Week 12 WR and TE Rankings
Week 12 WR and TE Sleepers
Week 12 Start N' Sit
Week 12 Waiver Wire Tips

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Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
This is how we rank the top WRs and TEs for Week Twelve of the fantasy season. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - each week we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each receiver's past performance and factor that into our projections. The rankings are based on a standard non-PPR league where 10 receiving or rushing yards equal 1 point, receiving and rushing TDs equal 6 pts., and fumbles deduct 2 points.

  1. Demaryius Thomas
  2. Jordy Nelson
  3. Brandon Marshall
  4. T.Y. Hilton
  5. Calvin Johnson
  6. Dez Bryant
  7. A.J. Green
  8. * Alshon Jeffery
  9. Randall Cobb
  10. Jeremy Maclin
  11. Mike Evans
  12. Odell Beckham Jr.
  13. * Emmanuel Sanders
  14. * Julio Jones
  15. DeAndre Hopkins
  16. Sammy Watkins
  17. Roddy White
  18. DeSean Jackson
  19. Mike Wallace
  20. Vincent Jackson
  21. Golden Tate
  22. Mohamed Sanu
  23. Torrey Smith
  24. Anquan Boldin
  25. Pierre Garcon
* Check the player's injury status prior to gametime!

  1. Rob Gronkowski
  2. Jimmy Graham
  3. Antonio Gates
  4. Larry Donnell
  5. Travis Kelce
  6. * Julius Thomas
  7. Martellus Bennett
  8. Coby Fleener
  9. Charles Clay
  10. Owen Daniels
  11. Delanie Walker
  12. Mychal Rivera
  13. Jason Witten
  14. Scott Chandler
  15. Jared Cook
* Check the player's injury status prior to gametime!
Bears WR Brandon Marshall
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud WRs and TEs who may fail to deliver:

Brandon Marshall
Bears WR Brandon Marshall
Marshall had delivered what everyone had learned to expect from him over the past two weeks. In two games against division rivals, Marshall has produced 202 yards receiving and three touchdowns. The 21 points he scored last week were the most since Week 2 against San Francisco earlier this season. Marshall is poised to continue his success as the Bears welcome the Buccaneers to Chicago in Week 12. Tampa Bay’s defense is currently allowing the 3rd-most fantasy points in the league. I expect Marshall and Jeffery to each go for 100 yards and a touchdown in an absolute route.

Sammy Watkins
Bills WR Sammy Watkins
Sammy Watkins has been the hottest rookie receiver in the AFC. When the Jets welcomed the Bills to the new Meadowlands in Week 8, Watkins went nuts for 157 yards and a touchdown. This time, the two teams will meet in Buffalo where the Bills clearly have the advantage. Last week, Watkins struggled with Miami’s Brent Grimes shadowing him the entire game. Fortunately for the rookie’s fantasy owners, the Jets do not have any defensive backs that are even close to as talented as Grimes. Look for Watkins to have field day at home against Rex Ryan’s deficient secondary.

Larry Fitzgerald
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald
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With Carson Palmer out for the year, franchise receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s value is very limited. He should only be played when the matchup is perfect. Last week against a very tough Detroit defense, Fitzgerald only caught 2-of-4 targets for 33 yards. However, the matchup this week is even more difficult for the Cardinal receivers. Arizona welcomes into town the defending champion Seahawks—a secondary that is allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Fitzgerald should be kept on the bench in all leagues.

Pierre Garcon
Redskins WR Pierre Garcon
In his last three games, Pierre Garcon has been dreadful. The former Indianapolis Colt receiver has gained just 68 yards in his last three games with no touchdowns. On the season, he is ranked just 49th at his position. Garcon is absolutely a talented receiver but his upside is limited by the struggling quarterback play from RG3, Kirk Cousins, and Colt McCoy. Last week against one of the weakest secondaries in the league, Garcon caught just one pass for 6 yards. Up next for the ‘Skins is a cross-country trip to San Francisco to play a strong Niners defense. Garcon is not trust worthy right now and should not be in any lineups this week.

Larry Donnell
Giants TE Larry Donnell
Donnell has been up and down all season and right now he is coming off a 54-yard performance in which he scored a touchdown. Donnell is a top-ten player at his position and he has a good chance of improving his numbers against a Cowboys defense that allows the 4th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Donnell has a cakewalk schedule coming up so get used to him playing well. He’s going to have a great end to the season.

Jared Cook
Rams TE Jared Cook
Cook failed to build off his best performance of this season. In Week 11 against the Cardinals, Cook gained 84 yards and scored a touchdown. The following week, in the Rams upset victory over the Broncos, Cook gained just 19 yards. The Rams have a date with a Chargers defense that is allowing the 3rd-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Cook has been no sure thing and is the 16th ranked tight end in fantasy football. Keep him on your bench.

Josh Gordon
Browns WR Josh Gordon
Last season’s No. 1 ranked receiver is only a sleeper this season because he was suspended for Cleveland’s first 10 games. At 6-4, the Browns are traveling to Atlanta to face a Falcons secondary that is allowing 25.32 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, the 8th-most in the NFL. Gordon is one of the most talented receivers in the league and Brian Hoyer should try to get him involved in the offense immediately. It’s not as if he is a rookie and does not know how to run certain routes. Gordon has been in the league for a few years and should be able to get on the same page with Hoyer relatively quickly. I’m sure that his first game back will be his least productive game, however, for Josh Gordon, unproductive is still something like 50 yards and a touchdown. If you stashed Gordon for the past 11 weeks, you have to plug Gordon into your lineup.

Anquan Boldin
49ers WR Anquan Boldin
Boldin has been Kaepernick’s most effective receiver this season. Over the course of the first ten games this season, Boldin has caught 56 passes for 688 yards and three touchdowns. The 12th-year receiver has scored at least 5 points every week since Week 3. The Niners are looking forward to a matchup with a Redskins defense that is allowing the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. After coming off three of four 90-yard games with a touchdown, Boldin only gained 53 yards last week and failed to find the end zone. I like his chances of bouncing back this week.

Coby Fleener
Colts TE Coby Fleener
Fleener capitalized on his opportunity Sunday night when starter Dwayne Allen suffered an ankle injury. Fleener responded with possibly his best outing of his short NFL career. The former Stanford Cardinal caught 7-of-7 passes for 144 yards. In the game before that, he gained 77 yards and scored a touchdown. With two great games in a row and Allen possibly sitting on the bench, Fleener should perform well once again against a Jaguars defense that is allowing the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. I expect Fleener to continue his recent surge.

Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts III
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Don't get too discouraged if your draft didn't work out as you planned. Fantasy success isn't the exclusive result of a solid draft - often it's the in-season waiver wire moves that determines who makes it to the post-season. We've got some hot tips for you that should help you improve your roster and catch up to those lucky sons-of-guns who always seem to draft the right players:

Wide Receivers to Add

Cecil Shorts III
Prior to the Week 11 bye, Shorts caught five passes for 119 yards, reaching the century mark for the second time this season. With Allen Robinson out for the season, Shorts will emerge as the Jags clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver. Allen Hurns is also dealing with some injury issues and may not suit up for a Week 12 matchup with the Indianapolis Colts. Shorts has seen at least seven targets in his last five outings so although he has only scored one touchdown this season, that number should increase drastically. The Jaguars are often playing from behind forcing rookie quarterback Blake Bortles to throw the ball often. Look for Shorts to be the prime beneficiary.

Kenny Stills
Second-year receiver Kenny Stills should see added snaps and targets with Brandin Cooks sidelined for 4-6 weeks. Stills stepped up on Sunday catching all four passes thrown his way for 32 yards and the Saints only touchdown of the day. Drew Brees is an elite quarterback in this league. Stills is probably the quickest and most explosive wide receiver that New Orleans has aside from Cooks. Look for the two to hook up on plenty of long balls. The Saints have some very favorable matchups for the passing game coming up, particularly in the fantasy post season. If you need a receiver, pick the Saint up immediately.

Wide Receivers to Drop

Brandin Cooks
Rookie Brandin Cooks has been a great addition to New Orleans’ aerial attacking but unfortunately, a broken thumb will keep him out for the next 4-6 weeks. He is the 25th ranked player at his position in fantasy football but there is a chance that he will miss the rest of the fantasy season and playoffs. It’s not worth it to occupy a roster spot with a player that may not suit up until a champion has already been crowned in your league. Drop the New Orleans Saints’ deep threat and pickup his teammate Kenny Stills.

Cordarelle Patterson
For some reason, Patterson is still owned in 73.8% of NFL.com leagues. This number needs to drop significantly. Patterson is the 59th ranked wide receiver this season and has scored just one touchdown in his last nine outings. He has also failed to reach 35 receiving yards in five of his last six games. Against the Bears on Sunday, Patterson gained just 27 total yards. He is an extremely talented and explosive player but does not get enough touches and his upside is limited by rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s inexperience. Drop the Viking for a more consistent option.

Tight Ends to Add

Coby Fleener
Coby Fleener had his most productive outing of the season catching all seven passes thrown in his direction for 144 yards. Starting tight end Dwayne Allen went down with an ankle injury providing the opportunity for Fleener to show off his skills. If Allen is going to be sidelined for a significant amount of time, Fleener is a must add. However, keep an eye on Allen’s status. Fleener’s value is solely based on Allen’s injury status.

Keep a Finger on the Eject Button

Jordan Reed/Dwayne Allen
Dwayne Allen suffered an ankle injury and Jordan Reed hurt his hamstring. Coach Chuck Pagano of the Colts said that Allen could miss one or two games. If that is the case, he is worth holding onto. However, if his injury is more serious than that, you may want to drop him. The timetable for Jordan Reed’s injury is still unknown. Keep your eye on his status. If he is unable to suit up, you may want to drop him in favor of his backup, Niles Paul who produced very solid numbers in Reed’s absence earlier this season.