Week 13 not only marks the end of the bye weeks, it also signals the beginning of the stretch run, and that is especially the case as it relates to fantasy football. With the playoffs starting as early as this week (depending on the set up of your league), time is running out for those teams who need to make a move to secure their spot in the postseason.
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.
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.
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.
Seattle’s Steven Hauschka, the top scorer at his position, is on bye so it’s only fitting that Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 12 kicker rankings is headlined by two who will share the same field on Sunday night. New England’s Stephen Gostkowski may trail Hauschka in fantasy points, but he’s No. 1 in this week’s rankings with Denver’s Matt Prater right behind him. The Patriots host the Broncos Sunday night and expect both kickers to play a role in determining the winner of this matchup of AFC division leaders.
Still riding high following its victory over New England at home on “Monday Night Football,” Carolina has ascended to the top of Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 12 defense/special teams rankings. The Panthers are third in fantasy points among DSTs, behind only Kansas City and Seattle, and will take on Miami this Sunday. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has had his problems with turnovers (16 total) this season, and he’s also been sacked an NFL-worst 41 times.