Fantasy Football Week 12 Start Rankings

November 25, 2009 | Thyrl Nelson

Week 12 is here, and with it comes the unfortunate realization that the fantasy football season is mostly in the books already. For some unfortunately, the look ahead to next season has begun already. If that’s the case for you, allow me to remind you that there are still 6 weeks remaining in the WNST salary cap fantasy football game. That means that there are 6 fresh chances to make this fantasy season a positive one. Since the money is going to the 3 highest single week scores, you’re no further out of the money today than anyone outside of the current top 3. Those 3 by the way are still Ravenators in 1st with 209 points, and goobirds and PlayLikeARaven tied for second with 195 points. Eclipsing either of those scores would position you squarely in the money. So what are you waiting for?

 

Congrats as well to dens team, who came in with the highest score for week 11, although it wasn’t enough to get them into the money, they too have 6 more shots at winning.

 

Also, a reminder that there’s an extra heavy dose of Thursday football this week; with the Cowboys and Lions hosting their usual Thanksgiving Day games, against the Raiders and Packers this year, respectively. And in the Thursday nightcap, the Giants will travel to Denver to face the Broncos, in a game that someone is bound to win. Don’t forget to make your lineup adjustments early. And as always, watch the injury report, trust your gut, and have fun. If it’s not fun, you’re doing it wrong.

 

Here are this week’s rankings, with a reminder that they’re formulary; two parts player performance, one part defensive expectations, with minor adjustments for injuries, anomalies and changes in role. The formulary numbers are listed in parentheses behind each player, with the lower numbers being best. The lowest possible number is 3.

 

Quarterbacks

 

1. Aaron Rodgers @ DET (4)

2. Kurt Warner @ TEN (19) *watch his health; Leinhart would be about 12th if it’s him

3. Brett Favre vs. CHI (23)

4. Phillip Rivers vs. KC (24)

5. Peyton Manning @ HOU (26)

6. Matt Hasselbeck @ St.L (28)

7. Carson Palmer vs. CLE (29)

8. Josh Freeman @ ATL (30)

9. Matt Ryan vs. TB (32)

10. Vince Young vs. AZ (32)

11. Drew Brees vs. NE (33)

12. Donavan McNabb vs. WAS (33)

13. Ben Roethlisberger @ BAL (35) *be careful, one good hit could end his day

14. Tom Brady @ NO (36)

15. Matt Schaub vs. IND (37)

16. Jay Cutler @ MIN (38)

17. Tony Romo vs. OAK (39)

18. Alex Smith vs. JAX (41)

19. David Garrard @ SF (48)

20. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. MIA (48) *put Edwards about 5 spots higher if it’s him

21. Daunte Culpepper vs. GB (51) *Stafford would be about the same here

22. Kyle Orton vs. NYG (52) *drop Simms about 5 spots if it’s him

23 Joe Flacco vs. PIT (53)

24. Kyle Boller vs. SEA (53)

25. Eli Manning @ DEN (54)

26. Chad Henne @ BUF (58)

27. Brady Quinn @ CIN (58)

28. Bruce Gradkowski @ DAL (58)

29. Matt Cassel @ SD (60)

30. Jason Campbell @ PHI (60)

31. Mark Sanchez vs. CAR (66)

32. Jake Delhomme @ NYJ (71)

 

 

Running Backs

 

1. Ricky Williams @ BUF (8)

2. Maurice Jones-Drew @ SF (15)

3. Chris Johnson vs. AZ (18)

4. Thomas Jones vs. CAR (18)

5. Michael Turner vs. TB (22) *if he’s probable or better which seems unlikely

6. Adrian Peterson vs. CHI (26)

7. Cedric Benson vs. CLE (26) *if he’s probable or better

8. Ryan Grant @ DET (28)

9. Steven Jackson vs. SEA (29)

10. DeAngelo Williams @ NYJ (31)

11. Marion Barber vs. OAK (35)

12. Joseph Addai @ HOU (36)

13. LaDanian Tomlinson vs. KC (37)

14. Ray Rice vs. PIT (39)

15. Bernard Scott vs. CLE (42) *put him around 10th if Benson can’t go

16. Frank Gore vs. JAX (43)

17. Tim Hightower @ TEN (45)

18. Brandon Jacobs @ DEN (47)

19. Cadillac Williams @ ATL (49)

20. Ahmad Bradshaw @ DEN (49) *watch his health. Put Danny Ware around 35th if Bradshaw can’t go

21. Pierre Thomas vs. NE (50)

22. Rashard Mendenhall @ BAL (50)

23. Lawrence Maroney @ NO (50)

24. Jonathan Stewart @ NYJ (51)

25. Matt Forte @ MIN (54)

26. Kevin Smith vs. GB (54)

27. Justin Forsett @ St.L (54) *put Julius Jones here and drop Forsett about 15 spots if Jones is probable or better

28. Steve Slaton / Chris White vs. IND (58) *take your best guess here, drop the other about 15 spots

29. Jamal Charles @ SD (62)

30. Fred Jackson vs. MIA (62) *drop him about 5 spots if Lynch is probable or better

31. Darren Sproles vs. KC (63)

32. Jason Snelling vs. TB (63) *put him around 10th if Turner isn’t playing

33. Felix Jones vs. OAK (67)

34. LeSean McCoy vs. WAS (68) *drop him about 5 spots and put Westbrook around 45th if Westbrook is playing

35. Knowshon Moreno vs. NYG (69)

36. Beanie Wells @ TEN (69)

37. Reggie Bush vs. NE (72) *if he’s probable or better

38. Mike Bell vs. NE (74) *bump him up about 5 spots if Bush can’t go

39. Rock Cartwright @ PHI (80)

40. Correll Buckhalter vs. NYG (81)

41. Marshawn Lynch vs. MIA (82)

42. Willis McGahee vs. PIT (85)

43. Tashard Choice vs. OAK (87)

44. Donald Brown @ HOU (88)

45. Shon Greene vs. CAR (90)

46. Derrick Ward @ ATL (91)

47. Jamal Lewis @ CIN (93)

48. Kevin Faulk @ NO (96)

49. Chester Taylor vs. CHI (100)

50. Lex Hilliard @ BUF (101)

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

1. Larry Fitzgerald @ TEN (7)

2. Vincent Jackson vs. KC (16)

3. Randy Moss @ NO (18)

4. Reggie Wayne @ HOU (24)

5. Sidney Rice vs. CHI (25)

6. Roddy White vs. TB (27)

7. Wes Welker @ NO (28)

8. Andre Johnson vs. IND (30)

9. Miles Austin vs. OAK (30)

10. Mike Sims-Walker @ SF (32)

11. DeSean Jackson vs. WAS (33)

12. Donald Driver @ DET (36)

13. Hines Ward @ BAL (39)

14. Chad Ochocinco vs. CLE (42)

15. Greg Jennings @ DET (42)

16. Percy Harvin vs. CHI (45)

17. Steve Smith @ DEN (46)

18. Marques Colston vs. NE (49)

19. Derrick Mason vs. PIT (50)

20. Anquan Boldin @ TEN (51)

21. Brandon Marshall vs. NYG (54)

22. Nate Burleson @ St.L (57)

23. Santonio Holmes @ BAL (63)

24. Terrell Owens vs. MIA (63)

25. TJ Houshmandzadeh @ St.L (63)

26. Devin Hester @ MIN (68)

27. Steve Breaston @ TEN (69)

28. Mario Manningham @ DEN (70)

29. Steve Smith @ NYJ (71)

30. Michael Crabtree vs. JAX (72)

31. Calvin Johnson vs. GB (75)

32. Robert Meachem vs. NE (79)

33. Jerricho Cotchery vs. CAR (83)

34. Patrick Crayton vs. OAK (83)

35. Lee Evans vs. MIA (85)

36. Donnie Avery vs. SEA (89)

37. Jeremy Maclin vs. WAS (91)

38. Mike Wallace @ BAL (95)

39. Pierre Garcon @ HOU (96)

40. Nate Washington vs. AZ (97)

41. Hakeem Nicks @ DEN (98)

42. Austin Collie @ HOU (100)

43. Johnnie Knox @ MIN (102)

44. Bernard Berrian vs. CHI (103)

45. Sammie Stroughter @ ATL (104)

46. Chris Chambers @ SD (106)

47. Devery Henderson vs. NE (107)

48. Laverneus Coles vs. CLE (108)

49. Roy Williams vs. OAK (109)

50. Santana Moss @ PHI (110)

 

 

Tight Ends

 

1. Greg Olsen @ MIN (17)

2. Tony Gonzalez vs. TB (18)

3. Kellen Winslow Jr. @ ATL (19)

4. Dallas Clark @ HOU (24)

5. Antonio Gates vs. KC (26)

6. Vernon Davis vs. JAX (33)

7. Brent Celek vs. WAS (34)

8. Jon Carlson @ St.L (34)

9. Visanthe Schiancoe vs. CHI (35)

10. Heath Miller @ BAL (36)

11. Zach Miller @ DAL (41)

12. Brandon Pettigrew vs. GB (43)

13. Tony Scheffler vs. NYG (44)

14. Jeremy Shockey vs. NE (45)

15. Will Heller vs. GB (45)

16. Jermichael Finley @ DET (45)

17. Fred Davis @ PHI (47)

18. Kevin Boss @ DEN (48)

19. Spencer Havner @ DET (49)

20. Kellen Davis @ MIN (51)

21. Dustin Keller vs. CAR (52)

22. Benjamin Watson @ NO (54)

23. Todd Heap vs. PIT (55)

24. Mercedes Lewis @ SF (55)

25. Jason Witten vs. OAK (58)

26. Daniel Fells vs. SEA (62)

27. Matt Ryan @ SD (63)

28. Daniel Graham vs. NYG (68)

29. Joey Haynos @ BUF (73)

30. Bo Scaife vs. AZ (74)

 

 

Kickers

 

1. Lawrence Tynes @ DEN (13)

2. Nate Kaeding vs. KC (14)

3. Mason Crosby @ DET (14)

4. David Akers vs. WAS (16)

5. Stephen Gostkowski @ NO (26)

6. Nick Folk vs. OAK (30)

7. Matt Stover @ HOU (30)

8. Dan Carpenter @ BUF (31)

9. Ryan Longwell vs. CHI (33)

10. Connor Barth @ BUF (33)

11. Rian Lindell vs. MIA (35)

12. Neil Rackers @ TEN (40)

13. Ryan Succop @ SD (42)

14. Rob Bironas vs. AZ (42)

15. Jay Feeley vs. CAR (44)

16. John Carney vs. NE (48)

17. Olindo Mare @ St.L (49)

18. Robbie Gould @ MIN (49)

19. Jeff Reed @ BAL (49)

20. Joe Nedney vs. JAX (49)

21. Kris Brown vs. IND (49)

22. Jason Elam vs. TB (54)

23. Sebastian Janikowski @ DAL (57)

24. Josh Scobee @ SF (57)

25. Shaun Suisham @ PHI (59)

26. Shayne Graham vs. CLE (61)

27. Matt Prater vs. NYG (69)

28. Jason Hanson vs. GB (70)

29. Phil Dawson @ CIN (75)

30. Josh Brown vs. SEA (76)

31. Billy Cundiff vs. PIT (77)

32. John Kasay @ NYJ (79)

 

 

Defense / Special Teams

 

1. Eagles vs. WAS (9)

2. Bengals vs. CLE (12)

3. Ravens vs. PIT (14)

4. Vikings vs. CHI (22)

5. Cowboys vs. OAK (27)

6. Saints vs. NE (32)

7. Chargers vs. KC (35)

8. 49ers vs. JAX (37)

9. Packers @ DET (37)

10. Colts @ HOU (39)

11. Cardinals @ TEN (39)

12. Jets vs. CAR (40)

13. Dolphins @ BUF (41)

14. Broncos vs. NYG (43)

15. Patriots @ NO (44)

16. Steelers @ BAL (47)

17. Seahawks @ St.L (47)

18. Giants @ DEN (50)

19. Bills vs. MIA (51)

20. Falcons vs. TB (52)

21. Bears @ MIA (56)

22. Panthers @ NYJ (62)

23. Titans vs. AZ (66)

24. Texans vs. IND (71)

25. Redskins @ PHI (73)

26. Jaguars @ SF (74)

27. Chiefs @ SD (78)

28. Raiders @ DAL (78)

29. Browns @ CIN (79)

30. Rams vs. SEA (79)

31. Buccaneers @ ATL (80)

32. Lions vs. GB (80)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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