Fantasy Football Week 13 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs

Eric StashinSenior Writer INovember 28, 2012

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans look for running room while playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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We discussed the ever-changing landscape of the running back position yesterday (click here to view).  How do the recent split in carries impact the rankings?  What about the recent slew of injuries?  Which matchups hurt and which ones help? 

Let’s put it all together for this weeks rankings:

  1. Arian Foster – Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  2. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
  3. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Denver
  4. Trent Richardson – Cleveland Browns – at Oakland
  5. C.J. Spiller – Buffalo Bills – vs. Jacksonville
  6. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Carolina
  7. Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Pittsburgh
  8. Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
  9. Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – at St. Louis
  10. Stevan Ridley – New England Patriots – at Miami
  11. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
  12. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – at Chicago
  13. Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams – vs. San Francisco
  14. Marcel Reece – Oakland Raiders – vs. Cleveland
  15. Mikel Leshoure – Detroit Lions – vs. Indianapolis
  16. Ryan Mathews – San Diego Chargers – vs. Cincinnati
  17. BenJarvus Green-Ellis – Cincinnati Bengals – at San Diego
  18. Beanie Wells – Arizona Cardinals – at New York Jets
  19. Bryce Brown – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
  20. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – vs. Seattle
  21. Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  22. Ahmad Bradshaw – New York Giants – at Washington
  23. Knowshon Moreno – Denver Broncos – vs. Tampa Bay
  24. Felix Jones – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
  25. Shonn Greene – New York Jets – vs. Arizona
  26. Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers – at Kansas City
  27. Darren Sproles – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  28. Reggie Bush – Miami Dolphins – vs. New England
  29. Vick Ballard – Indianapolis Colts – at Detroit
  30. Rashad Jennings – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Buffalo
  31. Jonathan Dwyer – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Baltimore
  32. James Starks – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
  33. Donald Brown – Indianapolis Colts – at Detroit
  34. Daniel Thomas – Miami Dolphins – vs. New England
  35. Jacquizz Rodgers – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  36. Michael Bush – Chicago Bears – vs. Seattle
  37. Fred Jackson – Buffalo Bills – vs. Jacksonville
  38. Bilal Powell – New York Jets – vs. Arizona
  39. LaRod Stephens-Howling – Arizona Cardinals – at New York Jets
  40. Shane Vereen – New England Patriots – at Miami


  • It is finally clear that C.J. Spiller is going to operate as the lead back in Buffalo.  The real question is: How many red-zone touches will he lose, and will he be given the opportunity to score any touchdowns?  Spiller had 107 yards on 14 carries in Week 12, but he failed to find the end zone (Fred Jackson also didn’t score after getting six carries for 16 yards).  Against a Jacksonville defense that is allowing 136.0 rushing yards per game as well as 14 rushing touchdowns (tied for third most in the league) Spiller should once again enjoy a big performance.
  • Marcel Reece hasn’t scored a touchdown over the past three weeks, but he has put up total yard figures of 104, 193 and 103.  Do we really think he’s going to cede too many carries, even if Darren McFadden is back in the mix?  Taking on the Cleveland Browns, he could perform like a RB1.  Unfortunately, the unknown role with McFadden potentially back drags him down the rankings a bit.
  • Chris Johnson has been playing well in recent weeks, but a matchup with the Texans could easily cool him off.  However, before we downgrade him too far, let’s remember that he picked up 141 yards against them back in Week 4 (then again, he totaled 79 yards on 25 carries in two matchups a year ago).  While he has been good, I certainly wouldn’t put Johnson in the matchup-proof category that he once was in.  Consider him a low-end RB1 for the coming week, but more of a RB2.
  • I can’t immediately thrust Beanie Wells into RB1 consideration, as he has played just one game since returning from the IR.  However, he did rush for 48 yards and two touchdowns while getting the bulk of the carries.  This week, he draws a Jets defense that has been even worse against the run, allowing 142.8 rushing yards per game as well as 12 TD.  He’s definitely in the mix as a mid-level RB2.
  • While Matt Forte hasn’t had the easiest schedule in recent weeks (Texans, 49ers, Vikings), he still has struggled with rushing totals of 39, 63 and 42 as well as failing to find the end zone.  Seattle is no easy task, either, so expecting a major breakout could be a mistake for fantasy owners.  Plus, we now have his injury to consider.  If we find out later in the week that he won’t be able to play, simply move Michael Bush up to his spot in the rankings.
  • Stevan Ridley has rushed for a touchdown in each of his past four games (with at least 97 yards in three of them).  Tougher matchup or not, with Tom Brady and company opening up the field, there is little reason to think Ridley won’t be able to produce once again this week.
  • It was nice to see Reggie Bush back to making an impact, posting 87 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.  He did split carries with Daniel Thomas, however, who had nine carries for 60 yards and a touchdown of his own.  In other words, this has become a time share, limiting both backs to more of FLEX options for the time being.
  • A healthy Darren Sproles will be the best option in New Orleans, though with the many other choices they have, he should be seen as a low-end option.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 13 rankings: