Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings 2013: RBs Who Will Rule Wild Card Weekend

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJanuary 1, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 30: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 30, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football will never go away.

The end of the regular season used to signal to end of the fictional game, but with salary cap contests and daily leagues in full effect, postseason only means fewer players to pick from.

It doesn't mean the fanatics will stop playing.

So, now that you likely have your choice of any of the players in action, let's take a look at the running backs who are set to have the biggest Wild Card weeks. 


1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Do I really have to elaborate here?

The Vikings are on the road, but they're taking on a Green Bay Packers squad that Peterson just reeled off 199 yards against. 

That's certainly a good sign for yet another monstrous game from the robot running back, but in all honestly, he could be going up against a front eight of super heroes and you would be foolish to expect anything less than a floor of 100 yards and a touchdown.

All Day will likely cost you about half of your salary, but he's worth it as the Vikings will constantly lean on the most feared running back to help keep Aaron Rodgers off the field. 


2. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

It's not often that a rookie bulls over defenders for 1,613 yards, averages 4.8 yards per carry, finds the end zone 13 times and still fails to find himself in most serious Offensive Rookie of the Year discussions.

Unfortunately for Morris, he's in that exact situation because backfield mate Robert Griffin III—among a few other quarterbacks—has been otherwordly. 

Still, as long as RGIII continues to limp around on one good knee, he'll be limited and forced to let Morris carry the offensive load, as he did this weekend against the Dallas Cowboys to the tune of 200 rushing yards and three scores.

The Seahawks have a better defense than their 4.5 yards per attempt allowed suggests, but Morris has been nearly unstoppable all year and should get somewhere in the vicinity of 30 carries at home. 


3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

On the other side of the ball, Marshawn Lynch presents a similar physical style aided by a terrific run-blocking line and dynamic, option-savvy quarterback. 

Russell Wilson seems to get better by the week, and the Redskins are much better defensively against the run than they are against the pass, so Pete Carroll could turn to the pass more than usual in this one.

Nonetheless, Lynch has been a top-three running back this year and it wouldn't make sense for the Seahawks to get away from the hard-nosed identity that has been crucial in turning this franchise around.

Lynch's yards-per-carry average might not be pretty, but he'll get a gaggle of touches and possesses a favorable chance to find pay dirt.