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2013 - Week 1 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

2013 - Week 1 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 09/03/13

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2013 Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs




Running Back Player Rankings – Week 1



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Running Backs                 (Updated:  Wednesday, Sept. 4 - 3:36PM CT)



Adrian Peterson - Pyro Character

1.       Adrian Peterson (at Det)


For Purple Jesus to pull off the miracle of 2,500 rushing yards in a single season, he would have to average 156.25 yards per game across the full 16-game season. Is it possible? Yeah, I believe it is. AP is the most talented, able-bodied running back to come along since Bo Jackson and has a very good chance to go down as one of the Top-5 RBs of all-time. However, a couple of things are working against him here, especially during the initial part of the season.

First, he won’t have his battering ram All Pro fullback, Jerome Felton, for the first three games of the season due to a suspension (he might not have had him anyway as Felton is currently recovering from an emergency appendectomy).

Second, the closest a player has come to putting up two-straight 2,000-yard seasons was when Barry Sanders followed up his 2,053-yard effort with 1,491 yards during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

Can All Day pull off the impossible? We’ll find out soon enough. Let the games begin!

Doug Martin - Pyro Character

2.       Doug Martin (at NYJ)  


Doug Martin had one of the finest rookie seasons in NFL history last year, partly because he averaged a massive 23 touches per game. This season, I actually expect that number to go up, along with his overall stats, starting with Week 1.

First of all, not only did he average 107.1 rushing yards/game on the road in 2012, but he also averaged a touchdown and almost three receptions per game as well. Second, the Buccaneers defense was vastly improved during the offseason, which means the offense won’t be playing from behind as much and should be able to run a bit more. Third, the Jets rush D ranked in the bottom third of the league last season and because their offense looks to be even worse in 2013, opposing teams could be running out the clock in the second half quite a bit.

Obviously, this is all good news for the Muscle Hamster in Week 1.


Jamaal Charles - Pyro Character

3.       Jamaal Charles (at Jax)


In his fifth season as a pro, The Ostrich was finally given a 300-touch workload with which he produced 1,745 total yards while still keeping up an astounding 5.3 YPC. Granted it may not be as mind-blowing as it once was (due to Adrian Peterson), but for Charles to sustain that type of production in a year coming back from a torn ACL is pretty darn impressive.

His first game of 2013 should be an interesting one, especially with the Chiefs employing a new pass-heavy head coach in Andy Reid. Jamaal’s carries will likely fall off from the 285 he garnered last season, but the amount he’ll be used in the passing game along with his consistently high YPC should keep him well within the Top-10 fantasy backs of 2013 and might even catapult him into the top 3-5 range if Reid can get him in the endzone like he did with LeSean McCoy of recent past and Brian Westbrook before him.

The Jaguars allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs last season and considering their likely continued ineptitude on offense, my guess is that they’ll stay near the bottom again this year. Charles will be the first RB to prove me right, as he should be able to find some nice space to run behind an offseason-fortified KC offensive line. Expect a couple of long runs and at least 5-6 catches for Charles this Sunday.


Trent Richardson - Pyro Character

4.       Trent Richardson (vs. Mia)


Though Richardson might not have had the most impressive rookie season of the 2012 class, we shouldn’t discredit the overall numbers he put up. 318 touches, 1,317 total yards, 51 receptions and 12 total TDs in just 15 injury-hampered games would be quite the accomplishment for a veteran RB, but is especially so for a rookie. Now that “The Second Coming” looks to be fully healthy heading into Week 1, those rookie numbers could end up looking average compared to what I expect he’ll do in 2013.

With the Browns new offensive coordinator, Norv Turner, calling the shots, Richardson could very well end up with 400+ touches this season, which amounts to at least 25 touches a game. Trent is the type of monstrous back who can wear defenses down throughout the day, so those extra touches he’ll get towards the end of games could really bring his fantasy numbers up into the Top 3-5 range this season.

Miami is no slouch of a defense, but they aren’t top-of-the-line either and the workload T-Rich will get this Sunday should give fantasy owners the numbers they want to see.

Stevan Ridley - Pyro Character

5.       Stevan Ridley (at Buf)


The New England Patriots have pretty much owned the Buffalo Bills over the last 11 years going 20-2 against them in that span. Of course, Ridley wasn’t there for most of it, but he pretty much owns Buffalo as well. Last season, two of his top five fantasy performances came against this Bills squad, including his best game of the year when he ran for 106 yards and two TDs on 22 carries.

Not only did the Bills defense allow the most touchdowns to opposing RBs last season, but they gave up the fourth-most yards and a massive 4.72 YPC to them as well. Despite the huge turnover in personnel this season, the Pats and Stevan Ridley should have no problem dominating this 2013 season opener.



LeSean McCoy - Pyro Character

6.       LeSean McCoy (at Was, Monday night)


McCoy has never done his best work running the ball against the Washington Redskins, but he has more than made up for it in the passing game averaging 53.3 receiving yards on 6.1 catches per game against them. In their two matchups last season, McCoy put up 112 and 122 total yards on 21 and 22 touches respectively, both of which I could see him going over in this Week 1 tilt.

The Eagles’ new up-tempo offense devised under new head coach, Chip Kelly, will no doubt give Shady ample opportunity to shimmy and shake his way to an RB1-type of a day for his fantasy owners this coming Monday night.


Frank Gore - Pyro Character

7.       Frank Gore (vs. GB)


Frank the Tank was a nice surprise in 2012 putting up one of the best all-around statistical seasons over his eight-year career. In fact, he started all off the same way he will again this season - with a juggernaut showdown against the Green Bay Packers.


In their 2012 Week 1 matchup in Green Bay, Gore managed to rush for 112 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries while adding one reception on his only target of the game. This year, Gore owners will be happy to know the two teams will be squaring off in San Francisco as Frank has been a better home-field player throughout his career, including last season when he averaged over 100 total yards a game and nearly 5.4 yards per carry.

Steven Jackson - Pyro Character

8.       Steven Jackson (at NO)


As pass-heavy as you would think this Atlanta Falcons offense would be, it still allows plenty of room for a running back to put up stellar fantasy numbers. Michael Turner, for all intents and purposes, was basically a bum last season… yet was still somehow able to scrounge up 11 total touchdowns (10 rushing) and a 17th-place fantasy finish amongst all running backs.

We all know Steven Jackson is no spring chicken (turned 30 in July), but he still runs like a beastly lunatic and doesn’t seem to have blown out his tires the way Turner did. Either way, the Saints defense was at the bottom of the list in pretty much every category against the rush (and pass) last season and doesn’t look to be much better despite the return of head coach Sean Payton. Expect at least a touchdown and over 100 total yards this Sunday.


Marshawn Lynch - Pyro Character

9.     Marshawn Lynch (at Car)


Marshawn Lynch may not have had a great fantasy showing in his contest against the Panthers last season, but none of his early 2012 games were all that special as opposing defenses were bunching the line in an effort to make rookie QB Russell Wilson beat them. Once coach Pete Carroll let Wilson loose, defenses began to take notice… as did fantasy owners of Beast Mode Lynch.

That being said, my guess is the Panthers will remember how close they came to beating the Seahawks last season by taking Lynch out of the game (21 carries, 84 yards, 1 reception, 9 yards, NO touchdowns) and try to do it again. Will they succeed? I highly doubt it. Expect at least a TD, but maybe not a ton of yardage.




Arian Foster - Pyro Character

10.     Arian Foster (at SD, Monday night)


Over the last three seasons, it would be a bit of a shock to see Foster ranked this far down in the Top-10 RBs for any particular week. However, as the age-old saying goes, “all good things must come to an end”, so throw on your Depends and let it all loose as I can almost guarantee this to be a regular occurrence in 2013.

San Diego actually has a pretty good rush defense as they allowed the eighth-fewest rushing touchdowns last season while holding opposing runners to a mere 3.8 yards per carry. If Foster had played at all during the preseason, I would have a bit more confidence in him this opening game, but having not absorbed any sort of game-speed contact for quite some time, I’m betting on the Texans using a healthy dose of Ben Tate to ease Arian in.

It’s hard to slot a guy outside of the Top-10 when he’s averaged more than a touchdown per game over the last three seasons, but like I said, all good things must come to an end… and this is where the end begins.



Running Backs   Ranked  #11 - 50


11.     David Wilson (at Dal, Sunday night)

12.     Alfred Morris (vs. Phi, Monday night)

13.     Matt Forte (vs. Cin)

14.     Maurice Jones-Drew (vs. KC)

15.     Reggie Bush (vs. Min)

16.     C.J. Spiller (vs. NE)

17.     Montee Ball (vs. Bal, Thursday night)

18.     Ray Rice (at Den, Thursday night)

19.     Chris Johnson (at Pit)

20.     Lamar Miller (at Cle)

21.     DeMarco Murray (vs. NYG, Sunday night)

22.     Darren McFadden (at Ind)

23.     Daryl Richardson (vs. Ari) 

24.     Shane Vereen (at Buf)

25.     Darren Sproles (vs. Atl)

26.     Rashard Mendenhall (at StL)

27.     Isaac Redman (vs. Ten)

28.     Ahmad Bradshaw (vs. Oak)

29.     Knowshon Moreno (vs. Bal, Thursday night)

30.     Giovani Bernard (at Chi)

31.     Chris Ivory (vs. TB)

32.     Eddie Lacy (at SF)

33.     DeAngelo Williams (vs. Sea)

34.     Mark Ingram (vs. Atl)

35.     Ryan Mathews (vs. Hou, Monday night) 

36.     Ben Tate (at SD, Monday night)

37.     Vick Ballard (vs. Oak)

38.     Pierre Thomas (vs. Atl)

39.     Joique Bell (vs. Min)

40.     BenJarvus Green-Ellis (at Chi)

41.     Fred Jackson (vs. NE)

42.     Bryce Brown (at Was, Monday night)

43.     Ronnie Hillman (vs. Bal, Thursday night)

44.     Bilal Powell (vs. TB)

45.     Danny Woodhead (vs. Hou, Monday night)

46.     Kendall Hunter (vs. GB)

47.     Roy Helu (vs. Phi, Monday night)

48.     Bernard Pierce (at Den, Thursday night)

49.     Christine Michael (at Car)

50.     Felix Jones (vs. Ten)




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