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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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After a "qualifying round" of playoffs, the actual Stanley Cup playoffs are here. In a weird hockey world that saw two 12 seeds win in round one and the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference finish last in the round robin and get a four seed, things appear wide open. The lower seeds may actually have a bit of an advantage at the beginning of these series, as they have already gone through an actual elimination round, while the top four seeds played a less intense round robin. As teams still adjust to a long layoff, more upsets could be in order. It should be fun. Here is a look at the matchups:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Philadelphia Flyers (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (8)

The Flyers were dominant in the round-robin phase and look very much like a team that can make a deep run. Montreal was the lowest seed in the qualifying tournament, but stunned Pittsburgh, and were the better team throughout the series. Philly, however, is playing much better hockey than their Pennsylvania counterparts. The Canadiens will need a big effort from goalie Carey Price, who is capable of stealing games. Young Flyers goalie Carter Hart was outstanding in the two round-robin games he played and is an emerging star. Philly has more talent, but a goalie like Price can win a series.

Prediction: Flyers in 5.

Tampa Bay Lightning (2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (7)

Tampa is as talented a group as you will find in the NHL. They have depth on all lines, terrific defensemen and an elite goalie. Yet they have a checkered playoff past. Last season, they were dominant in the regular season and looked like a Cup lock. They were promptly swept out of the first round by the Jackets. Columbus outplayed a similarly talented team in Toronto in round one and are a tough matchup. Can the Lightning be struck down twice? Absolutely.

Prediction: Jackets in 7.

Washington Capitals (3) vs. New York Islanders (6)

The Caps still have Alex Ovechkin and a recent Stanley Cup, and have to be considered a contender against whoever they play. But the Isles play terrific defense, grind you down and get just enough scoring to win games. Plus they have the coach who won the Cup with the Caps, Barry Trotz, which gives them another edge. The Isles are a long shot Cup contender and could pull off the upset.

Prediction: Islanders in 7.

Boston Bruins (4) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (5)

The Bruins were the best team in the league in the regular season, but played flat in the round robin, winding up with a fourth seed. It seems a little unfair that they dominated all year but three games determined their fate, but that's life. By now they should have figured things out again and should be able to advance. They are a tricky team, because if they play as poorly as they did last week, Carolina could knock them out. But the Bruins should get better the deeper they get in the playoffs. The Hurricanes have a rising star in Andrei Svechnikov, who had a hat trick in the first round against the Rangers. The Bruins, however, are deeper, more talented and have the more tested and reliable goalie in Tukka Rask.

Prediction: Bruins in 5.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Las Vegas Golden Knights (1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (8)

The Golden Knights were impressive in the round-robin, and looked like they did not miss a beat from the break. They were on a 8-2 run before the Rona interruption and swept the three seeding games since. But the Blackhawks are a scary matchup. They dominated Edmonton in the play-in round, winning 3-1 despite being the last team to qualify. They are young and shaky on defense, but still have proven Cup winners like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Corey Crawford. It would be foolish to count them out, but the Oilers were a much better matchup for the Hawks. If Crawford dominates in net, they have a fighting chance. But the Knights are on a different level right now.

Prediction: Las Vegas in 6.

Colorado Avalanche (2) vs. Arizona Coyotes (7)

This might be one of the more intriguing matchups of this round. The Avs look like a Cup contender, and Nathan MacKinnon is an MVP candidate and might be one of the most underappreciated superstars in the league. The Coyotes, however, are going to be a tough out. Goalie Darcy Kempner faced a ton of shots against the Predators and held up well. He will have to do the same here. Taylor Hall and Phil Kessel provide top end forward play, and Arizona matches up OK here. The Avs should win, but don't be shocked if they are pushed hard.

Prediction: Avs in 6.

Dallas Stars (3) vs. Calgary Flames (6)

Dallas is an interesting team. The Stars have Stanley Cup-level talent, but they struggle to score at times, which could be a problem in a seven-game series. They play strong D and have great goaltending, but have issues with quicker teams, which bodes well for Calgary. The Flames are also a bit of an enigma, but they seem built for the playoffs. They have two young American-born stars in Johnny Gaudreu and Matthew Tkachuk, solid depth up front and on the back end and can hold their own with most teams. Cam Talbot is the key, however. If he can consistently man the goal the way he did in the series win over Winnipeg, they have a big shot. He finished off the series with a 31-save shutout.

Prediction: Flames in 7.

St. Louis Blues (4) vs. Vancouver Canucks (5)

The defending champs were not very good in the round-robin, hence the four seed. But it will probably work out; the Canucks are an easier matchup than what they would have faced with Calgary as a 3 seed. Vancouver is an interesting young team. Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser are two up and coming stars, but the rest of the lineup is bolstered by gritty vets. Defensemen Quinn Hughes is another young star in the making. Goalie Jacob Markstrom was solid against Minnesota, but he will need to be better in this round. The Canucks could have made a run against Dallas, but hard to see them beating the champs.

Prediction: Blues in 6.

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