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Week 13 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

The calendar has flipped to December and the fantasy football playoffs are within reach. With just two weeks left in the fantasy regular season, this is a pivotal week for that playoff push. Only two teams are on a bye this week, which should give us a fair amount of Flex options. As we all know, however, we still have to push the right buttons. That means starting the players who can lead us to the promised land. I’m a “start your studs” kind of guy in most situations. You do not want to watch one of your heavy hitters go off from your bench while your season hangs in the balance. Still, there are plenty of tough decisions to be made this week. Here are my Week 13 Flex rankings, which should assist you in your playoff quest.

Running Back Notes

As we enter Week 13, eight teams allow at least 23 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Interestingly enough, six of the eight square off against one another on Sunday. The two most generous teams on the ground face off when Cleveland takes on Houston. Another pair of bottom-five fantasy run defenses play each other as the Las Vegas Raiders host the Los Angeles Chargers. And, not to be outdone, the Packers and Bears, both of whom are in the top four in terms of rushing yards allowed to the position, go head-to-head in a game where weather may be a factor and both quarterbacks are dealing with injuries.

I don’t think you need me to tell you to start the obvious running backs in any of these games. Six of my top 14 running backs for Week 13 come just from these three games. And I would venture to guess that I am not alone in that assessment. But this could be a week where disappointing players like AJ Dillon and Kareem Hunt may be in play. I have both outside my top 30 running backs for the week, so I would not go out of my way to start either one if I have more trustworthy options. However, if you find yourself a bit thin on Flex options, they could be useful this week.

Rachaad White got the nod for Tampa Bay last week with Leonard Fournette out. Other than an early 35-yard run, White did not get much going on the ground. He ended his day with 64 yards on 14 carries. He did, however, reel in all nine of his targets from Tom Brady. That was enough to vault him into last week’s top-15 in half-PPR leagues. We do not yet know Fournette’s status for Week 13. This could be a frustrating situation for fantasy managers, as the Bucs play on Monday night. I currently have both backs ranked as borderline Flex plays, but hopefully, we will get more clarity before the weekend. If you have Fournette on your roster and not White, you may have to play someone whose game takes place on Sunday rather than risk a zero.

The Los Angeles Rams and New York Jets each feature a pair of running backs who may also be useful this week, particularly in deeper leagues. Neither Kyren Williams nor Cam Akers did a great deal last week to provide fantasy managers with much confidence in either player, especially given the team’s issues at quarterback and wide receiver. But fantasy managers grasping at straws can at least point to a favorable Week 13 matchup against Seattle. The Jets, meanwhile, may start Zonovan Knight if Michael Carter cannot go due to his ankle injury. Knight will have to contend with Ty Johnson and possibly James Robinson but should see early-down work against the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota has allowed 399 total yards and four scores to running backs over the last two weeks, though most of that damage has come via receiving production.

Wide Receiver Notes

Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars passing offense are starting to show signs of life in recent weeks. Lawrence has gone three straight games without an interception and completed an incredible 76.9 percent of his passes in the process. Among the beneficiaries of Lawrence’s efficiency is Zay Jones. Jones has caught 24 passes in those games for 253 yards. He is a top-20 fantasy wideout over the last four weeks despite only playing three games and not scoring a touchdown. I do not quite have him ranked that high, but I do believe fantasy managers should start Jones this week. I think Jones is a mid-range WR3 in 12-team leagues against the Detroit Lions. The Lions have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers over the past two weeks and the third-most points on the year.

Week 13 represents a bit of a changing of the guard when it comes to my wide receiver rankings for a couple of notable rookies. I currently have Christian Watson and George Pickens ahead of veteran teammates Allen Lazard and Diontae Johnson, respectively. Lazard scored in five of his first seven contests before taking a backseat to Watson in recent outings. Watson’s three-touchdown performance in Week 10 made headlines, but he has scored three more times and added 151 total yards in two games since. I prefer both Packers to their Pittsburgh counterparts due to their ability to find the end zone. While Lazard and Watson have each scored at least five times, the Steelers’ combination of Pickens and Johnson have scored just two combined touchdowns on the year. Their upside is capped in Pittsburgh’s middling offense, making them dicey WR3 plays.

With Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney lost for the season due to injuries, fantasy managers would have to be quite desperate to start a wideout from either the Los Angeles Rams or the Chicago Bears going forward. Neither team figures to throw the ball much, and when they do, both teams have tight ends and running backs who are capable of catching the football. The wideouts who I have ranked highest from each team are Van Jefferson and Chase Claypool. But neither is a recommended Week 13 Flex, and I do not expect that to change much anytime soon. Jefferson has scored in two of three weeks but has just 97 total yards in that stretch. Claypool’s 51-yard effort last week was his second-highest of the year and his best outing as a Bear.

Tight End Notes

You already know the deal when it comes to tight ends. There have to be awfully specific circumstances under which you would start one in the Flex. Even some of the tight ends who are classified as TE1s are far from safe in a given week. Meanwhile, you never know which random tight ends will randomly pop their way into a big day. Among the tight ends who posted top-10 fantasy finishes a week ago were John Oliver, Jelani Woods, and John Bates. If you started them last week, you should strongly consider playing the lottery. On the flip side, the trio of Cole Kmet, Gerald Everett, and Tyler Higbee combined for 45 scoreless yards. I am a glutton for punishment, so I have last week’s underperformers ranked as top-12 options again this week.

Week 13 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

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1Josh JacobsLVRB1LAC
2Austin EkelerLACRB2@LV
3Davante AdamsLVWR1LAC
4Rhamondre StevensonNERB3BUF
5Nick ChubbCLERB4@HOU
6Derrick HenryTENRB5@PHI
7Tyreek HillMIAWR2@SF
8Christian McCaffreySFRB6MIA
9Justin JeffersonMINWR3NYJ
10Travis KelceKCTE1@CIN
11Jonathan TaylorINDRB7@DAL
12Stefon DiggsBUFWR4@NE
13Dalvin CookMINRB8NYJ
14Aaron JonesGBRB9@CHI
15Saquon BarkleyNYGRB10WAS
16Kenneth Walker IIISEARB11@LAR
17CeeDee LambDALWR5IND
18Amon-Ra St. BrownDETWR6JAC
19Alvin KamaraNORB12@TB
20Amari CooperCLEWR7@HOU
22Ja’Marr ChaseCINWR9KC
23Tee HigginsCINWR10KC
24Dameon PierceHOURB13CLE
25Jaylen WaddleMIAWR11@SF
26David MontgomeryCHIRB14GB
27Travis EtienneJACRB15@DET
28Joe MixonCINRB16KC
29Christian KirkJACWR12@DET
30Tony PollardDALRB17IND
31DK MetcalfSEAWR13@LAR
32Mike EvansTBWR14NO
33Chris GodwinTBWR15NO
34Deebo SamuelSFWR16MIA
35Garrett WilsonNYJWR17@MIN
36Jamaal WilliamsDETRB18JAC
37Keenan AllenLACWR18@LV
38Tyler LockettSEAWR19@LAR
39Mark AndrewsBALTE2DEN
40Terry McLaurinWASWR20@NYG
41Chris OlaveNOWR21@TB
42Miles SandersPHIRB19TEN
43JuJu Smith-SchusterKCWR22@CIN
44Brandon AiyukSFWR23MIA
45Devin SingletaryBUFRB20@NE
46Michael PittmanINDWR24@DAL
47Cordarrelle PattersonATLRB21PIT
48Christian WatsonGBWR25@CHI
49DeVonta SmithPHIWR26TEN
50Najee HarrisPITRB22@ATL
51Jeffery Wilson Jr.MIARB23@SF
52Latavius MurrayDENRB24@BAL
53Antonio GibsonWASRB25@NYG
54Ezekiel ElliottDALRB26IND
55Brian RobinsonWASRB27@NYG
56Allen LazardGBWR27@CHI
57Isiah PachecoKCRB28@CIN
58Rachaad WhiteTBRB29NO
59George PickensPITWR28@ATL
60Jakobi MeyersNEWR29BUF
61Courtland SuttonDENWR30@BAL
62Gabe DavisBUFWR31@NE
63Pat FreiermuthPITTE3@ATL
64Zay JonesJACWR32@DET
65T.J. HockensonMINTE4NYJ
66Diontae JohnsonPITWR33@ATL
67Josh PalmerLACWR34@LV
68Adam ThielenMINWR35NYJ
69D’Andre SwiftDETRB30JAC
70George KittleSFTE5MIA
71Donovan Peoples-JonesCLEWR36@HOU
72Gus EdwardsBALRB31DEN
73Brandin CooksHOUWR37CLE
74Darius SlaytonNYGWR38WAS
75David NjokuCLETE6@HOU
76Leonard FournetteTBRB32NO
77Drake LondonATLWR39PIT
78Kyren WilliamsLARRB33SEA
79Tyler BoydCINWR40KC
80Mack HollinsLVWR41LAC
81Dalton SchultzDALTE7IND
82Nico CollinsHOUWR42CLE
83A.J. DillonGBRB34@CHI
84Michael CarterNYJRB35@MIN
85Curtis SamuelWASWR43@NYG
86Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKCWR44@CIN
87Michael GallupDALWR45IND
88Zonovan KnightNYJRB36@MIN
89Treylon BurksTENWR46@PHI
90Van JeffersonLARWR47SEA
91Parris CampbellINDWR48@DAL
92Corey DavisNYJWR49@MIN
93Jerry JeudyDENWR50@BAL
94Foster MoreauLVTE8LAC
95Cole KmetCHITE9GB
96Kareem HuntCLERB37@HOU
97Cam AkersLARRB38SEA
98Gerald EverettLACTE10@LV
99Tyler HigbeeLARTE11SEA
100Marvin JonesJACWR51@DET
101Robert WoodsTENWR52@PHI
102Jarvis LandryNOWR53@TB
103Hayden HurstCINTE12KC
104Mike WilliamsLACWR54@LV
105Tyler AllgeierATLRB39PIT
106Isaiah McKenzieBUFWR55@NE
107DeAndre CarterLACWR56@LV
108Julio JonesTBWR57NO
109Samaje PerineCINRB40KC
110Chase ClaypoolCHIWR58GB
111Randall CobbGBWR59@CHI
112Devin DuvernayBALWR60DEN
113Greg DulcichDENTE13@BAL
114Olamide ZaccheausATLWR61PIT
115D.J. CharkDETWR62JAC
116DeVante ParkerNEWR63BUF
117Dawson KnoxBUFTE14@NE
118Kalif RaymondDETWR64JAC
119Evan EngramJACTE15@DET
120Tyler ConklinNYJTE16@MIN
121Demarcus RobinsonBALWR65DEN
122Alec PierceINDWR66@DAL
123Romeo DoubsGBWR67@CHI
124Richie JamesNYGWR68WAS
125Jerick McKinnonKCRB41@CIN
126Robert Tonyan Jr.GBTE17@CHI
127Quez WatkinsPHIWR69TEN
128Chris MooreHOUWR70CLE
129Raheem MostertMIARB42@SF
130Marquise GoodwinSEAWR71@LAR
131Nelson AgholorNEWR72BUF
132Ben SkowronekLARWR73SEA
133Juwan JohnsonNOTE18@TB
134Noah FantSEATE19@LAR
135Taysom HillNOTE20@TB
136Jahan DotsonWASWR74@NYG
137Hunter HenryNETE21BUF
138Nick WestbrookTENWR75@PHI
139Austin HooperTENTE22@PHI
140Logan ThomasWASTE23@NYG
141Elijah MooreNYJWR76@MIN
142Damiere ByrdATLWR77PIT
143Jamycal HastyJACRB43@DET
144Jauan JenningsSFWR78MIA
145Trent SherfieldMIAWR79@SF
146Mike GesickiMIATE24@SF
147K.J. OsbornMINWR80NYJ
148Noah BrownDALWR81IND
149Skyy MooreKCWR82@CIN
150Isaiah HodginsNYGWR83WAS
151Will DisslySEATE25@LAR
152Justin WatsonKCWR84@CIN
153James CookBUFRB44@NE
154Kendall HintonDENWR85@BAL
155Jaylen WarrenPITRB45@ATL
156Dontrell HilliardTENRB46@PHI
157Keelan ColeLVWR86LAC
158Jordan AkinsHOUTE26CLE
159Kenneth GainwellPHIRB47TEN
160Cameron BrateTBTE27NO
161David BellCLEWR87@HOU
162Darrynton EvansCHIRB48GB
163Brandon PowellLARWR88SEA
164Kadarius ToneyKCWR89@CIN
165Ty JohnsonNYJRB49@MIN
166J.K. DobbinsBALRB50DEN
167Benny SnellPITRB51@ATL
168Tutu AtwellLARWR90SEA
169Kenyan DrakeBALRB52DEN
170Cade OttonTBTE28NO
171Josh ReynoldsDETWR91JAC
172Darrell HendersonJACRB53@DET
173Daniel BellingerNYGTE29WAS
174Dante PettisCHIWR92GB
175Brock WrightDETTE30JAC
176Mike BooneDENRB54@BAL
177Ameer AbdullahLVRB55LAC
178Alexander MattisonMINRB56NYJ
179Steven Sims Jr.PITWR93@ATL
180Mark IngramNORB57@TB
181Justin JacksonDETRB58JAC
182Harrison BryantCLETE31@HOU
183Isaiah LikelyBALTE32DEN
184Jamal AgnewJACWR94@DET
185Jelani WoodsINDTE33@DAL
186Equanimeous St. BrownCHIWR95GB
187Russell GageTBWR96NO
188C.J. UzomahNYJTE34@MIN
189Jordan MasonSFRB59MIA
190Chigoziem OkonkwoTENTE35@PHI
191Jonnu SmithNETE36BUF
192Anthony McFarlandPITRB60@ATL
193Byron PringleCHIWR97GB
194Kendrick BourneNEWR98BUF
195K.J. HamlerDENWR99@BAL
196Joshua KelleyLACRB61@LV
197Deon JacksonINDRB62@DAL
198DeSean JacksonBALWR100DEN
199James WashingtonDALWR101IND
200Tyquan ThorntonNEWR102BUF
201Eno BenjaminHOURB63CLE
202Tre’Quan SmithNOWR103@TB
203Boston ScottPHIRB64TEN
204Travis HomerSEARB65@LAR
205Kylen GransonINDTE37@DAL
206Matt BreidaNYGRB66WAS
207Noah GrayKCTE38@CIN
208Kenny GolladayNYGWR104WAS
209Lawrence CagerNYGTE39WAS
210O.J. HowardHOUTE40CLE
211Rashid ShaheedNOWR105@TB
212Donald ParhamLACTE41@LV
213Denzel MimsNYJWR106@MIN
214Ross DwelleySFTE42MIA
215MyCole PruittATLTE43PIT
216Lance McCutcheonLARWR107SEA
217Adam TrautmanNOTE44@TB
218Mo Alie-CoxINDTE45@DAL
219Phillip DorsettHOUWR108CLE
220Braxton BerriosNYJWR109@MIN
221James ProcheBALWR110DEN
222Jack StollPHITE46TEN
223Marlon MackDENRB67@BAL
224Zach PascalPHIWR111TEN
225Caleb HuntleyATLRB68PIT
226Isaiah SpillerLACRB69@LV
227Ronald JonesKCRB70@CIN
228Jake FergusonDALTE47IND
229Rex BurkheadHOURB71CLE
230Sammy WatkinsGBWR112@CHI
231Gary BrightwellNYGRB72WAS
232James MitchellDETTE48JAC
233Teagan QuitorianoHOUTE49CLE
234Kyle JuszczykSFRB73MIA
235Ashton DulinINDWR113@DAL
236Kevin HarrisNERB74BUF
237Colby ParkinsonSEATE50@LAR
238Gunner OlszewskiPITWR114@ATL
239James RobinsonNYJRB75@MIN
240Zach GentryPITTE51@ATL
241Parker HesseATLTE52PIT
242Joe FortsonKCTE53@CIN
243Josh OliverBALTE54DEN
244Josiah DeguaraGBTE55@CHI
245Anthony FirkserATLTE56PIT
246Marquez CallawayNOWR115@TB
247Tyrion Davis-PriceSFRB76MIA
248Cedrick WilsonMIAWR116@SF
249Nyheim HinesBUFRB77@NE
250John BatesWASTE57@NYG
251Brevin JordanHOUTE58CLE
252Jameson WilliamsDETWR117JAC
253Durham SmytheMIATE59@SF
254KhaDarel HodgeATLWR118PIT
255Justice HillBALRB78DEN
256Pierre StrongNERB79BUF
257Myles GaskinMIARB80@SF
258Tanner HudsonNYGTE60WAS
259Chris MyarickNYGTE61WAS
260Grant CalcaterraPHITE62TEN
261Brycen HopkinsLARTE63SEA
262Ke'Shawn VaughnTBRB81NO
263Khalil ShakirBUFWR119@NE
264Peyton HendershotDALTE64IND
265Velus JonesCHIWR120GB
266Zamir WhiteLVRB82LAC
267Dare OgunbowaleHOURB83CLE
268Geoff SwaimTENTE65@PHI
269Jalen TolbertDALWR121IND
270Alec IngoldMIARB84@SF
271Ray-Ray McCloudSFWR122MIA
272Trestan EbnerCHIRB85GB
273Tre’ McKittyLACTE66@LV
274Trenton IrwinCINWR123KC
275DeeJay DallasSEARB86@LAR
276Eric SaubertDENTE67@BAL
277Malik DavisDALRB87IND
278Damien WilliamsATLRB88PIT
279Laquon TreadwellSEAWR124@LAR
280Samori ToureGBWR125@CHI
281Brandon BoldenLVRB89LAC
282Anthony SchwartzCLEWR126@HOU
283Giovani BernardTBRB90NO
284Montrell WashingtonDENWR127@BAL
285Richard RodgersLACTE68@LV
286Jalen NailorMINWR128NYJ
287Chris EvansCINRB91KC
288Scotty MillerTBWR129NO
289Blake BellKCTE69@CIN
290D'Ernest JohnsonCLERB92@HOU
291Jacob HollisterLVTE70LAC
292Shane ZylstraDETWR130JAC
293Jalen VirgilDENWR131@BAL
294Dan ArnoldJACTE71@DET
295Reggie GilliamBUFRB93@NE
296Stone SmarttLACTE72@LV
297Patrick RicardBALRB94DEN
298Marcedes LewisGBTE73@CHI
299Johnny MundtMINTE74NYJ
300Brittain BrownLVRB95LAC
301Deonte HartyNOWR132@TB
302Snoop ConnerJACRB96@DET
303Zack MossINDRB97@DAL
304Ko KieftTBTE75NO
305Jesper HorstedLVTE76LAC
306Jonathan WilliamsWASRB98@NYG
307Demetric FeltonCLERB99@HOU
308Jeremy RuckertNYJTE77@MIN
309Jesse JamesCLETE78@HOU
310Rico DowdleDALRB100IND
311Dyami BrownWASWR133@NYG
312Ryan GriffinCHITE79GB
313Ty ChandlerMINRB101NYJ
314Marcus JohnsonNYGWR134WAS
315Trent TaylorCINWR135KC
316Zander HorvathLACRB102@LV
317Devin AsiasiCINTE80KC
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