Week 13 Position Rankings

Pre-Thursday Night game, lets take a look at the rankings for the week.

Rivalry Week is in full bloom in Week 13 of the NFL. Baltimore Ravens take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, the  New York Jets try to best the New England Patriots for the second time this season. Both of these games have the potential to remain low scoring affairs, but look for the rest of the week to be full of offensive action.

  • Week 13 brings some of the most lopsided games we’ve seen so far. Adrian Peterson and the Vikings take on the worst rush defense in the league in the Buffalo Bills.
  • Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, and Jeremy Maclin draw the Houston Texans, a team giving up 286 yards per game through the air.
  • The Indianapolis Colts take on the Dallas Cowboys in a game that should put up a lot of stats, The Giants look to take advantage of the lousy Washington Redskins Defense, and TEN/JAX, DEN/KC, CHI/DET, and ATL/TAM will all be shootouts.

Without further ado, lets look into the Position Rankings for Week 13 in the NFL…


  1. Michael Vick
  2. Kyle Orton
  3. Drew Brees
  4. Aaron Rodgers
  5. Peyton Manning
  6. Eli Manning
  7. Matt Cassel
  8. Philip Rivers
  9. Tom Brady
  10. Jay Cutler
  11. Josh Freeman
  12. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  13. Matt Ryan
  14. Mark Sanchez
  15. Matt Schaub

Ben Roethlisberger fails to make my list, partly due to injury, and partly due to matchup. But mostly, It’s Big Ben’s history that is throwing him out of the top 15. The Pittsburgh Steelers rank the lowest in Pass Attempts per game, and Roethlisberger has 15 TDs and 10 INTs with just 205 yards per game in his history against the Ravens. Pittsburgh’s offensive line and the cumbersome foot on Ben are the reason he won’t break 200 yards in this game.

Kyle Orton draws the #2 spot on my list simply by being one of the best Fantasy QBs of the year. Leading the league in yardage, Orton should have little problem lighting up the Kansas City Chiefs in what is sure to be a high scoring affair. His four touchdowns in their last meeting doesn’t hurt either. Expect Orton to break 300 yards for the 7th time this season.


  1. Michael Turner
  2. Arian Foster
  3. Adrian Peterson (expect Gerhart to be Top 10 if AP is out)
  4. Chris Johnson
  5. Steven Jackson
  6. Jamaal Charles
  7. Peyton Hillis
  8. Maurice Jones-Drew
  9. Felix Jones
  10. Mike Tolbert
  11. Rashard Mendenhall
  12. Matt Forte
  13. Ahmad Bradshaw
  14. LeSean McCoy
  15. Knowshon Moreno
  16. Ray Rice
  17. Fred Jackson
  18. LaDainian Tomlinson
  19. Brandon Jacobs
  20. Ronnie Brown
  21. Darren McFadden
  22. Cedric Benson
  23. Justin Forsett
  24. Chris Ivory
  25. Brian Westbrook
  26. Mike Goodson
  27. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
  28. Thomas Jones
  29. Jonathan Stewart
  30. Beanie Wells

I’m going to take this time to talk about the sleepers. Whether they are the little guys filling in for the stars, or the RBs that just haven’t been able to produce this year, Week 13 has the potential to put some big points in the hands of the sleeper picks. Topping this list are Toby Gerhart, Knowshon Moreno, Justin Forsett, and Brian Westbrook.

If Adrian Peterson fails to play this week, you better hope that you were the owner with the fastest draw in getting to Gerhart. The Vikings are facing the worst-in-the-NFL Buffalo Bills. Giving up 167 yards per game to running backs this season.

Moreno and Forsett have had their share of adversary. They are forced to split carries, and run behind atrocious offensive lines. This week’s matchups give them the potential to turn it around. We’ve already seen the bright spots out of Knowshon, but Forsett could easily take advantage of the Carolina Panther Defense giving up 130 yards per game.

I expect some big things out of Westbrook, but likely not this week against the Green Bay Packers. He is a good option however to store on your bench for when playoffs roll around. San Francisco faces the St Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals in Weeks 16 and 17.


  1. Dwayne Bowe
  2. Roddy White
  3. Brandon Lloyd
  4. Andre Johnson
  5. DeDesean Jackson
  6. Calvin Johnson
  7. Reggie Wayne
  8. Mario Manningham
  9. Jeremy Maclin
  10. Greg Jennings
  11. Marques Colston
  12. Santonio Holmes
  13. Steve Johnson
  14. Terrell Owens
  15. Mike Williams (TB)
  16. Mike Wallace
  17. Miles Austin
  18. Randy Moss
  19. Pierre Garcon
  20. Anquan Boldin
  21. Dez Bryant
  22. Johnny Knox
  23. Larry Fitzgerald
  24. Mike Sims-Walker
  25. Eddie Royal   (EDIT: Insert Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice around here)
  26. Braylon Edwards
  27. Wes Welker
  28. Malcom Floyd
  29. Danny Amendola
  30. Michael Crabtree
  31. Santana Moss
  32. Ben Obomanu
  33. Hines Ward
  34. Lance Moore
  35. Steve Smith (CAR)

Wide Receivers will throw up some huge numbers this week. With the top 10 no doubt leading the way. This list could really have had any of these guys in the number one spot. Bowe, White, Lloyd and Wayne have some nice matchups and each of these games will likely sport more than 45 points.

Its in the 20s and 30s that this list gets interesting. Lots of #2 WRs have potential to take advantage of the inevitable double coverage on the big guys. Eddie Royal, Lance Moore and Braylon Edwards will be facing less than average pass coverage and could each have big games. I’m not a fan of gambling with Lance Moore or any other Saints receiver for that matter, just because its impossible to predict which one will show up for the big numbers. Pierre Garcon is the highest #2 receiver on the list since the Colts will be facing a sorry Dallas secondary in a game that is sure to light up the scoreboard.


  1. Antonio Gates
  2. Todd Heap
  3. Jacob Tamme
  4. Jason Witten
  5. Tony Gonzalez
  6. Vernon Davis
  7. Dustin Keller
  8. Visanthe Shiancoe
  9. Brent Celek
  10. Joel Dreessen
  11. Marcedes Lewis
  12. Kellen Winslow
  13. Chris Cooley
  14. Tony Moeaki
  15. Brandon Pettigrew

Jacob Tamme has played 5 games. He has 369 yards, 3 TDs, and 9.7 yards per catch… Anyone still miss Dallas Clark?


  1. Matt Bryant
  2. David Akers
  3. Sebastian Janikowski
  4. Neil Rackers
  5. Olindo Mare
  6. Graham Gano
  7. Nick Folk
  8. Josh Scobee
  9. Robbie Gould
  10. Josh Brown

Take the Kicker seriously! Easily the most forgotten about position on fantasy rosters across the country. By simply researching the stats for a few minutes you can add at least 5 points per week by shuffling your kicker based on matchup. If you are still rolling with your original draft pick, and his name happens to be Longwell (50% owned, 55 points scored), Lindell (22% owned, 61 points), or Prater (28% owned, 70 points), its time to look on the waiver wire and find someone who can get you something.


  1. San Diego Chargers
  2. Chicago Bears
  3. Seattle Seahawks
  4. New Orleans Saints
  5. New England Patriots
  6. Green Bay Packers
  7. Detroit Lions
  8. Pittsburgh Steelers
  9. Minnesota Vikings
  10. New York Giants

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22 responses to “Week 13 Position Rankings

  1. monnone

    Ok so I used to be in first place until a wonderful 2 game losing streak. (Thank you Vincent Jackson and Frank Gore) So I really need some help here. 1st is 9-3 2nd is 8-4. Currently tied for 3rd with four other people at 7-5. Only 2 games left and go figure my opponent (7-5) has Vick or Brees, Hillis, Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. I need to get this perfect. So after Gore got hurt I went out and gobbled up all the potential I could. (Some asshole already got Westbrook) Here is what I have to work with. PPR League.

    QB Kyle Orton
    WR Brandon Lloyd
    WR Mike Thomas
    WR Anquan Boldin (another lame performance last week)
    RB Ray Rice
    RB Mike Tolbert
    TE Antonio Gates (Thank god he is back!)
    K Mason Crosby
    DEF Green Bay

    BN Todd Heap
    BN Vincent Jackson
    BN Brandon Marshall
    BN Nate Washington
    BN Fred Jackson
    BN Mike Goodson

    I am Kind of weary about Boldin and Rice against the Steelers. Please help me pull out a win here. Also any suggestions off the Wire?

    Thank You

    • monnone

      Ok, so I just dropped Nate Washington and picked up Garcon off the waivers. Just a little update on my situation.

    • I would only be weary about Rice. Boldin shouldnt have too much of a problem. I’d heavily contemplate putting F Jackson in over Rice. I really dont have that many WR sleepers right now that could go in elsewhere. I’m not crazy about Mike Thomas this week though. But he is the best you have to fill that position.
      Maybe a backup from NO, Meachem or Moore are available. Even Steve Smith from CAR if someone dropped him. Obomanu is my go to suggestion at WR right now. Also, a big question mark is on Jacoby Ford. No one knows how he will interact with new QB Jason Campbell. Campbell performed well with Louis Murphy when he was playing, so there is potential for a big game out of him against a pretty bad SEA pass defense.

  2. Allan Basso

    So you didnt listed Percy Harvin among the 35 WRs even against BUF?

    Are you sure?
    I may use Austin, Garcon and Floyd, or use Obomanu trying to hit a HR.
    But I was deciding between arcon and Floyd and would play Harvin for sure.

    Am I insane?

    • ha. youre right. Harvin isnt in there. Neither is Rice. Sorry, I’m still new to this whole position ranking thing. Im trying to figure out a system that is better than doing this from memory, but Its tough. Consider Harvin and Rice both to be in the mid to late 20s. BUF is actually not a bad pass defense. Pretty much everything against them has been on the ground.

      Between Garcon Floyd and Harvin… I would pick Garcon this week. Then Harvin.

      Just forgot them. My bad.

  3. James

    I don’t see Boss on your TE rankings. Thinking him over Dressen.

    Have to start 3 wr’s from the following:

    Knox, Harvin, Austin, B. White, James Jones

    I really like J Jones and have a gut feeling about him, but not to sure. Some reports strongly suggest BENCHING Austin. What direction would you go here?

    • sorry i couldnt get to you thursday. what did you end up doing at TE? i would have played dreessen.. he at least got you a few points.

      i would start the first three on the list. but if you are feeling james jones this week, go with it. i suggest replacing harvin. austin hasnt been doing too bad. the cowboys are still producing. people are making the argument that indy is good against the pass. but so were the saints and giants, and austin had no problem with them. i think he’ll be good to go, as teams will continue to pressure bryant the most.

  4. Brian

    I’m in need of a win this week to clinch the last playoff spot. I actually think I have a pretty decent chance with my team if I can get in. Take a look and let me know if you think I should make any changes to the lineup.

    QB- Kyle Orton
    WR- Miles Austin
    WR- Steve Johnson
    WR- Michael Crabtree
    RB- AP
    RB- Michael Turner
    TE- Joel Dreessen
    Flex- Cedric Benson
    Flex- Ronnie Brown
    K- Matt Prater
    D- Green Bay

    Bench: Lance Moore, Davone Bess, Malcolm Floyd, Kenny Britt, Snelling, Pettigrew, Gerhart, Matt Ryan.

    If Britt plays, would you throw him in over Crabtree? Thanks for the help. You guys have been money all year. Pretty much every team I’ve played so far has had their best week against my team, but after looking at the position rankings I feel pretty good about my chances this week.

    • vikings are optimistic that adrian peterson will play. they will evaluate him before the game, so still consider him questionable. make sure you are ready to sub gerhart if necessary.

      i’m thinking your lineup looks good. i’m not crazy about your flex, or crabtree really. but your bench isnt that hot to fill in. i think lance moore could have a big game if you feel like subbing for crabtree… and check out malcom floyd. he practiced this week and will likely get the start. and last time he played the raiders he put up something rediculous like 180 yards. i’d replace r. brown if you decide to. of course playing floyd is dangerous because he has had 6 or so weeks off due to injury, so you might want to keep him on your bench just to test him before putting him on your roster.

  5. John

    Pick 3

    Braylone Edwards
    ben obamanu
    denario alexander
    jacoby ford

    Colston will start for me. The other 2 spots I’m not sure on. Boldin on a downhill trend and so is edwards but not sure the bottom 3 will be able to keep up their streaks.Alexander probably has the best matchup but coming off his surgery i don’t know if I can rely on him.

    Also pick 1
    Kevin Boss
    Vernon Davis

    Davis hasn’t been seeing the ball much with Troy smith at qb and they are up against GB. Honestly I’ll probably go with Boss but i’m looking for some validation or some strong arguments to the contrary. Really need a big week to stay in the playoffs and Gore was my top RB and my other back Tolbert has an injury this week and may not see the same number of carries he’s been seeing with Matthews likely to be back in the picture.

    BEST FFB site on the web! Thanks!

    • I like Ford a lot this week. But I’m very nervous about Campbell, so I cant recommend him. I think that playing your first three wouldnt be an awful idea. The Steelers arent as good against the pass as everyone gives them credit for, and they are very open up the middle, which is prime boldin territory. Edwards has a nice matchup, but I cant help but think that Holmes will see most of the love in this one. The #1 receiver is really the only WR who scores big against NE, backups seem to kind of fade away. I’d go with Colston, Boldin, and Obomanu. Of the three you listed, I think he will have the biggest impact.

      I dont know what Davis isnt getting the ball. With Gore out though, they might resort to a pass more. Kevin Boss is something to think about. NYG has crazy injuries at the WR spot, so Eli could be going to him a lot more than usual. The matchup is a lot better than the one presented to Davis as well. Boss had some big plays last week, and hopefully that will carry over to this week as well. Where as Davis has been very slow since Smith got under center. Boss is the safer play and also carries the upside.

      And dont worry about Tolbert. He’ll be good to go. He practiced Friday, and is still questionable, but I cant see him missing. I dont expect Mathews to be much of a factor, since he really hasnt been all season. He might see some of the carries, which is unfortunate. But I’d still feel confident with Tolbert, just check the status on game day. And you have to feel good about that matchup.

      Thanks for the compliment. We’re definitely trying. Spread the word!

  6. strag

    Braylon Edwards
    Ben Obomanu

    • Flex, I’d go Obomanu. Edwards has a nice matchup, but I cant help but think that Holmes will see most of the love in this one. The #1 receiver is really the only WR who scores big against NE, backups seem to kind of fade away. Obomanu is the only real WR threat on the Seahawks and has been looking good as of late. I’d roll with him even though he is still the bigger gamble. Fingers crossed this one pays off. I’m starting him in 2 of my leagues… over some big name WRs.

  7. monnone

    Ok so with the new situation in San Diego. Which 2 RB’s should I play Fred jackson, Ray Rice, Mike Goodson, or Mike Tolbert?

    • If you are PPR… then put Rice back in.
      If you arent PPR… I’d cross my fingers and stick with Tolbert. Of course, you are going to have to check his status tomorrow before kick off. But I’m sure he will play. He will be splitting with Mathews, but that didnt stop him from having good weeks earlier in the season. Its a very good matchup for him, and if he plays, even limited, he should perform well.

      • monnone

        I know I’m just full of questions, but I really need a win here. Ive been noticing a lot of chatter on Obomanu. Would it be all that bad of an idea to start him over Boldin this week? My starters would then be Lloyd, Garcon, and Obomanu.

        Thanks for all the help

      • you can. its possible. but a hell of a risk. i wouldnt recommend it, but if you are feeling like you have to shake things up a bit, this would definitely do it.

  8. monnone

    I guess it would depend if Williams played huh?

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