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Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top Players at Offensive Positions

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 24: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings is tackled by Mike Neal #96 of tyhe Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 24, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings and the Packers tied 26-26 after overtime.(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 28, 2013

Week 13 features some tough matchups for a number of offensive fantasy players, which means that this week's rankings look quite a bit different than they normally do.

There are some big games this week, including a matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks to prove which team is the best in the NFC.  Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs get a rematch against the Denver Broncos to try to stay alive in the AFC West race.

Below is a look at the top 10 quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends in fantasy football this week, followed by a look at the most intriguing player at each position.

Note: All information regarding points scored is based off ESPN's standard scoring leagues.

 

Quarterbacks

Week 13 Fantasy QB Rankings
RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Peyton ManningDEN@KC
2Tony RomoDALOAK
3Cam NewtonCARTB
4Matthew StaffordDETGB
5Drew BreesNO@SEA
6Tom BradyNE@HOU
7Nick FolesPHIARI
8Russell WilsonSEANO
9Carson PalmerARI@PHI
10Josh McCownCHI@MIN

Player to Watch: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

It certainly wasn't the prettiest game for Matthew Stafford this past week, but now he will be looking to turn things around on Thanksgiving against the Green Bay Packers.

Four interceptions against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept Stafford from putting up major numbers, but he still came away with 15 fantasy points.  This week, he'll be going against the Packers, a team he played in Week 5 and scored just 14 points against.

However, Stafford will have Calvin Johnson for this game, and that will be the big difference.  The Packers are struggling to defend the pass lately, holding just one quarterback, Brandon Weeden, to fewer than 13 fantasy points.

This means that Stafford should have a huge game this week and help get the Detroit Lions back on track after two straight losses.

 

Running Backs

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Week 13 Fantasy RB Rankings
RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Adrian PetersonMINCHI
2Matt ForteCHI@MIN
3Jamaal CharlesKCDEN
4Eddie LacyGB@DET
5Marshawn LynchSEANO
6LeSean McCoyPHIARI
7Andre BrownNYG@WAS
8Frank GoreSFSTL
9Alfred MorrisWASNYG
10Rashad JenningsOAK@DAL

Player to Watch: Andre Brown, New York Giants

After missing the first eight games for the New York Giants, Andre Brown has become the team's go-to running back, and that's big news for fantasy owners.

In the three games since returning, Brown has scored a total of 40 fantasy points, running for 308 yards and a touchdown.  There's been no concern about a lack of touches, as he's had eight receptions and 69 carries already.

With the matchup this week, Brown has the potential to put up big numbers once again.  The Washington Redskins allow the third-most points to opposing running backs, which comes out to 20.6 fantasy points per game, while also allowing 13 rushing touchdowns to running backs.

It's been a terrific return for Brown so far, and that will continue through this week.

 

Wide Receivers

Week 13 Fantasy WR Rankings
RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Calvin JohnsonDETGB
2Brandon MarshallCHI@MIN
3Dez BryantDALOAK
4Larry FitzgeraldARI@PHI
5A.J. GreenCIN@SD
6Demaryius ThomasDEN@KC
7Josh GordonCLEJAX
8Jordy NelsonGB@DET
9Antonio BrownPIT@BAL
10DeSean JacksonPHIARI

Player to Watch: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

Look out, everyone.  Larry Fitzgerald is starting to heat up.

With 113 yards and three touchdowns over the past two games, Fitzgerald is on a roll right now.  He's struggled with consistency throughout the season, but this was the first time in 2013 that the star receiver has put up back-to-back games with at least 10 points.

Although he struggled in 2012, the addition of Carson Palmer has helped out Fitzgerald quite a bit.  So far, the two have connected 50 times for 606 yards and eight touchdowns, and that's very good news.

This week presents a terrific matchup for Fitzgerald, as he'll be going up against the Philadelphia Eagles and their secondary.  The Eagles give up 28.9 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, and that's the most of any team in the NFL.

Can Fitzgerald have three straight double-digit performances?  With a game this week against the Eagles, it's certainly a possibility.

 

Tight Ends

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 14:  Coby Fleener#12 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball during the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 14, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Week 13 Fantasy TE Rankings
RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Jimmy GrahamNO@SEA
2Rob GronkowskiNE@HOU
3Vernon DavisSFSTL
4Jason WittenDALOAK
5Julius ThomasDEN@KC
6Coby FleenerINDTEN
7Jordan CameronCLEJAX
8Jordan ReedWASNYG
9Greg OlsenCARTB
10Martellus BennettCHI@MIN

Player to Watch: Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts

Even though the Indianapolis Colts have been struggling without Reggie Wayne, that hasn't kept Coby Fleener from emerging as a solid fantasy option at tight end.

Over the past two games, Fleener has put up 21 points.  Overall, he's caught 41 passes this year for 494 yards and four touchdowns.

The Colts will be playing the Tennessee Titans again this week, and in their last meeting, Fleener caught eight passes for 107 yards.  With the lack of options for Andrew Luck, I expect him to look for Fleener early and often throughout this game.

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