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McFarland: Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings & Tiers

Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs with the ball against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It's time to set our Week 13 fantasy football lineups and identify our favorite DFS plays and fades.

Below, you'll find tiers and rankings for every position, including analysis, implied point totals, betting spreads and more.

For adjustments after the timestamp below, check out PFF's weekly rankings and projections.

Last updated: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4


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KEY:

    • SOS: PFF's Fantasy Strength of Schedule (SoS) metric provides a league-wide, season-long view of opponent matchups for each fantasy position.
    • OL Pass-Block Advantage (OL PBA): offensive-line pass blocking matchup; derived from the OL/DL Matchup tool (pass blocking advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the offensive line, and vice versa).
    • OL Run-Block Advantage (OL RBA): offensive-line pass blocking matchup; derived from the OL/DL Matchup tool (run-blocking advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the offensive line, and vice versa).
    • WR/CB Matchup Advantage (WR/CB MU): wide receiver versus cornerback matchup; derived from the WR/CB Matchup tool (matchup advantage grade — the higher the grade, the better the matchup for the receiver, and vice versa).
    • TE Matchup Advantage (TE MU): tight end versus linebackers and safeties; derived from the TE Matchup tool (matchup advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the tight end, and vice versa.
    • Projections: from PFF projections tool.
    • Injuries: Q = Questionable; D = Doubtful (typically removed from ranks on Saturday); GTD = game-time decision

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QB | RB | WR | TE


QUARTERBACKS

Tier Rank Player Opponent Total Spread Implied Points QB SOS OL PBA PPR Injury Status
1 QB1 Tom Brady @ATL 50.5 -10.5 30.50 8.3 50 25.1
1 QB2 Lamar Jackson @PIT 44.0 -4.5 24.25 5.7 10 22.3
1 QB3 Patrick Mahomes DEN 47.0 -9.5 28.25 4.6 7 20.9
1 QB4 Josh Allen NE 41.5 -3.0 22.25 2.4 6 20.3
1 QB5 Kyler Murray @CHI 42.5 -7.5 25.00 6.4 2 20.4 Q
2 QB6 Dak Prescott @NO 46.5 -6.0 26.25 0.5 7 20.5
2 QB7 Matthew Stafford JAX 48.0 -13.0 30.50 9.0 9 20.5
2 QB8 Kirk Cousins @DET 46.5 -7.5 27.00 10.0 -4 20.5
2 QB9 Jalen Hurts @NYJ 45.0 -7.0 26.00 8.9 9 21.4 Q
3 QB10 Joe Burrow LAC 49.5 -3.0 26.25 3.0 -6 19.0
3 QB11 Justin Herbert @CIN 49.5 3.0 23.25 7.4 -25 19.1
3 QB12 Derek Carr WAS 49.5 -1.5 25.50 5.7 -8 18.6
3 QB13 Taysom Hill DAL 46.5 6.0 20.25 5.7 6 18.4
3 QB14 Russell Wilson SF 45.5 3.5 21.00 4.2 -7 19.1
3 QB15 Taylor Heinicke @LV 49.5 1.5 24.00 4.2 -11 18.1
4 QB16 Carson Wentz @HST 44.5 -10.0 27.25 7.6 -7 17.3
4 QB17 Jimmy Garoppolo @SEA 45.5 -3.5 24.50 6.4 20 16.9
4 QB18 Tua Tagovailoa NYG 39.5 -6.0 22.75 4.6 -10 16.7
4 QB19 Teddy Bridgewater @KC 47.0 9.5 18.75 3.4 -30 14.6
5 QB21 Tyrod Taylor IND 44.5 10.0 17.25 3.0 -47 16.5
5 QB22 Matt Ryan TB 50.5 10.5 20.00 0.0 0 17.4
5 QB23 Zach Wilson PHI 45.0 7.0 19.00 3.6 -27 13.0
5 QB24 Ben Roethlisberger BLT 44.0 4.5 19.75 5.0 -24 13.1
6 QB25 Mac Jones @BUF 41.5 3.0 19.25 2.2 4 15.0
6 QB25 Andy Dalton ARZ 42.5 7.5 17.50 2.9 -21 14.4
6 QB26 Trevor Lawrence @LA 48.0 13.0 17.50 1.5 -53 14.7
6 QB27 Jared Goff MIN 46.5 7.5 19.50 1.0 14 15.2
6 QB28 Mike Glennon @MIA 39.5 6.0 16.75 5.6 -26 17.1

Removed from ranks: Justin Fields (doubtful – ribs, limited all week); Daniel Jones (out – neck)

Tier 1 – Tom Brady and the Buccaneers carry the highest implied points in a favorable matchup against the Falcons in Week 13. Tampa Bay is a heavy favorite, and the team throws the ball 12 percentage points above the NFL average (63%) when leading by four or more points.

Tier 1 – Kyler Murray (ankle) is questionable after limited practices all week. Fortunately, Arizona plays in the early window, so fantasy managers can easily adapt. If Murray plays, expect him to be near or at 100% given how cautious the Cardinals have been. DeAndre Hopkins is a game-time decision as well.

Tier 1 – Josh Allen draws the second-hardest fantasy defense against opposing quarterbacks in the Patriots. However, Allen and Stefon Diggs do some of their best work against man coverage and will have opportunities to make big plays Monday night.

Tier 2 – Dak Prescott will have CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup back for the Cowboys'  matchup against the Saints on Thursday Night Football. He hasn't had this trio together since Week 1 against Tampa Bay. Prescott has four top-six outings in his past seven games.

Tier 2 – Jalen Hurts (ankle) is questionable after three limited practices. If he can't go, Gardner Minshew will start. The Jets give up the fifth-most regulation rushing attempts per game, offering a choice matchup for Hurts if his ankle is right. However, if he can't run, it is a big blow to his fantasy value.

Tier 3 – Taysom Hill is in line to start against the Cowboys and could handle 20%-25% of the rushing attempts in a role similar to Hurts. Hill had QB3, QB11, QB7 and QB9 finishes as the starter in 2020, but that was with Michael Thomas in the fold. The Saints don't have many weapons in the passing game, limiting Hill's upside as a potential dual-threat boom.

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