With three Thanksgiving-related games, the Week 12 fantasy schedule got off to an intriguing start. Great fantasy performances were delivered on Thursday by players like Josh Allen, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Ezekiel Elliott, and Justin Jefferson.
This means that while some managers are beginning out with a lot of room to cover, others are riding high.
On Sunday, many managers will sadly be without important players. Although there are no bye weeks, players like Joe Mixon, Jerry Jeudy, and Matthew Stafford have already been excluded.
Following Friday’s injury report from NFL.com, you can discover updated positional rankings below, along with a list of possible replacements to target on the waiver wire.
PPR scoring is the foundation for all rankings and selections.
The absence of Stafford in Week 12 may not be the only one of the starters. Justin Fields, the quarterback for the Chicago Bears, has a shoulder ailment and is listed as questionable. It won’t be shocking to see him sit this week given that Chicago has little to play for other than draft positioning.
Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals is probably ready to play again after missing two weeks due to a hamstring issue.
Murray hopes to start against the Chargers, so two straight days of practice are encouraging, according to ESPN’s Eric Moody.
Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, is likely to carry on despite having a broken thumb.
Even though the Cincinnati Bengals defense will be a challenge for Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill this week, he should be a respectable replacement. He just racked up 333 yards and two touchdowns, but only 18 percent of Yahoo leagues and 9 percent of ESPN leagues have him on their rosters.
Marcus Mariota of the Atlanta Falcons, a dual-threat quarterback, is another potential spot starter. The Washington Commanders, who are rostered in 46% of ESPN leagues and 39% of Yahoo leagues respectively, have given up an average of 17.4 fantasy points to opposition quarterbacks this season.
Mike White, the quarterback for the New York Jets, might be a choice for managers who are in a real bind. Zach Wilson lost the starting job to him, and he will go up against a Bears defense that has allowed opponents’ quarterbacks to score 16.6 fantasy points per game.
In nearly 95% of Yahoo and ESPN leagues, white is an option.
One of the running backs who might miss time this week is Bengals’ Joe Mixon, who has been ruled out with a concussion.
Due to a knee issue, Miami Dolphins starter Raheem Mostert is questionable, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette is also questionable. Gus Edwards (hamstring, knee) of the Baltimore Ravens, Alvin Kamara (illness), and Mark Ingram (knee) of the New Orleans Saints are all listed as questionable.
D’Onta Foreman, a running back for the Carolina Panthers, missed practice despite not having an official injury status. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire of the Kansas City Chiefs is out with a sprained high ankle.
Samaje Perine, the Bengals’ backup, is a strong target on the waiver wire for Week 12 due to Mixon’s condition. Perine should have the most of the backfield work now that Mixon is gone after catching three touchdown receptions last week.
56 percent of Yahoo leagues and 25 percent of ESPN leagues have Perine on their rosters.
Due to Edwards-injury, Helaire’s Jerick McKinnon might have a slight advantage over the Los Angeles Rams. McKinnon hasn’t played much this year, but if the Chiefs get on the Rams early with Stafford out, this game might feature a lot of running.
Latavius Murray, a back for the Denver Broncos, should also be monitored by managers. Because Melvin Gordon III has been freed, he should be a regular contributor in Denver after posting four catches and 72 scrimmage yards the previous week.
Although Murray isn’t commonly accessible, he is in 30% of the leagues on Yahoo and ESPN, so it’s worth looking.
The possibility that Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase will recover from a hip injury is arguably the biggest injury update at the position this week. The official status of the 2021 Offensive Rookie of the Year is in doubt, which is fantastic news for fantasy managers.
This season, the Titans have allowed 33.6 fantasy points on average to opposing receivers, which ranks seventh in the NFL. Managers will naturally want to have a fallback strategy in place. Chase will be a game-time decision, according to NFL.com’s Kevin Patra.
This week’s injured receivers include Mike Williams of the Los Angeles Chargers, Jeudy and K.J. Hamler of the Broncos, and Russell Gage of the Buccaneers.
Ohio Browns wide receiver For players who need a receiver, Donovan Peoples-Jones should be toward the top of their waiver wish list. In his last four games, he has averaged five receptions, and he has established himself as a key component of Cleveland’s passing attack.
Peoples-Jones has a roster spot in 50% of the Yahoo and 42% of the ESPN leagues.
After his breakout performance against Green Bay in Week 11, Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks is worth a pick. He isn’t yet a must-add, but that might rapidly change with another solid performance. Burks recorded seven catches for 111 yards versus Green Bay, compared to just 13 catches and 153 receiving yards in his first five games.
48 percent of Yahoo leagues and 36 percent of ESPN leagues have Burks on their rosters. If the Arkansas-born athlete puts together two consecutively strong performances, that figure will significantly increase.
If the Indianapolis Colts wide receiver is available, he might be the best addition for Week 12. He has established himself as the Colts’ No. 2 receiver, despite his inconsistent fantasy performance from week to week.
But Campbell just had a five-catch, 67-yard outing, and he’ll be going up against the Pittsburgh Steelers’ secondary, which is probably the worst in football.
Just make sure Campbell plays, as he only participated partially in practice this week. In 47% of Yahoo leagues and 54% of ESPN leagues, he is rostered.