Funston’s Fantasy Football Rankings: 2017 Week 13

Fantasy football expert Brandon Funston provides his weekly insight and rankings of the best players to help you win big.

Quarterbacks

Since Week 7, Philly quarterback Carson Wentz has thrown for 22 touchdowns, six more than any other player in the league. He takes his hot arm to Seattle in Week 13 to face a injury-depleted Legion of Boom secondary that is without shutdown corner Richard Sherman and enforcer safety Kam Chancellor. Look for the leader of the NFL’s top offense to continue to sizzle in Seattle, finishing as the top fantasy signal-caller for Week 13.

Name Team Opp
Carson Wentz PHI @ SEA
Tom Brady NE @ BUF
Russell Wilson SEA vs PHI
Philip Rivers LAC vs CLE
Kirk Cousins WAS @ DAL
Cam Newton CAR @ NO
Drew Brees NO vs CAR
Marcus Mariota TEN vs HOU
Jared Goff LAR @ ARI
Ben Roethlisberger PIT @ CIN
Blake Bortles JAC vs IND
Tyrod Taylor BUF vs NE
Josh McCown NYJ vs KC
Matt Ryan ATL vs MIN
Case Keenum MIN @ ATL
Dak Prescott DAL vs WAS
Matthew Stafford DET @ BAL
Jameis Winston TB @ GB
Alex Smith KC @ NYJ
Brett Hundley GB vs TB
Derek Carr OAK vs NYG
Jimmy Garoppolo SF @ CHI
DeShone Kizer CLE @ LAC
Andy Dalton CIN vs PIT
Blaine Gabbert ARI vs LAR
Trevor Siemian DEN @ MIA
Jay Cutler MIA vs DEN
Mitch Trubisky CHI vs SF
Joe Flacco BAL vs DET
Geno Smith NYG @ OAK
Jacoby Brissett IND @ JAC
Tom Savage HOU @ TEN

Running Backs

When Jacksonville last faced Indianapolis back in Week 7, the Jaguars backfield combined to produced 234 yards from scrimmage, 177 of those coming on the ground. Jags’ star rookie running back Leonard Fournette wasn’t a part of that effort, though, as he sat out with an ankle injury, which has nagged him for much of the season. This week, though, Fournette is practicing in full for Sunday’s action, and he’s ticketed as the top fantasy play going up against a Indy defense allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game to the running back position.

Name Team Opp
Leonard Fournette JAC vs IND
Jordan Howard CHI vs SF
Le’Veon Bell PIT @ CIN
Todd Gurley LAR @ ARI
LeSean McCoy BUF vs NE
Alvin Kamara NO vs CAR
Melvin Gordon LAC vs CLE
Mark Ingram NO vs CAR
Samaje Perine WAS @ DAL
Dion Lewis NE @ BUF
Christian McCaffrey CAR @ NO
Carlos Hyde SF @ CHI
Kareem Hunt KC @ NYJ
Lamar Miller HOU @ TEN
Marshawn Lynch OAK vs NYG
Joe Mixon CIN vs PIT
Adrian Peterson ARI vs LAR
Latavius Murray MIN @ ATL
Tevin Coleman ATL vs MIN
Alex Collins BAL vs DET
Devonta Freeman ATL vs MIN
Kenyan Drake MIA vs DEN
Jamaal Williams GB vs TB
Orleans Darkwa NYG @ OAK
DeMarco Murray TEN vs HOU
Derrick Henry TEN vs HOU
Isaiah Crowell CLE @ LAC
Jerick McKinnon MIN @ ATL
Rex Burkhead NE @ BUF
Ameer Abdullah DET @ BAL
Frank Gore IND @ JAC
Duke Johnson CLE @ LAC
Jay Ajayi PHI @ SEA
Rod Smith DAL vs WAS
Alfred Morris DAL vs WAS
Devontae Booker DEN @ MIA
Danny Woodhead BAL vs DET
Bilal Powell NYJ vs KC
Austin Ekeler LAC vs CLE
Jacquizz Rodgers TB @ GB
LeGarrette Blount PHI @ SEA
Tarik Cohen CHI vs SF
Jonathan Stewart CAR @ NO
Byron Marshall WAS @ DAL
Matt Forte NYJ vs KC
C.J. Anderson DEN @ MIA
J.D. McKissic SEA vs PHI
Mike Davis SEA vs PHI
Corey Clement PHI @ SEA
Aaron Jones GB vs TB
Theo Riddick DET @ BAL
Marlon Mack IND @ JAC
T.J. Yeldon JAC vs IND
Giovani Bernard CIN vs PIT
James White NE @ BUF
Wayne Gallman NYG @ OAK
Peyton Barber TB @ GB
Doug Martin TB @ GB
Ty Montgomery GB vs TB
Javorius Allen BAL vs DET
Shane Vereen NYG @ OAK

Wide Receivers

It’s been a rough month for Tamap Bay go-to wideout Mike Evans, who ranks outside the top 40 WRs in fantasy points per game since Week 9. But there are a couple of reasons he is ranked as the top fantasy receiver for Week 13. First, Evans gets quarterback Jameis Winston, sidelined by a shoulder injury, back this week. Evans has connected with Winston for three of his four touchdowns this season. And the matchup couldn’t be much better for Evans this week, facing a Green Bay defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to the WR position.

Name Team Opp
Mike Evans TB @ GB
Keenan Allen LAC vs CLE
Antonio Brown PIT @ CIN
DeAndre Hopkins HOU @ TEN
Julio Jones ATL vs MIN
A.J. Green CIN vs PIT
Brandin Cooks NE @ BUF
Alshon Jeffery PHI @ SEA
Adam Thielen MIN @ ATL
Doug Baldwin SEA vs PHI
Jamison Crowder WAS @ DAL
Davante Adams GB vs TB
Michael Thomas NO vs CAR
Robby Anderson NYJ vs KC
Devin Funchess CAR @ NO
Tyreek Hill KC @ NYJ
Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs LAR
Stefon Diggs MIN @ ATL
Demaryius Thomas DEN @ MIA
Cooper Kupp LAR @ ARI
Jarvis Landry MIA vs DEN
DeSean Jackson TB @ GB
Dez Bryant DAL vs WAS
Ted Ginn NO vs CAR
Golden Tate DET @ BAL
DeVante Parker MIA vs DEN
Rishard Matthews TEN vs HOU
Paul Richardson SEA vs PHI
Marvin Jones DET @ BAL
Emmanuel Sanders DEN @ MIA
Josh Doctson WAS @ DAL
Marqise Lee JAC vs IND
Sterling Shepard NYG @ OAK
Dede Westbrook JAC vs IND
Corey Coleman CLE @ LAC
Mohamed Sanu ATL vs MIN
Corey Davis TEN vs HOU
Josh Gordon CLE @ LAC
Jeremy Maclin BAL vs DET
Sammy Watkins LAR @ ARI
JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT @ CIN
T.Y. Hilton IND @ JAC
Jordy Nelson GB vs TB
Jermaine Kearse NYJ vs KC
Martavis Bryant PIT @ CIN
Kenny Stills MIA vs DEN
Zay Jones BUF vs NE
Marquise Goodwin SF @ CHI
Dontrelle Inman CHI vs SF
Mike Wallace BAL vs DET
Nelson Agholor PHI @ SEA
Seth Roberts OAK vs NYG
Randall Cobb GB vs TB
Cordarrelle Patterson OAK vs NYG
Danny Amendola NE @ BUF
Bruce Ellington HOU @ TEN
Tyrell Williams LAC vs CLE
Eric Decker TEN vs HOU
Tyler Lockett SEA vs PHI
Josh Reynolds LAR @ ARI
Travis Benjamin LAC vs CLE

Tight Ends

New England’s Rob Gronkowski was the top-ranked fantasy tight end play last week against Miami, and he delivered with 82 yards and two scores. He remains in the top spot this week against another divisional foe, the Buffalo Bills, a team that Gronk hung 109 yards and a touchdown on when last he faced it back in Week 8 of last season.

Name Team Opp
Rob Gronkowski NE @ BUF
Travis Kelce KC @ NYJ
Zach Ertz PHI @ SEA
Delanie Walker TEN vs HOU
Jared Cook OAK vs NYG
Jimmy Graham SEA vs PHI
Hunter Henry LAC vs CLE
Jack Doyle IND @ JAC
Evan Engram NYG @ OAK
Vernon Davis WAS @ DAL
Kyle Rudolph MIN @ ATL
Julius Thomas MIA vs DEN
Jason Witten DAL vs WAS
Cameron Brate TB @ GB
Charles Clay BUF vs NE
Tyler Kroft CIN vs PIT
Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ vs KC
Greg Olsen CAR @ NO
Ricky Seals-Jones ARI vs LAR
O.J. Howard TB @ GB
Austin Hooper ATL vs MIN
Ben Watson BAL vs DET
Marcedes Lewis JAC vs IND
Eric Ebron DET @ BAL
C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU @ TEN
Gerald Everett LAR @ ARI
Garrett Celek SF @ CHI
Jesse James PIT @ CIN
Adam Shaheen CHI vs SF
Vance McDonald PIT @ CIN

Defense Special Teams

It’s pretty easy to see the reasoning behind Jacksonville claiming the top spot in this week’s fantasy defense rankings. The Jaguars are the top-scoring fantasy defense unit to this point, and it will get a home game on Sunday against an Indy offense that has allowed more fantasy points to opposing defenses than any other team in the league.

Name Opp
Jacksonville Jaguars vs IND
Los Angeles Chargers vs CLE
Tennessee Titans vs HOU
Oakland Raiders vs NYG
Los Angeles Rams @ ARI
Baltimore Ravens vs DET
Cincinnati Bengals vs PIT
Green Bay Packers vs TB
Pittsburgh Steelers @ CIN
Philadelphia Eagles @ SEA
Denver Broncos @ MIA
Chicago Bears vs SF
New England Patriots @ BUF
Seattle Seahawks vs PHI
Kansas City Chiefs @ NYJ
Detroit Lions @ BAL
Miami Dolphins vs DEN
New Orleans Saints vs CAR
Minnesota Vikings @ ATL
Washington Redskins @ DAL
San Francisco 49ers @ CHI
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ GB
Atlanta Falcons vs MIN
Carolina Panthers @ NO
Arizona Cardinals vs LAR
Houston Texans @ TEN
New York Jets vs KC
Cleveland Browns @ LAC
New York Giants @ OAK
Dallas Cowboys vs WAS
Indianapolis Colts @ JAC
Buffalo Bills vs NE

Kickers

No kickers blurb… ever.

Name Team Opp
Dan Bailey DAL vs WAS
Ryan Succop TEN vs HOU
Greg Zuerlein LAR @ ARI
Matt Bryant ATL vs MIN
Josh Lambo JAC vs IND
Justin Tucker BAL vs DET
Stephen Gostkowski NE @ BUF
Wil Lutz NO vs CAR
Nick Novak LAC vs CLE
Jake Elliott PHI @ SEA
Chris Boswell PIT @ CIN
Graham Gano CAR @ NO
Kai Forbath MIN @ ATL
Matt Prater DET @ BAL
Harrison Butker KC @ NYJ
Giorgio Tavecchio OAK vs NYG
Cairo Santos CHI vs SF
Nick Rose WAS @ DAL
Blair Walsh SEA vs PHI
Mason Crosby GB vs TB
Steven Hauschka BUF vs NE
Adam Vinatieri IND @ JAC
Patrick Murray TB @ GB
Phil Dawson ARI vs LAR
Chandler Catanzaro NYJ vs KC
Robbie Gould SF @ CHI
Randy Bullock CIN vs PIT
Brandon McManus DEN @ MIA
Ka’imi Fairbairn HOU @ TEN
Aldrick Rosas NYG @ OAK
Cody Parkey MIA vs DEN
Zane Gonzalez CLE @ LAC
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