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2018 Fantasy Football Week 13 Rankings Review


We’re down to the final weeks of regular fantasy season and the signs are everywhere. The waiver wire is as barren as it’s ever been, trades are an afterthought and fantasy players begin to question their sanity.

For those that have given up, it’s a time of repentance. Perhaps after realizing that you were eliminated weeks ago, you simply refuse to look at your lineup. There might be three starters that are on the IR, but what does it matter anyway? Maybe you’ve renamed your team ‘QB’s Quarterbacks’ and only start Aaron Rodgers every week now, while leaving every other slot on your team empty. Maybe in addition to that, you’ve scooped up every backup quarterback all the way down to unsigned Sam Bradford. These hypotheticals are known to all fantasy fans that have ever joined a random league online.

But for those that haven’t given up, Week 13’s thrills can’t come soon enough. After steamrolling the Bengals, the Browns look to enter the playoff conversation against the 8-3 Texans. Leonard Fournette will be absent Sunday against Indianapolis, with Cody Kessler starting for the Jaguars. The Chargers head to Pittsburgh in this week’s guaranteed shootout, although fantasy owners will have to lean on Austin Ekeler for that one.

Needless to say, the beginning of the end is in full swing. Each game becomes more meaningful than the last for both fantasy owners and head coaches. Let’s take a look at who will rise to the occasion in this week’s rankings review.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 13 Rankings Review

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Too High

Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

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There’s a new book in the works, titled ‘Where’s Barkley: MetLife Edition’, exclusive to Giant fans. In it, readers will have to search the crowds to find the coveted running back amidst a sea of dropped passes and poor play calling. Also, Wayne Gallman dresses up as Barkley for a few pages.

While such a book seems like pure fiction, it was a sad reality for Giant fans last Sunday against the Eagles. Arguably the most talented back in the league at the moment, Barkley wasn’t utilized in the second half in what was a very winnable game for New York. In fact, the Giants only had a total of 21 offensive plays in the second half. The first half saw Barkley running all over the Eagles, with nine carries for 94 yards and a touchdown.

What does this mean for fantasy owners this week? A headache. Barkley continues to be a major focal point for the Giant offense, but he faces a Chicago Bears team that does nothing but make big plays defensively this season. The Bears are on a five-game winning streak and show no signs of slowing down either.

Coach Pat Shurmur will have his hands full this week on both sides of the ball, which could impact his decision making down the stretch, again. Temper expectations for the rookie running back this week against Chicago.

Rank Below: Alvin Kamara, James Conner

Eric Ebron, TE, Indianpolis Colts

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Every time Ebron catches a ball, there’s a 25% chance he scores a touchdown. Yes, you read that right, Ebron has made 44 catches this season and 11 have been touchdowns. He’s making Colts’ history as he’s currently tied with Dallas Clark for the most scores by a tight end for Indianapolis.

Ebron’s success in Indianapolis stems from his outside usage. Ebron has lined up wide or in the slot for 63% of his snaps, where he dwarfs the safeties that cover him. He’s the perfect target in the red zone for Andrew Luck’s restored cannon. Combined with what is now one of the best offensive lines in football, Ebron has helped Indianapolis revive their team.

While Ebron will continue to make history this season as long as he stays healthy, he may have a harder time this week against Jacksonville. Despite Jacksonville’s fall from grace, they’re still able to put up a considerable fight defensively. Three picks against Ben Roethlisberger in Week 11 and a measly 160 yards through the air for Josh Allen last week show that there is plenty of life left for Jacksonville.

Jalen Ramsey continues to taunt offenses with his ridiculous playmaking ability and appears to be the only healthy weapon that Jacksonville has left. Expect Jacksonville to lean on Ramsey and make things difficult for Ebron this week.

Rank Below: Greg Olsen, David Njoku

Too Low

DJ Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers

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The Panthers play the Bucs this week. That’s all that really needs to be said.

But if you take a closer look at Moore, who had eight receptions for 91 yards last week against the Seahawks, you might see a key piece of the Panthers’ future offense. After blasting the Lions the week before, Moore followed with another solid performance against Seattle last week, where he drew nine targets.

He now has the most receiving yards by a rookie wide receiver in Panthers’ history in a two week period. That stat is merely icing on the cake, as he leads the Panthers’ receivers in total yardage. Moore’s surprising contributions have been overshadowed by Carolina’s three consecutive losses, as the team continues to fight for a wild card position. Unfortunately, Carolina’s remaining schedule might be the hardest there is, with a matchup against a surging Cleveland in two weeks coupled with two more matchups against a league-leading Saints team.

Thankfully for fantasy owners, Moore faces a Buccaneers team with a leaky secondary this week. With Devin Funchess’ status up in the air due to a back injury, it wouldn’t be surprising if Moore has another exceptional week.

Rank Above: Tyler Lockett, Josh Gordon

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

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With David Johnson finally back to doing what he does best, Fitzgerald has seen an increase in opportunities on offense. Last week against the Chargers, Fitzgerald made the best out of his two targets, hauling both in for a total of 30 yards and a touchdown.

Stuck on an offense plagued with inconsistency, Fitzgerald has been a fantasy disappointment this season. He’s played well all things considered, but with rookie Josh Rosen stuck behind a line that’s had to start 19 different lineman over the last 43 games, not much can go right.

This week, the Cardinals face the Packers at home. For the Packers, it’s a huge relief as they’ve yet to win a road game this season. A lot will depend on Aaron Rodgers, who looks checked out after numerous defeats this season, the latest coming from division rival Minnesota.

For fantasy owners, game script will likely dictate how productive Fitzgerald is, seeing as the Cardinals could go down a score or two early, with Rosen throwing as much as he can to keep the birds relevant. Owners will hope that Fitzgerald can outwit Mike Pettine’s lacking secondary in the red zone, which shouldn’t be too hard to for the veteran. Expect Fitzgerald to rise above his ranking this week.

Rank Above: Sammy Watkins, Calvin Ridley

Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears

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Trubisky has been a pleasant surprise this season, ranking at QB10 after twelve weeks. That ranking comes after missing last week’s game against Detroit with a shoulder injury, which leaves his current status up in the air.

Assuming he does play this week, Trubisky has an excellent matchup against a Giants team that does everything it can to lose. Failing to score more than three points in the second half against the Eagles last week, the Giants collapsed in on themselves, allowing rookie running back Josh Adams to develop a rhythm alongside Carson Wentz.

In that game, Adams gained nice chunks of yardage up the middle while Wentz targeted tight end Zach Ertz on passing plays. A similar tandem could easily develop between Trubisky and Tarik Cohen, as Cohen continues to showcase his dual threat ability as both a runner and a catcher this season. What Wentz didn’t have last week was the Bears’ terrifying defense lead by Khalil Mack. Since joining the Bears earlier this season, Mack has eight sacks, an interception and a touchdown. In other words, Mack takes the ball from opposing teams and hands it back to Trubisky.

With a league-leading defense behind him and offensive stars on the rise, expect to see Trubisky rise in the rankings this week.

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Rank Above: Carson Wentz, Tom Brady

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About Ryan Turner

Ryan is a longtime fantasy football enthusiast and writer for several fantasy sports sites. A fan of playing the matchup, Ryan’s articles often focus on game scripts and how a player fits into their coach’s scheme. You can follow him on Twitter @turnercryan

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