Final Rankings For 2013 Fantasy Football Running Backs

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Ranking The Top 2013 Fantasy Running Backs

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With the 2013 fantasy football season right around the corner, owners and fans alike are looking for guys to draft and favorite players to root for. Running backs are a very valuable position in the fantasy world and there are some guys you need to target and some you need to avoid.

Last year, Adrian Peterson tore up the competition with a career-year following a devastating knee injury in 2011 that saw the young running back out of Oklahoma tear his ACL. While running backs may get you a ton of fantasy points, there are usually many that can be picked up via free agency because of injuries, being lesser-known or just flat out being overlooked. Each year, there is that one guy who is a clear No. 1 choice and 2013 is no different. I am not going to reveal who my No. 1 running back is just yet, but I'm sure you can guess exactly who that is.

Some running backs like Alfred Morris and Doug Martin burst onto the scene in 2012, racking up over 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns combined. Both the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers should feel pretty lucky to have drafted some of the best young runners in the league and have the honor of being the home to these guys for the next few years and maybe even beyond.

Some guys underperformed in 2012, putting fantasy owners in a tough position having to decide whether or not they should drop some top picks at the position.

Every season is different and the 2013 NFL season will surely not disappoint. Let's take a look at the final running back rankings for 2013 fantasy football.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.

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15. Reggie Bush

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Experiencing a change of scenery could be good for the 28-year old running back. However, racking up 2,172 rush yards and 12 touchdowns in the last two seasons can only mean good things for Reggie Bush.

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14. Maurice Jones-Drew

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Maurice Jones-Drew has had a long offseason which could spell doom for the running back, but he is still one of the best and most talented in the league. It was only two seasons ago that he racked up over 1,600 yards on the ground. He needs to stay healthy.

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13. Frank Gore

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Frank Gore has rushed for over 1,000 yards in six of his eight seasons and he can get into the endzone as well. Gore could be a solid second option at running back, if not first.

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12. Matt Forte

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Forte is one of the best young rushers in football today and having never rushed for less than 920 yards in any of his first five seasons can only bode well for this season.

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11. Trent Richardson

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Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Trent Richardson's yards per carry average was not the best at 3.6 last season, but it was also his rookie year. He is still getting adjusted to the NFL and there's no doubt he will get over 1,000 yards and close to 15 scores this season.

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10. Alfred Morris

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Morris surprised me a bit last season. As a rookie out of Florida Atlantic, he rushed for over 1,600 yards with a rock-solid 13 touchdowns. He is one of the most underrated guys in the league and that makes him a great draft pick.

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9. Jamaal Charles

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

After suffering a devastating leg injury in 2011, Jamaal Charles was in iffy draft pick last season. He had the potential to have a huge season but the injury scared people away. He ended up being a steal and no one will overlook him this year.

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8. C.J. Spiller

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Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

C.J. Spiller saw his numbers improve by twofold in 2012 from the previous season. He took over for an injured Fred Jackson last season and never looked back. Finishing with 1,244 yards and six scores was a pretty solid number in 2012.

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7. Chris Johnson

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Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Just four seasons ago, Chris Johnson finished with over 2,000 yards and 14 touchdowns and became a fantasy football superstar. He hasn't been quite that good lately, but he has the potential to get back to 1,500 again.

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6. Ray Rice

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Ray Rice has over 5,500 yards and 33 touchdowns on the ground through his first five seasons. He is a solid 1,000-yard rusher and 10-touchdown type of guy.

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5. LeSean McCoy

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Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

McCoy's injury in 2012 was a big blow to the Eagles' offense and was just one more nail in the coffin to Andy Reid's coaching career with the team. As a healthy running back, McCoy can be the best running back in football, or close to it, as evidenced by his 1,309 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2011.

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4. Doug Martin

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Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Doug Martin earned the nickname 'muscle hamster' in his first season in the league. Not many guys are worthy of a nickname, but this guy was just a beast. Racking up over 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns will do just that. Oh, and he had almost 500 receiving yards.

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3. Arian Foster

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Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

With over 4,000 yards and 41 touchdowns in the past three seasons, Arian Foster is always atop everyone's draft board. He will be once again in 2013.

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2. Marshawn Lynch

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Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Marshawn Lynch is the epitome of a tank. He can run guys over, but he also has smooth moves. His 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns last season was pretty smooth as well.

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1. Adrian Peterson

peterson
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Peterson is a no-brainer as the top running back out there. Coming off a torn ACL and rushing for nearly 2,100 yards and 12 touchdowns is simply amazing. Averaging 6.0 yards per carry is unheard of. This guy just isn't human.

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Ranking The Top 2013 Fantasy Running Backs

running backs
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2013 fantasy football season right around the corner, owners and fans alike are looking for guys to draft and favorite players to root for. Running backs are a very valuable position in the fantasy world and there are some guys you need to target and some you need to avoid.

Last year, Adrian Peterson tore up the competition with a career-year following a devastating knee injury in 2011 that saw the young running back out of Oklahoma tear his ACL. While running backs may get you a ton of fantasy points, there are usually many that can be picked up via free agency because of injuries, being lesser-known or just flat out being overlooked. Each year, there is that one guy who is a clear No. 1 choice and 2013 is no different. I am not going to reveal who my No. 1 running back is just yet, but I'm sure you can guess exactly who that is.

Some running backs like Alfred Morris and Doug Martin burst onto the scene in 2012, racking up over 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns combined. Both the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers should feel pretty lucky to have drafted some of the best young runners in the league and have the honor of being the home to these guys for the next few years and maybe even beyond.

Some guys underperformed in 2012, putting fantasy owners in a tough position having to decide whether or not they should drop some top picks at the position.

Every season is different and the 2013 NFL season will surely not disappoint. Let's take a look at the final running back rankings for 2013 fantasy football.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.

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15. Reggie Bush

bush
Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Experiencing a change of scenery could be good for the 28-year old running back. However, racking up 2,172 rush yards and 12 touchdowns in the last two seasons can only mean good things for Reggie Bush.

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14. Maurice Jones-Drew

jones-drew
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Maurice Jones-Drew has had a long offseason which could spell doom for the running back, but he is still one of the best and most talented in the league. It was only two seasons ago that he racked up over 1,600 yards on the ground. He needs to stay healthy.

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13. Frank Gore

gore
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Frank Gore has rushed for over 1,000 yards in six of his eight seasons and he can get into the endzone as well. Gore could be a solid second option at running back, if not first.

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12. Matt Forte

forte
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Forte is one of the best young rushers in football today and having never rushed for less than 920 yards in any of his first five seasons can only bode well for this season.

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11. Trent Richardson

richardson
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Trent Richardson's yards per carry average was not the best at 3.6 last season, but it was also his rookie year. He is still getting adjusted to the NFL and there's no doubt he will get over 1,000 yards and close to 15 scores this season.

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10. Alfred Morris

morris
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Morris surprised me a bit last season. As a rookie out of Florida Atlantic, he rushed for over 1,600 yards with a rock-solid 13 touchdowns. He is one of the most underrated guys in the league and that makes him a great draft pick.

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9. Jamaal Charles

charles
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

After suffering a devastating leg injury in 2011, Jamaal Charles was in iffy draft pick last season. He had the potential to have a huge season but the injury scared people away. He ended up being a steal and no one will overlook him this year.

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8. C.J. Spiller

spiller
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

C.J. Spiller saw his numbers improve by twofold in 2012 from the previous season. He took over for an injured Fred Jackson last season and never looked back. Finishing with 1,244 yards and six scores was a pretty solid number in 2012.

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7. Chris Johnson

johnson
Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Just four seasons ago, Chris Johnson finished with over 2,000 yards and 14 touchdowns and became a fantasy football superstar. He hasn't been quite that good lately, but he has the potential to get back to 1,500 again.

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6. Ray Rice

rice
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Ray Rice has over 5,500 yards and 33 touchdowns on the ground through his first five seasons. He is a solid 1,000-yard rusher and 10-touchdown type of guy.

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5. LeSean McCoy

mccoy
Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

McCoy's injury in 2012 was a big blow to the Eagles' offense and was just one more nail in the coffin to Andy Reid's coaching career with the team. As a healthy running back, McCoy can be the best running back in football, or close to it, as evidenced by his 1,309 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2011.

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4. Doug Martin

martin
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Doug Martin earned the nickname 'muscle hamster' in his first season in the league. Not many guys are worthy of a nickname, but this guy was just a beast. Racking up over 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns will do just that. Oh, and he had almost 500 receiving yards.

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3. Arian Foster

foster
Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

With over 4,000 yards and 41 touchdowns in the past three seasons, Arian Foster is always atop everyone's draft board. He will be once again in 2013.

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2. Marshawn Lynch

lynch
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Marshawn Lynch is the epitome of a tank. He can run guys over, but he also has smooth moves. His 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns last season was pretty smooth as well.

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1. Adrian Peterson

peterson
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Peterson is a no-brainer as the top running back out there. Coming off a torn ACL and rushing for nearly 2,100 yards and 12 touchdowns is simply amazing. Averaging 6.0 yards per carry is unheard of. This guy just isn't human.


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