Hello everyone, and welcome to another Wednesday, rankings day! We are now just one week out from the playoffs in most leagues, so hopefully almost all of the Razzball readers are in contention in at least one of their leagues. Playoffs are the best time for any fantasy football player that finds themselves in the thick of things, so let’s make the best of things!

Let’s get right to it!

*Note*: All projections are based off of standard-scoring points, with the ranking given as the Pigskinonator ranking, not my personal rank.

 

 

Players I’m High On

Marcus Mariota vs. HOU: Proj: 17.69 pts (#4 QB)

Alright, let’s try this again. After disappointing results from Mariota after performances against Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, Mariota draws another fantastic matchup against the Houston Texans. He’ll get his buddy Rishard Matthews back, most likely, and should have a nice day against a beat-up Texans secondary.

Ryan Fitzpatrick @ GB: Proj: 17.51 pts (#5 QB)

If you need a streaming option this week, look no further than Fitzpatrick. While he hasn’t quite been Fitzmagic this year, he has been very serviceable with respectable games coming against the Jets, Dolphins and Falcons. He now draws a beatable opponent in the Green Bay Packers, fresh off of an SNF appearance that yielded some fantastic fantasy performances from the Steelers offense.

Rex Burkhead and Dion Lewis (@ BUF)

They are on the road in Buffalo, and although it may not seem like it thanks to the ineptitude of the Chiefs running game, this Bills team is still pretty bad against the run. If this game gets out of hand, which I expect for it do to, then we can expect plenty of volume from Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead both on the ground, and for Burkhead, in the passing game.

Amari Cooper vs. NYG: Proj: 5.66 pts (#53 WR)

If you have Amari Cooper, start him. The Giants secondary has been pretty bad these past couple of weeks, and without Michael Crabtree in the lineup this Sunday, Coopers target share and snap count will definitely be on the rise.

Hunter Henry vs. CLE: Proj: 5.20 pts (#13 TE)

His snap count continues to rise, and Cleveland continues to give up production (namely TD’s) against opposing Tight Ends. It’s a match made in heaven.

Players I’m Not So High On

Matt Ryan vs. MIN: Proj: 16.53 pts (#12 QB)

They are at home, and maybe Sarkisian has finally realized it isn’t illegal to throw to Julio Jones, but just understand that this Vikings defense is actually #good (great analysis Zach), just look at what they did to Los Angeles a few weeks back, so if you have a better option, I would bench Matty Ice.

Carlos Hyde @ CHI: Proj: 9.54 pts (#11 RB)

If Hyde is your only option, start him, but beware the fact that it’s a tough matchup for Hyde on the road in Chicago against a pass-funnel defense. With Jimmy G under center for the 49ers, I would expect a lot of passing plays out of this offense, limiting Hyde’s ceiling.

T.Y. Hilton @ JAX: Proj: 5.98 pts (#38 WR)

I’ll keep it short. He’s playing Jacksonville and should see Jalen Ramsey.

Jack Doyle @ JAX: Proj: 4.58 (#18 TE)

While it’s technically a good matchup for Doyle, as the Jags aren’t the best against TE’s (see Ricky Seals-Jones just last week), the Colts might have the worst O-Line in the entire NFL, and I’m expecting this offense to struggle a lot.

 

Alright guys, that’s my time for today. Be sure to hit me up in the comment sections if you have questions, comments or concerns. Happy Week 13 everybody!

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  1. mike says:
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    Hey Zach PPR, Ju Ju or Jamal Williams

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @mike: If JuJu plays, I’ve got to give it to him. However if he doesn’t, lock in Williams

  2. brian says:
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    Hey Zach,

    behind a firewall so can’t see your rankings.

    For QB, start Carr, Tyrod, Hundley, Mccown, or Winston? I’m streaming, so can you also rank these guys for ROS?

    For DEF, roll with PHI or take a stab at TEN for this week and ROS?

    1/2 PPR – Pick 2 from demarco, collins, rishard, or corey davis?

    1/4 PPR – start engram or doyle? Start shepard if he plays, sanu, or engram/doyle?

    In dynasty PPR, is it worth stashing Damiere Byrd and dropping Chester rogers?

    Thanks!

    Thanks!

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @brian: I’m not sure why you can’t see them, let me talk to Jay.

      I would be more comfortable with Winston in the matchup than these other options. I’d go with Tennessee. Demarco and Rishard, Engram, Shepard, and I’d hold onto Chester Rogers.

      • MB

        Unbreakable_MB says:
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        @Zach: Winston is missing his 2 best lineman, good luck to anyone who goes that route

  3. Tiny tim says:
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    Howdy man!

    Can’t believe it’s already week 13, this is the last week of the regular season in my espn league I am 8-4 currently but win or lose this week I have already locked up a bye week due to my record my the record of my league mates in my division (10 team league)

    Here’s the standing breakdown

    My division

    Me 8-4

    Then next team 5-7
    Then 5-7
    Then 5-7
    Lastly in my division 3-9

    —–

    The other division

    9-3
    9-3
    6-6
    5-7
    5-7

    A ton of playoff implications for the 5-7 teams!

    Now onto my team:

    I own Dak Prescott but I’m not confident in him just yet so I dropped chark west my Kareem hunt cuff to add an additional QB; I added Dalton my first choice was goff but someone ahead of me added him on waivers & keenum was added too

    Here’s the best remaining QBs on waivers :

    Mariota was dropped this AM & will clear waivers tomorrow/Thursday
    Mariota’ schedule:
    Week 13 vs Texans
    Week 14 (I have a bye this week) @ Arizona
    Week 15 @ SF
    Week 16 vs Rams

    Josh mccown
    Week 13 home va Chiefs
    Week 14 (I have a bye) @ Denver
    Week 15 @ New Orleans
    Week 16 vs home vs chargers

    Bortles
    Week 13 vs colts
    Week 14 (I have a bye)
    Week 15 home vs Texans
    Week 16 @ SF

    Jimmy G the unknown
    Week 13 @ Chicago
    Week 14 I have a bye
    Week 15 home vs Titans
    Week 16 home vs jags

    Here’s Dalton who I added
    Week 13 home vs Steelers, Brett Hundley had a successful fantasy day vs the Steelers d week 12
    Week 14 I have a bye
    Week 15 @ Minnesota
    Week 16 home vs lions

    Here’s my Daks upcoming schedule
    Week 13 home vs skins
    Week 14 I have a bye but at Giants
    Week 15 @ Oakland
    Week 16 home vs Seahawks & Elliot may return then

    Again this is to play matchups between Dak & whichever bench QB I have

    Next hold or drop lafell for either Paul Richardson, Dede Westbrook, Inman , josh Reynolds, Ricky seals , Charles Clay or panthers D/ST? Panthers D get Packers week 15 & Bucs week 16

    Thanks man!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Tiny tim:So you’re only concerned with weeks 15 and 16…Mariota for 15 and Dalton for 16.

      • Tiny tim says:
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        @Cram It:

        Exactly, looking overall for 15 . But if Dallas gets going Dak has a awesome matchup vs raiders, good call cram it

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Tiny tim: Yeah Mariota has a beautiful schedule in the playoffs so definitely add him. Then just roll with the matchups week-to-week but as of now I’d much rather have Mariota than Dak.

      Drop LaFell for Dontrelle Inman as a high-floor candidate.

      Thank you my dude!

  4. Frank A Ferri says:
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    Hi Zach,

    I’m 6-6 in 7th place in a 12tm full ppr. Here’s my roster, followed by a few quick questions…

    QB – Wentz, Ryan
    RB – Hunt, Lynch, Perine, Ekeler
    WR – Evans, Dez, Robby, Coleman, Martavis
    TE – Vernon, Reed
    DEF – Chargers, Patriots

    Dede, Mike Davis, and Seals-Jones are sitting out there. I like the first 2 as stashes, Seals would be more protection at TE. But not sure about the drops.

    I guess I’d have to consider dropping Martavis, Ekeler, and Reed (is it time?).

    Interested to see what you think. Do I grab 1 of these guys, 2, all, none? Thank you!

    • Zach

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      @Frank A Ferri: I think you can hold onto all of the guys you have now. Look, I’m not fully confident in Seals-Jones just yet. Mike Davis is a good handcuff, but you already have a better handcuff in Ekeler. And for Reed, that’s really tough, and it’s frustrating that he’s been out for so long, but you have Vernon Davis, which is fine for now, and if Reed comes back fully healthy you don’t want to miss out on TE1 numbers. Or at least have to deal with him on another team. And as for Martavis, he’ll continue to be a FLEX starter if JuJu continues missing time. Hope this answers your question, thanks!

      • Frank says:
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        @Zach: Thank you!

  5. Not your average Joe says:
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    12-team, ESPN standard scoring redraft league. QB-RB-RB-WR-WR-TE-FLEX-K-DST. A win this week likely gets me a playoff bye. Do you see any add/drops I should make?

    FA: Josh Gordon, Burkhead, Seals-Jones, Titans DST

    QB: Brady
    RB: Darkwa, Crowell, Freeman (q), Zeke (sspd)
    WR: Thielen, R.Anderson, Kupp, Crowder, Jordy, JuJu (q), Woods (o)
    TE: Kroft, Clay
    DST: PIT
    K: Lutz

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Not your average Joe: Drop Zeke immediately to pick up Burkhead. That’s it for now. Not fully convinced you should drop anyone else for Gordon.

      • Not your average Joe says:
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        @Zach: Even if Zeke will be back for the week 16 fantasy championship game in my league? Basically I’ve been holding Jordy in case Rodgers comes back by week 15, and Zeke for his week 16 return.

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Not your average Joe: I really don’t think it’s worth holding onto him for one game against Seattle.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: Yeah I thought he was going to play, but he ended up missing practice again today. Yeah, Cook and Roberts are in play in deeper formats then.

      • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        @Zach: cook actually ranked pretty well for any sized league this week due to this, but it’s not like in most leagues you can just “get” cook at this point anyway. i was in one spot though, where the owners were lax even while i’d been holding ASJ.

  6. Ron P says:
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    Looking for some insight.

    I’m preparing for a playoff run. Out of these week 15 defenses, how would you rank Bills, Skins and Falcons?

    Bills vs Mia
    Skins vs Ari
    Falcons at TB

    Thanks.

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Ron P: methinks BUF/ATL/WAS

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