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Fantasy Player Projections: Week 13

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Running Backs

    1. 1
    2. Adrian Peterson
    3. Adrian
      Peterson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS159
    5. RUSH TD3
    6. REC YDS22
    7. REC TD0

    The Bears allowed 258 rushing yards to the Rams last week. Peterson could legitimately reach that total by himself on Sunday.

    1. 2
    2. Jamaal Charles
    3. Jamaal
      Charles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS112
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS47
    7. REC TD0

    Charles carved up the Chargers as expected and is one of the top options at the position, as always, this week. It'll be interesting to see if the Chiefs have any new offensive wrinkles in thier second matchup in three weeks against the Broncos.

    1. 3
    2. Frank Gore
    3. Frank
      Gore
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS130
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS19
    7. REC TD0

    Gore should be in for a huge day against a St. Louis defense that allows the second-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 4
    2. DeMarco Murray
    3. DeMarco
      Murray
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS97
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS31
    7. REC TD0

    Murray played well in a tough matchup last week, running for 86 yards on 14 carries. Start him with confidence on Thanksgiving.

    1. 5
    2. Andre Brown
    3. Andre
      Brown
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS128
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS26
    7. REC TD0

    Brown ran for 127 yards against the Cowboys last week and is a strong RB2 against a Washington defense that allows the seventh-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 6
    2. Matt Forte
    3. Matt
      Forte
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS106
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS46
    7. REC TD0

    Forte had 117 total yards against the Rams last week and is as strong a play as there is for Week 13 against a Minnesota defense allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 7
    2. Marshawn Lynch
    3. Marshawn
      Lynch
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS122
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS18
    7. REC TD0

    Lynch could be in line for a big game against a Saints defense that allows 4.8 yards per carry.

    1. 8
    2. Alfred Morris
    3. Alfred
      Morris
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS111
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS17
    7. REC TD0

    Morris is having an absolutely fantastic season amidst all the drama in Washington. He's a RB1 every single week.

    1. 9
    2. Rashad Jennings
    3. Rashad
      Jennings
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS95
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS24
    7. REC TD0

    Jennings will start for the third consecutive game this week. He's a great play against a Dallas defense allowing the most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 10
    2. Reggie Bush
    3. Reggie
      Bush
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS83
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS33
    7. REC TD0

    Bush totaled 102 yards from scrimmage last week, and is a strong play, as always, this week.

    1. 11
    2. Giovani Bernard
    3. Giovani
      Bernard
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS58
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS47
    7. REC TD1

    Bernard should be started this week, despite the Chargers being better than average against running backs this year.

    1. 12
    2. Donald Brown
    3. Donald
      Brown
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS78
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS24
    7. REC TD0

    I love Brown this week in an extremely favorable matchup. The Titans allow the fifth-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 13
    2. Le'Veon Bell
    3. Le'Veon
      Bell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS64
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS35
    7. REC TD0

    Bell racked up 98 yards from scrimmage last week, but the Ravens have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 14
    2. Steven Jackson
    3. Steven
      Jackson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS77
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS22
    7. REC TD0

    Jackson had his best game as a Falcon last week, running for 63 yards and a touchdown. He's a low-end RB2 against a Buffalo defense allowing the second-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 15
    2. LeSean McCoy
    3. LeSean
      McCoy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS77
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS21
    7. REC TD0

    McCoy is a must-start in all formats, but know that the Cardinals have allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 16
    2. Zac Stacy
    3. Zac
      Stacy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS79
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS18
    7. REC TD0

    Stacy may miss this week's game with a head injury. We'll update his status later in the week.

    1. 17
    2. Ryan Mathews
    3. Ryan
      Mathews
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS68
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS28
    7. REC TD0

    The Bengals allow the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs, making Mathews a low-end RB2 this week.

    1. 18
    2. Dennis Johnson
    3. Dennis
      Johnson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS78
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS15
    7. REC TD0

    Johnson picked up 74 yards on 13 carries in relief of Ben Tate last week. He's hard to start this week, but could be a guy who swings fantasy titles if he gets a shot to be the feature back.

    1. 19
    2. Andre Ellington
    3. Andre
      Ellington
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS55
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS34
    7. REC TD0

    Stop me if you've heard this before, but Ellington outgained Rashard Mendenhall in fewer carries last week. He's a solid RB3.

    1. 20
    2. Knowshon Moreno
    3. Knowshon
      Moreno
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS73
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS15
    7. REC TD0

    Moreno had 79 yards on 27 carries in the Broncos' first game against the Chiefs. The matchup is tough, but he remains an RB1 if he's healthy enough to start.

    1. 21
    2. Lamar Miller
    3. Lamar
      Miller
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS58
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS28
    7. REC TD0

    Miller could get an uptick in touches with Daniel Thomas injured, but the Jets allow the second-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 22
    2. Ray Rice
    3. Ray
      Rice
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS65
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS20
    7. REC TD0

    Rice predictably struggled against the Jets, though his prospects are much improved against a Pittsburgh team allowing the 10th-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 23
    2. Maurice Jones-Drew
    3. Maurice
      Jones-Drew
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS58
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS24
    7. REC TD0

    Jones-Drew ran well against a tough Houston run defense, picking up 84 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. He's a solid RB2 this week.

    1. 24
    2. Shane Vereen
    3. Shane
      Vereen
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS28
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS54
    7. REC TD1

    Thanks to his prowess as a pass catcher, Vereen is the only running back on the Patriots you can trust for fantasy purposes. I have him as a low-end RB2 this week.

    1. 25
    2. Brandon Bolden
    3. Brandon
      Bolden
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS56
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS21
    7. REC TD0

    Bolden could benefit greatly from the recurring fumbling issues of Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount. Since this is New England, though, we can never be sure.

    1. 26
    2. Fred Jackson
    3. Fred
      Jackson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS76
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS10
    7. REC TD0

    Jackson should be considered a low-end RB2 against an Atlanta defense that allows the ninth-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 27
    2. DeAngelo Williams
    3. DeAngelo
      Williams
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS48
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS18
    7. REC TD0

    It's too big a stretch to consider Williams anything more than a low-end RB3 so long as he's in a 50/50 timeshare with Jonathan Stewart.

    1. 28
    2. Eddie Lacy
    3. Eddie
      Lacy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS63
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS7
    7. REC TD0

    Lacy had a huge game against Minnesota's terrible run defense last week, but his task is much tougher on Thanksgiving. The Lions allow the seventh-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 29
    2. C.J. Spiller
    3. C.J.
      Spiller
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS62
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS49
    7. REC TD0

    Consider Spiller a low-end RB2 against an Atlanta defense that allows the ninth-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 30
    2. Chris Johnson
    3. Chris
      Johnson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS65
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS34
    7. REC TD0

    Johnson totaled 81 yards from scrimmage against the Raiders last week. He burned the Colts for 86 yards and two touchdowns two weeks ago, though nearly all that damage was done in the first quarter.

    1. 31
    2. Chris Ogbonnaya
    3. Chris
      Ogbonnaya
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS54
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS37
    7. REC TD0

    Ogbonnaya failed to deliver on the bit of sleeper hype he generated last week. He remains a guy worth rostering, but you cant possibly start him on Sunday.

    1. 32
    2. Chris Ivory
    3. Chris
      Ivory
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS63
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS12
    7. REC TD0

    Ivory ran for just 35 yards last week and got two fewer carries than Bilal Powell. Ivory's injured ankle could mean even more carries for Powell this week. It's shaping up as a situation to avoid

    1. 33
    2. Danny Woodhead
    3. Danny
      Woodhead
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS27
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS46
    7. REC TD0

    Woodhead is an RB3/4 against a Cincinnati defense allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 34
    2. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    3. BenJarvus
      Green-Ellis
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS56
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS14
    7. REC TD0

    Green-Ellis is a low-end RB3 against a San Diego defense that has been better than average against running backs this year.

    1. 35
    2. Bilal Powell
    3. Bilal
      Powell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS42
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS23
    7. REC TD0

    Powell had 11 carries to Chris Ivory's nine last week, and there's simply no telling who will lead the backfield from week to week.

    1. 36
    2. Bobby Rainey
    3. Bobby
      Rainey
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS45
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS20
    7. REC TD0

    Rainey had 35 yards on 18 carries last week; his task gets no easier in Carolina. He's a weak RB3 option.

    1. 37
    2. Jacquizz Rodgers
    3. Jacquizz
      Rodgers
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS24
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS37
    7. REC TD0

    Rodgers remains in a bit part in a struggling offense. That's a bad combo for fantasy owners.

    1. 38
    2. Jonathan Stewart
    3. Jonathan
      Stewart
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS44
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS8
    7. REC TD0

    Stewart got just seven carries a week ago. Until his workload increases, he can't be considered a solid fantasy starter.

    1. 39
    2. Rashard Mendenhall
    3. Rashard
      Mendenhall
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS43
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Mendenhall retains a large enough role in the Arizona offense to warrant consideration as an RB3 this week.

    1. 40
    2. Pierre Thomas
    3. Pierre
      Thomas
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS43
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    If you own him, you're starting him. He's been the Saints most consistent back all season.

    1. 41
    2. Joique Bell
    3. Joique
      Bell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS26
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS14
    7. REC TD0

    Bell should be stashed on your bench now that bye weeks are behind us.

    1. 42
    2. Montee Ball
    3. Montee
      Ball
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS26
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS14
    7. REC TD0

    Ball succumbed to the fumbling beast last week, and that could nip his fantasy value in the bud once again.

    1. 43
    2. Darren Sproles
    3. Darren
      Sproles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS0
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS38
    7. REC TD0

    Sproles looks like he'll be able to return after missing last week's game with Atlanta.

    1. 44
    2. Mike Tolbert
    3. Mike
      Tolbert
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS15
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS14
    7. REC TD0

    Tolbert's role in the Carolina offense isn't large enough to consider him a starter in fantasy leagues.

    1. 45
    2. Trent Richardson
    3. Trent
      Richardson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS26
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Richardson had seven carries for 15 yards last week. He should be glued to your bench. Donald Brown is the back to own here.

    1. 46
    2. Ben Tate
    3. Ben
      Tate
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS23
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS8
    7. REC TD0

    Tate got benched for Dennis Johnson last week, and though Gary Kubiak insists he'll remain the starter, he is no more than a RB3 because of the uncertainty.

    1. 47
    2. Stevan Ridley
    3. Stevan
      Ridley
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS22
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Ridley fumbled early in the game against Denver last week and never saw the field again. There's no telling if Bill Belichick will trust him this week, and that makes him a risk.

    1. 48
    2. Bernard Pierce
    3. Bernard
      Pierce
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS15
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Pierce got 11 carries a week ago, his largest workload since Week 5, but turned them into just 30 yards. There is no reason to start him this week.

    1. 49
    2. Brian Leonard
    3. Brian
      Leonard
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS15
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Leonard got just one carry for three yards last week. After a brief chance at fantasy relevance, he should be completely off your radar.

    1. 50
    2. Mark Ingram
    3. Mark
      Ingram
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS14
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Ingram's fantasy value is nil, even in a good matchup. This happens to be a terrible one.

    1. 51
    2. Willis McGahee
    3. Willis
      McGahee
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS12
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    McGahee got just four carries a week ago and has fallen completely off the fantasy radar.

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