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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 losing streak continues

Mariners get walk-off win over short-staffed Astros

Alex De Goti had an impressive debut. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

After a brutal homestand capped off by losing five players to the IL for health and safety protocols, the once 5-1 Astros brought their now 6-6 record to T-Mobile park in Seattle to try and right the ship. They'd have to do it with new and young players in the lineup using the "next man up" mentality to get some wins against the first-place Mariners.

Though the young bats would work themselves into a lead most of the night, Houston's bullpen wouldn't be able to hold the Mariners down, with Seattle ultimately walking things off in the ninth.

Final Score: Mariners 6, Astros 5

Astros' Record: 6-7, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Anthony Misiewicz (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (0-1)

After a quiet start, Houston gets three in the fifth

After cruising through the Astros through the first four innings, allowing only a walk over that span, Houston was able to put up a big inning against Yusei Kikuchi in the top of the fifth. Carlos Correa notched the first hit of the night, followed by a walk by Taylor Jones to put two on base.



That brought Alex De Goti, making his major-league debut, to the plate and, in his second career at-bat, would get his first hit and RBI, bringing in Correa from second on a single. A second run would come on the same play on a throwing error, then Chaz McCormick made it a three-run inning with an RBI-double, putting Houston out front 3-0.

Urquidy comes an out shy of a quality start

Meanwhile, Jose Urquidy was doing well through five innings. On track for a much-needed quality start, the Mariners would tag him in the bottom of the sixth, getting three-straight hits to bring in two runs to lead off the frame and leaving a runner on second base with no outs.

Urquidy would rebound to get the next two batters on strikeouts, but at 90 pitches and with a left-handed hitter up next, Dusty Baker would bring in lefty Brooks Raley to try and get out of the inning with the one-run lead intact. Raley would do his job, putting Uruidy's line final: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 90 P.

Teams trade two-run seventh innings

The young bats for Houston struck again in the top of the seventh, with Jones and De Goti leading it off with back-to-back singles before Jason Castro would load the bases with a walk. With two outs, Aledmys Diaz would push the lead back to three with a two-RBI single, making it 5-2.

With Raley out after facing his one batter, next out of Houston's bullpen was Bryan Abreu to help maintain Houston's lead. Instead, he would give up two runs on two hits and a walk while getting just two outs before Baker moved on to Blake Taylor, who would get the last out of the seventh with Houston hanging on to a one-run lead at 5-4.

Mariners get the walk-off win

Taylor remained in the game in the bottom of the eighth, and after getting an out, would allow a game-tying solo home run to Evan White before injuring himself trying to field an infield single. Ryne Stanek entered and finished off the eighth, sending the tie game to the ninth.

After Houston came up empty in the top half, Stanek remained in the game in the bottom of the ninth, attempting to force extras. Back-to-back walks ended Stanek's night, with the Astros hoping Ryan Pressly could bail them out. He couldn't, though, giving up the walk-off hit as the Mariners would take the opener, 6-5.

Up Next: Game two of this three-game set will start an hour earlier on Saturday, with first pitch at 8:10 PM Central. Zack Greinke (1-1, 4.08 ERA) will try to rebound from a poor start his last time out for the Astros, while the Mariners will hand the ball to Chris Flexen (1-0, 4.50 ERA).

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