Fantasy Football Week 12: Top Plays at Every Position

Wes Welker somehow skirted the concussion protocol by originally being evaluated for a neck injury Sunday, as we chronicled in Wednesday’s Fantasy Football Notebook, so you didn’t really think he would miss Sunday’s return to New England, did you? He won’t.

Welker returned to practice Thursday, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post. Regardless of the cold and wind, you have to have Welker in your fantasy lineups. We rank him as a top-six option at the position this week, which is three spots higher than the consensus average among the 128 experts polled at FantasyPros.com.

Expect Jackson to get Lion’s share

One spot behind Welker below is Vincent Jackson of the Bucs. Sure, Mike Glennon has been more steady than spectacular for Jackson as a rookie starting quarterback, but the Lions are the second-worst team in fantasy against wide receivers to date. Only the Bills (16) and Eagles (15) have allowed more touchdown receptions to fantasy wideouts.

Return of the Mac

Matt McGloin is drawing another start for the Raiders, but you cannot expect another three-touchdown performance against the Titans. First, Denarius Moore (shoulder) will be limited again, perhaps even a game-time decision or out, and second, the Titans have been the best team in fantasy against wide receivers.

They have allowed just two touchdown receptions to fantasy wideouts—only one team has allowed fewer. Moore and Rod Streater are coming off productive games because of McGloin’s debut performance, but they are difficult to trust in standard-league fantasy lineups this week.

Like him more

Michael Floyd was the most-added receiver in fantasy leagues this week, coming off his 193-yard performance in Week 11, but his fantasy owners should still feel fortunate those numbers haven’t gone to Larry Fitzgerald. They will, especially as Floyd’s performances draw more attention and coverage.

Fitzgerald is still a must-start star. He is also among the receivers we like more than the masses below:

  1. Larry Fitzgerald
  2. Roddy White (already played Thursday night)
  3. James Jones
  4. Steve Smith
  5. Tavon Austin
  6. Greg Jennings

Like him less

Keenan Allen has emerged as Philip Rivers’ clear-cut, go-to guy, but he is dealing with a minor knee issue and has had back-to-back sub-par games. His combined seven catches for 86 total yards the past two weeks would have been a modest week for him in the month-plus before that.

Allen is among the receivers we like less than the consensus this week:

  1. Keenan Allen
  2. Harry Douglas
  3. Brandon LaFell
  4. Santonio Holmes
  5. Brian Hartline
Week 12 Wide Receivers Rankings—Eric Mack
1 Calvin Johnson Det vs. TB 1 0
2 Andre Johnson Hou vs. Jac 2 0
3 Dez Bryant Dal at NYG 5 +2
4 Brandon Marshall Chi at StL 6 +2
5 Demaryius Thomas Den at NE 4 -1
6 Wes Welker Den at NE 9 +3
7 Vincent Jackson TB at Det 3 -4
8 Victor Cruz NYG vs. Dal 7 -1
9 Jordy Nelson GB vs. Min 8 -1
10 Larry Fitzgerald Ari vs. Ind 17 +7
11 Eric Decker Den at NE 15 +4
12 Alshon Jeffery Chi at StL 11 -1
13 Josh Gordon Cle vs. Pit 10 -3
14 T.Y. Hilton Ind at Ari 16 +2
15 Pierre Garcon Was vs. SF 12 -3
16 Antonio Brown Pit at Cle 13 -3
17 Roddy White Atl vs. NO 31 +14
18 Marques Colston NO at Atl 18 0
19 Torrey Smith Bal vs. NYJ 14 -5
20 James Jones GB vs. Min 33 +13
21 Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. Dal 24 +3
22 Steve Smith Car at Mia 28 +6
23 Kendall Wright Ten at Oak 20 -3
24 Danny Amendola NE vs. Den 19 -5
25 Anquan Boldin SF at Was 26 +1
26 Jarrett Boykin GB vs. Min 23 -3
27 Michael Floyd Ari vs. Ind 25 -2
28 Keenan Allen SD at KC 21 -7
29 Rueben Randle NYG vs. Dal 32 +3
30 Aaron Dobson NE vs. Den 27 -3
31 Dwayne Bowe KC vs. SD 29 -2
32 DeAndre Hopkins Hou vs. Jac 37 +5
33 Emmanuel Sanders Pit at Cle 35 +2
34 Cecil Shorts Jac at Hou 30 -4
35 Harry Douglas Atl vs. NO 22 -13
36 Tavon Austin StL vs. Chi 51 +15
37 Rishard Matthews Mia vs. Car 42 +5
38 Mike Wallace Mia vs. Car 34 -4
39 Greg Jennings Min at GB 48 +9
40 Jerricho Cotchery Pit at Cle 44 +4
41 Miles Austin Dal at NYG 50 +9
42 Denarius Moore Oak vs. Ten 43 +1
43 Dexter McCluster KC vs. SD 58 +15
44 Kenny Stills NO at Atl 39 -5
45 Rod Streater Oak vs. Ten 46 +1
46 Brandon LaFell Car at Mia 40 -6
47 Santonio Holmes NYJ at Bal 41 -6
48 Brian Hartline Mia vs. Car 38 -10
49 Marlon Brown Bal vs. NYJ 47 -2
50 Ted Ginn Car at Mia 64 +14
51 Mario Manningham SF at Was 61 +10
52 Donnie Avery KC vs. SD 57 +5
53 Kris Durham Det vs. TB 45 -8
54 Terrance Williams Dal at NYG 36 -18
55 Nate Washington Ten at Oak 54 -1
56 Chris Givens StL vs. Chi 53 -3
57 Eddie Royal SD at KC 60 +3
58 Lance Moore NO at Atl 52 -6
59 Jacoby Jones Bal vs. NYJ 71 +12
60 Darrius Heyward-Bey Ind at Ari 76 +16
61 Greg Little Cle vs. Pit 68 +7
62 Julian Edelman NE vs. Den 66 +4
63 Andre Roberts Ari vs. Ind 77 +14
64 David Nelson NYJ at Bal 74 +10
65 Cordarrelle Patterson Min at GB 55 -10
66 Davone Bess Cle vs. Pit 75 +9
67 Tiquan Underwood TB at Det 56 -11
68 Mike Brown Jac at Hou 67 -1
69 Vincent Brown SD at KC 72 +3
70 Stephen Hill NYJ at Bal 79 +9
71 Justin Hunter Ten at Oak 59 -12
72 Markus Wheaton Pit at Cle 90 +18
73 Austin Pettis StL vs. Chi 70 -3
74 Jerome Simpson Min at GB 82 +8
75 Jarius Wright Min at GB 65 -10
76 Ace Sanders Jac at Hou 62 -14
77 Lavon Brazill Ind at Ari 84 +7
78 Robert Meachem NO at Atl 69 -9
79 Santana Moss Was vs. SF 80 +1
80 Earl Bennett Chi at StL 101 +21
81 Cole Beasley Dal at NYG 91 +10
82 Brian Quick StL vs. Chi 97 +15
83 Jacoby Ford Oak vs. Ten 106 +23

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