Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings

Welcome to week 13 of the fantasy football season! In most leagues this is THE make or break week for bubble teams still trying to get into the playoffs. I have put together the best rankings yet below in order to help each of you find your way to the fantasy promise land. Enjoy and good luck this week!

  1. Drew Brees, NO QB vs. DET
  2. Tom Brady, NE QB vs. LA
  3. Aaron Rodgers, GB QB vs. HOU
  4. Andrew Luck, IND QB at NYJ
  5. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT QB vs. NYG
  6. Matthew Stafford, DET QB at NO
  7. Matt Ryan, ATL QB vs. KC
  8. Colin Kaepernick, SF QB at CHI
  9. Philip Rivers, SD QB vs. TB
  10. Russell Wilson, SEA QB vs. CAR
  11. Tyrod Taylor, BUF QB at OAK
  12. Derek Carr, OAK QB vs. BUF
  13. Eli Manning, NYG QB at PIT
  14. Jameis Winston, TB QB at SD
  15. Kirk Cousins, WAS QB at ARI

Colin Kaepernick has been amazing for fantasy purposes since taking over for Gabbert at the helm of the 49ers offense. In the past four weeks Kaepernick has thrown for eight touchdowns and rushed for one. He has also added value through rushing yards, especially in week 12 where he rushed for over 110 yards. Even though the Bears defense he is taking on in week 13 is slightly  better than average, I don’t think they will be able to slow him down through the air and on the ground. I project he will throw for 250 yards with 2 TDs and rush for 65 yards and possibly an additional TD.

Kirk Cousins is coming off an amazing week and has been consistently putting up QB1 numbers, but this week I have him outside of QB1 territory due to his tough matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are giving up the second fewest passing yards per game to opposing QBs (195) and have only allowed 9 passing TDs over the season least in the NFL. Although Cousins has been on fire as of late, I believe this defense will be able to slow him down slightly. I project Cousins will throw for 250 yards and 1 TD in week 13.

Running Backs
  1. David Johnson, ARI RB vs. WAS
  2. LeSean McCoy, BUF RB at OAK
  3. Le’Veon Bell, PIT RB vs. NYG
  4. Jordan Howard, CHI RB vs. SF
  5. Melvin Gordon, SD RB vs. TB
  6. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL RB at MIN
  7. Carlos Hyde, SF RB at MIA
  8. Devonta Freeman, ATL RB vs. KC
  9. Spencer Ware, KC RB at ATL
  10. Theo Riddick, DET RB at NO
  11. Matt Forte, NYJ RB vs. IND
  12. Doug Martin, TB RB at SD
  13. Lamar Miller, HOU RB at GB
  14. Mark Ingram, NO RB vs. DET
  15. Devontae Booker, DEN RB at JAC

After last week, LeSean McCoy should never be doubted when coming off of an injury and questionable for a game. He went absolutely nuts last week and this offense appears to be hitting on all cylinders especially with Sammy Watkins coming back from injury. I expect McCoy to continue rolling this week against the Raiders defense. The Raiders are 26th in the league against running back based on rushing yards allowed per game (116). They have also allowed 12 TDs to running backs over the entire season which puts them in the bottom half of the league. LeSean will have no problem against this defense where he will rush for 110 yards and 1 TD and catch 3 passes for 35 yards and another TD.

Jordan Howard find himself in the top 5 RBs this week in the FantasyProjection rankings. In his last game, Howard had over 120 yards from scrimmage but, was unable to find the end zone. This week I know he will score and will rack up scrimmage yards again in the process. The main reason for my confidence is the lack of confidence I have in the 49ers run defense he is facing. The 49ers are last in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (171) and third to last in rushing TDs allowed over the season (14). It is honestly the perfect match-up for any RB and Howard will take full advantage of it. I project Howard to rush for 110 yards and catch 2 passes for 30 yards with 1 TD.

Wide Receivers
  1. Julio Jones, ATL WR vs. KC
  2. Mike Evans, TB WR at SD
  3. Antonio Brown, PIT WR vs. NYG
  4. Odell Beckham Jr., NYG WR at PIT
  5. T.Y. Hilton, IND WR at NYJ
  6. Amari Cooper, OAK WR vs. BUF
  7. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI WR vs. WAS
  8. Jordy Nelson, GB WR vs. HOU
  9. Doug Baldwin, SEA WR vs. CAR
  10. Brandon Marshall, NYJ WR vs. IND
  11. Dez Bryant, DAL WR at MIN
  12. Stefon Diggs, MIN WR vs. DAL
  13. Michael Thomas, NO WR vs. DET
  14. Tyrell Williams, SD WR vs. TB
  15. Donte Moncrief, IND WR at NYJ
  16. Julian Edelman, NE WR at NYJ
  17. Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR at JAC
  18. Jordan Matthews, PHI WR at CIN
  19. Golden Tate, DET WR at NO
  20. Steve Smith, BAL WR vs. MIA
  21. Sammy Watkins, BUF WR at OAK
  22. Brandin Cooks, NO WR vs. DET
  23. Tyreek Hill, KC WR at ATL
  24. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU WR at GB
  25. Devante Parker, MIA WR at BAL

This week is the week that Brandon Marshall puts up a game that proves his WR1 status. Marshall has been very quiet over the last 7 weeks and has really disappointed his fantasy owners. I expect him to break out of his slump this week when he faces the Colts sub-par pass defense. The Colts are 30th in the league in receiving yards allowed per game at 290 yards and have also allowed the 4th most receiving touchdowns over the season at 22. I project Marshall will be able to receive at will against this team and will have 90 yards and 1TD this week.

Sammy Watkins is back and has already shown a little glimmer of the  Sammy all fantasy owners knew and loved last year. Last week in his first game back Sammy had 3 receptions for 80 yards. One of his catches was a 62 yard bomb thrown by QB Tyrod Taylor. I’m not saying that he is an immediate WR1, but I do believe that he needs to be included within the WR2s especially this week against the Raiders defense. The Raiders are 25th in the league against receivers allowing 282 yards per game. I project Watkins will catch 6 passes for 75 yards and the possibility of a TD in week 13.

Tight Ends
  1. Jimmy Graham, SEA TE vs. CAR
  2. Greg Olsen, CAR TE at ATL
  3. Travis Kelce, KC TE at DEN
  4. Tyler Eifert, CIN TE vs. PHI
  5. Jordan Reed, WAS TE at ARI*
  6. Eric Ebron, DET TE at NO
  7. Kyle Rudolph, MIN TE vs. DAL
  8. Cameron Brate, TB TE at SD
  9. C.J. Fiedorowicz, HOU TE at GB
  10. Antonio Gates, SD TE vs. TB
  11. Vance McDonald, SF TE at CHI
  12. Zach Ertz, PHI TE at CIN

Vance McDonald has shown some fairly significant talent at the tight end position in the past and that has started to come to light again with Colin Kaepernick at QB. I have McDonald just inside the TE1 rankings this week mainly due to his position on a recently high scoring offense. I project McDonald will catch 5 passes for 50 yards and a TD in week 13.

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