Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 15

LeSean McCoy rushed for an Eagles franchise-record 217 yards last week

While many of the familiar names can be found near the top of Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 15 running back rankings, it's the one that's missing that could have the biggest impact this week and moving forward.

Adrian Peterson left last week's game in Baltimore on a cart, as his owners no doubt feared the worst. The good news is that it appears the reigning MVP escaped serious injury, but he is still expected to miss at least one game because of a sprained foot. Toby Gerhart would get the start in Peterson's absence and those who were smart enough to handcuff Peterson with Gerhart or have him on their roster shouldn't hesitate to throw him out there against Philadelphia and see what happens.

Speaking of Philadelphia, LeSean McCoy had a field day out in the snow against Detroit last week, rushing for a franchise-record 217 yards. McCoy took over the NFL rushing lead from Peterson with that big performance and could be in for another one against a Minnesota defense that is giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs. This game will be indoors, however, so it's possible that McCoy may not be quite as busy (29 carries) this week compared to last.

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 website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back

1Jamaal CharlesKCat OAK
2LeSean McCoyPHIat MIN
3Matt ForteCHIat CLE
4Marshawn LynchSEAat NYG
5Knowshon MorenoDENvs. SD (Thurs.)
6Eddie LacyGBat DAL
7DeMarco MurrayDALvs. GB
8Reggie BushDETvs. BAL (Mon.)
9Alfred MorrisWASat ATL
10Ben TateHOUat IND
11Zac StacySTLvs. NO
12Shane VereenNEat MIA
13Andre BrownNYGvs. SEA
14Toby GerhartMINvs. PHI
15Le'Veon BellPITvs. CIN
16Frank GoreSFat TB
17Steven JacksonATLvs. WAS
18Giovani BernardCINat PIT
19Ryan MathewsSDat DEN (Thurs.)
20Fred JacksonBUFat JAC
21C.J. SpillerBUFvs. KC
22Chris JohnsonTENvs. ARI
23Maurice Jones-DrewJACvs. BUF
24Rashad JenningsOAKvs. KC
25Danny WoodheadSDat DEN (Thurs.)
26Ray RiceBALat DET (Mon.)
27Bobby RaineyTBvs. SF
28Rashard MendenhallARIat TEN
29Chris IvoryNYJat CAR
30Pierre ThomasNOat STL
31Montee BallDENvs. SD (Thurs.)
32BenJarvus Green-EllisCINat PIT
33Darren SprolesNOat STL
34Lamar MillerMIAvs. NE
35Donald BrownINDvs. HOU
36Andre EllingtonARIat TEN
37DeAngelo WilliamsCARvs. NYJ
38Joique BellDETvs. BAL (Mon.)
39Chris OgbonnayaCLEvs. CHI
40Daniel ThomasMIAvs. NE

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 15 Positional Rankings

Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams


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