2013 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: NFL Week 4

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer ISeptember 24, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 22:  Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns attempts the tackle on Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings on September 22, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 4 fantasy football running back rankings.

1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson has 333 total yards and four touchdowns. The Minnesota Vikings travel to London to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have allowed 115.3 rushing yards per game and four rushing touchdowns.

2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Jamaal Charles is averaging 125 total yards and a touchdown per game. The New York Giants, fresh off of being manhandled by the Carolina Panthers, are giving up 129.3 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game on the ground.

3. LeSean MccCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

LeSean MccCoy is lapping the field with 514 total yards (171.3 per game) and two touchdowns. Even if the Denver Broncos can slow him down, he’s such a vital piece of the Philadelphia Eagles offense that it’s hard to imagine that he won’t put up another big game.

4. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

Matt Forte, like Shady McCoy, is thriving in his new offense. He has 363 total yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Detroit Lions have allowed 104 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game on the ground.

5. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

Marshawn Lynch has 256 total yards and three touchdowns. The Houston Texans are a formidable foe, but the Seattle Seahawks are rolling over teams.

6. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

Alfred Morris has 247 total yards and a pair of scores through three games. He should have no problem running against the Oakland Raiders.

7. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts

Trent Richardson had a modest debut for the Indianapolis Colts, running for 35 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers. They held him to 2.7 yards per carry. This week he faces the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have allowed 167.7 yards per game at 5.2 yards per carry.

8. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a train wreck, but Doug Martin keeps rolling. He has 316 total yards and one touchdown on the year. The Arizona Cardinals have been solid against the run, only giving up 73.3 yards per game, but Martin is a dual threat.

9. Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens

Bernard Pierce had 72 total yards and a touchdown last week filling in for Ray Rice against the Texans. Rice (hip) will likely be held out again, which gives Pierce a date with the Buffalo Bills, who have allowed 155 yards per game on the ground.

10. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

Darren McFadden continues to be a solid play. This week, he’s facing a terrible Washington Redskins defense that has allowed 155 yards and 1.3 rushing touchdowns per game.

11. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

DeMarco Murray has 402 total yards and one touchdown after dropping 203 yards on the St. Louis Rams. Next up is the San Diego Chargers, who have allowed 130 yards per game.

12. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

Giovani Bernard has 194 yards and three touchdowns as his role continues to expand. The Cleveland Browns have allowed just 84.3 yards per game, but they have yielded five rushing scores.

13. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions

Reggie Bush (knee) missed last week, but he should be good to go against the Chicago Bears. He has 260 total yards and a touchdown in two games. The Bears are tough against the run, but Bush is a dynamic option catching the ball.

14. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

Chris Johnson has 256 yards on the ground. He has been a non-factor in the passing game but is more than capable in that department. He has a tough matchup with the New York Jets.

15. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Arian Foster has just 227 yards and a touchdown through three games. He is capable of much more, but it will be hard to come by against the Seahawks.

16. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

Frank Gore has 198 total yards and a touchdown, but the Niners have scored just 10 points in the past two games. He’s facing the St. Louis Rams, who have allowed 105 yards per game.

17. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

C.J. Spiller avoided a knee injury, but he’s dealing with a sore thigh. He has 182 total yards. Fred Jackson will share the load against a Baltimore Ravens team that has allowed just 74.7 yard per game, putting Spiller in RB2 territory.

18. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

Maurice Jones-Drew has 135 total yards and a touchdown. He hasn’t run for more than 45 yards in a game this year. His matchup with the Colts, who have allowed 129 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game, is favorable on paper. However, the Jags will likely have to abandon the run thanks to the Colts’ offense.

19. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos

Moreno is having a surprisingly solid season. He should continue to perform against an Eagles team giving up 115.3 yards per game.

20. Bilal Powell, New York Jets

Bilal Powell has 292 total yards and a touchdown. Chris Ivory (hamstring) could be out, leaving Powell to carry the load. The Tennessee Titans have allowed 101.7 yards per game.

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