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Week 12 Rankings Update

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving is about tradition.

This is my eighth Thanksgiving writing for Rotoworld, and one of my traditions is to post the rankings early before driving to my parents for the holiday. They have moved in the meantime and I've added a wife to ride shotgun in the rental car out of New York, but basically things remain the same.

Fantasy football hasn't changed much in the last decade either. At this time of year it's more about who you can trust than the matchups. I've included who I trust in the three Thanksgiving games below the quarterback rankings.

Have a great holiday everyone.

Week 12 Quarterbacks

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Drew Breesat DAL -
2Philip Riversat IND -
3Aaron Rodgersat ATL -
4Michael Vickat CHI -
5Tom Bradyat DET Questionable(right shoulder, foot)
6Ben Roethlisbergerat BUF -
7Peyton Manningvs. SD -
8Kyle Ortonvs. STL -
9Eli Manningvs. JAC -
10Matt Schaubvs. TEN Probable(knee)
11Joe Flaccovs. TB -
12Mark Sanchezvs. CIN Probable(calf)
13Brett Favreat WAS Probable(flu)
14Matt Ryanvs. GB -
15Matt Casselat SEA -
16Jon Kitnavs. NO -
17Shaun Hillvs. NE Probable(quadricep)
18Jay Cutlervs. PHI -
19Matt Hasselbeckvs. KC Probable(left wrist)
20David Garrardat NYG -
21Troy Smithat ARZ -
22Carson Palmerat NYJ Probable(foot)
23Josh Freemanat BAL -
24Ryan Fitzpatrickvs. PIT -
25Sam Bradfordat DEN -
26Donovan McNabbvs. MIN Probable(hamstring)
27Derek Andersonvs. SF -
28Bruce Gradkowskivs. MIA -
29Rusty Smithat HOU -
30Chad Henneat OAK Questionable(knee)
31Jake Delhommevs. CAR -
32Jimmy Clausenat CLE Probable(concussion)

Lions @ Patriots: Detroit's defense is especially bad against the run and giving up points, so it's a good day for BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Wes Welker appears to have some of his short area quickness back and should be a reasonable WR3 in PPR leagues. I trust Detroit won't have much of a running game whether Jahvid Best plays or not, but Shaun Hill will find a way to top 225 yards and you could do worse than Nate Burleson as a flex option.

Saints @ Cowboys: I trust Miles Austin and Dez Bryant are too good to sit, even in a tough matchup. Their box scores look weirder by the week, but you aren't going to bench them. I won't trust the Saints running game if Reggie Bush plays. (My guess is Bush will go.) Despite the recent uptick for Felix Jones, I'd be looking for a way to bench him if possible because he's the opposite of trustworthy.

Bengals @ Jets: New York's pass defense is barely better than average this year as a whole. Darrelle Revis is playing better now, but was beaten a few times last week and the Texans didn't take advantage. Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco get knocked down the rankings below the Jets wideouts because I trust Mark Sanchez more than Carson Palmer and Cincinnati's secondary has been devastated. Cedric Benson is worth avoiding if possible; Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson are decent RB2s.

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Gregg Rosenthal has directed Rotoworld's football content since 2003. He co-hosts the NBC Fantasy Fix and covers the NFL for and Catch him on Twitter.
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