2013 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: NFL Week 5

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IOctober 1, 2013

With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 5 fantasy football running back rankings.

1. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

LeSean McCoy is averaging 152 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. Look for Shady to have a big day against the New York Giants, who have allowed 122.5 yards and a touchdown per game on the ground. He has averaged 86.8 total yards against them during his career, and this is by far the worst unit he will have faced.

2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Jamaal Charles is averaging 125.5 total yards and has scored a touchdown in every game thus far. This week he faces the Tennessee Titans, who have allowed 99 rushing yards per game.

3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

Marshawn Lynch is averaging 99.8 total yards and a touchdown per game. He's facing the Indianapolis Colts, who have allowed 106.8 yards and a touchdown per game.

4. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

Matt Forte is averaging 120 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game in Marc Trestman's offense. He should continue to roll against the New Orleans Saints.

5. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions

Reggie Bush continues to look like a perfect fit for the Detroit Lions when he's healthy. He's averaging 143.3 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. The Green Bay Packers have defended the run well, but he can burn them in the passing game.

6. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Arian Foster isn't off to the start we're accustomed to, but he is averaging 99.5 total yards and a score. He had 171 total yards and a touchdown last week against the Seattle Seahawks. The San Francisco 49ers have allowed 109.3 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game on the ground.

7. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

Frank Gore is averaging 87.8 yards after a bruising 153-yard game against the St. Louis Rams. He had some extra time to rest up after playing in the Thursday night game. He's facing the Houston Texans, who have allowed 113.3 yards per game.

8. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

Giovani Bernard is averaging 67.3 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He's facing the New England Patriots, who won't be the same without Vince Wilfork clogging up the middle.

9. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts

Trent Richardson has scored in both games since coming over to the Colts. He'll have a stiffer challenge this week against the Seahawks, but they have yielded 109 rushing yards per game. T-Rich should see a ton of touches.

10. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

Maurice Jones-Drew has struggled this year, averaging 40.8 total yards with one touchdown. Things should improve against the St. Louis Rams, who have allowed 133.5 yards per game.

11. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

DeMarco Murray has averaged 123 total yards per game. The Denver Broncos have allowed just 74 yards per game, but they have yielded four rushing scores.

12. Bilal Powell, New York Jets

Bilal Powell is averaging 100 total yards per game. He's facing the Atlanta Falcons, who have allowed 92.3 yards per game. Powell's involvement in the passing game should help if the Falcons jump ahead.

13. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

Ray Rice is not 100 percent and has yet to turn in a dominating performance. He's sharing the load with Bernard Pierce. He's a questionable RB1 against the Miami Dolphins.

14. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

Chris Johnson is averaging 72.3 total yards without a touchdown. He faces a tough test against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.

15. Willis McGahee, Cleveland Browns

Willis McGahee is slowly coming around. Last week he had 46 yards on 15 carries against the Cincinnati Bengals. He should be even better against a Bills team giving up 122.3 rushing yards per game.

16. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers have had a different leading runner in each of their three games this year. It's Eddie Lacy's turn again as the Packers face the Lions, who have allowed 110.8 yards per game and five touchdowns.

17. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

DeAngelo Williams is averaging 97 rushing yards per game. He offers little in the passing game and yields goal-line carries to Cam Newton and Mike Tolbert. The Arizona Cardinals present a tough test, allowing just 75 yards per game.

18. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos

Knowshon Moreno is averaging 77 total yards with three touchdowns. The Dallas Cowboys have yet to yield a rushing touchdown, and they're giving up just 77.8 yards per game. Peyton Manning continues to do most of the damage. Plus, Moreno is sharing the load with Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball.

19. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints

Darren Sproles is basically a slot receiver that runs the ball on occasion. He moves way up the list in points per receptions leagues. Sproles is averaging 92.5 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He is averaging just 5.5 carries for 23.25 yards on the ground, but  makes his mark with 5.8 receptions for 69.25 yards. He is facing the Chicago Bears, who are giving up 277.8 passing yards per game.

20. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

C.J. Spiller had 77 yards on 23 carries. Fred Jackson continues to eat away at his touches. Spiller hurt his ankle last week, which could mean a reduced workload in a short week as the Buffalo Bills face the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.

21. Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland Raiders

Rashad Jennings had 116 total yards last week on 14 carries and eight receptions. Darren McFadden (hamstring) will likely miss this week’s game against the San Diego Chargers, which should open the door for Jennings to turn in another solid effort. San Diego has allowed 120.5 rushing yards per game. They have also struggled against the pass. Jennings is a solid play based on sheer volume.

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