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Fantasy Player Projections: Week 13

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Houston Texans
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New England Patriots
Reliant Stadium | Sunday, Dec. 01 | 1 PM EST (CBS)

New England Patriots

    1. Tom Brady
    2. Tom
      Brady
      QB
    3. PASS YDS319
    4. PASS TD3
    5. INT0
    6. RUSH YDS0
    7. RUSH TD0

    Brady showed up for his 14th battle with Peyton Manning. Despite a tough matchup with Houston, he should be universally started.

    1. Shane Vereen
    2. Shane
      Vereen
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS28
    4. RUSH TD0
    5. REC YDS54
    6. REC TD1

    Thanks to his prowess as a pass catcher, Vereen is the only running back on the Patriots you can trust for fantasy purposes. I have him as a low-end RB2 this week.

    1. Brandon Bolden
    2. Brandon
      Bolden
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS56
    4. RUSH TD1
    5. REC YDS21
    6. REC TD0

    Bolden could benefit greatly from the recurring fumbling issues of Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount. Since this is New England, though, we can never be sure.

    1. Stevan Ridley
    2. Stevan
      Ridley
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS22
    4. RUSH TD0
    5. REC YDS0
    6. REC TD0

    Ridley fumbled early in the game against Denver last week and never saw the field again. There's no telling if Bill Belichick will trust him this week, and that makes him a risk.

    1. Danny Amendola
    2. Danny
      Amendola
      WR
    3. REC YDS65
    4. REC TD1

    Amendola is no better than a WR3 against the tough Houston defense this week.

    1. Julian Edelman
    2. Julian
      Edelman
      WR
    3. REC YDS25
    4. REC TD0

    Edelman had a big game against the Broncos, but they're one of the league's friendliest to opposing receivers. The same cannot be said of the Texans.

    1. Kenbrell Thompkins
    2. Kenbrell
      Thompkins
      WR
    3. REC YDS20
    4. REC TD0

    Thompkins doesn't have a large enough role in this offense to consider him in fantasy leagues.

    1. Aaron Dobson
    2. Aaron
      Dobson
      WR
    3. REC YDS19
    4. REC TD0

    Dobson should only be considered in deep leagues going up against Houston this week.

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

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

    1. Stephen Gostkowski
    2. Stephen
      Gostkowski
      K
    3. PAT4
    4. FG3

    Gostkowski remains as efficient as ever and is tied to an ever-improving offense. Start him with confidence.

    1. New England Patriots
    2. PTS ALLOWED17
    3. SACKS3
    4. INT2
    5. TD0

    Houston has come apart at the seams, but the Patriots have struggled against the run since losing Vince Wilfork, and the Texans can still do that.

Houston Texans

    1. Case Keenum
    2. Case
      Keenum
      QB
    3. PASS YDS257
    4. PASS TD1
    5. INT2
    6. RUSH YDS0
    7. RUSH TD0

    Keenum struggled mightily in a great matchup with the Jaguars last week. The luster may be starting to come off just a bit.

    1. Dennis Johnson
    2. Dennis
      Johnson
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS78
    4. RUSH TD1
    5. REC YDS15
    6. REC TD0

    Johnson picked up 74 yards on 13 carries in relief of Ben Tate last week. He's hard to start this week, but could be a guy who swings fantasy titles if he gets a shot to be the feature back.

    1. Ben Tate
    2. Ben
      Tate
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS23
    4. RUSH TD0
    5. REC YDS8
    6. REC TD0

    Tate got benched for Dennis Johnson last week, and though Gary Kubiak insists he'll remain the starter, he is no more than a RB3 because of the uncertainty.

    1. Andre Johnson
    2. Andre
      Johnson
      WR
    3. REC YDS92
    4. REC TD1

    Johnson has managed to have another strong season amidst all the tumult in Houston. Play him with confidence this week.

    1. DeAndre Hopkins
    2. DeAndre
      Hopkins
      WR
    3. REC YDS68
    4. REC TD0

    Hopkins could be a factor for fantasy owners in 2014, but his usefulness this year is dubious at best.

    1. Garrett Graham
    2. Garrett
      Graham
      TE
    3. REC YDS54
    4. REC TD0

    Graham came back to earth last week and should be considered outside the TE1 class this week.

    1. Randy Bullock
    2. Randy
      Bullock
      K
    3. PAT2
    4. FG1

    Bullock's spotty performance and Houston's struggling offense make the kicker an untrustworthy play for fantasy owners.

    1. Houston Texans
    2. PTS ALLOWED37
    3. SACKS2
    4. INT0
    5. TD0

    Houston limited Jacksonville to 13 points last week, but the defense failed to make any big plays. I wouldn't feel great about playing them against the hot Patriots.

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