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Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 14

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Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

Order has been restored atop both the NFL rushing rankings and Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 14 running back rankings as the reigning MVP is on another tear.

Adrian Peterson posted his fifth career 200-yard rushing game last week with 211 on 35 carries in the overtime win against Chicago. The only thing missing from Peterson's stat line was a touchdown, but I'm pretty sure his owners will gladly take the 22.1 fantasy points and run with them. Peterson has 357 yards rushing over his last two games combined and is the undisputed No. 1 RB this week, even with a date against a fairly stingy Baltimore defense.

Speaking of tough matchups, it will be interesting to see how LeSean McCoy fares against Detroit's rushing defense on Sunday. McCoy has ceded the rushing lead to Peterson, but he's still a top-five fantasy RB and someone owners are hoping to lean on in the playoffs. This week isn't shaping up to be easy, however, as the Lions are giving up the fourth-fewest fantasy points to running backs.

Some top running backs with more appealing Week 14 matchups include Jamaal Charles (at Washington), Matt Forte (vs. Dallas), Knowshon Moreno (vs. Tennessee) and DeMarco Murray (at Chicago). In particular, the Monday night tilt between Dallas and Chicago could end up determining many a fantasy playoff game, as the Cowboys are giving up the most fantasy points to running backs and the Bears come in sixth in that respect.

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.

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2013 NFL Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back

Rk

Player

Team

OPP

1

Adrian Peterson

MIN

at BAL

2

Jamaal Charles

KC

at WAS

3

Matt Forte

CHI

vs. DAL (Mon.)

4

Knowshon Moreno

DEN

vs. TEN

5

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

at SF

6

Reggie Bush

DET

at PHI

7

Eddie Lacy

GB

vs. ATL

8

LeSean McCoy

WAS

vs. KC

9

DeMarco Murray

DAL

at CHI (Mon.)

10

Andre Brown

NYG

at SD

11

Alfred Morris

PHI

vs. DET

12

Chris Johnson

TEN

at DEN

13

Ben Tate

HOU

at JAC (Thurs.)

14

Zac Stacy

STL

at ARI

15

Le'Veon Bell

PIT

vs. MIA

16

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

vs. HOU (Thurs.)

17

Shane Vereen

NE

vs. CLE

18

Frank Gore

SF

vs. SEA

19

Giovani Bernard

CIN

vs. IND

20

Ray Rice

BAL

vs. MIN

21

Steven Jackson

BUF

at TB

22

Fred Jackson

ATL

at GB

23

Chris Ivory

NYJ

vs. OAK

24

C.J. Spiller

OAK

at NYJ

25

Bobby Rainey

TB

vs. BUF

26

Ryan Mathews

SD

vs. NYG

27

Rashard Mendenhall

ARI

vs. STL

28

Lamar Miller

MIA

at PIT

29

Donald Brown

IND

at CIN

30

Rashad Jennings

BUF

at TB

31

Danny Woodhead

SD

vs. NYG

32

Pierre Thomas

NO

vs. CAR

33

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

CIN

vs. IND

34

Darren Sproles

NO

vs. CAR

35

Montee Ball

DEN

vs. TEN

36

Darren McFadden

OAK

at NYJ

37

Willis McGahee

CLE

at NE

38

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

at NO

39

Chris Ogbonnaya

CLE

at NE

40

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

at NO

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 14 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers