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Early Week 13 fantasy football rankings: QB, RB, WR, TE, FLEX, K, DEF

I’ll have some players going in tonight’s Packers-Lions game, both in season-long and daily fantasy. Some pretty great matchups, especially for our Thanksgiving feaster, Calvin Johnson.

Just like with cranberry sauce, you usually don’t want to go too heavy on players on the Thursday slate. However I might have a bit more exposure to these teams because there’s no short-rest problem here. Both of these teams had a full week to plan and recover since turkey day.

It’s projected to be the fourth-highest scoring game of the week, so there are quite a few fantasy implications for both season-long and weekly players. I went over the biggest matchups in our projected scores/Las Vegas column.

As always check late NFL news at a site like Rotoworld to make sure games are being played and players are in lineups.

Our rankings will be updated early Sunday morning and don’t always reflect final starting lineups.

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Week 13 early rankings

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Early rankings notes


If you’ve been following along — reading our matchups/projected scores/Las Vegas post, specifically — you’re probably not shocked by Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger at the top of this list.

However, we finally have a quarterback ranking of the boom-or-bust rankings label I’ve used the last few years. Some of these are out there. What’s different about these? They are influenced by more and better data than before. As I’ve said before, FantasyPros.com’s Expert Consensus Rankings has a major influence on all of our advice this season.

So while I cringe a bit at Jay Cutler at three and Ryan Fitzpatrick at five, I’m not going to go in there and mess with our formula to make our rankings fit expectations.

That said, looking into my crystal ball, I see Marcus Mariota moving up a few spots by Sunday’s update.

Running backs

The running back rankings are more ho-hum until you get to OH GAWD!

Yes, yes that is correct. David Johnson and C.J. Anderson in the top six. Boom-or-bust, it lives again!

Johnson is getting a huge opportunity. I think he has a nose for the end zone. He could fumble his opportunity directly into the hands of Stepfan Taylor, but that David Johnson upside, it smells like delicious bacon.

Anderson has been more effective than Ronnie Hillman at toting the rock. The Chargers are the worst run defense in the NFL. And if I’m a head coach with a workhorse running back, I’m going to get him some extra carries so Philip Rivers gets a few fewer opportunities to assault my defensive secondary.

Wide receivers

Surely, the wide receivers are going to be more … disappointed face emoji … Welp, there’s Martavis Bryant in the top-5.

Let’s talk this through quickly. The Steelers have the third-highest projected score of the week. They face a Colts defense that is 17th in pass defense DVOA and who have allowed the 12th-most PPR fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in the last three weeks.

I also suspect the Colts will try to keep Vontae Davis on Antonio Brown, which should open up the rest of the field to the freakish athlete Bryant.

Tight ends

Again, if you read that matchups/projected scores article, you knew everyone was going to be in favor of Greg Olsen this week.

The big surprise here is Scott Chandler, but is it really a surprise? Chandler caught 5-of-11 targets for 68 yards and a touchdown last week — because the obvious game plan last week showed the Patriots feeding Rob Gronkowski but tight ends in general against the Broncos. He’s not nearly as athletic as Gronk, so he doesn’t come close to hitting Gronk’s ceiling. But considering how injured the Patriots receiving corps is, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Chandler get another 5-8 targets and possible find the end zone.

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