Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings: Projecting Holiday Weekend's Top Performers

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 27, 2013

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 13:  Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions warms up before their game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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With all 32 teams in action in Week 13, fantasy football owners will finally have a full arsenal at their disposal.

But not every star player is set to turn in a tremendous performance.

Here we'll rank the top fantasy football stars for Week 13 and highlight three who are sure to explode this weekend. 

Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings/Projections
RankPlayerAvg PtsProjected Pts
1Adrian Peterson, RB15.325
2Matthew Stafford, QB19.724
3Tony Romo, QB17.323
4Cam Newton, QB18.221
5Jamaal Charles, RB16.520
6Peyton Manning, QB24.418
7Nick Foles, QB12.918
8Philip Rivers, QB18.518
9LeSean McCoy, RB14.917
10Matt Forte, RB14.917
11Colin Kaepernick, QB14.517
12Andy Dalton, QB15.417
13Chris Johnson, RB11.217
14Dez Bryant, WR11.517
15Calvin Johnson, WR16.216
16Reggie Bush, RB11.316
17A.J. Green, WR12.215
18Brandon Marshall, WR13.215
19Jimmy Graham, TE14.215
20Frank Gore, RB11.215
21DeSean Jackson, WR12.515
22Marshawn Lynch, RB15.215
23Antonio Brown, WR12.514
24Josh Gordon, WR11.614
25Jason Witten, TE8.014
Avg Pts according to ESPN Fantasy

 

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, RB

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 03:  Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Adrian Peterson couldn't ask for a better matchup this weekend as the Vikings welcome the Chicago Bears and the NFL's worst rushing defense to town. 

Peterson rushed for 100 yards on 26 carries in the two teams' first meeting in Week 2 and is a lock to surpass the 100-yard mark this weekend based on these numbers courtesy of Bears sideline reporter Zach Zaidman on Twitter:

The Bears are surrendering more than 145 yards per game on the ground and have already given up 14 rushing touchdowns in 11 games after allowing just six all of last season. That bodes extremely well for the league's second-leading rusher on Sunday afternoon.

On top of those eye-popping numbers, Peterson is coming off a season-high 146 rushing yards against the Green Bay Packers in Week 12. 

Barring injury or a dramatic improvement from the Bears front seven, Peterson is set for a big-time performance this holiday weekend.

 

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions, QB

Staying in the NFC North, Detroit's Matthew Stafford looks poised for an impressive outing against the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving. 

Not only have Stafford and his favorite target Calvin Johnson been lighting up the league all year long, but the Packers secondary has struggled immensely of late, ranking 26th in the NFL in fewest yards per attempt allowed. 

What's more, Green Bay's defense has only recorded four interceptions in 11 games this season. Only Houston has been as bad in that category. For Stafford, who tossed four picks in Week 12's loss to Tampa Bay, the Packers' inability to force turnovers in the passing game will be key to allowing him to take more risks down the field.

Win or lose, Stafford and his biggest weapon, Johnson, who didn't suit up for the two teams' previous matchup in Week 5, are sure to turn in colossal performances.

 

Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys, WR

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 6:  Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the Denver Broncos at AT&T Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 51-48.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Another fantasy superstar set for a big day on Thanksgiving is Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who will be up against a dismal Oakland Raiders secondary on Thursday.

Oakland ranks 25th against the pass this season and has surrendered 21 touchdowns through the air this season. Only six teams have allowed more. Keep in mind that Bryant ranks eighth in the NFL in receiving touchdowns through 12 weeks and will be catching passes from a touchdown machine in quarterback Tony Romo. 

Only Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford have thrown more touchdowns than Romo coming into Week 13.

Watch for the veteran passer to look Bryant's way early and often on Thursday as the dominant duo looks to keep the Cowboys in first place in the NFC East.

 

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