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Fantasy Football: Early Week 12 rankings


Fantasy Football: Early Week 12 rankings

Here we go, the early edition of the Week 12 Fantasy Football rankings thanks to the three Thanksgiving Day games. Check back later in the week for updates especially with the likes of DeVonta Freeman and Charcandrick West uncertain. 

* In case you missed, here's a look at this week's Waiver Wire. If you're looking to add a player for some Thursday action, consider Jay Cutler, Terrance Williams and Richard Rodgers.

* Yes, I like DeSean Jackson this week.


Aaron Rodgers - GB vs. Chi
Carson Palmer - ARI at SF
Cam Newton - CAR at Dal
Eli Manning - NYG at Was
Russell Wilson - SEA vs. Pit
Philip Rivers - SD at Jac
Blake Bortles - JAC vs. SD
Brian Hoyer - HOU vs. NO
Andy Dalton - CIN vs. StL
Matthew Stafford - DET vs. Phi
Drew Brees - NO at Hou
Tom Brady - NE at Den
Marcus Mariota - TEN vs. Oak
Josh McCown - CLE vs. Bal
Ben Roethlisberger - PIT at Sea
Derek Carr - OAK at Ten
Matt Ryan - ATL vs. Min
Tony Romo - DAL vs. Car
Jameis Winston - TB at Ind
Jay Cutler - CHI at GB
Kirk Cousins - WAS vs. NYG
Mark Sanchez - PHI at Det
Ryan Fitzpatrick - NYJ vs. Mia
Brock Osweiler - DEN vs. NE
Alex Smith - KC vs. Buf
Ryan Tannehill - MIA at NYJ
Tyrod Taylor - BUF at KC
Matt Hasselbeck - IND vs. TB
Teddy Bridgewater - MIN at Atl
Matt Schaub - BAL at Cle
T.J. Yates - HOU vs. NO

Running backs

Adrian Peterson - MIN at Atl
Todd Gurley - STL at Cin
Doug Martin - TB at Ind
Jonathan Stewart - CAR at Dal
Thomas Rawls - SEA vs. Pit
DeMarco Murray - PHI at Det
Darren McFadden - DAL vs. Car
Chris Ivory - NYJ vs. Mia
LeSean McCoy - BUF at KC
T.J. Yeldon - JAC vs. SD
Mark Ingram - NO at Hou
DeAngelo Williams - PIT at Sea
Javorius Allen - BAL at Cle
Chris Johnson - ARI at SF
Tevin Coleman - ATL vs. Min
Charcandrick West - KC vs. Buf
Lamar Miller - MIA at NYJ
Latavius Murray - OAK at Ten
Matt Forte - CHI at GB
Eddie Lacy - GB vs. Chi
Giovani Bernard - CIN vs. StL
Frank Gore - IND vs. TB
Antonio Andrews - TEN vs. Oak
LeGarrette Blount - NE at Den
Alfred Blue - HOU vs. NO
Danny Woodhead - SD at Jac
Ronnie Hillman - DEN vs. NE
Jeremy Hill - CIN vs. StL
Matt Jones - WAS vs. NYG
Shaun Draughn - SF vs. Ari
Duke Johnson - CLE vs. Bal
Spencer Ware - KC vs. Buf
James Starks - GB vs. Chi
Melvin Gordon - SD at Jac
Rashad Jennings - NYG at Was
Jeremy Langford - CHI at GB
Karlos Williams - BUF at KC
Charles Sims - TB at Ind
Devonta Freeman - ATL vs. Min
Terron Ward - ATL vs. Min
Jonathan Grimes - HOU vs. NO
Ahmad Bradshaw - IND vs. TB
C.J. Anderson - DEN vs. NE
Darren Sproles - PHI at Det
Shane Vereen - NYG at Was
Theo Riddick - DET vs. Phi
Ameer Abdullah - DET vs. Phi
Jay Ajayi - MIA at NYJ
James White - NE at Den
Andre Ellington - ARI at SF
Alfred Morris - WAS vs. NYG
Isaiah Crowell - CLE vs. Bal
Joique Bell - DET vs. Phi
Bilal Powell - NYJ vs. Mia
C.J. Spiller - NO at Hou
Chris Thompson - WAS vs. NYG
David Cobb - TEN vs. Oak
David Johnson - ARI at SF
Mike Tolbert - CAR at Dal
Denard Robinson - JAC vs. SD
Orleans Darkwa - NYG at Was
Fred Jackson - SEA vs. Pit
Marcel Reece - OAK at Ten

Wide receivers

DeAndre Hopkins - HOU vs. NO
Julio Jones - ATL vs. Min
Odell Beckham - NYG at Was
Antonio Brown - PIT at Sea
Larry Fitzgerald - ARI at SF
Allen Robinson - JAC vs. SD
Mike Evans - TB at Ind
Calvin Johnson - DET vs. Phi
Demaryius Thomas - DEN vs. NE
Brandon Marshall - NYJ vs. Mia
DeSean Jackson - WAS vs. NYG
Dez Bryant - DAL vs. Car
A.J. Green - CIN vs. StL
Amari Cooper - OAK at Ten
Eric Decker - NYJ vs. Mia
Randall Cobb - GB vs. Chi
Brandin Cooks - NO at Hou
Michael Crabtree - OAK at Ten
Martavis Bryant - PIT at Sea
Jarvis Landry - MIA at NYJ
Allen Hurns - JAC vs. SD
T.Y. Hilton - IND vs. TB
Travis Benjamin - CLE vs. Bal
Steve Johnson - SD at Jac
Stefon Diggs - MIN at Atl
John Brown - ARI at SF
Brandon LaFell - NE at Den
Jeremy Maclin - KC vs. Buf
James Jones - GB vs. Chi
Sammy Watkins - BUF at KC
Vincent Jackson - TB at Ind
Alshon Jeffery - CHI at GB
Danny Amendola - NE at Den
Golden Tate - DET vs. Phi
Jordan Matthews - PHI at Det
Emmanuel Sanders - DEN vs. NE
Nate Washington - HOU vs. NO
Davante Adams - GB vs. Chi
Kamar Aiken - BAL at Cle
Donte Moncrief - IND vs. TB
Marvin Jones - CIN vs. StL
Rishard Matthews - MIA at NYJ
Cecil Shorts - HOU vs. NO
Willie Snead - NO at Hou
Terrance Williams - DAL vs. Car
Tavon Austin - STL at Cin
Doug Baldwin - SEA vs. Pit
Devin Funchess - CAR at Dal
Pierre Garcon - WAS vs. NYG
Rueben Randle - NYG at Was
Dorial Green-Beckham - TEN vs. Oak
Ted Ginn - CAR at Dal
Kendall Wright - TEN vs. Oak
Anquan Boldin - SF vs. Ari
Marquess Wilson - CHI at GB
Michael Floyd - ARI at SF
Tyler Lockett - SEA vs. Pit
Leonard Hankerson - ATL vs. Min
Dwayne Harris - NYG at Was
Jamison Crowder - WAS vs. NYG
Chris Givens - BAL at Cle
Dontrelle Inman - SD at Jac
Robert Woods - BUF at KC
J.J. Nelson - ARI at SF
Andre Johnson - IND vs. TB
Marques Colston - NO at Hou
Malcom Floyd - SD at Jac
Kenny Stills - MIA at NYJ

Tight ends

Rob Gronkowski - NE at Den
Delanie Walker - TEN vs. Oak
Greg Olsen - CAR at Dal
Tyler Eifert - CIN vs. StL
Antonio Gates - SD at Jac
Travis Kelce - KC vs. Buf
Jordan Reed - WAS vs. NYG
Jimmy Graham - SEA vs. Pit
Gary Barnidge - CLE vs. Bal
Jason Witten - DAL vs. Car
Crockett Gillmore - BAL at Cle
Ben Watson - NO at Hou
Julius Thomas - JAC vs. SD
Zach Miller - CHI at GB
Richard Rodgers - GB vs. Chi
Heath Miller - PIT at Sea
Brent Celek - PHI at Det
Eric Ebron - DET vs. Phi
Coby Fleener - IND vs. TB
Vernon Davis - DEN vs. NE
Jacob Tamme - ATL vs. Min
Kyle Rudolph - MIN at Atl
Charles Clay - BUF at KC
Ladarius Green - SD at Jac
Clive Walford - OAK at Ten


Steven Hauschka - SEA vs. Pit
Mason Crosby - GB vs. Chi
Josh Brown - NYG at Was
Chandler Catanzaro - ARI at SF
Cairo Santos - KC vs. Buf
Justin Tucker - BAL at Cle
Matt Bryant - ATL vs. Min
Blair Walsh - MIN at Atl
Stephen Gostkowski - NE at Den
Nick Novak - HOU vs. NO
Graham Gano - CAR at Dal
Dan Bailey - DAL vs. Car
Sebastian Janikowski - OAK at Ten
Adam Vinatieri - IND vs. TB
Mike Nugent - CIN vs. StL
Brandon McManus - DEN vs. NE
Connor Barth - TB at Ind
Josh Lambo - SD at Jac
Robbie Gould - CHI at GB
Jason Myers - JAC vs. SD
Caleb Sturgis - PHI at Det
Matt Prater - DET vs. Phi
Dustin Hopkins - WAS vs. NYG


Arizona Cardinals - ARI at SF
New York Jets - NYJ vs. Mia
Kansas City Chiefs - KC vs. Buf
New England Patriots - NE at Den
Cincinnati Bengals - CIN vs. StL
Carolina Panthers - CAR at Dal
Green Bay Packers - GB vs. Chi
Denver Broncos - DEN vs. NE
Philadelphia Eagles - PHI at Det
Seattle Seahawks - SEA vs. Pit
Baltimore Ravens - BAL at Cle
Houston Texans - HOU vs. NO
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - TB at Ind
Cleveland Browns - CLE vs. Bal
New York Giants - NYG at Was
St. Louis Rams - STL at Cin
Oakland Raiders - OAK at Ten
Minnesota Vikings - MIN at Atl
Atlanta Falcons - ATL vs. Min
Miami Dolphins - MIA at NYJ
Buffalo Bills - BUF at KC
Tennessee Titans - TEN vs. Oak
Detroit Lions - DET vs. Phi

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers WR Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?