It’s now Week 13, which means one thing: you’re likely just a week or two away from the start of the fantasy playoffs. Thus, starting the right player can be the difference between making the playoffs and a lost season; these are pivotal decisions to make. The best resource to make those tough decisions? Well, I am glad you asked; my Week 13 PPR Rankings! Every week, I’ll be providing you with my personal rankings for every position, excluding defense and kicker, who will be ranked later in the week. Who’s positioned to do some damage this week? Who might not be the ideal player to start this week? We’ll answer all of that in the paragraphs ahead.
Week 13 Positional Notes
- We should be getting the return of Kyler Murray this week! I’m not sure we’ll see the same rushing upside coming back from injury, but he’s still easily a top-ten quarterback facing an injured Bears defense in my Week 13 PPR Rankings.
- The Saints are making a much-anticipated quarterback change this week, going to Taysom Hill under center. As he demonstrated last year, Hill can be a QB1 based simply on his rushing production. Make sure to prioritize him on the waiver wire this week if you need a quarterback.
- Joe Burrow is having a fantastic “real-life” season, but that doesn’t always translate to fantasy points. Why? An inconsistent amount of passing volume within the Bengals offense. Facing a run-funnel Chargers defense, I’m guessing we see a game with limited fantasy production for Burrow this week.
- At this point, it’s becoming harder and harder to trust Russell Wilson. With just a 55.4 PFF passing grade, he didn’t exactly turn the corner in a favorable matchup against Washington last week, and the 49ers aren’t a great opposing team for him to bounce back against.
- With Dalvin Cook injured, Alexander Mattison replaces him as a top-three back in my Week 13 PPR Rankings. There simply is no better matchup for a running back than the Lions.
- Speaking of the Lions, the injury of D’Andre Swift opens up the possibility for Jamaal Williams to be a low-end RB2. When Swift left the game in Week 12, Williams took over and played practically all of the snaps; the Vikings are a solid matchup for running backs.
- The Chargers defense, as mentioned, is an absolute run funnel. With that in mind, Joe Mixon’s streak of four straight top-four finishes is in great shape to continue this week.
- It appears that Alvin Kamara will be back from his knee injury this week. This is exciting, but between him coming back from an injury, as well as the presence of Taysom Hill and Mark Ingram, be cautious getting TOO excited about his fantasy production this week.
- Elijah Mitchell’s rushing workload was already strong, and now Deebo Samuel is out of the mix for 1-2 weeks. Mitchell, who ranks 2nd in yards after contact/attempt this year, per Pro Football Focus, has already cemented himself as an RB1, but now gets to face a poor Seahawks run defense with all the rush attempts in the world; it’s time to get really excited about the sixth-round rookie’s upside here.
- Despite there being some thought that Ezekiel Elliot won’t be limited with a knee injury, but that’s what happened in Week 12. Thus, be careful about his fantasy projection, while Tony Pollard is a viable FLEX option this week.
- Antonio Gibson is starting to get the role we want with a 68% snap rate and splitting the passing game work with JD McKissic. The Raiders have struggled against running backs all year, and Gibson could continue to see a second-half surge this week.
- With David Johnson dealing with a minor injury, Rex Burkhead is the clear lead back for the Texans. Take that for what it’s worth.
- It will be interesting to see if Clyde Edwards-Helaire plays more snaps and sees more targets this week. If else, it’s going to be hard to start him with Darrell Williams in the fold.
- With the Bengals running the ball more, Ja’Marr Chase is one again becoming a receiver reliant on efficiency and big plays. The Chargers don’t allow many big plays, and with Cincinnati likely to run the ball often this week, there’s a lot of boom-or-bust here.
- Mike Evans and Chris Godwin see their respective stocks go slightly down with the return of Antonio Brown, but they do have a money matchup against the Falcons this week.
- DK Metcalf is clearly being impacted by the struggles of Russell Wilson. Both he and Tyler Locket are boom-or-bust WR2s until Wilson shows improvement.
- Both D’Andre Hopkins (high-end WR2) and Amari Cooper (low-end WR2) should be back in action this week.
- Brandon Aiyuk continues to see his stock rise with Deebo Samuel out for 1-2 weeks. Be comfortable labeling him as a top-24 receiver, as I’ve done in my Week 13 PPR Rankings.
- After seeing a full-time role and 10 targets last week, I’m comfortable starting Odell Beckham Jr. moving forward.
- Let’s see how the Giants’ pecking order in the receiving game shapes out if Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney return from injury this week.
- We’ve been waiting too long for a boom game from Kyle Pitts. He’s the only weapon defensive secondaries have to focus on, and I’m comfortable moving Rob Gronkowski and Pat Freiermuth around them, considering their utilization is also strong.
- Dalton Schultz is in line to see fewer targets now with CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper back this week.
- Foster Moreau is a good streaming option this week, as he’ll likely play a full-time role in place of Darren Waller this week.
- A faller in my Week 13 PPR Rankings? Noah Fant. His production has been hampered by him splitting time with Albert Okwuegbunam in the mix, though the Chiefs are a great matchup for tight ends.
- Gerald Everett has seen 20 targets in the past three weeks despite being in a Seahawks offense with limited passing volume. That is enough to make him a week-to-week streaming option or a starter in deeper formats.
Week 13 PPR Rankings
|21||Melvin Gordon III||DEN||KC|
|34||Mark Ingram II||NO||DAL|
|48||Jeff Wilson Jr.||SF||SEA|
|25||Michael Pittman Jr.||IND||HOU|
|29||Odell Beckham Jr.||LAR||JAX|
|39||Marvin Jones Jr.||JAX||LAR|
|46||Laviska Shenault Jr.||JAX||LAR|
|66||Amon-Ra St. Brown||DET||MIN|
|75||Cedrick Wilson Jr||DAL||NO|
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