For many this is the final week of the fantasy football regular season. If you are reading this you are probably making your last ditch efforts to get into the playoffs and vie for the championship. Therefore, I took extra care this week in making these rankings. Every single ranking is the absolute “next man up” for me at each position as if I were drafting one team for a must win this week. I must stress to all of you though to pay attention to Fantasy Alarm throughout Sunday morning for injury updates and be sure to listen to our show Saturday Night on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Here are the week 13 rankings:
Bye weeks are finally behind us as we make our final push toward the playoffs. You will notice that players who have routinely shown up on these rankings are suddenly gone. This is because with four extra teams (at least) there are many more choices for your lineup. Remember that the goal is to have your starting QB & TE be in the top 12 (assuming a 12 team league), 2 RB’s in the top 24 and 3 WR in the top 36. If you are in these ranges the chances are that you’ll win your matchup this week. If not, then you have some work to do. Use these rankings as your guide to another victory and an eventual championship. You’re welcome America:
If you’ve managed to stay in contention this far while also hanging onto a good amount of your free agent dollars, than you are in good shape my friends. As you will see in this weeks rankings, there are some names that have surged in value over the past few weeks and whom may be still available on your waiver wire right now. The position of need this week is obviously RB because not only are there few RB’s to trust, four of them (Marshawn Lynch, Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson and Ahmad Bradshaw) are off this week. Here are the players that will get you over the hump this last week of bye’s and help you move closer to securing that coveted playoff spot:
The biggest tip I can offer for this week is pay attention to the injury report. Last week there were quite a few injuries that went under reported and have resulted in some interesting shakeups especially among the RB position. Also, notice that there are some marquee matchups this week including the Giants/49ers, Packers/Texans, Patriots/Seahawks and Broncos/Chargers. These matchups will tempt you to bench some of your better players for those with seemingly easier matchups. Bad idea. Big time players step up in big time games. The road to a fantasy football championship ain’t always easy my friends, but that is why I bring you the week 6 rankings:
I guess twelve weeks was enough of a preseason for Chris Johnson, huh? After holding out most of the exhibition season, Johnson got off to a horrendous, but all of a sudden he is the hottest running back in fantasy football. What can we expect from him this week against the Saints? Did you notice who else got carries for the Redskins last week outside of Roy Helu? The answer is no one! Finally, it appears that Mike Shanahan has pulled his head out of his ass and is going to give this kid the chance to start for the rest of the season and he is must start in fantasy regardless of the matchup, especially in PPR leagues. Can the two biggest running back surprises, Marshawn Lynch and Willis McGahee, continue this tear that they are on now that they have led you to the fantasy playoffs? Or are they going to remember who they are and abandon you when you need them most? How many fantasy points will Ray Rice rack up against Indy? Can DeMarco Murray bounce back? How will Shonn Greene follow up his hat trick of touchdowns? The answers are all below in the running back rankings.
It’s about time Chris Johnson! After frustrating fantasy owners for 12 weeks, Johnson finally looked like the player that was deserving of such a high draft choice in week 12 against the Titans. Beanie Wells also broke out last week rushing for over 200 yards. But can he repeat his performance this week against the Cowboys with a nagging leg injury? Can Ray Rice take advantage of the Browns poor run defense? Will San Francisco finally allow a rushing touchdown? Can you trust Mike Shanahan when he says that Roy Helu will be the starter? Can we start to list Tim Tebow as a running back? Check out the running back rankings to make the best roster decisions.
The big running back news of the week is the Bills loss of Fred Jackson for the season, so now we will see what former first round pick C.J. Spiller is made out of. And what about the chances of Tashard Choice now that he is on his third team this season. What are the chances of Adrian Peterson playing this week? I'm telling you to forget about it now, but who carries the ball in Minnesota, you might be suprised who is on these rankings from the Vikings because it certainly won't be Toby Gerhart people. Before you carve out that Thanksgiving turkey, be sure to have all of your lineups set for this week and don't miss the Week 12 running back rankings.
The man in the Windy City is back at the top of the rankings for the first time in a few weeks, as Forte is having a magical season, but what about this guy in the picture? Our colleague at Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio had himself a hell of a game in Week 10 against the Colts, and now the question for the Magic 8 Ball Rankings are, can he do it again? More questions for the Magic 8 Ball are: Will Felix Jones ever touch the ball again for the Cowboys? (he shouldn't), Is the magic of the Buffalo Bills season and that of Fred Jackson wearing off? (not for Fred Jackson, but yes for the Bills), Is Chris Johnson officially back? (too cloudy to tell yet), and does Tiffany want to go to the dance with me on Friday? (signs pointing to no!) Damn it! Stupid 8 ball. Well, you can still get some good news about your roster from the Week 11 running back rankings.
The Texans have just been opening gaping holes for their running backs, and that is why you will find Arian Foster at the top of the list this week. Fantasy players also welcome back Adrian Peterson with open arms from his bye week as that was quite a hole for you to fill on your roster. Don't forget that there is a game this Thursday night, but unfortunately for you Darren McFadden owners, your guy won't be back this week either. However, his opponent, the Chargers will be welcoming their starter Ryan Mathews back, although who knows what to expect from him. Can Frank Gore continue his amazing season? Will DeMarco Murray further cement himself as the starter in Dallas? Will Roy Helu take the bull by the horns and establish himself the starter in Washington? We all know how hard that is these days. There is no team on a bye this week so you all have your full complement on backs, so you all probably have decisions to make on who to start, so it is so important for you to check out the running back rankings.
The cream of the crop is rising in fantasy football running backs, and I have to say that we didn't expect some of these guys to be here. You might find it surprising to see a guy playing the New York Jets to be at the top of the rankings, but Fred Jackson has been among the elite this season at the position, and the Jets have given up far more yards on the ground than we ever anticipated. Frank Gore looks like he has turned back the clock as the surprising 49ers continue to dominate their schedule, although I am not 100% sure that this will last the rest of the season. Will he run against the Redskins? Can Matt Forte continue his dominating season? How will Ray Rice follow up his three touchdown performance? Check out all of the answers in the Week 9 running back rankings.