2011 PPR Fantasy Football Week 13: Running Backs (RB) Rankings and Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 29, 2011

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 27:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the Washington Redskins at CenturyLink Field on November 27, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Marshawn Lynch vs. Eagles

After a horrible first half of the season, Marshawn Lynch has been great over the past month. In three of his past four games, Lynch has eclipsed the 100-yard mark three times and has a touchdown score in every game. With Tarvaris Jackson playing threw a partially torn pectoral muscle, the Seahawks have had to lean on Lynch as their go to option on offense, and he’s helped them stay competitive.

On a short week, we should have some concern for Lynch’s workload normally, but because he worked so little in the early portion of the year, don’t be surprised if he touches the football up to 25 times.

Besides, it’s not like you're going to take him out of your lineup as he faces an Eagles defense that has given up some huge fantasy performances to running backs this year. Keep Lynch in the lineup as long as he’s healthy, as he’s playing like a low end RB-1 of late.


Peyton Hillis vs. Ravens

Coming off of one day of practice after missing several weeks after re-aggravating his hamstring injury, Peyton Hillis ran the football 19 times for 65 yards against the Bengals. Hillis also had two receptions, but failed to gain a yard, finishing with negative-four yards through the air. The performance wasn’t worthy of a starting spot, even in PPR leagues, but if Hillis can start to put together full practices and stay healthy, he should be worth using down the stretch.

As for this week, consider Hillis likely to carry the load, but I wouldn’t use him in your starting lineup this week unless you're desperate for help. Assuming you drafted Hillis this year, that may be the case, and if you still have a chance to make the playoffs, consider yourself fortunate.

The Browns schedule isn’t pretty down the stretch, but Hillis’ fantasy value is more about his health than his matchups, as he’s proven to be a worthy RB-2 in PPR leagues, even with bad matchups—last year anyway. Let’s hope he can stay healthy, and maybe we can use him in the coming weeks against the Steelers or Cardinals.

More WK 13 PPR Rankings: QB | WR | Flex | K/D | Waivers | Start / Sit |

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