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Week 13 Rankings

Sunday, December 3, 2017


Week 13 Running Backs       

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Le'Veon Bell at CIN -
2 Todd Gurley at ARZ -
3 Leonard Fournette vs. IND -
4 Alvin Kamara vs. CAR -
5 Jordan Howard vs. SF -
6 Melvin Gordon vs. CLE -
7 LeSean McCoy vs. NE -
8 Mark Ingram vs. CAR -
9 Samaje Perine at DAL -
10 Kareem Hunt at NYJ -
11 Carlos Hyde at CHI -
12 Marshawn Lynch vs. NYG -
13 Dion Lewis at BUF -
14 Lamar Miller at TEN -
15 Joe Mixon vs. PIT -
16 Jamaal Williams vs. TB -
17 Alex Collins vs. DET -
18 Kenyan Drake vs. DEN -
19 Devonta Freeman vs. MIN -
20 Christian McCaffrey at NO -
21 Latavius Murray at ATL -
22 Tevin Coleman vs. MIN -
23 Rex Burkhead at BUF -
24 DeMarco Murray vs. HOU -
25 Isaiah Crowell at LAC -
26 Jerick McKinnon at ATL -
27 Orleans Darkwa at OAK -
28 Frank Gore at JAC -
29 Alfred Morris vs. WAS -
30 Derrick Henry vs. HOU -
31 Theo Riddick at BAL -
32 Duke Johnson at LAC -
33 Rod Smith vs. WAS -
34 Devontae Booker at MIA -
35 Jay Ajayi at SEA -
36 Jonathan Stewart at NO -
37 Peyton Barber at GB -
38 Austin Ekeler vs. CLE -
39 Matt Forte vs. KC -
40 LeGarrette Blount at SEA -
41 Jacquizz Rodgers at GB -
42 C.J. Anderson at MIA -
43 Bilal Powell vs. KC -
44 Danny Woodhead vs. DET -
45 Zach Zenner at BAL -
46 J.D. McKissic vs. PHI -
47 D.J. Foster vs. LAR -
48 Mike Davis vs. PHI -
49 T.J. Yeldon vs. IND -
50 Marlon Mack at JAC -
51 Tarik Cohen vs. SF -
52 Kerwynn Williams vs. LAR -
53 Aaron Jones vs. TB -
54 Elijah McGuire vs. KC -
55 Eddie Lacy vs. PHI -
56 James White at BUF -
57 Corey Clement at SEA -
58 Wayne Gallman at OAK -
59 Byron Marshall at DAL -
60 Alfred Blue at TEN Questionable (hamstring)
61 Matt Breida at CHI -
62 Jalen Richard vs. NYG -

RB Notes: With the Jaguars’ defense all but certain to dominate Jacoby Brissett, game flow will be in Leonard Fournette’s corner against a Colts team tied for 30th in rushing scores allowed (11). … While game script will favor Fournette, it could obviously be a problem for LeSean McCoy versus the Patriots. Working to his advantage is a Pats' run defense serving up 4.86 yards per carry. McCoy also maintains an elite touch floor, averaging four weekly receptions to go along with 17 carries. … Jordan Howard’s home YPC (4.83) is 1.2 higher than it is on the road. Four of his five touchdowns have come at Soldier Field. He’s set up for success in a 49ers D getting ripped for the most running back fantasy points. … Mark Ingram has had one bad game in seven since Adrian Peterson was dealt. Even in a tough matchup with the Panthers, he should be expected to bounce back with the Saints returning home after spending Week 12 in Los Angeles.

The Browns’ run defense has sprung some leaks the past two weeks. So has Melvin Gordon, who continues to provide disappointing returns on monstrous workloads. At some point, he needs to have a huge game unless he wants Austin Ekeler to begin cutting more deeply into his still-considerable floor. Ekeler is averaging 11 touches over the past three weeks, a span in which Gordon averaged 3.02 yards on 57 carries. … This is an aggressive rank for Samaje Perine, but it’s hard to argue with 256 yards from scrimmage on 51 touches over the past two weeks. With Sean Lee (hamstring) missing another game, the Cowboys are an unimposing matchup. ... Kareem Hunt will try to get on track against a Jets defense allowing 121 weekly yards on the ground. … Would you believe it if I told you Carlos Hyde has more catches than Rob Gronkowski and Marvin Jones? He does, and it keeps his floor in the RB10-14 range on a weekly basis. Hyde’s targets should also be of higher quality from Jimmy Garoppolo than C.J. Beathard.

Jamaal Williams has lived up to the workload hype with Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery sidelined, averaging 23 weekly touches. Neither Jones nor Montgomery are expected to return against the Bucs, a team permitting the eighth most running back fantasy points. … Down their top two receivers in Week 12, the Raiders finally stopped rationing Marshawn Lynch’s touches, giving Beast Mode the ball 29 times. That was 10 more than his previous season high, set all the way back in Week 1. With Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree both out, the formula should remain similar against the tanking Giants. … The lead back for the league’s best offense, Dion Lewis has a dream matchup in the Bills. Sean McDermott’s “defense” is silver plattering the third most running back fantasy points. Don’t buy into last week’s Alex Smith-induced “improvement” against the run. … Lamar Miller played through a knee tweak in Baltimore. He should do so again against the Titans, but how effective can he be with Tom Savage playing so poorly he has coach Bill O’Brien talking about inserting T.J. Yates? Averaging 3.65 yards per carry, Miller will have his work cut out for him against a Titans D allowing the fifth fewest rushing yards.

Adrian Peterson has been wholly matchup dependent as a Cardinal. The Rams are an attackable matchup. … Devonta Freeman (concussion) returns from his two-game absence against the Vikings’ genuinely-elite run defense. Tevin Coleman ran well while Freeman was sidelined. Freeman should maintain a workload advantage, but at least for one week, I would expect a more even touch allocation in the Falcons’ backfield. … With Damien Williams (shoulder) sidelined, big-play threat Kenyan Drake essentially has the Dolphins’ backfield to himself. The Broncos have been stuffing the run all season, but will be without run-plugging NT Domata Peko (knee) for Week 13. A home run hitter, Drake is going to get a lot of hacks in the cage. … Coming off his second best yardage effort, Christian McCaffrey has a plus matchup in a Saints defense surrendering six weekly running back receptions. He is nursing a shoulder injury. Be sure to double check McCaffrey’s status before Sunday. … Latavius Murray has been a bit touchdown dependent, but has also cleared 60 yards rushing in 4-of-5 games. He has a stable RB2 floor, especially for matchups that should be high-scoring, like this week’s with the Falcons.      

Rex Burkhead’s touch floor figures to be volatile, but he comes with plenty of ceiling against the Bills’ collapsed run defense. … Derrick Henry once again ran circles around DeMarco Murray last week. Coach Mike Mularkey then once again explained away his feature back’s struggles. Henry has earned the job. He did months ago. There’s still no indication the Titans’ backfield will reflect that in Week 13. … Isaiah Crowell has gone over 90 yards in two of his past three games. Even with coach Hue Jackson’s most recent empty coachspeak devoted to Duke Johnson, Crowell will be an upside RB3 for a plus matchup with the Chargers. … With Doug Martin (concussion) likely to be sidelined, Jacquizz Rodgers will be a free money RB2 in DFS and RB3/FLEX for the final week of the season-long regular season. … The Cowboys’ committee got cloudier on Thanksgiving. Alfred Morris has an RB3 floor. Rod Smith has the ceiling. … J.D. McKissic is the only Seahawks back who has done anything to earn more work, but it appears Mike Davis will get another shot against the Eagles. … The Jets’ committee … forget it. Same with the Broncos.   

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