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Not gonna lie, as of this typing, there are a lot of Running Backs I’d like to own in 2013.  Like A LOT of them if you didn’t get the cut of my jib the first time.  The position feels oddly, dare I say it, deep this year.  Of course, injuries haven’t happened yet and neither has suckitude so saying it’s deep might be premature.  That’s what she said!  What?  Anyways, we just keep trucking along on our 2013 Fantasy Football Rankings and after bringing you the Top 20 Quarterbacks yesterday, we’re glad to have you along.  So with that, let’s dive in to the top 20 Running Backs and how they’re ranked for the 2013 fantasy football season…

Stats based on rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.  Rankings based on a PPR setting.

1. Doug Martin – See Top 10 for 2013 Fantasy Football for Doug Martin projections.

2. Adrian Peterson – See Top 10 for 2013 Fantasy Football for Adrian Peterson projections.

3. Jamaal Charles – See Top 10 for 2013 Fantasy Football for Jamaal Charles projections.

4. Marshawn Lynch – See Top 10 for 2013 Fantasy Football for Marshawn Lynch projections.

5. Trent Richardson – See Top 10 for 2013 Fantasy Football for Trent Richardson projections.

6. Arian Foster - See Top 10 for 2013 Fantasy Football for Arian Foster projections.

7. Ray Rice - See Top 10 for 2013 Fantasy Football for Ray Rice projections.

8. CJ Spiller – See Top 10 for 2013 Fantasy Football for CJ Spiller projections.

9. Steven Jackson - See Top 10 for 2013 Fantasy Football for Steven Jackson projections.

10. Alfred Morris – See Top 20 for 2013 Fantasy Football for Alfred Morris projections.

11. Maurice Jones-Drew – See Top 20 for 2013 Fantasy Football for Maurice Jones-Drew projections.

12. LeSean McCoy - See Top 20 for 2013 Fantasy Football for LeSean McCoy projections.

13. Frank Gore – Frank is the start of the first tier after a string of ‘see this link for projections’ stuff.  His tier goes from here to Forte.  I call this tier ‘Tried And True’ as both backs have been reliable in their careers and get overlooked for such reasons.  They’re also not sexy picks so everyone forgets these guys come draft day but both are fully capable of finishing the year as a top 10 back.  You’re not making a flashy pick here but you’re also not getting a flash in the pan, either.  2013 Projections: 1125/9/30/252/1

14. Matt Forte - He doesn’t score many touchdowns and as I said last year in the  Top 20 Running Backs review about Forte, ‘Readership help me remember an awesome game from this man.  It’s ok if you can’t remember one, I can’t either but for good reason.  He only had three 100 yard rushing games on the year – with the last one coming in game 17 – and a measly 6 touchdowns. Boring but useful…’.  That’s what I said and I said what I meant, Horton, that Forte might lull you to sleep but he’s gonna finish up and around these parts of the running back rankings whether you like it or not.  2013 Projections: 1196/5/55/440/2

15. Reggie Bush – Reggie is the start of a new tier and it goes down to Bradshaw.  I call this the ‘slippery when wet’ tier because any of these three might leave you lying on your back because you didn’t read the caution sign or might make you sploosh because they’re so awesome.  I went over my Reggie Bush Fantasy this off-season when he was traded to the Lions.  I did it while shooting spitballs at a picture of Clay Buchholz.  2013 Projections: 1081/5/65/487/4

16. Chris Ivory - Well hello there, stranger.  I’m not used to seeing you around these parts.  Care to dance?  I gave you a Chris Ivory Sleeper post back in 2012 and you scoffed.  Then he had two or three really good weeks in a row and you believed.  Then the Saints went back to destroying the fantasy value of their running backs like they always do and Ivory was forgotten.  Well I didn’t and I went over how excited I was about him landing with the Jets this off-season with my Chris Ivory Fantasy.  Then I went the rest of the way and wrote my Chris Ivory Sleeper post for 2013 for good measure.  If they don’t start the season soon, I might have to write 500 words again about him and it’ll just be kissing emoticons and <3′s…help me, I have a problem!  2013 Projections: 1222/8/15/105/1

17. Chris Johnson – You all really hated him last year and along the way, he almost finished the year as an RB1.  The offensive line should improve this year and if he gets a bit more stable play from the QB position, he has a shot to outplay this ranking by a long ways.  For those of you worried about the Shonn Greene signing this off-season, don’t.  He’s the short yardage and goal line back.  But won’t he steal CJ2K’s goal line attempts?!?  Yes but that would require Tennessee to get close enough to the end zone for that even to matter.  Trust me when I say, it won’t.  2013 Projections: 1144/5/40/280/1

18. Ahmad Bradshaw – I’m very thankful he signed before this post went live.  I hate ediding as u can know doubt till.  I went over the move a bit with my Ahmad Bradshaw news and now I’m here to give you the fantasy spin of it.  Play that music DJ!  2013 Projections: 1034/8/30/240/1

19. Darren Sproles - Darren is the start of the next tier which goes to Ridley.  I call this tier the ‘Oddity’ tier because they don’t really fit anywhere so I, uh, made a tier about’um.  Yeah, that says it all. Sproles amounts to being Brees’ slot receiver where he’s been PPR gold now for two years with the Saints and I’m not gonna fight it.  2013 Projections: 420/1/85/722/8

20. Stevan Ridley – I think it’s safe to say Ridley won’t end up on my team with where I’m ranking him this year.  I don’t hate him but I don’t love him either.  Given the two tiers above him, there’s either more stability or more sexy and I don’t think he provides either this season due to how New England might utilize Vereen.  That’s me throwing you a warning if you draft him not to gaze lustily back into 2012′s eyes.  2013 Projections: 1215/9/5/40/0

40 Responses

  1. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Hey Sky,

    I am in a slow dynasty draft.
    PPR

    My picks thus far-
    3. Trent Richardson
    22. Marshawn Lynch
    27. Andre Johnson

    What do you think about Montee Ball? Get him if available at end of round 4?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I like his set up for this year if he’s available. Don’t know if I have huge dreams about him in a dynasty, though.

  2. VegasJSS says:
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    A Packer RB will emerge in the top 15 (PPR leagues). Both Rogers and McCartney agree that in order to reach the Super Bowl again, they MUST diversify the offense. Cedric Benson would have had that effect last year had he not been injured. He was just learning the offense last year while averaging 3.5 a run and 6.9 a catch (3 per game) in 17 touches per game – if that number escalates to say 22 touches for an Eddie Lacy or a Jonathon Franklin, watch out.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      No arguments here. The question is, who will it be? Without that knowledge, I couldn’t rank them in the top 20.

      • VegasJSS says:
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        If I were drafting today and saw Franklin there in the 5th round, I would be ecstatic. He is the most athletic, has great hands and is almost Randall Cobb-like in the open field. While altering the offense, Franklin gives them the biggest potential boost while altering the least. He is also, by all accounts, a great pass blocker so he can stay on the field.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Sounds like you’re gonna like my rankings then.

          • Murph says:
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            @Sky:

            Love the Franklin love

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Well I fell in love with your Franklin love so there’s that. I’m leaning that Lacy is the GLB and Franklin is the everything else’er.

  3. BTD says:
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    I love the Lynch ranking. Odds are that despite everything despitable, he’ll be ranked by TPTB (yahoo/espn…) and drafted by the masses much later – i.e. after guys like Rice, Foster,and maybe after Johnson, Gore, MJD. I’ve had Lynch on my teams for the past two years and the guy is a stud in a golden position.

    I like Bush’s set up in Detroit, but he’ll lose some GL touches. Bush, Megatron, and Stafford should all win with Bush on the field.

    Completely agree that Foster is trending down. But he’ll still be drafted too high.

    I like Rice. It’ll be interesting to see how the Ravens O is run this year. There’s some value if this is where he’s drafted. But he’ll go earlier. And probably should, IMO.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Lynch was money in PPR leagues last year, really strange he’s getting pushed down the charts for 2013.

      Yeah, I made note of Bush’s role in the original post on him. He’ll be great for PPR leagues and help Detroit overall.

      The volume should still be there, it’ll be more of a question if he stays healthy enough to make it worth your time. I’ve ranked him where I won’t get him and I’m fine with that.

      I like Rice too, as I mentioned. Just don’t think the Ravens are committed to him enough to get that attached.

  4. Dave says:
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    Random question. Does Razzball have RCL Leagues for Football?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Oh yeah :) JB will post about them here in the near future.

  5. Dave says:
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    BADASS. Thanks Sky. Playing in 2 Baseball ones right now and finally got around to reading the RCL update posts, turns out the Razzball league I commish – (Cougars welcomed) has been the most active league since 5-28-13. Got me thinking, I need to play all my fantasy football leagues here too. 10 or 12 team just out of curiosity.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Leaning 10 team, PPR, QB flex position but I’ll hash it with JB when we get close. Just hate a 10 team without 2QB but REALLY hate forcing 2QB on the league.

  6. Dave says:
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    For sure. The QB Flex makes it better if they’re going to be 10 team. Most teams will obviously run a QB out in their flex and the teams that don’t, well, they can be in my league.

    Look forward to hearing more on it.

    Didn’t read a ton of Razzball last year for Football, but looking forward to checking out your work on this side of the site.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks Dave! I’m looking forward to it too as we expand our content to give Dynasty/IDP info.

      Football’s getting closer and closer every day :)

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Dave: I have little interest in the baseball side anymore.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Yeah, Grey’s totally losing his edge. Get fresh with us!

        • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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          @Sky: It is because of my leagues and the Mets.

          Roto leagues and me do not mix. That style of fantasy baseball is boring. There is virtually no movement in the standings after the third week in April. Then I have two h2h leagues. In one I have a great team and the league will not get exciting till the playoffs. My other team is in the middle of the pack but half the teams make the playoffs so I am okay.

          The Mets are unwatchable except to see Harvey and Wheeler.

          Plus, baseball is not my favorite sport.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Mariners fan so I can relate.

            I’m in the opposite side of it. My keeper league is H2H and I’ve been begging to get it changed for a couple of years now. Baseball H2H just doesn’t represent the sport well in my book. Had the best team in the league last year (by the stats, not the record): finished 4th. I’ve now won it twice, once with a hot streak and once with a top tier team. Just think baseball makes more sense and is more reflective of your team via roto.

            • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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              @Sky: I am not a big fan of h2h categories either for the reasons you mentioned. Points or h2h points is what appeals to me most. Problem is my only pts league this year is a Razzball one and it has weekly lineups (boring).

              I will be looking to play the h2h points leagues with Tea hole.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Ah, admittedly I’ve never played a points league. Might have to look into it some time., I’ve heard good things.

  7. ABM says:
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    Do these ranks assume that Gio and BGE will be in time share all year. Also I’m surprised with how low you are on Ridley that Ball/Bell/Lamar Miller are all in the tier below them.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      There’s been zero indication it’s not a timeshare. I have Gio ranked higher than BJGE but its still unclear in Cincy.

      I’m lower on Ridley than most, doesn’t mean I’m willing to go with an unknown over him when it comes to rankings.

  8. JRB says:
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    I’m in a Dynasty League with rookie draft coming up. I have the #1,5,9,10 picks. Should I take Ball or Bell? I need RBs bad. (I only have Rice and McFadden) Could take Austin but I have Marshall, Green, White, and Nix.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d have you hit up our Dynasty guy, Murph, on his Dynasty Rankings. I’d personally go Bell but he’s our guru in that department.

  9. Big Magoo says:
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    RBs look pretty ugly this year. Just about all of those guys in the 5-11 range scare the bejeezus out of me except for Rice. I think McCoy bounces back nicely as well. It looks like Ivory will be on a bunch of my teams this year, even though the Jets are a mess.

    You’re quite the two sport star. Should I call you Bo or Deion?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think the only concern I have with RB this year is there’s gonna be a lack of discount. A lot more defined roles then we had last year. It’s all about who you believe in or don’t but most of them will be gone by round 3 most likely.

      Ha, I’ll go with Bo. Bo knows.

  10. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    You really need to tweet that these articles are up, I always forget to come over here sometimes, Grey teases us like a stripper holding the keys to the all you can eat wings bar during lunch….I’ve only heard of these things.

    So what you’re telling us is martin might be a steal for some of us. My only gripe with him is he had two monster games, if memory serves me well and it looks good overall but I wonder how good he is going to be week in and week out.

    Yo Wallpaper Patterson, you still playing with me and sky in my IDP league?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, well you should follow @Razzball then. I have around 180 followers and I’d say at least 120 know me because of following @Razzball. You get your twitter house in order there, bud!

      Though AP didn’t have any clunkers, he only scored 2 touchdowns and only went over 100 rushing yards once in his first 6 games and both of his scores came in the first game of the season. His run from then on was bordering on historical, of course. Considering it was Martin’s rookie year, I’ll take the gamble he’ll improve rather than go backwards. For fun, I went back and looked at APs game log from his rookie year. He wasn’t the most consistent of plays either:

      http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/gamelog/_/id/10452/year/2007/adrian-peterson

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: I’m not saying AP is number one, I guess what I’m saying is this is really a WTF year at RB

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Really? It’s feels scarily decent/solidified to me by comparison to the last few years. So many guys could be top 3 guys. Unless that’s what you mean by WTF’ery

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: exactly, no clear cut guys, I think by season end it’sgoing to be interesting in the top ten RB’s. I have also been playing a lot of PPR the last couple of seasons so I forget we are talking apples and oranges sort of, maybe apples and pears

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Yeah, I hear ya. You’re just now rolling PPR? I’ve been a PPR guy for forever. TDs are so fickle, like giving value to guys who get the 95 yards for the bulldozer at the line.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: I’ve been doing PPR for 5 years, are we doing carries this year?

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  In your league? I’m game. What are you planning on setting it to?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: thats were your “expertise” comes in

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Oh, haha. I have mine set to .15 but I also reduced touchdowns to 4 for rush/rec and 3 to QB. Felt it was a way of evening out the playing field. If TDs are 6/4 like usual, I’d be inclined to go all the way down to .10; seems silly but I see it as merely a nice boost to a guy who logs the bulk of the work.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I got the league started, you want me to send invite to sky@razzball. settings are a work in progress

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Shoot it like you’re A-Hern.

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