2013 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: NFL Week 8

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IOctober 22, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball as cornerback Jerraud Powers #25 of the Arizona Cardinals defends during a game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 8 fantasy football running back rankings.

1. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

Marshawn Lynch is averaging 107.9 total yards and a touchdown per game. He should remain in beast mode against the St. Louis Rams. The Rams are giving up 126.4 yards and a touchdown per game on the ground.

2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Jamaal Charles is averaging 128.3 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. The Kansas City Chiefs face the Cleveland Browns this week. Even though the Browns have held opponents to 99 rushing yards per game this year, they have allowed nine rushing scores.

3. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

Frank Gore is averaging 91 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He should dominate the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 153.3 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game.

4. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

LeSean McCoy is averaging 136 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He should have a strong game against the struggling New York Giants.

5. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos

Knowshon Moreno is averaging 87.3 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. The Denver Broncos look to get back on track against the Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed 126.2 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.

6. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions

Reggie Bush is averaging 121.8 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He should be heavily involved in a projected shootout with the Dallas Cowboys.

7. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

Eddie Lacy is averaging 110 total yards in his past three games. He's a great complement to Aaron Rodgers in the passing game. Look for a strong game against the Vikings.

8. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson ran for 409 yards and a pair of touchdowns last year against the Packers. But the Vikings offense and offensive line have been so bad that he's been mortal of late. He's always a threat to put up a huge game, but he's more of a risk than ever before. 

9. Le'veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

Le'veon Bell is averaging 79.7 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns through three games. He has faced the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens the past two weeks. Things ease up a bit this week when he faces the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have allowed 99 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.

10. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

Alfred Morris is averaging 82.3 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns. The Denver Broncos have allowed only 77.1 yards per game, but they have yielded seven rushing scores.

11. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints

Darren Sproles could see even more looks against the Buffalo Bills if Jimmy Graham is sidelined. He's averaging 80.7 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns. The Bills have allowed 123.6 rushing yards per game.

12. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

Darren McFadden is averaging 68.8 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns. The bye week gave him time for his hamstring to heal. He should have a solid game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers just aren't the same defensively. They have allowed 109.3 yard and a touchdown per game.

13. Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons

Jacquizz Rodgers had 62 total yards and a pair of touchdowns last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the injuries the Atlanta Falcons are dealing with at receiver, I expect Rodgers to remain heavily involved.

14. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills

Fred Jackson is averaging 85 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns despite sharing the load with C.J. Spiller. Jackson should continue to see more looks against the New Orleans Saints due to Spiller's ankle injury. The Saints have allowed 114 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game.

15. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

Giovani Bernard is averaging 71 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is still playing a significant role, but Bernard is the superior talent. That should show once again this week against the Jets. They have allowed just 77.7 yards per game, which keeps Bernard from a higher ranking.

16. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

Maurice Jones-Drew is averaging 54.1 yards and 0.3 touchdowns. He has a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. They can be run on, though, as they have allowed 106.7 yards and a touchdown per game.

17. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

Stevan Ridley didn't get much use in the early stages of last week's game against the Jets, but he does have three touchdowns in the past two weeks. He is averaging 4.1 yards per carry and has lost just one fumble. It's unclear why he's still in the doghouse. He's a risky use against the Miami Dolphins. The Fins have allowed 102.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.

18. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins

Lamar Miller continues to split time with Daniel Thomas, but I expect Miller will see more use against the New England Patriots this week. The Pats have allowed 127.1 and 0.6 touchdowns. Without Vince Wilfork or Jerod Mayo, the Pats will continue to struggle stopping the run.

19. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

DeAngelo Williams is averaging 91.2 total yards per game, but he has yet to reach the end zone. It's unlikely he does this week against the Buccaneers, as they have allowed just one score on the ground. D-Will should still have a solid day and is a RB2 during this heavy bye week.

20. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints

Pierre Thomas is averaging 63.8 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He should also see plenty of use against the Bills.

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