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Fantasy Football: 50 Most Valuable Assets for Week 13 (Sunday/Monday)

Jay ClemonsContributor IJune 21, 2016

Fantasy Football: 50 Most Valuable Assets for Week 13 (Sunday/Monday)

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    The following countdown touts the 50 most valuable fantasy assets for Week 13, citing Sunday/Monday games only.

    To clarify, this listing doesn't project the 50 highest scorers for the weekend in standard-scoring or points-per-reception leagues.

    If that were the case, we'd have quarterback after quarterback occupying the penthouse spots, and that would be extremely boring to read...and write (especially since The Fantasy Blog already has a top 30 countdown for quarterbacks).

    This slideshow went heavy on running backs, wide receivers, quarterbacks and tight ends—the lifeblood positions of fantasy champions—but there was also room for one defense. (Sorry, kickers.)

    Enjoy the show!

50. WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

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    2012 Stats: 55 Catches, 627 Yards, 4 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: N.Y. Jets (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Through 11 games, Larry Fitzgerald has collected double-digit targets seven times.

    2. For the season, he has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown five times.

    3. Last week, Cardinals rookie Ryan Lindley passed for 312 yards in his NFL starting debut. (He also threw four interceptions.)

    4. Fitzgerald won't encounter Darrelle Revis at cornerback for the Jets (a matchup that scared me back in August), although Antonio Cromartie should be a worthy adversary.

    5. Selfishly speaking, we couldn't have a top 50 slideshow without Fitzgerald.

49. RB Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

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    2012 Stats: 916 Total Yards (733 Rushing), 5 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Washington (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Last week, Ahmad Bradshaw broke out of a mini-slump with 119 total yards (58 rushing) and one touchdown against the Packers.

    2. He racked up 45 yards and one touchdown against the Redskins in Week 7.

    3. The veteran has tallied seven touchdowns in his last seven meetings with Washington (dating back to 2009).

48. RB Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals

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    2012 Stats: 148 Total Yards (124 Rushing), 2 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: N.Y. Jets (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In his return from injury last week, Beanie Wells tallied two touchdowns against the Rams.

    2. Even with LaRod Stephens-Howling in the lineup, Wells would remain the Cardinals' primary option in short-yardage and goal-line situations. He's also proficient when running between the 20s.

    3. The Jets currently have the NFL's 30th-ranked rushing defense, allowing 142.6 yards per game.

    4. Wells has the capacity for 95 yards and one score every time he takes the field.

47. WR Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans

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    2012 Stats: 30 Catches, 337 Yards, 2 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Houston (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. From a modesty standpoint, Kenny Britt has collected five or more targets in every game since Week 3.

    2. The Texans surrendered 795 yards passing for Weeks 11 and 12 (courtesy of Chad Henne, Matthew Stafford).

    3. The Titans fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer earlier in the week, handing over the reins to QB coach Dowell Loggains, who apparently favors a more up-tempo approach.

    4. Throw out any other stat involving Britt for this week. This tussle with Houston has shootout written all over it. And Britt is due for a stellar outing that (partially) justifies his top-30 preseason ranking.

46. RB Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders

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    2012 Stats: 672 Total Yards (447 Rushing), 1 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Cleveland (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Marcel Reece's lofty ranking comes with one caveat: Darren McFadden (ankle injury) doesn't garner full-time touches against the Browns. (He's an iffy proposition for suiting up as of Saturday morning.)

    2. In his last four games, Reece has racked up 95 total yards and/or one touchdown each time.

    3. Reece is the rare fantasy back who's nearly unstoppable in short-yardage situations and has the capacity for 50 receiving yards every Sunday.

    4. The Browns have collectively allowed 118 rushing yards per game.

45. TE Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots

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    2012 Stats: 19 Catches, 179 Yards, 2 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Miami (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. With Rob Gronkowski (arm) out for a few more weeks, Aaron Hernandez has a clear path to fantasy glory against the Dolphins.

    2. In just 14 games as Gronk's understudy last year, Hernandez rolled for 79 catches, 910 yards and seven touchdowns.

    3. The Patriots have averaged 47.5 points in their last four outings—all wins.

    4. Miami currently has the NFL's 27th-ranked pass defense.

44. QB Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

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    2012 Stats: 680 Yards Passing, 7 TD (4 Rush)  

    Week 13 Opponent: St. Louis (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In his first NFL road start last week, Colin Kaepernick rolled for 258 total yards (231 passing) and two touchdowns against the Saints.

    2. As the 49ers' starter (two games), Kaepernick has averaged 257 total yards and two TDs.

    3. Last week, Kaepernick outperformed fantasy stars like Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers.

43. Defense/Special Teams, Dallas Cowboys

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    Week 13 Opponent: Philadelphia (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In their last four games, the Cowboys have registered nine sacks, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

    2. Three weeks ago, the Cowboys defense/special teams notched three touchdowns against the Eagles—one kick-return TD, one pick-six and one fumble recovery in the end zone.

    3. Without Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson in the lineup, Philly's offense could have a meltdown in Dallas.

42. QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

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    2012 Stats: 3,205 Yards Passing, 18 TD (5 Rush)  

    Week 13 Opponent: Detroit (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Andrew Luck has accounted for 297 yards passing or multiple touchdowns in his last three road tilts.

    2. Against NFC North foes (three outings), Luck boasts averages of 298 yards passing and 1.7 TDs.

    3. He has one of the AFC's best receiving tandems (Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton) at his disposal.

41. WR Eric Decker, Denver Broncos

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    2012 Stats: 54 Catches, 685 Yards, 8 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Tampa Bay (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Eric Decker has already matched or eclipsed last year's output in catches (44), receiving yards (612) and touchdowns (eight).

    2. In standard-scoring leagues, Decker currently ranks as the No. 13 wideout in fantasy.

    3. From Weeks 4-9, he scored a touchdown in five straight outings (seven total).

    4. At home this season, Decker boasts rock-solid averages of 5.2 catches, 67 yards and 0.8 TDs.

40. QB Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders

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    2012 Stats: 3,181 Yards Passing, 19 TD (1 Rush)  

    Week 13 Opponent: Cleveland (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Carson Palmer has thrown for 297 yards and/or three touchdowns in all five home games this season.

    2. From Weeks 7-11, Palmer was the top-ranked fantasy QB (overall points) in standard-scoring leagues.

    3. Palmer has posted a 60 percent completion rate in each of the last four seasons (2009-12).

39. RB Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

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    2012 Stats: 853 Total Yards (724 Rushing), 2 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: San Francisco (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Steven Jackson has rushed for 100-plus yards in two of his last three games. Of equal importance, he logged 70 touches (66 carries) during that span.

    2. In his last five games against the 49ers, Jackson boasts healthy averages of 94.6 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns.

38. WR Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills

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    2012 Stats: 53 Catches, 687 Yards, 4 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Jacksonville (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Through 11 games, Steve Johnson has collected seven or more targets 10 times.

    2. For the season, Johnson has already crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown nine times.

    3. Last week against the Colts, he produced six catches, 15 targets and 106 yards.

    4. For what it's worth, Johnson caught five balls for 46 yards and two touchdowns against the Jaguars in 2010.

37. WR Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

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    2012 Stats: 45 Catches, 648 Yards, 6 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Minnesota (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Last week against the Giants, Jordy Nelson (two catches, 71 yards) scored the Packers' only touchdown.

    2. Of his 10 games, Nelson has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown five times.

    3. From Weeks 4-7, spanning four games, Nelson caught 27 balls for 395 yards and five scores.

    4. Despite the injury setbacks, Nelson remains a viable candidate for double-digit touchdowns in back-to-back campaigns.

36. RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

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    2012 Stats: 844 Total Yards (767 Rushing), 5 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: San Diego (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for the third-most yards in Week 12 (trailing only Bryce Brown and Steven Jackson). He also clinched the first back-to-back 100-yard outings of his career.

    2. Green-Ellis has scored a touchdown in three of his last four games.

35. QB Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

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    2012 Stats: 1,164 Yards Passing, 7 TD  

    Week 13 Opponent: Houston (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In his last three complete games (dating back to Week 3), Jake Locker has accounted for either 280 total yards or multiple touchdowns.

    2. Earlier this week, the Titans replaced offensive coordinator Chris Palmer with QB coach Dowell Loggains in a move to jump-start the passing attack.

    3. Locker has a healthy set of high-upside playmakers (Chris Johnson, Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, Jared Cook) at his disposal.

    4. The Texans have surrendered 795 yards passing and 68 points (combined) in the previous two weeks.

34. TE Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

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    2012 Stats: 82 Catches, 710 Yards, 1 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Philadelphia (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Jason Witten has already eclipsed last year's output in catches (79).

    2. To date, Witten is the only NFL tight end with 100 or more targets.

    3. In Week 10 against the Eagles, Witten caught eight of his 10 targeted balls for 47 yards.

    4. Of his last six regular-season games against Philly, he has averaged 5.5 catches, 48 yards and 0.7 TDs.

    5. Witten is just five weeks removed from setting an NFL record for tight end catches in a single game (18 for 167 yards against the Giants).

33. QB Matt Schaub, Houston Texans

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    2012 Stats: 2,855 Yards Passing, 19 TD   

    Week 13 Opponent: Tennessee (Away)   

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Matt Schaub has absurdly thrown for 842 yards passing and six touchdowns in his last two games.

    2. As part of that success, Texans wideout Andre Johnson (23 catches, 461 yards, one TD for Weeks 11 and 12) claimed AFC Offensive Player Of The Month honors for November.

    3. The Titans have the NFL's 26th-ranked pass defense, allowing 262 yards per game.

    4. All signs point to an epic shootout between the Texans and Titans, with both quarterbacks posting top-12 numbers for the weekend.

32. WR Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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    2012 Stats: 81 Catches, 1,017 Yards, 8 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Seattle (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Brandon Marshall has either matched or eclipsed his 2011 totals in catches (81) and touchdowns (six). He's also on pace to trump last year's output in receiving yards (1,214).

    2. Marshall is currently tied for second (with Calvin Johnson) in receiving targets (124).

    3. Against the Vikings last week, he caught 12 of his 17 targeted balls for 92 yards.

    4. The Bears star has collected double-digit targets eight times this season.

    5. As a rookie with the Broncos in 2006, Marshall caught his first and only career ball against the Seahawks—a 71-yard TD strike from Jay Cutler.

31. QB Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

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    2012 Stats: 2,769 Yards Passing, 25 TD (2 Rush)  

    Week 13 Opponent: San Diego (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Andy Dalton has accounted for 300 yards passing and/or multiple touchdowns in his last four road games.

    2. For the season, Dalton is a perfect 11-of-11 in attempting 27-plus passes per outing.

    3. Against the AFC West this year, he has solid averages of 246 yards passing and two touchdowns.

    4. Dalton has exclusive weekly access to A.J. Green, fantasy's top-ranked wideout in standard-scoring leagues.

30. RB Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

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    2012 Stats: 1,189 Total Yards (1,051 Rushing), 5 TD

    Week 13 Opponent: Chicago (Away)   

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. For Weeks 7-10, Marshawn Lynch posted four straight outings of 100 yards rushing. In that span, he also notched three touchdowns.

    2. On the road this season, Lynch has racked up either 94 total yards or one touchdown five times.

    3. In three career meetings with Chicago, Lynch has three TDs.

29. WR Victor Cruz, New York Giants

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    2012 Stats: 63 Catches, 779 Yards, 8 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Washington (Away)   

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Through 11 games, Victor Cruz has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown eight times.

    2. Six weeks ago, Cruz racked up seven catches, 11 targets, 131 yards and one touchdown (the game-winner) against the Redskins.

    3. The Redskins currently rank as the 31st defense against the pass, allowing 301.4 yards per game.

28. RB Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

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    2012 Stats: 1,024 Total Yards (982 Rushing), 6 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: N.Y. Giants (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Last week, Alfred Morris busted out of a mini-slump with 113 yards and one TD against the Cowboys (Thanksgiving Day). This occurred on the same day QB Robert Griffin III passed for four scores (none to Morris).

    2. The Redskins rookie (Morris) rolled for 130 total yards (120 rushing) against the Giants in Week 7.

    3. Morris has logged 45 touches (44 carries) in the last two weeks.

    4. For the season, Morris has notched 89 total yards and/or one touchdown seven times.

27. QB Eli Manning, New York Giants

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    2012 Stats: 2,890 Yards Passing, 15 TD  

    Week 13 Opponent: Washington (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Last week, Eli Manning bounced back from a five-game malaise to pass for 249 yards and three TDs in the Giants' rout of the Packers.

    2. Manning threw for 337 yards and one touchdown against the Redskins in Week 7.

    3. The New York QB boasts a 60 percent completion rate in each of the last five seasons (2008-12).

26. RB Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions

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    2012 Stats: 688 Total Yards (534 Rushing), 6 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Indianapolis (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In his last four outings, Mikel Leshoure has accounted for 259 total yards and five touchdowns.

    2. Leshoure's top-10 ranking among tailbacks derives from two factors:

    a. The 4-7 Lions desperately need a balanced attack in the second half of games.

    b. Leshoure has scored five times against AFC South foes this year.

25. WR Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

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    2012 Stats: 84 Catches, 1,105 Yards, 3 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Detroit (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Through 11 games, Reggie Wayne has already surpassed his 2011 tallies in catches (75) and receiving yards (960). Plus, he's only one score away from matching last year's touchdown output.

    2. Wayne is the current NFL leader in receiving targets (144).

    3. For the season, Wayne has nine outings of double-digit targets and eight games of seven-plus receptions.

    4. Wayne is only one of six NFL wideouts (Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Vincent Jackson, Brian Hartline, Justin Blackmon) to amass 200 yards in a single game this year.

24. RB Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles

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    2012 Stats: 338 Total Yards (319 Rushing), 2 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Dallas (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In relief of the injured LeSean McCoy last week, Bryce Brown pounded the Panthers for 190 total yards (178 rushing) and two touchdowns.

    2. Brown has the requisite speed, power and explosion to be a top-30 back in fantasy—as McCoy's backup.

    3. The Eagles rookie is one of my 10 locks for 115 total yards and/or two TDs this weekend.

23. QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

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    2012 Stats: 3,429 Yards Passing, 17 TD (3 Rush)  

    Week 13 Opponent: Indianapolis (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. With a modest uptick in weekly production, Matthew Stafford (on pace for 4,987 yards) could become the first NFL quarterback in history to pass for 5,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.

    2. In his last five games, Stafford boasts stellar averages of 334 yards passing and 1.8 touchdowns.

    3. Through 11 games, Stafford has attempted 39 or more passes nine times.

22. QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

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    2012 Stats: 2,701 Yards Passing, 17 TD (6 Rush)  

    Week 13 Opponent: Kansas City (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Last week, Cam Newton accounted for four TDs (two passing) in the Panthers' road win over the Eagles.

    2. For the season, Newton has either thrown for 300 yards or tallied multiple touchdowns seven times.

    3. In his last five outings, Newton has averaged 297 total yards and 1.8 TDs.

21. WR Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

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    2012 Stats: 65 Catches, 880 Yards, 6 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Philadelphia (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Dez Bryant has four touchdowns in his last three games.

    2. Bryant is on pace to eclipse career highs in receiving yards (928) and touchdowns (nine). The 65 catches for 2012 already serve as a personal best.

    3. Since Week 3 (nine games), Bryant has collected double-digit targets five times. In that span, he crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown seven times.

    4. Bryant hardly took a backseat to Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson in November. For Weeks 11 and 12 alone, Dez racked up 20 catches, 26 targets, 290 yards and three scores.

    5. The Cowboys star could be a top-five wideout from this point forward.

20. RB Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

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    2012 Stats: 1,071 Total Yards (914 Rushing), 6 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: St. Louis (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Through 11 games, Frank Gore has crossed the threshold of 100 total yards and/or one touchdown seven times.

    2. In his last three outings, Gore boasts averages of 98 total yards and 0.7 TDs.

    3. Dating back to 2007, Gore has averaged 75 yards and 1.3 TDs in his last three trips to St. Louis. And that includes a nine-yard clunker from last year.

19. QB Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

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    2012 Stats: 3,357 Yards Passing, 17 TD (1 Rush)  

    Week 13 Opponent: Philadelphia (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Tony Romo has thrown for 754 yards passing and four touchdowns in his two games.

    2. At home this season, Romo has averaged 356 yards passing (but only 1.2 touchdowns).

    3. Through 11 games, Romo has attempted 34 or more passes nine times. And in the last two weeks, he's combined for 112 throws. That's one fantasy benefit to the Cowboys' inconsistent rushing attack (DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones).

18. RB Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

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    2012 Stats: 990 Total Yards (939 Rushing), 8 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Miami (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Stevan Ridley currently ranks as the No. 7 fantasy back.

    2. Ridley has scored a touchdown in his last four games. In that span, the Patriots have averaged a staggering 47.5 points.

    3. For the season, Ridley has racked up 95 total yards and/or one touchdown eight times.

17. WR Wes Welker, New England Patriots

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    2012 Stats: 80 Catches, 961 Yards, 3 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Miami (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Dating back to 2008, Wes Welker has a six-game streak of double-digit targets against the Dolphins, his former club.

    2. In that span, the Patriots dynamo boasts averages of 9.2 catches, 123 yards and 0.3 touchdowns.

    3. Among receivers, Welker currently ranks fifth in seasonal targets (115).

    4. It bears repeating (again), but the Patriots have averaged 47.5 points in their last four games.

16. QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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    2012 Stats: 2,838 Yards Passing, 28 TD  

    Week 13 Opponent: Minnesota (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Aaron Rodgers is on pace to toss 40 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.

    2. He has accounted for 10 TDs in his last three home games.

    3. With the return of Greg Jennings, Rodgers will finally have access to his top-four receivers (Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, James Jones).

    4. Rodgers has tallied 295 yards passing or three TDs in his last six meetings with the Vikings (2009-11).

15. WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

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    2012 Stats: 67 Catches, 1,022 Yards, 10 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: San Diego (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. A.J. Green has already eclipsed his 2011 tallies in receptions (65) and touchdowns (seven). Last year's output in receiving yards (1,057) will likely be topped this weekend.

    2. In standard-scoring leagues, Green ranks as the No. 1 fantasy wideout.

    3. From Weeks 2-11, Green notched a touchdown in nine straight games (10 total). He is the only NFL wideout with 10 scores.

    4. That said, the following stat should surprise no one: Green has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown in all 11 games.

14. RB Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

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    2012 Stats: 1,071 Total Yards (755 Rushing), 7 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Oakland (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Trent Richardson has racked up more than 100 total yards in each of his last four games.

    2. For the season, Richardson has crossed the threshold of 100 yards and/or one touchdown eight times.

    3. In four complete road games, Richardson boasts averages of 130 total yards and one TD.

13. WR Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

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    2012 Stats: 61 Catches, 1,023 Yards, 6 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Tampa Bay (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Through 11 games, Demaryius Thomas has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown 10 times.

    2. The Buccaneers currently rank as the NFL's worst passing defense, allowing 315 yards per outing.

    3. In his last five games, Thomas has rock-solid averages of 4.5 catches, 105 yards and 0.7 TDs.

12. RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

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    2012 Stats: 1,121 Total Yards (932 Rushing), 4 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Carolina (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Jamaal Charles has notched 100-plus total yards in his last three games.

    2. For the season, Charles has accrued 100 yards and/or one TD seven times.

    3. Charles has averaged 141 total yards against NFC South foes this year.

    4. From Weeks 3-5, Charles steamrolled the opposition for 564 total yards and three TDs—the most prolific stretch of any running back during that time.

11. RB Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

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    2012 Stats: 1,117 Total Yards (942 Rushing), 4 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Houston (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Chris Johnson has rolled for 100-plus total yards in each of his last six games. He also scored four touchdowns in that span.

    2. Since Week 4, he has racked up 1,003 total yards and four touchdowns for per-outing averages of 125.6 total yards and 0.5 TDs.

    3. Johnson's hot streak launched against the Texans nine weeks ago (157 total yards).

    4. Of Johnson's last four meetings with Houston, he has produced 110 total yards three times.

10. QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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    2012 Stats: 3,299 Yards Passing, 27 TD (3 Rush)  

    Week 13 Opponent: Miami (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Tom Brady is on pace for 4,800 yards passing and 39 touchdowns. With an uptick in production, he could become the first QB in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in consecutive seasons (similar to Matthew Stafford).

    2. In his last four games, Brady has stellar averages of 299 yards passing and three TDs.

    3. Of his previous three meetings with the Dolphins, Brady has averaged 340 yards passing.

9. WR Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

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    2012 Stats: 69 Catches, 1,058 Yards, 3 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Tennessee (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. For Weeks 11 and 12, Andre Johnson produced the greatest two-game tally of any receiver this season: 23 catches, 34 targets, 461 yards and one touchdown.

    2. As the AFC Offensive Player of the Month, Johnson collected 35 catches, 614 yards and one TD in November. He also had three outings of double-digit targets.

    3. Johnson is one of 11 receivers with 100 targets this season (through Dec. 1).

8. QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

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    2012 Stats: 2,497 Yards Passing, 22 TD (6 Rush)  

    Week 13 Opponent: N.Y. Giants (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Robert Griffin III has amazingly passed for eight touchdowns in his last two games (four apiece), matching his passing-TD total of the previous nine outings.

    2. Since Week 3, Griffin has attempted 27 or more passes six times.

    3. The rookie has rushed for 642 yards this season—tops among NFL quarterbacks.

    4. Griffin has crossed the QB-elite threshold of 275 total yards and/or three touchdowns eight times.

7. RB C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

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    2012 Stats: 1,162 Total Yards (830 Rushing), 5 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Jacksonville (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Since Week 6, C.J. Spiller is a perfect 6-of-6 in collecting 100 total yards.

    2. For the season, Spiller has already crossed the threshold of 100 total yards and/or one TD nine times.

    3. For Buffalo's homestand of Jacksonville, St. Louis and Seattle, Spiller is a healthy bet for 400 total yards and two TDs. And that prediction factors in a healthy Fred Jackson getting his share of touches.

6. RB Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

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    2012 Stats: 1,198 Total Yards (794 Rushing), 7 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Pittsburgh (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Through 11 games, Ray Rice has racked up 93 total yards and/or one touchdown 10 times.

    2. Two weeks ago, Rice rolled for 93 total yards (40 rushing) in the Ravens' road win over the Steelers.

    3. In his last three meetings with Pittsburgh, Rice boasts averages of 107 total yards and one touchdown.

    4. He is still riding high from last week's miraculous catch/run on 4th-and-29.

5. QB Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

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    2012 Stats: 3,260 Yards Passing, 26 TD  

    Week 13 Opponent: Tampa Bay (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. From Weeks 3-11, Peyton Manning had a seven-game streak of 300 passing or three TD passes in each contest.

    2. In his last four outings, Manning boasts averages of 314 yards passing and 2.8 touchdowns.

    3. For what it's worth, Manning threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns against Tampa Bay in 2007 (with Indy).

    4. The Buccaneers currently rank as the NFL's worst pass defense, allowing 315 yards per game.

4. RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    2012 Stats: 1,382 Total Yards (1,050 Rushing), 10 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Denver (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Since Week 6, Doug Martin is a perfect 7-of-7 in racking up either 100 total yards and/or one touchdown.

    2. The above stat, though, doesn't do justice to Martin's seven-game demolition. In that span, he's averaging 153 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per outing.

    3. Against AFC West foes (three games), he has averaged 174 total yards and 1.3 TDs.

    4. Even with the great success of Robert Griffin III, Martin would be my choice for fantasy rookie of the year.

3. WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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    2012 Stats: 73 Catches, 1,257 Yards, 4 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Indianapolis (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Calvin Johnson is on pace for 1,829 yards—an estimate that would fall just short of Jerry Rice's all-time record for seasonal receiving yards (1,848 in 1995).

    2. In his last three games, Johnson has amassed 25 catches, 41 targets, 390 yards and three touchdowns.

    3. In his last seven games against AFC foes, he has racked up at least 120 yards or one touchdown in every contest. In that span, he's absurdly averaging 6.7 catches, 129 yards and 1.1 TDs.

    4. Johnson is on the short list of receivers with eight outings of double-digit targets.

    5. The Lions wideout has eclipsed the 100-yard mark seven times—the most of any pass-catcher this year.

    6. Johnson has rolled for 200 receiving yards in four of his last 15 games. Think about that for a second.

2. RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

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    2012 Stats: 1,421 Total Yards (1,236 Rushing), 7 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Green Bay (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Adrian Peterson currently leads the NFL in rushing yards (1,236)—by a comfortable margin.

    2. Peterson has rushed for 100-plus yards in five consecutive games—the longest streak of his career.

    3. From an intangible standpoint, Peterson surely wants to atone for last week's off-field embarrassment in Chicago, when he overslept and missed the team bus to the stadium.

    As a former employee of an NFL team (Lions), I can empathize with Peterson's gaffe. Missing a team bus to the stadium—or, in my case, the bus to the airport—is a BIG no-no for a lot of clubs.

1. RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans

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    2012 Stats: 1,186 Total Yards (1,064 Rushing), 14 TD 

    Week 13 Opponent: Tennessee (Away)   

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Arian Foster is on pace for 1,700-plus yards and 20 touchdowns.

    2. Foster has scored a touchdown in 10 of 11 games this season, and the one TD-free outing (Week 10 vs. Jacksonville) resulted in 105 total yards.

    3. In his last four starts against Tennessee, he boasts absurd averages of 152 total yards and one touchdown.

    4. Foster is on the short list of elite candidates for fantasy MVP.

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