Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 1

Adrian Peterson's quest for 2,500 yards begins in Detroit

The 2013 fantasy football season is upon us and Athlon Sports' Week 1 running back rankings starts with the league's reigning MVP. Adrian Peterson came nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season record in 2012, and he's already stated that 2,500 yards is the goal in '13. Peterson's quest begins on the road as Minnesota will be in Detroit to face the Lions.

Jamaal Charles could post some big Week 1 numbers as the Andy Reid era in Kansas City will commence in Jacksonville. The Jaguars were 30th in the NFL against the run last season. Other head coaches who will be making their pro debuts include Cleveland's Rob Chudzinski and Philadelphia's Chip Kelly. These two have reputations as offensive masterminds and each has the luxury of a top-flight running back at their disposal in Trent Richardson and LeSean McCoy, respectively.

Steven Jackson will play his first game in a Falcons' uniform against a Saints' defense that was the worst in the league in stopping the run in 2012. Maurice Jones-Drew will try to flash his old form after being limited to just six games last season, while Arian Foster will more than likely be brought along slowly by the Texans following his injury-shortened training camp.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

2013 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

1Adrian PetersonMINat DETQuest for 2,500 begins in Detroit.
2Jamaal CharlesKCat JACExpect plenty of touches in Reid's system.
3Doug MartinTBat NYJ 
4Marshawn LynchSEAat CARPanthers may be tougher test than many expect.
5C.J. SpillerBUFvs. NEPats pretty good against run last season.
6Ray RiceBALat DEN (Thurs.) 
7Alfred MorrisWASvs. PHI (Mon.)Eagles' D did not look good in preseason.
8LeSean McCoyPHIat WAS (Mon.)What will Kelly do with him?
9Trent RichardsonCLEvs. MIAPoised for big sophomore season?
10Stevan RidleyNEat BUF 
11Steven JacksonATLat NOSJax makes his Falcons' debut.
12Maurice Jones-DrewJACvs. KCIs MJD back?
13Arian FosterHOUat SD (Mon.)Texans have said they will limit him early.
14Matt ForteCHIvs. CINShould be active in new offense.
15David WilsonNYGat DALClear-cut No. 1 following Brown injury.
16Chris JohnsonTENat PITCan he break down Steel Curtain?
17Frank GoreSFvs. GB 
18Reggie BushDETvs. MINBack on turf, should catch plenty passes.
19Lamar MillerMIAat CLECan he produce like a No. 1 back?
20Darren SprolesNOvs. ATL 
21DeMarco MurrayDALvs. NYG 
22Darren McFaddenOAKat INDA strong start would help silence the critics.
23Daryl RichardsonSTLvs. ARI 
24Eddie LacyGBat SFRookie has tough opening draw.
25Ahmad BradshawINDvs. OAK 
26Ben TateHOUat SD (Mon.)Could see plenty of carries on Monday night.
27Montee BallDENvs. BAL (Thurs.)Will he get No. 1 reps?
28Chris IvoryNYJvs. TB 
29Ryan MathewsSDvs. HOU (Mon.) 
30DeAngelo WilliamsCARvs. SEA 
31Rashard MendenhallARIat STLCan his legs/knee hold up?
32BenJarvus Green-EllisCINat CHI 
33Isaac RedmanPITvs. TENStarter in PIT, but won't get all the carries.
34Giovani BernardCINat CHIRookie brings explosiveness to Bengals' O.
35Shane VereenNEat BUFCould be busy against Bills.
36Mark IngramNOvs. ATLFalcons struggled against run last season.
37Vick BallardINDvs. OAK 
38Ronnie HillmanDENvs. BAL (Thurs.)More than 1 DEN RB will see touches.
39Knowshon MorenoDENvs. BAL (Thurs.) 
40Danny WoodheadSDvs. HOU (Mon.)Ready to pounce if Mathews falters.
41Bryce BrownPHIat WAS (Mon.) 
42Bernard PierceBALat DEN (Thurs.) 
43Michael BushCHIvs. CIN 
44Jacquizz RodgersATLat NO 
45Roy HeluWASvs. PHI (Mon.)Looked pretty good in preseason.
46Shonn GreeneTENat PIT 
47Fred JacksonBUFvs. NE 
48Christine MichaelSEAat CARRookie opened many an eye during preseason.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 1 Positional Rankings

Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams


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