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Week 12 fantasy football rankings

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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The Astros rotation looks like a strength moving forward. Composite Getty Image.

The Houston Astros are coming off a much-needed series win over the White Sox, but have a quick turnaround as they host the Orioles on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

The 'Stros dropped the first game of the series with Framber Valdez on the mound, but were able to rebound with Hunter Brown and Spencer Arrighetti starting the final two games.

Brown was brilliant once again, and Arrighetti bounced back after a disastrous start against the Tigers over the weekend. Despite all the injures to the Astros staff this season, their young pitchers are stepping up when they need them the most.

Brown has six consecutive quality starts and is beginning to show signs that he can be the top of the rotation pitcher the club always hoped he could develop into.

Arrighetti has stepped in and shown that he belongs in the big leagues, and has provided innings Houston desperately requires with so many pitchers on the injured list.

Speaking of which, with Justin Verlander on the IL, Double A prospect Jake Bloss will make the start for Houston on Friday night. Bloss has quickly progressed through the farm system, having been drafted just a year ago.

We'll see how he performs in his MLB debut, but the club seems to have a lot of quality pitching options moving forward, especially with Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers scheduled to return in late July and early August respectively.

And as we look at the Astros rotation moving forward, perhaps they will go back to a six-man rotation during certain stretches in the second half of the season.

Which could prove to be vital to the team's success. As good as Ronel Blanco has been, he's never pitched as many innings as he'll be asked to pitch this year. Same goes for Arrighetti. And let's face it, sending Verlander out to pitch on four days rest consistently at 41 years old doesn't sound like a wise decision. He's already been on the IL twice this year.

While some see Garcia and McCullers as wild cards to help the team this season, Astros GM Dana Brown doesn't see it that way. He told the Astros flagship station this week that he's counting on those guys to make big contributions when they return. And he's counting on their postseason experience should they get there.

Keep in mind, Garcia has a 3.61 career ERA and has been durable outside the Tommy John surgery. And McCullers has always been good, it's just the health that causes concern.

Garcia is also an example of how a player can skip Double A and Triple A and have success right away in the big leagues. Hopefully, Bloss can follow in his footsteps, since he's bypassing Triple A to make his first start.

So what's the short and long-term outlook for the Astros rotation? And should we expect Verlander to return in 2025?

Be sure to watch the video above as we address those questions and much more!

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