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NFL fantasy football rankings for Week 13

Antonio Brown tops the WR rankings. Joe Sargent/Getty Images

QB 

  1. Patrick Mahomes @ OAK
  2. Cam Newton @ TB
  3. Drew Brees @ DAL
  4. Jared Goff @ DET
  5. Andrew Luck @ JAX
  6. James Winston vs. CAR
  7. Ben Roethlisberger vs. LAC
  8. Russell Wilson vs. SF
  9. Philip Rivers @ PIT
  10. Kirk Cousins vs. NE 
  11. Aaron Rodgers vs. ARI
  12. Deshaun Watson vs. CLE
  13. Dak Prescott vs. NO
  14. Lamar Jackson @ ATL
  15. Tom Brady vs. MIN

RB (Standard)

  1. Todd Gurley @ DET
  2. Kareem Hunt @ OAK
  3. Christian McCaffrey @ TB
  4. Ezekiel Elliott vs. NO
  5. Alvin Kamara @ DAL
  6. Aaron Jones vs. ARI
  7. Saquon Barkley vs. CHI
  8. Nick Chubb @ HOU
  9. James Conner vs. LAC
  10. Phillip Lindsay @ CIN
  11. David Johnson @ GB
  12. Gus Edwards @ ATL
  13. Joe Mixon vs. DEN
  14. Austin Ekeler @ PIT
  15. Matt Breida @ SEA
  16. Sony Michel vs. MIN
  17. Dalvin Cook @ NE
  18. Lamar Miller vs. CLE
  19. Chris Carson vs. SF
  20. Josh Adams vs. WAS
  21. Tarik Cohen @ NYG
  22. James White vs. MIN
  23. Mark Ingram @ DAL
  24. Marlon Mack @ JAX
  25. Carlos Hyde vs. IND
  26. Dion Lewis vs. NYJ
  27. Adrian Peterson @ PHI
  28. Tevin Coleman vs. BAL
  29. LeSean McCoy @ MIA
  30. Frank Gore vs. BUF

WR (Standard)

  1. Antonio Brown vs. LAC
  2. Tyreek Hill @ OAK
  3. DeAndre Hopkins vs. CLE
  4. Adam Thielen @ NE
  5. Michael Thomas @ DAL
  6. Julio Jones vs. BAL
  7. Odell Beckham, Jr. vs. CHI
  8. Davante Adams vs. ARI
  9. Stefan Diggs @ NE
  10. Keenan Allen @ PIT
  11. Mike Evans vs. CAR
  12. Robert Woods @ DET
  13. Juju Smith-Schuster vs. LAC
  14. Brandin Cooks @ DET
  15. Kenny Golladay vs. LAR
  16. TY Hilton @ JAX
  17. Amari Cooper vs. NO
  18. Julian Edelman vs. MIN
  19. DJ Moore @ TB
  20. Emmanuel Sanders @ CIN
  21. Tyler Lockett vs. SF
  22. Corey Davis vs. NYJ
  23. AJ Green vs. DEN
  24. Josh Gordon vs. MIN
  25. Alshon Jeffery vs. WAS
  26. Josh Reynolds @ DET
  27. Tyler Boyd vs. DEN
  28. Jarvis Landry @ HOU
  29. Allen Robinson @ NYG
  30. Larry Fitzgerald @ GB
  31. Doug Baldwin vs. SF
  32. Calvin Ridley vs. BAL
  33. Adam Humphries vs. CAR
  34. Golden Tate vs. WAS
  35. Demaryius Thomas vs. CLE
  36. Chris Godwin vs. CAR
  37. Curtis Samuel @ TB
  38. Michael Crabtree @ ATL
  39. Anthony Miller @ NYG
  40. Tre’Quan Smith @ DAL

TE (Standard)

  1. Travis Kelce @ OAK
  2. Zach Ertz vs. WAS
  3. Rob Gronkowski vs. MIN
  4. Eric Ebron @ JAX
  5. George Kittle @ SEA
  6. Greg Olsen @ TB
  7. David Njoku @ HOU
  8. Cameron Brate vs. CAR
  9. Jordan Reed @ PHI
  10. Jared Cook vs. KC
  11. Trey Burton @ NYG
  12. Vance McDonald vs. LAC
  13. Kyle Rudolph @ NE
  14. Austin Hooper vs. BAL
  15. Chris Herndon @ TEN

D/ST

  1. Bears @ NYG
  2. Rams @ DET
  3. Seahawks vs. SF
  4. Titans vs. NYJ
  5. Chiefs @ OAK
  6. Texans vs. CLE
  7. Broncos @ CIN
  8. Colts @ JAX
  9. Bills @ MIA
  10. Packers vs. ARI
  11. Patriots vs. MIN
  12. Saints @ DAL
  13. Redskins @ PHI
  14. Eagles vs. WAS
  15. Ravens vs. BAL

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The media has mixed feelings about the James Harden trade. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

James Harden was 100-percent exactly right earlier this week when he said the Houston Rockets were "just not good enough."

How could they be? Not when their moody superstar scorer, who makes about half a million dollars per game, shows up chubby, looking like a kielbasa about to explode in the microwave. Hey, some people eat when they're unhappy, it's a defense mechanism. In Harden's case, the only defense he's exhibited this season. At least he had a good excuse for missing pre-season training camp and alienating his teammates - he was busy partying with Cinnamon and Cherish in Atlanta and Vegas without a mask. Worst of all, he went into the tank his last four games in a Rockets uniform, standing around, arms folded, scoring fewer than 20 points each time, all Rockets losses. Fans in the front row were asking him to move, he was blocking their view of players who cared about winning. James Harden sabotaged his own team, a team that offered him $50 million a year to stay. Something that crazy could only happen in professional sports these days.

There's a saying that drives the American labor movement: "a fair day's wage for a fair day's work." It's the motto of the American Federation of Labor. The National Basketball Players Association is not a member. Harden's sulking on the court, cheating the Rockets and their fans, was unforgivable.

Harden, sitting out games while somehow being on the court, forced the Rockets to trade him - and quick - to Brooklyn. The trade, when you ignore the fine print and unindicted co-conspirators Cleveland and Indiana, sent Harden to Brooklyn in exchange for Caris LeVert (immediately flipped for Victor Oladipo), Jarrett Allen, three first-round draft picks and four swapped first-rounders. It's true, when you trade a superstar, you never get back equal value. The other team wins.

If it makes Rockets fans feel any better, the media in New York already has problems with their new problem child. I should say newest problem child. Kyrie Irving plays for the Nets.

"They (the Nets) gave up everybody! There's nothing left now. I just want to cry, It's awful," weeped WFAN Radio talk host Evan Roberts. For those who don't subscribe to weekly Arbitron ratings reports, WFAN is the most powerful, top-rated sports talk station in the Apple.

"You're leading down the road of doom. Harden and Durant could be gone in a year and a half. I'm not convinced this gives them a better chance to win a title. I'm living a nightmare again. They better freaking win."

Circle March 3 on your Rockets schedule. That's when the Brooklyn Nets, with their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and possibly Kyrie Irving visit Toyota Center. I hear talk radio salivating over the record jeers that will cascade over Harden's name, although I'm not buying it. Fans don't think like the media does. I'm thinking that Rockets fans will welcome Harden back - one night only - with cheers.

Toyota Center public address announcer Matt Thomas: "Usually when former Rockets come to town for the first time since leaving, I give them a positive introduction. It's up to the fans how to react."

James Harden spent eight seasons with the Rockets. He is a spectacular player who watched other NBA players engineer trades so they could compete for a title. Harden didn't think the Rockets were good enough, and he's right. So he wanted out. We've all been there, a job we didn't like for a company we didn't like, for a boss we didn't respect. Harden wanting to be traded is understandable. How he went about it was deplorable. He hurt his co-workers.

Houston will make Harden pay for his disrespectful departure. He has an upscale restaurant set to open here. The name of the steakhouse will be "13." Harden's business partners may want to change that number ... before the restaurant's telephone number is disconnected. There are plenty of other restaurants in Houston. Rich people who can afford steakhouse prices hold grudges.

Rockets fans searching for a silver lining say, "We got two decent players and a whole bunch of precious first-round picks" for a malcontent who would rather be anywhere (except maybe Sacramento) than Houston." Yes, a bunch of first-round picks does bode well for the future. Anywhere, except maybe Houston.

Houston's draft war room isn't the most successful operation in the NBA. Over the past decade prior to 2000, under the direction of general manager Daryl Morey, the Rockets made 16 draft picks. Not one of them is still in a Rockets uniform, many of them have sought employment outside of America, some outside of basketball. Among their first-round whiffs: Nikola Mirotic, Terrence Jones, Sam Dekker - all out of the league. Best of all, Royce White, who played three whole games in his NBA career and finished with a scoring average of 0.00 points per game.

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