The Best Fantasy Football Starts at Every Position for NFL Week 13

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIDecember 1, 2012

The Best Fantasy Football Starts at Every Position for NFL Week 13

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    Week 13 is near the end of the 2012 regular season for fantasy football. With that in mind, starting the best player at each position is more important than ever.

    With Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham playing like duds on Thursday night, we saw that even the top players in fantasy football can have terrible games every now and then. However, the following players should have the best weeks at their specific positions.

    Here are the best starts in fantasy football at each position for Week 13.

Quarterback: Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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    No quarterback has been as hot as Tom Brady over the past month. He's averaging nearly 300 passing yards and three touchdowns a game.

    However, what really makes Brady such a great start this week is that he isn't turning the ball over. In fact, the last time he threw an interception was in Week 6.

    In Week 13, Brady plays against the Miami Dolphins, who have actually been pretty solid on defense in recent weeks. Unfortunately for Miami, Brady is playing better than any player in the league.

    While Peyton Manning deserves consideration as the top start at quarterback, Brady has simply been too good to ignore. He should have no difficulty putting up huge points in fantasy football for the fifth straight week.

    Bonus Sleeper Pick: Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Since Henne became the starter in Jacksonville, he's thrown for 615 yards, six touchdowns and only one interception. He could certainly continue his hot streak with the Buffalo Bills on the schedule in Week 13.

    Look for Henne to continue to play at a high level against one of the worst defenses in the league.

Running Back: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

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    Arian Foster against the Tennessee Titans is a favorable matchup, but not quite as good as Adrian Peterson against the Green Bay Packers.

    Last week against the New York Giants, Green Bay allowed 147 yards on the ground and gave up two rushing touchdowns. Considering that was against Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown, the Packers will likely have a difficult time containing Peterson. 

    No player has been as surprising as Peterson, who leads the NFL in rushing yards with 1,236. While he only has seven rushing touchdowns, he should easily add to that total on Sunday.

    Look for Peterson to continue to lead the NFL in rushing yards after another solid game in Week 13.

    Bonus Sleeper Pick: David Wilson, New York Giants

    With Andre Brown out with a broken fibula and Ahmad Bradshaw being limited in practice, Wilson has a great opportunity to have a big week.

    While the Washington Redskins have been quite dominant against the run this season, this matchup has all the makings of a high-scoring affair. If the Giants and Redskins start putting points on the board in bunches, Wilson could be surprisingly good on Monday night.

Wide Receiver: Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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    The Detroit Lions play the Indianapolis Colts in Week 13, which is an ideal matchup for Calvin Johnson. The Colts are giving up more than 230 passing yards a game and have given up 19 passing touchdowns this season.

    Johnson was as dominant as ever during his four games in November. It was the first month of this season that Johnson looked like the 2011 version of himself.

    With the Colts struggling to force turnovers (only five interceptions this season), look for Matthew Stafford to have little difficulty getting the ball in Johnson's hands.

    Bonus Sleeper Pick: Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns

    While Gordon has slowed down in recent week (no touchdowns since Week 7), a game against the Oakland Raiders could get Gordon's rookie season back on track.

    No team has allowed more passing touchdowns this year than Oakland. If Brandon Weeden can be wise with his throws, Gordon could easily have his best game of the season.


Tight End: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

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    Since Jason Witten recorded 18 receptions and 167 yards in Week 8, he has been rather quiet in terms of fantasy football. He's only averaged 56 yards in those four weeks and hasn't found the end zone since Week 4.

    The Philadelphia Eagles have been absolutely horrid against the pass since Todd Bowles became defensive coordinator.  Bowles took over in Week 8 and the Eagles are giving up more than 31 points in those five games.

    Last week they made Cam Newton look like an All-Pro quarterback, and Tony Romo should have no difficulty shredding the Eagles' defense. While 18 receptions is a major stretch, don't be surprised if Witten has his best game since his monster Week 8 performance.

    Bonus Sleeper Pick: Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts

    While it looks like Coby Fleener will be back in Week 13, look for Allen to continue to be Andrew Luck's top target at tight end.

    Allen's versatility has been huge for Indianapolis, and with the Colts right in the thick of the playoff race, look for Luck to continue to look Allen's way this week.

Kicker: Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants

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    The New York Giants and Washington Redskins are averaging a combined 54.5 points per game this season.

    So there is little doubt that this is going to be one of the highest scoring games of Week 13, especially with the way Robert Griffin III has been playing recently. However, the real benefactor of a high-scoring game would be Lawrence Tynes.

    This game could easily eclipse 60 combined points, which would put Tynes on the field rather often. He should finish Week 13 with one of the higher scoring weeks from a kicker this season.

    Bonus Sleeper Pick: Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts 

    The Colts could certainly have a high-scoring game against the Detroit Lions this week. The Lions are allowing more than 25 points per game, including more than 30 points in their last three games.

    While Vinatieri has been rather disappointing this season in terms of fantasy football, this is an ideal matchup for him to have a big week.

Defense: San Francisco 49ers

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    Not only are the San Francisco 49ers giving up a league-low 14.1 points per game, but they're doing it by dominating all aspects of the game.

    They are giving up an average of 278 yards a game, the second fewest in the league. They have the fourth-best rushing defense and the second-best pass defense. 

    With Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman playing at an All-Pro level, look for the 49ers to have no trouble slowing down the St. Louis Rams this week.

    Bonus Sleeper Pick: Carolina Panthers

    Any team playing against Brady Quinn and the Kansas City Chiefs has the potential of putting up huge points on defense.

    That is who the Panthers play this week, so a dominating performance on defense is a definite possibility.