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Week 13 Top Fantasy Performers

A quarterback bust finally gives value while one fill-in running back keeps producing eye popping numbers.

For a vast majority of fantasy football owners, this week represented the last week of the regular season for them. Depending on where you stand in your league, the conclusion of the season is either a very good thing or a very bad one.

For those of you not advancing to the playoffs, here's a friendly word of advice: don't stop keeping track of fantasy results. With four weeks remaining in the regular season, the players of next year will be strutting their stuff and if you can weed out the potential stars of next season now, then you will be that much closer to being in the playoffs next year, instead of watching them from the bench.

 

Quarterback

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers 15 of 27 232 yards 3 TDs. 7 rushes 78 yards (34 points)

Well it's about freaking time. That's the cry being uttered by every fantasy owner who spent a first round pick on Cam Newton only to have him be Mr. Inconsistent all year round. Of course it's too late for many owners, but for those who weren't sunk by his lack of production, you have been rewarded with 75 fantasy points combined in the past two weeks. Things continue to look up for Newton as he faces the Atlanta Falcons in week 14. Newton torched the Falcons for 34 fantasy points back in week 4.

 

Running Back

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: 21 rushes, 210 yards 1 TD, 1 reception 10 yards (28 points)

Owners who took a flier on Peterson this season are being rewarded with a monster year. Coming off of a major knee injury, Peterson has put up 1,446 rushing yards this season, including six straight 100 yard rushing games. Heading into next week, Peterson remains a must-start as his opponent, the Bears, are one of the teams he broke the century mark on this season.

 

Wide Receiver

Calvin Johnson, Detrot Lions: 13 receptions, 171 yards, 1 TD. (23 points)

For those of you living in a cardboard box, let me enlighten you to something; Calvin Johnson in a beast. With his 171 yard outing this past Sunday, Johnson extended his streak of games with 141 yards or more receiving to four straight games. If you count games with 125 yards or more, he stands at five straight. Basically what I'm saying is, start him every week or suffer the consequences.

 

Tight End

Brandon Meyers, Oakland Raiders: 13 receptions 130 yards, 1 TD (19 points)

Meyers isn't a name that pops out of your mouth first when talk of tight ends come up, but after another game with good production, maybe he should. A favorite of Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer, Meyers leads the Raiders in receptions with 69 and with 4 touchdowns this season, he has worked his way into a viable fantasy option.

 

Kicker

Jason Hanson, Detroit Lions: 4 for 4 with 3 extra points (19 points)

The bear bones about Hanson is that he kicks for the Lions who owns a pretty good offense. As long as they continue producing, Hanson remains a number 1 option at kicker in all formats.

 

Rookie Watch

Bryce Brown, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: 24 rushes, 169 yards 2 TDs. 4 receptions 14 yards (27 points)

Taking over for injured starting running back LeSean McCoy, Brown showed once more that he is a fantasy stud in the making. Over his last two starts, Brown has amassed 347 yards and four touchdowns. Those numbers represent the second most rushing yards in that span in Eagles history. The only downside to the guy is that he has fumbled the ball four times through his first 75 carries this season. Owners should monitor McCoy's status this week to see if Brown is starting. If yes, he is a must start.

James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.

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