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Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 10 Players for Each Offensive Position

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 17:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass against the San Francisco 49ers at  Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 17, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the 49ers 23-20.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 15, 2016

Week 12 is approaching, and it's time to start looking at fantasy football rankings for all offensive players.

We've started to see some emerging fantasy players crawl into the rankings for their respective positions.  Players like Russell Wilson, Giovani Bernard and Alshon Jeffery have emerged as top-tier fantasy options, making some fantasy owners very happy.

Below are the top 10 quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends for Week 12, followed by a breakdown of the most interesting player at each position.

Note: All information regarding points scored is based off of ESPN's standard scoring leagues. 

 

Quarterbacks

Week 12 Fantasy QB Rankings
RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Drew BreesNO@ATL
2Matthew StaffordDET@PIT
3Peyton ManningDEN@NE
4Cam NewtonCAR@MIA
5Tony RomoDAL@NYG
6Tom BradyNEDEN
7Andrew LuckIND@ARZ
8Robert Griffin IIIWSHSF
9Alex SmithKCSD
10Colin KaepernickSF@WSH

 

Player to Watch: Cam Newton

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after throwing for a touchdown against the New England Patriots during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter
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Cam Newton put up 26 points against the New England Patriots thanks to three touchdowns and 270 total yards of offense.

What will he do for an encore?

It really seems like Newton is becoming a top-tier fantasy QB.  He's put up some big games over the past few weeks, with the exception of his performance against the San Francisco 49ers.  He's had at least 12 points in all but two games this year, putting up 20 or more in four.

With his ability to make plays through the air and on the ground, Newton can put up big points in any game.  With a depleted offensive line for the Miami Dolphins, Ryan Tannehill and Co. should have trouble driving down the field against a tough Carolina Panthers defense, giving Newton shorter fields to work with.

Get ready for a few more touchdowns from Newton this week.

 

Running Backs

Week 12 Fantasy RB Rankings
RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Jamaal CharlesKCSD
2Adrian PetersonMIN@GB
3Matt ForteCHI@STL
4Frank GoreSF@WSH
5Eddie LacyGBMIN
6Reggie BushDETTB
7Knowshon MorenoDEN@NE
8Zac StacySTLCHI
9Alfred MorrisWSHSF
10Rashad JenningsOAKTEN

 

Player to Watch: Rashad Jennings

Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings (27) runs the ball for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Texans 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-
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While Darren McFadden has been out with a nagging injury, Rashad Jennings has stepped up big for the Oakland Raiders.

A total of 53 points in the past three games has Jennings climbing up the rankings.  He put up 21 this past week against the Houston Texans, averaging almost seven yards per carry.  He's a truly explosive player who just keeps making plays.

This week, the Raiders will be taking on the Tennessee Titans, who allow 19.8 points per game to opposing running backs, the fifth most in the league.  

He's only No. 10 in this week's rankings due to the fact that McFadden's status is uncertain for now, but if the starter is out again, Jennings should have another huge game.

 

Wide Receivers

Week 12 Fantasy WR Rankings
RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Calvin JohnsonDETTB
2Demaryius ThomasDEN@NE
3Dez BryantDAL@NYG
4Brandon MarshallCHI@STL
5Andre JohnsonHOUJAX
6Vincent JacksonTB@DET
7Victor CruzNYGDAL
8Jordy NelsonGBMIN
9Wes WelkerDEN@NE
10Larry FitzgeraldARZIND

 

Player to Watch: Jordy Nelson

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 04: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers makes the catch and turns up field for some more yards during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on November 04, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike
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The loss of Aaron Rodgers has hurt Jordy Nelson's fantasy value over the past three games.

That should change this week.

For all of the struggles Scott Tolzien has had the past two weeks, we saw in the past two games, against the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, that he can effectively throw the deep ball.  According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Tolzien has completed six of his seven passes 20 yards or deeper for a total of 217 yards.

With how well he's thrown the deep ball, the Green Bay Packers may very well start opening up the passing game even more for Tolzien this week. This means more big plays for Nelson, who already had eight catches for 117 yards this past week.

The deep ball will definitely be open this week against the Minnesota Vikings, a team that gives up 280.1 passing yards and 32 points per game.  Expect another big day from Nelson in this one.

 

Tight Ends

Week 12 Fantasy TE Rankings
RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Rob GronkowskiNEDEN
2Jimmy GrahamNO@ATL
3Vernon DavisSF@WAS
4Julius ThomasDEN@NE
5Jason WittenDAL@NYG
6Coby FleenerIND@ARZ
7Jordan ReedWASSF
8Jordan CameronCLEPIT
9Greg OlsenCAR@MIA
10Antonio GatesSD@KC

 

Player to Watch: Coby Fleener

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 14:  Coby Fleener#12 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball during the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 14, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Why is Coby Fleener ranked so high?  There are a couple of reasons.

First, the Indianapolis Colts don't have a ton of weapons right now.  Reggie Wayne is done for the year, and Darrius Heyward-Bey has been incredibly inconsistent.  At this point, that really leaves T.Y. Hilton and Fleener as Andrew Luck's top weapons.

Second, the Colts are going against the Arizona Cardinals this week.  While the Cardinals have a terrific group of players in the secondary, they struggle against opposing tight ends, especially ones as athletic as Fleener.  This season, the Cardinals give up an average of 14 points to opposing tight ends, which is by far the most in the NFL.

With a big game last week against the Titans, Fleener is showing he can get involved in the offense in a larger role without Wayne.  He should have the best game of the season this week against the Cardinals.

 

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