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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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Altuve's homer starting the scoring for Houston on Friday night. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
After a solid showing to take the three of the four-game series in Arlington against the Rangers to start the week, the Astros returned home for three against the Diamondbacks in a weekend series. They would have a slow start to the opener but would ultimately come away victorious.

Final Score (10 innings): Astros 4, Diamondbacks 3

Astros' Record: 87-60, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (3-4)

Losing Pitcher: Tyler Clippard (1-1)

Bielak makes the impromptu start

With Luis Garcia having to move his start ahead by a day on Thursday instead of Friday with Framber Valdez's finger cut, Brandon Bielak made a start for Houston in the opener against Arizona. He didn't go as deep as he probably would have wanted and certainly ventured out of his comfort zone with traffic on the bases.

He loaded the bases in the top of the first, allowing a single and two walks, but was able to strand all three to keep it a scoreless game. He rebounded with a 1-2-3 second, but he dealt with a threat again in the third as back-to-back singles pressured him to start the inning. He would get back-to-back strikeouts, but that's as far as he would go as Houston moved on to Blake Taylor. Taylor got the final out of the third on one pitch, then erased a two-out double in the top of the fourth.

Altuve breaks up the no-no with a go-ahead homer

Brooks Raley took over in the top of the fifth, but in his three batters, he faced allowed a single while getting two outs before Cristian Javier took over to end the frame. Javier allowed the first run of the game in the top of the sixth, a leadoff solo homer to Kole Calhoun to put the Diamondbacks in front 1-0 before he finished the inning.

Madison Bumgarner didn't allow a single hit to the Astros through the first five and two-thirds innings. He allowed a one-out walk in the bottom of the sixth, which proved costly as Jose Altuve would get the first knock of the game for Houston, a two-run go-ahead homer. Phil Maton was the next reliever for the Astros in the top of the seventh, maintaining the new one-run lead by erasing a leadoff single.

Astros get the win in extras

The Diamondbacks tied it up in the top of the eighth against Kendall Graveman, getting a leadoff single followed by a walk, then later an RBI single to knot things up 2-2. Houston stranded a runner in the bottom of the eighth, then brought in Ryan Pressly, who tossed a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to keep the game tied.

Despite getting the winning run in scoring position with a leadoff ground-rule double by Jason Castro to start the bottom of the ninth, they would strand it as the game went to extras. Arizona scored their free runner in the top of the tenth, getting a sac fly to move it to third then going in front on an RBI single.

The Astros matched that and more in the bottom of the inning, moving their runner to third on a lineout to start the frame, followed by an intentional walk to Yordan Alvarez. Jake Meyers tied the game with an RBI single, then after another walk to load the bases, Chas McCormick was hit by a pitch to bring in the winning run, moving the Astros closer to clinching their playoff berth.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will have a start time of 6:10 PM Central on Saturday. Tyler Gilbert (2-2, 3.15 ERA) is expected to make a start for Arizona, while Lance McCullers Jr. (12-4, 3.12 ERA) will be on the mound for Houston.

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