Kevin Hanson joins SI for the 2019 season. His fantasy rankings have placed him in the Top 20 in each of the past two seasons among all the industry experts tracked by FantasyPros.com, and he has been in the Top 25 in six of the past eight years.
QB Start of the Week: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (vs. MIA)
Drafted with high hopes in August, Baker Mayfield has been an utter disappointment for his fantasy owners, but the tide has begun to turn recently and things could be even better this week.
Through the first nine weeks of the season, Mayfield had zero multi-touchdown games and scored the 23rd-most fantasy points among quarterbacks. Over the past two weeks, however, the second-year quarterback has accounted for five touchdowns—four passing and one rushing—despite two difficult matchups against Buffalo and Pittsburgh, respectively. In the past two weeks, he has scored the 10th-most fantasy points.
Drawing a favorable matchup in Week 12, Mayfield and the Browns have a top-three implied total based on Vegas odds this week. In addition, the Dolphins have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.
QB Sit of the Week: Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (vs. BAL)
As noted above, Mayfield has been a top-10 fantasy quarterback over the past two weeks. Jared Goff has not. Over the past two weeks, Goff has thrown three interceptions and no touchdowns. He has scored the 29th-most fantasy points over the past two weeks despite several of the quarterbacks ahead of him playing only one game in that span.
With a tough matchup against the Ravens this week, it’s unlikely that Goff bounces back. The Ravens have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Only the Patriots (four) and Bills (seven) have allowed fewer passing touchdowns than the Ravens (nine), who also rank seventh in the NFL in passes intercepted (nine). In addition, only the Patriots have allowed a lower completion percentage than the Ravens (59.7%).
Granted, Goff has missed Brandin Cooks (concussion) the past two weeks and Robert Woods (personal) last week, but even if one or both return this week, it would be unwise to start Goff outside of two-QB leagues.
Week 12 fantasy football quarterback rankings:
QB1: Lamar Jackson, BAL @ LAR
QB2: Matt Ryan, ATL vs TB
QB3: Deshaun Watson, HOU vs IND
QB4: Russell Wilson, SEA @ PHI
QB5: Drew Brees, NO vs CAR
QB6: Jameis Winston, TB @ ATL
QB7: Baker Mayfield, CLE vs MIA
QB8: Josh Allen, BUF vs DEN
QB9: Dak Prescott, DAL @ NE
QB10: Aaron Rodgers, GB @ SF
QB11: Tom Brady, NE vs DAL
QB12: Jimmy Garoppolo, SF vs GB
QB13: Derek Carr, OAK @ NYJ
QB14: Sam Darnold, NYJ vs OAK
QB15: Jacoby Brissett, IND @ HOU
QB16: Jeff Driskel, DET @ WAS
QB17: Carson Wentz, PHI vs SEA
QB18: Nick Foles, JAC @ TEN
QB19: Ryan Tannehill, TEN vs JAC
QB20: Daniel Jones, NYG @ CHI
QB21: Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA @ CLE
QB22: Jared Goff, LAR vs BAL
QB23: Mason Rudolph, PIT @ CIN
QB24: Dwayne Haskins, WAS vs DET
QB25: Kyle Allen, CAR @ NO
More Advice From SI Fantasy
—Dr. Roto’s Week 12 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em to help with your toughest lineup decisions
—Frankie Taddeo’s top streaming options for the final week of byes
—Jaime Eisner’s stock watch tells you who’s trending up and down as the playoffs approach
—Jaime Eisner’s waiver wire pickups: Randall Cobb, Jonathan Williams, Jacob Hollister and more
—Frankie Taddeo’s droppables, with some big-name players you shouldn’t feel bad about cutting
—Bill Enright’s injury report takes a look at who is out how long
—Mark Deming’s target and snap report dives into the data to make some fantasy conclusions