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Fantasy Football Week 12: PPR Cheat Sheet to help you get the most out of your starting lineups

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The Lineup Cheat Sheet combines Fantasy analysis and game-flow predictions with a confidence scale to give you a definitive answer on who to start in your leagues.

It’s pretty simple: The scale runs from 1-10. The higher the number next to a player’s name, the more confident you should be to start him. The numbers are not a projection, just a confidence score to help you pick who to start. Every relevant player for this week is here, so if a player isn’t listed, don’t start him.

To find a specific player, use your search function — CTRL-F on PCs and Command-F on Macs. If neither of those are options, or if you’re on a mobile device, you can scroll by game.

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If you’re still unsure, just send a note on Twitter (@daverichard) and I’ll give it a look, time permitting. 

Ready to get off on the right foot? Here’s how to approach every play for this week in PPR leagues — you can find our Non-PPR cheat sheet here.

More Week 11: Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em | RB Preview | QB Preview | Trade Values | Cut List |

All lines from Caesars Sportsbook.

Bears RTG (MAX 10) Lions RTG (MAX 10)
Andy Dalton (4.0) Jared Goff (3.0)
David Montgomery (8.9) D’Andre Swift (9.7)
Darnell Mooney (7.7) Amon-Ra St. Brown (3.3)
Marquise Goodwin (4.0) Josh Reynolds (3.2)
Cole Kmet (5.0) T.J. Hockenson (7.1)
Bears DST (7.7) Lions DST (4.8)
Raiders RTG (MAX 10) Cowboys RTG (MAX 10)
Derek Carr (5.8) Dak Prescott (6.9)
Josh Jacobs (7.3) Ezekiel Elliott (8.3)
Kenyan Drake (5.8) Tony Pollard (6.5)
Hunter Renfrow (7.0) Ced Wilson (3.65)
Bryan Edwards (3.6) Michael Gallup (7.2)
Darren Waller (8.8) Dalton Schultz (7.6)
Raiders DST (5.8) Cowboys DST (8.0)
Bills RTG (MAX 10) Saints RTG (MAX 10)
Josh Allen (9.3) Trevor Siemian (5.5)
Matt Breida (5.0) Tony Jones (7.15)
Zack Moss (4.2) Tre’Quan Smith (5.0)
Stefon Diggs (9.5) Marquez Callaway (3.9)
Emmanuel Sanders (4.7) Deonte Harris (2.4)
Cole Beasley (5.1) Saints DST (5.6)
Dawson Knox (6.8)
Bills DST (8.9)
Steelers RTG (MAX 10) Bengals RTG (MAX 10)
Ben Roethlisberger (4.8) Joe Burrow (7.6)
Najee Harris (8.7) Joe Mixon (8.4)
Diontae Johnson (9.0) Ja’Marr Chase (8.8)
Chase Claypool (7.3) Tee Higgins (6.1)
Pat Freiermuth (7.4) Tyler Boyd (5.6)
Steelers DST (5.2) C.J. Uzomah (4.4)
Bengals DST (6.8)
Jets RTG (MAX 10) Texans RTG (MAX 10)
Zach Wilson (3.4) Tyrod Taylor (6.1)
Tevin Coleman (6.8) Rex Burkhead (6.0)
Ty Johnson (6.6) David Johnson (5.5)
Elijah Moore (6.7) Brandin Cooks (7.8)
Corey Davis (6.45) Texans DST (3.8)
Jamison Crowder (5.3)
Jets DST (3.2)
Buccaneers RTG (MAX 10) Colts RTG (MAX 10)
Tom Brady (9.2) Carson Wentz (5.4)
Leonard Fournette (8.0) Jonathan Taylor (9.8)
Mike Evans (9.3) Nyheim Hines (5.4)
Chris Godwin (8.7) Michael Pittman (7.1)
Rob Gronkowski (7.7) T.Y. Hilton (2.6)
Buccaneers DST (7.5) Zach Pascal (2.8)
Jack Doyle (2.9)
Colts DST (4.6)
Falcons RTG (MAX 10) Jaguars RTG (MAX 10)
Matt Ryan (6.3) Trevor Lawrence (3.2)
Mike Davis (5.1) James Robinson (8.8)
Russell Gage (3.7) Marvin Jones (4.5)
Olamide Zaccheaus (3.1) Laviska Shenault Jr. (4.8)
Tajae Sharpe (2.7) Dan Arnold (5.6)
Kyle Pitts (7.8) Jaguars DST (6.4)
Falcons DST (4.2)
Panthers RTG (MAX 10) Dolphins RTG (MAX 10)
Cam Newton (7.4) Tua Tagovailoa (6.4)
Christian McCaffrey (9.9) Myles Gaskin (7.8)
D.J. Moore (8.0) Jaylen Waddle (7.6)
Robby Anderson (6.0) Mike Gesicki (7.3)
Panthers DST (6.6) Dolphins DST (4.0)
Titans RTG (MAX 10) Patriots RTG (MAX 10)
Ryan Tannehill (4.3) Mac Jones (5.7)
Dontrell Hilliard (6.9) Damien Harris (7.1)
D’Onta Foreman (5.9) Rhamondre Stevenson (7.0)
Nick Westbrook (4.2) Kendrick Bourne (5.4)
Dez Fitzpatrick (2.9) Nelson Agholor (3.8)
Titans DST (6.0) Jakobi Meyers (4.6)
Hunter Henry (6.9)
Patriots DST (9.1)
Eagles RTG (MAX 10) Giants RTG (MAX 10)
Jalen Hurts (8.1) Daniel Jones (5.3)
Miles Sanders (7.2) Saquon Barkley (8.1)
Boston Scott (6.3) Kenny Golladay (5.9)
DeVonta Smith (6.9) Kadarius Toney (6.6)
Dallas Goedert (7.5) Darius Slayton (2.3)
Eagles DST (8.5) Evan Engram (6.2)
Giants DST (3.0)
Chargers RTG (MAX 10) Broncos RTG (MAX 10)
Justin Herbert (8.5) Teddy Bridgewater (6.7)
Austin Ekeler (9.5) Melvin Gordon (7.5)
Keenan Allen (9.2) Javonte Williams (7.4)
Mike Williams (7.5) Courtland Sutton (6.5)
Jared Cook (4.3) Jerry Jeudy (6.8)
Donald Parham (2.8) Tim Patrick (5.2)
Chargers DST (5.0) Noah Fant (7.2)
Broncos DST (4.4)
Rams RTG (MAX 10) Packers RTG (MAX 10)
Matthew Stafford (7.1) Aaron Rodgers (7.5)
Darrell Henderson (7.7) A.J. Dillon (8.6)
Cooper Kupp (9.8) Davante Adams (9.7)
Van Jefferson (5.8) Marquez Valdes-Scantling (4.9)
Odell Beckham Jr. (5.7) Randall Cobb (3.0)
Tyler Higbee (7.0) Josiah Deguara (3.6)
Rams DST (7.0) Packers DST (7.1)
Vikings RTG (MAX 10) 49ers RTG (MAX 10)
Kirk Cousins (7.3) Jimmy Garoppolo (7.2)
Dalvin Cook (9.6) Jeff Wilson (6.7)
Justin Jefferson (9.6) Trey Sermon (5.3)
Adam Thielen (8.6) Deebo Samuel (9.4)
Tyler Conklin (5.9) Brandon Aiyuk (7.4)
Vikings DST (3.4) George Kittle (8.6)
49ers DST (5.4)
Browns RTG (MAX 10) Ravens RTG (MAX 10)
Baker Mayfield (3.6) Lamar Jackson (8.4)
Nick Chubb (8.5) Devonta Freeman (7.6)
Rashard Higgins (3.5) Latavius Murray (6.2)
Austin Hooper (6.3) Marquise Brown (8.1)
David Njoku (5.1) Rashod Bateman (6.2)
Browns DST (7.6) Sammy Watkins (3.4)
Mark Andrews (9.3)
Ravens DST (8.2)
Seahawks RTG (MAX 10) Washington RTG (MAX 10)
Russell Wilson (7.0) Taylor Heinicke (6.8)
DK Metcalf (8.3) Antonio Gibson (7.9)
Tyler Lockett (7.9) J.D. McKissic (5.7)
Gerald Everett (5.7) Terry McLaurin (8.4)
Seahawks DST (3.6) DeAndre Carter (4.1)
Washington DST (6.2)
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Flames Takeaways: PTO hopefuls lacklustre in attempts to secure top-nine vacancy

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Two tryouts for the Calgary Flames all but officially ended Wednesday night, as another one began.

With the Flames looking to shore up their lines and pairings in preparation for next week’s season opener, it was telling that the starting lineup in Wednesday’s 5-0 loss in Winnipeg did not include PTO hopefuls Sonny Milano or Cody Eakin.

Neither appears destined to stick with the team much longer.    

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Instead, the Flames got their first look at the 6-foot-6, 220-pound winger they plucked off waivers Monday from Pittsburgh, Radim Zohorna.

As hard as it is to miss a man of that size, the 26-year-old did little to impress on the third line with Adam Ruzicka and Blake Coleman.

In ten minutes of ice time he had one shot on a goal — a solid rebound chance in tight — and two hits.

To be fair, he joined the team at their morning skate Wednesday and will benefit from a practice Thursday before getting another look in Friday’s pre-season finale, at home against the Jets.

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“I know I can be an NHL player full time,” said the man who played 25 NHL games over the last two seasons with the Penguins.

“I try to play hard, and physical, and use my speed. I will have an opportunity to make the team here and play with these guys.”

Based on the advice of Flames scout Steve Pleau, Zohorna was brought in with hopes he can help shore up a top-nine vacancy the Flames have tried in vain to fill through camp.

By virtue of a solid camp and winning another fitness testing title, Dillon Dube has earned the chance to fill the second line role alongside Nazem Kadri and Andrew Mangiapane.

He had another strong outing with them Wednesday, firing five shots on goal and providing energy on a line that should be a crowd pleaser for Dome dwellers.

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Depending on how many players the Flames want to keep on their roster ahead of Thursday’s opener, Zohorna or Brett Ritchie could be a candidate to be placed on waivers with an eye on going to the AHL Wranglers.

But the Oilers had interest in Ritchie, so he might not clear.

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The Flames will also have an interesting decision to make on the back end, as they have nine defencemen in camp, which includes Michael Stone on a PTO.

Stone has been great in camp and will earn a deal in some fashion from the team, although it may have to wait past the opener.

That leaves the possibility of having to try pushing Connor Mackey, Juuso Valimaki or Nicolas Meloche through waivers.  

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NOTES
+ The game’s first star was former Flames backup David Rittich, who made 37 saves for the shutout as part of his preparation to play for his fourth NHL team. 

+ Despite the score, it was another good showing from starter Dan Vladar, who allowed two power play goals on 15 shots before he made his scheduled departure. All told, the Flames backup has compiled an impressive .942 save percentage this fall. Dustin Wolf was hung out to dry by a series of Flames mistakes, allowing three goals on 11 shots.

+ With the lineup just two or three bodies short of its opening day look, the Flames top power play unit included Jonathan Huberdeau, Nazem Kadri, Elias Lindholm, Tyler Toffoli and Rasmus Andersson. Lindholm rang one off the iron in the second period, but the unit went 0-for-6 on a night the team struggled with special teams.

The second unit included Dube, Ruzicka, Andrew Mangiapane, Noah Hanifin and Stone/MacKenzie Weegar.

+ One thing that has looked razor sharp for the Flames through the first six games was its penalty killing unit, which stymied the opposition on 25 of the first 26 man-advantages over six games. On Wednesday they allowed three goals on five chances, which had plenty to do with Flames mistakes and the fact two chief penalty killers, Mikael Backlund and Trevor Lewis, did not dress.  

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+ The Flames (4-3 in the pre-season) open their regular season Thursday against the defending champs from Colorado. 

“Funny how that worked out,” said former Avs star Nazem Kadri.

“I’m hoping maybe I’ll get my ring then.”

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Joel Klatt released his Heisman Trophy tiers on the latest episode of “The Joel Klatt Show.” See who made the cut.



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NBA pre-season roundup: Raptors maintain perfect record with win over Celtics

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BOSTON (AP) — Pascal Siakam and Precious Achiuwa scored 13 points apiece and Toronto used an early burst in overtime to beat Boston 125-119 on Wednesday.

Josh Jackson also had 13 points for the Raptors. Siakam recorded six rebounds and Achiuwa seven boards as the Raptors improved to 2-0 in the preseason.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 23 points and Sam Hauser had 22, connecting on 8 of 12 shots, including 5 of 8 from outside the arc. Jayson Tatum finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, now 1-1 in the preseason.

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Payton Pritchard scored 17 points and had five assists

The teams were tied at 110 at the end of regulation after Jeff Dowtin (10 points) converted a 9-footer for the Raptors. Pritchard’s 18-footer was off the mark as time in regulation ran out, sending the game to the extra period.

The Raptors outscored the Celtics 11-4 to open overtime and never relinquished the lead.

76ERS 113, CAVALIERS 112

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Joel Embiid and James Harden were done with their preseason debuts long before Montrezl Harrell scored the go-ahead basket with 26 seconds left to lift Philadelphia over Cleveland.

Embiid had 12 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes before taking a seat after halftime. Harden played 19 minutes and scored nine points, going 3 of 9 from the field but adding five assists.

Tyrese Maxey, who had 20 points in Monday’s win over the Nets, continued his good start to the preseason, leading Philadelphia with 21 points in the first half. He went 9 of 11, making all three of his 3-pointers. Harrell, who signed a two-year contract with Philadelphia during the offseason, scored 13 points.

Mitchell scored 16 points in his first game since being traded from Utah, while Darius Garland and Raul Neto each had 12. Dean Wade and Sharife Cooper finished with 11 points apiece.

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Cleveland played without second-year big man Evan Mobley, who is expected to be out a couple of weeks with a right ankle sprain suffered this week.

The Cavaliers got an optimistic glimpse of the backcourt tandem of Mitchell with Garland in the first half. Mitchell was 6 of 9 for the game, including 3 of 4 from outside the arc to go with five assists. Garland, meanwhile, made 4 of 7 shots and handed out four assists.

Shake Milton had 12 points for Philadelphia, while De’Anthony Melton, picked up from Memphis in a draft night trade, had 11 points, four rebounds and three assists.

PACERS 122; HORNETS 97

Aaron Nesmith scored 16 points, rookie Benedict Mathurin, the No. 6 pick in the draft from Arizona, added 15 and Indiana beat Charlotte.

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Isaiah Jackson finished with 13 points for the Hornets, while Myles Turner and Chris Duarte contributed 12 points apiece. Mathurin was 5 of 10 from the field, despite missing all four of his 3-pointers over 19 minutes.

Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 18 points and P.J. Washington finished with 13. Kelly Oubre Jr. had 11 points and nine rebounds, while LeMelo Ball scored 12 points and handed out seven assists.

MAVERICKS 98; THUNDER 96

Jaden Hardy scored 21 points, Christian Wood finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Dallas used a fourth-quarter rally to beat Oklahoma City.

Dwight Powell finished with 13 points and five rebounds for the Mavericks in their opening game of the preseason.

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Josh Giddey led the Thunder with 13 points, shooting 6 for 10. Rookie Jalen Williams, the 12th overall pick out of Santa Clara, finished with 10 points.



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