Fantasy Football 2017: Week 13 Rankings (UPDATED x 2)

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This is it, folks. Playoffs, First Round Byes, and Last Place Punishments are all on the line. The one week where a single mistake could cost you everything, while the right call brings you the world.

Week 13, baby.

As light at the end of the Fantasy Football draws depressingly close, the turned up stakes make these following weeks among the greatest of the year. Make sure you’re celebrating by getting that lineup right with our Week 13 Rankings.

To make sure you’re ready to go, we want to hit every single fantasy dilemma that has been known to man. Hit me up on SnapChat or Twitter @RotoStreetWolf with any and all quandaries. Plus, be sure to tune into our 11:30 AM EST Facebook Live “Fantasy Football Week 13 Preview” Broadcast to have your question answered live.

Lastly, these Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings will be updated on a rolling basis throughout the week.  As a Scoring Reminder, they are based on 1/2 PPR, 4 Pt Passing TD Scoring

Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings


  • The only new news of the day so far doesn’t necessarily impact rankings, but definitely creates an interesting stash (as explored in this week’s Waiver Wire Report). Alex Smith‘s starting seat is reportedly as hot as possible, and his starting status could be on the line in Week 13 versus the Jets. Behind him, Patrick Mahomes is bursting with natural talent. He’s got a cannon arm, he’s mobile and athletic, and the weapons are fantastic. For the surrounding cast (Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Kareem Hunt?), Mahomes’ ability to extend plays and give them that crucial extra 3 seconds to burn deep would be enormous. Plus, cutback lanes would be more open. I truly hope this happens, and the switch to OC Matt Nagy today suggests a true changing of the guard. It also makes me weirdly optimistic about Hunt — I think he feeds him to look smart (because it is smart).
  • Josh Gordon truthers got some porn this morning, and I’ve got to admit I’m quite aroused:

At this point, if I was ever considering him, it’s time to lock it in. The upside is too astronomical, especially if he’s getting funneled looks. It’s tough to trust anything Hue Jackson says, but if it’s already a why not type of WR3 day, then go with the one who could be today’s top scorer.

  • Peyton Barber (2% owned) is getting the start today. He could be rolled out for desperate flexes, while Jacquizz Rodgers loses any type of appeal. Barber was already the TD guy, and if he logs most touches, he could really explode.
  • Jamaal Williams takes a hit today with Aaron Jones returning, but he’s still expected to be the featured guy. This is more of a concern for his RoS value then immediate, however.
  • Rishard Matthews is out, which means his owners miss another delicious matchup versus a pathetic Houston D. Corey Davis does gain some real streaming appeal, but is tough to trust after doing nothing of note yet even with plenty of opportunity. I’d go Dede Westbrook (28%) over him for perspective.



  • Antonio Brown did not practice, and is now considered genuinely Questionable and a potential game-time decision. This is especially brutal, as the Steelers don’t play until MNF, and you can’t bench even the ghost of Antonio. Obviously, Juju Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant would rocket up the rankings, while Ben Roethlisberger needs to fall despite his scorching recent weeks.  Some widely available MNF backup plans (put AB in the flex if possible): either TE for the TD shot – Tyler Kroft (43%) and Jesse James (12%), at WR: Brandon LaFel (5%), Eli Rogers (0%), and Tyler Boyd (0%).   RB: Gio Bernard (10%)
  • Charcandrick West has been ruled out for Sunday, which means Kareem Hunt could finally be unleashed. I wouldn’t be shocked if Andy “The Walrus” Reid pulls some hideous move and plays Akeem Hunt (yes, he exists) on third downs and no-huddle situations, but for now we can project an uptick in receiving usage for Hunt. He dominated this work early on, and there’s been no real answer for why it’s vanished. This could be the game Kareem needs to find his groove and finish 2017 on a tear. The risk is still real, but he bumps up to RB11 from RB14 in the ranks.
  • Adrian Peterson appears primed for a game time decision, meaning Kerwynn Williams could be in line for a start. Despite the juicy matchup with the Rams, Williams has shown absolutely nothing throughout 2017, and I’d have no interest on flexing him even if he was guaranteed 20 touches (which he’s not, as DJ Foster is expected to form a committee if needed).
  • Juju Smith Schuster is practicing in full, which sends him rocketing up the rankings and dampens Martavis Bryant‘s stock a bit. That being said, and as mentioned above, Antonio Brown could sit, in which case both WRs would drip in target-hog upside. Thus, both WRs are worth starting consideration, particularly JuJu who has solid value regardless of AB’s status.
  • Rishard Matthews got in a limited practice Friday, which was his first action in over a week. He’s still far from a guarantee to play, and will be a game time decision tomorrow. The matchup is extremely ripe versus the nonexistent Texans secondary, so whether he or Corey Davis, someone should blow up here. Matthews would be far more appealing with a sturdy floor should he play.


Lots of QB updates, with Jameis Winston and Jay Cutler confirmed for Week 13, while Eli Manning has been benched. Implications:

A) Winston, if healthy, should provide a spark to this aerial attack against a porous GB secondary. In particular, DeSean Jackson gets a decent bump up with Winston likely slinging it to prove his worth after a tumultuous Year Three campaign.

B) Cutler’s presence boosts Devante Parker quite a bit, who also might break free a bit with Aqib Talib suspended.  Chris Harris will presumably be on superstar Jarvis Landry, making Parker sneaky attractive in this matchup now. Meanwhile, Kenny Stills takes a massive stock drain. He could still get deep against this banged up secondary, but Matt Moore was his boy. Parker is definitely the preferred options for Week 13.

C) While Eli Manning sucks, we at least knew his favorite targets and tendencies. Geno Smith is a complete unknown, outside of brutal starts in New York. He probably isn’t much worse than Eli, but Sterling Shepard has to be treated with more caution — he was a true target hog in his games as the Alpha No.1, and no longer is a guarantee for this volume.

  • Devonta Freeman is practicing in full and reportedly will not be limited at all. The match up couldn’t be more difficult, as Minnesota is dead last in points allowed to RBs. Still, this offense is clicking, and Freeman has a decent shot at an end zone cross. Treat him like a solid RB2. Meanwhile, Tevin Coleman, who’s been electrifying in fill-in duty, definitely sees a major stock down arrow. An uncertain workload versus a brutal matchup makes Coleman far less appealing than the previous weeks.
  • No official word yet, but Aaron Jones has returned to practice. If he does indeed suit up, Jamaal Williams would take an obvious hit in the rankings. It’s unclear how work would be distributed in this case, as Jones would likely be eased in while Williams maintains the majority of work. We’ll keep you posted.

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