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Week 13 Rankings

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Week 13 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Adrian Peterson vs. CHI Probable (groin)
2 Jamaal Charles vs. DEN -
3 Matt Forte at MIN Probable (knee)
4 Marshawn Lynch vs. NO Probable (knee)
5 LeSean McCoy vs. ARZ -
6 Reggie Bush vs. GB Probable (knee)
7 Frank Gore vs. STL Probable (ankle)
8 Andre Brown at WAS -
9 Eddie Lacy at DET -
10 DeMarco Murray vs. OAK -
11 Alfred Morris vs. NYG -
12 Knowshon Moreno at KC Probable (ankle)
13 Chris Johnson at IND -
14 Rashad Jennings at DAL Sidelined (concussion)
15 Zac Stacy at SF -
16 Shane Vereen at HOU -
17 Danny Woodhead vs. CIN -
18 Pierre Thomas at SEA -
19 Giovani Bernard at SD -
20 Fred Jackson vs. ATL -
21 Maurice Jones-Drew at CLE Probable (knee)
22 Le'Veon Bell at BAL Sidelined (concussion)
23 C.J. Spiller vs. ATL -
24 Rashard Mendenhall at PHI -
25 Bobby Rainey at CAR -
26 Ray Rice vs. PIT -
27 Ryan Mathews vs. CIN Probable (hamstring)
28 Donald Brown vs. TEN -
29 Steven Jackson at BUF Probable (toe)
30 Brandon Bolden at HOU -
31 Chris Ivory vs. MIA Probable (ankle)
32 Lamar Miller at NYJ -
33 Bilal Powell vs. MIA -
34 Ben Tate vs. NE Probable (ribs)
35 Jonathan Stewart vs. TB Probable (ankle)
36 Montee Ball at KC -
37 Darren Sproles at SEA Probable (ankle)
38 Darren McFadden at DAL Questionable (hamstring)
39 Dennis Johnson vs. NE -
40 BenJarvus Green-Ellis at SD -
41 Chris Ogbonnaya vs. JAC -
42 Joique Bell vs. GB Questionable (foot)
43 Mike Tolbert vs. TB Probable (leg)
44 Trent Richardson vs. TEN -
45 Fozzy Whittaker vs. JAC -
46 Brian Leonard at CAR -
47 Mark Ingram at SEA -
48 LeGarrette Blount at HOU -
49 Benny Cunningham at SF -
50 Bernard Pierce vs. PIT -
51 Toby Gerhart vs. CHI -
52 Roy Helu vs. NYG -
53 Jacquizz Rodgers at BUF Probable (ankle)
54 Kendall Hunter vs. STL -
55 Willis McGahee vs. JAC Probable (knee)
56 Shonn Greene at IND -
57 Ronnie Brown vs. CIN -
58 Marcel Reece at DAL -
59 Robert Turbin vs. NO -
60 Michael Bush at MIN -
61 Bryce Brown vs. ARZ -
62 Mike Gillislee at NYJ -
63 Ronnie Hillman at KC -
64 Jordan Todman at CLE -
65 Stepfan Taylor at PHI -
66 Peyton Hillis at WAS -
67 Jonathan Dwyer at BAL -
68 Lance Dunbar vs. OAK Sidelined (knee)
69 Alfonso Smith at PHI -
70 James Starks at DET -
71 Jason Snelling at BUF -

RB Notes: Chicago’s league-worst run defense is fresh off allowing big games to Ray Rice and Benny Cunningham. Makes you wonder what this Adrian Peterson fella might do to ‘em, huh? … Matt Forte has cleared 100 yards from scrimmage in eight of 11 games, and been held below 90 exactly once. He’s a nightmare matchup for a Vikings defense that’s allowed 76 receptions to opposing running backs, and is ranked 25th against the run. … LeSean McCoy continues to lead the league in rushing, but has been hurt in fantasy leagues by his modest six touchdowns. Either way, matchups haven’t mattered for Shady this season, and though the Cardinals are an imposing one, McCoy’s top-five status is never in doubt. … Reggie Bush’s season has hit a bit of a lull, but the Packers’ run defense has specialized in ending lulls of late. As Evan Silva lays out in his Thanksgiving Matchups column, the Pack have been pasted for 583 yards on their past 107 carries against, coughing up an ugly 5.45 YPC. Bush is going to have himself a nice meal on the field.


With each passing week, I grow more uncomfortable with how high Andre Brown is ranked, but thus far he’s earned it with his play (103 yards per game, 4.5 yards per carry) and matchups. Brown has yet another favorable opponent in the Redskins, as Jim Haslett’s “defense” is allowing the seventh most fantasy points to running backs, and has served up an embarrassing 13 scores on the ground. Even if Brandon Jacobs vultures a touchdown, Brown enters Week 13 as one of its safest plays. … Eddie Lacy’s asthma gave fantasy owners a scare in Week 12, but it’s not an issue heading into Thursday’s game with the Lions. Detroit’s increasingly stout run defense is (I was late to the party on this), but averaging 25.4 touches since returning in Week 5, Lacy’s workload is matchup proof. … Alfred Morris is third in rushing yards per game, and one of only four running backs averaging more than five yards per carry. Do not let his off Week 12 get you down.

Knowshon Moreno presents a classic fantasy conundrum this week. Fantasy’s No. 5 overall back, Moreno is coming off the best game of his career. But he picked up a “significant bone bruise” in his right leg in the process, and is highly uncertain for Sunday’s game. Were he healthy, Moreno would be a top-eight option. Since he’s not, he’s been conservatively ranked ahead of possible deletion from the ranks. If you’re deciding between Moreno and a Thursday back — say Rashad Jennings — you’d be best off to play things safe and bench your RB1, no matter how painful it may be. Check the Rotoworld Players News Page for daily updates on Moreno’s status. … Zac Stacy, Chris Ivory and Ryan Mathews are all in the same boat as Moreno. We simply don’t know if they’re going to play, earning each a conservative rank. In Mathews’ case, it’s very conservative, as he appears to be the most likely of the bunch to sit out. The tea leaves suggest that Stacy will suit up. The same appears to be true for Ivory, but there’s a danger he could split carries with Bilal Powell.


Owners likely feel a bit of reluctance to keep rolling with Rashad Jennings as their RB2 with Darren McFadden (hamstring) returning, but the Raiders have made it quite clear that Jennings will remain their lead back. He’s more than earned it, zooming past 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his past four games. That’s compared to only one 100-yard performance for McFadden all year. Throw in Jennings’ 5.1 YPC to DMC’s 3.6, and you have a player who’s left the Raiders no choice. DMC is middling FLEX option. Jennings has a dream matchup in a Cowboys defense that’s terrible even with MLB Sean Lee, and expansion-level without him. No team is permitting more fantasy points to enemy running backs. … This brings us to the Patriots’ sticky running-back situation. In short, even though he’s a pass-catching specialist, Shane Vereen is the only Pats back that can truly be trusted for Week 13, and is nearly assured of leading New England’s backfield in touches. Stevan Ridley? Do you really think Bill Belichick is going to entrust him with the ball in money situations, i.e. near the goal-line? Ridley will likely get out-carried by Brandon Bolden, but particularly in the red zone. He simply can’t be started as more than a high-risk FLEX option. Bolden is a TD-dependent FLEX. LeGarrette Blount? He’s an afterthought.


Even if Darren Sproles (ankle) is ready to go for Monday Night Football, Pierre Thomas will remain the main man in New Orleans’ backfield. … As League Safe’s Ryan Boser points out, Danny Woodhead leads all backs in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Even in standard leagues, that’s a recipe for every-week RB2 value. … Something working in Bobby Rainey’s favor this week? Only the Cowboys have allowed more receptions to running backs than the Panthers. … Lamar Miller finally has the right role — unquestioned lead back — but he has the entirely wrong matchup in a Jets run defense allowing less than three yards per carry. Start Lamar at your own peril. … The Texans are claiming Ben Tate remains their lead back, but you’d better believe he rushed himself into a timeshare with Dennis Johnson in Week 12. … It’s unclear who might get the call in the Broncos’ backfield if Knowshon Moreno can’t give it a go, but Montee Ball remains the best bet of Denver’s fumbling Three Amigos. Ball will be a legitimate FLEX option if Moreno sits.

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