POSTED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 9:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Week 12 of the NFL season is here. Fantasy football players are approaching the playoffs and need every last point they can get to get in. Here are the week 12 ranking provided by http://www.whotostart.net .
1. Peyton Manning (@NEP): What's not to like here? Matchup's great and he'll be dueling with Terrific Tom.
2. Tom Brady (vs. DEN): See above.
3. Drew Brees (@ATL): What better way to rebound from an "off" week (300+ yards and a score) than to tangle with the hapless Falcons?
4. Matthew Stafford (vs. TBB): Stafford can now be considered among the elite. Having Calvin Johnson helps. A lot.
5. Case Keenum (vs. JAC): This ranking may seem a bit high for a guy that was pulled against Oakland last week, but the coaching staff is confident in him and this matchup couldn't be more cherry.
6. Tony Romo (@NYG): The DAL/NYG contests are always barnburners. Shouldn't be any different this week.
7. Scott Tolzien (vs. MIN): The perfect plug-and-play for those that are suffering the bye week blues or are beset with injuries. The Viking D stinks and Tolzien has been handed the keys for at least one more week.
8. Eli Manning (vs. DAL): Showed moderate signs of life last week and that's good enough for us in terms of a top-10 ranking especially when facing a Dallas D giving it up to every single QB.
9. Cam Newton (@MIA): On paper, not the greatest matchup vs. the pass but Newton gets it done in other ways (read: with his legs).
10. Colin Kaepernick (@WAS): He may not pass for many yards but he's a threat to run (like Newton).
Running Backs (ppr)
1. Matt Forte (@STL): Should rack up a ton of yardage both on the ground and via the pass. Superb matchup.
2. Jamaal Charles (vs. SDC): Will be used heavily in the pass game this week. Should approach or may pass 100 total yards, too.
3. Zac Stacy (vs. CHI): Has been chuggin' along and faces a shell-of-its-former-self Bears defense at home. Good week to play Stacy.
4. Shane Vereen (vs. DEN): Any doubts about his ability to catch the ball were quickly erased last week. Great matchup this week.
5. Frank Gore (@WAS): May not be a PPR stud but he's gonna get fed the ball this week against an inferior defense.
6. Reggie Bush (vs. TBB): Back on the fast track at home, he'll be used heavily this week. Always a PPR producer.
7. Knowshon Moreno (@NEP): Should get back on the scoring track this week and will add PPR production.
8. Rashad Jennings (vs. TEN): Titans are terrible vs. the run and Jennings is coming off a career week. Even if Run-DMC is healthy-ish, start Jennings.
9. Eddie Lacy (vs. MIN): Will face more 8-in-the-box but he's still a solid RB1/2 option. A good enough pass-catcher to add a few points via the pass.
10. Bobby Rainey (@DET): Ride the hot hand. The offense will move behind Rainey, especially on a fast track like in Detroit.
Wide Receivers (ppr)
1. Calvin Johnson (vs. TBB): Do we really need to explain why? OK, even against a somewhat-capable Buc secondary, Johnson will blow up.
2. Andre Johnson (vs. JAC): Guess who's happiest about Case Keenum being named the starter for Houston? That's right, Mr. Johnson.
3. Victor Cruz (vs. DAL): The Cowboys can't fight their way out of a wet paper bag defensively and we expect Cruz to be doing the samba in the end zone at least once this week.
4. Demaryius Thomas (@NEP): Should be some points scored in this contest, and most of it will be through the air.
5. Wes Welker (@NEP): You know Peyton Manning will want to utilize Tom Brady's old favorite weapon just as much as possible in this contest. Great PPR play.
6. Jordy Nelson (vs. MIN): The loss of Aaron Rodgers hasn't really affected Nelson's play that much. The matchup this week should lend itself to another solid week.
7. Harry Douglas (vs. NOS): You don't bench Harry Douglas. Ever. OK, maybe if Julio Jones and Roddy White are healthy. But the "last man standing" for the Falcons is gettin' it done on a weekly basis.
8. Brandon Marshall (@STL): A safe bet for 6+ catches every week and this week he could find the end zone to boot.
9. Marques Colston (@ATL): Reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated, especially with Jimmy Graham nursing a bad foot. Great matchup this week.
10. Dez Bryant (@NYG): He just hasn't been getting the ball enough, but they're coming off a bye and this should be a shootout. He'll get back on track.
Tight Ends (ppr)
1. Rob Gronkowski (vs. DEN): Gronk is going to have a veritable field day against Denver's overmatched linebackers and safeties.
2. Vernon Davis (@WAS): Davis is the only semblance of a reliable pass-catcher for the Niners and this matchup can't be ignored.
3. Garrett Graham (vs. HOU): Gotta play the matchups with tight ends sometimes. This one bodes well for Graham, who's coming off a monster Week 11. All signs point to a solid outing.
4. Coby Fleener (vs. ARI): Like Graham, mentioned above, Fleener is coming off a career week last week and has an incredible matchup. Gotta play him.
5. Jimmy Graham (@ATL): Obviously a ton of talent and weekly upside but there's just something not right about Graham physically.
6. Jordan Reed (vs. SFO): Now we're looking at tight ends without great matchups but are definitely solid options regardless.
7. Greg Olsen (@MIA): Like Reed, he's a talented TE who is facing a tougher defense this week. But if you're bereft of options, you play him.
8. Antonio Gates (@KCC): See Reed and Olsen, above.
9. Delanie Walker (@OAK): Definitely not as talented as any of the above TEs but is coming off a big week and does have an alright matchup.
10. Tony Gonzalez (vs. NOS): Hasn't been playing well at all as of late, and is dinged up. But there's something about this matchup that gives us hope.
1. Jay Feely (vs. IND)
2. David Akers (vs. TBB)
3. Dan Bailey (@NYG)
4. Justin Tucker (vs. NYJ)
5. Adam Vinatieri (@ARI)
6. Matt Prater (@NEP)
7. Billy Cundiff (vs. PIT)
8. Caleb Sturgis (vs. CAR)
9. Randy Bullock (vs. JAC)
10. Matt Bryant (vs. NOS)
1. Kansas City (vs. SDC)
2. New York Jets (@BAL)
3. San Francisco (@WAS)
4. Green Bay (vs. MIN)
5. Baltimore (vs. NYJ)
6. Cleveland (vs. PIT)
7. Houston (vs. JAC)
8. New Orleans (@ATL)
9. Chicago (@STL)
10. Carolina (@MIA)