’s undefeated record alive. He will be a big part of the game, and Ryan Tannehill just put up over 21 points against them, meaning he should have a good week.

Honorable Mentions

Teddy Bridgewater did not play last week due to an injury. However, P.J Walker, former XFL quarterback, stepped in for him to get a win over the Detroit Lions. Bridgewater did log a few limited practices last week with a knee injury, and certainly has a chance to suit up this week. If he does play, he should have a good week against the Minnesota Vikings, who have allowed the 12th most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.
New Orleans Saints
Taysom Hill had a seriously great week at quarterback last week with 284 total yards and two rushing touchdowns for a third-place finish in the quarterback standings with 24.42 fantasy points. I would only recommend starting Hill if you can at the tight end position (ESPN did say they might patch the ability to start him there next week) or if you desperately need a quarterback from the waiver wire. The Saints will play the Denver Broncos next week on the road.

I have been playing fantasy football every year since I was 12. Whether it was with family or friends, I’m always looking for a league to be in. I love researching odd stats that compile a list of my yearly favorites.

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