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Week 13: NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings

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New Orleans Saints v Washington Redskins

What an interesting Sunday we had to cap off the regular season for many fantasy football leagues. Drew Brees led the Saints to another come from behind victory and the Patriots and Steelers lost at the end of their games.

The Colts kept rolling but it is easy to see that Peyton Manning and the Colts’ passing game has been sliding in recent weeks.

Below I have some observations from the 13th week of the regular season and how I see those points of interest playing out from a fantasy perspective.

2009 NFL Regular Season Week Thirteen

Regular Season First Twelve Weeks

Fantasy Football Regular Season Week Thirteen Notes:

Bruce Gradkowski the Right Man

The Raiders have waffled in obscurity with Jamarcus Russell under center but since Bruce Gradkowski has taken over he’s led the team to victories.

Two weeks ago Gradkowski led the Raiders to a come from behind victory over the Bengals in Oakland. This week Gradkowski beat the Steelers on the road with over 300 yards passing and three touchdown passes.

This performance just goes to show that a the Raiders have been in serious need of a quarterback that can keep the team in the game and make a crucial drive to win a game.

Gradkowski will be the starting quarterback to finish out the season and for my money, he should at least be the starter to begin next year as well. No doubt Gradkowski has at least earned his way into being a quality backup quarterback in the NFL for years to come.

Jonathan Stewart Runs Well

In a great matchup for fantasy owners Stewart ran the football 26 times for 120 yards and a touchdown score. The touchdown for Stewart marked the only TD the Panthers had for the entire game as they converted three field goals other than that.

With this performance by Stewart, it is clear to see that he is fully capable of being a fantasy stud if given a chance to be the full time starter.

Unfortunately, for Stewart, Williams has stayed healthy for the last couple years until this particular week.

We will have to find out if Williams will be available for next week still, but I would be surprised if he is out. Look for Stewart to be a great fantasy play next week if Williams is, in fact, out for that game.

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