Week 13 Fantasy Football Projections: Calvin Johnson and Stars Who Will Shine

Bob BajekAnalyst IIIDecember 1, 2011

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the start of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on November 24, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Making fantasy football picks can be tricky, but Week 13 will provide some sure picks in the Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson, the Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo and the Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton.


Calvin Johnson 

The Detroit Lions receiver is just ridiculous. Johnson is blessed with amazing physical size and athleticism while having a great rapport with quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Johnson will be against a Saints secondary that has been mediocre at best this year. His opponent will be New Orleans cornerback Tracy Porter, who has 36 tackles and two forced fumbles. 

While Porter is a decent corner, Johnson will take advantage of the six-inch, 50-pound difference between the two. Johnson should overpower Porter with his speed and physicality. This size advantage should translate in over 100-yards receiving and a touchdown at the very least. 

Tony Romo

Romo has been playing well for the Dallas Cowboys of late. During the Cowboys' four-game winning streak, Romo has thrown for 1,067 yards for 10 touchdowns and only two picks.

No. 9 should continue excelling, as he and his wide receivers will face a mediocre Arizona Cardinals secondary (20th with 123.5 yards allowed a game).

Romo will have offensive weapons in tight end Jason Witten (713 yards, five touchdowns) and wide receivers Dez Bryant (620 yards, six touchdowns) and Laurent Robinson (554 yards, seven touchdowns), who will probably challenge the Cardinals' safeties up the middle, as their corners are solid.

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys during the Thanksgiving Day game at Cowboys Stadium on November 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Romo should have a couple touchdowns and over 200 yards passing.

Cam Newton

The Carolina Panthers come to Tampa Bay to play a struggling Buccaneers defense.

Tampa gives up 139.7 rushing yards (30th), 254.9 passing yards (28th) and 26.5 points a game (29th).

Quarterback Cam Newton is the most dynamic dual-threat quarterback in the league (3,537 total yards and 22 touchdowns) and should excel on both ends of the field.

Newton should have 100-plus yards passing and rushing, while recording a couple touchdowns.