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Week 13 Running Back Rankings- PPR Leagues

Armando Marsal shares his top 50 running backs for PPR formats

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With five weeks left in the season, many fantasy leagues are heading into their final week of the regular season. In other words, it's crunch time. A win this week can determine your seeding in the playoffs, whether you make it into the playoffs or not, and/or a potential shot at a bye in the first round of the playoffs. That being said, it's a crucial week for some so let's not waste any time and jump right into this week's top 50 PPR running backs.

RUNNING BACKS

Team

OPP

1

Adrian Peterson MIN

Minnesota Vikings

SEA

2

DeAngelo Williams PIT

Pittsburgh Steelers

IND

3

Devonta Freeman ATL

Atlanta Falcons

@TB

4

Jonathan Stewart CAR

Carolina Panthers

@NO

5

LeSean McCoy BUF

Buffalo Bills

HOU

6

Darren McFadden DAL

Dallas Cowboys

@WAS

7

Doug Martin TB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

ATL

8

Javorius Allen BAL

Baltimore Ravens

@MIA

9

Spencer Ware KC

Kansas City Chiefs

@OAK

10

Todd Gurley STL

St. Louis Rams

ARI

11

Matt Forte CHI

Chicago Bears

SF

12

Chris Ivory NYJ

New York Jets

@NYG

13

Eddie Lacy GB

Green Bay Packers

@DET

14

Thomas Rawls SEA

Seattle Seahawks

@MIN

15

C.J. Anderson DEN

Denver Broncos

@SD

16

Mark Ingram NO

New Orleans Saints

CAR

17

Giovani Bernard CIN

Cincinnati Bengals

@CLE

18

David Johnson ARI

Arizona Cardinals

@STL

19

Ronnie Hillman DEN

Denver Broncos

@SD

20

Jeremy Langford CHI

Chicago Bears

SF

21

T.J. Yeldon JAC

Jacksonville Jaguars

@TEN

22

LeGarrette Blount NE

New England Patriots

PHI

23

Danny Woodhead SD

San Diego Chargers

DEN

24

DeMarco Murray PHI

Philadelphia Eagles

@NE

25

Shaun Draughn SF

San Francisco 49ers

@CHI

26

Theo Riddick DET

Detroit Lions

GB

27

Latavius Murray OAK

Oakland Raiders

KC

28

Lamar Miller MIA

Miami Dolphins

BAL

29

Jeremy Hill CIN

Cincinnati Bengals

@CLE

30

Frank Gore IND

Indianapolis Colts

@PIT

31

Duke Johnson CLE

Cleveland Browns

CIN

32

Alfred Blue HOU

Houston Texans

@BUF

33

Matt Jones WAS

Washington Redskins

DAL

34

Shane Vereen NYG

New York Giants

NYJ

35

Brandon Bolden NE

New England Patriots

PHI

36

Charles Sims TB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

ATL

37

Alfred Morris WAS

Washington Redskins

DAL

38

Antonio Andrews TEN

Tennessee Titans

JAC

39

James Starks GB

Green Bay Packers

@DET

40

Ameer Abdullah DET

Detroit Lions

GB

41

Bilal Powell NYJ

New York Jets

@NYG

42

Darren Sproles PHI

Philadelphia Eagles

@NE

43

Isaiah Crowell CLE

Cleveland Browns

CIN

44

Tevin Coleman ATL

Atlanta Falcons

@TB

45

Mike Tolbert CAR

Carolina Panthers

@NO

46

Melvin Gordon SD

San Diego Chargers

DEN

47

Jay Ajayi MIA

Miami Dolphins

BAL

48

Terrence West BAL

Baltimore Ravens

@MIA

49

Kerwynn Williams ARI

Arizona Cardinals

DAL

50

Jonathan Grimes HOU

Houston Texans

@BUF

Adrian Peterson is the clear cut number one running back even against the Seahawks. He's averaging 21.5 carries per game and has 25+ carries in three of the last four games. He is literally carrying the Vikings offense on his shoulder and leading them to victory. He has scored in four consecutive games and has topped 100 rushing yards in four of his last five games. The Seahawks have allowed a touchdown in two of their last three games. Not to mention, a running back like Peterson is matchup proof.

Second on this list is DeAngelo Williams who had a big game against the Seahawks last week and looks forward to a much more favorable matchup. The Colts allow the eighth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs (17.7). They surrender 95.5 rushing yards per game, 4.2 yards per carry, and have yielded 12 touchdowns to running backs. Williams caught seven passes last week for 88 yards. He has been targeted 17 times in his last four starts and has three touchdowns in his last three games. This is a great spot for Williams to continue to produce at a high level.

Surprise, surprise, Buck Allen finds himself in the top 10 this week.  If he is still available in your league, stop what you're doing and go pick him up. He scored a touchdown on Monday night against the Browns and had 83 total yards. He also caught four of his five targets. In the last two games, he's been targeted 11 times and has caught nine passes. This week he faces off against the Dolphins who are unable to stop the run. Opposing running backs are averaging 120.4 rushing yards per game and 4.3 yards per carry against the Dolphins, while scoring 12 touchdowns. The Dolphins are also allowing 4.3 receptions per game and surrender the third most fantasy points per game to backs (20.5). This is another great spot for Allen who is now the Ravens workhorse.

Eddie Lacy has put two strong games in consecutive weeks and is slowly climbing up the weekly rankings. He has 100 or more rushing yards in two straight games and caught a touchdown pass on Thanksgiving Day against the Bears. He's set to face the Lions who surrender 93.5 rushing yards per game and have allowed the most rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs (12). Lacy has received 39 carries in the last two weeks and is averaging 5.3 yards per carry in that span. He's heating up at the right time and if you've held onto him all season, now it's time for that patience to pay off.

Outside the top 20, Theo Riddick is someone who can be very helpful in PPR formats. He has 11 targets and 10 receptions in his last two games. He has topped 60 receiving yards in each of those games and scored a touchdown last week. He isn't going to rush for a ton of yards, but his involvement in the passing game makes him a sneaky flex option. The potential game flow for this matchup should benefit Riddick as I'm expecting the Lions to trail early and depend on the pass.

Best of luck to all this week!