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Top 20 Fantasy Football Players for 2013

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Who Makes The List?

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The 2012 fantasy football season is now officially over and the time has come to begin looking ahead to 2013. It is going to be wide open with who should be in the top 20 players for next season with how the National Football League keeps changing from year to year. It is looking more and more like a league that is dependent on the pass and the running game is more secondary. That will change a lot of people’s opinions on where to draft their favorite players in a fantasy football draft.

I have put together who I believe will be the top 20 players in the 2013 for fantasy football. There is going to be quite a bit of discussion between now and the beginning of next season on where these players should be drafted. I have organized this to be the equivalent of what the first two rounds of next year’s fantasy draft could look like. There are many quarterbacks ranked highly along with a surprise or two in the top 20.

I know between now and August that I will be adjusting this list of who will be the top 20 fantasy football players for 2013 but this is my list for right now. I could easily see these 20 players being the top players next season in no particular order but each of them is worth taking very early in your draft no matter where they are listed right now. There is no time really to be sitting around taking a break if you want to win a championship next season. Here is my list of next year’s top 20 fantasy football players.

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20. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

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Richardson rushed for 950 yards and had 51 catches.

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19. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

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Newton threw for 3,869 yards and rushed for 741 yards.

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18. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

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Lynch had 1,590 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.

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17. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

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Morris rushed for 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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16. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

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Gronkowski had 55 catches and 11 touchdowns.

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15. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

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Charles finished with 1,509 rushing yards and 35 catches in 2012.

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14. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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Marshall had 118 catches for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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13. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

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Graham had 85 catches for 982 yards.

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12. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

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Bryant caught 92 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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11. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Martin rushed for 1,454 yards with 49 receptions.

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10. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

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Spiller had 1,244 rushing yards and caught 43 passes.

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9. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

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Rice rushed for 1,143 yards along with 61 catches.

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8. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

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Griffin threw for 3,200 yards and rushed for 815 yards.

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7. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

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Manning had 4,659 passing yards and 37 touchdowns with 11 interceptions.

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6. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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Brees threw for 5,177 yards and 43 touchdowns.

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5. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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Johnson caught 122 passes for 1,964 yards and five touchdowns.

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4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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Brady passed for 4,827 yards with 34 touchdowns and only eight interceptions.

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3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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Rodgers threw for 4,295 yards with 39 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.

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2. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

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Foster rushed for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns with 40 catches as well.

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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

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Peterson had 2,097 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns along with 40 catches in 2012.