Fantasy WR Rankings Week 12: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football

Fantasy WR Rankings Week 12: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football

We know the wide receiver position is deep, but that doesn’t make start ’em, sit ’em decisions at this position any easier, especially when injuries, byes, and other issues are rearing their ugly heads. We do our best to sort through the confusion in Week 12 fantasy WR rankings, but we know we’ll have to make frequent updates throughout the week. 

DeAndre Hopkins (remember him?), Tyreek Hill, and the rest of the Chiefs’ and Cardinals’ wide receivers are on bye. We’ll certainly miss some of those guys, but overall, it’s not a terrible week. Cooper Kupp (@ Packers) and the trio of Broncos WRs (vs. Chargers) will be back, and we’ll finally get to see Odell Beckham Jr. after a normal week of preparation with the Rams.

WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Strong standard league starts include Rashod Bateman (vs. Browns), Elijah Moore and Corey Davis (@ Texans), Brandon Aiyuk (vs. Vikings), Cole Beasley (@ Saints), T.Y. Hilton (vs. Buccaneers), Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne (vs. Titans), and Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney (@ Lions). All figure to be at least low-end WR3s facing off against statistically poor defenses against WRs. Detroit might not be the worst team against the position, but that has mostly been due to run-heavy game scripts by their opposition. If Chicago blows out Detroit on Thanksgiving, Mooney and Robinson might have quiet afternoons, but they still have a good amount of upside

WEEK 12 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Deeper in the rankings, you’ll find Jamison Crowder (@ Texans), Robby Anderson (@ Dolphins), Laviska Shenault and Marvin Jones (vs. Falcons), and Russell Gage (@ Jaguars). Obviously, none are “safe” options, but at this point in the rankings, no one is. We have to rely on favorable matchups when looking at deep sleepers and one-week streamers. If you’re really brave, you can try Nico Collins (vs. Jets). He’s getting more involved in the Texans’ offense, which is looking somewhat better as Tyrod Taylor continues to get healthier. We can say the same about fellow rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown (vs. Bears) facing the fourth-worst defense against fantasy WRs heading into Week 11.

On the flip side, Kadarius Toney (vs. Eagles), Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick (vs. Chargers), Jarvis Landry (@ Ravens), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (vs. Rams), and Tre’Quan Smith (vs. Bills) have tough enough matchups to cause concern. Sutton and Toney have both produced explosive performances this season, but the Eagles and Chargers were both top-four teams against fantasy WRs heading into Week 11. Additionally, Sutton has just five receptions in the past three weeks, so it seems Jerry Jeudy’s return to the lineup has hurt him mightily. We still like Jeudy this week, but he’s also on the start-sit bubble.

Some of the guys we didn’t expect to be productive this year have come through, and of course, we’ve had plenty of fantasy busts. You can only ride with someone so long before you accept it’s time to bench/cut them, and 11 weeks of data is well enough time to make those calls. We know it’s not gonna be fun to bench Courtland Sutton or Kadarius Toney for a guys like Elijah Moore or Darnell Mooney, but it’s probably the right call.

Note: We’ll be updating these WR rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis.

​Fantasy WR Rankings Week 12: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Stefon Diggs, BUF @ NO
2 Cooper Kupp, LAR @ GB
3 Deebo Samuel, SF vs. MIN
4 Davante Adams, GB vs. LAR
5 DK Metcalf, SEA @ WAS
6 Mike Evans, TB @ IND
7 Justin Jefferson, MIN @ SF
8 Marquise Brown, BAL vs. CLE
9 D.J. Moore, CAR @ MIA
10 Chris Godwin, TB @ IND
11 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN vs. PIT
12 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. NYJ
13 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. TB
14 Keenan Allen, LAC @ DEN
15 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF @ NO
16 Diontae Johnson, PIT @ CIN
17 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ WAS
18 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. LV
19 Antonio Brown, TB @ IND
20 DeVonta Smith, PHI @ NYG
21 Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. SEA
22 Adam Thielen, MIN @ SF
23 Jaylen Waddle, MIA vs. CAR
24 A.J. Brown, TEN @ NE
25 Cole Beasley, BUF @ NO
26 Mike Williams, LAC @ DEN
27 Rashod Bateman, BAL vs. CLE
28 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. PIT
29 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ DET
30 Odell Beckham Jr., LAR @ GB
31 Sterling Shepard, NYG vs. PHI
32 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ DAL
33 Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. LAC
34 Brandon Aiyuk, SF vs. MIN
35 Elijah Moore, NYJ @ HOU
36 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. TEN
37 Marvin Jones, JAX vs. ATL
38 Corey Davis, NYJ @ HOU
39 Allen Robinson, CHI @ DET
40 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. TB
41 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. ATL
42 Kendrick Bourne, NE vs. TEN
43 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. LAR
44 Cedrick Wilson, DAL vs. LV
45 Kadarius Toney, NYG vs. PHI
46 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ BAL
47 Kenny Golladay, NYG vs. PHI
48 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ NO
49 Robby Anderson, CAR @ MIA
50 Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. LAC
51 Van Jefferson, LAR @ GB
52 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. BUF
53 Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET vs. CHI
54 DeAndre Carter, WAS vs. SEA
55 Nelson Agholor, NE vs. TEN
56 Josh Reynolds, DET vs. CHI
57 Russell Gage, ATL @ JAX
58 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. LAC
59 Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ HOU
60 Allen Lazard, GB vs. LAR
61 Deonte Harris, NO vs. LV
62 Nico Collins, HOU vs. NYJ
63 Marquez Callaway, NO vs. BUF
64 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. PIT
65 Malik Turner, DAL vs. LV
66 DeSean Jackson, LV @ DAL
67 Zach Pascal, IND vs. TB
68 Ray-Ray McLoud, PIT @ CIN
69 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE @ BAL
70 Kalif Raymond, DET vs. CHI
71 Noah Brown, DAL vs. LV
72 Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL @ JAX
73 Mack Hollins, MIA vs. BAL
74 Nick Webster-Ikhine, TEN @ NE
75 Bryan Edwards, LV @ DAL
76 Randall Cobb, GB vs LAR
77 Chester Rogers, TEN @ NE
78 Marcus Johnson, TEN @ NE
79 Chris Conley, HOU vs. NYJ
80 Sammy Watkins, BAL vs. CLE
81 Zay Jones, LV @ DAL
82 Darius Slayton, NYG vs. PHI
83 Tajae Sharpe, ATL @ JAX
84 Rashard Higgins, CLE @ BAL
85 Jalen Reagor, PHI @ NYG
86 K.J. Osborn, MIN @ SF
87 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ DEN
88 Adam Humphries, WAS vs. SEA
89 Freddie Swain, SEA @ WAS





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