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#273 🚨 Updated Week 12 Fantasy Rankings

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In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter Waz shares his updated ranks. It's 11/27. Take it away, Peter Overzet…
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With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror it’s time to set our sights on the Week 12 main slate. 

A few pieces of news that have already firmed up: 

* AJ Brown will not play this week, leaving the Titans with very limited weapons against the Patriots. 

* Kareem Hunt will return to action for the first time since Week 7 to face the Ravens on SNF. 

There are still a few pieces of news that have the potential to, dare I say, flip the slate on its head.

Will Aaron Jones return from his MCL? Can Eli Mitchell return after having finger surgery? Waz breaks down how he’s handling the situation below and shares his updated Week 12 rankings.

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* This week’s biggest question is the availability of Elijah Mitchell (RB18) in his recovery from finger surgery on his right hand. He was a limited participant in practice all week, but reports indicate that he was handling the ball exclusively in his left hand. It appears like a legitimate 50/50 chance he plays, so have a backup plan ready for the late afternoon game. Whether or not Mitchell plays, Jeff Wilson Jr. (RB26) should be involved in the run game with some Deebo Samuel (WR4) sprinkled in as well.

* I’m not optimistic about Aaron Jones’ (RB36) returning to play from his Week 10 MCL sprain this week, but he did partake in practice in a limited fashion through Friday. The Packers are on bye next week, which could encourage them to give Jones an extra week. Until we hear more, I’m going to assume he plays, but on a limited snap count. Regardless, A.J. Dillon (RB12) is a worthy play on volume alone against a stout Rams rush defense.

* After he played 62% of the Giants’ offensive snaps against the Buccaneers in Week 11, I wouldn’t worry too much about Saquon Barkley’s (RB9) ankle injury limiting him this week. He logged a week of limited practices and is expected to be featured in a run-heavy game script against an Eagles defense that ranks 21st in Rush DVOA. Sterling Shepard has already been ruled out and Kadarius Toney and Kyle Rudolph are doubtful to play. John Ross (WR71) has been dealing with a quad injury, but I expect him to play. Kenny Golladay (WR40), Evan Engram (TE11), and Darius Slayton (WR63) will garner most of the targets in a game where the Giants are 3.5-point home underdogs.

* Damien Harris (RB20) and Rhamondre Stevenson (RB22) are each working through injuries, but both practiced in a limited fashion this week and are expected to play. While each RB limits the fantasy ceiling of the other, they are both solid starts against the Titans’ 18th ranked rush defense in a game where the Patriots are -7 favorites. If either running back is projected to be limited or out, Brandon Bolden (RB37) is a solid start. All Patriots RBs would benefit from Hunter Henry (TE12) and Jonnu Smith (TE25) on the field as well. Henry has been nursing a neck injury and Smith a shoulder injury, but each put in limited practices this week and I expect them to play.

* Zach Wilson (QB23) is back at QB for the Jets. Corey Davis (WR31) is going to try to play through his groin injury. Davis had a DNP on Thursday but did put in limited work on Wednesday and Friday. With Michael Carter out several weeks with a high-ankle sprain, Ty Johnson (RB24) and Tevin Coleman (RB30) should split carries out of the backfield against a Texans defense that ranks 23rd in Rush DVOA. Both Johnson and Coleman are capable pass-catchers, but the latter could siphon snaps as the more capable pass-blocker.

* If you have plans to play Nico Collins (WR62) this week, keep an eye on the status of his hip injury. He was a late addition to the injury report yesterday and could be a GTS. Brandin Cooks (WR16) remains the only reliable Texans wide receiver, but if Collins is out, David Johnson (RB32) and Rex Burkhead (RB33) could assume increased looks out of the backfield with Chris Conley (WR72) earning more snaps as well.


Rob Waziak aka "Waz" is a fantasy football analyst who competes in draft and season-long expert rankings competitions. He's consistently been at or near the top of all industry-wide leaderboards since 2017.

 

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- PETE OVERZET 

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