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Week 12 Rankings

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Week 12 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Greg Olsen at OAK -
2 Jimmy Graham at TB -
3 Rob Gronkowski at NYJ Questionable (chest)
4 Jordan Reed at DAL Sidelined (shoulder)
5 Delanie Walker at CHI -
6 Tyler Eifert at BAL -
7 Eric Ebron vs. MIN -
8 Travis Kelce at DEN -
9 Kyle Rudolph at DET -
10 Antonio Gates at HOU -
11 Zach Ertz vs. GB Questionable (hamstring)
12 Martellus Bennett at NYJ Questionable (ankle)
13 Jason Witten vs. WAS -
14 C.J. Fiedorowicz vs. SD Questionable (shoulder)
15 Cameron Brate vs. SEA -
16 Gary Barnidge vs. NYG -
17 Dennis Pitta vs. CIN -
18 Lance Kendricks at NO -
19 Vance McDonald at MIA -
20 Jared Cook at PHI -
21 Will Tye at CLE -
22 Coby Fleener vs. LAR -
23 Charles Clay vs. JAC -
24 Hunter Henry at HOU -
25 Richard Rodgers at PHI -
26 Jack Doyle vs. PIT -
27 Vernon Davis at DAL -
28 Ladarius Green at IND -
29 Austin Hooper vs. ARZ -
30 Jesse James at IND -
31 Dwayne Allen vs. PIT -
32 Virgil Green vs. KC -
33 Clive Walford vs. CAR -
34 Josh Hill vs. LAR Sidelined (ankle)

TE Notes: Rob Gronkowski (lung) will be the No. 1 option if he gets cleared. … Greg Olsen is in a slump — 16/135/1 over his past four games — but remains the TE2 by average points. Allowing the eighth most fantasy points to tight ends, the Raiders couldn’t contain C.J. Fiedorowicz in Mexico City. It’s just a matter of time for Olsen. … Averaging a career-high 14.2 yards per catch, Jimmy Graham is playing with a physical dominance and violence his game wasn’t always known for in New Orleans. … It’s possible Jamison Crowder has lowered Jordan Reed’s ceiling a tad, but his floor remains 5/50. … Rishard Matthews could be threatening Delanie Walker’s status as the Titans’ No. 1 receiver, but Walker has drawn fewer than five targets only once all season. He’s averaging seven. The Bears are a middle-of-the-road matchup. … Tyler Eifert will lead the Bengals in targets during A.J. Green’s absence. Even in shy-away matchups like this week’s against the Ravens, he’s impossible to ignore as an elite option.


Eric Ebron is averaging 80 yards in three games since returning from injury. The Vikings’ otherwise stout defense is vulnerable to seam stretchers. … Despite Alex Smith’s struggles, Travis Kelce has two 100-yard efforts in his past four games. The Broncos’ elite defense doesn’t erase tight ends like it does wideouts. Kelce is a comfortable top-eight option. … Kyle Rudolph’s steady early-season pace has been replaced by more erratic production. Thankfully for Week 12, he has a plus matchup in the Lions. The expected absence of Stefon Diggs (knee) could create a targets bonanza. … Refusing to go away, Antonio Gates has at least nine targets in four straight games. … By necessity for his struggling offense, Zach Ertz has started producing as a much-steadier presence. Week 12 opponent Green Bay is allowing the fifth-most tight end fantasy points. … Martellus Bennett was a colossal Week 11 disappointment, but owners will have no choice but to fire him up as a TE1 if Rob Gronkowski misses his second straight game.


Jason Witten has no upside, but should hit his five-catch floor against a Redskins defense allowing 6.6 weekly tight end receptions. … C.J. Fiedorowicz is the preferred target of Brock Osweiler, a quarterback who struggles to push the ball more than 5-6 yards up the field. The Chargers are neither an attackable nor stay-away opponent. … Gary Barnidge has Josh McCown back, but he’s lost the fantasy benefit of the doubt. 24 seam stretchers are averaging more weekly fantasy points. … Despite making a bevy of his usual mistakes, Jared Cook exploded for 6/105/1 in his return. For now, we’ll assume it was a fluke, especially against the tight end tough Eagles. … Will Tye was quiet in Week 11. He’ll have a chance to get loud against a Browns that’s allowed a staggering 70/770/9 to enemy tight ends in 11 games. … The Colts can’t stop tight ends, but Ladarius Green has yet to graduate past dart throw status.           


Week 12 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Justin Tucker vs. CIN -
2 Matt Bryant vs. ARZ -
3 Dan Bailey vs. WAS Questionable (back)
4 Caleb Sturgis vs. GB -
5 Dustin Hopkins at DAL -
6 Stephen Gostkowski at NYJ -
7 Adam Vinatieri vs. PIT -
8 Cairo Santos at DEN -
9 Brandon McManus vs. KC -
10 Steven Hauschka at TB -
11 Nick Novak vs. SD -
12 Josh Lambo at HOU -
13 Sebastian Janikowski vs. CAR -
14 Graham Gano at OAK -
15 Mason Crosby at PHI -
16 Robbie Gould at CLE -
17 Matt Prater vs. MIN -
18 Chandler Catanzaro at ATL -
19 Wil Lutz vs. LAR -
20 Chris Boswell at IND -
21 Ryan Succop at CHI -
22 Dan Carpenter vs. JAC -
23 Andrew Franks vs. SF -
24 Jason Myers at BUF -
25 Kai Forbath at DET -
26 Greg Zuerlein at NO -
27 Phil Dawson at MIA -
28 Roberto Aguayo vs. SEA -
29 Mike Nugent at BAL -
30 Nick Folk vs. NE -
31 Connor Barth vs. TEN -
32 Cody Parkey vs. NYG -

Week 12 Defense/Special Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Bills Def/Spec Team vs. JAC -
2 Giants Def/Spec Team at CLE -
3 Broncos Def/Spec Team vs. KC -
4 Dolphins Def/Spec Team vs. SF -
5 Patriots Def/Spec Team at NYJ -
6 Titans Def/Spec Team at CHI -
7 Chiefs Def/Spec Team at DEN -
8 Seahawks Def/Spec Team at TB -
9 Vikings Def/Spec Team at DET -
10 Steelers Def/Spec Team at IND -
11 Ravens Def/Spec Team vs. CIN -
12 Lions Def/Spec Team vs. MIN -
13 Texans Def/Spec Team vs. SD -
14 Saints Def/Spec Team vs. LAR -
15 Eagles Def/Spec Team vs. GB -
16 Chargers Def/Spec Team at HOU -
17 Falcons Def/Spec Team vs. ARZ -
18 Bengals Def/Spec Team at BAL -
19 Rams Def/Spec Team at NO -
20 Panthers Def/Spec Team at OAK -
21 Cardinals Def/Spec Team at ATL -
22 Raiders Def/Spec Team vs. CAR -
23 Packers Def/Spec Team at PHI -
24 Redskins Def/Spec Team at DAL -
25 Jaguars Def/Spec Team at BUF -
26 Cowboys Def/Spec Team vs. WAS -
27 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team vs. SEA -
28 Bears Def/Spec Team vs. TEN -
29 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team at MIA -
30 Jets Def/Spec Team vs. NE -
31 Colts Def/Spec Team vs. PIT -
32 Browns Def/Spec Team vs. NYG -

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