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Fantasy football Player Projections -- Breaking down Week 13

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Cam Newton rushed for 51 yards and a TD vs. Miami, and should have a similar game against the Bucs.

In most fantasy leagues, Week 13 is the final week of the regular season. The time for roster tweaking has long since passed. If you make a wrong move, you could be in for a December of watching your league-mates enjoy the playoffs while you get a jump on your holiday shopping.

So who is the key flex play of the week? Which regular might you want to sit? Find out that and more in our Week 13 projections.

For more insight, check out SI.com's fantasy football early week 13 advice, risers and sliders, waiver wire, weekly roundtable, bold strategies, player rankings and start 'em or sit 'em.

Fantasy Player Projections: Week 13

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Quarterbacks

    1. 1
    2. Cam Newton
    3. Cam
      Newton
      QB
    4. PASS YDS266
    5. PASS TD2
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS39
    8. RUSH TD1

    The Dolphins held Newton in check through the air, but his eight carries for 51 yards and a touchdown gave him a nice fantasy day. He's a strong play against a Buccaneers defense that allows the seventh-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.

    1. 2
    2. Peyton Manning
    3. Peyton
      Manning
      QB
    4. PASS YDS349
    5. PASS TD3
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS0
    8. RUSH TD0

    Manning threw for just 150 yards and two scores against the Patriots last week. The master of adjustments should be ready for his second go-round with the Chiefs.

    1. 3
    2. Andy Dalton
    3. Andy
      Dalton
      QB
    4. PASS YDS337
    5. PASS TD3
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS0
    8. RUSH TD0

    I've got Dalton penciled in for a huge game against a San Diego defense that allows the sixth-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.

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Running Backs

    1. 1
    2. Adrian Peterson
    3. Adrian
      Peterson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS159
    5. RUSH TD3
    6. REC YDS22
    7. REC TD0

    The Bears allowed 258 rushing yards to the Rams last week. Peterson could legitimately reach that total by himself on Sunday.

    1. 2
    2. Jamaal Charles
    3. Jamaal
      Charles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS112
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS47
    7. REC TD0

    Charles carved up the Chargers as expected and is one of the top options at the position, as always, this week. It'll be interesting to see if the Chiefs have any new offensive wrinkles in thier second matchup in three weeks against the Broncos.

    1. 3
    2. Frank Gore
    3. Frank
      Gore
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS130
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS19
    7. REC TD0

    Gore should be in for a huge day against a St. Louis defense that allows the second-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

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Wide Receivers

    1. 1
    2. Calvin Johnson
    3. Calvin
      Johnson
      WR
    4. REC YDS124
    5. REC TD2

    Johnson had seven receptions for 115 yards last week. He's in line for a big day, even though the Green Bay secondary is back to full strength.

    1. 2
    2. Josh Gordon
    3. Josh
      Gordon
      WR
    4. REC YDS135
    5. REC TD1

    Gordon burned the Steelers for 237 yards and a score last week. He did plenty of damage after Brandon Weeden took over for an injured Jason Campbell, so there's no reason to downgrade him for the quarterback change.

    1. 3
    2. Dez Bryant
    3. Dez
      Bryant
      WR
    4. REC YDS131
    5. REC TD1

    Bryant should feast on a Raiders defense allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game to receivers.

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Tight Ends

    1. 1
    2. Jimmy Graham
    3. Jimmy
      Graham
      TE
    4. REC YDS105
    5. REC TD2

    Graham had five catches for 100 yards and a touchdown last week. Get him going in Week 13.

    1. 2
    2. Rob Gronkowski
    3. Rob
      Gronkowski
      TE
    4. REC YDS107
    5. REC TD1

    Gronk is the one Patriot with a clear-cut starring role in the offense, other than Tom Brady, of course.

    1. 3
    2. Vernon Davis
    3. Vernon
      Davis
      TE
    4. REC YDS90
    5. REC TD1

    The Rams have done well against opposing tight ends this year, but that didn't stop Martellus Bennet from having a big game last week. Start Davis with confidence.

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Defenses

    1. 1
    2. Miami Dolphins
    3. PTS ALLOWED6
    4. SACKS4
    5. INT3
    6. TD0

    The Dolphins didn't play poorly against the Panthers, though their struggles against the run came back to bite them. They are a great play against a terrible Jets offense, however.

    1. 2
    2. Baltimore Ravens
    3. PTS ALLOWED20
    4. SACKS4
    5. INT2
    6. TD0

    Threes were wild for the Ravens last week, as they forced three turnovers, sacked Geno Smith three times and held the Jets to three points. They should be started this week.

    1. 3
    2. Cleveland Browns
    3. PTS ALLOWED13
    4. SACKS4
    5. INT2
    6. TD0

    The Browns were a total no-show against Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers a week ago. The Jaguars present a nice opportunity to bounce back.

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