Week 12 Fantasy WR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at wide receiver

Week 12 Fantasy WR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at wide receiver

There are no byes and very few notable wide receiver injuries…so why do our Week 12 fantasy WR rankings feel a bit lacking? Matchups are a big reason, as several top receivers will be facing tough opponents, and shaky QB play could affect a few more wideouts. Of course, when there are bad matchups in some spots, there are favorable matchups in others, so there are still plenty of sleepers to consider for your start ’em, sit ’em decisions. 

Fantasy owners don’t need to worry about Tyreek Hill (@ Buccaneers), DeAndre Hopkins (vs. Patriots) or Davante Adams (vs. Bears) in tough matchups, but A.J. Brown (@ Colts), Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods (vs. 49ers), Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb (vs. Washington), Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown (vs. Chiefs), Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk (@ Rams), and JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, and Diontae Johnson (vs. Ravens) are all legitimate question marks when setting your lineup. 

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You will probably still start many of those guys, as they’re all talented and have proven they can put up stats in any matchup, but at least a few will disappoint. Fortunately, borderline/sleeper WRs like Travis Fulgham and Jalen Reagor (vs. Seahawks), Brandin Cooks (@ Lions), Marvin Jones (vs. Texans), Cole Beasley (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) are ready to step up and take their places. 

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

It’s important to note that with no byes, the sheer volume of WRs available this week is almost overwhelming. Just because someone is ranked 29th and someone else is ranked 46th doesn’t mean there’s a big difference between their outlooks. This is one of the tougher weeks to decide on your WR3 and flex (and maybe even WR2), especially when you factor in the recent QB changes in New Orleans, Jacksonville, and Cincinnati.


At this point in the season, name value only means so much. It’s all about looking at recent trends, weighing the matchups, and deciding if your team is more in need of a safe floor or high ceiling. There are plenty of worthwhile options, so even if that means trusting a receiver off the waiver wire over a guy you’ve been starting most weeks, it might be the right move. 

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Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we’ll continue to update our WR rankings based on the latest news and injuries.

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Week 12 Fantasy WR Rankings (Standard)

These rankings are for non-PPR leagues.

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

Rank Player
1 Calvin Ridley, ATL vs. LV
2 Tyreek Hill, KC @ TB
3 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI @ NE
4 Davante Adams, GB vs. CHI
5 Terry McLaurin, WAS @ DAL
6 Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. LAC
7 Adam Thielen, MIN vs. CAR
8 Keenan Allen, LAC @ BUF
9 Julio Jones, ATL vs. LV
10 Michael Thomas, NO @ DEN
11 DeVante Parker, MIA @ NYJ
12 DK Metcalf, SEA @ PHI
13 Kenny Golladay, DET vs. HOU
14 DJ Chark, JAX vs. CLE
15 Allen Robinson, CHI @ GB
16 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ PHI
17 Will Fuller V, HOU @ DET
18 Robby Anderson, CAR @ MIN
19 Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. CAR
20 D.J. Moore, CAR @ MIN
21 Sterling Shepard, NYG @ CIN
22 Chris Godwin, TB vs. KC
23 Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. SF
24 A.J. Brown, TEN @ IND
25 Travis Fulgham, PHI vs. SEA
26 Jalen Reagor, PHI vs. SEA
27 Robert Woods, LAR vs. SF
28 Antonio Brown, TB vs. KC
29 Amari Cooper, DAL vs. WAS
30 Brandin Cooks, HOU @ DET
31 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. BAL
32 Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. NO
33 Nelson Agholor, LV @ ATL
34 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. ARI
35 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. NYG
36 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. NYG
37 Mike Evans, TB vs. KC
38 Curtis Samuel, CAR @ MIN
39 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT vs. BAL
40 Marvin Jones, DET vs. HOU
41 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. BAL
42 Christian Kirk, ARI @ NE
43 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. WAS
44 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. LAC
45 Deebo Samuel, SF @ LAR
46 Mike Williams, LAC @ BUF
47 Darius Slayton, NYG @ CIN
48 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. TEN
49 Henry Ruggs III, LV @ ATL
50 Emmanuel Sanders, NO @ DEN
51 Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ LAR
52 Rashard Higgins, CLE @ JAX
53 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. MIA
54 John Brown, BUF vs. LAC
55 Keelan Cole, JAX vs. CLE
56 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. TEN
57 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. NO
58 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ JAX
59 Marquise Brown, BAL @ PIT
60 Willie Snead, BAL @ PIT
61 Keke Coutee, HOU @ DET
62 Jakeem Grant, MIA @ NYJ
63 A.J. Green, CIN vs. NYG
64 Breshad Perriman, NYJ vs. MIA
65 Allen Lazard, GB vs. CHI
66 Sammy Watkins, KC @ TB
67 Josh Reynolds, LAR vs. SF
68 Russell Gage, ATL vs. LV
69 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ ATL
70 Damiere Byrd, NE vs. ARI
71 Greg Ward Jr., PHI vs. SEA
72 Cam Sims WAS @ DAL
73 Zach Pascal, IND vs. TEN
74 KJ Hamler, DEN vs. NO
75 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. CHI
76 Danny Amendola, DET vs. HOU
77 Corey Davis, TEN @ IND
78 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. WAS
79 Mecole Hardman, KC @ TB
80 Demarcus Robinson, KC @ TB
81 Larry Fitzgerald, ARI @ NE
82 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ GB
83 Anthony Miller, CHI @ GB
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