Week 12 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts

Week 12 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts

Our Week 12 fantasy WR PPR rankings are loaded with big names thanks to no byes, but they’re not exactly loaded with favorable matchups for all the wide receivers who are usually started most weeks. 

That’s not quite as big of an issue in PPR leagues, as receivers can still pile up short receptions despite tough coverage, but it’s still fair to worry about A.J. Brown (@ Colts), Cooper Kupp (vs. 49ers), and Amari Cooper (vs. Washington). All of their teammates are on the “sit ’em” radar, too, as well as the Bucs (vs. Chiefs) and Steelers (vs. Ravens) talented trios and the 49ers banged-up dynamic duo (@ Rams). Again, there could still be plenty of short catches to go around for these guys, as all of these teams love to throw underneath (or behind the line of scrimmage, in the case of the 49ers), but the ceilings for these receivers are lower than usual. 

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Will you actually bench any of these big names? Possibly. Guys like Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson, and Brandon Aiyuk (if healthy) are especially tough to sit in PPR leagues, but given all the other available options, they’re not necessarily “must-starts.” The same goes for PPR heroes Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins (vs. Giants), who will be playing with Brandon Allen instead of Joe Burrow (knee) this week.

Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

There are plenty of potential sleepers to sub in, including Jalen Reagor (vs. Seahawks), Brandin Cooks (@ Lions), Cole Beasley and John Brown (vs. Chargers), Rashard Higgins (@ Jaguars), Michael Pittman and T.Y. Hilton (vs. Titans), Nelson Agholor and Henry Ruggs (@ Falcons), Keelan Cole (vs. Browns), and Tim Patrick and KJ Hamler (vs. Saints). Some of those receivers vary in their overall PPR upside, as there are a mix of big-play, boom-or-bust receivers (Agholor, Ruggs, Higgins, Brown) and more traditional PPR plays (Beasley, Patrick, Hamler).


You probably don’t want to start the big-play receivers over consistent, high-target guys, but it might be reasonable depending on your matchup. If you need to go for a high-ceiling game, then by all means shoot your shot, but if you’re just trying to maintain a decent floor while banking on your other stars in better matchups to go off, then don’t risk the sub-five-point performances.

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Week 12 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues

WEEK 12 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em

Rank Player
1 Calvin Ridley, ATL vs. LV
2 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI @ NE
3 Davante Adams, GB vs. CHI
4 Keenan Allen, LAC @ BUF
5 Terry McLaurin, WAS @ DAL
6 Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. LAC
7 Tyreek Hill, KC @ TB
8 Michael Thomas, NO @ DEN
9 Adam Thielen, MIN vs. CAR
10 Julio Jones, ATL vs. LV
11 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ PHI
12 DeVante Parker, MIA @ NYJ
13 DK Metcalf, SEA @ PHI
14 Allen Robinson, CHI @ GB
15 Robby Anderson, CAR @ MIN
16 Kenny Golladay, DET vs. HOU
17 Will Fuller V, HOU @ DET
18 Sterling Shepard, NYG @ CIN
19 DJ Chark, JAX vs. CLE
20 D.J. Moore, CAR @ MIN
21 Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. CAR
22 Chris Godwin, TB vs. KC
23 Antonio Brown, TB vs. KC
24 Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. SF
25 A.J. Brown, TEN @ IND
26 Robert Woods, LAR vs. SF
27 Travis Fulgham, PHI vs. SEA
28 Amari Cooper, DAL vs. WAS
29 Jalen Reagor, PHI vs. SEA
30 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. BAL
31 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. ARI
32 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. NYG
33 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. NYG
34 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. BAL
35 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT vs. BAL
36 Curtis Samuel, CAR @ MIN
37 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. WAS
38 Brandin Cooks, HOU @ DET
39 Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. NO
40 Nelson Agholor, LV @ ATL
41 Mike Evans, TB vs. KC
42 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. LAC
43 Marvin Jones, DET vs. HOU
44 Deebo Samuel, SF @ LAR
45 Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ LAR
46 Christian Kirk, ARI @ NE
47 Mike Williams, LAC @ BUF
48 Darius Slayton, NYG @ CIN
49 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. TEN
50 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. MIA
51 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. NO
52 Henry Ruggs III, LV @ ATL
53 Emmanuel Sanders, NO @ DEN
54 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ JAX
55 Rashard Higgins, CLE @ JAX
56 John Brown, BUF vs. LAC
57 Keelan Cole, JAX vs. CLE
58 Willie Snead, BAL @ PIT
59 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. TEN
60 Keke Coutee, HOU @ DET
61 Jakeem Grant, MIA @ NYJ
62 Russell Gage, ATL vs. LV
63 A.J. Green, CIN vs. NYG
64 Breshad Perriman, NYJ vs. MIA
65 Damiere Byrd, NE vs. ARI
66 KJ Hamler, DEN vs. NO
67 Allen Lazard, GB vs. CHI
68 Sammy Watkins, KC @ TB
69 Josh Reynolds, LAR vs. SF
70 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ ATL
71 Marquise Brown, BAL @ PIT
72 Greg Ward Jr., PHI vs. SEA
73 Cam Sims WAS @ DAL
74 Zach Pascal, IND vs. TEN
75 Danny Amendola, DET vs. HOU
76 Larry Fitzgerald, ARI @ NE
77 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ GB
78 Corey Davis, TEN @ IND
79 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. WAS
80 Mecole Hardman, KC @ TB
81 Demarcus Robinson, KC @ TB
82 Anthony Miller, CHI @ GB
83 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. CHI
84 Golden Tate, NYG @ CIN
85 Gabriel Davis, BUF vs. LAC
86 Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ DEN
87 David Moore, SEA @ PHI
88 Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL vs. LV
89 Denzel Mims, NYJ vs. MIA
90 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ BUF
91 N’Keal Harry, NE vs. ARI
92 Miles Boykin, BAL @ PIT
93 Kendrick Bourne, SF @ LAR
94 Andy Isabella, ARI @ NE
95 James Washington, PIT vs. BAL
96 Scotty Miller, TB vs. KC