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Saturday, June 8, 2013

2013 FANTASY FOOTBALL RUNNING BACK RANKINGS: A FIRST LOOK

We began our 2013 fantasy football coverage the other day by taking a first look at the quarterback rankings.  Up next we will delve into the running back class which in this day and age of the committee is as deep as ever.  Let's see where they all stand at this early stage.

1.  Adrian Peterson:  As if there were any doubt.
2.  Doug Martin:  The real deal.  Major PPR threat.  Was compared to Ray Rice coming out of college and could actually be the better player.
3.  Arian Foster:  As long as hamstring holds up, will be a stud once again.
4.  Ray Rice:  Bernard Pierce a bit of a threat to workload.
5. Jamaal Charles:  Fantasy football MVP season could be in the offing.  As explosive as any player in game.
6.  C.J. Spiller:  May not be slam dunk first round guy given threat of Fred Jackson to take goal-line work.
7.  LeSean McCoy:  Stock has dropped as he comes off concussion and arrival or Bryce Brown to steal some carries.
8.  Trent Richardson:  Red flags already as he complains of sore knee before camp begins.
9.  Marshawn Lynch:  Bump him up in standard leagues.  Classic workhorse runner.
10. Steven Jackson:  Lots of mileage but should be in line for career-high in scores as lead back in titanic attack.
11. Maurice Jones-Drew:  Could go either way.  Major usage last few seasons caught up to him in 2012.
12. Alfred Morris:  Has to learn to catch a few passes.
13. Chris Johnson:  Still a fan as he has been knocked a bit unfairly.
14. Matt Forte:  Terrific PPR guy but big dropoff in standard formats due to Michael Bush taking touchdowns away.
15. David Wilson:  Reminds me of Jamaal Charles.  Could be breakout guy of the season.
16. Reggie Bush:  Always seems to disappoint but like him in Detroit offense.
17. Stevan Ridley:  Let's see him do it again.
18. Darren McFadden:  Forget him ever staying healthy.  Swore off him for good.
19. Frank Gore:  Great career but now 30 and like Jackson has tons of work under his belt.
20. DeMarco Murray:  Destroyed me last season with knee problem.  Talent is there but body not cooperating.
21. Darren Sproles:  Don't draft in standard leagues.  
22. Lamar Miller:  Unsure about the kid but golden opportunity at hand to be bellcow back in Miami.
23. Eddie Lacy:  See above and insert Green Bay for Miami.
24. Ryan Matthews:  Darren McFadden's health twin.
25. BenJarvus Green-Ellis:  Giovani Bernard a big threat to his numbers.
26. Chris Ivory:  Can do all right in standard leagues as he faces little competition for work.
27. Vic Ballad:  He didn't do much in 2012 for me to recommend as anything more than backup.
28. Le'Veon Bell:  Major sleeper alert.  Must own in PPR formats and could take off in Pittsburgh run attack.
29. Isaiah Pead:  Not much to go on but at least is front-runner for starting gig in St. Louis.
30. Rashard Mendenhall:  Good bet to bounce back in the desert.
31. Willis McGahee/Montee Ball:  Tough to call who ends up the starter. 
33. Mark Ingram:  Yuck.

There you have it.  Let us hear your views.

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