Quick Links

Fantasy Football Week 13 rankings that will help you make the playoffs

USA Today Sports

Fantasy Football Week 13 rankings that will help you make the playoffs

For many, Week 13 represents the final game before fantasy football playoffs so homework is paramount. Below you'll find my rankings. Check out others as well, but at the same point don't overthink. This is your team. Only you wake up with the results. Get in touch with that voice inside you and figure out the move that works for your squad. 

Keep in mind various injury and lineup situations including Falcons running back Devonta Freeman being cleared from concussion protocol and Jameis Winston back under center for the Buccaneers, but without two of his starting offensive linemen.

Of course, Geno Smith is starting for the Giants. While that move drove the New York media crazy, it shouldn't matter much for fantasy owners.

Tight end Evan Engram remains a viable starter and some may need running back Orleans Darkwa or wide receiver Sterling Shepard. Going from Manning to Smith might be a tiebreaker, but otherwise, shrugs.

Good luck this week. Let's do this. 


1.  Tom Brady, NE
2.  Russell Wilson, SEA
3.  Cam Newton, CAR
4.  Carson Wentz, PHI
5.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
6.  Philip Rivers, LAC
7.  Drew Brees, NO
8.  Jared Goff, LAR
9.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
10.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
11.  Matt Ryan, ATL
12.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
13.  Alex Smith, KC
14.  Josh McCown, NYJ
15.  Case Keenum, MIN
16.  Dak Prescott, DAL
17.  Blake Bortles, JAC
18.  Derek Carr, OAK
19.  Matthew Stafford, DET
20.  Jameis Winston, TB
21.  Brett Hundley, GB
22.  Andy Dalton, CIN
23.  Blaine Gabbert, ARI
24.  Trevor Siemian, DEN
25.  Joe Flacco, BAL
26.  Mitch Trubisky, CHI
27.  Jimmy Garoppolo, SF
28.  DeShone Kizer, CLE
29.  Geno Smith, NYG
30.  Jacoby Brissett, IND
31.  Matt Moore, MIA
32.  Tom Savage, HOU

Running backs

1.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
2.  Todd Gurley, LAR
3.  Alvin Kamara, NO
4.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
5.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
6.  Jordan Howard, CHI
7.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
8.  Mark Ingram, NO
9.  Carlos Hyde, SF
10.  Lamar Miller, HOU
11.  Kareem Hunt, KC
12.  Jamaal Williams, GB
13.  Samaje Perine, WAS
14.  Joe Mixon, CIN
15.  Dion Lewis, NE
16.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
17.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
18.  Alex Collins, BAL
19.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
20.  Latavius Murray, MIN
21.  Adrian Peterson, ARI
22.  Kenyan Drake, MIA
23.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
24.  Rex Burkhead, NE
25.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
26.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
27.  Ameer Abdullah, DET
28.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
29.  Alfred Morris, DAL
30.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
31.  Frank Gore, IND
32.  Derrick Henry, TEN
33.  Duke Johnson, CLE
34.  Austin Ekeler, LAC
35.  Devontae Booker, DEN
36.  Rod Smith, DAL
37.  Jacquizz Rodgers, TB
38.  Jay Ajayi, PHI
39.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
40.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
41.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
42.  Matt Forte, NYJ
43.  Danny Woodhead, BAL
44.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
45.  Marlon Mack, IND
46.  Peyton Barber, TB
47.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
48.  J.D. McKissic, SEA
49.  Mike Davis, SEA
50.  Theo Riddick, DET
51.  Eddie Lacy, SEA
52.  D.J. Foster, ARI
53.  Wayne Gallman, NYG
54.  Elijah McGuire, NYJ
55.  James White, NE
56.  Corey Clement, PHI
57.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
58.  Matt Breida, SF
59.  Jalen Richard, OAK
60.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
61.  Alfred Blue, HOU
62.  Byron Marshall, WAS
63.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
64.  Travaris Cadet, BUF
65.  Shane Vereen, NYG

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
2.  Julio Jones, ATL
3.  Mike Evans, TB
4.  Keenan Allen, LAC
5.  Brandin Cooks, NE
6.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
7.  Adam Thielen, MIN
8.  A.J. Green, CIN
9.  Michael Thomas, NO
10.  Davante Adams, GB
11.  Devin Funchess, CAR
12.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
13.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
14.  Tyreek Hill, KC
15.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
16.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
17.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
18.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
19.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
20.  Dez Bryant, DAL
21.  Golden Tate, DET
22.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
23.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
24.  Marvin Jones, DET
25.  DeSean Jackson, TB
26.  Ted Ginn, NO
27.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
28.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
29.  Josh Doctson, WAS
30.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
31.  Corey Davis, TEN
32.  Marqise Lee, JAC
33.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
34.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
35.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
36.  Paul Richardson, SEA
37.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
38.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
39.  Kenny Stills, MIA
40.  Dontrelle Inman, CHI
41.  Corey Coleman, CLE
42.  Mike Wallace, BAL
43.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
44.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
45.  Seth Roberts, OAK
46.  Randall Cobb, GB
47.  Devante Parker, MIA
48.  Cordarrelle Patterson, OAK
49.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
50.  Zay Jones, BUF
51.  Jordy Nelson, GB
52.  Dede Westbrook, JAC
53.  Josh Gordon, CLE
54.  Bruce Ellington, HOU
55.  Danny Amendola, NE
56.  Eric Decker, TEN
57.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
58.  Kelvin Benjamin, BUF
59.  Allen Hurns, JAC
60.  Josh Reynolds, LAR
61.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
62.  Amari Cooper, OAK
63.  Chris Hogan, NE
64.  Jordan Matthews, BUF
65.  Travis Benjamin, LAC
66.  Jaron Brown, ARI
67.  Keelan Cole, JAC
68.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
69.  Albert Wilson, KC
70.  Terrance Williams, DAL
71.  Kenny Golladay, DET
72.  Brandon LaFell, CIN
73.  Ryan Grant, WAS
74.  Kendall Wright, CHI
75.  Deonte Thompson, BUF

Tight ends

1.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
2.  Travis Kelce, KC
3.  Zach Ertz, PHI
4.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
5.  Jared Cook, OAK
6.  Delanie Walker, TEN
7.  Evan Engram, NYG
8.  Vernon Davis, WAS
9.  Hunter Henry, LAC
10.  Jack Doyle, IND
11.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
12.  Jason Witten, DAL
13.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ
14.  Charles Clay, BUF
15.  Greg Olsen, CAR
16.  Cameron Brate, TB
17.  Tyler Kroft, CIN
18.  Austin Hooper, ATL
19.  Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI
20.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
21.  Julius Thomas, MIA
22.  O.J. Howard, TB
23.  Eric Ebron, DET
24.  C.J. Fiedorowicz, HOU
25.  Marcedes Lewis, JAC


1.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
2.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
3.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
4.  Denver Broncos, DEN
5.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
6.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
7.  Chicago Bears, CHI
8.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
9.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
10.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
11.  New England Patriots, NE
12.  Miami Dolphins, MIA
13.  Oakland Raiders, OAK
14.  New Orleans Saints, NO
15.  San Francisco 49ers, SF
16.  Green Bay Packers, GB
17.  Washington Redskins, WAS
18.  Detroit Lions, DET
19.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
20.  Cincinnati Bengals, CIN


1.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
2.  Greg Zuerlein, LAR
3.  Justin Tucker, BAL
4.  Wil Lutz, NO
5.  Matt Bryant, ATL
6.  Jake Elliott, PHI
7.  Nick Novak, LAC
8.  Chris Boswell, PIT
9.  Ryan Succop, TEN
10.  Kai Forbath, MIN
11.  Matt Prater, DET
12.  Harrison Butker, KC
13.  Josh Lambo, JAC
14.  Graham Gano, CAR
15.  Dan Bailey, DAL
16.  Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK
17.  Blair Walsh, SEA
18.  Nick Rose, WAS
19.  Mason Crosby, GB
20.  Steven Hauschka, BUF

Quick Links

Free agency update: What happens next for the Redskins on the defensive line?


Free agency update: What happens next for the Redskins on the defensive line?

The Redskins sure hosted a lot of free agent defensive line visits in the second week of free agency, but so far, no signed contracts. 

Johnathan Hankins came to Ashburn. Sylvester Williams came to Ashburn. Pernell McPhee came to Ashburn. All three left without a done deal, and now for Redskins fans, the question becomes not about when a deal will get done, but if any deals will happen.

Actually, one deal did happen. According to a report, Williams has signed with the Lions. 

Since visiting the Redskins on Monday, Hankins also took a trip to see the Lions. McPhee, who was offered a contract by the Redskins, has since taken a trip to visit the Falcons. 


Keep in mind too, Washington expressed interest in nose tackle Bennie Logan last offseason, and the 6-foot-2, 309 lb., former Chief is again on the market. A visit from Logan would surprise nobody, though it hasn't been reported yet. 

Mother Nature might also be an impediment for the Redskins. A March snowstorm shut the D.C. region down on Wednesday, which could have limited potential free agent visits.

What's clear is between Hankins, McPhee and Williams this week, in addition to Muhammad Wilkerson and Benson Mayowa last week, the Redskins are obviously looking to upgrade their defensive line. Combine that with a contract restructure for incumbent Terrell McClain, and Washington has the flexibility to improve on last season's NFL-worst run defense. 

That doesn't mean, however, the Redskins will absolutely sign one of the above mentioned players. And it doesn't mean outside linebacker Junior Gallete won't return to the Redskins either. 

Many fans wonder if a McPhee signing means the Redskins would move on from Galette. It might, but that's no sure thing. 

Washington went into the 2017 season with five outside linebackers: Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Galette, Ryan Anderson and Chris Carter. Right now, the 'Skins only have Kerrigan, Smith and Anderson under contract. The team needs to add at least one OLB, but likely two.

McPhee also carries about 20 extra pounds on his frame than Galette, giving the former Bear and Raven more flexibility to play against the run. Galette is a speed, leverage and moves player, focused on getting to the quarterback. He's capable against the run, but in the same way a sports car shouldn't carry a snow plow, Galette should be used to pressure QBs. 

Point being: McPhee and Galette could both make sense for the Redskins, if the team can work out the cash. 

Money usually matters the most in free agency, and it's clear the Redskins haven't made the type of offers that any of these players felt compelled to immediately sign. Deals could still happen though. Hankins didn't sign last offseason until April and Galette seems to thank Redskins fans via social media with relative frequency. 

Washington also had some success with the patient approach to free agency. The team was able to keep Zach Brown, though it took some nervous days of allowing the tackling machine linebacker to test the free agent market. With that win in hand, don't expect the Redskins brass to change their philosophy. 

Until further notice, it's hurry up and wait season in Ashburn.

Want more Redskins? Click here to follow JP on Facebook and check out @JPFinlayNBCS for live updates via Twitter! Click here for the #RedskinsTalk on Apple Podcastshere for Google Play or press play below. Don't forget to subscribe!

Quick Links

Redskins Draft Countdown: Could Da'Ron Payne be the final piece to the D-line puzzle?

Redskins Draft Countdown: Could Da'Ron Payne be the final piece to the D-line puzzle?

Redskins draft countdown

Da’Ron Payne

Defensive tackle

Stuff the run in the middle of the line? Check. Get outside to stop stretch plays? Check. Get after the passer? Check. Yes, Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne checks all the boxes the Redskins are looking for on the D-line.

He can be the immovable object, taking on double and triple teams, and he also can chase down the quarterback. At 311 pounds he could be the Redskins’ nose tackle in base and move outside in nickel.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 311
40-yard dash: 4.95

Projected draft round: 1

What they’re saying

Payne possesses one of the most impressive combinations of strength and athleticism that we've seen from an interior lineman. He will be the premier run-stuffer in this draft, but he may have enough in the pass rushing toolbox to project as a better pro than college pass rusher. Payne is a game-ready starter who immediately upgrades a defense's ability to slow the run.

Lance Zierlein,

How he fits the Redskins: This just in—the Redskins need a nose tackle. Of course, if you’re reading this you know that, and you’ve known it has been the case ever since the Redskins went to the 3-4 defense in 2010.

In very closely related news, they need to play better against the run, too. You probably noticed that they were dead last in the league in rushing defense last year. And that the NFC East has two very strong rushing teams in the Eagles and Cowboys and a Giants team that could well take Saquon Barkley with the second pick in the draft. If they don’t fix their rushing defense they could literally get run over.

Payne could help them a lot. He can take on double and triple teams and clog up running lanes in the middle. If they try to go around him, he has the quickness to penetrate and disrupt outside runs.

And a defensive lineman taken in the top half of the first round should be able to provide some pass rush pressure. As noted by Zierlein, Payne has the potential to do that. He’ll never be a double-digit sack guy, but if he can kick in four to six per year and get some pressure up the middle, that would be fine.

Film review: vs. Tennessee, vs Georgia (national title game)

Like most players, Payne can’t get much in the way of a pass rush when he is double and triple teamed. But when they tried to block him one on one he consistently got pressure. Payne didn’t get many sacks, but he did make a difference. Against Georgia, one pressure resulted in an interception and another forced a third-down incompletion.

Payne is very difficult to move off the spot in the running game, even when the offense tries to do it with two or even three players. Running backs did not get by him on a regular basis. In the second half in particular, Georgia tried to move the ball with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, both of whom are likely to get selected in the top 100 in the draft next month. But they kept running into a mass of humanity in the middle of the line with Payne in the middle of it.

He played well during the Tennessee game during the regular season, but he didn’t have a lot of impact. The only time his name was called was when he was hit with a roughing the passer call.

Potential issues: At 311 pounds, Payne may not be the ideal size to fill the chronic hole at nose tackle. It should be noted, however, that defensive line coach Jim Tomsula has said that the Redskins aren’t necessarily looking for the 350-pound nose tackle and that a relatively smaller player can get the job done. Ziggy Hood played the nose at 305 pounds last year. The Redskins finished last against the run, although that’s not necessarily cause and effect.

Bottom line: The Redskins went 20 years without taking an interior defensive lineman in the first round before taking Jonathan Allen last year. Nobody could legitimately complain if they doubled up on first-round D-linemen after so many years of neglect.

Payne should be there when the 13th pick goes on the clock. Unless the Redskins address the nose tackle spot in free agency Payne will be under strong consideration. The defensive line improved last year with the additions of Allen in the draft, Stacy McGee as a free agent and the second-year emergence of Matt Ioannidis. Payne could be the final piece of what could be a dominant defensive line.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.