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THE LOWDOWN: Week 13

Welcome to The Lowdown for Week 13. This is my little corner of the fantasy football universe — feel free to pull up a chair and stay awhile!

Giving Thanks

It’s that time of year again, when we all get together with friends and family and attempt to shove obscene amounts of food down our gullets to celebrate when Pilgrims avoided starvation. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t find myself looking forward to Thanksgiving as much as I did in previous years. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some fresh roasted turkey and stuffing – I just don’t feel the need to have 20 people join me for dinner in order to enjoy my turkey and stuffing. I also don’t need three NFL games on Thanksgiving; as everyone who’s ever read this column knows (so, five of you) Thursday games are a nightmare for fantasy writers. Thanksgiving has really turned into this quagmire of expectations that serves to drive my insecurities to record highs.

This year, the anxiety of Thanksgiving was enhanced by moving into a new home. Nothing like negotiating the simultaneous sale and purchase of your primary residences while trying to make sure you haven’t forgotten to buy the cranberry sauce; I highly recommend it. But we got through it without killing each other, the turkey turned out pretty good, and I got to see a game (Atlanta/New Orleans) where a team recovered three consecutive onside kick attempts … so I guess there really was something to be thankful for.

Laughter that Makes You Think

This past summer, I asked my readers to help me achieve some personal goals, to wit: 500 new subscribers to my Twitter and Youtube channels. They’re both 100 percent free. Let’s face it, these rankings take some effort and it’d be nice to see some love heading back my way from you people … I don’t care if you actually consume any of the content at my Riot links, but your subscribing allows me to get some perks on those platforms.

Check out the latest humorous video on the channel, about the things that annoy me when I leave New York City.

Interesting Players for This Week

Straight from the flawless algorithms of Mighty Max come the top matchups at every position for this weekend’s games …

Note #1: The value associated with each player indicates the likelihood of that player having the best score at his position that week; it’s not a representation of his score for the week. A carat (^) symbol next to a player’s name indicates an injury designation negatively impacting his ranking.

Note #2: Computers don’t deal in “hunches;” all projections are data based … so only players who have at least one game of statistics are considered in my models.

Teams on bye this week:  None.

About John Georgopoulos

John T. Georgopoulos is a 24-year veteran of fantasy sports journalism. John’s Fantasy Forecast series has won the prestigious Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) award for Best Series, and he’s been nominated as an FSWA Award finalist on nine occasions. You can also listen to and watch all his various shows at The Riot.