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Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 1

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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.

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2013 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

Rk

Player

Team

OPP

Notes

1

Adrian Peterson

MIN

at DET

Quest for 2,500 begins in Detroit.

2

Jamaal Charles

KC

at JAC

Expect plenty of touches in Reid's system.

3

Doug Martin

TB

at NYJ

 

4

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

at CAR

Panthers may be tougher test than many expect.

5

C.J. Spiller

BUF

vs. NE

Pats pretty good against run last season.

6

Ray Rice

BAL

at DEN (Thurs.)

 

7

Alfred Morris

WAS

vs. PHI (Mon.)

Eagles' D did not look good in preseason.

8

LeSean McCoy

PHI

at WAS (Mon.)

What will Kelly do with him?

9

Trent Richardson

CLE

vs. MIA

Poised for big sophomore season?

10

Stevan Ridley

NE

at BUF

 

11

Steven Jackson

ATL

at NO

SJax makes his Falcons' debut.

12

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

vs. KC

Is MJD back?

13

Arian Foster

HOU

at SD (Mon.)

Texans have said they will limit him early.

14

Matt Forte

CHI

vs. CIN

Should be active in new offense.

15

David Wilson

NYG

at DAL

Clear-cut No. 1 following Brown injury.

16

Chris Johnson

TEN

at PIT

Can he break down Steel Curtain?

17

Frank Gore

SF

vs. GB

 

18

Reggie Bush

DET

vs. MIN

Back on turf, should catch plenty passes.

19

Lamar Miller

MIA

at CLE

Can he produce like a No. 1 back?

20

Darren Sproles

NO

vs. ATL

 

21

DeMarco Murray

DAL

vs. NYG

 

22

Darren McFadden

OAK

at IND

A strong start would help silence the critics.

23

Daryl Richardson

STL

vs. ARI

 

24

Eddie Lacy

GB

at SF

Rookie has tough opening draw.

25

Ahmad Bradshaw

IND

vs. OAK

 

26

Ben Tate

HOU

at SD (Mon.)

Could see plenty of carries on Monday night.

27

Montee Ball

DEN

vs. BAL (Thurs.)

Will he get No. 1 reps?

28

Chris Ivory

NYJ

vs. TB

 

29

Ryan Mathews

SD

vs. HOU (Mon.)

 

30

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

vs. SEA

 

31

Rashard Mendenhall

ARI

at STL

Can his legs/knee hold up?

32

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

CIN

at CHI

 

33

Isaac Redman

PIT

vs. TEN

Starter in PIT, but won't get all the carries.

34

Giovani Bernard

CIN

at CHI

Rookie brings explosiveness to Bengals' O.

35

Shane Vereen

NE

at BUF

Could be busy against Bills.

36

Mark Ingram

NO

vs. ATL

Falcons struggled against run last season.

37

Vick Ballard

IND

vs. OAK

 

38

Ronnie Hillman

DEN

vs. BAL (Thurs.)

More than 1 DEN RB will see touches.

39

Knowshon Moreno

DEN

vs. BAL (Thurs.)

 

40

Danny Woodhead

SD

vs. HOU (Mon.)

Ready to pounce if Mathews falters.

41

Bryce Brown

PHI

at WAS (Mon.)

 

42

Bernard Pierce

BAL

at DEN (Thurs.)

 

43

Michael Bush

CHI

vs. CIN

 

44

Jacquizz Rodgers

ATL

at NO

 

45

Roy Helu

WAS

vs. PHI (Mon.)

Looked pretty good in preseason.

46

Shonn Greene

TEN

at PIT

 

47

Fred Jackson

BUF

vs. NE

 

48

Christine Michael

SEA

at CAR

Rookie opened many an eye during preseason.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
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

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers