Week 13 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings & Projections: James Robinson’s Stellar Rookie Season To Continue

The schedule is beginning to shift around and Week 13 has no Thursday Night Game but does have a Monday Night Football doubleheader. If all goes according to plan, Baltimore will play Dallas on Monday afternoon. We still need to watch out for more movement of games as the virus has hit Baltimore hard and Denver’s quarterback situation last week. Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson are coming off monster weeks, Tyreek Hill and Will Fuller also benefitted from their big weeks as they were the top-two scoring wide receivers. Derrick Henry and Antonio Gibson both had over 100 yards and three touchdowns apiece. Defenses also had big weeks, as there were eight defensive touchdowns. Looking at Week 13, there are plenty of good matchups and the teams on bye this week are Carolina and Tampa Bay.

Week 13 Quarterback Rankings

Week 13 RankPlayerOpponentWeek 13 Projection
1Patrick MahomesDEN24.5
2Russell WilsonNYG23.8
3Josh Allen@SF23.1
4Aaron RodgersPHI22.1
5Kyler MurrayLAR21.6
6Lamar JacksonDAL21.2
7Ryan TannehillCLE20.1
8Kirk CousinsJAX19.9
9Deshaun WatsonIND19.7
10Jared Goff@ARI19.3

Patrick Mahomes takes the cake again this week, as the Broncos are a middle of the road defense when it comes to fantasy points allowed. Mahomes has been on another level and the Chiefs are rolling on both sides of the ball. Mahomes now has 32 total touchdowns and 3700 yards. The big thing will be, can the Broncos keep it close enough for Mahomes to keep the pressure on. Getting an actual quarterback would be a big help. Josh Allen had an okay game against the Chargers but gets the 49esr this week, and this is an intriguing game for primetime. Allen has 28 total touchdowns and is QB6 in scoring this season. The 49ers have allowed nine passing touchdowns over the last four games.

Lamar Jackson will be back for the matchup against the Cowboys, who have struggled against the pass this season. The Ravens offense has been sluggish and while there is a lot to unpack with their roster moving forward. Jackson is still a top-ten fantasy quarterback despite the big cloud hanging over the offense this season. Ryan Tannehill has played very well this season and is QB9 on the year. He faces the Browns this week, who have allowed the 11th most fantasy points to quarterbacks but have also been aided with three bad weather games that helped those numbers. Otherwise, they rank 15th in DVOA against the pass. Kirk Cousins and Jared Goff are intriguing options this week against the Jaguars and Cardinals, both are teams quarterbacks have had had success against this season.

Week 13 Running Backs Rankings

Week 13 RankPlayerOpponentWeek 13 Projection
1Dalvin CookJAX21.4
2Derrick HenryCLE20.2
3James Robinson@MIN19.5
4Miles Sanders@GB18.6
5Austin EkelerNE17.7
6Nick Chubb@TEN17.3
7Alvin Kamara@ATL16.7
8Aaron JonesPHI16.5
9Chris CarsonNYG15.8
10Nyheim Hines@HOU15.6

Dalvin Cook had a rough week but luckily dodged an injury as it looked like he was going to be out. He remains the top-scoring fantasy back this season, averaging 21.9 fantasy points per game. Before a tough stretch, he has one more solid fantasy matchup facing the Jaguars, who are allowing 21.4 fantasy points per game to running backs on the season. This is a great spot for him to have a huge week. On the other side of that game, James Robinson is up to over 1,000 all-purpose yards and I like this spot against the Vikings. They have allowed 17.3 fantasy points per game to running backs this season and Robinson is THE back in Jacksonville. All the snaps and touches are his.

Miles Sanders has played excellent this season but health has been a major hurdle. He faces the Packers this week, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game on the season. Despite Sanders only playing seven games this season, he ranks RB26 in PPR scoring. He really could surge after this week as the Packers run defense is still an easy target. We saw David Montgomery take advantage of that in primetime and now he faces the Lions, who have allowed the most fantasy points per game to running backs on the season. Montgomery is RB18 this season but a top-ten back this week. Nyheim Hines comes in at number ten, and if Jonathan Taylor isn’t cleared which seems unlikely, the Texans are a prime matchup, allowing 26.2 PPR points per game.

Week 13 Wide Receivers Rankings

Week 13 RankPlayerOpponentWeek 13 Projection
1Davante AdamsPHI18.9
2Tyreek HillDEN18.4
3AJ BrownCLE17.8
4DK MetcalfNYG17.5
5Adam ThielenJAX17.3
6Michael Thomas@ATL16.8
7Stefon Diggs@SF16.6
8Allen RobinsonDET16.3
9Calvin RidleyNO16.1
10DeAndre HopkinsLAR15.8

Tyreek Hill is coming off a monster week and has moved miles ahead as the WR1. Hill has been extremely consistent this season and checks in as a top option per usual. The matchup against the Broncos is tough on paper for WRs but they have allowed a 61-713-7 line to receivers over the past five games. That is with the Saints game mixed in where they didn’t throw much with Taysom Hill under center. AJ Brown had the big catch against Indianapolis and has been excellent when healthy this season. The Browns secondary took a hit with Denzel Ward injured and that bodes well for opposing pass offenses. Brown has been a stud and the touchdown department has been familiar with him. He has eight touchdowns in nine games this season.

DK Metcalf gets the Giants this week, who rank 29th against the pass this season. Their fantasy points allowed numbers are a bit depleted by playing so many bad quarterbacks and offenses this season. This is a great spot for Metcalf and Lockett this week. Both are top-ten wide receivers in scoring this season and Metcalf cracks the top-ten while Lockett sits just outside. Stefon Diggs had a down week but he faces the 49ers this week, who have an average secondary. Calvin Ridley gets the Saints, who have allowed the 10th most fantasy points per game to WRs over the last five weeks, even with that Denver game mixed in. Julio Jones might be back this week, but that doesn’t change things too much.

Week 13 Tight Ends Rankings

Week 13 RankPlayerOpponentWeek 13 Projection
1Travis KelceDEN16.6
2TJ HockensonCHI15.4
3Darren Waller@NYJ14.4
4Evan Engram@SEA13.8
5Hunter Henry@NE13.3
6Noah Fant@KC12.8
7Austin HooperTEN12.5
8Mike GesickiCIN12.3
9Hayden HurstNO11.1
10Jordan ReedBUF10.7

Travis Kelce continues to crush and now has a 74-978-7 line on the season. Kelce has 97 targets in 11 games and with this Chiefs offense flowing, a trip to Denver won’t slow them down. Expect another big night from the offense. Mike Gesicki is a guy I want to talk about this week as he faces the Bengals, who have allowed the 4th most fantasy points per game to tight ends this season. Gesicki getting Ryan Fitzpatrick under center is going to be better for his weekly upside. He is now TE11 on what has been an ugly season for tight ends. Gesicki gets a plus matchup as well. Evan Engram is coming off his best game of the season and the Giants aired it out. Without Daniel Jones, there is some concern, but the Seahawks are not a bad matchup for Engram and the Giants will need to put some points up on the board.

TJ Hockenson faces the Bears, who have allowed eight touchdowns in 11 games to tight ends on the year. Hockenson is now up to TE3 on the season, right ahead of  Darren Waller and Mark Andrews. The Hockenson breakout season has been a bit overlooked. It is another solid matchup this week. Speaking of Waller, he gets the Jets, who have allowed a 50-572-9 line this season to tight ends. The Raiders as a whole were a disaster last week.

Week 13 Kicker Rankings

Week 13 RankPlayerOpponentWeek 13 Projection
1Harrison Butker@DEN9.3
2Justin TuckerDAL9.1
3Wil Lutz@NO9.0
4Jason SandersCIN8.9
5Daniel Carlson@NYJ8.7
6Matt Prater@CHI8.6
7Tyler Bass@SF8.5
8Rodrigo Blankenship@HOU8.3
9Younghoe KooNO8.2
10Michael BadgleyNE8.1

Harrison Butker is just another Chiefs player getting the headline. He ranks 11th in scoring which is down from his usual scoring numbers but he hasn’t had a ton of attempts due to the Chiefs offense just crushing. However, this is a week where kickers have had a lot of volume against Denver. They have allowed 9.0 fantasy points per game and 28 field goal attempts. Justin Tucker and Wil Lutz are in good spots again and have produced at a consistent level this season. Jason Sanders is a great option this week and drilled two 50-yarders this past week. He is 4th in scoring and faces a Bengals team that has allowed 28 attempts in four games. Daniel Carlson is now third in fantasy scoring this season and the Jets are allowing nine fantasy points per game this season to kickers. Matt Prater faces the Bears, who have allowed a whopping 32 attempts in 11 games this season and 8.5 fantasy points per game. He checks in as a top-ten option.

 

Week 13 Defense Rankings

Week 13 RankingsTeamOpponentWeek 13 Projection
1SteelersWAS9.9
2DolphinsCIN9.7
3ChiefsDEN9.4
4Saints@ATL9.3
5RavensDAL9.1
6BearsDET8.8
7Colts@HOU8.5
8SeahawksNYG8.3
9Rams@ARI8.1
10PackersPHI7.9

Pittsburgh SteelersThe Steelers face Washington this week, who have allowed the 8th most fantasy points per game to defense this season. The offensive line continues to struggle and they don’t offer up much outside of Gibson and McLaurin for playmakers. Pittsburgh is the top-scoring defense on the season. Look for them to continue being the dominant fantasy defense. The Miami Dolphins have been crushing defensively of late and the schedule has certainly helped. It doesn’t let up this week for easy matchups as they faces the Bengals. They have allowed the 6th most fantasy points to defenses this season and Joe Burrow masked a lot of issues within that offense. Allen won’t offer much and we saw the Giants already have a strong week. The top defenses get a lot of good matchups. Denver faces Kansas City, and opposing defenses are averaging 8.9 fantasy points per game against Denver this season. Baltimore gets Dallas, who have allowed 9.2 fantasy points per game to defenses.

  
Jason has been playing fantasy football for 20 years, starting back when Marshall Faulk was the top fantasy pick. He is well versed in various fantasy formats, from dynasty to super-flex. Jason not only enjoys playing, but helping others further their game.

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