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Week 12 fantasy football rankings: Chiefs have a matchup to be thankful for

The Chiefs face a Buffalo defense that allowed 54 points to the Chargers last week. Peter Aiken/Getty Images

Below are my early 1/2 PPR fantasy rankings for Week 12. Most leagues are using points per reception these days, so take that into consideration when looking at the ranks. Six points are awarded for every receiving and rushing TD, and four points for every passing TD. If you are playing in a non-PPR league, pass-catching running backs lose a bit of value and so do possession receivers. Make sure you check the status of players that have been limited or out of practice. The rankings will be updated on Sunday morning.

QB

1 T. Brady NE

2 C. Wentz PHI

3 R. Wilson SEA

4 B. Roethlisberger PIT

5 M. Ryan ATL

6 D. Brees NO

7 C. Newton CAR

8 M. Mariota TEN

9 K. Cousins WAS

10 P. Rivers LAC

11 A. Smith KC

12 J. Goff LAR

13 E. Manning NYG

14 M. Stafford DET

15 D. Prescott DAL

 

RB

1 L. Bell PIT

2 M. Ingram NO

3 L. Fournette JAC

4 K. Hunt KC

5 L. McCoy BUF

6 M. Gordon LAC

7 A. Kamara NO

8 T. Gurley LAR

9 J. Howard CHI

10 C. Hyde SF

11 C. McCaffrey CAR

12 S. Perine WAS

13 T. Coleman ATL

14 J. McKinnon MIN

15 J. Mixon CIN

16 M. Lynch OAK

17 D. Lewis NE

18 J. Ajayi PHI

19 D. Murray TEN

20 I. Crowell CLE

21 A. Peterson ARI

22 A. Abdullah DET

23 L. Miller HOU

24 A. Morris DAL

25 L. Murray MIN

26 K. Drake MIA

27 B. Powell NYJ

28 A. Collins BAL

29 D. Martin TB

30 J. Williams GB

31 F. Gore IND

32 D. Johnson CLE

33 O. Darkwa NYG

34 D. Woodhead BAL

35 R. Burkhead NE

36 D. Henry TEN

 

WR

1 A. Brown PIT

2 A. Green CIN

3 J. Jones ATL

4 A. Thielen MIN

5 B. Cooks NE

6 J. Landry MIA

7 D. Hopkins HOU

8 T. Hill KC

9 D. Bryant DAL

10 M. Thomas NO

11 M. Evans TB

12 K. Allen LAC

13 S. Diggs MIN

14 D. Baldwin SEA

15 D. Adams GB

16 T. Hilton IND

17 L. Fitzgerald ARI

18 D. Thomas DEN

19 D. Funchess CAR

20 A. Jeffrey PHI

21 R. Woods LAR

22 G. Tate DET

23 J. Maclin BAL

24 M. Crabtree OAK

25 M. Sanu ATL

26 M. Lee JAC

27 M. Jones DET

28 J. Crowder WAS

29 R. Anderson NYJ

30 J. Smith-Schuster PIT

31 E. Sanders DEN

32 S. Shepard NYG

33 D. Jackson TB

34 C. Davis TEN

35 T. Ginn NO

36 A. Cooper OAK

37 D. Parker MIA

38 N. Agholor PHI

 

TE

1 T. Kelce KC

2 R. Gronkowski NE

3 Z. Ertz PHI

4 J. Graham SEA

5 E. Engram NYG

6 D. Walker TEN

7 J. Doyle IND

8 V. Davis WAS

9 K. Rudolph MIN

10 A. Seferian-Jenkins NYJ

11 G. Olsen

12 J. Cook OAK

13 A. Hooper ATL

14 J. Witten DAL

15 C. Brate TB

 

DEF

1 Jaguars

2 Ravens

3 Bengals

4 Steelers

5 Patriots

6 Chargers

7 Broncos

8 Seahawks

9 Falcons

10 Eagles

11 Rams

12 Vikings

13 Chiefs

14 Panthers

 

Kicker

1 S. Gostkowski NE

2 J. Tucker BAL

3 G. Zuerlein LAR

4 H. Butker KC

5 C. Boswell PIT

6 G. Gano CAR

7 W. Lutz NO

8 R. Succop TEN

9 M. Bryant ATL

10 W. Lutz NO

11 M. Prater DET

12 K. Forbath MIN

13 N. Rose WAS

14 B. Walsh SEA

15 A. Vinatieri IND

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The Marlins are showing interest in Yuli Gurriel. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images.

As the reporting date for pitchers and catchers draws near, there are still some decisions hanging over the Astros. One of them is whether or not to bring back Yuli Gurriel. “La Piña,” as he's affectionately called, is 38 years old. He turns 39 in June. His leadership and instincts cannot be matched. The man has seen a ton of baseball and comes from a family of baseballers. So, what's the holdup?

Enter the Miami Marlins. The ownership group, led by Bruce Sherman, is undoubtedly trying to capitalize on the heavy Cuban population in the Miami area. Bringing in the Cuban Babe Ruth is a great way to attempt to get more fan engagement. The franchise has only been to the playoffs three times. First two times (1997 and 2003), they won it all. In 2020, they were swept in the NLDS. They're most likely offering him a ridiculous amount of money to come to a team with a losing history. Knowing the Marlins are willing to hand out stupid money, would you blame La Piña for taking one last ridiculous payday?

Think about it. He's got two rings and made a ton of money. He can safely retire very comfortably. The lure to come back for another year or two would definitely be about money. The Marlins aren't a real threat in the next couple of seasons to do anything, but are willing to pay me like I'm still a star? Plus, I'm closer to my home country with all my family and friends? Sign me up!

This is where the Astros have to make a decision. Bring Yuli back for another year or move on. If he follows through with his last four years, this should be a bounce back year. Since 2016, his first year in Houston and MLB, he's hit .262, .299, .291, .298, .232 (pandemic shortened season), .319, and .242 last season. The man is a professional hitter. He knows how to work an at-bat and can drive pitchers nuts. His defense isn't bad either. He's a more than capable first baseman.

This won't win me any favor, but I think it's time to move on. Yuli will always have a place in my heart because he was a major factor in the Astros' two World Series wins. Last season's title run was even more satisfying since it helped silence the haters. That was the mouthwash that got rid of the stench of the sign stealing scandal. Piña was there through it all.

Now, it's time to start transitioning towards the future. Piña, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Justin Verlander, and Lance McCullers Jr were the only holdovers from the 2017 team. Verlander was one of the guys the Mets backed the Brinks truck up for this offseason. Altuve (32), Bregman (28), and McCullers (29) should be all that's left of that group. While it would've been great to have Verlander (39) back, the emergence of the youth movement in the pitching staff made his loss somewhat expendable. At some point, the nostalgia wears off. Father Time and Mother Nature are both undefeated. If they were to bring Piña back, he should be a part timer transitioning into a hitting coach. Careers come to an end. It's time to start looking at his exit.

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