What do the Week 12 fantasy football rankings include? Garnish for Thanksgiving fun. Well, more of the Top 10 Worst Thanksgiving Side Dishes, but while we’re debating whether cranberry sauce is food, let’s give you some Week 12 recaps, plus the latest buys and sells of the NFL season.
*** Oh! And we may have found a solution to the standings widget problem using Fantasy Nation (via Football Diehards). All three ratings work and can be edited by me (unlike before), and the widget will let you scroll in Android (browser) without using two fingers! HOORAY! ***
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2022 Week 12 Fantasy Football Sleepers
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POSSIBLE STARTER: Gino Smith, SEA — Russell Wilson’s lackluster performance in Week 11 marked the first time a quarterback didn’t throw for a touchdown or average 16.7 points against the Raiders. In fact, Wilson managed 26.4 in the first game with the Raiders, with Davis Mills and Andy Dalton each throwing for two touchdowns in their respective games. Smith has 2+ touchdowns in all but two games, including four straight leading into the Seahawks’ bye.
POSSIBLE STARTER: Latavius Murray, DEN — As mentioned in the waivers, this backfield is now almost entirely Murray’s, and while the offense still can’t get out of its own way, the ringer’s work has value. Sure, there’s a low floor, but the matchup helps, as the Panthers were responsible for Joe Mixon’s insane Week 9. They also allowed Darrell Henderson, Tyler Allgaier and Tevin Coleman – yes, you read that right – to score 12+ points.
HALE MARY START: Raheem Mostert, MIA — What do these back-to-back scores look like: 10.0, 11.3, 11.8, 15.3, 22.5, 35.0, 35.3? Those seven came in the last five games against the Texans…just five! So while Jeff Wilson now leads the way for the Dolphins, Raheem Mostert has enough upside to reach double figures in the same game, just like Dontrell Hilliard and Kenneth Gainwell did.
POSSIBLE START: Drake London, ATL — With Kyle Pitts done for the year, Marcus Mariota has to rely on London 50% of the time. The problem is, that would still equate to an average of just 11 goals per week. Regardless, even though the Commanders are playing better, they still provide the 10th most favorable wideout matchup in Week 12. Brandin Cooks was 6-3-70-0 last week, and while that’s not something where trip, it’s still usable if you’re weak on the receiver.
POSSIBLE STARTER: Alan Robinson, LAR — Assuming it’s John Wolford at quarterback, Robinson supports the Cooks/London team’s volume game. He also has the best matchup of the week with the Chiefs, forcing opponents to play catch while being vulnerable to the pass. Just like London, it’s a risky game, but Josh Palmer and Keenan Allen had big games last week, while Christian Kirk did likewise in Week 10, plus Zay Jones managed 10-8-68-0 in the same game.
HALE MARY START: Demark Robinson, BAL — As mentioned in waivers, maybe Robinson is the answer for the Ravens receivers? Maybe meeting with the Jaguars is the answer to what ails Lamar Jackson as well? Since Week 6 (five games), the Jaguars have given up seven in double figures, including Michael Pittman and Parris Campbell (same game), Darius Slayton, Jerry Judy and another duo of teammates in Marquez-Valdez Scantling and Cadarius Toney. In Robinson’s two games with eight and nine targets, he’s 6-for-64 (9.4 ppg) and 9-for-128 (17.3 ppg), respectively, so here’s hoping Jackson throws a few more.
THEY ARE ENDING
HALE MARY START: Foster Moreau, LV — If no one has yet told you to start tight ends against the Seahawks, let’s fix that. Even if you take out Taysom Hill’s “tight end” score against them, the Seahawks are still allowing 10.4 FPPG to opposing tight ends with the second-most receiving yards given to them, plus five touchdowns. With Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow gone from the lineup, Moreau has TE1 upside if he can repeat his performance from Week 10 (3-43-1 looks pretty easy this week).
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Top 10 Worst Thanksgiving Side Dishes
It’s 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!
- Ambrosia salad “I don’t know which unicorn fairy banished to hell thought of this, but these berries are nightmare fuel.”
- Salad, salad – Salad? Who’s trying to eat healthy on Thanksgiving or want to waste time on a salad to start? Just get to the good stuff!
- Pre-prepared vegetable tray — The laziest side dish — a.k.a. your lame friend who spent five minutes and dollars to bring their “party contribution”… which they don’t even eat while gobbling up all the good stuff — and there you have it.
- Soup — Like a salad, why waste time with products before a meal. Nobody is sick. Keep your water food away from Thanksgiving!
- Cabbage salad – I love coleslaw, but it has no place or connection to Thanksgiving.
- Creamed spinach “Is this a dip?” It’s not a garnish, that’s for sure. It’s more like when my dog ate pieces of a green toy and threw it up.
- Cranberry sauce – This is going to get the most hate because I know many who absolutely love this red jelly-like “fruit” gloss.
- corn – Corn on the cob? Sure. But that’s a side of baking/cooking. Bits of corn, or worse… in pudding… it sucks.
- Sweet Potato Casserole “Let’s add another kind of mashed potato, but one whose consistency is almost disgusting, and then put marshmallows on top?” This is not breakfast cereal or campfire. Note: I actually like sliced sweet potatoes with a syrup/brown sugar glaze (but no marshmallows). I guess it’s technically a candied yam?
- Green Bean Casserole “How can we make green beans even worse?” Put them in soup! Creamy—often mushroomy—soup and crunchy onions make them better? Bleh.
BUYS AND SELLS
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, UK — the 8th
- Alvin Kamara, RB, NO — 2nd
- Isaiah Pacheco, RB, KC — 4th
- Jonathan Taylor, RB, IND — 6th
- George Pickens, WR, PIT — the 3rd
- Alan Lazard, WR, Great Britain — 4th
- DJ Moore, WR, CAR — 5th: If they move away from Mayfield
- Greg Dulcich, TE, DEN — 4th
- Trevor Lawrence, QB, JAX — the 32nd
- Joe Burrow, QB, CIN — the 30th
- Josh Jacobs, RB, LV — the 32nd
- Nick Chubb, RB, CLE — the 29th
- Jeff Wilson, RB, MIA — the 27th
- Christian Kirk, WR, JAX — the 32nd
- Allen Robinson, WR, LAR — the 30th
- Tee Higgins, WR, CIN — the 29th
Week 12 Fantasy Football Screenings
🚨 KEEP YOUR HEAD UP 🚨 They may differ from my rankings and mine ranks are the order in which I would start players out of added context, such as “You need the highest potential, even if it’s risky.” In addition, based on 4-point TDs for QB, 6-point breaks and Half-PPR
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Week 12 Fantasy Football Standings
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- We may have found a solution to the standings widget issue by using Fantasy Nation (via Football Diehards). All three ratings work and can be edited by me (unlike before), and the widget will let you scroll in Android (browser) without using two fingers! HOORAY!
- It’s updated regularly, so keep checking back until lineups are locked.
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