NFL fantasy football position rankings for Week 12:
1 Derek Carr, Oakland vs. Carolina
2 Russell Wilson, Seattle at Tampa Bay
3 Tom Brady, New England at N.Y. Jets ... Brady is averaging 319 yards passing per game and is on a full-season pace of 43 touchdowns.
4 Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh at Indianapolis ... Indianapolis allows the most passing yards per game, nearly 285.
5 Dak Prescott, Dallas vs. Washington
6 Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Los Angeles ... You have to believe in Drew Brees at home (where he averages a league-high 366.4 passing yards). But the Rams have allowed just 12.5 points per game over their past four games, fewest in the NFL, and they are No. 1 against the pass over their past three games.
7 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay at Philadelphia
8 Cam Newton, Carolina at Oakland ... Newton can play at MVP-levels on any given week, but he has just five passing TDs in his past five games.
9 Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants at Cleveland
10 Marcus Mariota, Tennessee at Chicago
11 Kirk Cousins, Washington at Dallas
12 Matt Ryan, Atlanta vs. Arizona ... Arizona has the No. 1 passing defense, allowing just 190.2 yards per game.
13 Carson Palmer, Arizona at Atlanta ... The Arizona-Atlanta game has shootout potential, with the second-highest over/under of the week. Atlanta has allowed between 31 and 33 points in every game this year at the Georgia Dome.
14 Ryan Tannehill, Miami vs. San Francisco
15 Joe Flacco, Baltimore vs. Cincinnati
16 Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo vs. Jacksonville
17 Blake Bortles, Jacksonville at Buffalo
18 Philip Rivers, San Diego at Houston
19 Carson Wentz, Philadelphia vs. Green Bay ... Green Bay has allowed 312 yards and three touchdowns passing per game over its past four, which gives Wentz a boost this week.
20 Matthew Stafford, Detroit vs. Minnesota
1 David Johnson, Arizona at Atlanta ... Johnson accounts for a NFL-high 34.8 percent of his team’s total yards.
2 Jay Ajayi, Miami vs. San Francisco ... San Francisco allows an NFL-worst 31.3 points and a league-worst 179.5 yards rushing per game.
3 Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas vs. Washington
4 LeVeon Bell, Pittsburgh at Indianapolis
5 Melvin Gordon, San Diego at Houston ... Houston allows the fewest rushing yards per game over its past three at 56.0 per game.
6 Thomas Rawls, Seattle at Tampa Bay ... With C.J. Prosise out, Rawls quickly gets on the RB1 radar. Rawls popped for 88 yards in his first game back last week.
7 DeMarco Murray, Tennessee at Chicago ... Murray joined Ezekiel Elliott last week in the 1,000-yard rushing club for 2016, on pace for 2,029 total yards.
8 Lamar Miller, Houston vs. San Diego
9 Devontae Booker, Denver vs. Kansas City
10 Rashad Jennings, N.Y. Giants at Cleveland ... Jennings has been on fire of late, and Cleveland allows the second-most rushing yards at nearly 144 per game.
11 Devonta Freeman, Atlanta vs. Arizona ... Arizona allows the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs.
12 Spencer Ware, Kansas City at Denver
13 LeSean McCoy, Buffalo vs. Jacksonville ... McCoy (thumb) says he will play but he will need to be monitored. Even if he plays, he could be limited.
14 Todd Gurley, Los Angeles at New Orleans
15 Latavius Murray, Oakland vs. Carolina
16 Jordan Howard, Chicago vs. Tennessee
17 Mike Gillislee, Buffalo vs. Jacksonville ... Look for Gillislee to have a decent role this week regardless of whether if LeSean McCoy is active.
18 Matt Forte, N.Y. Jets vs. New England
19 Robert Kelley, Washington at Dallas ... Kelley exploded for three touchdowns last week and he’s averaged 107 yards rushing per game in three games since taking over for Matt Jones. Dallas, however, ranks third against the run.
20 Carlos Hyde, San Francisco at Miami
21 Frank Gore, Indianapolis vs. Pittsburgh
22 Theo Riddick, Detroit vs. Minnesota
23 Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati at Baltimore ... The job is all Hill’s with Giovani Bernard (torn ACL) lost for the season. However, this week Hills face a Baltimore defense that allows the fewest rushing yards per game at 76.0.
24 LeGarrette Blount, New England at N.Y. Jets
25 Tevin Coleman, Atlanta vs. Arizona ... Coleman is back at practice after missing three games and should be set to return this week.
26 Jonathan Stewart, Carolina at Oakland
27 Doug Martin, Tampa Bay vs. Seattle
28 Terrance West, Baltimore vs. Cincinnati
29 Chris Ivory, Jacksonville at Buffalo
30 Mark Ingram, New Orleans vs. Los Angeles ... Ingram (concussion) will need to be monitored.
1 Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh at Indianapolis ... The last time Brown faced Indianapolis (Week 12 of last year), he toasted them for eight catches, 118 yards and two touchdowns. Also note that Colts shutdown corner Vontae Davis is out.
2 Amari Cooper, Oakland vs. Carolina
3 Odell Beckham Jr., N.Y. Giants at Cleveland
4 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at Atlanta
5 Julio Jones, Atlanta vs. Arizona
6 Dez Bryant, Dallas vs. Washington ... Bryant has four touchdowns in four games since returning from his knee injury.
7 Doug Baldwin, Seattle at Tampa Bay
8 Michael Crabtree, Oakland vs. Carolina
9 Brandin Cooks, New Orleans vs. Los Angeles
10 Demaryius Thomas, Denver vs. Kansas City ... Kansas City allows the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
11 Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina at Oakland
12 Steve Smith, Baltimore vs. Cincinnati ... Smith has been the 10th-best fantasy receiver over the past three games. He’s a high-end must-play right now.
13 Emmanuel Sanders, Denver vs. Kansas City
14 Julian Edelman, New England at N.Y. Jets
15 Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland vs. N.Y. Giants
16 Jarvis Landry, Miami vs. San Francisco
17 Rishard Matthews, Tennessee at Chicago ... Matthews has been the fourth-best fantasy receiver over the past month, and Chicago allows the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
18 Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia vs. Green Bay ... Green Bay allows the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and the Packers have allowed a league-worst 120 points over its past three games.
19 Allen Robinson, Jacksonville at Buffalo
20 Jordy Nelson, Green Bay at Philadelphia
21 Jamison Crowder, Washington at Dallas ... With a touchdown in three straight games and 100-plus yards in three of his past four games, Crowder is on pace to finish as a Top 20 wide receiver with a 75/1,010/10 stat line.
22 DeAndre Hopkins, Houston vs. San Diego
23 Michael Thomas, New Orleans vs. Los Angeles
24 Davante Adams, Green Bay at Philadelphia
25 Mike Evans, Tampa Bay vs. Seattle
26 DeVante Parker, Miami vs. San Francisco
27 T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis vs. Pittsburgh
28 Cole Beasley, Dallas vs. Washington
29 Randall Cobb, Green Bay at Philadelphia
30 Tyrell Williams, San Diego at Houston
31 Sterling Shepard, N.Y. Giants at Cleveland
32 Willie Snead, New Orleans vs. Los Angeles
33 Mike Wallace, Baltimore vs. Cincinnati
34 Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati at Baltimore ... Boyd becomes likely the Bengals’ new No. 1 receiver with A.J. Green out, although in a tough matchup this week.
35 Brandon Marshall, N.Y. Jets vs. New England
36 Adam Thielen, Minnesota at Detroit ... Thielen should have a busy day again this week, especially with Stephon Diggs (knee) limited and possibly out.
37 Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis vs. Pittsburgh
38 Tajae Sharpe, Tennessee at Chicago
39 Stefon Diggs, Minnesota at Detroit ... Diggs (knee) needs to be monitored but it’s possible he doesn’t play on the short week. If so, he likely would be limited.
40 Michael Floyd, Arizona at Atlanta ... The way Floyd bounces up and down, this could be an up game. Atlanta allows the third-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
1 Jordan Reed, Washington at Dallas
2 Jimmy Graham, Seattle at Tampa Bay ... Graham to Seattle has ended up turning into gold after all. He is the No. 3 tight end on the season, on pace for 72 receptions, 1,022 yards and 6.4 TDs.
3 Greg Olsen, Carolina at Oakland
4 Delanie Walker, Tennessee at Chicago
5 Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati at Baltimore
6 Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota at Detroit
7 Jason Witten, Dallas vs. Washington
8 Zach Ertz, Philadelphia vs. Green Bay
9 Antonio Gates, San Diego at Houston
10 Travis Kelce, Kansas City at Denver
11 Will Tye, N.Y. Giants at Cleveland ... Tye has been a Top-12 tight end over the past three weeks, and Cleveland allows the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
12 Martellus Bennett, New England at N.Y. Jets
13 Hunter Henry, San Diego at Houston
14 C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston vs. San Diego
15 Eric Ebron, Detroit vs. Minnesota
16 Coby Fleener, New Orleans vs. Los Angeles
17 Jared Cook, Green Bay at Philadelphia ... Let’s see if he can do it twice, but Cook gets a boost after a six-catch, 105-yard game with a touchdown.
18 Vance McDonald, San Francisco at Miami
19 Charles Clay, Buffalo vs. Jacksonville
20 Vernon Davis, Washington at Dallas
1 Justin Tucker, Baltimore vs. Cincinnati
2 Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland vs. Carolina
3 Stephen Gostkowski, New England at N.Y. Jets
4 Matt Bryant, Atlanta vs. Arizona
5 Josh Lambo, San Diego at Houston
6 Graham Gano, Carolina at Oakland
7 Dan Bailey, Dallas vs. Washington
8 Dan Carpenter, Buffalo vs. Jacksonville
9 Steven Hauschka, Seattle at Tampa Bay
10 Andrew Franks, Miami vs. San Francisco
11 Brandon McManus, Denver vs. Kansas City
12 Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona at Atlanta
13 Cairo Santos, Kansas City at Denver
14 Robbie Gould, N.Y. Giants at Cleveland
15 Nick Novak, Houston vs. San Diego
16 Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh at Indianapolis
17 Wil Lutz, New Orleans vs. Los Angeles
18 Kai Forbath, Minnesota at Detroit
19 Matt Prater, Detroit vs. Minnesota
20 Mason Crosby, Green Bay at Philadelphia
1 Baltimore DT, Baltimore vs. Cincinnati
2 New England DT, New England at N.Y. Jets
3 Buffalo DT, Buffalo vs. Jacksonville
4 Denver DT, Denver vs. Kansas City
5 Minnesota DT, Minnesota at Detroit
6 Seattle DT, Seattle at Tampa Bay
7 Kansas City DT, Kansas City at Denver
8 Pittsburgh DT, Pittsburgh at Indianapolis
9 New York Giants DT, N.Y. Giants at Cleveland
10 Miami DT, Miami vs. San Francisco
11 San Diego DT, San Diego at Houston
12 Detroit DT, Detroit vs. Minnesota
13 Tennessee DT, Tennessee at Chicago
14 Arizona DT, Arizona at Atlanta
15 New Orleans DT, New Orleans vs. Los Angeles
16 Houston DT, Houston vs. San Diego
17 Carolina DT, Carolina at Oakland
18 Dallas DT, Dallas vs. Washington
19 Oakland DT, Oakland vs. Carolina
20 Atlanta DT, Atlanta vs. Arizona
Alan Satterlee is a co-owner and senior writer for DynastyFootballWarehouse.com, a comprehensive fantasy football strategy site.