Week 13 Fantasy Rankings: Running Back Rankings, Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 29, 2011

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 03: Running back LeGarrette Blount #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts at Raymond James Stadium on October 3, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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LeGarrette Blount vs. Panthers

It took a couple of games for Tampa Bay's LeGarrette Blount to return to form after returning from a knee injury, but this big running back has been a stud of late. Two weeks ago we saw Blount rip off one of the more impressive touchdowns of the season across the NFL, and last week he busted out one of his trademark hurdles over cornerback Jason McCourty on his way to a 35-yard gain.

Blount is fast becoming one of the more feared running backs in football and should be considered one of the top five running backs to start this week against a pathetic Panthers defense. In fact, Blount owners should feel good about Blount’s chances to dominate down the stretch as he faces two defenses that were strong early in the year but have had problems of late in the Cowboys and Jaguars, and then plays the Panthers once again during the fantasy Super Bowl weekend.

Look for the Buccaneers to feature Blount as the main weapon in the offense, as this offense will continue to run through the second-year back from Oregon, and not on the arm of third-year quarterback Josh Freeman.

C.J. Spiller vs. Titans

Johnny White received some attention on waiver wires this past week, but former first-round pick C.J. Spiller was clearly used as the main option in the running game with Fred Jackson lost for the year. Newly signed Tashard Choice had a few touches as well, but it seems clear for now the Bills coaching staff is determined to see what Spiller can do with an expanded role, so he’s likely to be a weekly flex play going forward.

I was disappointed to see Spiller look soft running up the middle at times, and Chan Gailey needs to work on more designed calls in the passing game for Spiller to make an impact in that area. Against the Jets, Ryan Fitzpatrick was pushing the football down the field most of the game and rarely checking down to his playmaker underneath.

A better matchup this week, Spiller should be a lock for more than 100 total yards from scrimmage, even though he’s still going to struggle between the tackles.

More WK 13 Rankings – QB | WR | TE | Flex | K/D | Waivers | Start / Sit |

1 Arian Foster Falcons
2 LeSean McCoy @ Seahawks
3 LeGarrette Blount Panthers
4 Frank Gore Rams
5 Maurice Jones-Drew Chargers
6 Matt Forte Chiefs
7 Ray Rice @ Browns
8 DeMarco Murray @ Cardinals
9 Marshawn Lynch Eagles
10 Chris Johnson @ Bills
11 Michael Bush @ Dolphins
12 Michael Turner @ Texans
13 Rashard Mendenhall Bengals
14 Reggie Bush Raiders
15 Beanie Wells (I) Cowboys
16 BenJarvus Green-Ellis (I) Colts
17 Jonathan Stewart @ Buccaneers
18 DeAngelo Williams @ Buccaneers
19 Ryan Mathews @ Jaguars
20 Willis McGahee (I) @ Vikings
21 Brandon Jacobs Packers
22 Cedric Benson @ Steelers
23 C.J. Spiller Titans
24 Roy Helu Jets
25 Shonn Greene @ Redskins
26 Kevin Smith (I) @ Saints
27 Toby Gerhart Broncos
28 Steven Jackson @ 49ers
29 Peyton Hillis (I) Ravens
30 Mike Tolbert @ Jaguars
31 Mark Ingram Lions
32 Darren Sproles Lions
33 Donald Brown @ Patriots
34 Ben Tate Falcons
35 Joe McKnight @ Redskins
36 James Starks @ Giants
37 Kendall Hunter Rams
38 Pierre Thomas Lions
39 Maurice Morris @ Saints