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Fantasy’s top three running backs close out the 2013 regular season with three fantastic matchups.

LeSean McCoy draws a Dallas team allowing the most points to running backs. Jamaal Charles gets a San Diego team he scored 30 fantasy points against in Week 12. Matt Forte plays host to a Green Bay team he scored 26 points against in Week 9.

DeMarco Murray has been solid when given the ball, and there’s no reason to think that will stop this week against an Eagles team he did not see in the Week 8 meeting.

Adrian Peterson stays up there in the rankings this week because he is Adrian Peterson. Health was not an issue in the Week 16 dud — a beatdown by the Bengals was. You would like to think he closes out the year strong the same way he began it — racking up a season-high 32 points against Detroit in Week 1.

2013 NFL Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back

RankPlayerTeamOpp
1LeSean McCoyPHIat DAL
2Jamaal CharlesKCat SD
3Matt ForteCHIvs GB
4DeMarco MurrayDALvs. PHI
5Adrian PetersonMINvs. DET
6Eddie LacyGBat CHI
7Reggie BushDETat MIN
8Knowshon MorenoDENat OAK
9Marshawn LynchSEAvs. STL
10Le'Veon BellPITvs. CLE
11Ryan MathewsSDvs. KC
12Zac StacySTLat SEA
13Chris JohnsonTENvs. HOU
14Bobby RaineyTBat NO
15Alfred MorrisWASat NYG
16Fred JacksonBUFat NE
17Rashad JenningsOAKvs. DEN
18Dennis Johnson HOUat TEN
19Maurice Jones-DrewJACat IND
20Danny WoodheadSDvs. KC
21Ray RiceBALat CIN
22Joique BellDETat MIN
23Giovani BernardCINvs. BAL
24DeAngelo WilliamsCARat ATL
25Frank GoreSFat ARI
26Pierre ThomasNOvs. TB
27C.J. SpillerBUFat NE
28Andre EllingtonARIvs. SF
29Donald BrownINDvs. JAC
30Steven JacksonATLvs. CAR

 

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Teaser:
DeMarco Murray has been solid when given the ball, and there’s no reason to think that will stop this week against an Eagles team he did not see in the Week 8 meeting.
Post date: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 06:00
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The greatest fantasy football season for a quarterback — assuming he can score five more points — comes to an end this week as Peyton Manning goes to Oakland.

 

Part of the 5,211 yards and 51 touchdowns he has so far came via a 31.7-point day against Oakland in Week 3. And that was only his ninth-best game of the season.

 

With Manning setting the NFL record for TD passes in a season, will he give way to Brock Osweiller at some point Sunday? Maybe. But predicting a win, a blowout, a close games is useless this season. So ride the Bronco that got you to your Week 17 championship game.

 

The only thing stranger than a Week 17 championship game would be you pulling Manning for said title game.

 

While Manning is not playing for anything for the Broncos this weekend, Nick Foles, Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Jay Cutler — the rest of your top five — are all playing for division titles., and have very friendly matchups in the process.

 

2013 NFL Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks

PlayerTeamOpp
Peyton ManningDENat OAK
Nick FolesPHIat DAL
Cam NewtonCARat ATL
Drew BreesNOvs. TB
Jay CutlerCHIvs. GB
Matthew StaffordDETat MIN
Andrew LuckINDvs. JAC
Matt FlynnGBat CHI
Tony Romo (*check injury reports)DALvs. PHI
Ben RoethlisbergerPITvs. CLE
Tom BradyNEvs. BUF
Ryan FitzpatrickTENvs. HOU
Alex SmithKCat SD
Russell WilsonSEAvs. STL
Colin KaepernickSFat ARI
Andy DaltonCINvs. BAL
Jason CampbellCLEat PIT
Ryan TannehillMIAvs. NYJ
Philip RiversSDvs. KC
Matt RyanATLvs. CAR
Kirk CousinsWASat NYG
Joe FlaccoBALat CIN
Eli ManningNYGvs. WAS
Terrelle PryorOAKvs. DEN
Chad HenneJACat IND

 

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

 

OFFENSIVE SCORING
  • All touchdowns are 6 points
  • 1 point for 25 yards passing
  • 1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
  • Receptions are .5 points
  • Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
Teaser:
The greatest fantasy football season for a quarterback — assuming he can score five more points — comes to an end this week as Peyton Manning goes to Oakland.
Post date: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 06:00
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Dez Bryant leads the Week 17 receivers charge as the Dallas Cowboys play host to the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday night’s NFC East title game. Bryant gets an Eagles team that allows the most to catches, yards and TDs per game to receivers. He had eight catches for 110 yards on 16 targets in their Week 7 meeting.

Despite the gimpy knee, Calvin Johnson stays near the top of the rankings in Week 17. It’s hard to sit the game’s best when he gets a Minnesota Vikings team allowing the second-most to receivers this year. He will definitely be one of the biggest ones to monitor this week with the knee and the fact that the Lions are now out of the playoff picture.

Josh Gordon can wrap up a stellar season against a Steelers team he caught a season-high 14 balls for 237 yards and a score against in Week 12.

2013 NFL Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

RankPlayerTeamOpp
1Dez BryantDALvs. PHI
2Calvin JohnsonDETat MIN
3Josh GordonCLEat PIT
4A.J. GreenCINvs. BAL
5Brandon MarshallCHIvs. GB
6Antonio BrownPITvs. CLE
7Eric DeckerDENat OAK
8Pierre GarconWASat NYG
9Julian EdelmanNEvs. BUF
10Demaryius ThomasDENat OAK
11DeSean JacksonPHIat DAL
12Alshon JefferyCHIvs. GB
13Jordy NelsonGBat CHI
14Keenan AllenSDvs. KC
15Larry FitzgeraldARIvs. SF
16Andre JohnsonHOUat TEN
17Marques ColstonNOvs. TB
18Mike WallaceMIAvs. NYJ
19Cordarrelle PattersonMINvs. DET
20Vincent JacksonTBat NO
21Riley CooperPHIat DAL
22Roddy WhiteATLvs. CAR
23Brian HartlineMIAvs. NYJ
24Jarrett BoykinGBat CHI
25T.Y. HiltonINDvs. JAC
26Andre Caldwell DENat OAK
27Harry DouglasATLvs. CAR
28Torrey SmithBALat CIN
29Nate WashingtonTENvs. HOU
30Danny AmendolaNEvs. BUF
31Rueben RandleNYGvs. WAS
32Brandon LaFellCARat ATL
33Michael CrabtreeSFat ARI
34Dwayne BoweKCat SD
35Michael FloydARIat ARI
36Kendall WrightTENvs. HOU
37Anquan BoldinSFat ARI
38Robert WoodsBUFat NE
39Nate BurlesonDETat MIN
40Hakeem NicksNYGvs. WAS
41James JonesGBat CHI
42Rishard Matthews MIAvs. NYJ
43Aaron DobsonNEva. BUF
44Golden TateSEAvs. STL
45Terrance WilliamsDALvs. PHI

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Teaser:
Josh Gordon can wrap up a stellar fantasy football season.
Post date: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 06:00
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True college football fans like to examine and dissect statistics, whether it's a quarterback's completion percentage or a team's winning record on the road. We, however, love stats. With that in mind, we examined the Pac-12 Championship between Stanford and Arizona State to put together some of the strangest, most amazing, and just plain cool numbers about the conference title game.

Kevin Hogan2: Home team has won both Pac-12 championship games
Arizona State has a small sample size of history on its side when it plays host to Stanford and the Pac-12 championship game Saturday. The home team has won the first two conference title games. Stanford defeated UCLA 27-24 last season, and Oregon defeated UCLA 49-31 in the first championship in 2011.

8: Arizona State has won its last eight home games
Being at home is certainly an advantage for the Sun Devils after having won their last eight games in Tempe. This season, they are 7-0 at Sun Devil Stadium, outscoring opponents 344-146 (49.1-20.9 PPG). Both Cardinal defeats have come on the road this season, while they have won their last 16 at home. One of those seven wins at home this season was a 42-28 victory against Arizona State.

1: Saturday’s Pac-12 title game will be the first time both teams enter on a winning streak
The third Pac-12 Conference championship game will feature both teams arriving after a win for the first time in the three-year history of the game. Arizona State and Stanford are both 10-2, ASU on a seven-game winning streak and Stanford on a two-game upswing. In 2011, Oregon arrived on a two-game win streak and won the title, while UCLA was 6-6 having just lost to USC. Last year, Stanford arrived on a six-game winning streak and won the title, while the Bruins were 9-3 and had just lost to Stanford in the regular-season finale.

17 and 39: ASU going for its first Rose Bowl in 17 years; Stanford looking for first consecutive trips in 39 years
On the line in Saturday’s Pac-12 title game is a trip to the 100th Rose Bowl. It is a game the Sun Devils have not been to since Jan. 1, 1997 — a 20-17 loss to Ohio State, which handed them their first loss (11-1). Stanford is looking to make back-to-back appearances in Pasadena on New Year’s Day for the first time since 1972. The Cardinal won their first Rose Bowl since 1972 with a 20-14 win over Wisconsin last season. They also won the 1971 game. USC is the last team to win consecutive Rose Bowls (2006-09). Stanford has appeared in 13 Rose Bowls, ASU two.

64: Arizona State has the most scores of any FBS team inside the red zone
Arizona State is sixth in the nation in red zone offense with 64 scores on 69 trips — 32 rushing TDs, 13 passing and 19 field goals. Stanford is tied for 31st in the nation in red zone defense. The Cardinal have allowed 29 scores on 37 trips inside the 20 — six rushing TDs, 13 passing and 10 field goals. Stanford’s offense is tied for 20th in red zone offense with 40 scores on 45 trips — 18 rushing scores, eight passing and 14 field goals. The Sun Devils are tied for 71st in red zone defense — 32 scores in 38 trips (12 rushing, 12 passing and eight field goals).

13: Arizona State is plus-13 in turnover margin
The Sun Devils will have to find a way to shake up the balanced Stanford offense, and turnovers could be that way. Arizona State is ninth in the nation at plus-13 in turnover margin, and it is tied for sixth in turnovers gained (30). Stanford is tied for 63 with a zero turnover margin. Both ASU and Stanford are tied for 38th in turnovers lost (17).

29: Stanford led 29-0 in this season’s meeting before ASU scored
The scoreboard showed a 14-point final margin for Stanford in the Sept. 21 conference-opening win over visiting Arizona State, but that game was well in hand in the first 30 minutes. The Cardinal scored the game’s first 29 points — all coming in the first half — and 39 of the first 46 before ASU clawed back with three fourth-quarter TDs. Stanford bookended conference play with 29-point halftime leads. The Cardinal also led California by 29 (42-13) on Nov. 23.

DJ Foster7 for 20: ASU’s Foster and his seven scores will likely be called upon to replace Grice and his 20 touchdowns
D.J. Foster (pictured right) has four rushing touchdowns this season — all four have come in the past three games. The sophomore had two and 124 yards in a blowout win of Arizona last week, and will be called upon heavily again with starter Marion Grice (leg) likely out. Grice leads ASU with 14 touchdowns, 966 yards rushing, and also has 50 catches for 438 yards and six receiving scores. Foster has appeared in all 12 games, rushing 65 times for 307 yards, and is second on the team with 54 catches for 550 yards and three scores. He appeared in all 13 games, starting once, as a freshman.

189: While ASU might be without its workhorse, Stanford’s Gaffney is coming off career-high 189 yards
Tyler Gaffney, FBS’ 10th-best rusher at 123.8 yards per game, arrives in Tempe off a career-best day. The senior carried 33 times for a career-high 189 yards and one score in a 27-20 win against Notre Dame last week. Gaffney is averaging 146 yards on the ground over the last seven games and has only gone below 100 once — 95 yards on just 16 carries.

13: Will ASU have an answer for Stanford’s Murphy and his FBS-best 13 sacks?
Trent Murphy leads the FBS with 13 sacks and is seventh in tackles for loss (19.5). Arizona State’s Carl Bradford is not too far behind with 16 sacks (T18 FBS), and he and teammate Davon Coleman each have 7.5 sacks. (T42). As a team, ASU is 90th in the FBS in tackles for loss allowed (6.67 per game) and 103rd in sacks allowed (2.75 per game).

Teaser:
Amazing College Football Stats about the Pac-12 Championship
Post date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 07:15
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True college football fans like to examine and dissect statistics, whether it's a quarterback's completion percentage or a team's winning record on the road. We, however, love stats. With that in mind, we examined the ACC Championship between Duke and Florida State to put together some of the strangest, most amazing, and just plain cool numbers about the conference title game.

Stats to Know for the 2013 ACC Championship

4: Duke and Florida State have four common opponents this season
On the road to the ACC championship, Duke and Florida State have faced four common opponents in 2013. Pittsburgh, NC State, Miami and Wake Forest were all on both teams’ schedules. The Seminoles went 4-0, outscoring the four 47.5-11.8 for a 35.7 PPG margin. The Blue Devils went 3-1, losing to Pitt for their last defeat (Sept. 21), outscoring the four 43-31.5 for an average margin of 11.5.

13.6 Duke’s average winning margin is just under two touchdowns per game at 13.6; FSU’s is above six
Duke and Florida State have reached double-digit wins and the ACC championship game in a much different way. The Blue Devils are outscoring opponents by 13.6 points per game, including the last two by 4.5 PPG. Florida State has only had one game decided by two scores or less (48-34 over Boston College) and is outscoring its opponents by 42.6 PPG.

20.5: The combined spread of the other six FBS conference title games is 20.5; the ACC’s in 29
Duke is clearly the biggest underdog in any of the seven FBS conference championship games this week, sitting as a 29-point underdog to Florida State as of Tuesday morning. Ohio State is a 5.5-point favorite over Michigan State in the Big Ten, Marshall is a 4.5-point favorite against Rice in C-USA, Northern Illinois is a 3-point favorite over Bowling Green in the MAC, Fresno State is a 3-point favorite against Utah State in the Mountain West, Arizona State is a 3-point favorite against Stanford in the Pac-12 and Auburn is a 1.5-point favorite over Missouri in the SEC.

162: Florida State can put this one to bed early if it continues to score like it has in the first quarter — 162 points this season
The Seminoles are 12-0 for a number of reasons, but outscoring opponents nearly 5:1 in the first 15 minutes sure is making it easier. FSU has racked up 162 points to just 35 allowed in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Duke has only been cumulatively outscored in one quarter all season and it’s the first — 82-70. If Duke can get it to the fourth quarter, its chances obviously increase. But limiting opponents to 37 points in the final 15 minutes this season is four points better than the 41 FSU has surrendered.

62: FSU’s 62 red zone scores are 10 more than Duke has red zone attempts
Both Duke and FSU are solid when they get inside the opponent’s 20, but FSU gets there more often and does more when they arrive. The Seminoles have scored on 62-of-64 attempts inside the red zone, including 50 touchdowns. Duke has reached the red zone 52 times, scoring 44, including 36 touchdowns.

3: FSU will be third ranked team Duke has played this season; Seminoles have wins over three ranked teams
No. 20 Duke has faced two ranked teams this season, defeating both in the last five games. The Blue Devils knocked off host and then-ranked No. 14 Virginia Tech 13-10 on Oct. 26 and followed three weeks later with a 48-30 win over then-ranked No. 23 Miami. Top-ranked FSU defeated all three ranked teams it played — 63-0 over then-No. 25 Maryland, 51-14 over then-No. 3 Clemson and 41-14 over then-No. 7 Miami.

6: Duke leads Florida State in six team offensive and defensive categories
The Blue Devils are not in front of the Seminoles in many categories within the ACC, but there is a handful. They lead Saturday’s opponent in total offense plays (861-806), rush attempts (476-431), pass attempts (385-375), first downs rushing (120-119), fourth-down conversion percentage (68.4-66.7) and sacks against (14-28). Duke is in front of Florida State in 19 team categories altogether, adding in special teams and penalties: net yards per punt, average yards per punt, number of punts, yards punted, punt return average, punt return yards, punt return touchdowns, kickoff returns average, kickoff returns, kickoff return yards, kickoff return touchdowns, penalties, opponent penalties average yards per game and kickoff coverage average.

4: The Atlantic and Coastal Divisions have each won four ACC championship games
The Atlantic Division has bookended the first two conference title games and last two with victories, while the Coastal Division won four straight from 2007-10. Three times has the lower or unranked team won the ACC title — Florida State in the inaugural 2005 game, Virginia Tech in 2008 and Clemson in 2011.

0: Duke is 0-18 all time against Florida State
This will be the 19th meeting between Duke and Florida State since 1992. The Blue Devils are 0-18 against the Seminoles, have not scored over 16 points in the last three meetings (2007, 11-12), and the average margin of defeat is 34.6 PPG (50.1-15.5).

10: Duke pits first 10-win season against an accomplishment FSU has reached 21 times since 1977
Duke arrives in Charlotte for the ACC title game off of its first 10-win season in program history, and an eight-game winning streak. FSU has posted 21 seasons of at least 10 wins, the first in 1977, and 14 straight from 1987-2000. The Blue Devils’ best record prior to this season was 9-1 four times — 1933, ’36, ’38 and ’41 — losing the last game three of those four seasons.

 

Teaser:
Amazing ACC College Football Stats from Week 14
Post date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 07:15
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Quarterbacks playing conference opponents for a second time this season spearhead the top three on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 13 rankings at the position this week.

Detroit’s Matthew Stafford is atop the quarterback ranks, having thrown for multiple touchdowns the last three games and in five of the last six. His last game under 22 points was Week 5 at NFC North rival Green Bay (16.4) — this week’s opponent.

It was just two weeks ago that Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos handed the Kansas City Chiefs their first loss. Manning had his lowest-scoring outing of the season against the AFC West rival (18.9), and followed it up last week with a new low — 16 at New England.  The Chiefs followed up limiting Manning to under 20 by surrendering over 33 points to another AFC West rival last week — San Diego’s Philip Rivers.

Carolina's Cam Newton had 31.8 points against Tampa Bay on the road in Week 8, and is coming off back-to-back games of 22.1 and 32.6 points.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks

RkPlayerTeamOPP
1Matthew StaffordDETvs. GB (Thurs.)
2Peyton ManningDENat KC
3Cam NewtonCARvs. TB
4Tony RomoDALvs. OAK (Thurs.)
5Drew BreesNOat SEA (Mon.)
6Nick FolesPHIvs. ARI
7Josh McCownCHIat MIN
8Andy DaltonCINat SD
9Tom BradyNEat HOU
10Russell WilsonSEAvs. NO (Mon.)
11Andrew LuckINDvs. TEN
12Philip RiversSDvs. CIN
13Robert Griffin IIIWASvs. NYG
14Matt RyanATLat BUF
15Alex SmithKCvs. DEN
16Colin KaepernickSFvs. STL
17Ryan FitzpatrickTENat IND
18Carson PalmerARIat PHI
19Eli ManningNYGat WAS
20Ben RoethlisbergerPITat BAL (Thurs.)
21EJ ManuelBUFvs. ATL
22Ryan TannehillMIAat NYJ
23Christian PonderMINvs. CHI
24Mike GlennonTBat CAR
25Matt FlynnGBat DET (Thurs.)

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 13 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 13 Waiver Wire

Teaser:
Fantasy Football 2013 Quarterback Rankings: Week 13
Post date: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 16:00
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The theme is the same for the running backs on top of Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 13 rankings as it is for the quarterbacks — familiar opponents.

Minnesota's Adrian Peterson had 10 points against a much different Chicago team (read: healthy defense) in Week 2.

Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles had a season-low 8.2 points against AFC West rival Denver two weeks ago, but bounced back with a season-high 30.7 points last week.

Matt Forte’s 21.1-point effort in Week 2 against NFC North foe Minnesota was the first of the five 20-plus point games he has had this season. Forte has been at his best on the road this season, averaging over 27 PPG away from Soldier Field.

The New York Giants have not seen the Washington Redskins this season, but Andre Brown is over 10 points each of the last three weeks, and scored a touchdown against the NFC East rival in Week 7 last year.

Reggie Bush had just 8.9 points against the NFC North foe in Week 5, but the Green Bay Packers have allowed the seventh-most points to the position since Week 7.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back
 

RkPlayerTeamOPP
1Adrian PetersonMINvs. CHI
2Jamaal CharlesKCvs. DEN
3Matt ForteCHIat MIN
4Andre BrownNYGat WAS
5Reggie BushDETvs. GB (Thurs.)
6LeSean McCoyPHIvs. ARI
7Marshawn LynchSEAvs. NO (Mon.)
8DeMarco MurrayDALvs. OAK (Thurs.)
9Chris JohnsonTENat IND
10Frank GoreSFvs. STL
11Eddie LacyGBat DET (Thurs.)
12Ray RiceBALvs. PIT (Thurs.)
13Knowshon MorenoDENat KC
14Zac StacySTLat SF
15Giovani BernardCINat SD
16Maurice Jones-DrewJACat CLE
17Shane VerreenNEat HOU
18Ben TateHOUvs. NE
19Pierre ThomasNOat SEA (Mon.)
20Le'Veon BellPITat BAL (Thurs.)
21Alfred MorrisWASvs. NYG
22Rashad JenningsOAKat DAL (Thurs.)
23Danny WoodheadSDvs. CIN
24Steven JacksonATLat BUF
25Fred JacksonBUFvs. ATL
26C.J. SpillerBUFvs. ATL
27Bobby RaineyTBat CAR
28Chris OgbonnayaCLEvs. JAC
29Andre EllingtonARIat PHI
30Darren SprolesNOat SEA (Mon.)
31Trent RichardsonINDvs. TEN
32Lamar MillerMIAat NYJ
33Chris IvoryNYJvs MIA
34Stevan RidleyNEat HOU
35Bilal PowellNYJvs MIA

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 13 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 13 Waiver Wire

Teaser:
Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 13
Post date: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 16:00
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Hope you like some receivers with your Thanksgiving meal.  Of the top 11 in Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 13 wide receiver rankings, four of them play on Turkey Day.

But it is hard to go against Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown, Dallas’ Dez Bryant and Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson any week — Thursday game or not.

For Johnson and Nelson it’s a great matchup against each other. The Packers allow the ninth-most points to receivers over the last month, while the Lions are tops in that department.

Bryant gets an Oakland Raiders team allowing the second-most points to receivers over the last month and fourth-most this season.

Brown faces the stingiest receiver defense of the foursome. The Ravens have allowed the 12th-fewest over the last month and are 16th for the season. However, no one has more catches (80) than Brown this season.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers
 

RkPlayerTeamOPP
1Calvin JohnsonDETvs. GB (Thurs.)
2Antonio BrownPITat BAL (Thurs.)
3A.J. GreenCINat SD
4Brandon MarshallCHIat MIN
5Dez BryantDALvs. OAK (Thurs.)
6Demaryius ThomasDENat KC
7Josh GordonCLEvs. JAC
8Vincent JacksonTBat CAR
9Pierre GarconWASvs. NYG
10Andre JohnsonHOUvs. NE
11Jordy NelsonGBat DET (Thurs.)
12Victor CruzNYGat WAS
13Alshon JefferyCHIat MIN
14Larry FitzgeraldARIat PHI
15Wes WelkerDENat KC
16Keenan AllenSDvs. CIN
17DeSean JacksonPHIvs. ARI
18Harry DouglasATLat BUF
19Jarrett BoykinGBat DET (Thurs.)
20Michael FloydARIat PHI
21Kendall WrightTENat IND
22Eric DeckerDENat KC
23Torrey SmithBALvs. PIT (Thurs.)
24Cecil ShortsJACat CLE
25Mike WallaceMIAat NYJ
26Riley CooperPHIvs. ARI
27Nate BurlesonDETvs. GB (Thurs.)
28Steve SmithCARvs. TB
29Dwayne BoweKCvs. DEN
30T.Y. HiltonINDvs. TEN
31Brian HartlineMIAat NYJ
32James JonesGBat DET (Thurs.)
33Marques ColstonNOat SEA (Mon.)
34Rod StreaterOAKat DAL (Thurs.)
35Percy HarvinSEAvs. NO (Mon.)
36Stevie JohnsonBUFvs. ATL
37Rishard MatthewsMIAat NYJ
38Danny AmendolaNEat HOU
39Roddy WhiteATLat BUF
40Brandon LaFellCARvs. TB
41Cordarrelle PattersonMINvs. CHI
42Rueben RandleNYGat WAS
43Anquan BoldinSFvs. STL
44Hakeem NicksNYGat WAS
45Julian EdelmanNEat HOU
46Denarius MooreOAKat DAL (Thurs.)
47Emmanuel SandersPITat BAL (Thurs.)
48Golden TateSEAvs. NO (Mon.)
49Tiquan UnderwoodTBat CAR
50Tavon AustinSTLat SF

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 13 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 13 Waiver Wire

Teaser:
Fantasy Football 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 13
Post date: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 16:00
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There is an interesting quandary this week with Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 13 tight end rankings, right as we position ourselves for playoff seeding.

Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez and Julius Thomas are the top-five ranked at the position this week, and each of them are facing a defense in the top half of the league against tight ends.

Witten has the best matchup of the top five, going against an Oakland team ranked 14th against the position this season. Graham follows against a Seattle team ranked 11th.

Jordan Cameron, ranked eighth this week, has the best chance — so say the numbers. He takes on a Jacksonville team ranked 31st against tight ends, having allowed six catches, 68 yards and nearly a touchdown per game to the position.

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2013 NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends

RkPlayerTeamOPP
1Jimmy GrahamNOat SEA (Mon.)
2Rob GronkowskiNEat HOU
3Jason WittenDALvs. OAK (Thurs.)
4Tony GonzalezATLat BUF
5Julius ThomasDENat KC
6Vernon DavisSFvs. STL
7Greg OlsenCARvs. TB
8Jordan CameronCLEvs. JAC
9Jordan ReedWASvs. NYG
10Antonio GatesSDvs. CIN
11Coby FleenerINDvs. TEN
12Martellus BennettCHIat MIN
13Garrett GrahamHOUvs. NE
14Charles ClayMIAat NYJ
15Rob HouslerARIat PHI
16Delanie WalkerTENat IND
17Tim WrightTBat CAR
18John CarlsonMINvs. CHI
19Brandon PettigrewDETvs. GB (Thurs.)
20Heath MillerPITat BAL (Thurs.)

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

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Two olds and a new are must-starts this week on defense, but it is where Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 13 rankings are bookended in the top five that could make the most noise.

The Carolina defense, a surprise this season at second in total fantasy points, has faltered the last couple of weeks to the tune of nine and eight points after not having dipped below double digits since Week 2.

Baltimore and San Francisco are inside the top five of the DST rankings this week, a spot those two squads are used to residing in during a fantasy season.

Cleveland, tied for 23rd amongst DSTs, plays host to a Jacksonville team allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to fantasy defense/special teams. That's why the Browns are Athlon Sports’ No. 1 DST for Week 13.

Miami, tied for 16th in fantasy points for DSTs, travels to face a New York Jets team allowing the third-most points to DSTs. The Dolphins are ranked fifth this week.

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2013 NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

RkTeamOPP
1Cleveland Brownsvs. JAC
2Carolina Panthersvs. TB
3Baltimore Ravensvs. PIT (Thurs.)
4San Francisco 49ersvs. STL
5Miami Dolphinsat NYJ
6New England Patriotsat HOU
7Seattle Seahawksvs. NO (Mon.)
8New York Jetsvs. MIA
9Dallas Cowboysvs. OAK (Thurs.)
10Buffalo Billsvs. ATL
11Philadelphia Eaglesvs. ARI
12Washington Redskinsvs. NYG
13Chicago Bearsat MIN
14Cincinnati Bengalsat SD
15Pittsburgh Steelersat BAL (Thurs.)

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

DEFENSIVE SCORING
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points

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At this point in the season, don’t get cute with kickers. Make and win the playoffs with who got you there, after consulting Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 13 kicker rankings of course.

New England’s Stephen Gostkowski is fantasy’s top-scoring kicker, so stick with him this week in Houston. It doesn’t hurt that the Texans have allowed the 10th-most points to kickers during their current nine-game losing streak.

Denver’s Matt Prater had the most points he has scored since the shootout in Dallas when he faced Kansas City two weeks ago. His 11 were the most since the season-high 18 against the Cowboys in Week 5.

Dan Carpenter should be a good sleeper this week. He and the Buffalo Bills welcome an Atlanta Falcons team allowing the most to fantasy points to kickers this year. Carpenter is one point shy of being a top-12 kicker this season, and is owned in less than 10 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

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2013 NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings — Kickers

RkPlayerTeamOPPONENT
1Stephen GostkowskiNEat HOU
2Matt PraterDENat KC
3Dan BaileyDALvs. OAK (Thurs.)
4Robbie GouldCHIat MIN
5Mason CrosbyGBat DET (Thurs.)
6David AkersDETvs. GB (Thurs.)
7Steven HauschkaSEAvs. NO (Mon.)
8Alex HeneryPHIvs. ARI
9Dan CarpenterBUFvs. ATL
10Garrett HartleyNOat SEA (Mon.)
11Phil DawsonSFvs. STL
12Ryan SuccopKCvs. DEN
13Nick NovakSDvs. CIN
14Justin TuckerBALvs. PIT (Thurs.)
15Adam VinatieriINDvs. TEN

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

KICKER SCORING
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points

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48: Arizona’s Carey totes the ball an FBS-high 48 times in upset of Oregon
Ka’Deem Carey became Arizona’s all-time leading rusher (3,913 yards) and touchdown scorer (49) in Saturday’s 42-16 upset of No. 5 Oregon. He did so on 48 carries. The 48 attempts are the most by any FBS player this season, and broke his own school record (39) from earlier this season. Carey finished with 48 carries for 206 yards and four TDs.

7: After seven years, Arizona scores a win over a top-five team
Arizona’s 42-16 upset win of visiting Oregon on Saturday was the Wildcats’ first win over a top-five team since Nov. 5, 2007. The last team Arizona knocked off inside the top five? Oregon. The Wildcats were 34-24 winners that day over the No. 2 Ducks at Arizona Stadium.

371: Oregon’s Mariota has interception streak halted after 371 days
Marcus Mariota threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns in the loss at Arizona Saturday. He also threw his first interception since the Nov. 17, 2012 loss to Stanford. The streak lasted 371 days, 353 attempts and ended on his first throw of the game Saturday.

63: Stanford posts a record 63 points in the Big Game
It was the Cardinal’s turn to try and hang a high number on Cal Saturday, and they did so to the tune of a 63-13 win at Stanford Stadium. The 63 points were the most in the 116th-edition of the Big Game, and a majority of them came on the Cardinal’s school-record 42 first-half points. The 50-point margin in the game was the highest in Big Game history, and the most in the series since Stanford’s 41-0 win in 1930.

24: Arizona State has forced a turnover in all 24 games under coach Todd Graham
The Sun Devils pushed their streak to 25 straight games of forcing a turnover — the third-longest active streak in the FBS behind Missouri and Stanford — and that is 24 straight games under coach Todd Graham. Linebacker Carl Bradford intercepted UCLA’s Brett Hundley on the first play of the second quarter and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown — the seventh INT taken back for a score under Graham, and fourth this season.

8: Washington State records six wins, four conference wins and consecutive league wins for the first time in eight years
Washington State played host to Utah on Saturday and posted a trifecta of accomplishments not seen since 2006. The Cougars’ 49-37 victory led to six wins, four conference wins and consecutive conference wins for the first time since 2006.

2: Cougars post two interception returns for score for first time since 2009
Washington State’s Damante Horton (22 yards) and Casey Locker (39) recorded interception returns for touchdowns in a span of 1:21 in its win over Utah. The last time WSU had two interceptions for scores was a Sept. 29, 2009, 30-27 victory over visiting Southern Methodist. Alex Hoffman-Ellis (52) and Myron Beck (67) each returned interceptions for scores in that win.

69: Washington hangs 69 points on Oregon State, the most points for the Huskies in 69 years
Washington’s 69-27 dismantling of Oregon State on Saturday produced the most points for the Huskies since a 71-0 win against Whitman in 1944. It is also the fifth-most points scored in a conference game, dating back to the Pacific Coast Conference.

29: USC scores win over Colorado in the second-coldest game for the Trojans at 29 degrees
Somewhat surprising that it has not played in more cold games considering the long history with Notre Dame, but USC played in its second-coldest game Saturday at 29 degrees. The Trojans defeated Colorado 49-27 in Boulder in the snow. The only game colder USC played in was a Nov. 30, 1957 contest at Notre Dame. The Trojans lost 40-12 on that 20-degree day, also the last time USC played in the snow.

57: Colorado cheerleader sets world record for consecutive handsprings by a male
Colorado senior cheerleader Ozell Williams set the Guiness World Record for the most consecutive handsprings by a male with 57 between the first and second quarters of Colorado’s loss to visiting USC. He broke the record of 46 set by Tim Wade in Dallas on Nov. 9.

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.9: Stanford’s holds USC rushing offense to .9 yards per carry
USC scored a 20-17 upset win over Stanford on the heels of a rushing offense that was shut down by the Cardinal defense to the tune of 23 yards on 27 carries for a 0.9 average. USC entered the game ranked 68th in the nation in rushing at 171.1 yards per game. The Trojans’ offense did their damage early with three scoring drives in the first half before being limited to zero or negative yards on 10 of their first 15 second-half plays.

9: USC beats Stanford a ninth straight time the game after facing Cal
USC has followed up its game with Cal by playing Stanford the following week on 19 occasions. And on the last nine occasions, the Trojans have defeated their oldest rival. Saturday’s win ended Stanford’s four-game winning streak in the series — its longest such streak in the series dating back to 1905. USC had not played the Cardinal the game after Cal since 2008.

9 part II: Washington State has had 10-plus receivers catch a pass in nine games this season
In its 24-17 win at Arizona Saturday, 11 Washington State receivers caught a pass. It marked the eighth straight game 10-plus receivers have caught a pass for the Cougars, and nine games this season altogether. Nine of the 11 receivers Saturday caught at least two passes. Dom Williams led the way with seven catches for 75 yards.

.97: Mariota now atop NCAA career list in interception percentage
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota became the NCAA’s career leader in interception percentage at 0.97 percent (600 or more attempts) in Saturday’s win over Utah. He also extended his Pac-12 record to 353 pass attempts without an interception.

10: Oregon’s seventh-ranked rushing offense limited to 10 first-half yards
The Utah defense limited the Oregon run game to 10 first-half yards before surrendering 135 in the second half. The 145 total yards on the ground is less than half of what the Ducks averaged entering Saturday’s win — 301.6 yards per game for seventh in the NCAA.

13: Cal now has longest losing streak within the Pac-12
Thirteen is the new 14 as Cal’s loss to Colorado gives the Bears the distinction of longest losing streak inside the Pac-12. Colorado stopped its 14-game skid within the conference with a 41-24 victory Saturday. Cal has now lost 13 straight Pac-12 games, 15 straight to FBS teams and has allowed 40-plus points in eight games this season.

419: Yards gained in scoring drives alone for Colorado
A long Pac-12 conference losing streak was stopped with some long drives for Colorado Saturday. The Buffs scored on six of their 14 drives, totaling 419 of their 485 yards on the scoring drives alone. They scored on drives of 71, 87, 75 and 49 in the first half, and added 70- and 67-yard scoring possessions in the second half. Cal gained 411 yards altogether.

2: Washington on the losing end for the second time this season after outgaining an opponent
Washington has topped its opponent in total offensive yards in eight of its 10 games this season. The two times the Huskies were outgained they lost, and UCLA made it two times this season an opponent defeated Washington despite being outgained. The Bruins won 41-31 on the scoreboard, and lost 432-406 in total yards. Stanford’s Oct. 5, 31-28 win after being outgained 489-279 was the other defeat. Oregon (631-376) and Arizona State (585-212) are the only two to outgain the Huskies this year, both resulting in UW losses.

4: Arizona defense posts second straight four-sack game
The Wildcat defense followed up last week’s season-high, four-sack game against UCLA with another four-sack effort to Washington State — both home losses. That makes for 12 sacks for Arizona in the last five games after posting six in the first five games.

100: Cooks becomes fifth Pac-12 player to reach 100 catches in a season
Brandin Cooks ended Oregon State’s 30-17 loss to Arizona State with nine catches for 99 yards and now has 100 on the season. He is just the fifth Pac-12 player to reach the century mark in a season. He became OSU’s single-season reception leader on his fourth catch of the game, surpassing Markus Wheaton (2012) and James Rodgers’ (2009) 91 catches.

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1: A Colorado running back finally lost a fumble this season
Entering Saturday’s game against Washington, Colorado running backs Christian Powell, Michael Adkins II, Tony Jones and Donta Abron combined for 255 touches and had not lost a fumble. That streak ended on the 277th touch. Jones, on his 67th touch of the season and seventh of the game, fumbled late in the third quarter, and it was scooped up by Marcus Peters who returned it 53 yards for a touchdown.

2: Washington defense scores twice in a game for the first time since 2002
Prior to the Peters’ touchdown late in the third quarter, there was a Tre Watson 84-yard interception return for a score 3:11 into that same quarter. Those two scores gave Washington two defensive touchdowns in one game for the first time since a 41-29 win over Oregon State 11 years ago — to the day. Derrick Johnson (42 yards) and Chris Massey (25) each had first-half interceptions returned for scores in the 2002 game.

2 part II: UCLA’s Jack productive on both sides of the ball in Bruins win at Arizona
UCLA true freshman linebacker Myles Jack was also an offensive weapon for the Bruins in their 31-26 win at Arizona Saturday — the first win for UCLA at Arizona since 2003. He carried the ball six times on offense for 120 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that proved to be the game-winner. His 120 yards paced the Bruins on the ground. On defense, he added eight tackles, one for loss, his first-ever fumble recovery and two pass breakups. Jack is tied for third on the team with 62 tackles, and leads the Bruins with nine pass breakups.

3: USC ties NCAA record with three punt returns for scores in win at Cal
Nelson Agholor returned two punts for scores, and Josh Shaw added a score on a blocked punt, as USC tied the NCAA record for punt returns for touchdowns in a game. Agholor scored on a 75-yard return less than two minutes into the 62-28 victory, and added a 93-yard return with 3:47 left in the first half. In between was Shaw’s 14-yard return of teammate Soma Vainuku’s blocked punt. Oklahoma’s Antonio Perkins was the last to have three punt returns for scores when he did so against UCLA in 2003.

3 part II: ASU’s consecutive games of 500-plus yards posted and under-100 yards rushing allowed stopped at three
Arizona State rallied for a 20-19 victory at Utah Saturday for its fourth straight win. The difference in win No. 4 versus the other three was the output gained and allowed. The Sun Devils’ offense entered the game having posted three straight games of 500-plus yards, while their defense had limited three straight opponents to under 100 yards on the ground. ASU’s offense posted 293 yards Saturday, while its defense allowed 126 yards on the ground to the Utes.

3 part III: Three halftime deficits have led to all three Arizona losses
The Wildcats fell behind 21-10 at halftime Saturday’s 31-26 loss to visiting UCLA. It’s the third time this season Arizona has trailed at halftime, and it led to the Wildcats’ third defeat. Washington led 11-6 and went on to outscore Arizona 20-7 in the second half. USC led 28-10 at halftime and used it to fend off the Wildcats’ 21-10 second-half run.

11: Utah posts Pac-12-leading 11th play of 50-plus yards
In its one-point loss to Arizona State, the Utes added their 11th play from scrimmage of 50-plus yards — a 55-yard pass play from Travis Wilson to Dres Anderson in the third quarter. The 11 plays of 50-plus are tied for fifth in the FBS and are tops in the Pac-12. Baylor leads the nation with 17 such plays.

14: Cal’s loss pushes streak to 14 straight losses against FBS teams
Cal lost its eighth straight game of the season Saturday, allowing a season-high 62 points in a 62-28 loss to USC. The loss marked the 11th straight against the Trojans and the 14th straight against FBS teams. The Bears have been outscored 629-276 — an average of 25.2 per game — during the 14-game skid. Their last FBS win was Oct. 13, 2012, at Washington State (31-17).

28: Huskies score 28 second-half points without attempting a pass
Tre Watson’s interception return on the front end of the third quarter and Marcus Peters’ fumble return for a score late in the quarter bookended a 21-point quarter for Washington in its win over Colorado. In between was a Keith Price 4-yard rushing TD. Washington also added a fourth-quarter touchdown when Dwayne Washington scored on a 5-yard run. All told, the Huskies posted 28 points in the second half without passing the ball, rushing 23 times.

45: Arizona State makes it “45” straight scores inside the red zone
The Sun Devils — save for a game-ending kneel down against Colorado — extended their streak to 45 straight scores in the red zone with three more in a 20-19 win over Utah Saturday. Included in the three were two fourth-quarter red-zone scores that led to the comeback win — a Taylor Kelly 2-yard rushing TD and a Kelly-to-Richard Smith 14-yard, game-winning TD with 2:37 remaining in the game.

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9: Stanford has handed Oregon its first loss of the season nine times
The big one is finally here: Oregon (8-0, 5-0) at Stanford (7-1, 5-1) Thursday night. Nine times since 1964 Stanford has given Oregon its first loss of the season. On two occasions, it was the Ducks’ only loss of the season — 2012 and 2001. Last year’s 17-14 overtime loss to the Cardinal ended a 13-game winning streak for the Ducks. The 2001 loss ended a 23-home game winning streak — the longest in the nation at that time.

293: Oregon’s Mariota has not thrown an interception since last Stanford meeting
Oregon quarterback and Heisman frontrunner Marcus Mariota has protected the ball better than any starting QB through the air this season. On the way to 2,281 yards passing with 20 touchdowns on 225 attempts, the junior has no interceptions this season. His last interception — a Pac-12 record 293 attempts ago — came 13 seconds before halftime of the last Stanford meeting. Mariota does arrive at Thursday’s game with two lost fumbles suffered Oct. 19 against Washington State — his first fumble in 79 attempts since losing one against USC last season. Stanford is tied for 95th in the nation with 11 turnovers gained.

1 and 0: Stanford downed Oregon three times in the 2000s with QBs making their first appearance against the Ducks; then lost the next year
The Cardinal has defeated Oregon three times this century, all with quarterbacks playing against the Ducks for the first time. In 2001 it was Chris Lewis, stepping in after Randy Fasani sprained his knee in the second quarter. Lewis threw for two touchdowns and 189 yards on 12 completions with no interceptions in a 49-42 win. In 2009, it was freshman Andrew Luck also throwing two touchdowns on 12 completions with no interceptions and 251 yards in a 51-42 victory. Last season, it was Kevin Hogan, making his second career start, throwing for 211 yards with a fourth-quarter, game-tying touchdown, an interception and he added a rushing TD in Stanford’s 17-14 OT win. In each of the following seasons the Ducks bounced back. They did not face an injured Lewis the following year, instead surrendering just 92 yards and a touchdown on 12 completions with an interception against Kyle Matter and Ryan Eklun in a 41-14 win. Luck lost to Oregon his sophomore and junior seasons (52-31 and 53-30), combining for 597 yards passing six total TDs, four interceptions and a lost fumble. Hogan, 7-0 against ranked teams, has a chance to stop the trend Thursday and become the first Stanford QB to defeat Oregon in back-to-back seasons since Chad Hutchinson (1996 and ’97).

28.9: Stanford and Oregon combined for 28.9 percent on third and fourth downs in last year’s meeting
In last season’s meeting, Stanford was 6-of-17 on third down and 1-of-2 on fourth, while Oregon was 4-of-17 on third and failed on both fourth-down tries — one at the Cardinal 7, which led to a 93-yard scoring drive by Stanford for the game’s first points. This season, Stanford is third in the Pac-12 in third-down conversions at 53-of-109 (48.6), while Oregon is fifth at 46-of-100 (46.0). On the defensive side, the Ducks rank second in the conference at forcing fourth down, having faced the most third-down attempts this season and allowing 33.1 percent to be converted (47-of-142). Stanford is fourth at 34.4 (42-of-122). Both teams rank ninth in the conference on fourth-down conversions at 40 percent. Oregon has attempted to move the chains four times as much as Stanford — 8-of-20 to the Cardinal’s 2-of-5. Defensively, Oregon is second best in the conference in stopping fourth-down attempts at 42.1 percent (8-of-19), while opponents have converted 52.4 percent against Stanford (11-of-21).

29.44-21.63 Stanford puts its top-ranked kick return game against Oregon’s 73rd-ranked return defense
If Stanford is looking for a spark against Oregon Thursday it could come in the return game. The Cardinal is No. 1 in FBS in kick return average (29.44), and go up against a Ducks special teams unit allowing 21.63 yards per return — good for 73rd in FBS. On the other side, Oregon is ranked 48th in kick returns (22.25), while Stanford is 10th best (17.78) at defending the kickoff. Stanford’s Ty Montgomery is tied for first in the FBS with two of his 21 kickoff returns taken back for scores. The junior averages 32.5 yards per return — .2 yards off No. 1 in the nation.

7: John Elway to have No. 7 jersey retired Thursday night
At halftime of the Stanford-Oregon game, the Cardinal will retire former quarterback John Elway’s No. 7. Stanford’s quarterback from 1979-82, Elway was a Heisman Trophy runner-up to Herschel Walker in 1982. The two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year (1980 and ’82) threw for 9,349 yards and 77 touchdowns at Stanford. Junior receiver Ty Montgomery and sophomore defensive Aziz Shittu both currently wear the No. 7 jersey. They will be the last players to do so. This will be the third Stanford football number to be retired — Ernie Nevers (1) and Jim Plunkett (16).

3: Cal’s Lawler scores his first career TD, then his second and third
California receiver Kenny Lawler collected the first touchdown of his career in the second quarter (17 yards) in Saturday’s 33-28 loss to Arizona. The freshman then followed with a 3-yard TD in the third quarter and a third score on a 29-yard catch in the fourth quarter. He finished with six catches for 72 yards. He is the first Bears receiver to catch three TDs in a game since DeSean Jackson vs. Minnesota in 2006.

60: Denker to Miller for 60 yards a season long for both
Arizona quarterback B.J. Denker connected with Terrence Miller for 60 yards on a third-and-10 in the third quarter of the Wildcats’ 33-28 victory against Cal Saturday. The senior-to-senior, 60-yard hookup is the longest completion of Denker’s two-year career at Arizona and the longest reception of Miller’s five-year career. Miller went on to finish with five catches for 88 yards — the highest yardage total of any UA receiver this season.

0: Oregon State offense shutout in the second half for the first time
The Beavers were shutout in the second half for the first time this season after averaging 23.9 points per second half in their eight games leading into Friday’s game with USC. It was the first time OSU was shutout in the second half since a 23-6 loss to Cal on Nov. 12, 2011. After averaging 44.1 points over this season’s first seven games — good for ninth in the nation — Oregon State has dropped to 37.2 and 26th in the nation after scoring just 14 against USC and 12 against Stanford.

2: USC won back-to-back games in single season by at least two touchdowns for the first time since 2011
With its 31-14 and 19-3 wins over Oregon State and Utah the last two outings, USC has put together back-to-back, two-touchdown wins in the same season for the first time since November 2011. The Trojans were 40-17 and 42-17 winners against Washington and Colorado in 2011.

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1: Connor Halliday moved to No. 1 atop a number of record books during loss at Oregon

Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday’s arm got plenty of work in Saturday’s 62-38 loss at No. 2 Oregon. He tied a FBS record with 58 completions on a FBS record 89 attempts — both are second-most in all NCAA divisions. His 557 yards passing set Pac-12 and school records. The 58 completions tied the same amount Eastern Michigan’s Andy Schmitt had in 2008 (58-of-80 for 516 yards), and the 89 attempts broke the record Purdue’s Drew Brees set in 1998 (55-of-83 for 494). Schmitt was the only one of the three QBs to win his game, throwing just one interception, while Halliday and Brees each threw four interceptions.

3: Colorado is 3-0 against the last three visiting teams from the Eastern time zone
Charleston Southern was a late addition to Colorado’s schedule, after its Sept. 14 game against Fresno State was canceled due to the flooding in Colorado. In its fifth-ever game against a FCS opponent and first home game against an Eastern time zone opponent since Georgia left with a 29-27 loss in 2010, the Buffaloes handed the previously 7-0 Buccaneers a 43-10 loss. Colorado also defeated visiting Miami (Ohio) 42-0 in 2007.

5: Colorado’s Uzo-Diribe moves to the top of the nation with his fifth forced fumble
Colorado senior defensive end Chidera Uzo-Diribe forced his nation-leading fifth fumble in the Buffs’ win over Charleston Southern. The sack-fumble was recovered at the Buccaneer 12. Two plays later, Michael Adkins scored from the 5 for what proved to be the game-winning TD. The fifth forced fumble ties Uzo-Diribe for third-most in a single season at CU — seven is the record — and he now stands third on the CU career list for forced fumbles with 10 — one off of the record set in 1986 and 1977.

9: Arizona State’s Marion Grice passes 100 all-purpose yards for ninth straight game
Sun Devils running back Marion Grice easily made it nine games in a row with 100-plus all-purpose yards, after accounting for 268 in a 53-24 win against Washington Saturday. Grice had 158 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, and added a receiving touchdown on four catches for 37 yards against the Huskies. The senior’s streak is tied for third in the nation with Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey for the streak. Carey had 237 all-purpose yards in a 35-24 win over Utah.

9 part II: Carey hits the century mark on the ground for the ninth consecutive game
Not only did Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey rush for 100 yards for the ninth straight game in the Wildcats’ 35-24 win over Utah, but the running back also set the school record for carries and logged the third-most yards in school history. He rushed 40 times for 236 yards and became the sixth Wildcat to rush for 3,000 yards in his career. Carey ran for 204 yards in a 34-24 win at Utah last season. In both outings against the Utes, the Wildcats rushed for 300 yards (300 and 320).

10: Oregon’s 10-point halftime lead Saturday was its smallest of the season
The 34-24 advantage Oregon took into the second half against Washington State was the closest any team has come to hanging with the Ducks over the first 30 minutes. It is now back-to-back games of “close” leads for Oregon at the half after holding a 21-7 lead against Washington last week. The Ducks are averaging a 24.7-point margin at half this season, and have gone on to outscore their seven opponents 160-51 in the second half, including 28-14 against the Cougars on the way to a 62-38 victory.

32: Stanford continues forced turnover streak with 32nd consecutive in Saturday’s win
With two interceptions against UCLA Saturday, Stanford extended its streak to 32 games with a turnover forced. That streak is second in the nation behind Missouri’s 37. Jordan Richards’ third-quarter interception of Brett Hundley set up the Cardinal at the UCLA 40, and six plays and a touchdown later, Stanford turned what was a 3-3 game less than five minutes earlier, into a 17-3 lead. It was Richards again — with a 17-10 lead — who picked off Hundley and put the Cardinal at the Bruins’ 32. Five Tyler Gaffney rushes later, including a 4-yard score, and Stanford was a 24-10 winner. Richards finished with a team-high 10 tackles and his first two-interception game.

91: Beavers’ longest scoring drive still took less than two minutes
Oregon State’s longest scoring drive of the season was still one of its shortest in Saturday’s 49-17 win at California. The Beavers drove a season-high 91 yards on seven plays in 1:55 on their first scoring drive — capped by a Terron Ward 1-yard TD. The 91 yards bested an 11-play, 90-yard scoring drive in the second quarter against Utah this season. It marked the 13th scoring drive of less than two minutes this season; 11 of them have ended with a touchdown.

1939: Oregon State has 3-0 Pac-12 road mark for first time since 1939
Oregon State’s 49-17 win over host California marked the third straight conference road victory for the Beavers. It is the first time since 1939 Oregon State has won three consecutive conference road games, and the first time since 2008 the Beavers have won three straight Pac-12 road games at any point in the season.

-5: With the nation’s leading rusher on its team, Washington was held to minus-5 yards rushing
Bishop Sankey and the nation’s eighth-ranked rushing offense going against the nation’s 75th-best run defense looked like a matchup made in heaven entering Saturday’s game. Instead, the Arizona State run defense, which was giving up 168.8 yards per game on the ground through six games, held Sankey and Co. to minus-5 yards on just 25 attempts. Sankey, who entered the game as the nation’s leading rusher per game (149.8), had 13 carries for 22 yards. It was the third time in the last 18 seasons ASU has held an opponent to minus-5 yards rushing or more — both coming in 2009 (Idaho State -5 and Washington State -54). 

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Outside of Missouri and Auburn already having surpassed their win totals from a year ago and starting 6-0 and 5-1 — we all expected that, right? — the SEC has played out as expected through the midway point. Johnny Manziel has been Johnny Manziel. Alabama has been Alabama. And Jadeveon Clowney, who had 25 tackles and 6.5 sacks through six games last season, has two sacks and 13 tackles. There are plenty of interesting matchups left in the SEC East to see who will face SEC West favorite Alabama.

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SEC 2013 Midseason Review and Second-Half Predictions

Coach of the Year: Gary Pinkel, Missouri
Who saw this coming? History perhaps. In Pinkel’s 13 years at the helm of Mizzou, the program had not posted back-to-back losing seasons since his first two years. Six wins and no defeats later, that streak looks safe. The Tigers are second in the SEC in scoring (45.7 PPG), sixth in scoring defense (23.0 PPG) and third in total offense (515.7 YPG). They will be without QB James Franklin (shoulder) the remainder of the season, but should be able to make some noise with four of the six remaining games at home.

Newcomer of the Year: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
The USA Today First-Team All-American and Under Armour All-America Game MVP has not disappointed. Hargreaves III is tied for the conference lead in interceptions (3) and passes defended (8). He has helped a Gator defense that is the third in the nation and tops in the SEC in both total defense (235.3 YPG) and passing yards allowed (152), third in the SEC in interceptions (8) and second in the league in points allowed per game (13).

Offensive Player of the Year: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
The first-half suspension in the season opener has been the only sophomore slump for Manziel. He is tops in the SEC in passing (305.8 YPG) and total offense (377), second in total offensive touchdowns (19) and passing efficiency (184.1) and 10th in rushing (71.2 YPG). Oh, and he’s helped lead the Aggies to a 5-1 record — accounting for 562 yards and five scores in a 49-42 loss to Alabama — with four straight home games on the horizon before closing out at LSU and Missouri.

Defensive Player of the Year: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
The Athlon Sports’ All-SEC First-Team player is seventh in the conference in tackles per game (8) and quarterbacks a Crimson Tide defense that has limited their last four opponents to 16 points, including a 14-quarter streak without a touchdown. He has helped anchor a defense that — outside of allowing a school-record 628 yards against Texas A&M — has surrendered 208.2 yards and 5.2 points per game on average to the other five opponents.

Midseason Disappointment: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
A preseason Athlon All-SEC First-team receiver, Cooper has just 12 catches for 164 yards and no scores. It is a far cry from the record-setting freshman season of a year ago when he went 59-1,000-11. Cooper had his best game of the season last week (3-64-0 in a blowout of Kentucky), but foot and toe injuries seemed to have derailed his second season with the Crimson Tide.

Midseason Surprise: Missouri
From being picked sixth in the SEC East to being 6-0 at the midpoint of the season, including a road-win at No. 7 Georgia last week, Missouri has already put together a great sophomore SEC campaign. The Tigers are scoring 45.7 points per game, including an average of 46 in their first two SEC games. Four home games with trips to Kentucky and Ole Miss left make for a friendly schedule. Losing QB James Franklin for the remainder of the regular season (shoulder) makes it a lot more difficult.

Three Things to Watch in the Second Half

Missouri without James Franklin
His shoulder injury suffered against Georgia leaves Mizzou without the SEC’s third-most productive offensive player (311.2 YPG), its fourth-leading passer (262.8) and its sixth-most efficient quarterback (156.2) with 1,577 yards on 67.7 percent passing and just three interceptions. With an often-injured Franklin last season, the Tigers won five games. Redshirt freshman Maty Mauk, who split reps evenly with Franklin in the spring, will step in. But the trend of the Mizzou offense not turning the ball over and the defense creating turnovers must remain.

SEC East title picture
Well, Missouri defeating Georgia and losing Franklin in the process sure makes it interesting at the top. South Carolina has already lost to Georgia and travels to Missouri Oct. 26. That game and the Nov. 2 Georgia-Florida game will really begin to unfold the story. It will kick off the Gators' three-game gauntlet of games — versus Georgia, at LSU and Missouri. Georgia also still has to travel to Auburn on Nov. 16. Mizzou is the wildcard, sans Franklin, but does play four of its last six at home.

Can Alabama run the table?
With four home games left — three where they will be heavy favorites — and a road trip to Auburn for an Iron Bowl — which they have won five of the last six meetings — there’s no reason to think 11 wins won’t happen. Getting to No. 12 means defeating LSU in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 9.

Top Five Games in the Second Half

Florida at Missouri (Oct. 19)
The Tigers already went on the road and put a dent in Georgia’s SEC East plans, and now they return home to try and do the same to Florida. Whether Maty Mauk can lead this high-scoring offense past the high-powered Gator defense is the question.

Florida vs. Georgia (Nov. 2, Jacksonville, FL)
The World’s Largest Cocktail Party will go a long way in deciding the SEC East race. The loser, already having a loss in league play, will likely be out of the race. Both teams will arrive in Jacksonville off of a bye week.

LSU at Alabama (Nov. 9)
Only three of the last nine meetings have been decided by one score, including three overtime games. LSU leads 5-4 during that time. Outside of the Iron Bowl, this should be the only hurdle for Alabama to clear and secure the SEC West title. Already with a loss to Georgia, it’s a must-win for LSU, and then Texas A&M is next.

Florida at South Carolina (Nov. 16)
So, if the Gators survive a trip to Missouri and Jacksonville, and the Gamecocks get out of Fayetteville, Knoxville and Columbia intact, then welcome to the SEC East championship game.

Texas A&M at LSU (Nov. 23)  
LSU halted Texas A&M’s run through the schedule — if only briefly — last season in College Station. Johnny Manziel and the Aggies arrived on a five-game winning streak, having averaged 53 points per game during that streak. LSU left with a 24-19 win — the fewest points A&M has scored in the last 12 games.

SEC Second-Half Predictions

(Logos are of projected winner for each game)
 

East Division

1. South Carolina

at TNat MizzouMiss. StateFloridaCoastal CarolinaClemsonFinal Record
11-1


2. Florida

at MizzouGeorgiaVanderbiltat SCGa. SouthernFSUFinal Record
9-3


3. Georgia

at VanderbiltFloridaApp. Stateat AuburnKentuckyat Ga. TechFinal Record
9-3


4. Missouri

FloridaSouth CarolinaTennesseeat UKat Ole MissTAMUFinal Record
8-4


5. Tennessee

South Carolinaat Alabamaat MizzouAuburnVanderbiltat UKFinal Record
5-7


6. Vanderbilt

Georgiaat TAMUat FloridaKentuckyat TNWake ForestFinal Record
5-7


7. Kentucky

at Miss. StateAlabama StateMissouriat Vanderbiltat UGATennesseeFinal Record
2-10


West Division

1. Alabama

ArkansasTNLSUat Miss. StateChattanoogaat AuburnFinal Record
12-0


2. LSU

at Ole MissFurmanat AlabamaTAMUArkansasFinal Record
10-2


3. Texas A&M

AuburnVandyUTEPMiss. Stateat LSUat MizzouFinal Record
10-2


4. Auburn

at TAMUFAUat Arkansasat TNGeorgiaAlabamaFinal Record
8-4


5. Ole Miss

LSUIdahoArkansasTroyMizzouat Miss. StateFinal Record
8-4


6. Arkansas

at AlabamaAuburnat Ole MissMiss. Stateat LSUFinal Record
4-8


7. Mississippi State

Kentuckyat SCat TAMUAlabamaArkansasOle MissFinal Record
4-8

 

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At the midpoint of the Pac-12 season, it has been Oregon and whichever team wants to try and lineup for second place. No team has scored more, allowed less and is better in turnover margin. That said, Oregon State’s Sean Mannion is the nation’s leading passer (418.5 YPG), teammates Brandin Cooks (157.3 YPG) and Steven Nelson (5) lead the nation in receiving and interceptions, Washington’s Bishop Sankey is the nation’s best rusher (149.8 YPG), Arizona State’s Marion Grice leads the nation in scoring (90), Colorado’s Chidera Uzo-Diribe is tops in the nation in forced fumbles (4), and Utah walk-on Andy Phillips has the nation’s most field goals  — a perfect 11-for-11.

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Pac-12 Midseason Review and Second-Half Predictions

Coach of the Year: Kyle Whittingham, Utah
After a five-win season and no bowl for Utah for the first time in nine years, Whittingham felt a little pressure going into 2013. Clearly, Whittingham has Utah back on track, guiding the Utes to a 4-2 mark with wins over No. 5 Stanford — the highest-ranked team ever defeated in Utah’s home stadium — and in-state rival BYU to go along with an OT loss to now-5-1 Oregon State and a seven-point loss to then-No. 11 UCLA. Utah has played five of its first six at home, and will close with four of its final six on the road against teams currently a combined 8-10 in league play. The eight wins come from Arizona State, Oregon and Washington State — all teams Utah will face away from Rice-Eccles Stadium. 

Newcomer of the Year: Addison Gillam, LB, Colorado
Gillam drew rave reviews throughout the preseason, and the true freshman has backed up that play through the first half of 2013. He leads the Pac-12 in tackles per game (10.6), is fifth in tackles for a loss per game (1.3) and is tied for 14th in sacks (2). Gillam, who did not start playing football until his junior year in high school, was only offered one FBS scholarship — by then-San Jose State and now-Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre — and he is well on pace to set the school record for tackles by a freshman (85).

Offensive Player of the Year: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Turnover-free ball leads to good things, and Mariota is capitalizing on all of his touches. He’s carried 41 times for 426 yards and thrown 165 times for 1,724 yards. He has accounted for 25 touchdowns on those 206 touches, and averages a score every 8.24 touches. The Pac-12’s most efficient passer (184.1), is second in the league in TD passes (17) and total offense (358.3 YPG), sixth in passing yards per game (287.3), eighth in rushing (71 YPG) and 10th in scoring (8 PPG).

Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Barr has been everywhere on the field for the Bruins and a defense ranked second in the Pac-12 in scoring (18.2 PPG) and fourth in yards allowed (344.8 YPG). The senior is tops in the Pac-12 in tackles for a loss with 10 for 60 yards and fumbles recovered (2), and is second in sacks (4) and fumbles forced (3).

Midseason Disappointment: USC
Projected by Athlon to finish outside the top 25, the Trojans are having no trouble with that. Problem is: they were projected to finish 26th, and have the players to win the Pac-12 South. It comes as no surprise, though as Lane Kiffin was the No. 1 coach on the hot seat in the preseason. And five games into the 2013 campaign, Kiffin was fired. Let go with a 3-2 record, the Trojans were 0-2 in league play and were thumped 62-41 at Arizona State. Interim coach Ed Orgeron seems to have ignited this team, but it may be too late to get back into the Pac-12 South title picture.

Midseason Surprise: Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State
Remember when there was that preseason question of whether it would be Mannion or Cody Vaz to start for the Beavers? Um, neither do we. After preseason uncertainty at quarterback in Corvallis, six games into the 2013 season and Mannion leads the nation in passing touchdowns (25), yards (2,511), points responsible for (154) and is 11th in passing efficiency (166). The junior has just three interceptions while leading the nation in attempts (289) and is second in completions (194).

Three Things to Watch in the Second Half

USC under interim coach Ed Orgeron
Orgeron’s first game in place of a fired Lane Kiffin started with the Trojans’ best scoring output of the season and their first Pac-12 win (38-31 against Arizona). USC still has road games at Notre Dame and Oregon State and home games against a resurgent Utah, and top-15 teams Stanford and UCLA. The offense has posted 79 points in the last two games, but a normally stellar defense has given up 93. There’s a lot to fix in L.A., and a schedule that will not allow for much error.

Pac-12 South title race
It is potentially a three-horse race with plenty of obstacles in the way for UCLA, Arizona State and Utah. UCLA already has a win over Utah, but still faces Arizona State on Nov. 23. The Bruins’ two toughest remaining games are not even against the South, but are games that will set the tone for the remainder of the regular season. They travel to Stanford and Oregon the next two weeks before closing with three of five at home against five teams that are a combined 4-10 in Pac-12 play so far. The Sun Devils’ trip to Pasadena will be the last of their three road games over the next six weeks, which also includes trips to Washington State and Utah in back-to-back games. The path is likely the bumpiest for Utah, which plays four of its last six on the road. The Utes' must-win home game to close the season is Arizona State on Nov. 9. So Nov. 9 and 23 will be the weeks to watch to see who claims the South.

Can Oregon finish unbeaten?
Why not? The Ducks play four of their last six at home, and travel to Stanford on 12 days rest. No Pac-12 team is scoring more points on offense (56.8), allowing less points on defense (13.8) and has a better turnover margin (plus-11) than Oregon. The six teams left on the schedule have a combined turnover margin of plus-10, and only Arizona and UCLA are giving up less than 20 points per game on defense.

Top Five Games in the Second Half

UCLA at Stanford (Oct. 19)
Utah put a scare into UCLA two weeks ago, and then upset Stanford last week. Now UCLA and Stanford meet in Palo Alto for the second straight year — both trying to keep their Pac-12 division title hopes alive. Last season’s Pac-12 championship saw Stanford score the final 10 points to post a 27-24 win over the Bruins.

UCLA at Oregon (Oct. 26)
Oregon will arrive at this game off of a home date vs. Washington State; UCLA will be playing its second straight road game after traveling to take on a Stanford team seething from an upset loss at Utah. It will be the biggest defensive test the Ducks have faced when they take on a Bruins team currently surrendering 18.2 PPG — second to Oregon’s 13.8.

Oregon at Stanford (Nov. 7)
Oregon starts its mini-gauntlet a week after UCLA’s. Following the home game against the Bruins, the Ducks travel to face a Stanford team trying to stay in the hunt for the Pac-12 North title. Both teams will be on 12 days rest as this is a Thursday game, and should make for another exciting contest after Stanford’s 17-14 OT win in Eugene a season ago.

Arizona State at UCLA (Nov. 23)
This will likely be the Pac-12 South title game after UCLA and Arizona State have tough road tests before meeting in Pasadena. Currently holding a one-game lead over the Sun Devils, if the Bruins can arrive at this one healthy, and perhaps having collected one road upset en route to this meeting, the South will be theirs for the taking.

UCLA at USC (Nov. 30)
If UCLA were to make it through games at Stanford and Oregon it is likely the Pac-12 South title will have been clinched when the Bruins arrive in L.A. Since chances of that happening are slim, the Trojans would love no more than to play spoiler against their rival long after their season was already spoiled.

Pac-12 Second-Half Predictions

(Logos are of projected winner for each game)
 

North Division

1. Oregon

WazzuUCLAat StanfordUtahat ArizonaOregon StateFinal Record
12-0


2. Stanford

UCLAat Ore. StateOregonat USCCaliforniaNDFinal Record
10-2


3. Washington

at Ariz. StateCaliforniaColoradoat UCLAat Ore. StateWazzuFinal Record
8-4


4. Oregon State

at CaliforniaStanfordUSCat Ariz. StateWashingtonat OregonFinal Record
7-5


5. Washington State

at OregonArizona Stateat ArizonaUtahat WashingtonFinal Record
4-8


6. California

Ore. Stateat WashingtonArizonaUSCat Coloradoat StanfordFinal Record
1-11


South Division

1. UCLA

at Stanfordat OregonColoradoat ArizonaUWAriz. Stateat USCFinal Record
10-2


2. Arizona State

UW

at Wash. Stateat UtahOre. Stateat UCLAArizonaFinal Record
8-4


3. USC

at NDUtahat Ore. Stateat CaliforniaStanfordat ColoradoUCLAFinal Record
7-6

 
4. Arizona

Utahat Coloradoat CaliforniaUCLAWazzuOregonat Ariz. StateFinal Record
7-5


5. Utah

at Arizonaat USCAriz. Stateat Oregonat WazzuColoradoFinal Record
7-5


6. Colorado

C. SouthernArizonaat UCLAat UWCaliforniaUSCat UtahFinal Record
4-8

 

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Depending upon your fantasy league setup, this is likely the last week of the regular season for you. If not, then you have a two-week push left to get into the postseason. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 13 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Brandon WeedenBrandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns vs. Oakland Raiders
The concussion Brandon Weeden suffered in Week 12 will not keep him out of the Browns' game in Oakland today. He was cleared to practice from the beginning of the week and took all the first-team snaps this week. Weeden draws an Oakland team that is ranked 28th against fantasy QBs. The Raiders have given up three touchdowns to quarterbacks each of the last three games (Andy Dalton, Drew Brees and Joe Flacco). Josh Freeman had two in Week 9. That's 11 TDs to QBs in four weeks. Overall, the Raiders have allowed mutli-TD games to quarterbacks on six of 11 games. Weeden is certainly a starter in two-QB leagues and keep in mind he has had eight double-digit games, including six of 16 points or greater, as a rookie this season.

 

Titus Young, Ryan Broyles, WRs, Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis Colts
Sent home from the team facility in preparation for the Week 12 game, Titus Young did not play in the Thanksgiving game against visiting Houston. A week earlier against Green Bay, he had one catch for 24 yards on six targets and was benched late in the game. Young, who was sent home from the facility once before this year, was back at practice this week to get ready for the Colts, but how much can you trust a guy deactivated for a game just a week earlier? Ryan Broyles stepped in to grab six balls for 126 yards on 12 targets. That is just the second time a receiver not named Calvin Johnson has garnered double-digit targets this season. Unless Young has a dramatic and unlikely turnaround, Broyles is here to stay. If you have not already, you probably should snag Broyles for the fantasy playoff run.

 

Cecil Shorts, Justin Blackmon, WRs, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills
Chad Henne has come in and breathed life into the Jaguars offense from his QB position. Rookie Justin Blackmon and second-year man Cecil Shorts have been both the reason and the benefactors of the improved play. Both receivers are listed as probable today  Blackmon with a groin and Shorts with a hamstring. They saw limited practice on Friday but should be good to go against a Bills defense that is ranked 23rd against fantasy receivers in PPR scoring. It is disconcerting to see two receivers on the rise, playing against a fantasy defense on the decline, and both have injury issues. I would not play either as WR2s but would consider them as flex plays.

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Depending upon your fantasy league setup, this is likely the last week of the regular season for you. If not, then you have a two-week push left to get into the postseason. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 13 games or the outlook for their replacements.

LeSean McCoy, Bryce BrownLeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, RBs, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys (Sunday night)
That's how you step into a key fantasy position as a rookie, Nick Foles. Bryce Brown did not disappoint in the least as he replaced LeSean McCoy (concussion) in the lineup and ripped of 178 yards and two scores on 19 carries. He added four catches for 11 yards. Brown will get another crack at it this week when as McCoy is still out with his concussion. Brown draws a Cowboys defense that is ranked eighth against RBs in PPR scoring. However, rookie Alfred Morris just went for 113 and a score on 24 carries against Dallas last week. It is the seventh time a back has scored double digits against the Cowboys this season and the fourth straight game it has happened. Brown is a high RB2 this week.

 

DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday night)
Is the tease over? Remember two weeks ago when DeMarco Murray was so close to returning and the next week? Here we are in Week 13 and it looks like we will finally see Murray for the first time since the foot injury he suffered in Week 6. Felix Jones did an admirable job in Murray's sted, scoring in double digits in PPR in five of the six games Murray has missed. Jones has done it with catches and four scores but little yardage. There might be some fear in a time share, but Jones is questionable himself with his sore knees. Beware, however, as the Eagles are 11th against fantasy RBs in PPR and only Alfred Morris (18.3) has scored over 13 points against them since Week 5. 

UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning Murray could be relegated to a limite role upon his return.

FANTASY UPDATE: You'd be hard pressed to use a guy coming off such a long lay off and said to be in a limited role when he does return. If you have been playing Felix Jones as a flex, keep it that way and don't expect much more than flex points from either back.

Ben RoethlisbergerBen Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
Ben Roethlisberger was ruled out of today's game against Baltimore on Friday due to rib and shoulder injuries. This will be the third straight game he will miss, but all signs point to Big Ben making his return in Week 14 against San Diego. As fantasy players depending upon Roethlisberger to help lead us to a title, him missing Week 13 is good news so he hopefully does not miss Weeks 14-16. Roethlisberger has scored no less than 16 points in any game (outside of Week 10 Kansas City game he was injured in) and has scored 20 or more in five of eight full games.


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Depending upon your fantasy league setup, this is likely the last week of the regular season for you. If not, then you have a two-week push left to get into the postseason. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 13 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Greg JenningsGreg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Greg Jennings (sports hernia) has been practicing this week and is expected to play for the first time since Week 4. Whether he will start or not then becomes the question. And that worries a fantasy owner that he can be counted on for four quarters. As we found out last week, Jordy Nelson made his bones in just one play (a 61-yard TD on one of two catches). Coach Mike McCarthy said Jennings will be used as dictated by "flow of the game." Last we heard that from a stud fantasy receiver's coach was last week when Mike Smith said it about Julio Jones on his bum ankle. Jones's flow was a 6-for-145 with one-TD day. Play Jennings with caution but a stud is a stud, and much needed in a NFC North where the top three teams are separated by two games.

 

Michael Vick, Nick Foles, QBs, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys (Sunday night)
Michael Vick will miss his second full game after he failed to pass concussion tests this week. Rookie Nick Foles will step under center again and try to generate an offense once again without LeSean McCoy (concussion) and now without DeSean Jackson (broken ribs, now on IR). Jason Avant, Jackson's replacement, is probable with a hamstring injury. The Cowboys are ranked ninth against fantasy QBs despite allowing six TDs to one interception and 521 yards from the position the last two weeks against rookies. Foles stepped in against Dallas in Week 10 and threw for 219 yards with a score and two turnovers. It's hard to trust Foles when he's thrown for 204 and 119 with no TDs and two interceptions in his last two starts (Carolina and Washington).

 

Andre Brown, David Wilson, RBs, New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins (Monday night)
Andre Brown's fantasy usage is over as he was placed on IR (designated for return) after suffering a broken fibula last week. In steps David Wilson to see if he can revitalize what has been a disappointing rookie season to this point. It began with a fumble on his second carry in Week 1 and as Week 13 arrives, Wilson has 24 carries for 102 yards with one score and two catches for eight yards. So Wilson's role will increase by attrition with Brown out and Ahmad Bradshaw seemingly always iffy. The Redskins are ranked 12th against fantasy RBs in PPR scoring only because they are ranked 31st against receivers and quarterbacks. Wilson will likely have some success, but that's a big risk to take on a bench player on the final game of Week 13.

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Depending upon your fantasy league setup, this is likely the last week of the regular season for you. If not, then you have a two-week push left to get into the postseason. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 13 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Rashad Jennings, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jalen Parmele, RBs, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills
Jalen Parmele's one week of mediocre fantasy relevance lasted just that long as the Jaguars' third-string running back suffered a groin injury last week. The injury, the fourth to a Jacksonville starting running back this season, landed Parmele on injured reserve. There is still no sign of Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) returning. Fullback Greg Jones has missed the last four games (hip). So Rashad Jennings gets another crack at this starting running back thing. Jennings, who dealt with a knee injury himself this year, has only reached double digits three times this season. He is only considered flex worthy this week because Chad Henne has sparked the offense stepping in at quarterback for Blaine Gabbert. The Jags draw a Bills team that is 31st against fantasy RBs, so Jennings is worth a shot, but the expectations just cannot be that high.

 

DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, WRs, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys (Sunday night)
With DeSean Jackson now on injured reserve with broken ribs, is there anyone in the Eagles' receiving corps that is worth replacing him with in your fantasy lineup? In a word, no. Jason Avant is listed as his back up on the depth chart and now slides to the top of the receiving corps with Jeremy Maclin on the other side. Jackson had 45 catches for 700 yards and two scores this season; Avant has 27 catches for 283 yards and no scores on 38 targets. However, he has not played since a Week 11 loss to Dallas due to a hamstring injury. Avant is expected back this week, but you would have to be pretty desperate to insert him into your lineup for a Sunday night game. Nick Foles has been unimpressive in stepping in for an injured Michael Vick. Outside of Bryce Brown and when LeSean McCoy returns, there are really no other viable Eagle options for the remainder of the fantasy season.

 

Knowshon Moreno, Ronnie Hillman, RBs, Denver Broncos vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This is exactly how we thought the Broncos would replace Willis McGahee, right? Knowshon Moreno goes from inactive for eight games to starting running back in a week, while third-round draft pick Ronnie Hillman goes from 14 touches in the game McGahee goes down to three touches and seven snaps the next week against the Chiefs and their bottom-10 fantasy defense against RBs. Moreno will remain the team's starter "right now," coach John Fox said this week. So consider Hillman irrelevant. But can we trust that Moreno will get the bulk of the snaps against Tampa Bay today? The Buccaneers are 18th against fantasy RBs in PPR scoring and have surrendered double-digit days to the position in nine games. Moreno has the potential to be an RB1 with what the Bucs are allowing, but is at least an RB2 as long as the Broncos continue to relegate Hillman to being just a situational player.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Depending upon your fantasy league setup, this is likely the last week of the regular season for you. If not, then you have a two-week push left to get into the postseason. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 13 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Percy HarvinPercy Harvin, Jarius Wright, WRs, Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers
No Percy Harvin again as he will miss his third straight game with an ankle injury. Rookie Jarius Wright will get the start. He has led the Vikings' receivers in targets each of the last two weeks, including a season-high 10 in last week's 28-10 loss at Chicago. Wright caught seven of them for 49 yards. A week earlier, he caught three of five targets for 65 yards, including a 54-yard catch on the team's fifth play to set up his 3-yard TD. The Packers are allowing the seventh-most points to fantasy receivers in PPR scoring this season and are banged up all across the defense. Adrian Peterson should be able to have a solid day and open up opportunities for Wright. He might not be as much of a desperation start as you think. I would play him as a WR3.

 

Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis Colts
An ankle injury kept Mikel Leshoure out of practice on Wednesday and limited him on Thursday and Friday. He is listed as probable and the Lions have been idle since Thanksgiving. If he's active, he's in your lineup. The Colts are ranked 17th against fantasy RBs in PPR scoring but are tied for third in most TDs allowed (11) to the position. The Lions are ranked ninth in points scored from the RB position thanks in part to six TDs from Leshoure and seven double-digit fantasy days. He's a high-end RB2 if he's playing in their early-game matchup against visiting Indianapolis.

 

Danny AmendolaDanny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers
Danny Amendola exited the Week 12 game early with a foot/heel injury after catching his only target for 38 yards in 12 snaps played. He missed three days of practice this week and is doubtful for today's game against the 49ers. A clavicle injury, followed by an ankle injury and now the foot/heel injury has hindered a receiver already coming back from a missed 2011 with an elbow injury. The last time he faced San Francisco was upon his return from the clavicle injury in Week 10, and he finished with 11 catches for 102 yards on 12 targets. But two more injuries have occurred since, he only made it 12 snaps last week and did not practice this week. The guy that seemingly gets it done with the deck stacked against him might see that stack a little too high this week.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Depending upon your fantasy league setup, this is likely the last week of the regular season for you. If not, then you have a two-week push left to get into the postseason. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 13 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Matt Forte

Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks
The ankle injury that knocked Matt Forte out of last week's game in the third quarter has limited the Bears' running back this week in practice. He is listed as questionable and has practiced on a limited basis this week. He practiced on Friday, which is a good sign, and he told reporters on Thursday, "I'm feeling pretty good." The Seahawks allowed three Miami backs to have double-digit days last week; Adrian Peterson was 17-for-182 with two scores and three catches in Week 9 and Frank Gore was 16-for-131 with five catches for 51 yards against Seattle in Week 7. Today's game is in Chicago and it's an early start so you should have ample time to make your decision. If Forte is active, you play him.

 

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
Antonio Brown, listed as probable with his high ankle sprain, appears ready to return to action for the first time since Week 9. However, the Steelers are still without Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback as they will roll out third stringer Charlie Batch for the second straight week. Batch threw for 199 yards on 34 attempts last week with three interceptions against Cleveland. The Steelers, sans Roethlisberger in Week 11 with Byron Leftwich at QB, lost 13-10 to the Ravens. It is hard to start any Steeler until Roethlisberger returns. Emmanuel Sanders' 12.5 and Chris Rainey's 13.2 points are the most any Pittsburgh non-QB skill player has had since Big Ben's injury.

 

Brandon JacobsBrandon Jacobs, RB, San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams
A Brandon Jacobs mention only occurs because the same game that sent Kendall Hunter to injured reserve with an ankle injury is the same game Jacobs finally made his 49er debut. Jacobs finished with one carries for one yard. Outside of Hunter's 11.6- and 10-point days in Weeks 4 and 11, only Frank Gore has had double-digit days in the 49ers' backfield. Jacobs has the potential to be a goal line vulture, but could also share carries with LaMichael James, who is set to make his NFL debut this week. If they are not named Gore, it is way too risky to insert another San Francisco RB into your lineup.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Depending upon your fantasy league setup, this is likely the last week of the regular season for you. If not, then you have a two-week push left to get into the postseason. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 13 games or the outlook for their replacements.

DeAngelo WilliamsDeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, RBs, Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Jonathan Stewart did not make the trip to Kansas City and is out for today's game with an ankle injury he suffered last week. This gives DeAngelo Williams a bigger load. Keep in mind that the Panthers are ranked 28th as a team in PPR points scored by the running back position. DeAgelo Williams had 11 carries  a number he has maxed out at four times since Week 3  and collected 21 yards last week against the Eagles. The Chiefs have allowed 11 double-digit days to fantasy RBs this season, including 111 total yards on 24 touches to Knowshon Moreno last week  the same Knowshon Moreno who was inactive for eight weeks prior to last week's game. Give Williams a look as a low-end RB2 designation, that should be a worst-case scenario.

 

Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece, RBs, Oakland Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns
Darren McFadden (ankle) is set to be back today and Marcel Reece is expected to remain in the running back role, instead of resuming fullback duties, as the Raiders work McFadden back into game shape. There are so many downsides to the Oakland RB situation this week. One: McFadden is coming back for the first time since Week 9 but is not expected to take over the workhorse role. Two: Reece has been a great, late-season, waiver wire pickup, and what is he going to be now? Three: It's a late start, and you have to make your call on both McFadden and Reece in the next couple of hours. It takes Reece from a clear upper RB2, to a questionable flex and furthers the frustration for McFadden owners this season. And all of this comes when the Raiders are playing host to a Browns team that is ranked 25th against fantasy RBs in PPR. I am taking my chances with Reece as a flex and keeping McFadden on the bench.

UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting on Sunday morning that McFadden is unlikely to play today, tweeting: "After optimism he would play this week, Raiders RB Darren McFadden unlikely to play today vs Cleveland."

FANTASY UPDATE: Reece returns to a clear RB2 role if McFadden is out. The Browns have allowed 14 double-digit outings to RBs, 

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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