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F&C Fantasy Rankings: Week 13

Wide Receivers

1

Dez Bryant

Dallas Cowboys

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant will morph into Calvin Johnson this year. That is to say, Bryant now gets to dance with Scott Linehan in 2014. If you don't know about Linehan, to say he loves to pass the ball is a gross understatement. The Cowboys will finish in the top-3 in pass attempts and Bryant's number will be called on the majority of those plays. 

2

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh Steelers

Antonio Brown may not make too many top-10 lists for fantasy football purposes, but that's because people aren't paying attention. The man is a target hound and the Steelers are installing a more attacking offense that will look to go no-huddle more often. Brown will deliver this year just as he did last year. He's a guy who had 110 receptions (not targets) and averaged 93.7 yards per game. The best part is that you can get him in the third round in some drafts.

3

Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

4

Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Demaryius Thomas

Thomas is getting much love from the fantasy football community this offseason. Some are even touting him as the No. 1 wideout this year. While I think Thomas will be a tremendous fantasy asset in 2014, I think most are downplaying Emmanuel Sanders' talent. Sure, Eric Deckers' 87 receptions, 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns are going to have to go to someone, but Manning will spread that out between all pass-catchers, not just add that to Thomas' stat-line. The lesson here: grab Sanders as a late-round fantasy gem this year.

5

Jordy Nelson

Green Bay Packers

Jordy Nelson

Yes. Jordy Nelson is our No. 1 fantasy wideout this year. Nelson was on pace for over 97 receptions, 1,620 receiving yards and 14-plus touchdowns before Aaron Rodgers went down last season. Nelson scored seven touchdowns in the first seven games and averaged over 100 yards per game while Rodgers was throwing to him. Nelson moves all around the Packers offense, including more work out of the slot. Look for him to lead the league in yards and touchdowns in 2014 and you can get him  at a bargain in the second round of your fantasy draft.

6

Randall Cobb

Green Bay Packers

7

Calvin Johnson

Detroit Lions

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson slid down my rankings this year because of a couple of reasons: 1) I believe he has suffered some significant injuries that will be recurring for seasons to come; 2) Scott Linehan left the team and the Lions won't air it out nearly as much next year. Johnson will still be a top-fantasy producer, but not just the best. 

8

T.Y. Hilton

Indianapolis Colts

9

Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones

Julio Jones is one of my favorite wideouts to watch play the game. I just wish he'd stop breaking his foot and stick to breaking defensive back's ankles. As much as I'd like to, I just can't justify having Julio any higher in the rankings based on his injury-risk.

10

Marques Colston

New Orleans Saints

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Runningbacks

1

DeMarco Murray

Dallas Cowboys

DeMarco Murray

The Bears' defense is legit. It was a struggle not to drop Murray down even further. He's in the top-20 simply because he has no one to steal carries from him. Certainly, Felix Jones isn't going to do much with the ball. 

2

Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

3

Jamaal Charles

Kansas City Chiefs

Jamaal Charles

4

LeSean McCoy

Philadelphia Eagles

LeSean McCoy

To us, Philadelphia needs to understand that their offense flows through LeSean McCoy, not Michael Vick. Other than in his return-from-prison season, Vick has always been mediocre. McCoy should begin to be featured in this offense.

5

Matt Forte

Chicago Bears

Matt Forte

Matt Forte is one of the most talented running backs in the league. And one of the most complete. He's a threat in the running game and can catch out of the backfield. If he were to get goal line carries, he'd be a top-3 fantasy option. 

6

C.J. Anderson

Denver Broncos

7

Marshawn Lynch

Seattle Seahawks

Marshawn Lynch

Lynch is looking like he wasn't just running hard to get a big contract. He's proved to be a top running back in the league. 

8

Andre Ellington

Arizona Cardinals

9

Justin Forsett

Baltimore Ravens

10

Eddie Lacy

Green Bay Packers

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Tight Ends

1

Jimmy Graham

New Orleans Saints

Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham is Drew Brees' top receiving option. He's physical, athletic and as he showed that he deserves the top spot among all tight ends. While others may argue that Gronk is more dominant, with the number of injuries Gronk has had, I'd rather have Graham over Gronk. 

2

Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Rob Gronkowski

I wish Gronk didn't have the multiple surgeries and injuries that he has had over the past few years. He just seems one pass away from landing on IR. For that reason, he's the No. 2 tight end for me. For those who throw risk to the wind, Gronk is your choice. If he plays all 16, he'll most likely outscore Graham. That's just too big of an "if" for me.

3

Julius Thomas

Denver Broncos

4

Antonio Gates

San Diego Chargers

Antonio Gates

 

5

Greg Olsen

Carolina Panthers

Olsen is going to have to be a steady producer in an offense that lacks a true No. 1 wide receiver. I don't value Kelvin Benjamin as high as others do. I think more of the receiving duties will fall upon Olsen, I just hope he can keep up.

6

Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

7

Martellus Bennett

New York Giants

8

Jason Witten

Dallas Cowboys

Jason Witten

Witten is as tough as the come and for fantasy purposes, as consistent as any tight end in the game. There are a lot of pass-catching options in Dallas, but Witten always manages to get his numbers.  

9

Heath Miller

Pittsburgh Steelers

10

Kyle Rudolph

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings paid Rudolph for what he's going to do, not for what he's done. And if you draft him, that's the same way you need to look at him. You're drafting potential, which at his ADP is not too costly.

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Quarterbacks

1

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck

 

Luck will have a tremendous NFL career, but there will be plenty of bumps in the road along the way, starting with 2012. Projected fantasy points: 238

2

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers

3

Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning

Manning has a difficult schedule this year and it starts Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The good news for Manning is that James Harrison has already been ruled out. The bad news is that the other Steelers defenders haven't been. Manning will look to develop rapport with his tight ends and Eric Decker early in the game to get into a flow. If that can happen, then he should be fine. He's the definition of a risky play this Week though.

4

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tom Brady

5

Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo

Romo travels to Seattle to try to continue his Week 1 magic. With Ogletree emerging as a solid No. 3, Romo is surrounded by true receiving threats. With Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Jason Witten and now Ogletree, Romo is set for a number of huge fantasy days. 

6

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees

7

Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger gets his No. 1 target back in Mike Wallace just before the season kicks off. But was it in enough time to learn Haley's new system? Either way, Big Ben will be relied on to move the chains with their running game in the tank. He's just prone to turn the ball over more than a fantasy owner would like. His ranking reflects that proneness. 

8

Ryan Tannehill

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill will struggle without any legitimate receiving threats. Miami will look to use Reggie Bush in the running game and try to keep the Texans off the field. With Arian Foster a possible scratch, they may just have a chance to pull an upset. 

9

Matthew Stafford

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford

Stafford's three picks in Week 1 were a fluke. He'll bounce back to 2012 form and sync up with Calvin Johnson in San Francisco. The Niners have one of the most stifling run defenses in the league, so the Lions will rely heavily on Stafford's arm. 

10

Eli Manning

New York Giants

Eli Manning
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