Fantasy Football Week 12 Rankings: Targets For This Week's Injured Stars
The Week 12 fantasy slate got off to an intriguing start with a trio of Thanksgiving games. Thursday brought stellar fantasy performances from the likes of Josh Allen, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Ezekiel Elliott and Justin Jefferson.
This means that some managers are riding high, while others are starting out with a lot of ground to cover.
Unfortunately, many managers will be without key players on Sunday. There are no bye weeks, but players like Matthew Stafford, Jerry Jeudy and Joe Mixon have already been ruled out.
Here, you'll find updated positional rankings following Friday's injury report—via NFL.com—and some potential fill-ins to target on the waiver wire.
All rankings and choices are based on point-per-reception (PPR) scoring.
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
2. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
3. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
4. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
5. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
6. Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks
7. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
9. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars
10. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
Stafford is out and may not be the only starter to miss time in Week 12. Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields is officially questionable with a shoulder injury. With Chicago having little more than draft positioning to play for, it won't be a surprise to see him sit this week.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is likely back in after missing two weeks with a hamstring injury.
"Two consecutive days of practice are a good sign for Murray, who expects to start against the Chargers," ESPN's Eric Moody wrote.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, meanwhile, will likely continue to play through a broken thumb.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill figures to be a reasonable fill-in this week, even though he faces a tough Cincinnati Bengals defense. He's coming off a 333-yard, two-touchdown performance and is rostered in just 18 percent of Yahoo leagues and 9 percent of ESPN leagues.
Atlanta Falcons signal-caller Marcus Mariota is another potential spot-starter thanks to his dual-threat ability. He's facing a Washington Commanders team that has allowed an average of 17.4 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season and is rostered in 39 percent of Yahoo leagues and 45 percent of ESPN leagues.
For truly desperate managers, New York Jets quarterback Mike White could be an option. He's getting the starting nod over Zach Wilson and will face a Bears defense that has surrendered 16.6 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.
White is available in over 95 percent of Yahoo and ESPN leagues.
1. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers
2. Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49errs
3. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
4. Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts
5. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders
6. Kenneth Walker III, Seattle Seahawks
7. Travis Etienne Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
9. Jeff Wilson Jr., Miami Dolphins
10. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Bengals running back Joe Mixon has been ruled out with a concussion, and he's one of several running backs who could miss time this week.
Miami Dolphins starter Raheem Mostert is doubtful with a knee injury, while Tampa Bay Buccaneers back Leonard Fournette is doubtful with a hip ailment. Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards (hamstring, knee), New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (illness) and Saints back Mark Ingram (knee) are all listed as questionable.
Carolina Panthers running back D'Onta Foreman did not participate in practice, though he hasn't been given an injury designation. Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is on injured reserve with a high-ankle sprain.
Mixon's status makes Bengals backup Samaje Perine a top waiver-wire target for Week 12. Perine caught three touchdown passes a week ago and should get the bulk of the backfield work with Mixon out.
Perine is rostered in 56 percent of Yahoo leagues and 25 percent of ESPN leagues.
Edwards-Helaire's injury could give Jerick McKinnon a little value in his matchup with the Los Angeles Rams. McKinnon hasn't seen a ton of action this season, but this could be a run-heavy game if the Chiefs get up on the Stafford-less Rams early.
Managers should also check in on Denver Broncos back Latavius Murray. He had four catches and 72 scrimmage yards last week and should be a regular contributor in Denver now that Melvin Gordon III has been released.
Murray isn't widely available, but he is available in 30 percent of Yahoo and ESPN leagues, so it's worth taking the time to look.
1. Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins
2. Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders
3. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals
4. Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals
5. A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
6. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7. Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders
8. Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals
9. DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks
10. Amari Cooper, Cleveland Browns
Perhaps the biggest injury news at receiver this week is that Cincinnati wideout Ja'Marr Chase may make his return from a hip injury. The 2021 Offensive Rookie of the Year is officially questionable, which is great news for fantasy managers.
The Titans have surrendered an average of 33.6 fantasy points to opposing receivers this season, fifth-most in the NFL. Of course, managers will want to have a backup plan in place. According to Kevin Patra of NFL.com, Chase will be a game-time decision.
Receivers out this week include Russell Gage of the Buccaneers, Jeudy and K.J. Hamler of the Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers wideout Mike Williams.
Cleveland Browns wideout Donovan Peoples-Jones should be high on the waiver wish list for receiver-needy players. He's emerged as a big piece of Cleveland's passing attack and has averaged five receptions over his last four games.
Peoples-Jones is rostered in 50 percent of Yahoo leagues and 42 percent of ESPN leagues.
Titans wideout Treylon Burks is worth a grab after his Week 11 breakout game against Green Bay. He isn't a must-add just yet, but another strong outing could quickly change that. After logging just 13 catches and 153 receiving yards in his first five games, Burks caught seven for 111 yards against Green Bay.
Burks is rostered in 48 percent of Yahoo leagues and 36 percent of ESPN leagues. That number will rise considerably if the Arkansas product has back-to-back strong performances.
The Indianapolis Colts wideout may be the best add for Week 12 if he's available. He's become a reliable No. 2 receiver for the Colts, though his fantasy production has varied from week to week.
Campbell, though, is coming off of a five-catch, 67-yard performance and will face a Pittsburgh Steelers secondary that is arguably the worst in football.
Managers just need to be sure that Campbell plays, as he was a limited participant in practice this week. He's rostered in 47 percent of Yahoo leagues and 54 percent of ESPN leagues.
1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
2. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
3. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
4. Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers
5. Greg Dulcich, Denver Broncos
6. Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears
7. Foster Moreau, Las Vegas Raiders
8. Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams
9. Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers
10. David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
There aren't many tight end injuries to track heading into the weekend, though a few notable players are out. Darren Waller and Dallas Goedert are both on injured reserve, while Zach Ertz reportedly suffered a season-ending knee injury earlier this month.
Ertz was still on the active roster on Friday evening and listed as out for Week 12.
It's worth noting that Los Angeles Chargers tight end Gerald Everett, who missed Week 11 with a groin injury, was a full participant in practice.
As for waiver-wire targets, wire staple Evan Engram tops the list once again. While he had just a single catch in Week 9, he has caught at least three passes in five of his last six games. Engram is rostered in only 40 percent of Yahoo leagues and 37 percent of ESPN leagues.
Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki is also worth a look on the wire. A popular fantasy draft pick a few months ago—coming off of a second straight 700-yard season—Gesicki has fallen out of the Dolphins' game plan and out of many lineups.
Gesicki has logged only three receptions over the past two weeks, but he should be available for managers in a pinch. He is rostered in 40 percent of Yahoo leagues and 50 percent of ESPN leagues.
Saints tight end and gadget player Taysom Hill—who had 60 scrimmage yards and one reception last week—rounds out our list. He's rostered in 52 percent of Yahoo leagues and only 37 percent of ESPN leagues.
*Fantasy roster and scoring information via FantasyPros.