2013 Fantasy Football RB Rankings – Week 5

Oct 1, 2013

With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 5 fantasy football running back rankings.
1. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy is averaging 152 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. Look for Shady to have a big day against the New York Giants, who have allowed 122.5 yards and a touchdown per game on the ground. He has averaged 108.2 total yards against the during his career, and this is by far the worst unit he will have faced.
2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is averaging 125.5 total yards and has scored a touchdown in every game thus far. This week he faces the Tennessee Titans, who have allowed 99 rushing yards per game.
3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch is averaging 99.8 total yards and a touchdown per game. He’s facing the Indianapolis Colts, who have allowed 106.8 yards and a touchdown per game.
4. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte is averaging 120 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game in Marc Trestman’s offense. He should continue to roll against the New Orleans Saints.
5. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Reggie Bush continues to look like a perfect fit for the Detroit Lions when he’s healthy. He’s averaging 143.3 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. The Green Bay Packers have defended the run well, but he can burn them in the passing game.
6. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Arian Foster isn’t off to the start we’re accustomed to, but he is averaging 99.5 total yards and a score. He had 171 total yards and a touchdown last week against the Seattle Seahawks. The San Francisco 49ers have allowed 109.3 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game on the ground.
7. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore is averaging 87.8 yards after a bruising 153-yard game against the St. Louis Rams. He had some extra time to rest up after playing in the Thursday night game. He’s facing the Houston Texans, who have allowed 113.3 yards per game.
8. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard is averaging 67.3 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the New England Patriots, who won’t be the same without Vince Wilfork clogging up the middle.
9. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts
Trent Richardson has scored in both games since coming over to the Colts. He’ll have a stiffer challenge this week against the Seahawks, but they have yielded 109 rushing yards per game. T-Rich should see a ton of touches.
10. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Maurice Jones-Drew has struggled this year averaging 40.8 total yards with one touchdown. Things should improve against the St. Louis Rams, who have allowed 133.5 yards per game.
11. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray has averaged 123 total yards per game. The Denver Broncos have allowed just 74 yards per game, but they have yielded four rushing scores.
12. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
Bilal Powell is averaging 100 total yards per game. He facing the Atlanta Falcons, who have allowed 92.3 yards per game. Powell’s involvement in the passing game should help if the Falcons jump ahead.
13. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Ray Rice is not 100 percent and has yet to turn in a dominating performance. He’s sharing the load with Bernard Pierce. He’s a questionable RB1 against the Miami Dolphins.
14. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Chris Johnson is averaging 72.3 total yards without a touchdown. He faces a tough test against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.
15. Willis McGahee, Cleveland Browns
Willis McGahee is slowly coming around. Last week he had 46 yards on 15 carries against the Cincinnati Bengals. He should be even better against a Bills team giving up 122.3 rushing yards per game.
16. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers have had a different leading runner in each of their three games this year. It’s Eddie Lacy’s turn again as the Packers face the Lions, who have allowed 110.8 yards per game and five touchdowns.
17. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
DeAngelo Williams is averaging 97 rushing yards per game. He offers little in the passing game and yields goal-line carries to Cam Newton and Mike Tolbert. The Arizona Cardinals present a tough test, allowing just 75 yards per game.
18. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Knowshon Moreno is averaging 77 total yards with three touchdowns. The Dallas Cowboys have yet to yield a rushing touchdown and they’re giving up just 77.8 yards per game. Peyton Manning continues to do most of the damage. Plus, Moreno is sharing the load with Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball.
19. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints
Darren Sproles is basically a slot receiver that runs the ball on occasion. He moves way up the list in points per receptions leagues. Sproles is averaging 92.5 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He is averaging just 5.5 carries for 23.25 yards on the ground, but  makes his mark with 5.8 receptions for 69.25 yards. He is facing the Chicago Bears, who are giving up 277.8 passing yards per game.
20. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
C.J. Spiller had 77 yards on 23 carries. Fred Jackson continues to eat away at his touches. Spiller hurt his ankle last week, which could mean a reduced workload in a short week as the Buffalo Bills face the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.
21. Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland Raiders
Rashad Jennings had 116 total yards last week on 14 carries and eight receptions. Darren McFadden (hamstring) will likely miss this week’s game against the San Diego Chargers, which should open the door for Jennings to turn in another solid effort. San Diego has allowed 120.5 rushing yards per game. They have also struggled against the pass. Jennings is a solid play based on sheer volume.
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30 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. The Blair Walsh Project
    October 1st, 2013 at 5:07 am #

    Still no love for Sproles Ryan? He’s ranked 9th in points in PPR leagues right now.

    Dropped Bradshaw this past week and grabbed Le’Veon Bell. He sat on my bench and put up 26pts ppr. Luckily my team went off without him, and i’m at 3-1. After his bye this week, i will roll him over CJohnson. If he stays healthy, it appears to be a good move.

  2. LestersLegends
    October 1st, 2013 at 5:14 am #

    I think that was a great move. PPR, I love Sproles. I tend to rank non-PPR though as I don’t think you should be rewarded for catching the ball. You should be rewarded for the yards you earn.

  3. The Blair Walsh Project
    October 1st, 2013 at 5:20 am #

    Well….are’nt you a ‘fantasy snob’ lol. I agree with you, but it is a PPR league nonetheless. Gotta play by this leagues rules. Whether i agree with them or not.

  4. LestersLegends
    October 1st, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    I hear you. I play PPR as well. I just don’t like it as much personally, especially as all the rules favor the passing game anyway

  5. Rozay
    October 2nd, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    I have Doug Martin on bye week. Who has bigger upside this week as his replacement with a choice between Jonathan Franklin or Andre Ellington? Thanks

  6. NFLUKFans
    October 2nd, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    Been offered a trade I give away DeMarco Murray for Doug Martin, straight up. You haven’t steered me wrong yet (convinced me to play Cameron over Cook in Week 3!) so whats your opinion? Martin definitely has the higher upside but will they put it back together in Tampa?

  7. LestersLegends
    October 2nd, 2013 at 7:03 am #

    Rozay – I would say Ellington. I think Lacy gets the bulk of the carries for GB.
    NFL – I would make that deal, knowing it’s a risk given his upside. If you don’t want to roll the dice, keeping Murray isn’t a bad choice.

  8. Rozay
    October 2nd, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Thanks I actually just traded Doug Martin for Demarco Murray straight up. I think its an even trade and I didn’t want to risk losing because of Martin’s bye this week. What do you think

  9. LestersLegends
    October 2nd, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    I like martin better, but it’s not a bad trade. That said, Murray will have a bye week too.

  10. The Blair Walsh Project
    October 2nd, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Ry…You think i should move a WR like Dez or BMarsh or Cobb to upgrade at RB? TRich,CJohnson, Sproles, Le’Veon Bell. Obviously i start Dez and BMarsh every week and flex Cobb every week regardless, especially in a PPR. Since TRich and CJohnson have under-performed, i’m thinking to improve the situation. I wish i knew if Bell is gonna be healthy, because i think he’s the guy to have there. Dwyer, Redman, Jones, etc etc are ’3 yards and a cloud of dust guys’. Should i ride it out with what i got (I’m 3-1), and see if TRich and maybe Bell come around?

  11. LestersLegends
    October 2nd, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    I would ride it out. I like your three WRs and like your four RBs.

  12. The Blair Walsh Project
    October 2nd, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Figured i would run it past you. I was leaning towards staying put anyways. Especially since Cobb has his bye out of the way now, and Bell’s will be outta the way after this week. I imagine i would have to roll him next week over CJohnson, no?

    (already thinking in advance, CJohnson is at… (gulp)… SEA )

  13. LestersLegends
    October 2nd, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    probably a good call

  14. Jeff
    October 3rd, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Need help! Willis McGahee or Daryl Richardson for tonight? Have an option to start Rashad Jennings – Denarius Moore and Nate Washintgton. Need to start 2 out of 5?

  15. LestersLegends
    October 3rd, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    McGahee and Jennings

  16. Steve
    October 3rd, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    In a tough spot this week. I have Spiller, Lamar Miller, and Jennings. PPR.

    Also Philip Rivers over Matt Ryan and WR3- Blackmon, T. Austin and S. Johnson

  17. LestersLegends
    October 3rd, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Jennings and SPiller if he goes tonight. I have Ryan higher than Miller, but it’s close. I like rolling the dice on blackmon

  18. Steve
    October 3rd, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Sorry, that’s only for RB2, McCoy is my RB1. So jennings or spiller? If spiller goes tonight obviously

  19. LestersLegends
    October 3rd, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    spiller if he goes.

  20. The Blair Walsh Project
    October 3rd, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    For anyone who has Browns-Bills players going tonight who might read this…Greetings from Cleveland!.. less than 2 hrs before kickoff, where the weather is 65 degrees and blues skies with barely a cloud. I’m a stone’s throw from Browns Stadium right on the lake. CTown is hopping tonight despite the Tribe falling short last night. Should be a good game with good weather.. Keys to the game- Will Spiller/Jackson be able to run on the Browns front 7?

  21. jackson brown
    October 4th, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    Les, youre the man…. i read ur defenses article for the week and started clevelands d at 815 last night… it was awesome. but i gotta start two rbs this week and im sketching… danny woodhead, mjd, and billal powell… ppr league

  22. LestersLegends
    October 4th, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    Nice. I like MJD and Powell. All good options though.

  23. Vman
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Hi Les,

    Whom do I start tomorrow (week 5) Reggie Wayne or Kenbrell Thompkins ?….I have been browsing through various forums but with mixed results…I know Reggie is up against Richard Sherman and Co, but if Amendola is a go will the targets to Thompkins drop ?

    Thanks !

  24. LestersLegends
    October 5th, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    I would go with Wayne

  25. Vman
    October 5th, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    Thanks Les !

  26. HOGAN
    October 6th, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    Who should i play in flex. Jouqie bell, Rashad Jennings, or DeAndre Hopkins in a 12 team ppr. Already have reggie as a staring rb.

  27. LestersLegends
    October 6th, 2013 at 9:54 am #


  28. TheTrooper
    October 6th, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    I have David Wilson, MJD, and Giovanni Bernard to choose from. PPR. Which two do I play?

  29. RN
    October 7th, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Les – thanks for all your advice. Looking at Week 6 PPR I have a “problem” to pick 3 of these 4 RB’s on my team: LeSean McCoy, DeMarco Murray, K. Moreno, and Alfred Morris, what do you think? I’m leaning towards sitting Morris or possibly Moreno. Thanks!

  30. LestersLegends
    October 7th, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Yeah, I wouldn’t consider that a problem. I would sit Morris.

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