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Week 12 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts

Our Week 12 fantasy WR PPR rankings are loaded with big names thanks to no byes, but they’re not exactly loaded with favorable matchups for all the wide receivers who are usually started most weeks. 

That’s not quite as big of an issue in PPR leagues, as receivers can still pile up short receptions despite tough coverage, but it’s still fair to worry about A.J. Brown (@ Colts), Cooper Kupp (vs. 49ers), and Amari Cooper (vs. Washington). All of their teammates are on the “sit ’em” radar, too, as well as the Bucs (vs. Chiefs) and Steelers (vs. Ravens) talented trios and the 49ers banged-up dynamic duo (@ Rams). Again, there could still be plenty of short catches to go around for these guys, as all of these teams love to throw underneath (or behind the line of scrimmage, in the case of the 49ers), but the ceilings for these receivers are lower than usual. 

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Will you actually bench any of these big names? Possibly. Guys like Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson, and Brandon Aiyuk (if healthy) are especially tough to sit in PPR leagues, but given all the other available options, they’re not necessarily “must-starts.” The same goes for PPR heroes Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins (vs. Giants), who will be playing with Brandon Allen instead of Joe Burrow (knee) this week.

Quarterback | Running backTight end | D/ST | Kicker

There are plenty of potential sleepers to sub in, including Jalen Reagor (vs. Seahawks), Brandin Cooks (@ Lions), Cole Beasley and John Brown (vs. Chargers), Rashard Higgins (@ Jaguars), Michael Pittman and T.Y. Hilton (vs. Titans), Nelson Agholor and Henry Ruggs (@ Falcons), Keelan Cole (vs. Browns), and Tim Patrick and KJ Hamler (vs. Saints). Some of those receivers vary in their overall PPR upside, as there are a mix of big-play, boom-or-bust receivers (Agholor, Ruggs, Higgins, Brown) and more traditional PPR plays (Beasley, Patrick, Hamler).


You probably don’t want to start the big-play receivers over consistent, high-target guys, but it might be reasonable depending on your matchup. If you need to go for a high-ceiling game, then by all means shoot your shot, but if you’re just trying to maintain a decent floor while banking on your other stars in better matchups to go off, then don’t risk the sub-five-point performances.


Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we’ll continue to update our WR PPR rankings based on the latest news and injuries.

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Week 12 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues

WEEK 12 FANTASY: SleepersBustsStart ’em, sit ’em

Rank Player
1 Calvin Ridley, ATL vs. LV
2 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI @ NE
3 Davante Adams, GB vs. CHI
4 Keenan Allen, LAC @ BUF
5 Terry McLaurin, WAS @ DAL
6 Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. LAC
7 Tyreek Hill, KC @ TB
8 Michael Thomas, NO @ DEN
9 Adam Thielen, MIN vs. CAR
10 Julio Jones, ATL vs. LV
11 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ PHI
12 DeVante Parker, MIA @ NYJ
13 DK Metcalf, SEA @ PHI
14 Allen Robinson, CHI @ GB
15 Robby Anderson, CAR @ MIN
16 Will Fuller V, HOU @ DET
17 Sterling Shepard, NYG @ CIN
18 DJ Chark, JAX vs. CLE
19 D.J. Moore, CAR @ MIN
20 Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. CAR
21 Chris Godwin, TB vs. KC
22 Antonio Brown, TB vs. KC
23 Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. SF
24 A.J. Brown, TEN @ IND
25 Robert Woods, LAR vs. SF
26 Travis Fulgham, PHI vs. SEA
27 Amari Cooper, DAL vs. WAS
28 Jalen Reagor, PHI vs. SEA
29 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. BAL
30 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. ARI
31 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. NYG
32 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. NYG
33 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. BAL
34 Marvin Jones, DET vs. HOU
35 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT vs. BAL
36 Curtis Samuel, CAR @ MIN
37 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. WAS
38 Brandin Cooks, HOU @ DET
39 Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. NO
40 Nelson Agholor, LV @ ATL
41 Mike Evans, TB vs. KC
42 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. LAC
43 Deebo Samuel, SF @ LAR
44 Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ LAR
45 Christian Kirk, ARI @ NE
46 Mike Williams, LAC @ BUF
47 Darius Slayton, NYG @ CIN
48 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. TEN
49 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. MIA
50 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. NO
51 Henry Ruggs III, LV @ ATL
52 Emmanuel Sanders, NO @ DEN
53 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ JAX
54 Rashard Higgins, CLE @ JAX
55 John Brown, BUF vs. LAC
56 Keelan Cole, JAX vs. CLE
57 Willie Snead, BAL @ PIT
58 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. TEN
59 Keke Coutee, HOU @ DET
60 Jakeem Grant, MIA @ NYJ
61 Russell Gage, ATL vs. LV
62 A.J. Green, CIN vs. NYG
63 Breshad Perriman, NYJ vs. MIA
64 Damiere Byrd, NE vs. ARI
65 KJ Hamler, DEN vs. NO
66 Marvin Hall, DET vs. HOU
67 Allen Lazard, GB vs. CHI
68 Sammy Watkins, KC @ TB
69 Josh Reynolds, LAR vs. SF
70 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ ATL
71 Marquise Brown, BAL @ PIT
72 Greg Ward Jr., PHI vs. SEA
73 Cam Sims WAS @ DAL
74 Zach Pascal, IND vs. TEN
75 Larry Fitzgerald, ARI @ NE
76 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ GB
77 Corey Davis, TEN @ IND
78 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. WAS
79 Mecole Hardman, KC @ TB
80 Mohamed Sanu, DET vs. HOU
81 Demarcus Robinson, KC @ TB
82 Anthony Miller, CHI @ GB
83 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. CHI
84 Golden Tate, NYG @ CIN
85 Gabriel Davis, BUF vs. LAC
86 Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ DEN
87 David Moore, SEA @ PHI
88 Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL vs. LV
89 Denzel Mims, NYJ vs. MIA
90 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ BUF
91 N’Keal Harry, NE vs. ARI
92 Miles Boykin, BAL @ PIT
93 Kendrick Bourne, SF @ LAR
94 Andy Isabella, ARI @ NE
95 James Washington, PIT vs. BAL
96 Scotty Miller, TB vs. KC

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