Fantasy football Week 12 rankings: Who to start and sit

Most leagues only have two more weeks before the fantasy football playoffs, so make sure your best lineup is on the field with the help of these Week 12 rankings.

It’s a big week in the NFL with the three Thanksgiving games giving us a split schedule and all 32 teams back on the field at some point this weekend. Week 12 is the first week without byes since Week 3, so all your un-injured players should be available for your lineup this week. You’ll want to make sure to get your best lineup on the field this week since the playoffs are just around the corner for most fantasy football leagues. To help make sure you’re starting and sitting the right players, check out my Week 12 rankings on the following slides.

Week 12 has three Thanksgiving games this Thursday as the Lions host the Vikings in an important NFC North matchup, the Cowboys welcome in Washington in a matchup of NFC East contenders, and the Colts take on the Steelers in the final game of Turkey Day. The absence of Andrew Luck will definitely put a damper on that final matchup, but overall it’s a solid menu for this Thanksgiving. This weekend some of the best matchups include the Patriots visiting the Jets, the Ravens and Bengals in an NFC North struggle, the Raiders hosting the Panthers, and the Broncos taking on the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football (thank you flex scheduling!). Monday Night Football has a game between two teams who looked like playoff teams earlier this year but have struggled lately as the Eagles welcome in the Packers.

Whatever matchup you’re watching, you can find my start/sit rankings here on FanSided every week. My rankings are designed to help you get your fantasy lineup set for success this week whether you’re playing in DFS or season-long leagues. For the rest of the year, my rankings will roll out each Thursday with only minor adjustments as injury situations change leading into the weekend. As adjustments are made heading into the weekend, the rankings on the following slides will update automatically, so drop a bookmark here or check back later for the newest information before kickoff on Sunday.

Also, make sure to set your bookmark on our fantasy football hub to get all the FanSided fantasy coverage each week and follow on Twitter @FansidedFantasy where I’ll let you know when new posts are available and do my best to answer any questions you have.

Throughout this season FanSided has been partnering with to bring you the rankings in a new, easy-to navigate format. You can also check out some great research tools over at FantasyPros, and we’re happy to be a part of their growing network. They also have enabled us to bring you a new tool that you can find in the menu bar anywhere on It’s our start/sit tool which gives you specific advice for your team.

Thanks to the new tools you can see how my rankings stack up against the ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings) without having to surf to a bunch of other sites. Hopefully, this makes this weekly FanSided post a one-stop shop that can help you get your lineup set for Week 8 having to visit a ton of different sites.

The rankings on the following slides are my personal opinion on who you should start and sit this week. For each position, I’ve considered the opponent, expected workload, and overall risk of each player.

With those reminders out of the way, let’s get rolling with my Week 12 rankings by looking at the QB spot.

Nov 20, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) celebrates following his second quarter touchdown pass against the Philadelphia Eagles at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Week 12 Quarterback Rankings

Nov 20, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams middle linebacker Alec Ogletree (52) tackles Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) during the first half of a NFL football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Week 12 Running Back Rankings

Nov 21, 2016; Mexico City, MEX; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) scores the winning touchdown against the Houston Texans at Estadio Azteca. Oakland beat Houston 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Week 12 Wide Receiver Rankings

Nov 13, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Week 12 Tight End Rankings

Sep 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Week 12 Defense/Special Teams Rankings

Nov 13, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey (5) kicks a thirty-seven yard field goal against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Week 12 Kicker Rankings

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