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

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Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 10 Players for Each Offensive Position
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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
Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Drew Brees NO @ATL
2 Matthew Stafford DET @PIT
3 Peyton Manning DEN @NE
4 Cam Newton CAR @MIA
5 Tony Romo DAL @NYG
6 Tom Brady NE DEN
7 Andrew Luck IND @ARZ
8 Robert Griffin III WSH SF
9 Alex Smith KC SD
10 Colin Kaepernick SF @WSH

 

Player to Watch: Cam Newton

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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
Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Jamaal Charles KC SD
2 Adrian Peterson MIN @GB
3 Matt Forte CHI @STL
4 Frank Gore SF @WSH
5 Eddie Lacy GB MIN
6 Reggie Bush DET TB
7 Knowshon Moreno DEN @NE
8 Zac Stacy STL CHI
9 Alfred Morris WSH SF
10 Rashad Jennings OAK TEN

 

Player to Watch: Rashad Jennings

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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
Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Calvin Johnson DET TB
2 Demaryius Thomas DEN @NE
3 Dez Bryant DAL @NYG
4 Brandon Marshall CHI @STL
5 Andre Johnson HOU JAX
6 Vincent Jackson TB @DET
7 Victor Cruz NYG DAL
8 Jordy Nelson GB MIN
9 Wes Welker DEN @NE
10 Larry Fitzgerald ARZ IND

 

Player to Watch: Jordy Nelson

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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
Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Rob Gronkowski NE DEN
2 Jimmy Graham NO @ATL
3 Vernon Davis SF @WAS
4 Julius Thomas DEN @NE
5 Jason Witten DAL @NYG
6 Coby Fleener IND @ARZ
7 Jordan Reed WAS SF
8 Jordan Cameron CLE PIT
9 Greg Olsen CAR @MIA
10 Antonio Gates SD @KC

 

Player to Watch: Coby Fleener

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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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