Washington running back Brian Robinson Jr. returned to football after being injured in preseason. Although he didn’t completely overtake running back Antonio Gibson in the team’s backfield, each of them remained productive in the fantasy football rankings. Owners with a margin in both backs can have a tough time making the decision to kick off Fantasy Football Week 12. Both have averaged about 3.5 yards per throw over the past two weeks, but each has averaged double-digit fantasy points in those games. Against an Atlanta defense that allowed opposing running backs to hit 4.17 yards per carry, could any of them be one of Week 12’s sleeper fantasy players? Before creating fantasy football lineups, be sure to Check out the Week 12 Fantasy Football rankings from SportsLine’s proven computer model..
When it comes to player rankings, the SportsLine model has outperformed the human experts in fantasy football over the past few seasons, especially when there have been big ranking differences. Over the course of a season, that can literally be the difference between winning the league or going home empty-handed.
Last week, the model was highly praised by running back Tony Pollard of the Cowboys, claiming he would finish in the top 10 in his position. Result: Pollard ran 15 times for 80 yards and caught all six of his goals for 109 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s 40-3 win over the Vikings. Everyone with him on the lineup was on their way to a huge week.
Now the model, which mimics every NFL game 10,000 times, has revealed its fantasy football rankings in week 12 of the 2022 NFL season. Head to SportsLine now to see them.
Best Fantasy Football Picks of Week 12
This week, the model has one player in high regard: running back Cardinal James Conner. He’s only averaged 3.17 yards per carry over the past two weeks, but there’s reason to expect more from him in Week 12 against Los Angeles. The Chargers are sixth in rushing yards this season, with the opposition gaining 5.5 yards per try against them.
With tight end Zach Ertz (knee) on the sidelines, quarterback Kyler Murray’s status (hamstring) in question, and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins also suffering a hamstring injury, Arizona’s running game should continue to lead the offense. Last week, Isaiah Pacheco of Kansas City rushed for 107 yards on just 15 carries against a Chargers team that lost over 200 yards in three of their last six games. The LA defense has yet to figure out how to fix their leaky rush defense and so the model predicts Conner will use it enough to finish in the top 15 fantasy runners in week 12. See who else to target here.
And a big shock: Bengals running back Joe Mixon, who ran for 173 yards and four touchdowns in his last two outings, stumbles big and doesn’t even hit the top 20 in his position. Mixon enters Week 12 and ranks in the top 10 in both rushing attempts (158) and rushing touchdowns (6).
However, Mixon has failed to top 60 yards in four of his last five games and will face a parsimonious Tennessee Titans defense on Sunday. The Titans are second in the NFL in yards allowed, trailing just 82.2 yards per game on the ground. In Cincinnati’s 19–16 win over the Titans last season, Mixon only averaged 3.9 yards per carry to finish with 54 yards. With such a tough matchup on Sunday, Mixon is a player worth considering leaving on the bench in Week 12. Look who else will disappear here.
How to set the Fantasy Football Week 12 Ranking
The model also calls for a surprise quarterback you wouldn’t even think would make it into the top 10 of the Week 12 fantasy football rankings. That choice can be the difference between winning big and coming home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.
So who should you start and sit down this week? And what unexpected quarterback could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now to get Week 12 fantasy football rankings for each position, as well as see which QB will pop up out of nowhere to break into the top 10.all from a model that far outperformed the experts.