Fantasy Football: Week 13 RB rankings
Many owners with playoff berths on the line in Week 13 may find themselves looking at this list and wondering, am I really going to play recent waiver claims like Samaje Perine and Dion Lewis over early-round investments such as DeMarco Murray and Lamar Miller?
Then again, if owners are even on the cusp of playoff contention — never mind those enjoying the luxury of already clinching their tickets to the big dance — they can probably swiftly and resoundingly answer that question with a yes.
After all, Perine and Lewis — and you can cite fellow recent waiver studs including Alex Collins and Latavius Murray if you prefer — are bona fide top-10 backs over the past couple weeks. DeMarco Murray and Miller — again, take C.J. Anderson, Ameer Abdullah or Doug Martin if you prefer — are touchdown-dependent plodders on broken offenses.
We’re well past the point of the play-your-studs cliché and in the thick of riding the hot hands stretch, not worrying about where someone was drafted in August and September. This, hopefully, is obvious by now but it still requires serious stones and perhaps a polite reminder.
So, yes, Lewis and Perine — each with 12.5-point averages in their past three games and fabulous Week 13 matchups — qualify as the hot hands!
Meantime, DeMarco Murray and Abdullah, sporting rough 7.5 and 6.9 averages, respectively, ahead of tougher matchups are nothing if not major gambles. Do all DeMarco and Abdullah owners have better options? Likely not. But it’s better to be sure by looking past the brand names to the recent production before locking those lineups.
1.Le’Veon Bell, Steelers at Bengals
2.Todd Gurley, Rams at Cardinals
3.Melvin Gordon, Chargers vs. Browns
4.Mark Ingram, Saints vs. Panthers
5.Alvin Kamara, Saints vs. Panthers
6.Jordan Howard, Bears vs. 49ers
7.Leonard Fournette, Jaguars vs. Colts
8.LeSean McCoy, Bills at Patriots
9.Carlos Hyde, 49ers at Bears
10.Latavius Murray, Vikings at Falcons
11.Dion Lewis, Patriots at Bills
12.Alex Collins, Ravens vs. Lions
13.Christian McCaffrey, Panthers at Saints
14.Samaje Perine, Washington at Cowboys
15.Kareem Hunt, Chiefs at Jets
16.Tevin Coleman, Falcons vs. Vikings
17.Jerick McKinnon, Vikings at Falcons
18.Marshawn Lynch, Raiders vs. Giants
19.Devonta Freeman*, Falcons vs. Vikings
20.Orleans Darkwa, Giants at Raiders
21.LeGarrette Blount, Eagles at Seahawks
22.Lamar Miller, Texans at Titans
23.Rex Burkhead, Patriots at Bills
24.Adrian Peterson, Cardinals vs. Rams
25.Joe Mixon, Bengals vs. Steelers
26.Derrick Henry, Titans vs. Texans
27.Isaiah Crowell, Browns at Chargers
28.DeMarco Murray, Titans vs. Texans
29.Jamaal Williams, Packers vs. Buccaneers
30.Alfred Morris, Cowboys vs. Washington
31.Doug Martin*, Buccaneers at Packers
32.Jay Ajayi, Eagles at Seahawks
33.Kenyan Drake, Dolphins vs. Broncos
34.Ameer Abdullah, Lions at Ravens
35.Rod Smith, Cowboys vs. Washington
36.Austin Ekeler, Chargers vs. Browns
37.Frank Gore, Colts at Jaguars
38.Bilal Powell, Jets vs. Chiefs
39.T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars vs. Colts
40.Matt Forte, Jets vs. Chiefs