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Week 13 fantasy football rankings: Green means go

A.J. Green has a history of dominating the Steelers over his career. Cincinnati Bengals/Facebook

Below are my early 1/2 PPR fantasy rankings for Week 13. Most leagues are using points per reception these days, so take that into consideration when looking at the ranks. Six points are awarded for every receiving and rushing TD, and four points for every passing TD. If you are playing in a non-PPR league, pass-catching running backs lose a bit of value and so do possession receivers. Make sure you check the status of players that have been limited or out of practice. The rankings will be updated on Sunday morning.

 

QB

1 T. Brady NE

2 C. Wentz PHI

3 D. Brees NO

4 P. Rivers LAC

5 K. Cousins WAS

6 C. Newton CAR

7 B. Roethlisberger PIT

8 R. Wilson SEA

9 J. Goff LAR

10 C. Keenum MIN

11 M. Ryan ATL

12 D. Carr OAK

13 T. Taylor BUF

14 J. McCown NYJ

15 M. Stafford DET

 

RB

1 L. Bell PIT

2 T. Gurley LAR

3 J. Howard CHI

4 A. Kamara NO

5 M. Gordon LAC

6 L. Fournette JAX

7 L. McCoy BUF

8 C. McCaffrey CAR *Questionable

9 M. Ingram NO

10 C. Hyde SF

11 M. Lynch OAK

12 D. Lewis NE

13 J. Williams GB

14 S. Perine WAS

15 J. Mixon CIN

16 D. Freeman ATL

17 K. Hunt KC

18 L. Miller HOU

19 A. Collins BAL

20 D. Murray TEN

21 K. Drake MIA

22 J. McKinnon MIN

23 A. Morris DAL

24 R. Burkhead NE

25 L. Murray MIN

26 D. Johnson CLE

27 D. Henry TEN

28 D. Booker DEN

29 T. Coleman ATL

30 A. Peterson ARI *Questionable

 

 WR

1 A. Green CIN

2 D. Hopkins HOU

3 K. Allen LAC

4 A. Brown PIT  *Questionable

5 B. Cooks NE

6 M. Evans TB

7 A. Thielen MIN

8  J. Jones ATL

9 M. Thomas NO

10 D. Adams GB

11 J. Crowder WAS

12 D. Baldwin SEA

13 S. Diggs MIN

14 A. Jeffery PHI

15 J. Landry MIA

16 D. Funchess CAR

17 R. Anderson NYJ

18 M. Jones DET

19 C. Kupp LAR

20 G. Tate DET

21 L. Fitzgerald ARI

22 T. Hill KC

23 D. Thomas DEN

24 D. Bryant DAL

25 M. Lee JAX

26 S. Shepard NYG

27 J. Doctson WAS

28 E. Sanders DEN

29 T. Ginn NO

30 J. Nelson GB

 

TE

1 R. Gronkowski NE

2 T. Kelce KC

3 Z. Ertz PHI

4 J. Graham SEA

5 H. Henry LAC

6 D. Walker TEN

7 J. Cook OAK

8 V. Davis WAS

9 J. Doyle IND

10 C. Clay BUF

11 K. Rudolph MIN

12 G. Olsen CAR *Questionable

13 A. Seferian-Jenkins NYJ

14 E. Engram NYG

 

DEF

1 Jaguars

2 Chargers

3 Ravens

4 Steelers

5 Eagles

6 Rams

7 Patriots

8 Vikings

9 Titans

10 Redskins

11 Broncos

12 Raiders

13 Bears

14 Packers

15 49ers

 

Kicker

1 S. Gostkowski NE

2 J. Tucker BAL

3 G. Zuerlein LAR

4 W. Lutz NO

5 M. Bryant ATL

6 C. Boswell PIT

7 R. Succop TEN

8 G. Tavecchio OAK

9 J. Elliott PHI

10 M. Prater DET

11 J. Lambo JAC

12 K. Fairbairn HOU

13 N. Novak LAC

14 K. Forbath MIN

15 H. Butker KC

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