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End of 2013 Fantasy Football Season - Running Back Rankings

With the value placed on RB this fantasy draft season, its easy to say we were let down.  Doug Martin, David Wilson, and Ahmad Bradshaw all suffered season ending injuries, while C.J. Spiller (Fred Jackson finished all his drives), Ray Rice, Trent Richardson (couldn't get things going even after being traded to the Colts), and Steven Jackson (saved his season after week 12, with all 6 of his rushing TDs) stunk up the joint.  We did have eleven 1,000 yard rushers, led by LeSean McCoy's 1476, but just 7 RBs totaled 10 or more scores.  Jamaal Charles scored 19 times, which was 6 more than 2nd best Marshawn Lynch with 13.  As expected it was a New Orleans Saints RB that led the league in receptions, but it was Pierre Thomas and not Darren Sproles

Rookie Eddie Lacy took home the RB rookie of the year award, with 1112 rushing yards, 10 rushing TDs and even added 33 catches.  Would love to see him get 16 games with Aaron Rodgers under center! 

3 other rookie running backs finished inside the top 20 and none of them were named Montee BallKnowshon Moreno made sure Ball wasn't going to see the field this season.  Giovani Bernard, Le'Veon Bell and Zac Stacy proved they were NFL ready. 

Stacy rushed for the most yards of the three, and totaled 8 scores, but his 22 catches kept him from ranking higher in our PPR league. 

Bernard also scored 8 times and even though he rushed for just 673 yards (splitting time with BenJarvus Green-Ellis) he put in work in the Cincinnati Bengals air attack, catches 51 passes. 

In just 12 games, Le'Veon Bell rushed for 770 yards and scored 7 TDs while catching 44 passes for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Can't wait to get this guy for 16 games next season!

PlayerRankDraft Rank
Jamaal Charles14
LeSean McCoy27
Knowshon Moreno3#N/A
Matt Forte410
Marshawn Lynch58
DeMarco Murray617
Adrian Peterson71
Eddie Lacy824
Chris Johnson913
Fred Jackson10#N/A

PlayerRankDraft Rank
Giovani Bernard1130
Reggie Bush1216
Danny Woodhead13#N/A
Joique Bell14#N/A
Frank Gore1521
Ryan Mathews1626
Le'Veon Bell17Removed after injury
Zac Stacy18#N/A
Pierre Thomas19#N/A
Maurice Jones2015
Rashad Jennings21#N/A
Alfred Morris2211
Darren Sproles2320
Andre Ellington24#N/A
Ray Rice256
Rashard Mendenhall2628
Donald Brown27#N/A
DeAngelo Williams28#N/A
Steven Jackson2912
Ben Tate3039


With so many teams using two running backs these days, snagging Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin or Arian Foster is crucial to a fantasy football championship. Obviously you need a top 3 pick to land one of these guys, but if you end up at the back of the 1st round, make sure you take a RB with your first two picks! Martin is clearly the best PPR running back due to his 49 receptions last season. Guys like Darren Sproles, Rice, McCoy and Trent Richardson caught more passes, but none of them ran for 1400 yards.

Really got to love the career move by Reggie Bush to sign with the Detroit Lions. A pass happy team and great hands out of the backfield are lethal, just look at what Sproles can give you and what Joique Bell did for us fantasy owners last season. Bell caught 52 passes while giving way to Mikel Leshoure. Bush should see the majority of the snaps and the fact that Bush was just 14 yards shy of 1000 rushing yards for the Miami Dolphins last season, proves he has finally realized his potential.

There are a ton of rookies that will be handling heavy work loads in Pittsburgh, Denver and Green Bay...all playoff hopeful teams. Even Giovani Bernard on the Bengals could take over the workload in Cincinnati come seasons end.

Other notable RBs wearing a new helmet this season:

Training Camp Updates

Andre Brown fractues leg, will miss 4-6 weeks
Le'Veon Bell diagnosed with Lisfranc injury, surgery may be required!
Isaiah Pead is suspended for the first week of the regular season

Who Would You Rather Have? Le'Veon Bell or Montee Ball

* - New Team
** - Rookie
*** - Sleeper

1.) Adrian Peterson - Minnesota Vikings
2.) Doug Martin - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3.) Arian Foster - Houston Texans
4.) Jamaal Charles - Kansas City Chiefs
5.) C.J. Spiller - Buffalo Bills

6.) Ray Rice - Baltimore Ravens
  • With the departure of veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin, the Ravens offense could be headed back in the direction of a run first style. The value of their pro-bowl running back would surge if that were the case. However, after signing a record contract in March, QB Joe Flacco seems firmly in place to be the focal point of the attack for years to come. With that said, Ray Rice is a very talented route runner out of the backfield. Averaging 67 receptions over the last three seasons, the former Rutgers star could definitely top that total. If Baltimore were to make the decision to increase his carries from the 257 they gave him last season, Rice will finish among the top RBs in the game. - @Miller_WeTalkFS
7.) LeSean McCoy - Philadelphia Eagles
8.) Marshawn Lynch - Seattle Seahawks
9.) Trent Richardson - Cleveland Browns
10.) Matt Forte - Chicago Bears
11.) Alfred Morris - Washington Redskins
12.) Steven Jackson *- Atlanta Falcons
13.) Chris Johnson - Tenessee Titans
14.) David Wilson - New York Giants
15.) Maurice Jones-Drew - Jacksonville Jaguars
16.) Reggie Bush *- Detroit Lions
17.) DeMarco Murray - Dallas Cowboys
18.) Darren McFadden - Oakland Raiders
19.) Stevan Ridley - New England Patriots
20.) Darren Sproles - New Orleans Saints
21.) Frank Gore - San Francisco 49ere
22.) Lamar Miller - Miami Dolphins
23.) Montee Ball **- Denver Broncos
24.) Eddie Lacy **- Green Bay Packers
25.) Chris Ivory *- New York Jets
  • Over Ivory's first 3 seasons of the NFL with the Saints, he has totaled just about one seasons worth of statistics. Those stats are good ones too. 256 career carries have gone for 1307 yards, an average of over 5 yards per carry, and ended up in the endzone 8 times. There is little competition to take carries away from Chris and few teams run the ball as much as Rex Ryan's Jets. Either the Jets run blocking is terrible or Shonn Greene is, but either way we will find out come September. - @WeTlkFntsySprts
26.) Ryan Mathews - San Diego Chagers
27.) Ahmad Bradshaw *- Indianapolis Colts
28.) Rashard Mendenhall *- Arizona Cardinals
29.) Shane Vereen ***- New England Patriots
30.) Giovani Bernard **- Cincinnati Bengals
31.) Jonathan Stewart - Carolina Panthers
32.) Vick Ballard - Indianapolis Colts
33.) Johnathan Franklin **- Green Bay Packers
34.) Isaiah Pead - St. Louis Rams
35.) BenJarvus Green-Ellis - Cincinnati Bengals
36.) Bilal Powell - New York Jets
37.) Bernard Pierce - Baltimore Ravens
38.) Mark Ingram - New Orleans Saints
39.) Ben Tate - Houston Texans
40.) Isaac Redman - Pittsburgh Steelers

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