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Week 13 Rest of Season Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Eddie Lacy a Volume RB1 Again

Up to date rankings of NFL RBs for the remainder of the 2015 fantasy football season before Week 13.

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Nothing makes the NFL more fun than fantasy football and few things make fantasy sports more fun than rankings, rankings, and more rankings. RBs are ranked in this post with the ESPN and Yahoo! standard fractional scoring.

Players who receive point-per-reception (PPR) bumps are noted with the asterisk. Consult my weekly Depth Charts and Volatility post, where we analyze all of the timeshares where multiple backs are involved for teams. The top of these ranks generally favor backs involved in the receiving game, as it is, because the bellcow RBs who largely are involved in the passing game are largely unaffected when their respective teams abandon the run.

Rank Player Team Last Week
1 Adrian Peterson Vikings 2
2 Todd Gurley Rams 1
3 Charcandrick West* Chiefs 6
4 Devonta Freeman* Falcons 7
5 Thomas Rawls Seahawks 5
6 DeAngelo Williams* Steelers 14
7 LeSean McCoy* Bills 8
8 Jonathan Stewart Falcons 9
9 Doug Martin Buccaneers 12
10 DeMarco Murray* Eagles 3
11 Eddie Lacy Packers 16
12 Darren McFadden* Cowboys 4
13 Mark Ingram* Saints 11
14 Chris Ivory Jets 10
15 T.J. Yeldon Jaguars 17
16 Lamar Miller* Dolphins 13
17 LeGarrette Blount Patriots 15
18 Latavius Murray Raiders 18
19 Giovani Bernard* Bengals 19
20 David Johnson* Cardinals ---
21 Javorius "Buck" Allen Ravens 22
22 Ronnie Hillman Broncos 26
23 Jeremy Langford* Bears 24
24 Matt Forte* Bears 23
25 Danny Woodhead* Chargers 21
26 C.J. Anderson Broncos 55
27 Jeremy Hill Bengals 28
28 Shaun Draughn* 49ers 46
29 Frank Gore Colts 25
30 Spencer Ware Chiefs 31
31 Karlos Williams Bills 29
32 Ryan Mathews Eagles 30
33 Alfred Morris Washington 60
34 Melvin Gordon* Chargers 37
35 Antonio Andrews Titans 33
36 Alfred Blue Texans 45
37 Andre Ellington* Cardinals 49
38 James Starks* Packers 36
39 Duke Johnson* Browns 35
40 James White* Patriots 38
41 Jay Ajayi Dolphins 44
42 Marshawn Lynch Seahawks 40
43 Theo Riddick* Lions 53
44 Bilal Powell* Jets 48
45 Carlos Hyde 49ers 32

Notes:

  • As we go down the rankings, there is an increase in the weight of strength of schedule. Where we have healthy paths to the playoffs, playoff schedules matter more than the coming weeks; where we are fighting for playoff spots, we need to get to the playoffs to even make the playoffs relevant. Check the schedules.

  • The return of injured players on and around those on this list, banged up offensive lines, and swings in volume are accounting most for swings in the ranks.

  • These rankings devalue the messiest backfield situations noted in the Depth Charts and Volatility post. I don't care how talented a guy is if he doesn't get the ball. There are tons of new entries into the rankings because guys who never get the ball can start getting dropped for handcuffs and these handcuffs are shoved ahead of wasted roster spaces. The rankings are cut off at RB50 because we really should be focused on handcuffing after the top-40. Bye weeks are done and our benches should reflect insurance more than hope in bad starters and mid-range volume receiving backs who do not score TDs.

  • Bellcows always get the edge. There aren't many of them, so the value in scarcity increases for those backs with lesser variance. As we go down the rankings, the bad bellcows who we can never trust in our lineup lose value to receiving backups with more upside in whom we can reasonably instill hope. The bad bellcows are not only unstartable, but untradeable, and that is a recipe for a wasted roster spot. This is the reasoning for the huge shakeup in the top-10, as volume trends are setting in.

  • Cut this list from 60 to 45 this week because after around RB32, it is pretty much all garbage for which we should drop to handcuff our top RBs where we can.

  • Do your research and use rankings cautiously, as they are always a work-in-progress. Rankings are a bad tools to tell us what to do. They are conversation starters, tier setters, value mirrors, and a combination of the scientific explanations of what has happened with the art of predicting what will happen. Feel free to supply contrary evidence to me on Twitter at @AlexSontySBN or in the comments. They will help me help you.