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Week 13 Rankings

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Updated 12/1/2013 at 7:00 PM ET. No. 4 TE Jordan Reed (concussion) removed from ranks. 

Updated 12/1/2013 at 12:05 PM ET. Stevan Ridley and Andre Ellington removed. Donald Brown moved up, Trent Richardson moved down. Moved Golden Tate up. Another minor rejiggering at running back and receiver. Julius Thomas plunged to No. 21 ahead of likely removal

Updated 12/1/2013 at 3:05 PM ET. No. 21 tight end Julius Thomas officially removed from ranks No. 59 WR Eddie Royal removed. No. 67 RB C.J. Anderson removed. 


Week 13 Quarterbacks

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Peyton Manning at KC Probable (ankle)
2 Matthew Stafford vs. GB -
3 Cam Newton vs. TB -
4 Drew Brees at SEA -
5 Tom Brady at HOU -
6 Tony Romo vs. OAK -
7 Philip Rivers vs. CIN -
8 Nick Foles vs. ARZ -
9 Russell Wilson vs. NO -
10 Josh McCown at MIN -
11 Andy Dalton at SD -
12 Andrew Luck vs. TEN -
13 Carson Palmer at PHI Probable (hand)
14 Robert Griffin III vs. NYG -
15 Colin Kaepernick vs. STL -
16 Matt Ryan at BUF -
17 Alex Smith vs. DEN -
18 Ben Roethlisberger at BAL -
19 Ryan Tannehill at NYJ -
20 Ryan Fitzpatrick at IND -
21 Eli Manning at WAS -
22 Matt Flynn at DET -
23 E.J. Manuel vs. ATL -
24 Joe Flacco vs. PIT -
25 Brandon Weeden vs. JAC -
26 Case Keenum vs. NE -
27 Mike Glennon at CAR -
28 Matt McGloin at DAL -
29 Christian Ponder vs. CHI -
30 Kellen Clemens at SF -
31 Chad Henne at CLE -
32 Geno Smith vs. MIA -

QB Notes: On pace for “just” 5,414 yards, Peyton Manning is no longer on track to break Drew Brees’ single-season record of 5,476. He remains on course to nudge past Tom Brady’s record 50 touchdowns with 52 scores, however. With Tamba Hali (ankle) hobbled and Justin Houston (elbow) sidelined, the Chiefs are a less forbidding matchup than they were in Week 11. … Matthew Stafford ate last Thanksgiving against the Texans (31-of-61 for 441 yards, two touchdowns and zero scores), but Detroit still came out with a loss. The Lions have flashed their 2012 form of late, snatching multiple defeats from the jaws of victory, but Stafford is going to have another big meal against Green Bay’s bottom-12 pass defense. … Already permitting the ninth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, Tampa Bay is shaping up as an even more favorable matchup for Cam Newton with Darrelle Revis (groin) looking unlikely to shadow Steve Smith.


This is the lowest you will ever see Drew Brees ranked, and isn’t even necessarily because of the matchup. That is not to say the opponent isn’t daunting. It is, even though the Seahawks are down two of their top three cornerbacks, and Brees threw for 400 yards the last time he was in Seattle. The real issue is how much less effective Brees has been on the road than in the Superdome this season. This being Brees, “less effective” is a relative term, but consider: In six home games, he’s posted a 73.5 completion percentage, 9.00 YPA, 19:3 TD:INT ratio and averaged 357 yards. The road? 62.2, 7.49, 9:5 and 301, respectively, across five contests. They’re still very good numbers — top-five numbers — but owners expecting Brees to crack the CenturyLink code are going to come away disappointed. Brees can never be benched, but this is not a week where his video-game exploits are going to singlehandedly win your matchup. … Tom Brady since the calendar flipped to November: 69.9 completion percentage, 8:1 TD:INT ratio, 8.71 yards per attempt and 357 yards per game. Houston isn’t going to slow him down.


The Cardinals present a stiff test for Nick Foles’ 16:0 TD:INT ratio, but the young man has more than earned the benefit of the doubt, averaging an unbelievable 34.2 fantasy points since re-taking the starting job from Michael Vick. Of course, that number is heavily influenced by his Week 9 demolition of the Raiders, but Foles has managed at least 25.6 points in each of this past three starts. With the Eagles’ entire Week 12 bye to game plan for Arizona’s defense, Foles is going to get his. … It’s Week 13, and Philip Rivers is still fantasy’s No. 4 overall quarterback. He’s going to have a good afternoon against a Bengals defense that isn’t the same without Geno Atkins and Leon Hall. … The Saints have been strong against the pass this season, but aren’t going to slow Russell Wilson down in a raucous CenturyLink Field on Monday. It doesn’t hurt that, coming off five straight multi-passing TD performances, Wilson is finally going to have his No. 1 receiver Percy Harvin in the role he was acquired for.


If there’s one thing Josh McCown has lacked during his successful interim stewardship of the Bears offense, it’s the ability to take the top off of opposing secondaries. McCown does not beat teams deep, instead picking them apart in the short-to-intermediate areas of the field. It’s why he’s not going to hold off Jay Cutler, and why he’s amassed only five touchdowns over his past three starts. He’s been a highly competent guiding hand, however, and proven more than capable of taking advantage of Chicago’s elite 1-2 of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Going up against a Vikings defense allowing the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks, McCown is a veritable lock for top-12 numbers. … Andrew Luck is just 13th in average fantasy points over the past five weeks, but you can bet Indy’s offense is going to come out energized and focused after suffering its second humiliating defeat in three games last Sunday. The Colts have undeniable issues, but they simply aren’t as bad as they’ve looked over the past month. They’re a good bet to get on track on the golden arm of their quarterback after owner Jim Irsay publicly implored his squad to “accent (its) strengths” and “hide (its) weaknesses.”


Left for dead (by me) following Arizona’s humiliating loss to the Seahawks, Carson Palmer has revived to the tune of 105-of-147 (71.4 completion percentage) for 1,266 yards (8.61 YPA), nine scores and only two picks during the Cardinals’ four-game winning streak. He’s a top-15 play in a game that has shootout potential in the City of Brotherly Love. … Robert Griffin III was horrific in Monday night’s loss, but is going to look a lot better against a Giants team with the second fewest sacks in the league. Getting Jordan Reed (concussion) back will help, too. … Colin Kaepernick is ranked conservatively because of his propensity for dud performances, but his upside is considerable against a Rams defense that’s banged up in the secondary. … Ryan Fitzpatrick has been getting after it in Jake Locker’s absence. He’s a strong two-QB league play. … Matt Flynn is a bit of a leap of faith after getting kicked around the league like a hot potato, but there’s just something different about him in the Packers’ offense. There’s dud potential, but more than likely, he’s going to have a strong day against a Lions defense that’s been getting smoked by the pass.

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