2010 Fantasy Football RB Rankings – Week 13

Nov 30, 2010

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Here’s my Week 13 running back rankings.

1. Jamaal Charles vs. Denver
2. Peyton Hillis @ Miami
3. Adrian Peterson vs. Buffalo
4. Arian Foster @ Philadelphia (Thursday)
5. Chris Johnson vs. Jacksonville
6. Ray Rice vs. Pittsburgh
7.  Michael Turner @ Tampa Bay
8. Rashard Mendenhall @ Baltimore
9. Maurice Jones-Drew @ Tennessee
10. LeSean McCoy vs. Houston (Thursday)
11. Knowshon Moreno @ Kansas City
12. Mike Tolbert vs. Oakland
13. Steven Jackson @ Arizona
14. Thomas Jones vs. Denver
15. Matt Forte @ Detroit
16. Mike Goodson @ Seattle
17. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. New York Jets (Monday)
18. Fred Jackson @ Minnesota
19. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Washington
20. Felix Jones @ Indianapolis
21. Darren McFadden @ San Diego
22. Jonathan Stewart @ Seattle
23. Brandon Jacobs vs. Washington
24. Brian Westbrook @ Green Bay
25. Ronnie Brown vs. Cleveland
26. LaDainian Tomlinson @ New England (Monday)
27. Cedric Benson vs. New Orleans
28. LeGarrette Blount vs. Atlanta
29. Ricky Williams vs. Cleveland
30. Christopher Ivory @ Cincinnati
31. Danny Woodhead vs. New York Jets (Monday)
32. Maurice Morris vs. Chicago
33. Beanie Wells vs. St. Louis
34. Shonn Greene @ New England (Monday)
35. Tim Hightower vs. St. Louis

Inside the numbers:

  • Coming off a monster 173 yard game against Seattle, Jamaal Charles is set to explode on a Denver team allowing 141.6 rushing yards per game.
  • I’m a little concerned about Adrian Peterson’s ankle, but I think he’ll be just fine. He also happens to draw a favorable match-up this week. Only the injury concerns keep him from the top spot.
  • Peyton Hillis has 666 total yards and seven touchdowns in his past four games.
  • I was hesitant to give Knowshon Moreno his due, but he delivered with 118 total yards and a touchdown. He’s had at least that many total yards and a touchdown in each of his past three games.
  • Mike Tolbert has hit the century mark with a touchdown in his past two games. He should be at it again against a Raiders run defense that’s yielding 133.7 yards per game on the ground.
  • Marion Barber is expected to miss a couple of games, making Felix Jones a strong play against the Colts. Tashard Choice is a sleeper pick.
  • With Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs in a timeshare, I like them both as RB2s.
  • I am not high on LeGarrette Blount against a Falcons team that has allowed just 93.7 rushing yards per game and four rushing touchdowns.
  • They aren’t sexy situations, but Carolina (Mike Goodson & Jonathan Stewart) and Arizona (Beanie Wells & Tim Hightower) have a pair of RBs that can be used as RB2s or as flex options.
  • With Frank Gore out for the season, Brian Westbrook makes a low-end RB2 against the Packers.


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26 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. D
    November 30th, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Honestly Gore… First time I have heard of anyone under 60 yrs old ‘fracture a hip’. At least hes not a tease like Mathews and Floyd. Do you see Goodson getting more touches than Stewart this week and why is Ivory so low, Bengals are terrible and might give up 50 points.

  2. LestersLegends
    November 30th, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    True, at least Gore got a little going before he went down. I’m expecting a close split between Goodson and J-Stew. I still prefer Goodson a bit. Ivory is banged up so I’m concerned they will stick to the air when they light up Cincy.

  3. Dan
    December 1st, 2010 at 8:06 am #


    The PT Cruiser might play this week too, limiting Ivory’s touches

  4. LestersLegends
    December 1st, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    this is true Dan, although with PT I’ll believe it when I see it.

  5. Chalk
    December 1st, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    Yo Lester, Steven Jackson or Knowshon this week?

  6. LestersLegends
    December 1st, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    Great choices. I like Knowshon a little more as he’s been on fire for a few weeks now. If your gut says S-Jax, I don’t have a strong argument against him given his matchup.

  7. Dan
    December 1st, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    I’m playoff bound; so should I drop MSW for Westbrook? Move would be for bench depth

  8. LestersLegends
    December 1st, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    If you have adequate WR depth, that’s probably not a bad plan.

  9. rob
    December 1st, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

    So this week, week 13 who should i start. these are the teams my players are going against. Dallas vs Indy, Minn vs buffalo, miami vs cleveland, philly vs houston, Ny jets vs Ne. Here are my players t.braby, a,peterson a, foster, m. wallace, b.edwards, d.bryant, m. austin, m. wallace and tamp bay defense or ny jets defense. Kicker n. folk ,shane graham. Give reason why you would start the people you cjose. Rob Ps Thanks your picks made me win again

  10. Jestin
    December 2nd, 2010 at 1:17 am #

    Picked up Westy in one PPR league and Dixon due to waiver priority. Just read Westy already had ankle issues and sat out practice. I’m pretty deep at RB, but wondering if I should drop him and pick up Dixon-figure the worst case is that Westy’s healthy and they split carries, keeping him from being great. The worst case is that Westy gets hurt, and that Dixon picks up ALL the carries. I have McCoy, Moreno, Goodson and FJax, so really I’m just trying to hoard talent at RB for the playoffs in case of Gore-like injuries. I’m in 2nd place trying to grab 1st this week, trying to cover all my bases. Your thoughts?

  11. brian
    December 2nd, 2010 at 4:40 am #

    I am very concerned about Ray Rice going against the Steelers; last time he got less than 3 points–very rare! Anyone else scared away by this?

  12. Tega
    December 2nd, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    Is Goodson a better play than McFadden as my third RB, I also have Rice and Foster as my top two backs…

  13. Tart
    December 2nd, 2010 at 11:47 am #

    I always have trouble deciding which 2nd receiver to use. I have Jennings but would like your guys insights on no.2-
    Garcon, Bess, Obomanu, or Crabtree

  14. LestersLegends
    December 2nd, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    I do like him a little better. They both are sharing, but Seattle is a far inferior defense compared to SD.

  15. Grant
    December 3rd, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    I’m really torn on what to do this week. I have CJ, MJD, and Charles in a PPR, and I can start 2. What would you do? If Kerry Collins doesn’t start this weekend, would it affect your decision?

  16. D
    December 3rd, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    Well Goodson missed 2 practices this week already due to a personal issue…. “They” are saying Stewart may get the start.

    Do you see Stewart’s value now surpassing Goodsons for the week or do you like where they sit in your rankings?

    Damn you Gore! Not that he had a good matchup this week but at least I wouldnt have to pick between Carolina RB’s.

  17. LestersLegends
    December 3rd, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    I think Tennessee’s defense is better than Jacksonville, which is why I like CJ a little more. Plus it’s in Tennessee. However, if Rusty is in at QB, I can see going with Mojo. Why take the risk with CJ?

  18. LestersLegends
    December 3rd, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    If Stew gets the start, I would use him.

  19. JW
    December 3rd, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    Awesome work Lester, quick question for you…..PPR League, flex position, who would you start….Maurice Morris, Danario Alexander or Garcon? Thanks!

  20. JunkBall
    December 3rd, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    I need to win out for the playoffs…Ray Rice vs Steelers or Ben Jarvus Green vs the Jets?

  21. chris
    December 5th, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    Bengarvis or keiland Williams? Also I need too fill the two n three wideouts spot with nanee,ward,garcon,or Blair white? I have Lloyd playing?

    oh, win an I’m in!

  22. LestersLegends
    December 5th, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Tough decision at RB. I like BJGE over Williams. Both have tough matchups, but I can see Wash getting down big early and abandoning the run.

    i like lloyd, garcon, and ward. If you feel like gambling a little, nanee or blair white are good options.

  23. chris
    December 5th, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    Even with Blair playing big as of late an garcon missing catches? Ok leS, I’ve been pondering on ward,Lloyd,naanee or naanee,Lloyd,white?

  24. LestersLegends
    December 5th, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    Garcon had decent games of 62 & 72 the past two weeks. Blair has scored, but Garcon is still getting more targets. I think he breaks one against Dallas. If you like Blair better, I can certainly see using him.

    Ward does have a tough matchup and a bad history against Pittsburgh so I can see using Blair over him.

  25. drnevius
    December 5th, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    A bit of a RB conundrum. Felix Jones, Steven Jackson, or Jonathan Stewart. Which two should I start? All 3 have solid match-ups, all 3 have major upside and all 3 have the potential to tank and ruin my week. This week is the make-it or break-it for my playoff hopes.

  26. LestersLegends
    December 5th, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    Sorry I missed this. Hope you went with J-Stew.

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