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There may be six weeks remaining in the NFL regular season, but with the fantasy playoffs right around the corner, the clock is ticking for those teams looking to make a late move. Week 12 also signals the end of the bye weeks, as Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Seattle are the last four teams to get a breather.
At this point, however, chances are no team is at full strength, as not only have bye weeks tested roster depth and an owner’s ability to work the waiver wire, but there’s also been no lack of injuries to key, if not crucial, players. Take quarterback for example. Not only are Nick Foles and Russell Wilson not available this week, owners are still waiting on Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler to return. And that’s not even the whole story at this one position.
As good as the likes of Peyton Manning, Jamaal Charles, Calvin Johnson and Jimmy Graham have been this season, there’s been no shortage of those who have emerged from obscurity to post some pretty impressive numbers of their own. Last week that was Tampa Bay running back Bobby Rainey, who finished second only to Ben Roethlisberger in fantasy points (Athlon scoring), after rushing for 163 yards and scoring three total touchdowns against Atlanta.
I’m going to guess that Rainey wasn’t even on that many rosters, let alone starting for many teams last week. While I have no doubt the former has certainly changed, the focus shifts to the latter. If you have Rainey are you starting him this week against Detroit in hopes that he can do it two games in a row? The game is not until Sunday, so you still have some time. Just remember though, the clock is ticking.
Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.
2013 NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Positional Rankings
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points