It’s Thanksgiving week, and all three Thursday games offer some huge fantasy plays — not to mention entertaining matchups, fantasy aside. The bye weeks are finally over, and it’s time to start prepping your roster for the playoffs (or the Toilet Bowl). Week 12 is time to get real. You want to make sure you have that RB that comes out of nowhere to splash the pot 3 weeks in a row — it happens every year.

The two New Hit RBs (below) are high probability candidates to do just that, and they’re available in most leagues. Below them are the Top 100 weekly player rankings. For any lineup questions, tweet me at @VoodooBrown.

New Hits for Week 12:
A “New Hit” will be a likely free agent that could be on the verge of a big week, and even regular production down the road. Some will be well known, others will be somewhat unproven & unknown. But it is much easier to scoop up a new hit BEFORE the waiver wire protocol hits on Tuesday, where you will have to wait your turn. Get on our New Hits before they blow up and get on your league’s radar.

 

ajayiJay Ajayi, RB Miami Dolphins: Still available in over 80% of all leagues, now is the time to grab Jay Ajayi. Lamar Miller has been up & down, much like the rest of the Dolphins squad — very disappointing year. They’re 4-6, and with a loss to the Jets this week, their season would be all but done. They would then enter the “let’s see what what we have” part of the lost season. Ajayi is on that list, Lamar Miller is not. Also, take a look at Miami’s matchups in weeks 13-16 (below). Their only away game is against a crappy Chargers squad in Week 15, with home games against the Ravens (wk 13), Giants (wk 14), and Colts (wk 16)… talk about JUICY.

Miami’s Week 13 + Playoff schedule:
Week 13 vs Baltimore
Week 14 vs NY Giants
Week 15 @ San Diego
Week 16 vs Indy
Week 17 vs New England

Bottom Line: Grab him NOW if he’s still available in your league. Drop that extra defense, your third TE, Kamar Aiken… whoever. If Lamar Miller gets dinged up, and/or the Dolphins are eliminated from playoff contention, I can see Ajayi becoming a fantasy playoff juggernaut.

 

grimesJonathan Grimes, RB Houston Texans: What’s attractive about him as an option on your bench is the trajectory of the Texans, and their need at the RB slot. They’re riding a 3-game winning streak in a HORRIBLE division — the AFC South might be even worse than the NFC East. The Texans are starting to feel like the emerging favorites to win. Grimes is a pass-catching RB (huge bonus), and only has Alfred Blue in front of him. If/when Blue hits that eventual wall, Grimes will be the last man standing. If you have junk on your bench, he’s worth the stash.

Houston’s Week 13 + Playoff schedule:
Week 13 @ Buffalo
Week 14 vs New England
Week 15 @ Indy
Week 16 @ Tennessee
Week 17 vs Jacksonville

Bottom Line: He’s worth picking up as a mid-to-high end flier; especially in PPR leagues.

 
And now for this Week’s player rankings…
It’s common sense, but if you have to decide between two players on this list, take the one that is ranked higher. If your player does not appear on this list, then he’s probably not very startable in most 10-12 team leagues. (Note, these rankings are based on PPR leagues)

 

QUARTERBACKS:
1. CAR Cam Newton
2. GB Aaron Rodgers
3. ARI Carson Palmer
4. SEA Russell Wilson
5. JAC Blake Bortles
6. DET Matthew Stafford
7. NO Drew Brees
8. HOU Brian Hoyer
9. NYJ Ryan Fitzpatrick
10. TEN Marcus Mariota
11. NYG Eli Manning
12. NE Tom Brady
13. CLE Josh McCown
14. PIT Ben Roethlisberger
15. TB Jameis Winston

 

RUNNINGBACKS:
1. MIN Adrian Peterson
2. STL Todd Gurley
3. TB Doug Martin
4. PHI DeMarco Murray
5. BAL Javorius Allen
6. BUF LeSean McCoy
7. GB Eddie Lacy
8. NO Mark Ingram
9. ATL Devonta Freeman (check status) – Tevin Coleman if Freeman is out
10. PIT DeAngelo Williams
11. SEA Thomas Rawls
12. KC Charcandrick West (check status) – Spencer Ware if West is out
13. CHI Matt Forte
14. MIA Lamar Miller
15. WAS Matt Jones (if Alfred Morris sits out)
16. SF Shaun Draughn
17. DAL Darren McFadden
18. JAC T.J. Yeldon
19. IND Frank Gore
20. TEN Antonio Andrews
21. CLE Duke Johnson Jr.
22. NYJ Chris Ivory
23. DEN Ronnie Hillman
24. OAK Latavius Murray
25. PHI Darren Sproles

 

WIDE RECEIVERS:
1. HOU DeAndre Hopkins
2. ATL Julio Jones
3. DET Calvin Johnson
4. NYG Odell Beckham Jr.
5. PIT Antonio Brown
6. NYJ Brandon Marshall
7. NO Brandin Cooks
8. GB Randall Cobb
9. DAL Dez Bryant
10. ARI Larry Fitzgerald
11. JAC Allen Robinson
12. DEN Demaryius Thomas
13. TB Mike Evans
14. MIN Stefon Diggs
15. PIT Martavis Bryant
16. KC Jeremy Maclin
17. NYJ Eric Decker
18. CIN A.J. Green
19. OAK Amari Cooper
20. ARI John Brown
21. NE Danny Amendola (check status)
22. CHI Alshon Jeffery (check status)
23. SD Stevie Johnson
24. JAC Allen Hurns
25. OAK Michael Crabtree
26. CLE Travis Benjamin
27. MIA Jarvis Landry
28. BUF Sammy Watkins
29. MIA Rishard Matthews
30. IND T.Y. Hilton
31. HOU Cecil Shorts III
32. GB James Jones
33. SF Anquan Boldin
34. WAS DeSean Jackson
35. NO Willie Snead

 

TIGHT ENDS:
1. TEN Delanie Walker
2. CAR Greg Olsen
3. NE Rob Gronkowski
4. CLE Gary Barnidge
5. KC Travis Kelce
6. CIN Tyler Eifert
7. SEA Jimmy Graham
8. SD Antonio Gates
9. NO Benjamin Watson
10. PIT Heath Miller
11. WAS Jordan Reed (check status)
12. DAL Jason Witten
13. ATL Jacob Tamme
14. CHI Martellus Bennett
15. DEN Vernon Davis

 

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS:
1. Arizona
2. Kansas City
3. NY Giants
4. New England
5. Philadelphia
6. Seattle
7. Minnesota
8. Cincinnati
9. Jacksonville
10. Green Bay

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Voodoo Brown started playing fantasy football way back in 1994 — when you had to manually add up scores with the Monday edition of USA Today (yes, that’s how it was done). Since that time, he has amassed 16 championships and 7 runner-ups, with most of his success coming after 2003 (avg. participation of 2-3 leagues per year). These accomplishments are evidence that Voodoo steadily adjusts to the ebbs & flows of the ever-changing fantasy landscape. It’s a different game now than it was in 1994 — hell, even 2004. Rarely finishing as a doormat, Voodoo’s teams are always in the mix. If you want any roster or lineup feedback, you can message him at vb@voodoobrown.com, or hit him up on Facebook or Twitter (@VoodooBrown)

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