Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 9

Ryan Mathews has gone over 100 yards rushing in each of his last two games

Ryan Mathews is not No. 1 on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 9 running back rankings, but he is in the top 10 for the first time in quite a while. Mathews has posted back-to-back 100-yard games for the first time since 2011 and could make it three in a row this Sunday against Washington's 30th-ranked rushing defense. Maybe, just maybe, Mathews is finally ready to live up to all the hype and promise that surrounded him when the Chargers took him with the 10th overall pick of the 2010 draft as the heir apparent to LaDainian Tomlinson. Those who have stuck with Mathews this long can only hope.

Meanwhile, Jamaal Charles remains No. 1 in the running back rankings, as he leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage with 1,018. Charles has been dealing with his own bumps and bruises, including a sore knee that limited him in practice this week, but he should be ready to face a Buffalo defense that is allowing nearly 118 yards rushing per game.

In fact, with six teams on bye, health situations like Charles' play an even more important role this week. That is why particular attention needs to be paid to players like Charles, as well as Arian Foster (dealing with a hamstring injury, watch closely) DeMarco Murray (may return this week), Zac Stacy (rolled his ankle late on Monday night), DeAngelo Williams (hurt his quadriceps last Thursday vs. Tampa Bay), C.J. Spiller (missed last week because of high ankle sprain) and even Ben Tate (dealing with cracked ribs). This week is not one you want to take a chance on starting a running back that may not end up playing.

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 9 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back
Teams on bye: Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, New York Giants, San Francisco

1Jamaal CharlesKCat BUFLeads NFL in yards from scrimmage (1,018).
2Adrian PetersonMINat DALHas 62 yards rushing or fewer in each of last 3 G.
3Matt ForteCHIat GB (Mon.)No 100-yard rushing games yet, but 8th in NFL.
4Marshawn LynchSEAvs. TBSeason-low 8 carries and 23 yards vs. Rams.
5Eddie LacyGBvs. CHI (Mon.)Averaging 99 yards rushing over last four games.
6LeSean McCoyPHIat OAKAveraging 3.1 ypc over last 2 G, 5.1 in first 6.
7Alfred MorrisWASvs. SDAveraging 5.2 ypc, but only getting 15.4 att/game.
8Arian FosterHOUvs. INDDealing with a hamstring injury, monitor closely.
9DeMarco MurrayDALvs. MINVery appealing matchup for his hopeful return.
10Ryan MathewsSDat WASHas posted back-to-back 100-yard games.
11Ray RiceBALat CLESeason-best is 74 yards rushing, averaging 2.8 ypc.
12Le'Veon BellPITat NEJust 24 yards on 13 att. vs. OAK, but did score.
13Darren McFaddenOAKvs. PHIHad 73 yards, 2 TDs in first game after bye.
14Fred JacksonBUFvs. KCKnee issue is keeping his workload down.
15Stevan RidleyNEvs. PITHad 79 yards, TD despite not playing in 1st quarter.
16Chris JohnsonTENat STLHis longest run this season has been 23 yards.
17Zac StacySTLvs. TENHuge game (134 yds.) on MNF, but rolled ankle late.
18DeAngelo WilliamsCARvs. ATLHurt quadriceps last week, but should be OK.
19Giovani BernardCINat MIA (Thurs.)Dolphins allowing second-most rec. yds to RBs.
20Trent RichardsonINDat HOUCan T-Rich get going vs. Texans (28th vs. rush)?
21Lamar MillerMIAvs. CIN (Thurs.)Basically splitting carries with Thomas right now.
22Danny WoodheadSDat WASRedskins giving up most fantasy points to RBs.
23Darren SprolesNOat NYJFinished with 0 yards (4 rec.) vs. Saints.
24Pierre ThomasNOat NYJJets No. 1 against rush (77.9 ypg).
25Steven JacksonATLat CARGrounded (11 att., 6 yds.) in return from injury.
26BenJarvus Green-EllisCINat MIA (Thurs.)Miami giving up fourth-most fantasy pts. to RBs.
27C.J. SpillerBUFvs. KCHeld out last week b/c of high ankle sprain.
28Mike JamesTBat SEAYards could be tough to come by in Seattle.
29Bilal PowellNYJvs. NOTops in team with 10 carries (also 4 rec.) last week.
30Mike TolbertCARvs. ATLFalcons have allowed just 3 rushing TDs.
31Ben TateHOUvs. INDDealing with cracked ribs, but hopeful to play.
32Chris IvoryNYJvs. NOWent from 34 carries in Week 7 to 6 last week.
33James StarksGBvs. CHI (Mon.)Picked up 57 yards, TD in return from knee injury.
34Brandon BoldenNEvs. PITContinues to see 8-10 touches, has TD in 2 straight.
35Jacquizz RodgersATLat CARGot just 4 touches in SJax' return.
36Roy HeluWASvs. SDGot just 6 touches last week, after 10+ in last 3 G.
37Willis McGaheeCLEvs. BALRavens have yielded one rushing TD.
38Daniel ThomasMIAvs. CIN (Thurs.)Making most of opportunities recently.
39Donald BrownINDat HOUGot season-high 11 carries, 14 touches in last game.
40Joseph RandleDALvs. MINVikings giving up second-most fantasy pts. to RBs.
41Daryl RichardsonSTLvs. TENTeamed w/ Stacy for effective 1-2 punch on MNF.
42Tashard ChoiceBUFvs. KCWill be a factor as long as Spiller is sidelined.
43LeGarrette BlountNEvs. PIT11 carries vs. MIA was third game w/ 10 or more.
44Shonn GreeneTENat STLNow healthy, could eat into Johnson's workload.
45Lance DunbarDALvs. MIN 
46Marcel ReeceOAKvs. PHIGot 3 carries, but no targets last week vs. Steelers.
47Robert TurbinSEA  
48Deiji KarimHOUvs. INDAdded to roster this week b/c of injury concerns.

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

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