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Week 13 Running Back Rankings - Standard Leagues

This week’s fantasy football landscape at the running back position

New Orleans Saints v Kansas City Chiefs
Saints RB Mark Ingram has been on fire since being benched just a few weeks ago.
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With 12 weeks down and just five weeks remaining in the NFL regular season, it’s crunch time for both fantasy and real life GMs alike.

Here are my Top 60 RBs for Week 12 vs. FantasyPros' ECR rankings:

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Notes & Analysis:

  • The same trio of every-week studs once again finds itself at the top of the weekly rankings, and the order isn’t that important at this stage — they’re all going to produce.
  • LeSean McCoy returned from thumb surgery to dismantle the Jags in Week 12 and gets another soft run defense in Oakland this week.
  • Jordan Howard is averaging 103.5 rushing yards per game over his last four contests, and now he gets an extremely generous 49ers defense at home. In a game that will almost certainly feature running backs over quarterbacks and receivers, Howard has some major Week 13 appeal.
  • Spencer Ware continues to receive workhorse treatment in one of the league’s most run-heavy offenses. He’s an RB1 this week against the Falcons.
  • Mark Ingram has been on an absolute tear since being benched in Week 8, piling up a ridiculous 476 total yards on 55 touches over the past four weeks, and that’s including a TNF game where a concussion forced an early exit. Averaging a whopping 8.65 yards per touch and a TD per game since Week 9, it’s safe to say Ingram is a borderline RB1.
  • Doug Martin doesn’t get a much easier task this week against the Chargers, but I’m sure he’ll find a bit more room to run than last week versus Seattle. He’s a high-end RB2.
  • LeGarrette Blount’s role is slowly becoming less predictable with Dion Lewis getting re-acclimated to the offense, but the Patriots are heavy favorites against Los Angeles this weekend. This could result in multiple goal line plunges.
  • Thomas Rawls is clearly the Seahawks top dog at RB, but this isn’t a friendly matchup versus Carolina. Still, he should be able to post RB2 numbers at home in prime time.
  • Todd Gurley, as talented of a runner as he is, has settled in a high-floor, low-ceiling fantasy RB in 2016. He’ll likely need early-game success to produce for his owners before the Rams fall behind by double-digit points.
  • Tevin Coleman is an upside RB3 whenever he’s healthy. The Falcons have certainly made it a focal point to incorporate him into their dynamic offense this season.
  • As I mentioned above, Dion Lewis is getting healthy, and that’s great news for fantasy owners who held onto (or scooped up) this open-field phenom. He’s going to break out in the near future if his usage keeps increasing, and I think it could be as soon as this week. Despite his potentially low floor, he’s a flex option with week-winning upside.