Updated: Aug 24, 2020
Welcome back, Cutlets! We have completed our Consensus Week 12 Rankings, and boy, do we have some takes for you. Before we dive in, I think I forgot to mention the reason why we had just five TEs last week (it’s because guys like Jared Cook make it into the top-five on weeks such as this). Also, instead of linking the sites that we pull stats from, I am going to credit CBS right now – for all of the stats – unless otherwise stated. Now that I’ve cleared that up, let’s get into it!
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Lamar Jackson – We don’t think the NFL has players that can stop him, and that includes Aaron Donald. MVP.
Matt Ryan – Tampa Bay is the second-juiciest matchup for quarterbacks, and despite what these Carolina Panthers fans say down here in North Carolina, Matt Ryan is a great QB. Expect him to have a high-yardage day and a quality performance.
Russell Wilson – Philadelphia is the 17th best team against opposing quarterbacks, and while they have had some impressive showings recently, Russell Wilson is certainly still an MVP candidate. He will get it done this week.
Deshaun Watson – Deshaun Watson is coming off of his worst game of the season. In the weeks following a poor performance, Deshaun Watson has not scored less than 24 fantasy points. Take it for what you will.
Baker Mayfield – as Browns fans, we have been waiting a long time to see this name crack our rankings. To go along with the crazy good matchup is the fact that Baker has been really good since their Week 9 bye (aside from the interception against the Patriots). Top five this week.
Drew Brees – the Panthers started off the season pretty darn good against quarterbacks. However, since Ryan Tannehill lit them up, they’re giving up 292 yards per game to opposing QBs, and we expect Brees to continue that trend.
Derek Carr – the Jets have been bad and the Raiders passing attack is legitimate. Carr should have a good week.
Josh Allen – talked about on the Week 11 Recap, we love Josh Allen despite some difficult matchups coming up. Plus, the Broncos away from Denver are much less tough.
Aaron Rodgers – at San Francisco is not a matchup that we’d like our personal fantasy QBs to have, but Aaron Rodgers should get it done this week.
Sam Darnold – Oakland’s secondary is very bad, despite their showing against Ryan Finley last week. We expect Darnold to handle his business this week.
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Alvin Kamara – the Saints have been incorporating Kamara back to what he had been before injury, and against a Panthers team that is 30th against the running back position, we think he’ll succeed.
Christian McCaffrey – almost a travesty to have him anywhere but first in these rankings, but CMC will continue to do CMC things until the end of time. Start him up.
Nick Chubb – he isn’t the only Browns RB we have in the top 20, but he is the lone Cleveland rusher in the top ten. The Dolphins are a respectable 27th against the RB position this season, and Chubb has been amazing this season.
Saquon Barkley – a world where Saquon is outside of the top three is not one I want to live in, but I guess fourth isn’t bad.
Josh Jacobs – the Jets are really good against running backs. That doesn’t matter to us here, as we think Jacobs returns to form.
Leonard Fournette – Doug Marrone said he will incorporate Fournette back into the offense, and we think that is evident this week against the Titans.
Aaron Jones – well, if Rodgers is going to be a top-ten quarterback, Jones will likely be a top-ten running back against a stout defense that has been much shakier as of late, especially against good offenses like the Packers’.
Le’Veon Bell – a good portion of Sam Darnold’s production may come from the dump off due to the fact that the Raiders will be in the backfield quite a bit.
Derrick Henry – the slap bet between me and Randy/Sean is getting down to the wire, and I, for one, am feeling optimistic (especially since these guys had him ranked so highly). You love to see it.
Tevin Coleman – the Packers are the fourth-worst against opposing running backs, and that bodes well for Coleman.
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Michael Thomas – again, the Panthers have been on a downward trend defensively, and MT is a beast. We’ll see if someone can dethrone him this year.
Julio Jones – he faces the Buccaneers. That is all.
Mike Evans – I’m not sure how Evans and Godwin made it into our top ten, but we sure seem confident that Jameis Winston can support two wide outs and still land outside the top ten quarterbacks. Welcome to the mediocrity, folks!
Odell Beckham, Jr. – the target share has been insane (he is averaging 11 of them the past two weeks) and the matchup gives us hope that he will find the end zone. Start him up.
Deandre Hopkins – the Colts are a tough matchup (14th against the receiver position), but he was able to score over 25 fantasy points in their first matchup, so we feel pretty confident in this.
Tyler Lockett – coming off of a scary injury into a plus-matchup is an interesting scenario, but we feel that if he goes, he goes hard. In the words of Randy, Lockett should eat this week.
Davante Adams – the 49ers are the 7th best against the WR position giving up just 16.6 fantasy points per game. But Adams is too good not to land inside our top ten.
DJ Chark – the Foles/Chark connection is very real, and in a matchup against the 20th ranked defense against receivers, we think Chark has a huge day.
Julian Edelman – there are few receivers that have a safer floor than Edelman, but even with the tough matchup, we think Edelman is a WR1 this week.
Chris Godwin – see Mike Evans.
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Zach Ertz – Seattle’s main Achilles heel is its defense against TEs, and Ertz has been quite productive recently. Plus, the options are slim this week.
Mark Andrews – the Rams are quite good against TEs, but Lamar should be able to do whatever he wants, and that includes throwing to his tight ends.
Ryan Griffin – no Herndon, no problem. The Raiders are bad against TEs and Griffin is coming off of a career day. Are we chasing the points? Probably, but the touchdown upside pushes him here this week.
Darren Waller – the Jets are very good against tight ends (4th, to be exact) but once again, the landscape is gross this week. Absolutely gross. Waller could have less than five catches and end up here.
Jared Cook – if Evan Engram or George Kittle play this week, they probably push Cook out, which is why I don’t even want to discuss why he’s here. Petition for your commissioners to get rid of TEs or boost the scoring for them.
So there you have it. There were other guys that came very close to breaking the top-ten at each position, but these are the guys we think have the highest probability to pop this week. If you have any disputes or just want to share your opinion on our rankings, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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