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

Written By Jackson Sparks
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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.

WEEK 12 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start 'em, sit 'em

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.

WEEK 12 DFS LINEUPS: DraftKings | FanDuel | Yahoo

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.

WEEK 12 DFS: Best values | Lineup Builder

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 DeVonta Smith, PHI @ NYG
19 Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. SEA
20 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. LV
21 Adam Thielen, MIN @ SF
22 Jaylen Waddle, MIA vs. CAR
23 Cole Beasley, BUF @ NO
24 Mike Williams, LAC @ DEN
25 Rashod Bateman, BAL vs. CLE
26 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. PIT
27 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ DET
28 Odell Beckham Jr., LAR @ GB
29 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ DAL
30 Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. LAC
31 Brandon Aiyuk, SF vs. MIN
32 Elijah Moore, NYJ @ HOU
33 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. TEN
34 Marvin Jones, JAX vs. ATL
35 Cedrick Wilson, DAL vs. LV
36 Kenny Golladay, NYG vs. PHI
37 Corey Davis, NYJ @ HOU
38 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. TB
39 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. ATL
40 Kendrick Bourne, NE vs. TEN
41 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. LAR
42 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ BAL
43 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ NO
44 Robby Anderson, CAR @ MIA
45 Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. LAC
46 Van Jefferson, LAR @ GB
47 Tre'Quan Smith, NO vs. BUF
48 Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET vs. CHI
49 DeAndre Carter, WAS vs. SEA
50 Nelson Agholor, NE vs. TEN
51 Darius Slayton, NYG vs. PHI
52 Josh Reynolds, DET vs. CHI
53 Russell Gage, ATL @ JAX
54 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. LAC
55 Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ HOU
56 Nick Webster-Ikhine, TEN @ NE
57 Chester Rogers, TEN @ NE
58 John Ross, NYG vs. PHI
59 Allen Lazard, GB vs. LAR
60 Deonte Harris, NO vs. LV
61 Nico Collins, HOU vs. NYJ
62 Marquez Callaway, NO vs. BUF
63 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. PIT
64 DeSean Jackson, LV @ DAL
65 Zach Pascal, IND vs. TB
66 Ray-Ray McLoud, PIT @ CIN
67 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE @ BAL
68 Kalif Raymond, DET vs. CHI
69 Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL @ JAX
70 Mack Hollins, MIA vs. BAL
71 Bryan Edwards, LV @ DAL
72 Randall Cobb, GB vs LAR
73 Malik Turner, DAL vs. LV
74 Chris Conley, HOU vs. NYJ
75 Sammy Watkins, BAL vs. CLE
76 Zay Jones, LV @ DAL
77 Tajae Sharpe, ATL @ JAX
78 Rashard Higgins, CLE @ BAL
79 Jalen Reagor, PHI @ NYG
80 K.J. Osborn, MIN @ SF
81 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ DEN
82 Adam Humphries, WAS vs. SEA
83 Freddie Swain, SEA @ WAS

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