2013 Rankings: Top 50 Running Backs (Updated 08/27/13)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

C.J. Spiller is the most recent top running back who has been hit with a recent injury scare.  It seems like the majority of the Top 5 have been nicked up this preseason, doesn’t it (outside of Adrian Peterson anyways)?  Let’s take a look at how all the injury news has currently impacted our rankings:

  1. Adrian Peterson - Minnesota Vikings
  2. Doug Martin - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  3. Jamaal Charles - Kansas City Chiefs
  4. C.J. Spiller – Buffalo Bills
  5. Ray Rice - Baltimore Ravens
  6. Arian Foster - Houston Texans
  7. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks
  8. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles
  9. Trent Richardson – Cleveland Browns
  10. Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins
  11. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears
  12. Stevan Ridley – New England Patriots
  13. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars
  14. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans
  15. Steven Jackson – Atlanta Falcons
  16. Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers
  17. DeMarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys
  18. Lamar Miller – Miami Dolphins
  19. Darren McFadden – Oakland Raiders
  20. Reggie Bush – Detroit Lions
  21. David Wilson – New York Giants
  22. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers
  23. Giovani Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals
  24. Darren Sproles – New Orleans Saints
  25. Montee Ball – Denver Broncos
  26. Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints
  27. Ahmad Bradshaw – Indianapolis Colts
  28. Daryl Richardson – St. Louis Rams
  29. Ryan Mathews – San Diego Chargers
  30. Chris Ivory – New York Jets
  31. Shane Vereen – New England Patriots
  32. Rashard Mendenhall – Arizona Cardinals
  33. Bernard Pierce – Baltimore Ravens
  34. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
  35. Andre Brown – New York Giants
  36. DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers
  37. BenJarvus Green-Ellis – Cincinnati Bengals
  38. Jonathan Dwyer – Pittsburgh Steelers
  39. Bryce Brown – Philadelphia Eagles
  40. Ben Tate – Houston Texans
  41. Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers
  42. Danny Woodhead – San Diego Chargers
  43. Michael Bush – Chicago Bears
  44. Isaiah Pead – St. Louis Rams
  45. Bilal Powell – New York Jets
  46. Jacquizz Rodgers – Atlanta Falcons
  47. Vick Ballard – Indianapolis Colts
  48. Mikel Leshoure – Detroit Lions
  49. Daniel Thomas – Miami Dolphins
  50. Shonn Greene – Tennessee Titans

Just Missed – Isaac Redman – Pittsburgh Steelers; Roy Helu – Washington Redskins; Kendall Hunter – San Francisco 49ers; Pierre Thomas – New Orleans Saints

Thoughts:

  • Arian Foster remains an injury risk, but he has been activated from the PUP and appears primed to play in Week 1.  There is still ample reason to be cautious with an early selection, but there is no reason to send him completely spiraling down your rankings at this point.
  • There is still plenty of unknown surrounding Le’Veon Bell and how long he is going to be out of action.  While Jonathan Dwyer should see his stock rise (as does Isaac Redman and the newly acquired Felix Jones), Bell’s value is plummeting.  Is it a Lisfranc injury or isn’t it?  Will rest be enough or is he going to need surgery?  While he’s worth stashing, consider him as more of a RB4 at this point.  At the very least he is going to miss a few weeks, if not more.
  • According to Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post (click here for the article), “After Hillman’s fumble at the goal line resulted in a 106-yard return of his turnover for a touchdown by Seattle a week earlier, St. Louis defenders were obviously targeting Hillman’s tender ego. Sharks smell blood, and the Rams ripped the football from Hillman after he caught a pass from Manning in the second period. Linebacker Alec Ogletree turned the mistake into a St. Louis touchdown.”  Suddenly Montee Ball’s stock is rising and Knowshon Moreno is looking like he too could have value.  The Broncos aren’t going to trust a player who is consistently coughing up the football, so Hillman likely has played himself into a minimal role at this point.
  • Does anyone believe that Chris Ivory is going to be a lock to produce this season?  In two preseason games he managed just 28 yards on 14 carries.  Bilal Powell suddenly has some nice sleeper appeal.

Make sure to check out all of our 2013 preseason rankings:

2013 Rankings: Top 30 Quarterbacks (Updated 08/28/13)
2013 Rankings: Top 60 Wide Receivers (Updated 08/26/13)

7 comments

  1. Jay says:

    Prof, I need a rb. who is a good rb to ask for if im willing to trade my seahawk defense?

    • It really depends on the league, but most people aren’t going to trade a very good RB for a D unless they are desperate. I’d say shop around and see what people are willing to give up, but you probably won’t get more than a RB3, at best.

  2. Brandon says:

    Where do you move Wilson to now that Brown will probably miss the first 4 games due to injury? I was thinking borderline top 12 RB. That being said would you trade Randall Cobb, Ryan Broyles, and Chris Givens for Wilson, Ryan Matthews, and Desean Jackson in a 1 pt per reception league?

    I personally think its a no brainer, but I already have Hakeem Nicks and would then put myself in a bind with a Giants combo. And the prospect of losing Cobb in a PPR that counts special teams could hurt

  3. Brandon says:

    Another trade scenario I give up Cobb, Nicks, and Martellus Bennet for Antonio Brown, Chris Johnson, and R gronkowski

    • Wilson wouldn’t move into the Top 12, but probably into that 15-17 range. Remember, at this point is just a few weeks and Brown is expected to be back.

      As for the trades, what is your RB situation again? The second one makes sense, if you have a need there. I would probably do the first one, though, especially with Nicks in place (who would your send WR be?)

  4. Brandon says:

    I have Foster and D Martin but that’s about it. Everyone else isn’t really worth starting. Just handcuff type guys WR is where my depth is. I have Cobb, Julio Jones, nicks, Givens, Broyles, Steve Johnson, and Wheaton

    • Nothing wrong with your Top 2 RB, though, so trading one if your clear top 2 wide receivers just for depth is hard to do.

      Anyone willing to trade a second/third tier type guy for a Broyles? Maybe someone like Ingram?

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