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Here’s my Week 13 IDP rankings.

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1. Jerod Mayo (NE) vs. NYJ:  Averaging 12 tackles per game for the season.
2. Paul Posluszny (BUF) @ MIN:  Averaging 10.7 tackles per game for the season.
3. Chad Greenway (MIN) vs. BUF:  Slowing a bit, but still averaging 9.8 tackles per game.
4. Patrick Willis (SF) @ GB:  Tackling machine has four sacks in past three games.
5. Stephen Tulloch (TEN) vs. JAX:  Averaging 10.7 tackles in his past nine games.
6. London Fletcher (WAS) @ NYG:  Slowing, but still averaging 8.9 tackles per game.
7. James Anderson (CAR)@ SEA:  Ten tackles last week puts him at 9 per game on the year.
8. Donte Whitner (BUF) vs. MIN:  Back on track after monster 18 tackle Week 12.
9. Lawrence Timmons (PIT) @ BAL:  Had 15 tackles in the first meeting with the Ravens.
10. Ray Lewis (BAL) vs. PIT:  22 tackles in past 2 games. Should reach 100 tackles for the 13th time.
11. Dhani Jones (CIN) vs. NO:  Averaging 10.3 tackles in past four games.
12. Derrick Johnson (KC) vs. DEN:  Had 12 tackles in first meeting with Broncos.
13. James Harrison (PIT) @ BAL:  75 tackles and 10 sacks on the year.
14. Keith Brooking (DAL) @ IND:  Averaging 9.4 tackles the past five games.
15.    Curtis Lofton (ATL) @ TB:  Averaging 7.8 tackles per game on the year.

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Here’s my Week 13 team defense rankings.

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1. Green Bay vs. San Francisco
2. Seattle vs. Carolina
3. New York Giants vs. Washington
4. St. Louis @ Arizona
5. Chicago @ Detroit
6. New Orleans @ Cincinnati
7. San Diego vs. Oakland
8. Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh
9. Minnesota vs. Buffalo
10. Jacksonville vs. Tennessee
11. Tennessee vs. Jacksonville
12. Philadelphia vs. Houston
13. Pittsburgh @ Baltimore
14. Detroit vs. Chicago
15. New York Jets @ New England

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Inside the numbers:

  • The Packers are the latest team to try to survive the Lester’s Top-ranked Defense Curse. It’s where teams with seemingly good match-ups go sour. Without Frank Gore, the Niners should be vulnerable on the road.
  • The Seahawks, on paper, have one of the more favorable match-ups as they’re taking on Carolina at home.
  • The Rams aren’t playing at home, but Arizona is struggling to put points on the board.
  • The Bears have one of the league’s top defenses. Calvin Johnson worries me a little though. Detroit basically won the first game so there could be extra motivation there.
  • The Saints’ defense is right up there with their offense.
  • Big Ben is expected to play against the Ravens, but if they can knock him out of the game, the Steelers will be in trouble.

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Here’s my Week 13 kicker rankings.

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1. Dan Carpenter (MIA) vs. CLE:  21 FGs in past seven games.
2. David Akers (PHI) @ HOU:  17 FGs in past five games.
3. Matt Bryant (ATL) @ TB:  Four straight games with multiple FGs.
4. Josh Brown (STL) @ ARI:  20 FGs on the year. Cards have allowed 27.
5. Sebastian Janikowski (OAK) @ SD:  24 FGs on the year.
6. Josh Scobee (JAX) @ TEN:  Titans have allowed league high 29 FGs.
7. Nick Folk  (NYJ) @ NE:  9 FGs in past four games.
8. Ryan Longwell (MIN) @ BUF:  If AP is limited, expect FGs vs. Bills,who have allowed 23.
9. Adam Vinatieri (IND) vs. DAL:  Hit a rough patch, but should rebound vs. Dallas.
10. Graham Gano (WAS) @ NYG:  6 FGs in past two games. Giants have allowed 20.
11. Olindo Mare (SEA) vs. CAR:  Has 10 FGs in past three games. Panthers have allowed 22.
12. John Kasay (CAR) @ SEA:  8 FGs in past three games.
13. Neil Rackers (HOU) vs. PHI:  8 FGs in past four games.
14. Billy Cundiff (BAL) vs. PIT:  8 FGs in past four games. Steelers have allowed 21.
15. Robbie Gould (CHI) @ DET: 6 FGs in past three games.

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Here’s my Week 13 tight end rankings.

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1. Jacob Tamme vs. Dallas
2. Todd Heap vs. Pittsburgh
3. Antonio Gates vs. Oakland
4. Kevin Boss vs. Washington
5. Kellen Winslow vs. Atlanta
6. Tony Gonzalez @ Tampa Bay
7. Chris Cooley @ New York Giants
8. Brandon Pettigrew vs. Chicago
9. Jason Witten @ Indianapolis
10. Dustin Keller @ New England (Monday)
11. Marcedes Lewis @ Tennessee
12. Greg Olsen @ Detroit
13. Vernon Davis @ Green Bay
14. Rob Gronkowski vs. New York Jets (Monday)
15. Heath Miller @ Baltimore
16. Brent Celek vs. Houston (Thursday)
17. Joel Drsessen @ Philadelphia (Thursday)
18. Visanthe Shiancoe vs. Buffalo
19. Jermaine Gresham vs. New Orleans
20. Aaron Hernandez vs. New York Jets (Monday)
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Inside the numbers:

  • Antonio Gates returned, but I’d much rather trust Jacob Tamme (averaging 76.3 yards and 0.5 TDs in past four games) and the red hot Todd Heap (five TDs in past six games).
  • Still short at WR, I like Kevin Boss against pass-friendly Washington. He has three TDs in his past four games.
  • Greg Olsen has three TDs in the past four games and a favorable match-up against Detroit.
  • Rob Gronkowski has been the touchdown threat, but not he’s getting more looks than Aaron Hernandez, making him a borderlin TE1. Although Hernandez had six catches for 101 yards in the first meeting with the Jets.
  • Meanwhile Dustin Keller had 115 yards and a score against the Patriots.
  • Brent Celek made a brilliant touchdown grab, and is a decent option against Houston.

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Here’s my Week 13 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Dwayne Bowe vs. Denver
2. Brandon Lloyd @ Kansas City
3. DeSean Jackson vs. Houston (Thursday)
4. Reggie Wayne vs. Dallas
5. Marques Colston @ Cincinnati
6. Roddy White @ Tampa Bay
7. Andre Johnson @ Philadelphia (Thursday)
8. Greg Jennings vs. San Francisco
9. Santonio Holmes vs. New England (Monday)
10. Jeremy Maclin vs. Houston (Thursday)
11. Larry Fitzgerald vs. St. Louis
12. Mario Manningham vs. Washington
13. Terrell Owens vs. New Orleans
14. Calvin Johnson @ Chicago
15.  Mike Wallace @ Baltimore
16. Anquan Boldin vs. Pittsburgh
17. Percy Harvin vs. Buffalo
18. Steve Johnson @ Minnesota
19. Miles Austin @ Indianapolis
20. Michael Crabtree @ Green Bay
21. Wes Welker vs. New York Jets (Monday)
22. Chad Ochocinco vs. New Orleans
23. Braylon Edwards @ New England (Monday)
24. Johnny Knox vs. Detroit
25. Nate Burleson @ Chicago
26. Hines Ward @ Baltimore
27. Mike Williams (TB) vs. Atlanta
28. Steve Breaston vs. St. Louis
29. Deion Branch vs. New York Jets (Monday)
30. Pierre Garcon vs. Dallas
31. Davone Bess vs. Cleveland
32. Robert Meachem @ Cincinnati
33. Steve Smith (CAR) @ Seattle
34. Santana Moss  @ New York Giants
35. Dez Bryant @ Indianapolis
36. Ben Obomanu vs. Carolina
37. James Jones vs. San Francisco
38. Danny Amendola @ Arizona
39. Mike Thomas @ Tennessee
40. Donald Driver vs. San Francisco
41. Blair White vs. Dallas
42. Lee Evans @ Minnesota
43. Devin Hester @ Detroit
44. Derrick Mason vs. Pittsburgh
45. Jason Avant vs. Houston (Thursday)
46. Brian Hartline vs. Cleveland
47. Eddie Royal @ Kansas City
48. Lance Moore @ Cincinnati
49. Legedu Naanee vs. Oakland
50. Randy Moss vs. Jacksonville

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Inside the numbers:

  • With 13 touchdowns in the past seven games, Dwayne Bowe has to be the top-ranked receiver.
  • Brandon Lloyd has 413 yards and six touchdowns in his past four games. I’ve been far to slow to give him his due. He’s my number two receiver this week against a Kansas City team allowing 259.8 yards per game through the air.
  • Both DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are WR1s in my book against a Texans defense allowing 297.9 passing yards per game.
  • The Bears are really clicking on defense now, and even Calvin Johnson is a scary play this week.
  • A couple of speedsters (Devin Hester and Eddie Royal) are coming off good weeks and have favorable match-ups, putting both on the list for the first time in a while.
  • I can’t trust Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd to be healthy enough for fantasy lineups.
  • Randy Moss had three catches for 23 yards last week. I’m not ready to make him a fantasy starter, but I can see him being a top fifty WR this week against Jacksonville.

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Here’s my Week 13 running back rankings.

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1. Jamaal Charles vs. Denver
2. Peyton Hillis @ Miami
3. Adrian Peterson vs. Buffalo
4. Arian Foster @ Philadelphia (Thursday)
5. Chris Johnson vs. Jacksonville
6. Ray Rice vs. Pittsburgh
7.  Michael Turner @ Tampa Bay
8. Rashard Mendenhall @ Baltimore
9. Maurice Jones-Drew @ Tennessee
10. LeSean McCoy vs. Houston (Thursday)
11. Knowshon Moreno @ Kansas City
12. Mike Tolbert vs. Oakland
13. Steven Jackson @ Arizona
14. Thomas Jones vs. Denver
15. Matt Forte @ Detroit
16. Mike Goodson @ Seattle
17. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. New York Jets (Monday)
18. Fred Jackson @ Minnesota
19. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Washington
20. Felix Jones @ Indianapolis
21. Darren McFadden @ San Diego
22. Jonathan Stewart @ Seattle
23. Brandon Jacobs vs. Washington
24. Brian Westbrook @ Green Bay
25. Ronnie Brown vs. Cleveland
26. LaDainian Tomlinson @ New England (Monday)
27. Cedric Benson vs. New Orleans
28. LeGarrette Blount vs. Atlanta
29. Ricky Williams vs. Cleveland
30. Christopher Ivory @ Cincinnati
31. Danny Woodhead vs. New York Jets (Monday)
32. Maurice Morris vs. Chicago
33. Beanie Wells vs. St. Louis
34. Shonn Greene @ New England (Monday)
35. Tim Hightower vs. St. Louis

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  • Coming off a monster 173 yard game against Seattle, Jamaal Charles is set to explode on a Denver team allowing 141.6 rushing yards per game.
  • I’m a little concerned about Adrian Peterson’s ankle, but I think he’ll be just fine. He also happens to draw a favorable match-up this week. Only the injury concerns keep him from the top spot.
  • Peyton Hillis has 666 total yards and seven touchdowns in his past four games.
  • I was hesitant to give Knowshon Moreno his due, but he delivered with 118 total yards and a touchdown. He’s had at least that many total yards and a touchdown in each of his past three games.
  • Mike Tolbert has hit the century mark with a touchdown in his past two games. He should be at it again against a Raiders run defense that’s yielding 133.7 yards per game on the ground.
  • Marion Barber is expected to miss a couple of games, making Felix Jones a strong play against the Colts. Tashard Choice is a sleeper pick.
  • With Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs in a timeshare, I like them both as RB2s.
  • I am not high on LeGarrette Blount against a Falcons team that has allowed just 93.7 rushing yards per game and four rushing touchdowns.
  • They aren’t sexy situations, but Carolina (Mike Goodson & Jonathan Stewart) and Arizona (Beanie Wells & Tim Hightower) have a pair of RBs that can be used as RB2s or as flex options.
  • With Frank Gore out for the season, Brian Westbrook makes a low-end RB2 against the Packers.

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Here are my Week 13 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Michael Vick vs. Houston (Thursday)
2. Peyton Manning vs. Dallas
3. Drew Brees @ Cincinnati
4. Aaron Rodgers vs. San Francisco
5. Kyle Orton @ Kansas City
6. Philip Rivers vs. Oakland
7. Eli Manning vs. Washington
8. Tom Brady vs. New York Jets (Monday)
9. Matt Cassel vs. Denver
10. Jay Cutler @ Detroit
11. Sam Bradford @ Arizona
12. Matt Ryan @ Tampa Bay
13. Mark Sanchez @ New England (Monday)
14. Ben Roethlisberger @ Baltimore
15. Joe Flacco vs. Pittsburgh
16. Josh Freeman vs. Atlanta
17. Carson Palmer vs. New Orleans
18. Matt Schaub @ Philadelphia (Thursday)
19. David Garrard @ Tennessee
20. Brett Favre vs. Buffalo
21. Jon Kitna @ Indianapolis
22. Donovan McNabb @ New York Giants
23. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Minnesota
24. Chad Henne vs. Cleveland
25. Derek Anderson vs. St. Louis
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Inside the numbers:

  • Michael Vick didn’t get the win for the Eagles, but he passed Chicago’s tough test with flying colors throwing for 333 yards and a pair of touchdowns (one interception). He added 44 yards on the ground. He’s a terrific play against Houston’s generous pass defense.
  • No Moss, no problem for Tom Brady. He has 11 touchdown passes in his past four games. The Jets will present a challenge, but it would be hard to sit him the way he’s playing right now.
  • Is Dwayne Bowe red hot or is it Matt Cassel? My guess is that it’s a combination of both. Cassel has 12 touchdown passes in his past four games, and is a good play against a vulnerable Broncos’ pass defense, who he torched for 469 yards and four touchdowns in week ten.
  • I guess Jay Cutler may be back. With Detroit on tap, it appears to be a good week to play him.
  • Sam Bradford has plenty of room to improve on his first game against Arizona, and I have every reason to believe he will.
  • Mark Sanchez threw for 220 yards and three scores in the first meeting with the Patriots. He’s a borderline fantasy starter this week.

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