Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers 2015
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is back to top form and running back Eddie Lacy, right, is a big reason why. Getty Images

Daily or weekly fantasy football players will have a much bigger pool to draw from in Week 12 as bye weeks have officially ended and NFL teams head into the final six-game stretch of the regular season. But more options actually might create more confusion or even anxiety for FanDuel or DraftKings players, particularly with some of the league’s best quarterbacks and other skill players getting only four days rest prior to Thanksgiving Day’s three-game slate.

So we’ve kept up our weekly series of the best options at each position for daily or weekly fantasy players to parse and make their lineup selections much easier for Week 12.

Here’s our full breakdown of Week 12 and the players owners should target.


1.Aaron Rodgers, Packers

2.Eli Manning, Giants

3.Cam Newton, Panthers

4.Philip Rivers, Chargers

5.Derek Carr, Raiders

Is Rodgers back to his elite form? Maybe, considering how well he played against a tough Vikings pass D. Rodgers typically tortures the Bears and the return of Eddie Lacy is what really makes the Packers dangerous in the final third of the season. Manning gets a Redskins D that just allowed five passing touchdowns to Cam Newton, and he doesn’t even have an elite No. 1 receiver like Odell Beckham Jr. Newton hits the road and the Cowboys looked good in Week 11, but the Panthers passer is untouchable. And it's clear Rivers will keep chucking up the ball, much to the delight of fantasy players.


1.Adrian Peterson, Vikings

2.Chris Johnson, Cardinals

3.Chris Ivory, Jets

4.Jonathan Stewart, Panthers

5.Eddie Lacy, Packers

Gurley and Freeman are off because of Week 12’s matchups and the latter’s concussion in Week 11. But Peterson gets a Falcons D that’s allowed the seventh-most points to running backs, and Johnson takes on the woeful 49ers who just let up more than 200 yards rushing to a rookie. Stewart should continue to benefit from Newton’s improved passing, and Lacy’s finally healthy and stares down Chicago’s No. 25 rushing D.


1.Calvin Johnson, Lions

2.DeAndre Hopkins, Texans

3.Demaryius Thomas, Broncos

4.Travis Benjamin, Browns

5.Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

Bonus: Odell Beckham Jr., Giants

Johnson’s yet to have a truly monster game this season, but he should accomplish the feat against an Eagles secondary allowing the fourth-most points to receivers and just allowed five receiving touchdowns. Hopkins is a treasure and continues to thrive against New Orleans’ No. 31 pass defense, and Benjamin might seem like a surprise but the injury-plagued Ravens have the worst pass defense in fantasy. Beckham's the bonus pick because he might be too popular among fantasy players, and thus his value's diminished, but if a steady receiver is part of your strategy than he's your man.


1.Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

2.Delanie Walker, Raiders

3.Jimmy Graham, Seahawks

4.Brent Celek, Eagles

5.Gary Barnidge, Browns

Walker actually has the best matchup of the week among tight ends in the Raiders last-place fantasy D against TEs. And if there’s any game for Graham to break out, it’s this week’s matchup against the Steelers No. 27-ranked D against TEs. Celek will be Mark Sanchez’s security blanket once again versus the Lions poor defense.


1.Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

2.Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars

3.T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jaguars

4.Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks

5.Michael Crabtree, WR, Raiders

Bonus: Alfred Blue, RB, Texans

While the matchup isn’t great for Tony Romo, you have to like Bryant’s chances of getting a high number of underneath throws and picking apart a Panthers secondary that’s No. 5 in fantasy against receivers but is likely to focus on stopping the run, which was the real reason Dallas won in Week 11. The Chargers have denied fantasy rushers a ton of points, but Yeldon is Jacksonville’s key to keeping Rivers off the field and he’ll see a lot of attempts. Crabtree is Carr’s favorite target and he’s done a great job of capitalizing on defenses that focus on Amari Cooper. And to Blue’s benefit, the Saints are almost as bad against the run as they are the pass.





4.N.Y. Jets


The Cardinals get to bully around the dreadful 49ers offense, Carolina’s a juggernaut that was barely tested against Washington in Week 11 and should be at near full strength against the Cowboys. Meanwhile, the Bengals will snap their two-game slide against the Rams No. 31 scoring offense, and the Jets can return to form against Miami’s Ryan Tannehill. Denver slides to No. 5 because they’ll face New England, but if Brock Osweiler protects the ball the Broncos D can stop the Patriots.