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Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 9

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Ryan Mathews

Ryan Mathews

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.

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2013 NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back
Teams on bye: Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, New York Giants, San Francisco

Rk

Player

Team

OPP

Notes

1

Jamaal Charles

KC

at BUF

Leads NFL in yards from scrimmage (1,018).

2

Adrian Peterson

MIN

at DAL

Has 62 yards rushing or fewer in each of last 3 G.

3

Matt Forte

CHI

at GB (Mon.)

No 100-yard rushing games yet, but 8th in NFL.

4

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

vs. TB

Season-low 8 carries and 23 yards vs. Rams.

5

Eddie Lacy

GB

vs. CHI (Mon.)

Averaging 99 yards rushing over last four games.

6

LeSean McCoy

PHI

at OAK

Averaging 3.1 ypc over last 2 G, 5.1 in first 6.

7

Alfred Morris

WAS

vs. SD

Averaging 5.2 ypc, but only getting 15.4 att/game.

8

Arian Foster

HOU

vs. IND

Dealing with a hamstring injury, monitor closely.

9

DeMarco Murray

DAL

vs. MIN

Very appealing matchup for his hopeful return.

10

Ryan Mathews

SD

at WAS

Has posted back-to-back 100-yard games.

11

Ray Rice

BAL

at CLE

Season-best is 74 yards rushing, averaging 2.8 ypc.

12

Le'Veon Bell

PIT

at NE

Just 24 yards on 13 att. vs. OAK, but did score.

13

Darren McFadden

OAK

vs. PHI

Had 73 yards, 2 TDs in first game after bye.

14

Fred Jackson

BUF

vs. KC

Knee issue is keeping his workload down.

15

Stevan Ridley

NE

vs. PIT

Had 79 yards, TD despite not playing in 1st quarter.

16

Chris Johnson

TEN

at STL

His longest run this season has been 23 yards.

17

Zac Stacy

STL

vs. TEN

Huge game (134 yds.) on MNF, but rolled ankle late.

18

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

vs. ATL

Hurt quadriceps last week, but should be OK.

19

Giovani Bernard

CIN

at MIA (Thurs.)

Dolphins allowing second-most rec. yds to RBs.

20

Trent Richardson

IND

at HOU

Can T-Rich get going vs. Texans (28th vs. rush)?

21

Lamar Miller

MIA

vs. CIN (Thurs.)

Basically splitting carries with Thomas right now.

22

Danny Woodhead

SD

at WAS

Redskins giving up most fantasy points to RBs.

23

Darren Sproles

NO

at NYJ

Finished with 0 yards (4 rec.) vs. Saints.

24

Pierre Thomas

NO

at NYJ

Jets No. 1 against rush (77.9 ypg).

25

Steven Jackson

ATL

at CAR

Grounded (11 att., 6 yds.) in return from injury.

26

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

CIN

at MIA (Thurs.)

Miami giving up fourth-most fantasy pts. to RBs.

27

C.J. Spiller

BUF

vs. KC

Held out last week b/c of high ankle sprain.

28

Mike James

TB

at SEA

Yards could be tough to come by in Seattle.

29

Bilal Powell

NYJ

vs. NO

Tops in team with 10 carries (also 4 rec.) last week.

30

Mike Tolbert

CAR

vs. ATL

Falcons have allowed just 3 rushing TDs.

31

Ben Tate

HOU

vs. IND

Dealing with cracked ribs, but hopeful to play.

32

Chris Ivory

NYJ

vs. NO

Went from 34 carries in Week 7 to 6 last week.

33

James Starks

GB

vs. CHI (Mon.)

Picked up 57 yards, TD in return from knee injury.

34

Brandon Bolden

NE

vs. PIT

Continues to see 8-10 touches, has TD in 2 straight.

35

Jacquizz Rodgers

ATL

at CAR

Got just 4 touches in SJax' return.

36

Roy Helu

WAS

vs. SD

Got just 6 touches last week, after 10+ in last 3 G.

37

Willis McGahee

CLE

vs. BAL

Ravens have yielded one rushing TD.

38

Daniel Thomas

MIA

vs. CIN (Thurs.)

Making most of opportunities recently.

39

Donald Brown

IND

at HOU

Got season-high 11 carries, 14 touches in last game.

40

Joseph Randle

DAL

vs. MIN

Vikings giving up second-most fantasy pts. to RBs.

41

Daryl Richardson

STL

vs. TEN

Teamed w/ Stacy for effective 1-2 punch on MNF.

42

Tashard Choice

BUF

vs. KC

Will be a factor as long as Spiller is sidelined.

43

LeGarrette Blount

NE

vs. PIT

11 carries vs. MIA was third game w/ 10 or more.

44

Shonn Greene

TEN

at STL

Now healthy, could eat into Johnson's workload.

45

Lance Dunbar

DAL

vs. MIN

 

46

Marcel Reece

OAK

vs. PHI

Got 3 carries, but no targets last week vs. Steelers.

47

Robert Turbin

SEA

 

 

48

Deiji Karim

HOU

vs. IND

Added to roster this week b/c of injury concerns.

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 9 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 9 Waiver Wire