Peyton Manning and Fantasy Stars Guaranteed to Explode in Week 13

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent INovember 26, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 25:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos passes during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Following another solid fantasy performance against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 12, Peyton Manning is poised for a huge game in his Week 13 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Manning has got to be licking his chops at the idea of playing against the NFL's worst-ranked pass defense at home on Sunday, especially after seeing Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan throw for 353 yards and a TD against the Bucs in Week 12. Tampa Bay has allowed 18 passing touchdowns this season, only adding to Manning's fantasy value for Week 13.

Perhaps Peyton will give younger brother Eli a call, as Eli threw for 510 yards and three touchdowns against the Bucs in a Week 2 barn burner.

Overall, Peyton Manning is averaging an even 20 fantasy points per week, which ranks fifth among all NFL quarterbacks.

Just as it's obvious the New York Jets won't make the Super Bowl despite Rex Ryan's ridiculous predictions each season, Manning is a sure-fire stud for his Week 13 matchup at home against Tampa.

Let's take a look at some more fantasy studs for the upcoming week.


Andre Johnson, WR

Megatron who? There's another Johnson dominating in the NFL, and it's not Calvin.

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has been a monster the past two weeks, totaling 23 receptions, 461 yards and a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions.

And what does Week 13 have in store for Johnson? 

A Tennessee Titans defense that has surrendered 22 receiving touchdowns and 3,022 yards—which ranks No. 26 in the NFL—that allowed more than 100 receiving yards and a touchdown to Cecil Shorts in Week 12.

Not starting Johnson this week would be more embarrassing than Mark Sanchez's butt fumble.


C.J. Spiller, RB

Coming off another dominant performance this past Sunday in which he rushed for 107 yards on just 14 carries, Spiller has a nice matchup in the Jaguars defense in Week 13.

Not only is Jacksonville's defense terrible stopping the run, but it has also had trouble stopping the pass, which are two things Spiller excels in.

Spiller gives your fantasy lineup points from both the ground and through the air, which is a lot more than most fantasy backs can say.

With his NFL-leading 6.7 YPC average and 32 receptions out of the backfield, Spiller has to be in your starting lineup as you approach the playoffs on Sunday.


Tony Gonzalez, TE

The ageless wonder that is Tony Gonzalez has to be in your lineup when the Atlanta Falcons host the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football.

The Saints' defensive struggles have been well documented, as they rank 30th against the pass and have surrendered 22 touchdowns to opposing receivers.

Gonzalez is averaging the third-most fantasy points among tight ends this season, just 0.3 points behind Jimmy Graham.

And in case you've forgotten, Gonzo manhandled the Saints a few weeks back to the tune of 11 receptions, 122 yards and two TDs.

If you don't start Gonzalez against the New Orleans D, you deserve to lose. By a lot.


*All scoring via ESPN standard leagues


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