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Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 15

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LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

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.

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2013 NFL Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back

Rk

Player

Team

OPP

1

Jamaal Charles

KC

at OAK

2

LeSean McCoy

PHI

at MIN

3

Matt Forte

CHI

at CLE

4

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

at NYG

5

Knowshon Moreno

DEN

vs. SD (Thurs.)

6

Eddie Lacy

GB

at DAL

7

DeMarco Murray

DAL

vs. GB

8

Reggie Bush

DET

vs. BAL (Mon.)

9

Alfred Morris

WAS

at ATL

10

Ben Tate

HOU

at IND

11

Zac Stacy

STL

vs. NO

12

Shane Vereen

NE

at MIA

13

Andre Brown

NYG

vs. SEA

14

Toby Gerhart

MIN

vs. PHI

15

Le'Veon Bell

PIT

vs. CIN

16

Frank Gore

SF

at TB

17

Steven Jackson

ATL

vs. WAS

18

Giovani Bernard

CIN

at PIT

19

Ryan Mathews

SD

at DEN (Thurs.)

20

Fred Jackson

BUF

at JAC

21

C.J. Spiller

BUF

vs. KC

22

Chris Johnson

TEN

vs. ARI

23

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

vs. BUF

24

Rashad Jennings

OAK

vs. KC

25

Danny Woodhead

SD

at DEN (Thurs.)

26

Ray Rice

BAL

at DET (Mon.)

27

Bobby Rainey

TB

vs. SF

28

Rashard Mendenhall

ARI

at TEN

29

Chris Ivory

NYJ

at CAR

30

Pierre Thomas

NO

at STL

31

Montee Ball

DEN

vs. SD (Thurs.)

32

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

CIN

at PIT

33

Darren Sproles

NO

at STL

34

Lamar Miller

MIA

vs. NE

35

Donald Brown

IND

vs. HOU

36

Andre Ellington

ARI

at TEN

37

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

vs. NYJ

38

Joique Bell

DET

vs. BAL (Mon.)

39

Chris Ogbonnaya

CLE

vs. CHI

40

Daniel Thomas

MIA

vs. NE

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 15 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers