Fantasy Football Rankings Week 12: Sleepers, starts, sits | Latavius Murray, Demarcus Robinson and more

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What do the Week 12 fantasy football rankings come with? A side dish of Thanksgiving fun. Well, more so the Top 10 worst side dishes for Thanksgiving, but as we debate if cranberry sauce is a food, let’s give you some sleepers for Week 12, plus the final buys and sells of the NFL season.

*** Oh! And, we might have found a solution to the rankings widget issue by using Fantasy Nation (via Football Diehards). All three scorings work and are editable by me (unlike before), and the widget will let you scroll on Android (browser) without using two fingers! YAY! ***

Waivers | True SOS Rankings
Fantasy Football 101 (starts, sits, trading, more)
All in Football (video pod)

2022 Week 12 Fantasy Football Sleepers

? HEADS UP ? These are sleepers. They will not mimic my rankings 100%. This is chasing upside and often carries more risk.


POSSIBLY START: Geno Smith, SEA — Russell Wilson’s poor Week 11 performance marked the first time a quarterback hasn’t thrown for a touchdown or reached 16.7 points against the Raiders. In fact, Wilson managed 26.4 in the first matchup with the Raiders, with Davis Mills and Andy Dalton managing to throw two touchdowns in their matchups. Smith has 2+ touchdowns in all but two games, including four straight heading into the Seahawks’ bye.


POSSIBLY START: Latavius Murray, DEN — As mentioned in waivers, this backfield is nearly all Murray’s now, and while the offense still can’t get out of its own way, bellcow work has value. Sure, there is a low floor, but the matchup helps, as the Panthers were the ones responsible for Joe Mixon’s insane Week 9. They also allowed the likes of Darrell Henderson, Tyler Allgeier and Tevin Coleman — yes, you read that correctly — to score 12+ points.

HAIL MARY START: Raheem Mostert, MIA — How do these running back scores look: 10.0, 11.3, 11.8, 15.3, 22.5, 35.0, 35.3? Those seven came in the past five games against the Texans… just five! So, while Jeff Wilson is now the lead for the Dolphins, Raheem Mostert has enough upside to hit double-digits in the same game, just as Dontrell Hilliard and Kenneth Gainwell did.


POSSIBLY START: Drake London, ATL — With Kyle Pitts done for the year, Marcus Mariota should lean on London 50% of the time. The problem is that would still equal just 11 targets a week on average. Nevertheless, while the Commanders have been playing better, they still provide the 10th-most favorable wideout matchup in Week 12. Brandin Cooks had 6-3-70-0 last week, and while that’s nothing to trip yourself up over, it’s still usable if you’re thin at receiver.

POSSIBLY START: Allen Robinson, LAR — Assuming it’s John Wolford at quarterback, Robinson has the Cooks/London team volume play going. He also has the best matchup of the week with the Chiefs forcing opponents to play catch-up while also being vulnerable to the pass. Just like London, it’s a risky play, but Josh Palmer and Keenan Allen had big games last week while Christian Kirk did as well in Week 10, plus Zay Jones managed 10-8-68-0 in that same game.

HAIL MARY START: Demarcus Robinson, BAL — As mentioned in waivers, maybe Robinson is the answer for the Ravens receivers? Maybe the Jaguars matchup is the answer for what ails Lamar Jackson too? Since Week 6 (five games), the Jaguars have given up seven double-digit wideout scores, including Michael Pittman and Parris Campbell (same game), Darius Slayton, Jerry Jeudy, and another teammate duo in Marquez-Valdes Scantling and Kadarius Toney. In Robinson’s two games with eight and nine targets, he has 6-for-64 (9.4 points) and 9-for-128 (17.3 points), respectively, so here’s hoping Jackson throws a few more his way.


HAIL MARY START: Foster Moreau, LV — If no one told you to start tight ends against the Seahawks yet, let’s rectify that. Even if you take out Taysom Hill’s “tight end” tally against them, the Seahawks still allow 10.4 FPPG to opposing tight ends with the second-most receiving yards given up to them, plus five touchdowns. With Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow gone from the lineup, Moreau has TE1 upside if he can repeat his Week 10 performance (3-43-1 seems pretty easy this week).

Fun with Rankings!
Top 10 Worst Thanksgiving Side Dishes

It’s a food week again… well, of course it is with Thanksgiving here. And, I’ve already ranked the best of Thanksgiving, so now it’s time for the worst!

  1. Ambrosia Salad — I don’t know what unicorn fairy banished to hell thought of this, but this fruit stuff is nightmare fuel.
  2. Salad, salad — A salad? Who’s trying to eat healthy on Thanksgiving or wants to waste time with a salad to start? Just get to the good stuff!
  3. Premade veggie tray — Laziest side dish — aka, your lame friend who spent five minutes and dollars bringing their “contribution to the party”… which they don’t even eat while gobbling down all the good stuff — and you have this.
  4. Soup — Like salad, why are we wasting time with pre-meal items. No one is sick. Keep your water food away from Thanksgiving!
  5. Coleslaw — I love coleslaw, but it has no place or relevance with Thanksgiving.
  6. Creamed spinach — Is this a dip? It’s not a side dish, that’s for sure. It’s more like when my dog ate pieces off a green toy and puked it up.
  7. Cranberry sauce — This will get the most hate because I know many who absolutely love this red, Jell-O-like, glop of “fruit.”

  8. Corn — Corn on the cob? Sure. But that’s a grilling/cookout side. Corn pieces, or even worse… in a pudding… is gross.
  9. Sweet potato casserole — Let’s add another mashed potato type but one where the texture is almost nauseating and then put marshmallows on top? This isn’t cereal or a campfire. Note: I actually like sliced sweet potatoes with a syrup/brown sugar glaze (no marshmallows though). Guess that’s technically candied yams?
  10. Green bean casserole — How can we make green beans even worse? Put soup on them! Creamy — often mushroom — soup stuff and crunchy onions make them better? Bleh.


With the trade deadline this week for many, I’m going to list some best and worst SOS for the playoffs (only)


  • Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, SF — 1st
  • Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB — 8th
  • Alvin Kamara, RB, NO — 2nd
  • Isiah Pacheco, RB, KC — 4th
  • Jonathan Taylor, RB, IND — 6th
  • George Pickens, WR, PIT — 3rd
  • Allen Lazard, WR, GB — 4th
  • D.J. Moore, WR, CAR — 5th: if they move away from Mayfield
  • Greg Dulcich, TE, DEN — 4th


  • Trevor Lawrence, QB, JAX — 32nd
  • Joe Burrow, QB, CIN — 30th
  • Josh Jacobs, RB, LV — 32nd
  • Nick Chubb, RB, CLE — 29th
  • Jeff Wilson, RB, MIA — 27th
  • Christian Kirk, WR, JAX — 32nd
  • Allen Robinson, WR, LAR — 30th
  • Tee Higgins, WR, CIN — 29th

Week 12 Fantasy Football Projections

? HEADS UP ? These can differ from my rankings, and my ranks are the order I’d start players outside of added context, such as, “Need highest upside, even if risky.” Also, based on 4-point TDs for QB, 6-point rest, and Half-PPR

Projections Download Link

***These are NOT updated Sunday morning, FYI***

Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings


  • We might have found a solution to the rankings widget issue by using Fantasy Nation (via Football Diehards). All three scorings work and are editable by me (unlike before), and the widget will let you scroll on Android (browser) without using two fingers! YAY!
  • Updated regularly, so check all the way up to lineups locking.

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