2013 Fantasy Football RB Rankings – Week 1

Aug 30, 2013

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The smell of football is in the air. Here are the LestersLegends 2013 Week 1 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions
All Day came up just shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record. He had 102 yards and 171 yards and a touchdown in his two meetings with Detroit last year.
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2. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers
Lynch has averaged 1,601 total yards and 12.5 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He had 94 total yards against the Panthers last year. I’m expecting much more.
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3. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New York Jets
The Muscle Hamster racked up 1,926 total yards and a dozen touchdowns as a rookie. The Jets ranked 26th in the league last year with 133.6 rushing yards allowed per game.
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4. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jags ranked 30th in rushing defense with 141.0 yards allowed per game last year. They ranked 31st with 19 rushing scores allowed. Charles had 1,745 total yards last year. He should run wild.
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5. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
The Bills are planning to feed Spiller the ball until he pukes. Maybe not literally, but based on volume alone he should be solid in the opener. Throw in his explosiveness and he should pay immediate dividends.
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6. Arian Foster, Houston Texans @ San Diego Chargers
Foster enters the season without taking a single preseason snap. He may have a little rust to shake off, but he is a touchdown machine with 47 scores over the past three seasons.
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7. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns vs. Miami Dolphins
T-Rich enters the season healthy. He wasn’t able to say that much last year despite the 1,317 total yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s a dual threat with a nose for the goal line.
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8. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
Ridley had 204 yards and three touchdowns in two meetings with the Bills last year. Buffalo ranked 31st in run defense last year with 145.8 yards allowed per game. They also yielded the most (23) rushing touchdowns.
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9. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
Shady had a forgettable year, but he did average 117 total yards in two meetings against the Skins. Chip Kelly plans to run a ton of plays. That volume should help McCoy’s production.
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10. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Morris had 191 total yards and a touchdown in two meetings with the Eagles. Robert Griffin III likely won’t be heavily involved in the run game as he recovers from his knee injury, which should mean a heavy workload for Morris.
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11. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens @ Denver Broncos
Rice had 1,621 total yards and 10 touchdowns last year. The Broncos held him to 38 yards during the season. He got the last laugh by piling up 131 yards in the double-overtime playoff win.
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12. Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints
Jackson gives the Falcons way more firepower at running back than Michael Turner did, both in terms of running and catching the football out of the backfield. The Saints finished last in the NFL with 147.6 rushing yards allowed per game.
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13. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers
Gore isn’t a sexy pick, but he ran for 1,214 yards and eight touchdowns last year. He had 112 yards and a touchdown in the season opener against the Green Bay Packers. He later added 119 yards and a score in the playoff win.
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14. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Mojo averaged 98.8 total yards with two touchdowns in his first five games before a foot injury derailed his season. He’s back healthy and should do well against a Chiefs team that finished 27th in the league with 135.7 rushing yards allowed per game.
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15. David Wilson, New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
Wilson gets a chance to shine with Ahmad Bradshaw going to the Indianapolis Colts. Dallas ranked 22nd in run defense last year with 125.2 yards allowed per game. He’s especially a nice option with Andre Brown out.
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16. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings
Bush has averaged 1,036 rushing yards over the past two seasons. In Detroit’s high-octane offense, he should get his fair share of carries, along with heavy involvement in the passing game.
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17. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Forte has a touch matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he can supplement his production with his receiving ability. The Bears figure to be more explosive offensively under Marc Trestman.
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18. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins @ Cleveland Browns
Miller is somewhat of an unknown commodity, but gets a chance to carry the workload. The Browns finished 19th in rushing defense last year with 118.6 yards allowed per game.
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19. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Johnson has a tough first draw against Pittsburgh, but he quietly finished with 1,475 total yards last year. He had 91 rushing yards and 23 receiving yards against the Steelers last year.
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20. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants
Murray opened last year with 131 yards against the G-Men, who finished 25th against the run with 129.1 yards per game allowed. He enters the year healthy, which should lead to another good start.
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17 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. danny
    August 30th, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Matthews or Ivory? for RB2

  2. LestersLegends
    August 30th, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    I’d go Ivory.

  3. Daniel
    August 31st, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    Of these 4, which would you start as a flex play:

    Frank Gore, Eric Decker, Reggie Wayne, or David Wilson?

    Thank you.

  4. LestersLegends
    August 31st, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Kudos on the depth. I’d go between Gore or Wilson.

  5. Jeramie Contreras
    August 31st, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Which two would you choose to have on your team this season? They would be starting the year on the bench so high risk high reward is not a bad thing. Steve Smith, Stevie Johnson, Mike Williams, Emanuel Sanders, Josh Gorden, Kenny Britt, Danny Wood head, Vincent Brown. It is a PPR;

  6. LestersLegends
    August 31st, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Steve Smith and Stevie Johnson.

  7. Brendan
    September 1st, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    12 team league, .5 ppr, 2 flex.

    Pick 2 out of the 3 as flex plays.

    Cecil Shorts
    Shane Vereen
    Anquan Boldin

  8. LestersLegends
    September 1st, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    I’m thinking Boldin and Vereen, though Vereen is a little risky. I think he gets a decent share of touches against Buffalo.

  9. The Blair Walsh Project
    September 2nd, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    (formerly Somewhere over Dwayne Bowe the past 3 seasons)

    Les, No love for Sproles this week? PPR league. Should i start him vs. ATL or Cobb vs. SF? Leaning Sproles based on matchup D’s. Plus McCarthy said Cobb will be dealing with a biceps injury for awhile. Idk if he’s 100%. Tough call sitting him though.

    I have both Houston and Pitt’s D/ST’s. I actually like Pitt home vs. TENN a little better than Houston on MNF at SD (espn has Pitt projected out a point higher as well). Thinking SD scores more points than Tenn is all. But man oh man the sack/int opportunities Houston might get on Rivers makes me think to just roll them. Thoughts?

  10. The Blair Walsh Project
    September 2nd, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    ^^^^^above is for my flex spot btw…^^^^^

  11. LestersLegends
    September 2nd, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    I like all four of your options. I can see going Sproles over Cobb in PPR. I would roll with Cobb, but they are close. Both defense are close. I like Houston a little better, but have them both as top five.

  12. The Blair Walsh Project
    September 2nd, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    Thanks for the input. I’ll roll Cobb and Houston. To complicate matters i have Bradshaw on my bench, although i would’nt start him over Chris Johnson or TRich. Would he be a flex option perhaps next week? I assume he would get the lions share of touches in Indy if he’s healthy. Blocks well, catches well, etc. Be funny if he gets the start and puts up nice numbers on that hideous Oakland D lol.

  13. LestersLegends
    September 2nd, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    agree. nice depth.

  14. D
    September 4th, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Thoughts on Ahmad Bradshaw week 1? I can see his work load limited but something like 8 carries for 30 yds and 2 TD’s is still a pretty nice day fantasy wise. He is a flex option, I can move TY Hilton or Cecil Shorts… Or even Greg Olsen in Bradshaw’s spot.

  15. LestersLegends
    September 4th, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Hard to say on him. I think he’s a decent flex option. I would expect more yards, but I don’t see two TDs. He’s probably a better option than Olsen or Shorts. Hilton is a toss up.

  16. Tega
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Who is the better waiver wire pick-up Christine Michael or Bilal Powell

  17. LestersLegends
    September 4th, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    I would say Powell. He should have more immediate touches. Plus, given Ivory’s health history, he is more likely to inherit the lead job.

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