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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 experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

Since drafting Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have made it clear that Joe Flacco is their starter. That doesn't mean they're not experimenting with having them both on the field at the same time, however. 

During this week's minicamp, the team has been lining Jackson up at multiple positions. 

"Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us," coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson during Tuesday's minicamp, via ESPN.com.

"If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That's what we're trying to figure out."

While at Louisville, Jackson rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns in three seasons. That's more rushing yards than No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley. That unique skill set could be the creative options the Ravens are looking for. 

While at the NFL Combine, however, Jackson refused to workout at any other position than QB. 

"I have a lot of fun seeing what they come up with and what they're going to come up with next," Jackson said. "We'll see where it goes. You have to use your good players."

The Ravens are already viewing Jackson as one of those 'good players.' 

"Once he gets out of the pocket, it's like watching a young Michael Vick," LB C.J. Mosley said after minicamp practice. "It's amazing to watch. When you're defending him, you just have to act like you're tagging off -- you don't want to be on the highlight reel."

Harbaugh has alluded to the fact that the rookie will be active on game days, just exactly how they get the most out of him is what's in play.

"There's a lot of considerations that go into that," Harbaugh said of using two QBs at the once. "Everybody has an opinion. I've read a few. You want to find a way to get the most out of all your guys."

While Flacco isn't the fasted QB in the league, he has shown glimpses of running ability in the past. Figuring out how to utilize Flacco when Jackson is under center is where things will get interesting.

Interesting - as long as it works - is what Ravens fans have been searching for over the last several seasons. 

"Joe has to be able to do other things if [Jackson is] throwing the ball," Harbaugh said. "It gets the creative juices flowing for our offensive coaches, and they've worked hard on that."


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Ravens D-coordinator Don Martindale puts personal stamp on unit

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Ravens D-coordinator Don Martindale puts personal stamp on unit

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- There are no dreary work days for Don Martindale, who has overwhelmingly embraced his new role as defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens.

After serving for five seasons as the team's linebackers coach, Martindale was promoted to coordinator in January after Dean Pees left the post.

Enthusiastic doesn't even begin to describe Martindale's attitude about being in charge of the defense.

"Ever since we've made this transition, it's been a joy to just come through those gates every day. I love it," Martindale said after Wednesday's mandatory minicamp practice.

This isn't the first time Martindale has been put in charge of molding a defense. In 2010, he watched over a unit in Denver that was the worst in the NFL in both yards and points allowed per game.

Given a second chance, the 55-year-old Martindale is putting together a defense that will rely heavily on the instinct of several of its most proven players, most notably safety Eric Weddle and linebackers Terrell Suggs and C.J. Mosley.

"He's just putting his personal fix on our defense and expanding it, giving the guys confidence to play fast," Weddle said. "The idea is to do what's best for the defense, not what's best the individual."

Martindale called Mosley "the quarterback" of a fluid unit that can make a snap-change from drop-back coverage to an all-out blitz. In that regard, Mosley believes this defense is superior to the one that in 2017 yielded 18.9 points per game, sixth-best in the NFL.

"The way we're able to use our core guys, put them in different spots and do some of the same things just from different positions, it's more creative, I would say, than where we were last year," Mosley said.

Baltimore coach John Harbaugh promoted Martindale rather than go outside the organization because he wanted to extend his vision of a defense that has evolved since his arrival in 2008.

"All we're doing is forwarding John's plan," Martindale said. "We're remodeling the package. It's still Ravens football, it's still Ravens defense, but we've streamlined it. It's the elegant simplicity. Guys are playing really fast."

Asked for his take on Martindale's defense, Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg replied, "They're fast and they're furious."

Sure, things might be different once the pads go on at training camp, but at this point, Martindale's boss likes what he sees.

"We're doing a lot of neat things on defense, things that are really good," Harbaugh said. "More than ever, we're putting it on our players to make decisions in real time."

Martindale has a new title, but old habits die hard.

"For the most part, it's been the same," Mosley said. "He always comes in and says, `I have to lead the linebacker room,' and sits down and gets to talking like he's back at linebacker coach."

Told of Mosley's disclosure, Martindale smiled and said, "I've been trying to stay out of there, but you can't help but go in. That's home. I have a good time in the secondary room as well."

And just about everywhere else.

"Where we're going with this thing is really exciting to me," Martindale said, "and I know it's exciting to the players."

In other training camp news, cornerback Jimmy Smith was a surprise participant at practice, going through a light regimen of individual drills just six months after tearing his left Achilles tendon.

"I don't know if Jimmy's like half Wolverine, but he's healed up in half the time of regular human beings," Weddle said, referring to the amazing recuperative powers of the Marvel super hero.