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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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Houston's magic number stays at 2

Astros drop series finale to Mariners after rough start by Greinke

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With their magic number at 2 to secure their spot in the 2020 MLB postseason, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park in Seattle for this three-game series' finale and rubber game. Here are the highlights from the game:

Final Score: Mariners 3, Astros 2.

Record: 28-28, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Nick Margevicius (2-3, 4.57 ERA)

Losing pitcher: Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA).

Greinke unable to complete five innings

While the Astros were being held scoreless, the Mariners were putting up runs on Zack Greinke. They took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles followed by an RBI-double with one out. Greinke would stop the damage there, then looked to settle in over the next few frames.

He allowed just one baserunner in the second through fourth innings, a one-out single in the bottom of the fourth. Then, in the fifth, the Mariners would knock him out of the game by getting a one-out single that would come around to score on a two-out RBI-double, followed by an RBI-single to extend the lead to 3-0. Greinke faced one more batter, allowing a single before Dusty Baker would take the ball and move to the bullpen. His final line: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 92 P.

Astros try a late rally, come up short

On the other end, the Astros were unable to break through against Nick Margevicius, getting just one hit and two walks through the first four innings. They had a chance to get on the board in the top of the fifth, starting the inning with back-to-back singles before a walk loaded the bases with one out to turn the lineup over. They'd come up empty, though, with George Springer striking out before a long flyball to center by Jose Altuve to end the inning.

After finishing the fifth for Greinke, Andre Scrubb returned for a scoreless sixth, working around a one-out walk. Still 3-0, Blake Taylor took over on the mound in the bottom of the seventh, erasing a leadoff single and two-out walk to keep Seattle from extending their lead. Houston had another chance to score in the top of the eighth, getting two runners in scoring position, but again would strand them.

Cy Sneed was the next reliever out for the Astros, working around a two-out walk to send the game on to the ninth. The Astros would avoid the shutout, getting a two-RBI single by pinch-hitting Josh Reddick in the top of the ninth to make it a one-run game at 3-2. That's as close as they'd come, though, as the Mariners would eventually get the final out to take the series and keep the Astros' magic number stagnant at 2.


Up Next: There is one series left in the regular season for Houston, and it awaits them in Arlington with a four-game series against the Rangers, who are well eliminated from playoff contention. The first of the four games will start at 7:05 PM Central on Thursday with a pitching matchup of Lance Lynn (6-2, 2.53 ERA) for Texas and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.33 ERA) for the Astros.

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