2013 Fantasy Football RB Rankings – Week 4

Sep 24, 2013

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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 4 fantasy football running back rankings.
1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson has 333 total yards and four touchdowns. The Minnesota Vikings travel to London to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have allowed 115.3 rushing yards per game and four  rushing touchdowns.
2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is averaging 125 total yards and a touchdown per game. The New York Giants, fresh off of being manhandled by the Carolina Panthers, are giving up 129.3 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game on the ground.
3. LeSean MccCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean MccCoy is lapping the field with 514 total yards (171.3 per game) and two touchdowns. Even if the Denver Broncos can slow him down, he’s such a vital piece of the Philadelphia Eagles offense that it’s hard to imagine that he won’t put up another big game.
4. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte, like Shady McCoy, is thriving in his new offense. He has 363 total yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Detroit Lions have allowed 104 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game on the ground.
5. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch has 256 total yards and three touchdowns. The Houston Texans are a formidable foe, but the Seattle Seahawks are rolling over teams.
6. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Alfred Morris 247 total yards and a pair of scores through three games. He should have no problem running against the Oakland Raiders.
7. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts
Trent Richardson had a modest debut for the Indianapolis Colts, running for 35 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers. They held him to 2.7 yards per carry. This week he faces the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have allowed 167.7 yards per game at 5.2 yards per carry.
8. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a train wreck, but Doug Martin keeps rolling. He has 316 total yards and one touchdown on the year. The Arizona Cardinals have been solid against the run, only giving up 73.3 yards per game, but Martin is a dual threat.
9. Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens
Bernard Pierce had 72 total yards and a touchdown last week filling in for Ray Rice against the Texans. Rice (hip) will likely be held out again, which gives Pierce a date with the Buffalo Bills, who have allowed 155 yards per game on the ground.
10. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
Darren McFadden continues to be a solid play. This week he’s facing a terrible Washington Redskins defense that has allowed 155 yards and 1.3 rushing touchdowns per game.
11. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray has 402 total yards and one touchdown after dropping 203 yards on the St. Louis Rams. Next up is the San Diego Chargers, who have allowed 130 yards per game.
12. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard has 194 yards and three touchdowns as his role continues to expand. The Cleveland Browns have allowed just 84.3 yards per game, but they have yielded five rushing scores.
13. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Reggie Bush (knee) missed last week, but he should be good to go against the Chicago Bears. He has 260 total yards and a touchdown in two games. The Bears are tough against the run, but Bush is a dynamic option catching the ball.
14. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Chris Johnson has 256 yards on the ground. He has been a non-factor in the passing game, but is more than capable in that department. He has a tough matchup with the New York Jets.
15. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Arian Foster has just 227 yards and a touchdown through three games. He is capable of much more, but it will be hard to come by against the Seahawks.
16. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore has 198 total yards and a touchdown, but the Niners have scored just 10 points in the past two games. He’s facing the St. Louis Rams, who have allowed 105 yards per game.
17. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
C.J. Spiller avoided a knee injury, but he’s dealing with a sore thigh. He has 182 total yards. Fred Jackson will share the load against a Baltimore Ravens team that has allowed just 74.7 yard per game, putting Spiller in RB2 territory.
18. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Maurice Jones-Drew has 135 total yards and a touchdown. He hasn’t run for more than 45 yards in a game this year. His matchup with the Colts, who have allowed 129 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game, is favorable on paper. However, the Jags will likely have to abandon the run thanks to the Colts’ offense.
19. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Knowshon Moreno is having a surprisingly solid season. He should continue to perform against an Eagles team giving up 115.3 yards per game.
20. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
Bilal Powell has 292 total yards and a touchdown. Chris Ivory (hamstring) could be out, leaving Powell to carry the load. The Tennessee Titans have allowed 101.7 yards per game.
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31 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Cardiodr
    September 24th, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    Where do you figure Le’Veon Bell fitting in this week?

  2. LestersLegends
    September 24th, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    Bell is a risky play

  3. Cardiodr
    September 25th, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    I dropped Ridley since there is too much drama in NE and I really need a RB and picked up Powell since Jets declare him the #1 RB, also dropped Ivory for Powell in another league… good move? I know his next 2 match ups are tough.

  4. The Blair Walsh Project
    September 25th, 2013 at 4:52 am #

    As a TRich owner, i do not like what i am hearing out of Indy coaches and the sportswriters the past few days. ‘Could be a timeshare all year’ ???
    I love owning and having both TR’s AND Bradshaw’s value diminished. You might have TR too high in your rankings Ry….


  5. LestersLegends
    September 25th, 2013 at 5:15 am #

    Cardio – right now it looks like a good move. ridley hasn’t done anything yet. just be ready to pounce if he finally does get it going
    Blair Walsh Project – makes sense as they have two good backs.

  6. The Blair Walsh Project
    September 25th, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    Drop Bradshaw or Joique for Le’Veon Bell or say Bilal Powell? Getting nominal performances from all by RB’s. Even CJohnson and Sproles.

  7. LestersLegends
    September 25th, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    They all have value. I can see dropping Bradshaw though.

  8. Brandon
    September 25th, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    As my wr’s I have V Jax, Garcon, A. Brown, and Shorts. As my rb’s I have Spiller, Ridley, McFadden, and Bolden. What 3 wr’s and 3 rb’s would you play OR do I play all 4 wr’s and then which 2 rb’s?


  9. LestersLegends
    September 25th, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    All four WR, McFadden and Spiller

  10. steve
    September 25th, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    RB2 in PPR…Mathews, Pead or Snelling?

  11. GRO
    September 26th, 2013 at 1:31 am #

    12-team PPR:

    I have Gore, Spiller, Daryl Richardson, R. Matthews, Brandon Bolden, Fred Jackson, Brandon Marshall, Garcon, Amendola, Broyles, Finley and Fleener.
    - I’ve been offered Gronk and Lamar Miller for Spiller. Should I take it?

  12. LestersLegends
    September 26th, 2013 at 5:00 am #


  13. LestersLegends
    September 26th, 2013 at 5:11 am #

    risky because of gronk’s injury history and your rb situation. he is a difference maker if he can stay healthy. are you OK with d rich or miller as your RB2? If so take it, it’s a fair deal.

  14. Tega
    September 26th, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    Better Flex option: L. Miller or D. Wilson

  15. LestersLegends
    September 26th, 2013 at 8:49 am #


  16. Bill
    September 26th, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Would you start Pierce over Gordon at flex even if Rice starts? Matchup against the Bills sure is juicy.

  17. LestersLegends
    September 26th, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    I probably wouldn’t be I have no problem with rolling with Pierce and the matchup.

    September 26th, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

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  19. johnny
    September 27th, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    Flex option in PPR League either Snelling or Bolden.

  20. LestersLegends
    September 27th, 2013 at 11:59 am #


  21. Cardiodr
    September 29th, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    Bad call on L.Bell

  22. Jackson
    September 30th, 2013 at 2:43 am #

    Hey Les, I’m in a bit of a pickle regarding my Wide Receivers (I need someone who is somewhat consistent), just wanted to ask on your advice on which receivers would be fair candidates for DeMarco Murray (I’m stacked at RB with Peterson, Morris and Gore). It’s my first year playing fantasy and have started 2-2 in an 8 team league.


  23. LestersLegends
    September 30th, 2013 at 5:19 am #

    Yep. Was cautious on a running back coming off a foot injury on an offense that favors the pass against a team that can’t stop the pass.

  24. LestersLegends
    September 30th, 2013 at 5:25 am #

    Look at the teams that are struggling at WR. Maybe a Fitzgerald, Colston, type. I really depends on what they have at WR and how much need they are in.

  25. Jackson
    September 30th, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    Cheers Les, they sound pretty good, problem is half of them are hesitant to trade. I’ll have another look and try again. Thanks again

  26. Jackson
    September 30th, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    Hey Les, turn out I can get either Colston or Antonio Brown. Who would you go with long term wise?

  27. LestersLegends
    September 30th, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    I like Colston. He’s steady.

  28. Jackson
    September 30th, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Cheers Les, hopefully Colston has a quiet one so he doesn’t back out of it hahaha

  29. GRO
    September 30th, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    12 team PPR. I have Gore, Fred Jackson, Matthews and CJ Spiller. Would you trade Spiller straight up for Gronk at this point and then just run with Fred Jackson? I’m a frustrated Spiller owner…

  30. GRO
    September 30th, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    Or possibly F. Jack and Spiller for Gronk and L. Miller…

  31. Jackson
    October 1st, 2013 at 1:31 am #

    Managed to get Colston which makes my team much more well rounded now. Had a great game today too. Thanks Les

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