Fantasy Football Week 13: Ranking the Top RB Matchups
Adrian Peterson faces one of the best fantasy football matchups of Week 13.
Does he, however, get the No. 1 running back matchup?
Well, considering that he is the NFL's top ball-carrier and has been the Minnesota Vikings' entire offense in 2012, there's a good chance. Minnesota hits the road this week and sees the first of two games against the Green Bay Packers.
Although the Packers sport a 7-4 record, they are coming off a crushing loss to the New York Giants last week. Not to mention, the Vikings sit just one game back of Green Bay in the NFC North.
So, this game possesses a high amount of postseason impact. Peterson, though, is among a great group of backs with excellent matchups this weekend. To that end, let's move onward and check out the rankings.
5. Trent Richardson, Browns (at Raiders)
Week 13 is a nice matchup for Trent Richardson and the Cleveland Browns.
Taking on the Oakland Raiders at Oakland, Cleveland faces a defense that allows more points per game than anyone else in pro football (32.4).
In addition, Oakland gives up an average of 4.7 yards per carry and 131 rushing yards per contest.
Although Richardson's averages aren't overly dominant, the No. 3 overall selection has accounted for 1,071 total yards thus far. Even better is the gradually improving passing game with Brandon Weeden under center.
Therefore, the Raiders can't stack the box against Richardson all game long. Cleveland will control the trenches and maintain balance with Richardson as the focal point.
4. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs (vs. Panthers)
Jamaal Charles is the lone bright spot on a horrendous team.
Averaging 4.8 yards per carry, Charles has also totaled 1,117 yards to this point.
Obviously, the downside is consistently facing a stacked box, because the Chiefs don't present a strong passing game. Fortunately, on Sunday K.C. hosts the Carolina Panthers, who allow 126 rushing yards per game and an average of 4.5 yards per carry.
Considering that Carolina is also suspect against the pass, Kansas City can take pressure off Charles by launching a few downfield. At the very least, taking shots to stretch the defense will keep the Panthers from totally zeroing in on the Chiefs' ground game.
In turn, Charles can enjoy his typical production and shorten the contest to give K.C. an outside chance at winning.
3. Adrian Peterson, Vikings (at Packers)
Adrian Peterson is carrying the Minnesota Vikings and rightfully so, because he is obviously their best player.
On another unfathomable scale, though, Peterson is averaging 5.8 yards per carry and accounting for 1,421 total yards after 11 games.
It's impressive, considering the durability concerns for Peterson entering the 2012 campaign.
With that put to rest, Minnesota has an opportunity to upset the Green Bay Packers in Week 13. For one, the Packers allow 4.1 yards per carry and have given up nine rushing touchdowns. Even worse, however, is the status of linebacker Clay Matthews.
Minnesota has basically been one-dimensional all season and Peterson has still dominated. So, don't expect him to slow down any time soon.
2. C.J. Spiller, Bills (vs. Jaguars)
C.J. Spiller is averaging 6.7 yards per carry right now...Wow.
Unsurprisingly, Spiller has collected 830 rushing yards and has also caught 32 passes for 332 yards.
An obvious dual-threat, Spiller and the Buffalo Bills host the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13. In short, Spiller can basically control this entire game throughout its entirety.
Jacksonville allows 4.2 yards per attempt and 136 rushing yards per game (ranked No. 29). Despite the acquisition of Jason Babin, per ESPN.com, the rest of the Jaguars still need to prove they can consistently stop the run and pass.
Buffalo's passing game isn't stellar. However, Ryan Fitzpatrick knows how to thwart a vulnerable coverage. The impact of that potential is Jacksonville not constantly loading the box to shutdown Spiller—which wouldn't work anyway.
That said, expect a big day from Spiller this week.
1. Arian Foster, Texans (at Titans)
Despite the Houston Texans proving a bit more explosive on offense in recent weeks, Arian Foster remains the key factor.
He averages four yards per carry, has scored 14 total touchdowns and enters Week 13 with 1,186 total yards.
His opponent this week is the Tennessee Titans, who allow 4.3 yards per rush and nearly 130 rushing yards per contest. Foster won't see Tennessee isolating him either, because the Titans' pass defense gives up a 70.4 completion percentage and has allowed 22 passing touchdowns thus far.
Therefore, the Titans simply can't afford to put all their defensive focus on minimizing Foster. Doing so would enhance the vulnerabilities downfield, and Matt Schaub then has a career day. Houston's balance is what makes Foster even more dangerous, and Tennessee's lack of defense inflates this week's potential.
Combine all the elements together, and what formulates is Foster performing the best among running backs in Week 13.
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