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Week 13 fantasy football rankings: How much does Gronk’s injury hurt Tom Brady?

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) is out with a knee injury, and no Gronk has meant bad things for Tom Brady.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) is out with a knee injury, and no Gronk has meant bad things for Tom Brady. AP

Week 13 fantasy football rankings


1 Cam Newton, Carolina at New Orleans ... Newton is on pace for 142 carries, his most in any season

2 Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh vs. Indianapolis ... Roethlisberger (concussion) will need to be monitored

3 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay at Detroit

4 Tom Brady, New England vs. Philadelphia ... Since 2013, Brady has averaged 9.7 fantasy points less per game without Rob Gronkowski active

5 Matthew Stafford, Detroit vs. Green Bay ... Stafford comes into this game hot, off a five-TD game and the Lions have won three in a row

6 Andy Dalton, Cincinnati at Cleveland

7 Jay Cutler, Chicago vs. San Francisco ... Fresh off just his second win against the Packers (Cutler was 1-13 coming into last week’s game against Green Bay), the Bears get a chance to flex their muscle in this week’s game and get back to .500

8 Carson Palmer, Arizona at St. Louis

9 Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta ... Winston has four rushing TDs on the season, trailing only Cam Newton (seven)

10 Derek Carr, Oakland vs. Kansas City

11 Blake Bortles, Jacksonville at Tennessee

12 Ryan Fitzpatrick, N.Y. Jets at N.Y. Giants ... The Giants allow a league-worst 309.2 passing yards per game

13 Brock Osweiler, Denver at San Diego ... So far, so good for sure for the Osweiler era as he comes into Week 13 at 2-0 as a starter and having led the Broncos to topple the previously unbeaten Patriots

14 Marcus Mariota, Tennessee vs. Jacksonville

15 Matt Ryan, Atlanta at Tampa Bay

16 Kirk Cousins, Washington vs. Dallas ... Washington finds themselves in first place in the NFC East, while Cousins has 300+ yards passing in three of his last five games and he sports an 11:2 TD to INT at home this season

17 Alex Smith, Kansas City at Oakland

18 Ryan Tannehill, Miami vs. Baltimore

19 Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo vs. Houston ... Houston allows a league-low 9.7 points per game over its last three games

20 Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants vs. N.Y. Jets

Running back

1 DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh vs. Indianapolis

2 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota vs. Seattle ... Peterson (11,354) passed O.J. Simpson, Corey Dillon and John Riggins last week in all-time rushing yards, now 18th all-time and will pass Steven Jackson for 17th this week

3 Devonta Freeman, Atlanta at Tampa Bay

4 Doug Martin, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta ... Martin has locked into being a fantasy RB1, averaging 145 yards per game over his last three games

5 LeSean McCoy, Buffalo vs. Houston

6 Todd Gurley, St. Louis vs. Arizona

7 David Johnson, Arizona at St. Louis ... Johnson will start with Chris Johnson (fractured tibia) out and Andre Ellington (turf toe) limited or out

8 Jonathan Stewart, Carolina at New Orleans ... Stewart has at least 20 carries in seven straight games

9 C.J. Anderson, Denver at San Diego ... We’re giving Anderson a bump off his huge 153-yard game with two TDs, including the game-winner over the Patriots in overtime

10 Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati at Cleveland ... Hill comes off a 100-yard game (total yards), the first time he’s had 100 yards in a game since Week 16 of last year

11 Javorius Allen, Baltimore at Miami ... Miami allows a league-worst 138.5 yards rushing per game this season

12 LeGarrette Blount, New England vs. Philadelphia ... Philadelphia allows a league-worst 163.3 yards rushing per game over its past three games

13 Matt Forte, Chicago vs. San Francisco ... Forte returned last week, but Jeremy Langford now looks like the better runner

14 Eddie Lacy, Green Bay at Detroit ... Detroit allows a league-worst 1.4 rushing TDs per game this season

15 Thomas Rawls, Seattle at Minnesota

16 Lamar Miller, Miami vs. Baltimore ... Miller comes into Week 13 off a five-carry, 2 yards rushing game although with a new offensive coordinator look for Miller to get a greater workload this week

17 DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia at New England ... Le’Veon Bell still has more rushing yards than DeMarco Murray

18 Shaun Draughn, San Francisco at Chicago ... Draughn played 100 percent of snaps for the 49ers last week, the only time a back has done that this year

19 Darren McFadden, Dallas at Washington

20 Chris Ivory, N.Y. Jets at N.Y. Giants

21 Mark Ingram, New Orleans vs. Carolina ... Ingram has 14 combined carries his past two games and faces a Panthers defense that ranks second in rushing yards allowed this season and No. 1 over their past three games at just 36.3 yards per game

22 Charcandrick West, Kansas City at Oakland ... West (hamstring) needs to be monitored but he is fully practicing and looks good to go

23 Jeremy Langford, Chicago vs. San Francisco

24 Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati at Cleveland

25 Theo Riddick, Detroit vs. Green Bay

26 Alfred Morris, Washington vs. Dallas

27 Duke Johnson, Cleveland vs. Cincinnati

28 Latavius Murray, Oakland vs. Kansas City ... Murray has managed just 2.5 yards per carry over his last two games

29 T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville at Tennessee ... Tennessee allows the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season

30 Frank Gore, Indianapolis at Pittsburgh ... After an ugly 24-yard game on 19 carries, Gore is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry this season although Gore could be busier with Ahmad Bradshaw (wrist) lost for the season

Wide receiver

1 Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh vs. Indianapolis

2 Brandon Marshall, N.Y. Jets at N.Y. Giants

3 Julio Jones, Atlanta at Tampa Bay

4 Alshon Jeffery, Chicago vs. San Francisco

5 Calvin Johnson, Detroit vs. Green Bay ... Johnson is on fire of late, with at least five receptions and 80 receiving yards in six consecutive games

6 Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh vs. Indianapolis ... Bryant has 14 TDs in his 16 NFL career games

7 DeAndre Hopkins, Houston at Buffalo ... Off a down week, but Hopkins remains the only player in the NFL with at least five receptions in every game this season

8 A.J. Green, Cincinnati at Cleveland

9 Odell Beckham Jr., N.Y. Giants vs. N.Y. Jets

10 T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

11 Emmanuel Sanders, Denver at San Diego

12 Allen Robinson, Jacksonville at Tennessee ... Robinson has either 100 yards or a touchdown in all but three games this year

13 Demaryius Thomas, Denver at San Diego

14 Jarvis Landry, Miami vs. Baltimore

15 Eric Decker, N.Y. Jets at N.Y. Giants ... Decker has a touchdown or 80 yards in every game this season

16 Amari Cooper, Oakland vs. Kansas City

17 Danny Amendola, New England vs. Philadelphia ... Amendola (knee) will need to be monitored

18 Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City at Oakland

19 Mike Evans, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta

20 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at St. Louis ... Fitzgerald leads the league with eight games of seven receptions or more on the season

21 Brandon LaFell, New England vs. Philadelphia ... No team allows more fantasy points to opposing wide receivers than Philadelphia

22 Randall Cobb, Green Bay at Detroit

23 Sammy Watkins, Buffalo vs. Houston

24 Dez Bryant, Dallas at Washington

25 Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

26 Michael Crabtree, Oakland vs. Kansas City

27 Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta

28 Golden Tate, Detroit vs. Green Bay

29 John Brown, Arizona at St. Louis

30 Anquan Boldin, San Francisco at Chicago

31 Stevie Johnson, San Diego vs. Denver

32 Doug Baldwin, Seattle at Minnesota

33 Kamar Aiken, Baltimore at Miami

34 James Jones, Green Bay at Detroit

35 Travis Benjamin, Cleveland vs. Cincinnati

36 Davante Adams, Green Bay at Detroit

37 Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh vs. Indianapolis

38 DeSean Jackson, Washington vs. Dallas

39 Marvin Jones, Cincinnati at Cleveland

40 Brandin Cooks, New Orleans vs. Carolina

Tight end

1 Greg Olsen, Carolina at New Orleans ... The Saints allow the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year

2 Delanie Walker, Tennessee vs. Jacksonville

3 Travis Kelce, Kansas City at Oakland

4 Jordan Reed, Washington vs. Dallas ... Reed has a TD or five receptions in every game this season he’s played in

5 Gary Barnidge, Cleveland vs. Cincinnati

6 Julius Thomas, Jacksonville at Tennessee ... Thomas comes off his best game as a Jaguar with 100-plus yards and a score, and should remain very busy this week with Allen Hurns (concussion) likely out

7 Scott Chandler, New England vs. Philadelphia ... Chandler should have an expanded role with Rob Gronkowski (knee) likely out a few weeks

8 Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Denver

9 Martellus Bennett, Chicago vs. San Francisco ... Bennett (ribs) missed Week 12 but should be able to play this week but will need to be monitored

10 Vance McDonald, San Francisco at Chicago ... McDonald has touchdowns in back-to-back games and is quietly the No. 2 tight end over the past two weeks

11 Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota vs. Seattle

12 Richard Rodgers, Green Bay at Detroit ... Detroit has allowed as many TDs to tight ends (nine) as wide receivers this year

13 Jacob Tamme, Atlanta at Tampa Bay

14 Crockett Gillmore, Baltimore at Miami

15 Benjamin Watson, New Orleans vs. Carolina

16 Owen Daniels, Denver at San Diego

17 Luke Willson, Seattle at Minnesota ... Willson will be the Seahawks’ starting tight end with Jimmy Graham out for the rest of the season

18 Eric Ebron, Detroit vs. Green Bay

19 Jason Witten, Dallas at Washington

20 Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta ... Brate has 10 targets with back-to-back touchdowns over the past two games


1 Graham Gano, Carolina at New Orleans

2 Stephen Gostkowski, New England vs. Philadelphia

3 Cairo Santos, Kansas City at Oakland

4 Brandon McManus, Denver at San Diego

5 Mason Crosby, Green Bay at Detroit

6 Robbie Gould, Chicago vs. San Francisco

7 Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona at St. Louis

8 Jason Myers, Jacksonville at Tennessee

9 Steven Hauschka, Seattle at Minnesota

10 Mike Nugent, Cincinnati at Cleveland

11 Justin Tucker, Baltimore at Miami

12 Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh vs. Indianapolis

13 Matt Prater, Detroit vs. Green Bay

14 Josh Brown, N.Y. Giants vs. N.Y. Jets

15 Connor Barth, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta

16 Blair Walsh, Minnesota vs. Seattle

17 Dustin Hopkins, Washington vs. Dallas

18 Josh Lambo, San Diego vs. Denver

19 Dan Carpenter, Buffalo vs. Houston

20 Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland vs. Kansas City


1 Cincinnati DT, Cincinnati at Cleveland

2 Carolina DT, Carolina at New Orleans

3 New England DT, New England vs. Philadelphia

4 Arizona DT, Arizona at St. Louis

5 Washington DT, Washington vs. Dallas

6 Denver DT, Denver at San Diego

7 Chicago DT, Chicago vs. San Francisco

8 Kansas City DT, Kansas City at Oakland

9 Seattle DT, Seattle at Minnesota

10 Jacksonville DT, Jacksonville at Tennessee

11 Buffalo DT, Buffalo vs. Houston

12 Baltimore DT, Baltimore at Miami

13 Tennessee DT, Tennessee vs. Jacksonville

14 Houston DT, Houston at Buffalo

15 Tampa Bay DT, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta

16 Green Bay DT, Green Bay at Detroit

17 Miami DT, Miami vs. Baltimore

18 Pittsburgh DT, Pittsburgh vs. Indianapolis

19 Minnesota DT, Minnesota vs. Seattle

20 New York Jets DT, N.Y. Jets at N.Y. Giants

Alan Satterlee is a co-owner and senior writer for, a comprehensive fantasy football strategy site.