Picking the perfect Week 13 fantasy football lineup

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Below are the Perfect Challenge picks for Week 13 from Marcas Grant, Matt Franciscovich, Alex Gelhar and myself, Matt Harmon.

Marcas Grant's Week 13 lineup (on Twitter @MarcasG)

Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson each finished in the top-three of scoring for their position in Week 12, and Marcas likes them to inch to the top in Week 13. The Packers defense hasn't slowed anyone down lately, and the Lions could easily trade points with them in trying to play spoiler to Green Bay's division winning hopes. Many will look for the passing game to go off again the Saints, but Jonathan Stewart could well rule the day on the ground. Stewart averages at least 20 carries per game, and New Orleans just gave up 81 total yards and a touchdown to Alfred Blue. Nevertheless, Greg Olsen should still get his through the air against that horrendous pass defense.

Matt Franciscovich's Week 13 lineup (on Twitter @MattFranchise)

Jay Cutler! Franchise may have just made the friskiest pick in out Perfect Challenge history. Even still, there is more than enough logic for Cutler this week. The 49ers defense allows a 121.3 passer rating on the road this season, compared to just an 82.8 mark at home. Traveling to Chicago this week, they'll find Cutler with a full complement of weapons, with Alshon Jeffery healthy and Zach Miller playing competent football at the tight end position. You'll need to monitor Tyler Eifert's health this week, but his touchdown upside against a bad defense makes him an easy choice to fill that spot.

Alex Gelhar's Week 13 lineup (on Twitter @AlexGelhar)

Gelhar likes DeAndre Hopkins to bounce back after he brought one of the more disappointing efforts of the fantasy season in Week 12. The Bills tried to cover Jeremy Maclin with Ronald Darby, and that disaster led to 160 yards and a score on nine receptions for the veteran wideout. Hopkins should be able to get behind this defense for a few big plays. Thomas Rawls gave us a reliable 14.10 points last week, but could be in for a big day on Sunday. The Vikings run defense started the year off well, but some injuries are currently taking their toll. Over the last four weeks, Minnesota gave up 402 total yards to the opposing starting running back. Much in the same way the Cutler is a sleeper to finish with a top score this week, Alshon Jeffery is a sneaky pick for the best wide receiver score.

Matt Harmon's Week 13 lineup (on Twitter @MattHarmon_BYB)

After bursting back on to the scene last week, C.J. Anderson is primed to carry over that momentum against a Chargers run defense that is ranked as one of the worst by nearly every metric available. Anderson is about to make all those who slammed him after an early season foot injury look foolish down the stretch with this offense finally clicking. I am smitten with Martavis Bryant this week. Vontae Davis has not been a pristine player this season, but if he tracks Antonio Brown around the field, Bryant is set up to see some cakewalk matchups. He could easily blow the doors off your lineup this week. Adrian Peterson showed last week the Falcons no. 1 run defense ranking was a farce, and Martin could run wild this week.

Anyway, that's how we're rolling for Week 13. We aren't in this for ourselves though. We are men of the people. We want you to use our picks to make your own perfect lineup and come away with the $1 million prize. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for NFL Perfect Challenge and prove that you're indeed smarter than all of us. We will gladly celebrate with you if and when you take home that grand prize. Please keep us posted.


Matt Harmon is an associate fantasy writer/editor for NFL.com, and the creator of #ReceptionPerception, who you can follow on Twitter @MattHarmon_BYB.

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