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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 13 fantasy football running back rankings.
1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson is averaging 105.6 total yards and a touchdown per game. He should destroy a horrible Chicago Bears run defense. The Bears have allowed 145.2 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game.
2. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte is averaging 115 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He should torch the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes have allowed 119.3 yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game
3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch is averaging 104.3 total yards and a touchdown per game. He’s facing the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed 111.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. I’m not expecting all-out Beast Mode, but a very strong performance nonetheless.
4. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is averaging 122.1 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Denver Broncos at home. He had 78 yards against them in the first meeting. He should be better at home.
5. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy is averaging 128 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He’s coming out of a bye to face the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards are tough against the run, but Shady can get his in the passing game as well.
6. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy is averaging 96.4 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He’s should pound the stuffing out of the Detroit Lions. Lacy had 99 yards against the Lions in the first meeting.
7. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Reggie Bush is averaging 112 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He’ll be on display on Turkey Day against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack have allowed 115.5 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
8. Andre Brown, New York Giants
Andre Brown is averaging 116.7 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He’s locking horns with the Washington Redskins. The Skins have struggled against the run.
9. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Alfred Morris continues to quietly get the job done. He’s going up against the New York Giants. The G-Men have yielded 98.8 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game.
10. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore is also quietly getting the job done each week. He should pound the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have allowed 111.4 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
11. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Chris Johnson is averaging 85.5 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He should rip the Indianapolis Colts. He ran for 86 yards and a pair of scores in their last meeting. The Colts have allowed 125.5 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.
12. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell is averaging 88.9 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He ran for 93 yards against the Baltimore Ravens in their first meeting.
13. Rashard Jennings, Oakland Raiders
Rashard Jennings is averaging 138.3 total yards in his past four games. He’s facing the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys have allowed 133.6 yards and a touchdown per game.
14. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard is averaging 73.5 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. In his past three games he’s averaging 95 total yards and a touchdown. He comes out of his bye to face the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts have allowed 113.5 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.
15. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray is averaging 95.9 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have allowed 99.1 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game.
16. Chris Ivory, New York Jets
Chris Ivory is averaging 90.7 yards. He’s facing the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have yielded 123.8 yards and a touchdown per game.
17. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
C.J. Spiller has been a major disappointment this year, but he should deliver coming out of the bye against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have allowed 130 yards per game.
18. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Knowshon Moreno is averaging 106 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He is banged up and has a tough matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. Monitor his status.
19. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers
Danny Woodhead is averaging 66.8 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He has added value in point-per-reception leagues.
20. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Ray Rice is averaging 62.5 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have allowed 118.8 yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game.
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With an exciting 12th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 13 fantasy football running back rankings.
1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster got back on track with two touchdowns and 117 total yards on Thanksgiving. This week he gets the Tennessee Titans. They have allowed 129.8 rushing yards per game and 10 touchdowns.
2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Peterson continues to shine despite inadequate quarterback play. He had 138 total yards against the Chicago Bears. The Green Bay Packers have allowed 103.8 yards per game and nine rushing scores.
3. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
T-Rich had 112 total yards and a touchdown against the stingy Pittsburgh Steelers. He should have a field day against the Oakland Raiders. They have allowed 131.2 yards per game and 15 rushing scores.
4. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin has a tough matchup against the Denver Broncos. Still, he is averaging 158.5 total yards with nine touchdowns in his past six games.
5. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles is averaging 108.3 yards in his past three games against three tough defenses (Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, Broncos). I like his chances against the mediocre Carolina Panthers.
6. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller had just 14 carries, but managed 107 yards against the Indianapolis Colts. He should be a monster against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 136 yards per game and 14 rushing scores.
7. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Rice is averaging 108.9 total yards. He had 93 total yards in the first meeting with Pittsburgh. This time he gets to play them at home, where he has scored six of his seven touchdowns.
8. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
CJ has averaged 137.2 total yards with four touchdowns in the past six games. He could have tough sledding against the Texans, although he did run for 141 yards in the first meeting.
9. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Beast Mode was held in check by the Miami Dolphins. He had another tough matchup against the Chicago Bears. He’s a power runner like Peterson so I still expect a solid outing.
10. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris continued his solid season with 113 yards and a touchdown on Thanksgiving. The New York Giants have allowed 114 yards per game, including 120 to Morris in the first meeting.
11. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
Bradshaw gets a boost with Andre Brown on the shelf with a broken leg. He should be active on the ground and in the passing game against the Redskins.
12. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore continues to provide steady fantasy numbers. He’s averaging 97.4 total yards per game with six touchdowns. He takes on the St. Louis Rams. They have allowed 111.4 yards per game with 14 rushing scores.
13. Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
It looks like LeSean McCoy will miss this one so Brown is a borderline RB1 against Dallas. If you watched him on Monday Night Football, you know he has some upside.
14. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Ridley has scored in the past four games while averaging 87.5 yards. The Dolphins are tough against the run, but it will be hard to key in against Ridley with Tom Brady at the helm.
15. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
The Law Firm is averaging 89.3 total yards with three touchdowns in his past four games. He is unlikely to crack the 100-yard mark for the third straight week, but he should be solid against the San Diego Chargers.
16. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Mathews continues to be held out of the end zone, but is averaging 90.3 total yards per game. The Bengals have allowed 116.1 yards per game and 10 rushing scores.
17. Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals
Beanie scored two touchdowns in his return. He gets a solid matchup in his second game back. The New York Jets have allowed 142.8 yards and 12 rushing scores.
18. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Moreno was the surprising winner in the Willis McGahee injury sweepstakes, compiling 111 total yards. Tampa Bay has the league’s stingiest run defense, allowing just 81.5 yards per game. They have allowed nine rushing touchdowns, and Peyton Manning should open things up for Moreno.
19. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
It looks like Forte will suit up against Seattle. They have a fierce defense and Michael Bush is a capable partner in crime, which could limit Forte’s touches. Not to mention he’ll get the work at the goal line.
20. Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars
I don’t expect Maurice Jones-Drew to be ready to return. Jennings is back in the mix against Buffalo. The Bills have allowed 147.3 yards and a league-high 16 rushing scores.
21. Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
I am not expecting DeMarco Murray to play this week. Jones has scored a touchdown the past three weeks. If he gets the start, he should produce against the lifeless Eagles.
22. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
Turner was stuffed in the first meeting against the New Orleans Saints. This time he gets them at home. Turner has scored in three of his past four games. The Saints have allowed 156.5 yards and 10 rushing scores.
23. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Bush rebounded with 87 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks. Daniel Thomas continues to play a prominent role, limiting Bush’s value against the Patriots.
24. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Greene is averaging 93.7 total yards the past six games. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed 124.2 yards per game.
25. Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers
Dwyer gets the latest crack at the starting gig in the revolving door that is the Steelers’ running back scene. He’s a solid option against a Baltimore team allowing 128.5 rushing yards per game.
26. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
S-Jax ripped the Niners for 127 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting. I expect they will do a better job bottling him up in this one.
27. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
It looks like Jonathan Stewart (ankle) will be out of action. D-Will should be a solid option against Kansas City. They Chiefs are yielding 126.1 rushing yards per game.
28. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
It appears that Run DMC will make his return. I would expect Marcel Reece to maintain plenty of involvement, particularly on passing downs. The Browns have allowed 118.4 yards and nine rushing scores. McFadden is a high risk play.
29. Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions
LeShoure has scored in back-to-back weeks and has five touchdowns in his past four games. The Colts have allowed 121.2 yards per game with 11 rushing scores. He is an injury concern. If he checks out, he could move up the ranks.
30. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints
I don’t expect Sproles to be active in the running game, but he should be busy catching the football. I get the feeling he’ll find a way to score in this one.
31. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts
Ballard has a decent matchup against the Detroit, but he’s sharing the load with Donald Brown. The Lions are giving up 122.4 yards per game.
32. Michael Bush, Chicago Bears
It looks like Forte will play against Seattle, but I expect Bush to be involved. He has five touchdowns in the four games he has had at least 12 carries.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 13 2011 fantasy football running back rankings.
1. Frank Gore vs. St. Louis: Gore is the latest to take on the brutal Rams’ run defense that is yielding a league-high 159.0 ypg.
2. Arian Foster vs. Atlanta: Now onto QB #3 Foster will be leaned on heavily. He’s scored eight TDs in his past five games.
3. LeSean McCoy @ Seattle: Shady was held in check last week but still managed to get in the end zone.
4. Ray Rice @ Cleveland: The Browns are giving up 138.6 ypg on the ground.
5. Matt Forte vs. Kansas City: The Bears will rely on the ground game this week. The Chiefs are giving up 133.7 ypg.
6. DeMarco Murray @ Arizona: The Cards are giving up 123.5 ypg. Murray continues to roll.
7. LeGarrette Blount vs. Carolina: Blount has back-to-back 100+ yard games. The Panthers are giving up 137.5 y pg.
8. Chris Johnson @ Buffalo: Bounced back big time. Bills are giving up 123.8 ypg.
9. Marshawn Lynch vs. Philadelphia: Lynch has scored in seven straight games. The Eagles are giving up 110.3 ypg.
10. Michael Bush @ Miami: Assuming McFadden isn’t ready. Bush has scored in four straight games.
11. Michael Turner @ Houston: Texans have a strong defense but Turner has been steady all year.
12. Rashard Mendenhall vs. Cincinnati: Scored two TDs in their Week 10 meeting.
13. Beanie Wells vs. Dallas: Monster game, even if it was against the Rams, signifies he’s back.
14.  Maurice Jones-Drew vs. San Diego:  Steady.
15. Ryan Mathews @ Jacksonville: Looks like Mathews is back to after shredding Denver’s run defense for 137 yards.
16. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. Indianapolis: Always tough to predict Patriots’ RBs, but he’s been solid two straight weeks.
17. Reggie Bush vs. Oakland: Averaging 95.0 total yards with four TDs in his past five games. Raiders are giving up 135.3 ypg.
18. Willis McGahee @ Minnesota: The Vikes are tough against the run, but the Broncos are rolling.
19. Steven Jackson @ San Francisco: Has returned to Earth. Plus, he faces the Niners.
20. Cedric Benson @ Pittsburgh: Has run well of late, but Pittsburgh on the road is a tough draw.
21. Shonn Greene @ Washington: Returned from rib injury to continue his steady, unspectacular play.
22.  C.J. Spiller vs. Tennessee:  Solid, not spectacular, numbers against the Jets. Should be able to repeat or better against Titans.
23. Jonathan Stewart @ Tampa Bay: Continues to deliver fantasy goodies.
24. DeAngelo Williams @ Tampa Bay: Picked it up in the past two games. Bucs are bad defensively.
25.  Toby Gerhart vs. Denver:  AP is likely out again making Toby a borderline RB2.
26. Peyton Hillis vs. Baltimore: Not exactly a dream match-up, but Hillis should see plenty of touches.
27. Donald Brown @ New England: Has averaged 77.7 total yards with a touchdown in his past three games.
28. Roy Helu vs. New York Jets: Has big numbers in two of his past four games but you have to deal with Shanahan.
29. Darren Sproles vs. Detroit: Should see plenty of touches in a shootout.
30. Maurice Morris @ New Orleans: Assuming Kevin Smith won’t be good to go, MoMo will at least see touches.

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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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