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Week 13 Rankings Update

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Somewhere out there, there was a guy who started Philip Rivers, Darren McFadden, Reggie Bush, Terrell Owens, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Zach Miller last week. Let's call him Brett. He probably felt pretty good about his team heading into Week 12. Brett watched his skill position guys score 19 points for him.

Fantasy football is a week-to-week proposition, and that hits home more than ever in do-or-die weeks before the fantasy playoffs. The key is figuring out what's truly a trend, and what's inevitable statistical noise in a long season.

What happened in October is not always instructive any longer. Miller is no longer a top-five tight end when he's limping around on one leg. Darren McFadden is no longer a quality option, much less a top-five guy, with Oakland's offense collapsing. He's not running with the same power as before.

A lot of readers ask if we do anything differently at Rotoworld during these final weeks. Do you get more aggressive if you need a big point total or get more conservative if you are seeded highly?

There are so many variables to fantasy football each week, that I suggest doing what you would normally do. Just study those decisions a little longer and make sure you can live with it, right or wrong, on Monday morning.

If all fails, just go by the rankings compiled by Chris Wesseling and myself. That's what they are here for.

Week 13 Quarterbacks

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Michael Vickvs. HOU -
2Aaron Rodgersvs. SF -
3Philip Riversvs. OAK -
4Drew Breesat CIN -
5Peyton Manningvs. DAL -
6Kyle Ortonat KC -
7Tom Bradyvs. NYJ Probable(foot)
8Matt Casselvs. DEN -
9Ben Roethlisbergerat BAL Questionable(foot)
10Jay Cutlerat DET -
11Eli Manningvs. WAS -
12Matt Ryanat TB -
13Joe Flaccovs. PIT -
14Matt Schaubat PHI Probable(knee)
15Ryan Fitzpatrickat MIN -
16Jon Kitnaat IND -
17Mark Sanchezat NE Probable(calf)
18Sam Bradfordat ARZ -
19Josh Freemanvs. ATL -
20Brett Favrevs. BUF Probable(shoulder)
21Chad Hennevs. CLE -
22David Garrardat TEN Probable(wrist)
23Carson Palmervs. NO -
24Kerry Collinsvs. JAC Probable(calf)
25Matt Hasselbeckvs. CAR Probable(left wrist)
26Donovan McNabbat NYG Probable(hamstring)
27Troy Smithat GB -
28Jason Campbellat SD -
29Jake Delhommeat MIA -
30Drew Stantonvs. CHI -
31Derek Andersonvs. STL -
32Jimmy Clausenat SEA -

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QB Notes: The lack of playmakers out wide shows up for Josh Freeman more than you think. Even though I'm not in love with Atlanta's secondary, he's not a great sneaky play this week. … It's insane that Matt Ryan is 27th out of 33 in YPA this season. He can still get a little loose throwing the deep ball, but no one is better at fitting the ball into tight windows on third downs right now. It's a slow moving offense, but there should be chances for big plays this week against Tampa, who is short at safety. Look for Atlanta to put a lot of points on the board.

Matt Cassel's high ranking is a vote for him as much as it is against the Broncos. Jacksonville, Houston, and Arizona's terrible defensive backfields have received more attention, but Denver is right there with them. … Eli Manning is fourth in the NFL in plays over 25 yards. He's the perfect guy to attack Washington's overaggressive secondary, no matter how short the team is at receiver. … The Steelers should think about spreading the Ravens out on Sunday night. Ben Roethlisberger leads the NFL in QB rating with four or more wideouts on the field. Baltimore's secondary is thin. I don't think the game will be quite the defensive battle is usually is.

Look for the Texans to go run heavy on Thursday night. Philly's blitz packages can get to Matt Schaub. There isn't much separating the quarterbacks ranked 15-20 this week. They all have good enough matchups and wouldn't be back pickups if you need help. Sam Bradford playing in the Big Toaster looks especially tempting. … I see Peyton Manning bouncing back in a big way against a secondary that still gives up too many big plays. … Facing the Jets in potential rough weather means Tom Brady could be on some benches this week.

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Gregg Rosenthal has directed Rotoworld's football content since 2003. He co-hosts the NBC Fantasy Fix and covers the NFL for and Catch him on Twitter.
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