Jan 5, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs the ball in the first quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Top 20 Fantasy Football 2013 Running Backs


The running back position has been a tough one to figure out over the years. A lot of teams went to a running back by committee, which is good for NFL teams but tough for fantasy football. Outside the top ten you kind of get into a free for all.

 

  1. Adrian Peterson – He lead the league in fantasy points last year and that was coming back from an ACL and MCL tear. No doubt he is the most consistent out of the bunch.
  2. Arian Foster – Has a good supporting cast which takes a lot of the heat off of him. Dangerous out of the backfield regardless if he is rushing or receiving.
  3. Ray Rice – His stock got hurt a little by losing some offensive weapons but I believe he will have a good year regardless, just not great.
  4. Marshawn Lynch – With the addition of Percy Harvin in Seattle, Lynch’s job just got a lot easier. Now only if Russell Wilson can keep producing Lynch will have a great fantasy year.
  5. Alfred Morris – With RGIII helping take some heat off of the running game, Morris will have continued success running and catching the ball.
  6. Doug Martin – Josh Freeman needs to have a good year passing if Martin is to be able to produce like he did last year. A strong year from Martin but would be hard to repeat without some help.

    December 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) scores a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. The Eagles won 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

  7. Jamaal Charles – Big play capabilities but not as consistent as most. Put up good numbers last year which placed him in the top 10, which I see him being able to repeat this year.
  8. Trent Richardson – With a new head coach in Cleveland, I think Richardson is a sink or swim pick. The unknown of how he will be used, raises some concern.
  9. Matt Forte – Finished outside the top 10 last year but looking back he finished the year strong and I think he will be able to build off that.
  10. C.J. Spiller – Looking like Spiller will get most of the work, and if he is able to stay healthy. I see him making a run for a top 5 fantasy season.
  11. Frank Gore – His stock could fall some depending on if the 49ers want to work Hunter and James in a little more but still a strong fantasy year from Gore.
  12. Stevan Ridley – The fact that he is playing with Tom Brady increase his stock. The running game got overlooked in my opinion last year which  allowed Ridley to have a top ten fantasy year.
  13. Darren Sproles – In a PPR league this is to low for Sproles, but in a straight up fantasy league Sproles is a decent option that receives a fair amount of touches throughout a game.
  14. DeMarco Murray – Murray has fallen victim to the RB by committee. No matter the reason its hard to rely on him week in and week out.
  15. Shonn Greene – Finished the year in the same position as I have him, might be a little high but even with a dismal QB last year Greene was able to have a decent fantasy year. With Geno Smith possibly starting at some point next year, it will only help Greene out.
  16. Stephen Jackson – Atlanta has a pretty good offense outside of the RB position, which not sure how much, if any, of an upgrade Jackson is over Michael Turner.
  17. Darren McFadden – I keep away from this guy as much as I can. Injuries and inconsistency will keep him from being a top 10 RB, he definitely has big play abilities but cant piece it all together.
  18. Vick Ballard – Had a down rookie year but I see him being able to take advantage of Andrew Luck’s second season, in which the running game might get overlooked.
  19. Chris Johnson – Even though I believe 2012 to be a horrible year for Johnson, he finished in the top 15. Not as good as some had hoped but not a total wash.
  20. Reggie Bush – His move to Detroit might not be enough to bolster him into the top 20 by the end of the fantasy season. But with how bad the RBs are in Detroit, he will definitely have a chance to play.

    Nov 4, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) runs against Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Roach (53) during the second half at LP Field. The Bears beat the Titans 51-20. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US Presswire

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  • Don710

    Dude…I’m not trying to be a jerk, but the simple fact you have Shonn Greene at 15 and still playing for the Jets tells anyone who is reading about fantasy football this early in the game 6/5/13 that you are in need of some research bro. Good luck with your articles and thanks for your input.

    • Seth W.

      I appreciate you reading and apologize for this mistake. I must not be in the fantasy football state of mind quite yet. I am going to post top 20 WRs next and will double check so this error doesn’t occur again.

  • Newton4Prez

    Yeah Greene is CJ2K’s backup in Tennessee now. The only glaring omission I really see is Shady McCoy in Phily. I think he’s going to have a monster season with Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense if no other reason than they are gonna run more plays. McCoy’s value is probably top-ten and Trent Richardson is hurt yet again/still….not a bad list overall tho.

    • Seth W.

      Yeah Greene definitely falls out of top 20 if not out of top 30. If McCoy and the offense can pick it up quickly I see him having a monster year, but if they struggle to pick it up then it could be a dismal year, hot or miss. I will reassess my rankings toward the end of training camp. Thanks for the read.

      • Newton4Prez

        McCoy is gonna be a beast in PPR leagues. I think the issues revolve around the QB controversy in Philly and Chip Kelley is an innovator on offense and seems to fit right into today’s spread-happy NFL. If anything, the Felix Jones trade is what makes me cautious on McCoy’s output but will probably help keep them both fresh. I just don’t see Jones taking a bunch away though, because of his own injury history. McCoy has gotten well over 1,000 yars from scrimmage each year since his rookie year and I don’t see any obvious reason that shouldn’t continue. He’s a solid option on a team with many questions.

  • ahrcshaw

    I guess the guys on the Panthers team are has bends. Go Panthers.

    • Seth W.

      As far as Fantasy goes any Panthers running back isn’t consistent enough to start on a weekly basis. With that being said Williams finished 23rd overall in fantasy, but Stewart didn’t play in 5-7 games last year. They could help you out if you find yourself in a bind during the season, but only as a fill in if you have injuries or bye weeks. Keep Pounding!!

      • ahrcshaw

        I guess Peters was consistent? It is all in the cards, Go Panthers

    • Newton4Prez

      too many cooks…besides, who is gonna draft an RB from a team whose leading rusher was the QB? lol!!

      • ahrcshaw

        You could be making a big mistake, think about it and keep this post as a reminder.

        • Newton4Prez

          Well, enlighten us…which of the Panthers’ RBs would YOU take in a fantasy draft? Stewart has injury issues, Williams is streaky, Tolbert sees limited touches and we don’t even have a clue what rookie Kenjon Barner’s role is going to be while CAM NEWTON led the team in rushing as I said…when you have a ton of options on a single team, it ruins EVERYONE’s fantasy value.