Latest Fantasy Rankings & Tiers For Making Your Start/Sit Questions Ahead of Week 12

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  • Sean Koerner -- the No. 6 fantasy football ranker so far this season -- is here to walk you through your start/sit decisions.
  • He outlines his Week 12 fantasy rankings into tiers so you can answer all your questions heading into Sunday's kickoff.
  • Find his rankings for quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, kickers and defenses below.

We once again face more difficult start/sit decisions for Week 12.

With the Ravens-Steelers matchup originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night now postponed until Tuesday, I would caution starting players on either team at your own risk — with the game already rescheduled twice, it’s possible it still doesn’t play by the end of this fantasy week. I would recommend adding Seahawks-Eagles players as backup options, as we should hopefully have news on Ravens-Steelers by the time Monday Night Football kicks off.

To further ease these decisions, I’ve outlined the latest version of my fantasy football rankings into tiers so you can better visualize the drop-off in expected production at each position. Note that these are as of Saturday evening and final inactives could still impact certain players, so be sure to check my updated rankings before making your final decisions.

Note: Players who played on Thanksgiving are denoted with an asterisk.

Fantasy Rankings & Tiers

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Quarterbacks

Tier 1

Kyler Murray (@ NE)
Deshaun Watson (@ DET)*
Josh Allen (vs. LAC)
Patrick Mahomes (@ TB)
Russell Wilson (@ PHI)

Tier 2

Taysom Hill (@ DEN)
Justin Herbert (@ BUF)
Cam Newton (vs. ARI)
Aaron Rodgers (vs. CHI)
Tom Brady (vs. KC)
Matt Ryan (vs. LV)
Derek Carr (@ ATL)
Daniel Jones (@ CIN)

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Tier 3

Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ NYJ)
Matthew Stafford (vs. HOU)*
Carson Wentz (vs. SEA)
Ben Roethlisberger (vs. BAL)

Tier 4

Teddy Bridgewater (@ MIN)
Jared Goff (vs. SF)
Philip Rivers (vs. TEN)

Tier 5

Ryan Tannehill (@ IND)
Andy Dalton (vs. WAS)*

Tier 6

Kirk Cousins (vs. CAR)
Baker Mayfield (@ JAX)
Alex Smith (@ DAL)*

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Scott Taetsch/Getty Images. Pictured: Baker Mayfield

Tier 7

Mitchell Trubisky (@ GB)
Mike Glennon (vs. CLE)
Sam Darnold (vs. MIA)

Tier 8

Brandon Allen (vs. NYG)
Robert Griffin III (@ PIT)
Nick Mullens (@ LAR)

Tier 9

Kendall Hinton (vs. NO)

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Running Backs

Tier 1

Dalvin Cook (vs. CAR)

Tier 2

James Robinson (vs. CLE)
Derrick Henry (@ IND)
Josh Jacobs (@ ATL)
Aaron Jones (vs. CHI)
Nick Chubb (@ JAX)
Ezekiel Elliott (vs. WAS)*
Alvin Kamara (@ DEN)

Tier 3

Mike Davis (@ MIN)

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Getty Images. Pictured: Mike Davis

Tier 4

Miles Sanders (vs. SEA)
Kareem Hunt (@ JAX)
Antonio Gibson (@ DAL)*
Duke Johnson Jr. (@ DET)*
Wayne Gallman (@ CIN)
Chris Carson (@ PHI)

Tier 5

David Montgomery (@ GB)
Ronald Jones II (vs. KC)
Nyheim Hines (vs. TEN)
Brian Hill (vs. LV)
Giovani Bernard (vs. NYG)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (@ TB)
Jordan Wilkins (vs. TEN)

Tier 6

Benny Snell (vs. BAL)
Kenyan Drake (@ NE)
Austin Ekeler (@ BUF)
Raheem Mostert (@ LAR)
Matt Breida (@ NYJ)
Leonard Fournette (vs. KC)
Damien Harris (vs. ARI)
Zack Moss (vs. LAC)
J.D. McKissic (@ DAL)*
Frank Gore (vs. MIA)
Kerryon Johnson (vs. HOU)*
Adrian Peterson (vs. HOU)*
Gus Edwards (@ PIT)

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Tier 7

Chase Edmonds (@ NE)
Darrell Henderson (vs. SF)
Latavius Murray (@ DEN)
James White (vs. ARI)
Kalen Ballage (@ BUF)
Jamaal Williams (vs. CHI)
Jerick McKinnon (@ LAR)

Tier 8

Carlos Hyde (@ PHI)
Devin Singletary (vs. LAC)
Ty Johnson (vs. MIA)
Anthony McFarland Jr. (vs. BAL)
Melvin Gordon (vs. NO)
Tony Pollard (vs. WAS)*
Malcolm Brown (vs. SF)
Ito Smith (vs. LV)
Le’Veon Bell (@ TB)
Cam Akers (vs. SF)
Justice Hill (@ PIT)
Phillip Lindsay (vs. NO)
Patrick Laird (@ NYJ)

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Wide Receivers

Tier 1

Davante Adams (vs. CHI)
Tyreek Hill (@ TB)
Stefon Diggs (vs. LAC)

Tier 2

Keenan Allen (@ BUF)

Tier 3

Justin Jefferson (vs. CAR)
D.K. Metcalf (@ PHI)
DeAndre Hopkins (@ NE)
Terry McLaurin (@ DAL)*
Tyler Lockett (@ PHI)
Calvin Ridley (vs. LV)
Will Fuller V (@ DET)*

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Daniel Shirey/Getty Images. Pictured: Calvin Ridley

Tier 4

Editor’s note: Julio Jones has been ruled out for Sunday.

Robby Anderson (@ MIN)
Robert Woods (vs. SF)
Brandin Cooks (@ DET)*
Julio Jones (vs. LV)
Cooper Kupp (vs. SF)
Allen Robinson (@ GB)
A.J. Brown (@ IND)

Tier 5

Diontae Johnson (vs. BAL)
Michael Thomas (@ DEN)
Chris Godwin (vs. KC)
D.J. Moore (@ MIN)
Chase Claypool (vs. BAL)
Antonio Brown (vs. KC)
Mike Evans (vs. KC)
Marvin Jones (vs. HOU)*
Amari Cooper (vs. WAS)*
Cole Beasley (vs. LAC)
Sterling Shepard (@ CIN)
Curtis Samuel (@ MIN)
DeVante Parker (@ NYJ)
Tyler Boyd (vs. NYG)
Juju Smith-Schuster (vs. BAL)
CeeDee Lamb (vs. WAS)*
Jakobi Meyers (vs. ARI)
Darius Slayton (@ CIN)

Tier 6

Jamison Crowder (vs. MIA)
Corey Davis (@ IND)
Jarvis Landry (@ JAX)
Christian Kirk (@ NE)
Michael Pittman Jr. (vs. TEN)
Keelan Cole (vs. CLE)
Travis Fulgham (vs. SEA)
Tee Higgins (vs. NYG)

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Rob Carr/Getty Images. Pictured: Corey Davis (84) and teammates celebrate

Tier 7

Jalen Reagor (vs. SEA)
Deebo Samuel (@ LAR)
Mike Williams (@ BUF)
Kendall Hinton (vs. NO)
Nelson Agholor (@ ATL)
Laviska Shenault (vs. CLE)
Denzel Mims (vs. MIA)

Tier 8

Russell Gage (vs. LV)
Breshad Perriman (vs. MIA)
Josh Reynolds (vs. SF)
Rashard Higgins (@ JAX)
Sammy Watkins (@ TB)
Gabriel Davis (vs. LAC)
Damiere Byrd (vs. ARI)
Richie James (@ LAR)
T.Y. Hilton (vs. TEN)
Marvin Hall (vs. HOU)*
Anthony Miller (@ GB)
Darnell Mooney (@ GB)
Emmanuel Sanders (@ DEN)
N’Keal Harry (vs. ARI)
Michael Gallup (vs. WAS)*
A.J. Green (vs. NYG)
Henry Ruggs (@ ATL)
Jakeem Grant (@ NYJ)
Hunter Renfrow (@ ATL)
Marquise Brown (@ PIT)

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Tight Ends

Tier 1

Travis Kelce (@ TB)

Tier 2

Darren Waller (@ ATL)

Tier 3

T.J. Hockenson (vs. HOU)*

Tier 4

Editor’s note: Mark Andrews as tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play Tuesday night.

Dallas Goedert (vs. SEA)
Hunter Henry (@ BUF)
Mark Andrews (@ PIT)

Tier 5

Evan Engram (@ CIN)
Hayden Hurst (vs. LV)
Eric Ebron (vs. BAL)

Tier 6

Dalton Schultz (vs. WAS)*
Jonnu Smith (@ IND)
Mike Gesicki (@ NYJ)
Kyle Rudolph (vs. CAR)
Jordan Akins (@ DET)*
Austin Hooper (@ JAX)
Rob Gronkowski (vs. KC)

Tier 7

Gerald Everett (vs. SF)
Robert Tonyan Jr. (vs. CHI)
Logan Thomas (@ DAL)*
Jordan Reed (@ LAR)

Tier 8

Jimmy Graham (@ GB)
Mo Alie-Cox (vs. TEN)
Will Dissly (@ PHI)
Anthony Firkser (@ IND)
Trey Burton (vs. TEN)
Tyler Higbee (vs. SF)
Jacob Hollister (@ PHI)
Tyler Eifert (vs. CLE)

Tier 9

Dan Arnold (@ NE)
Jared Cook (@ DEN)

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KICKERS

Tier 1

Daniel Carlson (@ ATL)
Harrison Butker (@ TB)
Rodrigo Blankenship (vs. TEN)
Ka’imi Fairbairn (@ DET)*

Tier 2

Ryan Succop (vs. KC)
Younghoe Koo (vs. LV)
Cody Parkey (@ JAX)
Matt Prater (vs. HOU)*
Jason Sanders (@ NYJ)
Tyler Bass (vs. LAC)
Wil Lutz (@ DEN)

Tier 3

Graham Gano (@ CIN)
Greg Zuerlein (vs. WAS)*
Jason Myers (@ PHI)
Joey Slye (@ MIN)
Mason Crosby (vs. CHI)
Nick Folk (vs. ARI)
Matt Gay (vs. SF)
Stephen Gostkowski (@ IND)
Chris Boswell (vs. BAL)
Zane Gonzalez (@ NE)
Dan Bailey (vs. CAR)
Michael Badgley (@ BUF)

Tier 4

Dustin Hopkins (@ DAL)*
Chase McLaughlin (vs. CLE)
Randy Bullock (vs. NYG)
Sergio Castillo (vs. MIA)
Robbie Gould (@ LAR)
Justin Tucker (@ PIT)
Jake Elliott (vs. SEA)
Cairo Santos (@ GB)

Tier 5

Brandon McManus (vs. NO)

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DEFENSES

Tier 1

New Orleans Saints (@ DEN)
Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. BAL)
New York Giants (@ CIN)
Miami Dolphins (@ NYJ)
Los Angeles Rams (vs. SF)
Green Bay Packers (vs. CHI)

Tier 2

Seattle Seahawks (@ PHI)
Cleveland Browns (@ JAX)

Tier 3

Washington Football Team (@ DAL)*
Dallas Cowboys (vs. WAS)*
Buffalo Bills (vs. LAC)

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Brett Carlsen/Getty Images. Pictured: Tre’Davious White

Tier 4

Arizona Cardinals (@ NE)
Minnesota Vikings (vs. CAR)
Las Vegas Raiders (@ ATL)
Houston Texans (@ DET)*
Kansas City Chiefs (@ TB)
San Francisco 49ers (@ LAR)
Cincinnati Bengals (vs. NYG)
Indianapolis Colts (vs. TEN)
New England Patriots (vs. ARI)
New York Jets (vs. MIA)

Tier 5

Philadelphia Eagles (vs. SEA)
Baltimore Ravens (@ PIT)
Detroit Lions (vs. HOU)*
Denver Broncos (vs. NO)
Tennessee Titans (@ IND)
Los Angeles Chargers (@ BUF)

Tier 6

Chicago Bears (@ GB)
Carolina Panthers (@ MIN)
Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. CLE)
Atlanta Falcons (vs. LV)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. KC)

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