With an exciting opening week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 2 fantasy football running back rankings.
1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
All Day took his first carry 78 yards for a touchdown. He only had 15 more yards on the ground, but he finished with 111 total yards and three touchdowns. He had 308 total yards and two touchdowns in two meetings with the Chicago Bears last year.
2. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin was held to 64 total yards, but he got in the end zone. The New Orleans Saints shut him down the last meeting, but he had 122 total yards and a score in the first meeting. Steven Jackson had 122 total yards against the Saints in the opener.
3. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Shady was a monster in the opener, carrying the ball 31 times for 184 yards and a touchdown. McCoy faces the San Diego Chargers. He won't survive that kind of workload every game, but Chip Kelly is not afraid to feed him the ball.
4. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Lynch does not have an ideal matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, but he had 246 total yards and a pair of touchdowns against them last year.
5. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller had just 55 total yards in the opener against the Patriots, but I still have a lot of faith. He's an explosive runner and should do much better against the Carolina Panthers.
6. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Reggie Bush came out firing with 191 total yards and a touchdown against the Vikings. He faces the Arizona Cardinals this week. I love him in this offense.
7. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Rice had 71 total yards and a touchdown as Peyton Manning's big day caused Rice to carry the ball just 12 times. He won't have the same problem against the Cleveland Browns. He had 200 total yards and a touchdown in two meetings with them last year.
8. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles had 100 total yards and a touchdown as the Chiefs ran away from the Jacksonville Jaguars. He'll have a tougher draw against the Dallas Cowboys, but he's still a strong play.
9. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
Terrelle Pryor stole the show, but McFadden ended up with 66 total yards and a touchdown. He's a strong play against a bad Jaguars team.
10. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns vs
T-Rich had 77 total yards, but Brandon Weeden's mistakes prevented him from having a bigger day. Things won't get easier against the Ravens. He had 240 total yards and a touchdown in two meetings with the Ravens last year.
11. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris had 45 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries as the Redskins abandoned the run to try to catch the Eagles. He takes on the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau.
12. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte had 91 total yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Vikings struggled with Bush last week. It should be more of the same against the dynamic Forte.
13. Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons
Jackson returns to St. Louis in a much better situation. He had 122 total yards against the New Orleans Saints.
14. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster had 90 total yards in the opener. He only averaged 3.2 yards per carry and failed to find the end zone, but he did make up for it with six receptions. He'll be a much tougher test for the Tennessee Titans, who faced the inept Pittsburgh Steelers last week.
15. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Murray had 125 total yards against the Giants. He should continue to roll against the Chiefs.
16. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Mojo had a slow day as the Jags got thumped. He should get on track against a Raiders team that allowed 127 rushing yards last week to the Indianapolis Colts.
17. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore had 65 total yards and a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers. The Seahawks provide a tough test, though he ran for 131 yards in the first meeting with them last year. They also allowed DeAngelo Williams to gain 100 total yards last week.
18. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
Williams had 100 total yards against the Seahawks. He should continue to produce against a Bills team that yielded 158 rushing yards to the New England Patriots.
19. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Ridley ran well before fumbling his way to the bench. Shane Vereen (wrist) is out, so Ridley gets another chance. As long as he holds on to the football, he should do well against the New York Jets.
20. David Wilson, New York Giants
Speaking of fumbles, Wilson is also a risk because of his inability to hold onto the ball in the opener. He should get a second chance since the Giants don't have a reliable alternative. They'll need him against the Denver Broncos.
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