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Week 13 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

Fantasy managers have a couple more weeks to navigate before the fantasy football playoffs. And Week 13 is already looking like it may be a tricky one. Of course, we have the normal myriad of injuries we must deal with. But we also have our final installment of Byemaggedon. Six more teams are off this week, which drastically thins out the player pool. There have been weeks this season where I have ranked upwards of 300 players. However, there are less than 250 players included in this week’s rankings. And even quite a few of those are not highly recommended unless you are in desperation mode. Below are my Week 13 Flex rankings, based on half-PPR scoring.

Running Back Notes

When Jonathan Taylor was out earlier this season, and even after he was eased back into action upon his return, Zack Moss more than held his own for the Indianapolis Colts. Moss posted four top-10 weekly finishes from Week 2 through Week 6. He has been relatively quiet since then as Taylor has taken over the Colts’ backfield. However, Taylor injured his thumb last week and underwent surgery. He is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks, though he has not been placed on injured reserve by the club. In his absence, Moss should once again become the go-to back. Moss was still available in about 28 percent of Fantrax leagues last week, but he is this week’s top waiver priority. I consider Moss a borderline RB1 this week given the volume he is likely to receive.

Aaron Jones missed last week’s game due to an MCL injury. In his stead, AJ Dillon posted his second consecutive RB24 weekly finish. Dillon is nothing if not consistent. He has finished each of the last six weeks between RB21 and RB36. That makes him a reasonable Flex in most formats. Neither Jones nor Dillon practiced on Wednesday. The latter is dealing with a groin injury. Green Bay should have a favorable matchup on the ground this week. The Kansas City Chiefs are a run-funnel defense, ranking 27th in DVOA against the run but third against the pass. I ranked both Packers backs as if they will play, though we should get some clarity in the coming days. As things currently stand, I have both inside the top 60 overall in my Week 13 Flex rankings.

One player who I ranked comparatively low based on his weekly year-to-date production is De’Von Achane of the Miami Dolphins. Achane missed over a month due to a knee injury, then logged just one carry in his Week 11 return before going down again. He missed last week’s game and has practiced on a limited basis this week. With the upside he possesses and six NFL teams on a bye this week, fantasy managers may be hard-pressed to bench the young star. Just keep in mind that he is a highly volatile fantasy commodity. Miami will likely be cautious with him in a game they should win handily against an overmatched Washington Commanders defense. Washington is much better against the run than the pass, so Achane may not have the blowup game some might expect.

Wide Receiver Notes

Demario Douglas finished as the overall WR40 in fantasy last week, which is a minor miracle considering how bad New England’s quarterbacks played. Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe combined for just 143 yards on 35 attempts while throwing three interceptions. To make matters worse, Douglas is currently in the league’s concussion protocol. This is a situation to monitor, as the Patriots have little reason to push the issue. If Douglas plays, I would start him as a low-end WR3 or potential Flex. He has a solid matchup against a bottom-five Los Angeles Chargers defense. The Chargers have given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts this year. If Douglas were to miss this contest, I suppose DeVante Parker would be the next man up, though I would be less confident about him returning solid fantasy value.

Another injury situation to monitor is Tee Higgins in Cincinnati. Higgins has not played since Week 9 while dealing with a hamstring injury. If and when he returns, he does so to a landscape that looks quite different without Joe Burrow. There are worse quarterbacks out there than Jake Browning, but he will not be able to replicate what Burrow did in the passing game. Over his final five full games, Burrow threw for 12 scores while averaging just under 300 passing yards per game. Even if Higgins plays, he is coming off a multiweek layoff and has a major downgrade at quarterback. The Bengals also do not play until Monday, which further complicates things. Fantasy managers should plan accordingly and have contingencies in place this week. Ja’Marr Chase is the only Bengal pass catcher I would start on Monday night.

Noah Brown returned to practice on Wednesday for the Houston Texans. That is a good sign after Brown missed the last two weeks with a knee ailment. Before the injury, Brown had consecutive games of 150 receiving yards. That type of production may not be replicated, but Houston has one of the most prolific air attacks in the NFL. They rank third in passing DVOA while placing just 27th on the ground. If Brown plays, he and the rest of the Texans’ wideouts should have a solid Week 13 matchup. Denver has been opportunistic defensively of late, but they still have the worst defensive DVOA in the league. That includes ranking 28th versus the pass. Brown is shaping up as a boom-or-bust Flex play in this matchup. I currently have him just outside the top 100 overall in my Week 13 Flex rankings.

Tight End Notes

After missing six weeks and earning just one target upon his return, Pat Freiermuth had a monster game last week. He set new career highs with nine catches and 120 receiving yards. While we may have just seen Freiermuth’s best game of 2023, I think he will be a solid fantasy player going forward. I do not consider it a coincidence that this breakout performance occurred the week after the Pittsburgh Steelers relieved former offensive coordinator Matt Canada of his duties. Freiermuth may have limited touchdown upside based on Pittsburgh having just seven passing touchdowns this year. But he should continue to be involved. I currently have Freiermuth ranked as my TE10, and he will likely be a low-end TE1 in 12-team leagues moving forward.

One of the biggest complaints of fantasy managers for most of the year was that Kyle Pitts was seemingly being passed over for Jonnu Smith. That was not exactly the case. Pitts was being targeted downfield, whereas Smith was being utilized more as a safety valve. But over the past two games, Smith has been nonexistent. The former Titan has just one catch for one yard on three targets, including a goose egg last week. The problem is that Pitts has not exactly thrived with Smith put on the back burner. Pitts has now finished five straight games outside the top 15 among tight ends in fantasy points. I am a glutton for punishment, so I naturally ranked Pitts as my TE12 for the week. The New York Jets have allowed six touchdowns to tight ends, tied for most in the league.

More Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | Half-PPR by Position | Flex Rankings | Positional Ranks w/ K & DST | Dynasty | Superflex Dynasty

Week 13 Flex Rankings

1Tyreek HillMIAWR@WAS
2Christian McCaffreySFRB@PHI
4Keenan AllenLACWR@NE
5Tony PollardDALRBSEA
6Austin EkelerLACRB@NE
7Alvin KamaraNORBDET
8Rachaad WhiteTBRBCAR
9Travis Etienne Jr.JAXRBCIN
10Breece HallNYJRBATL
11Kyren WilliamsLARBCLV
13Rhamondre StevensonNERBLAC
14Amon-Ra St. BrownDETWR@NO
15Derrick HenryTENRBIND
16Bijan RobinsonATLRB@NYJ
17Travis KelceKCTE@GB
18Isiah PachecoKCRB@GB
19Zack MossINDRB@TEN
20Mike EvansTBWRCAR
21Ja'Marr ChaseCINWR@JAX
22Javonte WilliamsDENRB@HST
23Jaylen WaddleMIAWR@WAS
24Joe MixonCINRB@JAX
25D'Andre SwiftPHIRBSF
26Michael Pittman Jr.INDWR@TEN
28Zach CharbonnetSEARB@DAL
29Jahmyr GibbsDETRB@NO
30Garrett WilsonNYJWRATL
31Raheem MostertMIARB@WAS
32Najee HarrisPITRBARZ
33Puka NacuaLAWRCLV
34Cooper KuppLAWRCLV
35Brandon AiyukSFWR@PHI
36David MontgomeryDETRB@NO
37Deebo SamuelSFWR@PHI
38Chris OlaveNOWRDET
39Brian RobinsonWASRBMIA
40Devin SingletaryHSTRBDEN
41Jaylen WarrenPITRBARZ
42D.K. MetcalfSEAWR@DAL
43Nico CollinsHSTWRDEN
44Jerome FordCLVRB@LA
45DeVonta SmithPHIWRSF
46Calvin RidleyJAXWRCIN
47George KittleSFTE@PHI
48Christian KirkJAXWRCIN
49DeAndre HopkinsTENWRIND
50Aaron JonesGBRBKC
51Adam ThielenCARWR@TB
52Chuba HubbardCARRB@TB
53Terry McLaurinWASWRMIA
54Tyler LockettSEAWR@DAL
55James ConnerARZRB@PIT
56Courtland SuttonDENWR@HST
57Amari CooperCLVWR@LA
58Rashee RiceKCWR@GB
60Chris GodwinTBWRCAR
61Diontae JohnsonPITWRARZ
62Trey McBrideARZTE@PIT
63Josh DownsINDWR@TEN
64Sam LaPortaDETTE@NO
65Marquise BrownARZWR@PIT
66George PickensPITWRARZ
67Evan EngramJAXTECIN
68Demario DouglasNEWRLAC
69Christian WatsonGBWRKC
70Brandin CooksDALWRSEA
71Jayden ReedGBWRKC
72De'Von AchaneMIARB@WAS
73Jerry JeudyDENWR@HST
74David NjokuCLVTE@LA
75Drake LondonATLWR@NYJ
76Kareem HuntCLVRB@LA
77Elijah MooreCLVWR@LA
78Jahan DotsonWASWRMIA
79Tyjae SpearsTENRBIND
80Jake FergusonDALTESEA
81Curtis SamuelWASWRMIA
82Taysom HillNOTEDET
83Jaxon Smith-NjigbaSEAWR@DAL
84Dalton SchultzHSTTEDEN
85Romeo DoubsGBWRKC
86Ezekiel ElliottNERBLAC
87Justin WatsonKCWR@GB
88Samaje PerineDENRB@HST
90Pat FreiermuthPITTEARZ
91Miles SandersCARRB@TB
92Tee HigginsCINWR@JAX
93Tyler AllgeierATLRB@NYJ
94Tyler BoydCINWR@JAX
95Jonathan MingoCARWR@TB
96Logan ThomasWASTEMIA
97Antonio GibsonWASRBMIA
98Kyle PittsATLTE@NYJ
100Tutu AtwellLAWRCLV
101Dameon PierceHSTRBDEN
102Hunter HenryNETELAC
103Juwan JohnsonNOTEDET
104Noah BrownHSTWRDEN
105Chigoziem OkonkwoTENTEIND
106Cade OttonTBTECAR
107Treylon BurksTENWRIND
108Royce FreemanLARBCLV
109DeVante ParkerNEWRLAC
110Quentin JohnstonLACWR@NE
111Rondale MooreARZWR@PIT
112Michael WilsonARZWR@PIT
113Tyler ConklinNYJTEATL
114DJ Chark Jr.CARWR@TB
115Jalen GuytonLACWR@NE
116Marvin Mims Jr.DENWR@HST
117Rico DowdleDALRBSEA
118Robert WoodsHSTWRDEN
119Kenneth GainwellPHIRBSF
120Jameson WilliamsDETWR@NO
121Gerald EverettLACTE@NE
122Alec PierceINDWR@TEN
123Trey PalmerTBWRCAR
124JuJu Smith-SchusterNEWRLAC
125Tyler HigbeeLATECLV
126Nick Westbrook-IkhineTENWRIND
127Michael GallupDALWRSEA
128Josh ReynoldsDETWR@NO
129Lynn BowdenNOWRDET
130Jonnu SmithATLTE@NYJ
131Trey SermonINDRB@TEN
132Tucker KraftGBTEKC
133Skyy MooreKCWR@GB
134Xavier GipsonNYJWRATL
135Kalif RaymondDETWR@NO
136D'Ernest JohnsonJAXRBCIN
137Jeff Wilson Jr.MIARB@WAS
138Jamaal WilliamsNORBDET
139Adam TrautmanDENTE@HST
140Joshua KelleyLACRB@NE
141Jalen TolbertDALWRSEA
142Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKCWR@GB
143Noah FantSEATE@DAL
144Jerick McKinnonKCRB@GB
145Dalvin CookNYJRBATL
146Mike GesickiNETELAC
147Greg DortchARZWR@PIT
148Hayden HurstCARTE@TB
149Jaleel McLaughlinDENRB@HST
150Allen Robinson IIPITWRARZ
151Tanner HudsonCINTE@JAX
152Kylen GransonINDTE@TEN
153Chase EdmondsTBRBCAR
154Dontayvion WicksGBWRKC
155Cordarrelle PattersonATLRB@NYJ
156Donald Parham Jr.LACTE@NE
157Noah GrayKCTE@GB
158Cedric TillmanCLVWR@LA
159Elijah MitchellSFRB@PHI
160Jauan JenningsSFWR@PHI
161Michael CarterARZRB@PIT
162DeeJay DallasSEARB@DAL
163Durham SmytheMIATE@WAS
164Cedrick Wilson Jr.MIAWR@WAS
165Julio JonesPHIWRSF
166Emari DemercadoARZRB@PIT
167Clyde Edwards-HelaireKCRB@GB
168Kyle PhilipsTENWRIND
169Laviska Shenault Jr.CARWR@TB
170Calvin Austin IIIPITWRARZ
171Irv Smith Jr.CINTE@JAX
172Deven ThompkinsTBWRCAR
173Jack StollPHITESF
174Jeremy RuckertNYJTEATL
175Trenton IrwinCINWR@JAX
176Derius DavisLACWR@NE
177Tommy TrembleCARTE@TB
178Braxton BerriosMIAWR@WAS
179Keith KirkwoodNOWRDET
180Chris MooreTENWRIND
181Jason BrownleeNYJWRATL
182KaVontae TurpinDALWRSEA
183Van JeffersonATLWR@NYJ
184Tyquan ThorntonNEWRLAC
185Trayveon WilliamsCINRB@JAX
186Dyami BrownWASWRMIA
187Kadarius ToneyKCWR@GB
188Israel AbanikandaNYJRBATL
189Colby ParkinsonSEATE@DAL
190Byron PringleWASWRMIA
191Olamide ZaccheausPHIWRSF
192Will DisslySEATE@DAL
193Foster MoreauNOTEDET
194Mack HollinsATLWR@NYJ
195Demarcus RobinsonLAWRCLV
196Rashid ShaheedNOWRDET
197Kayshon BoutteNEWRLAC
198Connor HeywardPITTEARZ
199Quez WatkinsPHIWRSF
200Jake BoboSEAWR@DAL
201Will MalloryINDTE@TEN
202Richie JamesKCWR@GB
203Mo Alie-CoxINDTE@TEN
204Tank BigsbyJAXRBCIN
205John BatesWASTEMIA
206Luke FarrellJAXTECIN
207Chris Rodriguez Jr.WASRBMIA
208Luke SchoonmakerDALTESEA
209Josh WhyleTENTEIND
210Brevin JordanHSTTEDEN
211Kyle JuszczykSFRB@PHI
212River CracraftMIAWR@WAS
213Drew SampleCINTE@JAX
214Marquise GoodwinCLVWR@LA
215Brock WrightDETTE@NO
216Andrew OgletreeINDTE@TEN
217Elijah HigginsARZTE@PIT
218John Metchie IIIHSTWRDEN
219Kendre MillerNORBDET
220Isaiah McKenzieINDWR@TEN
221Randall CobbNYJWRATL
222Malik HeathGBWRKC
223Harrison BryantCLVTE@LA
224Patrick TaylorGBRBKC
225Allen LazardNYJWRATL
226Geoff SwaimARZTE@PIT
227Jordan AkinsCLVTE@LA
228Cole TurnerWASTEMIA
229Donovan Peoples-JonesDETWR@NO
230Darnell WashingtonPITTEARZ
231KhaDarel HodgeATLWR@NYJ
232Jalen BrooksDALWRSEA
233Jamison CrowderWASWRMIA
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