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Fantasy Football 2012: Week 12 Rankings

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Week 12 Player Rankings

Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Happy Turkey Day everyone! Not only will fantasy players be stuffed with turkey and pie, but they will also be filled with tons of pressure to make the playoffs in their league.

At least owners don’t have to worry about their players having off, as there are no longer bye weeks this season (releases sigh of relief). It is Week 12 and the fantasy playoffs are just a few short weeks away.

Before we get started:

How about the play from Colin Kaepernick on Monday night? Boy, did he look great. I’ll tell you what, if he wins the starting job in San FranciscoYour text to link..., he will certainly become a top 12 fantasy quarterback in my book. Assuming he is the starter, you can bet he will be pretty high on the rankings you are about to read.

Also, regardless of whether or not Darren McFadden returns this week (which is unlikely), Marcel Reece is in must start territory now. He was just seven yards away from 200 all-purpose yards on Sunday. Even if Run DMC does magically return, Reece will still be heavily involved in that offense.

So, here’s how it works. If you are on the fence between two players, starting the one ranked highest would be the safer bet. Well, good luck in Week 12, but more importantly, have a wonderful holiday.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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Week 12 Rankings: Quarterbacks

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1) Aaron Rodgers @ New York Giants

2) Peyton Manning @ Kansas City Chiefs

3) Drew Brees vs San Francisco 49ers

4) Andrew Luck vs Buffalo Bills

5) Matt Ryan @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6) Tom Brady @ New York Jets

7) Robert Griffin III @ Dallas Cowboys

8) Josh Freeman vs Atlanta Falcons

9) Andy Dalton vs Oakland Raiders

10) Cam Newton @ Philadelphia Eagles

11) Tony Romo vs Washington Redskins

12) Colin Kaepernick @ New Orleans Saints

13) Matthew Stafford vs Houston Texans

14) Eli Manning vs Green Bay Packers

15) Carson Palmer @ Cincinnati Bengals

16) Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Indianapolis Colts

17) Matt Schaub @ Detroit Lions

18) Phillip Rivers vs Baltimore Ravens

19) Joe Flacco @ San Diego Chargers

20) Jay Cutler vs Minnesota Vikings

21) Alex Smith @ New Orleans Saints

22) Mark Sanchez vs New England Patriots

23) Chad Henne vs Tennessee Titans

24) Russell Wilson @ Miami Dolphins

25) Jake Locker @ Jacksonville Jaguars

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Week 12 Rankings: Running Backs

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1) Arian Foster @ Detroit Lions

2) Doug Martin vs Atlanta Falcons

3) Adrian Peterson @ Chicago Bears

4) Chris Johnson @ Jacksonville Jaguars

5) Ray Rice @ San Diego Chargers

6) C.J. Spiller @ Indianapolis Colts

7) Marshawn Lynch @ Miami Dolphins

8) Frank Gore @ New Orleans Saints

9) Trent Richardson vs Pittsburgh Steelers

10) Marcel Reece @ Cincinnati Bengals

11) Jamaal Charles vs Denver Broncos

12) Stevan Ridley @ New York Jets

13) Matt Forte vs Minnesota Vikings

14) Ryan Mathews vs Baltimore Ravens

15) BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs Oakland Raiders

16) Alfred Morris @ Dallas Cowboys

17) Fred Jackson @ Indianapolis Colts

18) Vick Ballard vs Buffalo Bills

19) Steven Jackson @ Arizona Cardinals

20) Shonn Greene vs New England Patriots

21) Felix Jones vs Washington Redskins

22) Ronnie Hillman @ Kansas City Chiefs

23) Darren Sproles vs San Francisco 49ers

24) Mikel Leshoure vs Houston Texans

25) Jalen Parmele vs Tennessee Titans

26) Ahmad Bradshaw vs Green Bay Packers

27) Bryce Brown vs Carolina Panthers

28) Lance Ball @ Kansas City Chiefs

29) Rashard Mendenhall @ Cleveland Browns

30) Beanie Wells vs St. Louis Rams

31) Jonathan Dwyer @ Cleveland Browns

32) Jonathan Stewart @ Philadelphia Eagles

33) Andre Brown vs Green Bay Packers

34) Reggie Bush vs Seattle Seahawks

35) James Starks @ New York Giants

36) Lance Ball @ Kansas City Chiefs

37) Daniel Thomas vs Seattle Seahawks

38) Donald Brown vs Buffalo Bills

39) LaRod Stephens-Howling vs St. Louis Rams

40) Mark Ingram vs San Francisco 49ers

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Week 12 Rankings: Wide Receivers


1) A.J. Green vs Oakland Raiders

2) Calvin Johnson vs Houston Texans

3) Roddy White @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4) Reggie Wayne vs Buffalo Bills

5) Demaryius Thomas @ Kansas City Chiefs

6) Dez Bryant vs Washington Redskins

7) Victor Cruz vs Green Bay Packers

8) Brandon Marshall vs Minnesota Vikings

9) Vincent Jackson vs Atlanta Falcons

10) Andre Johnson @ Detroit Lions

11) Randall Cobb @ New York Giants

12) Wes Welker @ New York Jets

13) Miles Austin vs Washington Redskins

14) Percy Harvin @ Chicago Bears

15) Eric Decker @ Kansas City Chiefs

16) Hakeem Nicks vs Green Bay Packers

17) Steve Smith @ Philadelphia Eagles

18) Marques Colston vs San Francisco 49ers

19) Jordy Nelson @ New York Giants

20) Julio Jones @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

21) Stevie Johnson @ Indianapolis Colts

22) Michael Crabtree @ New Orleans Saints

23) Denarius Moore @ Cincinnati Bengals

24) Larry Fitzgerald vs St. Louis Rams

25) Mike Wallace @ Cleveland Browns

26) Danny Amendola @ Arizona Cardinals

27) Cecil Shorts vs Tennessee Titans

28) Sidney Rice @ Miami Dolphins

29) Danario Alexander vs Baltimore Ravens

30) Mike Williams vs Atlanta Falcons

31) Torrey Smith @ San Diego Chargers

32) T.Y. Hilton vs Buffalo Bills

33) James Jones @ New York Giants

34) Lance Moore vs San Francisco 49ers

35) Darrius Heyward-Bey @ Cincinnati Bengals

36) Golden Tate @ Miami Dolphins

37) Jeremy Kerley vs New England Patriots

38) Malcom Floyd vs Baltimore Ravens

39) Justin Blackmon vs Tennessee Titans

40) Brandon Lloyd @ New York Jets

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Week 12 Rankings: Tight Ends

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1) Jimmy Graham vs San Francisco 49ers

2) Jason Witten vs Washington Redskins

3) Tony Gonzalez @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4) Owen Daniels @ Detroit Lions

5) Aaron Hernandez @ New York Jets

6) Vernon Davis @ New Orleans Saints

7) Brandon Myers @ Cincinnati Bengals

8) Jermaine Gresham vs Oakland Raiders

9) Antonio Gates vs Baltimore Ravens

10) Heath Miller @ Cleveland Browns

11) Dustin Keller vs New England Patriots

12) Jermichael Finley @ New York Giants

13) Dwayne Allen vs Buffalo Bills

14) Martellus Bennett vs Green Bay Packers

15) Greg Olsen @ Philadelphia Eagles

16) Scott Chandler @ Indianapolis Colts

17) Kyle Rudolph @ Chicago Bears

18) Logan Paulsen @ Dallas Cowboys

19) Brandon Pettigrew vs Houston Texans

20) Brent Celek vs Carolina Panthers

21) Jared Cook @ Jacksonville Jaguars

22) Mercedes Lewis vs Tennessee Titans

23) Dallas Clark vs Atlanta Falcons

24) Joel Dreesen @ Kansas City Chiefs

25) Jacob Tamme @ Kansas City Chiefs

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Week 12 Rankings: D/ST

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1) Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs

2) Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings

3) Seattle Seahawks @ Miami Dolphins

4) New England Patriots @ New York Jets

5) Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns

6) Houston Texans @ Detroit Lions

7) Arizona Cardinals vs St. Louis Rams

8) Baltimore Ravens @ San Diego Chargers

9) Carolina Panthers @ Philadelphia Eagles

10) St. Louis Rams @ Arizona Cardinals

11) Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers

12) Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants

13) Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

14) Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears

15) San Diego Chargers vs Baltimore Ravens

16) Cincinnati Bengals vs Oakland Raiders

17) Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Redskins

18) Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta Falcons

19) New York Giants vs Green Bay Packers

20) Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys

21) New York Jets vs New England Patriots

22) Miami Dolphins vs Seattle Seahawks

23) Philadelphia Eagles vs Carolina Panthers

24) Detroit Lions vs Houston Texans

25) Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars