Week 12 of the fantasy football season is here and CBS4 wants to help you make that final push toward the playoffs.

If you are reading this report, you are likely a Broncos fan with lots of lingering questions after last week’s 22-7 shellacking by St. Louis.

Let’s start with the Week 12 Broncos Fantasy Report:

Even with a formidable Miami defense headed to Denver this weekend, Peyton Manning will get the offense back on track. Manning, Demaryius Thomas and the Broncos defense are all plug-and-play locks this week. Don’t give last week’s seven-point output a second thought. CJ Anderson is also a strong start with Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman banged up.

You will have to watch all week for injury updates on Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. As evidenced by Ball’s performance against the Rams, just because players are active, doesn’t mean they will be 100 percent. But you would be hard-pressed to sit either Thomas or Sanders under any circumstances.

If Thomas or Sanders are unable to play, look for Jacob Tamme and Wes Welker to see more action. Both are probably available in your league. In deeper leagues, if you are looking for a sleeper, Juwan Thompson could see some carries and Cody Latimer could also get into the action if the injuries persist. Even with the Broncos high-powered offense, say goodbye to Brandon McManus. You can’t start a kicker who doesn’t have the trust of his coach.

Can’t miss Week 12 pickups you shouldn’t miss:

If they are available, snap them up immediately:

Josh Gordon WR CLE – Just back from suspension, he was the best wide receiver in the NFL last year. He should breathe new life into the Browns offense as you approach your fantasy playoffs.

Jonas Gray RB NE – Picking up any of the Patriots running backs has always been a crapshoot because Belichick/McDaniels change gears so often, but Gray’s Week 11 performance against the Colts was undeniable (43 points, 4 touchdowns).

Denard Robinson RB JAC – Coming off a bye week, Robinson gets the same Colts defense that just gave up historic numbers to Jonas Gray (see above). Robinson has scored in double figures the past four weeks since taking away the starting role from Toby Gerhart.

Rashad Jennings RB NYG – He didn’t produce big numbers in his first week back from a knee injury, but that will change Monday night against Dallas. Jennings will see an increased workload with Eli Manning struggling at QB.

Mike Evans WR TB – In a class of talented rookie wide receivers, Evans is starting to separate himself. After three monster games in a row, Evans comes off a bye week to face the depleted Bears defense.

Coby Fleener TE IND – The former Stanford teammate of Andrew Luck is starting to hit his stride. Fleener has posted two consecutive games in double digits and gets the Jaguars this week.

Indianapolis DEF – After a crushing loss to the Patriots last week, watch for Indy to bounce back with easy matchups against the Jags and the Redskins.

Don’t be fooled by these week 12 picks:

Ryan Mathews RB SD – Remember what happened to the Broncos? Mathews is just coming back off a knee injury and faces the surging Rams defense.

Trent Richardson RB IND – Even with Ahmad Bradshaw going down to injury, the former first-round draft pick hasn’t proven to be a trusted fantasy play. It looks good on paper, but be careful.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN – Gio used to be a lock every Sunday. But coming off a recurring hip injury and the emergence of rookie Jeremy Hill, Bernard will more than likely be a third-down back.

Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West RB CLE – The Browns cut ties with disgruntled Ben Tate this week. Now the dreaded running back by committee is down to two, but it’s still anybody’s guess who gets the bulk of the carries moving forward.

Bye Week Bargains

With only two teams on a bye week, act fast if any of these players hit the waiver wire.

Steelers (Martavis Bryant WR, Heath Miller TE, Ben Roethlisberger QB)

Panthers (Greg Olsen TE, Kelvin Benjamin WR)

Week 12 drop

Adrian Peterson RB MIN – Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Peterson for the rest of the season. He’s done for the year, barring an unlikely appeal.

Ben Tate RB – The Browns cut ties with the big free-agent signing to make room in their backfield for more productive rookies.

LeGarrette Blount RB – The Steelers cut Blount after he reportedly left the Titans game early over a lack of playing time.

Brandin Cooks WR NO – Some of the experts’ pre-season picks for rookie of the year, Cooks is out with a broken thumb.

Ahmad Bradshaw RB IND – The Colts placed Bradshaw on injured reserve with a broken leg.

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– Written by CBS4 Producer Mark Ackerman for CBSDenver.com


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