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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


  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


  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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Houston gets the lopsided win

Valdez, Astros dominate the Angels in 10-0 rout in Anaheim

Framber Valdez was dominant against the Angels on Monday night. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

With a series win at home over the weekend, the Astros started their final regular-season road trip on Monday, squaring off against the Angels in Anaheim. They held the momentum firmly in their favor all night, dominating both sides of the game to start the series with a victory.

Final Score: Astros 10, Angels 0

Astros' Record: 89-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez (11-5)

Losing Pitcher: Jaime Barria (2-4)

Siri leads off with a bang

With Jose Altuve being given the night off, Houston gave Jose Siri a shot at the leadoff spot, and he delivered to start the opener in Anaheim. He launched a missile to left field, 426 feet, to put the Astros in front 1-0 before the Angels could record an out. Later that same inning, they strung together three singles, the third being an RBI by Carlos Correa to double the lead.

Valdez goes seven shutout innings

That gave Framber Valdez a lead to work with as he stepped on the rubber in the bottom of the inning, and he didn't give it up as he would post a dominant start. He started with a 1-2-3 first, worked around a couple of singles in the second, then used a double play to face the minimum in the third.

He retired Los Angeles in order again in the fourth, stranded a two-out single in the fifth and a single and a walk in the sixth. He had his worst inning of the night in the seventh, giving up a leadoff single then loading the bases on back-to-back two-out walks. He'd escape the jam, though, keeping the shutout alive and finalizing his impressive line: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 98 P.

Astros take the opener in lopsided fashion

Houston tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth, getting a one-out double by Correa to set up an RBI single by Marwin Gonzalez, pushing the lead to 3-0. Things escalated from there, as another single put two on base for Martin Maldonado, who blew the game open with a three-run homer to make it a six-run lead.

Brooks Raley took over for Valdez in the bottom of the inning, and with a 1-2-3 inning, made it his eighth appearance in a row without allowing a run. The Astros didn't let up in the top of the ninth, getting two hits and a walk to load the bases before a grand slam by Gonzalez made it 10-0 and gave him 5 RBI in a two-inning span. Seth Martinez, called up by the Astros earlier in the day, made his big-league debut in the bottom of the ninth and closed out the lopsided win to put Houston's magic number at 6.

Up Next: The second of this four-game set will be another 8:38 PM Central start on Tuesday. Jose Urquidy (7-3, 3.38 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, going opposite Packy Naughton (0-2, 4.32 ERA) for the Angels.

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