Fantasy Football Today: who’s in, who’s out for week 12

Whether you got off to a good start in Thursday’s games or are looking to regain some ground, you’re going to have a lot of questions about your rosters this week, I know that. Adam Aizer and Heath Cummings kept you up to date with the latest news and answered a few kick-off / sit-down questions on this morning’s FFT podcast, and Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Heath are on CBS Sports HQ until the blow of. sending out 1pm matches to answer your questions and keep you up to date with all the news you need to know about the FFT live broadcast.

Be sure to check out both, but if you want more straightforward answers to your questions and other news updates, I have two more ways for you to earn: go to Twitter and use the hashtag “#AskFFT”, where our entire team will answer questions all morning; and head over to the FFT YouTube channel to chat with Adam and I from 11:30 am until kick-off. We’ll be there until kick-off to answer as many questions as possible, so be sure to be in the chat early to ask your questions.

Here’s the rest of our preview content to get you ready, and check out my updated position rankings at the bottom of the newsletter to help you solve any early dilemmas you might run into:

Sep 12, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, United States; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) and Tennessee Titans wide receiver AJ Brown (11) before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Nissan Stadium.

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Zach Wilson will return to the starting lineup for the Jets after missing four games with a sprained knee, and he has a nice soft landing spot against the Texans. No one should plan to use him for Fantasy, so the bigger question really is whether he’ll play well enough to maintain Elijah Moore’s breakthrough and get Ty Johnson involved in the passing game.

Ball carriers

McNichols is actually the biggest injury here, as it apparently allows Dontrell Hilliard to play a big role again. Hillard surprisingly emerged as the Titans’ most-used running back in Week 11, catching eight assists and finishing 82 yards from the scrum. The Titans have a tough clash against the Patriots this week, but given the Titans’ injuries to both the running back and wide receiver, it will be difficult to pull away from Hilliard after that kind of use. He is in the RB2 discussion for the PPR leagues.

The other interesting situation here is with the Jets, with Carter placed on IR earlier this week. Johnson and Tevin Coleman think they’ll share the Jets’ work in the backfield in a big game against the Texans, but can you really trust either? Johnson played 20 snaps in week 12 and had a carry and a target; Coleman rushed for 16 yards on five carries with a target of his own. Coleman probably needs a touchdown to be a lot of Fantasy value, so you’re hoping Johnson gets away from him and gets a decent passing role. He’s more of an RB3, whereas Coleman is really just a game of desperation – it wouldn’t shock me to see La’Mical Perine produce him.

The absences of the RB Seahawks are also noteworthy. Alex Collins appears to be the best rusher against Washington, but DeeJay Dallas equaled him in just a few clicks last week, so he’s a nice addition this morning in case he pushes Collins this week.

These two sound like game time decisions, which isn’t a bad thing for those of you with Patterson, who is playing 1. If Patterson is active, you play him – he’s been the one. one of the best fantasy players this season and has a great game against the Jaguars going on. If he doesn’t play my preference would be to avoid the Atlanta backfield, but that might not be possible, so I would prefer Mike Davis to Wayne Gallman, especially in PPR. However, he wouldn’t be one of the top 24 RBs.

The problem with Jones is that he doesn’t play until 4:25 p.m. so if you have to make a decision early he puts you in a difficult position. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on Sunday morning that there was “optimism” around Jones, who is pushing to play and will go through pre-game warm-ups to prove he’s ready. The problem is, the Packers tend to be pretty conservative with injuries, and with a Week 13 break coming up, they may choose to give him a full two weeks to regain his full strength. I can’t see into the future, so I can’t tell you whether to seat a first player for Jones; if you have a viable replacement at the end of the games list, it’s worth it, but if not, I would probably skip. AJ Dillon thinks he sees a solid role no matter what and is a decent starter even if Jones is playing, so I would probably keep him active.

Probably in: Saquon Barkley (ankle), Kareem Hunt (calf), Elijah Mitchell (finger), Damien Harris (neck), Rhamondre Stevenson (knee)

I’m ready to start Barkley and Hunt in the top 20 running backs this week and Mitchell is in that range as well, so you’re probably starting these three guys. And I’m probably passing on the Patriots duo, as both are supposed to play and it’s not like we have any reason to view either as more likely to be limited – injury details don’t tend to be leaking for the Patriots. Expect another timeshare out there, one that puts them both on the fringes of the fantasy options until something changes to give one of them a real edge. You’re hoping for a touchdown anyway.

Wide receivers

  • Outside: AJ Brown (chest; IR), Corey Davis (groin), Antonio Brown (ankle), Sterling Shepard (quadriceps), Kadarius Toney (quad), Auden Tate (thigh), Anthony Schwartz (concussion), Ben Skowronek (back)
  • Legitimately questionable: Allen Lazard (shoulder), Donovan Peoples-Jones (groin), Curtis Samuel (groin), Nico Collins (hip), Adam Humphries (hip)
  • Intended to play: Marquise Brown (thigh)

The Titans already have Julio Jones and Marcus Johnson on IR, so they’re incredibly short-staffed for this one. Dez Fitzpatrick, Chester Rogers and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine led the team in WR snaps last week, and Westbrook is the only one you might even consider starting from a 100-yard game, but you’ll probably have to be. desperate enough to do it – he turned eight targets into 29 yards in Week 4 against the Jets the last time Brown was out. It’s not a WR top 40 for me.

I’m starting Marquise Brown on her comeback against the Browns, and it really doesn’t take a lot of thinking. He had been a bit of a disappointment before the injury, under 40 yards in two of his previous four games, but he also had 44 targets in those four games, so there’s no way I’m not throwing him. He’s in the WR top 15, while Rashod Bateman is in the WR3 talk as he’s had at least six targets in each of the first five games of his career.

Tight ends

The hope is that Thomas will be activated from the IR before Monday’s game, but given the late kick-off you can’t risk him not playing unless you want to add Gerald Everett as a replacement just in case. I like the chances of Thomas coming back to be a viable starting Fantasy option, however, so if he’s available in your league I would go out and add him unless I have one of the handles without a doubt. about it, tight ends should start.

Updated rankings

Here are my last Sunday morning rankings:


  1. Lamar Jackson vs. CLE
  2. Tom Brady @IND
  3. Jalen hurts @NYG
  4. Justin Herbert @DEN
  5. Aaron Rodgers vs. LAR
  6. Tua Tagovailoa vs. RCA
  7. Cam Newton @MIA
  8. Matthew Stafford @GB
  9. Kirk Cousins ​​@SF
  10. Joe Burrow vs. PIT
  11. Russell Wilson @WAS
  12. Tyrod Taylor vs. NYJ
  13. Teddy Bridgewater vs. BAC
  14. Taylor Heinicke vs. SEA
  15. Ben Roethlisberger @CIN
  16. Carson Wentz vs. TB
  17. Matt Ryan @JAX
  18. Daniel Jones vs. PHI
  19. Mac Jones vs. TEN
  20. Trevor Lawrence vs. ATL
  21. Jimmy Garoppolo vs. MIN

To recover

  1. Christian McCaffrey @MIA
  2. Jonathan Taylor vs. TB
  3. Najee Harris @CIN
  4. Austin Ekeler @DEN
  5. Dalvin Cook @SF
  6. Joe Mixon vs. PIT
  7. Cordarrelle Patterson @JAX
  8. Leonard Fournette @IND
  9. Darrell Henderson @GB
  10. Saquon Barkley vs. PHI
  11. James Robinson vs. ATL
  12. Nick Chubb @BAL
  13. Myles Gaskin vs. CAR
  14. Dontrell Hilliard @NE
  15. Antonio Gibson vs. SEA
  16. Miles Sanders @NYG
  17. Aaron Jones vs. LAR
  18. Kareem Hunt @BAL
  19. Elijah Mitchell v MIN
  20. AJ Dillon vs. LAR
  21. Ty Johnson @HOU
  22. Melvin Gordon vs. BAC
  23. Javonte Williams vs. BAC
  24. D’Onta Foreman @NE
  25. Alex Collins @WAS
  26. Damien Harris v TEN
  27. Rhamondre Stevenson v TEN
  28. Devonta Freeman vs. CLE
  29. David Johnson vs. NYJ
  30. Mike Davis @JAX
  31. Deejay Dallas @WAS
  32. Latavius ​​Murray vs. CLE
  33. JD McKissic v SEA
  34. Nyheim Hines vs. TB
  35. Boston Scott @NYG
  36. Jeff Wilson vs. MIN
  37. Devontae Booker vs. PHI
  38. Alexandre Mattison @SF
  39. Rex Burkhead vs. NYJ
  40. Brandon Bolden vs. TEN

Wide receivers

  1. Davante Adams vs. LAR
  2. Cooper Kupp @GB
  3. Justin Jefferson @SF
  4. Keenan Allen @DEN
  5. Deebo Samuel vs. MIN
  6. Diontae Johnson @CIN
  7. Chris Godwin @IND
  8. DJ Moore @MIA
  9. Mike Evans @IND
  10. Ja’Marr Chase vs. PIT
  11. Marquise Brown vs. CLE
  12. Terry McLaurin vs. SEA
  13. DK Metcalf @WAS
  14. Tyler Lockett @WAS
  15. Brandin Cooks vs. NYJ
  16. Jaylen Waddle vs. CAR
  17. Michael Pittman vs. TB
  18. Jerry Jeudy vs. BAC
  19. Elijah Moore @HOU
  20. Adam Thielen @SF
  21. Tee Higgins vs. PIT
  22. Chase Claypool @CIN
  23. Jamison Crowder @HOU
  24. Odell Beckham @GB
  25. DeVonta Smith @NYG
  26. Brandon Aiyuk vs. MIN
  27. Rashod Bateman vs. CLE
  28. Mike Williams @DEN
  29. Kenny Golladay vs. PHI
  30. Jarvis Landry @BAL
  31. Marvin Jones vs. ATL
  32. Jakobi Meyers vs. TEN
  33. Laviska Shenault vs. ATL
  34. Tyler Boyd vs. PIT
  35. Courtland Sutton v. BAC
  36. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine @NE
  37. Van Jefferson @GB
  38. TY Hilton vs. TB
  39. Dez Fitzpatrick @NE
  40. Russell Gage @JAX

Tight end

  1. Mark Andrews vs. CLE
  2. George Kittle vs. MIN
  3. Rob Gronkowski @IND
  4. Kyle Pitts @JAX
  5. Mike Gesicki vs. CAR
  6. Dallas Goedert @NYG
  7. Dan Arnold vs. ATL
  8. Evan Engram vs. PHI
  9. Tyler Higbee @GB
  10. Pat Freiermuth @CIN
  11. Noah Fant vs. BAC
  12. Hunter Henry vs. TEN
  13. Jared Cook @DEN
  14. Tyler Conklin @SF
  15. Logan Thomas vs. SEA
  16. Austin Hooper @BAL
  17. JO Howard @IND
  18. David Njoku @BAL
  19. Gerald Everett @WAS
  20. CJ Uzomah v PIT

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