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Top 100 Fantasy Football Players Through 12 Weeks

Top 100 Fantasy Football Players Through 12 Weeks
By Vincent Frank on November 30, 2012

As we near fantasy football playoffs it is important to get a gauge of where your players are. The tendency, as always, is to start those with name recognition, but 2012 has been a much different monster than previous seasons. 

Rookie and unknowns are making their impacts felt around the world of fantasy football. Without a top-tier QB1 option? Well, maybe try your luck in the postseason with someone like Colin Kaepernick. Need a viable RB2 or FLEX option after yours fell the way of the injury plague? Bryce Brown might be a solid option . Need an under-the-radar wide receiver to step up and go from depth player on your roster to starter? Andre Roberts might be a solid add. 

With that in mind, let's take a look at the top 100 fantasy players through the first 12 weeks of the 2012 NFL season. 

 

Quarterbacks
Rank Player Team Total Yards TD INT
1 Robert Griffin III Washington 3,157 22 4
2 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 3,025 25 7
3 Tom Brady New England 3,315 27 3
4 Peyton Manning Denver 3,260 26 8
5 Drew Brees New Orleans 3,675 31 16
6 Andy Dalton Cincinnati 2,862 25 11
7 Matt Ryan Atlanta 3,695 23 13
8 Josh Freeman Tampa Bay 2,843 21 7
9 Andrew Luck Indianapolis 3,388 18 13
10 Carson Palmer Oakland 3,211 19 12
11 Matthew Stafford Detroit 3,535 17 10
12 Matt Schaub Houston 2,855 19 9
13 Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh 2,345 18 4
14 Tony Romo Dallas 3,396 17 15
15 Cam Newton Carolina 2,789 13 10
16 Eli Manning New York (G) 2,910 15 11
17 Russell Wilson Seattle 2,278 17 8
18 Joe Flacco Baltimore 2,876 16 7
19 Ryan Fitzpatrick Buffalo 2,507 18 11
20 Philip Rivers San Diego 2,701 18 14
21 Alex Smith San Francisco 1,865 13 5
22 Christian Ponder Minnesota 2,341 14 9
23 Jay Cutler Chicago 2,146 13 11
24 Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 894 7 1
25 Sam Bradford St. Louis 2,516 15 9

 

* Alex Smith has been replaced as the 49ers starter by Colin Kaepernick

* Ben Roethlisberger has missed the last two games due to injury. 

* The statistics for Matt Ryan and Drew Brees reflect Thursday night's game. 

There are currently five quarterbacks in the top 12 that weren't considered starter quality fantasy players back in August. One of the most surprising, outside of Robert Griffin III, has to be considered Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals. He has been among the best QB1 options throughout the last couple weeks and should be able to help you a great deal moving forward if you decide to go with him over what was your QB1 entering the season. 

As I mentioned above, Colin Kaepernick, who faces some pretty bad pass defenses for the remainder of the season, could actually make or break your playoff hopes. This, of course, depending on whether you were lucky enough to pick him up off waivers a couple weeks back. If not, you might find yourself playing against a quarterback that will give your opponent points through the air and on the ground. 

RGIII has now joined Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers as the three best fantasy options this season. Drew Brees, by virtue of his last two performances (two touchdowns, seven interceptions) has fallen a bit. You simply cannot have a quarterback that throws interceptions at that pace and rely on him to provide you with consistent fantasy points. In fact, I would even draw the conclusion that Brees should be passed over for the remainder of the season if you have a viable QB2 option. Andy Dalton, the aforementioned Kaepernick as well as Cam Newton come to mind first. 

 

Running Backs
Rank Player Team Rush Yards Total Yards TD
1 Doug Martin Tampa Bay 1,050 1,382 10
2 Arian Foster Houston 1,064 1,186 14
3 Adrian Peterson Minnesota 1,236 1,421 7
4 Ray Rice Baltimore 794 1,198 7
5 Stevan Ridley New England 939 990 8
6 Frank Gore San Francisco 912 1,069 6
7 Marshawn Lynch Seattle 1,051 1,189 5
8 Alfred Morris Washington 982 1,024 6
9 Trent Richardson Cleveland 755 1,071 7
10 Jamaal Charles Kansas City 928 1,117 6
11 C.J. Spiller Buffalo 830 1,162 5
12 LeSean McCoy Philadelphia 750 985 5
13 Chris Johnson Tennessee 942 1,114 4
14 Ahmad Bradshaw New York (G) 733 916 5
15 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Cincinnati 767 844 5
16 Willis McGahee Denver 731 952 4
17 Shonn Greene New York (J) 702 807 5
18 Reggie Bush Miami 662 851 5
19 Mikel Leshoure Detroit 534 688 6
20 Matt Forte Chicago 683 867 3
21 Steven Jackson St. Louis 724 853 2
22 Andre Brown New York (G) 385 471 8
23 Michael Bush Chicago 366 449 5
24 Ryan Mathews San Diego 594 813 1
24 Felix Jones Dallas 335 597 5
25 Darren Sproles New Orleans 117 505 4
26 Fred  Jackson Buffalo 314 505 4
27 Daniel Thomas Miami 306 443 4
28 Maurice Jones-Drew Jacksonville 414 500 2
29 Jonathan Stewart Carolina 309 457 2
30 Darren McFadden Oakland 455 645 2

 

* Willis McGahee is out for the season with a torn MCL

* Both Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew have missed ample time with injuries.

* LeSean McCoy has missed the last two games with a concussion. 

Doug Martin as the No. 1 overall fantasy running back through 12 weeks? That has to be a typo, right? What "Muscle Hamster (don't tell him I said that) has done is simply remarkable. Without sounding too much like a bandwagon-jumper, which I am not, Martin should be able to keep this production up throughout the remainder of the season and into your fantasy football postseason. 

I would definitely caution against relying too much on Arian Foster, though considering where his ADP is at, you probably will have to. History tells us a story of running backs with a lot of carries slowing down towards the end of the season. Additionally, the Houston Texans are currently 10-1 and in great shape to earn the No. 1 playoff spot in the AFC. This seems to indicate that they will lower the amount of carries he sees moving forward. 

Adrian Peterson, on the other hand, has been the biggest fantasy running back surprise of them all. No one expected him to return to form like this after tearing up his right knee less than a year ago. What the future Hall of Fame running back has done is nothing short of extraordinary. 

One running back to keep a keen eye on down the stretch is Frank Gore, who still ranks sixth at that position in fantasy points. The San Francisco 49ers lost his primary backup Kendall Hunter to a season-ending injury against the New Orleans Saints last week. While Brandon Jacobs and LaMichael James might be decent options, expect Gore to carry the load in San Francisco's playoff run down the stretch. I am looking at huge production from the Pro Bowl running back. 

 

Wide Receivers
Rank Player Team REC Yards TD
1 A.J. Green Cincinnati 67 1,022 10
2 Brandon Marshall Chicago 81 1,017 8
3 Calvin Johnson Detroit 73 1,257 4
4 Demaryius Thomas Denver 61 1,015 6
5 Vincent Jackson Tampa Bay 47 959 7
6 Julio Jones Atlanta 53 883 6
7 Victor Cruz New York (G) 63 779 8
8 Reggie Wayne Indianapolis 84 1,105 3
9 Andre Johnson Houston 69 1,058 3
10 Dez Bryant Dallas 65 880 6
11 Marques Colston New Orleans 55 757 8
12 Roddy White Atlanta 67 1,003 4
13 Wes Welker New England 80 961 3
14 Eric Decker Denver 54 685 8
15 Torrey Smith Baltimore 39 699 7
16 Randall Cobb Green Bay 58 613 7
17 Cecil Shorts Jacksonville 36 747 6
18 James Jones Green Bay 42 495 8
19 Jordy Nelson Green Bay 45 648 6
20 Denarius Moore Oakland 36 604 6
21 Andre Roberts Arizona 50 639 5
22 Miles Austin Dallas 49 727 4
23 Lance Moore New Orleans 45 699 4
24 Michael Crabtree San Francisco 50 565 5
25 Mike Wallace Pittsburgh 47 572 6
26 Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 55 627 4
27 Brian Hartline Miami 55 807 1
28 Stevie Johnson Buffalo 53 687 4
29 Sidney Rice Seattle 37 524 6
30 DeSean Jackson Philadelphia 45 700 2

 

The wide receiver position represents the old guard meeting some of the new up-and-comers. While A.J. Green is the No. 1 fantasy wide receiver, the likes of Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson have made late pushes. Both of those two players should definitely bring you top-tier WR1 production down the stretch. 

Vincent Jackson makes me wonder if he was the real reason Philip Rivers was a Pro Bowl quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. What he has done with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers thus far this season may lead me in that direction. Jackson is averaging over 20 yards a reception, something I think we can all agree is huge in fantasy football. Though his PPR numbers aren't too great, those big passes from ##Josh Freeman do come in handy. 

 

Tight Ends
Rank Player Team REC Yards TD
1 Rob Gronkowski New England 53 748 10
2 Tony Gonzalez Atlanta 69 712 6
3 Jimmy Graham New Orleans 53 595 8
4 Owen Daniels Houston 47 555 6
5 Heath Miller Pittsburgh 51 516 6
6 Jermaine Gresham Cincinnati 47 558 4
7 Vernon Davis San Francisco 35 487 5
8 Kyle Rudolph Minnesota 39 361 7
9 Jason Witten Dallas 82 710 1
10 Greg Olsen Chicago 46 553 3
11 Brandon Myers Oakland 55 591 3
12 Scott Chandler Buffalo 31 406 5
13 Brandon Pettigrew Detroit 54 513 2
14 Dennis Pitta Baltimore 44 423 4
15 Martellus Bennett New York (G) 39 455 3

 

As I mentioned in a column yesterday, this has been a down season for fantasy tight end's. Just look at how Jimmy Graham and Vernon Davis have fared this season. Equally as important, both Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski with the New England Patriots have struggled with injuries at times. 

Others up-and-coming players have been, well; Decent at best. Fred Davis has been lost for the season, while Brandon Pettigrew continues to struggle making a consistent fantasy impact. 

The one fantasy tight end that you can always count on is Tony Gonzalez, who continues to play at an extremely high level. I really wouldn't be doing a service here if I recommended anyone moving forward. Just go with your gut, my friends. 

 

Vincent Frank

Vincent Frank

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