Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings: Steven Jackson and More RBs to Leave Behind

Josh MartinNBA Lead WriterDecember 4, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 20: Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams looks on from the bench in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome on November 20, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Seahawks beat the Rams 24-7.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Running backs—they're as much a dime-a-dozen commodity in the NFL as they are in fantasy football.

Which is precisely why you should leave this big-name ball carriers on the sidelines in Week 13, lest you come away penniless from your league.

Steven Jackson

Steven Jackson's a good 'back who really knows how to sneak his way through a crowd, though I'd imagine the 49ers' defense is a bit tougher to get through than the line at Dick's Sporting Goods.

San Fran has allowed the fewest rushing yards of any team in the NFL this season and has yet to give up a single touchdown on the ground. Don't expect Jackson to be the one to break that spell, even if the Rams hand it to him on every down with Sam Bradford sidelined.

Peyton Hillis

I'm hoping you've already done the smart thing and avoided Peyton Hillis like a bad case of strep throat (too soon?).

But if you still have him lingering around your roster, I encourage you to drop him out of your lineup as soon as possible. The Browns will play four of their final five games against the Ravens and the Steelers, starting with a home game against Baltimore on Sunday.

Hillis has stunk it up against some rather mediocre run defenses this season, so what's there to suggest that he'll be any different against teams that make their living stopping guys cold in the backfield?

Ryan Mathews

Jacksonville's run defense has let up in recent weeks on account of injuries, though it's still not soft enough to suggest that Ryan Mathews will have any luck getting around on Monday night.

Mathews was solid against the Broncos last Sunday, racking up 142 total yards, but hasn't seen the right side of the end zone since late September. Don't expect him to break that spell against the Jaguars, especially if Philip Rivers doesn't give Jacksonville any reason not to load up the box.

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