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Week 12 fantasy football rankings

These are my very early ranks, so keep in mind I post these on Thursday. Make sure you check the injury report on Sunday for players that have missed practice. If it doesn't look like a player will play this week, I typically won't rank him. Keep in mind, these are PPR rankings, and don't forget to set your lineup for Thursday Night Football.

If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter. Be sure to check out my show MoneyLine with Jerry Bo on ESPN 97.5FM. We're on every Sunday morning from 10-noon, and we'll talk a lot of fantasy football and NFL gambling getting you ready for kickoff every Sunday.

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QB

1Lamar Jackson

2Matt Ryan

3Russell Wilson

4Drew Brees

5Aaron Rodgers

6Deshaun Watson

7Baker Mayfield

8Jacoby Brissett

9Dak Prescott

10Josh Allen

11Jimmy Garoppolo

12Tom Brady

13Sam Darnold

14Derek Carr

15Nick Foles

RB

1Christian McCaffrey

2Alvin Kamara

3Saquon Barkley

4Derrick Henry

5Aaron Jones

6Ezekiel Elliott

7Josh Jacobs

8Nick Chubb

9Phillip Lindsay

10Leonard Fournette

11Jaylen Samuels

12Le'Veon Bell

13Mark Ingram

14Chris Carson

15James White

16Tevin Coleman

17Devin Singletary

18Todd Gurley

19Joe Mixon

20Kareem Hunt

21Miles Sanders

22David Montgomery

23Ronald Jones

24Sony Michel

25Derrius Guice

26Duke Johnson

27Tarik Cohen

28Carlos Hyde

29Bo Scarbrough

30Jamaal Williams

WR

1Michael Thomas

2Julio Jones

3Odell Beckham Jr

4Mike Evans

5DeAndre Hopkins

6Davante Adams

7D.J. Chark

8Julian Edelman

9T.Y. Hilton *Make sure he's active for TNF.

10D.J. Moore

11Chris Godwin

12Calvin Ridley

13Allen Robinson

14Tyler Lockett

15Tyrell Williams

16Jarvis Landry

17Jamison Crowder

18Kenny Golladay

19Courtland Sutton

20John Brown

21Devante Parker

22Amari Cooper

23Cooper Kupp

24Michael Gallup

25D.K. Metcalf

26Deebo Samuel

27 Will Fuller

28Marvin Jones

29Golden Tate

30Robert Woods

31Emmanuel Sanders

32Curtis Samuel

33Terry McLaurin

34Nelson Agholor

35Marquise Brown

36Tyler Boyd

TE

1George Kittle *Make sure he's playing on Sunday night

2Zach Ertz

3Mark Andrews

4Darren Waller

5Jared Cook

6Greg Olsen

7Eric Ebron

8 Noah Fant

9Ryan Griffin

10Jacob Hollister

11Gerald Everett

12Jason Witten

DEF

1 Steelers

2 Saints

3 Ravens

4 Patriots

5 Bears

6 Bills

7 Lions

8 Browns

9 Raiders

10 Titans

11Falcons

12 Packers

Kicker

1 Justin Tucker

2 Wil Lutz

3 Greg Zuerlein

4 Younghoe Koo

5 Matt Prater

6 Mason Crosby

7 Ka'imi Fairbairn

8 Jason Myers

9 Steven Hauschka

10 Nick Folk

11 Joey Slye

12 Austin Seibert

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Davis Mills didn't see much action on Saturday. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans played their first preseason game and turned in a winning effort. Here are 11 observations from the victory.

1. The initial and early offense felt scarily familiar to last season. It seemed like vanilla was the emphasis, but a negative play doomed the Texans on each of the Davis Mills led drives. This is an offense in training camp that has overcome bad plays, that wasn’t the case Saturday night.

2. Penalties showed up in force for the Texans. I disagreed with a handful of them, but it is clear there needs to be a little more work on these. It also could be simply the referee emphasis as well. The officials at practice have called offensive pass interference, and Chris Moore got dinged Saturday for that. The team currently doesn’t have the talent to regularly overcome a holding or other offensive penalty.

3. I’m not going to read too much into the first-team offense or the defense. Too many players who will play in games didn’t play in this one. I tend to focus more on individuals than teams in these situations.

4. Jalen Pitre has a nose for the football. It looked like almost every Baylor game out there from his college career. The safety was in on what felt like every play. It will be exciting to watch him assess his game film and build on it. Lovie Smith mentioned how important it was for players to get their first game out of the way. Well, mark that step down for Pitre.

5. Blake Cashman flashed plenty. His athletic deflection on a long-third down throw was a lovely play. He was getting his nose into a lot of the action as well. Cashman has a chance to make this team as linebacker depth. If he can build off the success from Saturday, he will be in a position to make the final roster.

6. Kurt Hinish is a name you may not know just yet. His name is worth learning though. The undrafted defensive tackle from Notre Dame has flashed in camp and he sacked his old teammate Ian Book on Saturday night. Roy Lopez and Maliek Collins are the team’s two defensive tackles, but there is room for someone like Hinish. I don’t believe he would make it to the practice squad.

7. Rookie defensive lineman Thomas Booker had some nice plays. He hasn’t stood out much in training camp to this point. It isn’t out of the question he is on the roster bubble, but there’s still time to find his way.

8. Jalen Camp scored a touchdown and did the crane celebration as a nod to teammate John Metchie who is dealing with cancer. Camp had a few flashes in training camp, but it isn’t consistent. There is an opportunity for a couple of wideouts, but nobody has separated to the point where I can say they have for sure earned the spots on the depth chart.

9. Dameon Pierce wowed on Saturday. It was great to watch the rookie rip off big physical runs. Pierce will be a factor for the Texans in 2022. The consistency of his work will determine how much of a factor. He is exciting, more than Marlon Mack, and if the team starts to trust him more, he has the talent to make it pay off for the Texans.

10. The special teams looks like it might be one of the best aspects of this team. Cam Johnston can absolutely BOOM the ball as a punter and could be one of the best in the league. The coverage on kicks was very good. This is something that will have to be great for the Texans as this is still a team that lives in the margins.

11. I’d guess the second preseason game will look a little closer to what the third preseason game used to look like. A little more from the expected starters would be a welcome sight. I would like to see a little more Davis Mills and a few more of the top players in the game for a stretch and see if Pep Hamilton wants to get a bit more creative.

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