Fantasy Rankings & Tiers For Making Week 13 Start/Sit Decisions

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We once again face more difficult start/sit decisions for Week 13.

With the Cowboys-Ravens matchup originally scheduled for Thursday night now postponed until Tuesday, start players on either team at your own risk — while the game is on track to kickoff as scheduled, it’s still possible they don’t play by the end of this fantasy week. If you’re facing start/sit decisions involving Lamar Jackson or Ravens players, I would advise having backup plans in place, though hopefully we know by sometime Sunday whether he’ll play.

To further ease these decisions, I’ve outlined the latest version of my fantasy football rankings into tiers so you can better visualize the drop-off in expected production at each position. Note that these are as of Saturday evening and final inactives could still impact certain players, so be sure to check my updated rankings before making your final decisions.

Fantasy Rankings & Tiers

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Quarterbacks

Tier 1

Patrick Mahomes (vs. DEN)

Tier 2

Russell Wilson (vs. NYG)

Tier 3

Aaron Rodgers (vs. PHI)
Deshaun Watson (vs. IND)
Kyler Murray (vs. LAR)
Josh Allen (@ SF)

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Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images. Pictured: Deshaun Watson.

Tier 4

Justin Herbert (vs. NE)
Taysom Hill (@ ATL)
Lamar Jackson (vs. DAL)
Kirk Cousins (vs. JAX)
Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. CIN)

Tier 5

Ryan Tannehill (vs. CLE)
Derek Carr (@ NYJ)
Jared Goff (@ ARI)
Mitchell Trubisky (vs. DET)
Ben Roethlisberger (vs. WAS)
Cam Newton (@ LAC)

Tier 6

Philip Rivers (@ HOU)
Matt Ryan (vs. NO)

Tier 7

Carson Wentz (@ GB)
Matthew Stafford (@ CHI)
Baker Mayfield (@ TEN)
Nick Mullens (vs. BUF)

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Tier 8

Mike Glennon (@ MIN)
Sam Darnold (vs. LV)
Andy Dalton (@ BAL)

Tier 9

Colt McCoy (@ SEA)
Drew Lock (@ KC)

Tier 10

Alex Smith (@ PIT)
Brandon Allen (@ MIA)

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Running Backs

Tier 1

Dalvin Cook (vs. JAX)

Tier 2

Derrick Henry (vs. CLE)

Tier 3

James Robinson (@ MIN)
Austin Ekeler (vs. NE)

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Michael Reaves/Getty Images. Pictured: Austin Ekeler

Tier 4

Aaron Jones (vs. PHI)
Nick Chubb (@ TEN)

Tier 5

David Montgomery (vs. DET)
Chris Carson (vs. NYG)
Ezekiel Elliott (@ BAL)
Alvin Kamara (@ ATL)
Myles Gaskin (vs. CIN)
Devontae Booker (@ NYJ)

Tier 6

Antonio Gibson (@ PIT)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (vs. DEN)
Miles Sanders (@ GB)

Tier 7

Frank Gore (vs. LV)
Benny Snell (vs. WAS)
Wayne Gallman (@ SEA)
Jonathan Taylor (@ HOU)
Kareem Hunt (@ TEN)
David Johnson (vs. IND)
Raheem Mostert (vs. BUF)
Giovani Bernard (@ MIA)
Damien Harris (@ LAC)

Tier 8

Kenyan Drake (vs. LAR)
Melvin Gordon (@ KC)
J.K. Dobbins (vs. DAL)
Nyheim Hines (@ HOU)

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Wesley Hitt/Getty Images. Pictured: Nyheim Hines rushes vs. the Titans.

Tier 9

Todd Gurley (vs. NO)
Zack Moss (@ SF)
Latavius Murray (@ ATL)
Adrian Peterson (@ CHI)
Kerryon Johnson (@ CHI)
Jamaal Williams (vs. PHI)
James White (@ LAC)
Chase Edmonds (vs. LAR)

Tier 10

Devin Singletary (@ SF)
Carlos Hyde (vs. NYG)
Duke Johnson Jr. (vs. IND)
J.D. McKissic (@ PIT)
Darrell Henderson (@ ARI)
Cam Akers (@ ARI)

Tier 11

Tony Pollard (@ BAL)
Le’Veon Bell (vs. DEN)
Jalen Richard (@ NYJ)
Anthony McFarland Jr. (vs. WAS)
Malcolm Brown (@ ARI)

Tier 12

Brian Hill (vs. NO)
Jeffery Wilson (vs. BUF)
Patrick Laird (vs. CIN)
Joshua Kelley (vs. NE)
Gus Edwards (vs. DAL)
Boston Scott (@ GB)
Mark Ingram (vs. DAL)
Jerick McKinnon (vs. BUF)

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Wide Receivers

Tier 1

Tyreek Hill (vs. DEN)
Davante Adams (vs. PHI)

Tier 2

D.K. Metcalf (vs. NYG)
Stefon Diggs (@ SF)
Adam Thielen (vs. JAX)
Keenan Allen (vs. NE)
Justin Jefferson (vs. JAX)

Tier 3

Allen Robinson (vs. DET)
Robert Woods (@ ARI)
A.J. Brown (vs. CLE)
Tyler Lockett (vs. NYG)
Calvin Ridley (vs. NO)

Tier 4

Cooper Kupp (@ ARI)
DeAndre Hopkins (vs. LAR)
Terry McLaurin (@ PIT)
Brandin Cooks (vs. IND)
Julio Jones (vs. NO)
Diontae Johnson (vs. WAS)
DeVante Parker (vs. CIN)

Tier 5

Chase Claypool (vs. WAS)
Juju Smith-Schuster (vs. WAS)
Jarvis Landry (@ TEN)
Deebo Samuel (vs. BUF)
Michael Thomas (@ ATL)

Tier 6

Corey Davis (vs. CLE)
Amari Cooper (@ BAL)
CeeDee Lamb (@ BAL)
Denzel Mims (vs. LV)
Brandon Aiyuk (vs. BUF)
D.J. Chark (@ MIN)
Cole Beasley (@ SF)

Tier 7

Michael Pittman Jr. (@ HOU)
Jakobi Meyers (@ LAC)
Marvin Jones (@ CHI)
Jamison Crowder (vs. LV)
Breshad Perriman (vs. LV)
Marquise Brown (vs. DAL)
Christian Kirk (vs. LAR)
Tee Higgins (@ MIA)
Tyler Boyd (@ MIA)
Sterling Shepard (@ SEA)
Jerry Jeudy (@ KC)

Elsa/Getty Images. Pictured: Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy

Tier 8

Josh Reynolds (@ ARI)
Nelson Agholor (@ NYJ)
Keke Coutee (vs. IND)
Mike Williams (vs. NE)
Allen Lazard (vs. PHI)
Tim Patrick (@ KC)
Dez Bryant (vs. DAL)
Sammy Watkins (vs. DEN)
T.Y. Hilton (@ HOU)
Rashard Higgins (@ TEN)

Tier 9

Jalen Reagor (@ GB)
Gabriel Davis (@ SF)
Damiere Byrd (@ LAC)
Anthony Miller (vs. DET)
Hunter Renfrow (@ NYJ)

Tier 10

Henry Ruggs (@ NYJ)
Keelan Cole (@ MIN)
Michael Gallup (@ BAL)
Darnell Mooney (vs. DET)
Devin Duvernay (vs. DAL)
Russell Gage (vs. NO)
Darius Slayton (@ SEA)
Laviska Shenault (@ MIN)
K.J. Hamler (@ KC)
Andy Isabella (vs. LAR)
Demarcus Robinson (vs. DEN)
Travis Fulgham (@ GB)
Mecole Hardman (vs. DEN)

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Tight Ends

Tier 1

Travis Kelce (vs. DEN)

Tier 2

Darren Waller (@ NYJ)

Tier 3

T.J. Hockenson (@ CHI)
Robert Tonyan Jr. (vs. PHI)
Hunter Henry (vs. NE)
Dallas Goedert (@ GB)

Tier 4

Noah Fant (@ KC)
Hayden Hurst (vs. NO)
Eric Ebron (vs. WAS)
Mike Gesicki (vs. CIN)
Evan Engram (@ SEA)

Tier 5

Jordan Reed (vs. BUF)
Kyle Rudolph (vs. JAX)
Jordan Akins (vs. IND)
Dalton Schultz (@ BAL)
Anthony Firkser (vs. CLE)

Tier 6

Jimmy Graham (vs. DET)
Austin Hooper (@ TEN)
Trey Burton (@ HOU)
Logan Thomas (@ PIT)
Jacob Hollister (vs. NYG)

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Leon Halip/Getty Images. Pictured: Jimmy Graham

Tier 7

Tyler Higbee (@ ARI)
Gerald Everett (@ ARI)

Tier 8

Zach Ertz (@ GB)
Mo Alie-Cox (@ HOU)
Will Dissly (vs. NYG)
Dawson Knox (@ SF)
Tyler Eifert (@ MIN)

Tier 9

Drew Sample (@ MIA)
Luke Willson (vs. DAL)

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KICKERS

Tier 1

Harrison Butker (vs. DEN)

Tier 2

Rodrigo Blankenship (@ HOU)
Daniel Carlson (@ NYJ)
Justin Tucker (vs. DAL)
Jason Sanders (vs. CIN)
Stephen Gostkowski (vs. CLE)
Dan Bailey (vs. JAX)
Jason Myers (vs. NYG)
Mason Crosby (vs. PHI)

Tier 3

Wil Lutz (@ ATL)
Matt Gay (@ ARI)
Michael Badgley (vs. NE)
Ka’imi Fairbairn (vs. IND)
Chris Boswell (vs. WAS)
Nick Folk (@ LAC)
Younghoe Koo (vs. NO)
Cody Parkey (@ TEN)
Robbie Gould (vs. BUF)
Cairo Santos (vs. DET)
Zane Gonzalez (vs. LAR)
Tyler Bass (@ SF)

Tier 4

Matt Prater (@ CHI)
Brandon McManus (@ KC)
Aldrick Rosas (@ MIN)
Graham Gano (@ SEA)
Sergio Castillo (vs. LV)
Greg Zuerlein (@ BAL)

Tier 5

Randy Bullock (@ MIA)
Jake Elliott (@ GB)
Dustin Hopkins (@ PIT)

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DEFENSES

Tier 1

Miami Dolphins (vs. CIN)
Kansas City Chiefs (vs. DEN)
Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. WAS)

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images. Pictured: Kamu Grugier-Hill of the Miami Dolphins.

Tier 2

Green Bay Packers (vs. PHI)
Seattle Seahawks (vs. NYG)
Baltimore Ravens (vs. DAL)
Minnesota Vikings (vs. JAX)
Las Vegas Raiders (@ NYJ)

Tier 3

New Orleans Saints (@ ATL)
Chicago Bears (vs. DET)
Los Angeles Rams (@ ARI)
Buffalo Bills (@ SF)
Indianapolis Colts (@ HOU)
San Francisco 49ers (vs. BUF)

Tier 4

Detroit Lions (@ CHI)
Los Angeles Chargers (vs. NE)
New England Patriots (@ LAC)
Arizona Cardinals (vs. LAR)
Washington Football Team (@ PIT)
Cincinnati Bengals (@ MIA)

Tier 5

Atlanta Falcons (vs. NO)
Tennessee Titans (vs. CLE)
Houston Texans (vs. IND)
Dallas Cowboys (@ BAL)

Tier 6

New York Jets (vs. LV)
New York Giants (@ SEA)
Cleveland Browns (@ TEN)
Philadelphia Eagles (@ GB)
Jacksonville Jaguars (@ MIN)

Tier 7

Denver Broncos (@ KC)

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