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NFL fantasy football rankings for Week 12

Melvin Gordon (left) comes in at No. 2 this week at RB. Photo via Los Angeles Chargers/Facebook

QB 

  1. Drew Brees vs. ATL
  2. Andrew Luck vs. MIA
  3. Matt Ryan @ NO
  4. Cam Newton vs. SEA
  5. Aaron Rodgers @ MIN
  6. Russell Wilson @ CAR
  7. Kirk Cousins vs. GB
  8. Lamar Jackson vs. OAK
  9. Carson Wentz vs. NYG
  10. Jameis Winston vs. TEN
  11. Philip Rivers vs. ARI
  12. Tom Brady @ NYJ
  13. Deshaun Watson vs. TEN
  14. Baker Mayfield @ CIN
  15. Ben Roethlisberger @ DEN

RB (standard scoring)

  1. Ezekiel Elliott vs. WAS
  2. Melvin Gordon vs. ARI
  3. Alvin Kamara vs. ATL
  4. Saquon Barkley @ PHI
  5. Christian McCaffrey vs. SEA
  6. Nick Chubb @ CIN
  7. James Conner @ DEN
  8. David Johnson @ LAC
  9. Joe Mixon vs. CLE
  10. Mark Ingram vs. ATL
  11. Aaron Jones @ MIN
  12. Leonard Fournette @ BUF
  13. Marlon Mack vs. MIA
  14. James White @ NYJ
  15. Phillip Lindsay vs. PIT
  16. Dalvin Cook vs. GB
  17. Sony Michel @ NYJ
  18. Adrian Peterson @ DAL
  19. Matt Breida @ TB
  20. Tarik Cohen @ DET
  21. Gus Edwards vs. OAK
  22. Josh Adams vs. NYG
  23. Tevin Coleman @ NO
  24. Peyton Barber vs. SF
  25. Chris Carson @ CAR
  26. Lamar Miller vs. TEN
  27. Duke Johnson @ CIN
  28. Jordan Howard @ DET
  29. Jalen Richard @ BAL
  30. Dion Lewis @ HOU

WR (standard scoring)

  1. Michael Thomas vs. ATL
  2. Julio Jones @ NO
  3. Odell Beckham Jr. @ PHI
  4. Antonio Brown @ DEN
  5. DeAndre Hopkins vs. TEN
  6. Adam Thielen vs. GB
  7. Stefon Diggs vs. GB
  8. Davante Adams @ MIN
  9. TY Hilton vs. MIA
  10. Mike Evans vs. SF
  11. Keenan Allen vs. ARI
  12. Kenny Golladay vs. CHI
  13. JuJu Smith-Schuster @ DEN
  14. Josh Gordon @ NYJ
  15. AJ Green vs. CLE
  16. Julian Edelman @ NYJ
  17. Alshon Jeffery vs. NYG
  18. Emmanuel Sanders vs. PIT
  19. Tyler Boyd vs. CLE
  20. Calvin Ridley @ NO
  21. Doug Baldwin @ CAR
  22. Tyler Lockett @ CAR
  23. Jarvis Landry @ CIN
  24. Amari Cooper vs. WAS
  25. Allen Robinson @ DET
  26. Mohamed Sanu @ NO
  27. Tre’Quan Smith vs. ATL
  28. Larry Fitzgerald @ LAC
  29. Corey Davis @ HOU
  30. Courtland Sutton vs. PIT
  31. DJ Moore vs. SEA
  32. Golden Tate vs. NYG
  33. Sterling Shepard @ PHI
  34. Anthony Miller @ DET
  35. Marquez Valdes-Scantling @ MIN
  36. DeSean Jackson vs. SF
  37. Keke Coutee vs. TEN
  38. Chris Godwin vs. SF
  39. Christian Kirk @ LAC
  40. Devin Funchess vs. SEA

TE (standard scoring)

  1. Zach Ertz vs. NYG
  2. George Kittle @ TB
  3. Rob Gronkowski @ NYJ
  4. Greg Olsen vs. SEA
  5. Trey Burton @ DET
  6. Cameron Brate vs. SF
  7. Austin Hooper @ NO
  8. David Njoku @ CIN
  9. Jordan Reed @ DAL
  10. Jack Doyle vs. MIA
  11. Eric Ebron vs. MIA
  12. Evan Engram @ PHI
  13. Vance McDonald @ DEN
  14. Jared Cook @ BAL
  15. Benjamin Watson vs. ATL

D/ST

  1. Ravens vs. OAK
  2. Bears @ DET
  3. Texans vs. TEN
  4. Jaguars @ BUF
  5. Bills vs. JAX
  6. Chargers vs. ARI
  7. Cowboys vs. WAS
  8. Patriots @ NYJ
  9. Colts vs. MIA
  10. Steelers @ DEN
  11. Panthers vs. SEA
  12. Titans @ HOU
  13. Redskins @ DAL
  14. Lions vs. CHI
  15. Vikings vs. GB

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Walter will host The Night of Champions. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images.

In 2014, Austin Walter rushed for 2,704 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior at Crosby High School. Despite falling short of a state title, Walter was named District 19-4A MVP and finished his prep career with a little over 6,000 rushing yards on 613 carries (6,062 yds). Seven years later, Walter will be returning to his high school alma mater to give back to the community that laid the foundation for an NFL career as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

"It's a blessing to be able to come from a small town and be one of the guys who made it out," Walter said. "Not a lot of people made it to the NFL or the NBA from Crosby High School. To be one of the first, it's an amazing feeling. It's a blessing and an honor."

On Thursday, April 15, Walter will host The Night of Champions to benefit the Crosby High School Booster Club from 6-9 p.m. The event will be a weight lifting competition at Crosby High School for student-athletes around the area to showcase their talents and abilities.

In addition to hosting a weight lifting showcase, Walter will also share his life teachings with student-athletes in attendance. Perseverance and not taking no for an answer will be one of the most vital messages the Crosby native will share with aspiring pro-athletes. It's the two virtues Walter has leaned on from little league football to the NFL. And as an undrafted prospect in 2019, it was that same morale that helped him outshine six other running backs during the 49ers rookie training camp that same year.

"Before I started playing football in high school, a lot of people thought I was too small," Walter said. "They thought because we played little league and not in middle school we would not make it in high school. My twin brother [Ashton Walter] and I did not listen to that. We just kept pushing forward."

"When I left Rice, people thought I was going to play in the Canadian league or AFF, and I did not take no for an answer. I believed in myself. And I believed in God. And if I can make it out of a small town like Crosby, anybody can make it...It's the mentality I've had my entire life of not quitting. I feel like that is what got me to the point I am at right now."

Whether their life goal is to play in the NFL or not, Walter's primary objective for The Night of Champions is to be an inspiration and show kids they can find success despite their environment. It is one of the things the former XFL running back (Dallas Renegades) wished he would have seen growing up in Crosby.

After graduating from Crosby High School, Walter went on to have a record-breaking collegiate career at Rice University. He became one of two players in school history to rush for over 1,500 yards (1,744 yds.) and 1,000 kick return yards (1,548 yds.) in four seasons with the Owls. In February, Walter signed a one-year contract extension to re-join the 49ers ahead of the 2021 NFL season.

Click here to learn more about The Night of Champions at Crosby High School or support Walter and the Crosby High School Booster Club.

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