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Fantasy football rankings, Week 12: Wide receivers for standard, PPR leagues

Injuries hit hard in Week 11 and the Bears receivers finally broke out. Check out our Week 12 rankings and our waiver wire grabs.

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The Chicago receivers finally had their breakout and of course it came against the Minnesota Vikings. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery combined for 225 yards and three touchdowns. Jeffery led all players in targets for Week 11 with seventeen. The good times should continue to roll this week as they face a weak Tampa defense. It's too bad the Bears don't face Minnesota again until Week 17. If you have either of these receivers, hopefully your league fights for something that week.

Pittsburgh and Carolina are on bye this week. That means we'll be without some of the biggest fantasy stars in Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Kelvin Benjamin. Pittsburgh had some more protection issues on Monday but at least they'll have the bye to address those. Carolina has been dealing with those issues all year, along with Cam Newton's ineffectiveness. The bye couldn't have come at a better time to get Cam healthier and look at ways to mask their offensive line. Benjamin has put up points despite their issues, although we have to wait until garbage time to see those points.

Emmanuel Sanders suffered a concussion and it was very disappointing because he was having a great game. He doesn't have a concussion history, which bodes well for his recovery. If he's not back by Friday, it will become a real concern. Brandin Cooks fractured his thumb and was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks, but the Saints placed Cooks on Injured Reserve Tuesday and he's out for the year. Cooks had a great rookie year and would have been great to use in the fantasy playoffs. He's obviously safe to drop in redraft leagues. Larry Fitzgerald sprained his MCL and might miss some time. Fitzgerald says he expects to face the Seahawks but the Cardinals might play it safe. Arizona is playing for a long run in the playoffs and could look to get Fitz recovered fully.

Looking at the waiver wire, Kenny Stills is going to be a hot player. Stills has an awesome skill set and should step right into Cooks place. The Saints face a couple good defenses in the next two weeks but have a great schedule during the fantasy playoffs. Andre Caldwell should be another name to look for on the waiver wire. If Sanders and Thomas miss time, Caldwell should see some action. Caldwell has produced in the past but hasn't seen much action at all this season. One other name to note is Chris Hogan. Hogan had a nice game against Miami because Watkins was blanketed. Hogan seemed to catch everything thrown his way and should see regular targets the rest of the season.

Wide receiver rankings (Standard), Week 12

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent DK DC JD SK
1 Demaryius Thomas DEN MIA 2 1 1 1
2 Jordy Nelson GB @MIN 1 2 2 2
3 Dez Bryant DAL @NYG 4 3 3 3
4 A.J. Green CIN @HOU 6 5 4 4
5 Randall Cobb GB @MIN 5 6 5 6
6 Calvin Johnson DET @NE 3 4 11 5
7 T.Y. Hilton IND JAC 9 8 6 8
8 Brandon Marshall CHI TAM 8 7 9 7
9 Alshon Jeffery CHI TAM 7 10 7 9
10 Mike Evans TAM @CHI 11 11 10 10
11 Jeremy Maclin PHI TEN 12 12 8 12
12 Julio Jones ATL CLE 13 9 15 11
13 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG DAL 17 14 12 14
14 Sammy Watkins BUF NYJ 19 15 13 16
15 Josh Gordon CLE @ATL 25 13 18 13
16 Roddy White ATL CLE 18 16 17 15
17 DeSean Jackson WAS @SF 16 17 21 18
18 Jordan Matthews PHI TEN 23 23 14 17
19 Golden Tate DET @NE 22 19 19 19
20 DeAndre Hopkins HOU CIN 15 20 27 21
21 Percy Harvin NYJ @BUF 29 18 16 22
22 Mike Wallace MIA @DEN 24 21 26 20
23 Denard Robinson JAC @IND 14 28 23 35
24 Andre Johnson HOU CIN 28 26 29 27
25 Brandon LaFell NE DET 32 22 38 23
26 Emmanuel Sanders DEN MIA 10 31 -- 25
27 Anquan Boldin SF WAS 26 35 31 26
28 Torrey Smith BAL @NO 39 29 22 29
29 Cecil Shorts III JAC @IND 35 27 25 32
30 Vincent Jackson TAM @CHI 27 24 50 24
31 Eric Decker NYJ @BUF 21 34 41 34
32 Keenan Allen SD STL 40 30 30 30
33 Steve Smith Sr. BAL @NO 50 25 34 28
34 Julian Edelman NE DET 20 36 46 36
35 Rueben Randle NYG DAL 38 41 20 42
36 John Brown ARI @SEA 33 45 24 45
37 Mohamed Sanu CIN @HOU 43 33 43 31
38 Reggie Wayne IND JAC 34 32 -- 33
39 Michael Crabtree SF WAS 45 37 32 38
40 Marques Colston NO BAL 30 47 28 50
41 Kenny Britt STL @SD 46 39 35 39
42 Malcom Floyd SD STL 31 40 -- 40
43 Kenny Stills NO BAL 37 38 -- 37
44 Michael Floyd ARI @SEA 41 42 40 41
45 Andrew Hawkins CLE @ATL 36 48 37 --
46 Terrance Williams DAL @NYG 47 43 39 43
47 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN GB 48 -- 33 --
48 Doug Baldwin SEA ARI 44 49 44 46
49 Kendall Wright TEN @PHI -- 44 47 44
50 Jarvis Landry MIA @DEN 49 -- 36 --
-- Larry Fitzgerald ARI @SEA 42 46 -- 49
-- Allen Hurns JAC @IND -- -- 42 47
-- Hakeem Nicks IND JAC -- -- 45 --
-- Wes Welker DEN MIA -- -- 49 48
-- Jermaine Kearse SEA ARI -- -- 48 --
-- Pierre Garcon WAS @SF -- 50 -- --

Wide receiver rankings (PPR), Week 12

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent DK DC JD SK
1 Demaryius Thomas DEN MIA 1 1 1 1
2 Jordy Nelson GB @MIN 3 2 2 2
3 Dez Bryant DAL @NYG 4 4 6 3
4 Calvin Johnson DET @NE 2 3 11 4
5 A.J. Green CIN @HOU 6 7 3 5
6 Randall Cobb GB @MIN 8 6 4 7
7 Alshon Jeffery CHI TAM 5 9 8 11
8 T.Y. Hilton IND JAC 7 12 5 10
9 Brandon Marshall CHI TAM 9 8 10 8
10 Julio Jones ATL CLE 11 5 17 6
11 Mike Evans TAM @CHI 13 11 7 9
12 Jeremy Maclin PHI TEN 10 13 9 12
13 Sammy Watkins BUF NYJ 16 17 12 17
14 Odell Backham Jr. NYG DAL 18 15 14 16
15 Roddy White ATL CLE 21 14 16 13
16 Josh Gordon CLE @ATL 27 10 21 14
17 Golden Tate DET @NE 19 18 20 15
18 DeSean Jackson WAS @SF 15 21 23 25
19 Percy Harvin NYJ @BUF 33 19 15 18
20 Jordan Matthews PHI TEN 28 28 13 19
21 DeAndre Hopkins HOU CIN 14 23 30 23
22 Mike Wallace MIA @DEN 23 20 28 22
23 Andre Johnson HOU CIN 25 22 27 20
24 Emmanuel Sanders DEN MIA 12 16 -- 24
25 Denard Robinson JAC @IND 20 27 22 39
26 Julian Edelman NE DET 17 34 34 29
27 Keenan Allen SD STL 32 29 32 21
28 Cecil Shorts III JAC @IND 37 30 19 30
29 Rueben Randle NYG DAL 30 36 18 37
30 Eric Decker NYJ @BUF 22 32 39 33
31 Anquan Boldin SF WAS 26 39 33 28
32 Vincent Jackson TAM @CHI 24 26 -- 27
33 Brandon LaFell NE DET 38 25 42 26
34 Torrey Smith BAL @NO 42 31 24 35
35 Steve Smith Sr. BAL @NO 40 24 37 31
36 Michael Crabtree SF WAS 39 37 31 38
37 Reggie Wayne IND JAC 34 35 -- 32
38 Marques Colston NO BAL 29 48 26 50
39 Andrew Hawkins CLE @ATL 35 44 29 47
40 Mohamed Sanu CIN @HOU 50 33 45 34
41 John Brown ARI @SEA 36 50 25 --
42 Kenny Britt STL @SD 47 38 38 40
43 Malcom Floyd SD STL 31 41 -- 49
44 Kenny Stills NO BAL 41 45 -- 36
45 Terrance Williams DAL @NYG 48 40 43 43
46 Larry Fitzgerald ARI @SEA 43 43 -- 41
47 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN GB 45 -- 35 --
48 Kendall Wright TEN @PHI -- 47 40 44
49 Doug Baldwin SEA ARI 44 46 47 45
50 Piere Garcon WAS @SF -- 42 -- 42
-- Jarvis Landry MIA @DEN 49 -- 36 --
-- Michael Floyd ARI @SEA 46 49 44 48
-- Wes Welker DEN MIA -- -- 41 --
-- Allen Hurns JAC @IND -- -- 46 46
-- Hakeem Nicks IND JAC -- -- 48 --
-- Jermaine Kearse SEA ARI -- -- 49 --
-- Dwayne Bowe KAN @OAK -- -- 50 --