Week 13 Fantasy Football: Top 40 Tailbacks in Standard-Scoring Leagues

Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterNovember 27, 2012

Texans tailback Arian Foster (1,186 total yards, 14 TD) has stellar averages of 152 total yards and one touchdown in his last four games against the Titans.
Texans tailback Arian Foster (1,186 total yards, 14 TD) has stellar averages of 152 total yards and one touchdown in his last four games against the Titans.Bob Levey/Getty Images

Here are my top 40 running backs for Week 13 (standard-scoring leagues).

This countdown doesn't lean on a particular stat. It's merely an educated best guess of which rushers will tally the best combination of total yards and touchdowns this weekend.

On the injury front, LeSean McCoy (concussion) and Matt Forte (ankle) shall remain off the board for now.

Top 40 Backs For Week 13

1. Arian Foster at Tennessee
2. Adrian Peterson at Green Bay
3. C.J. Spiller vs. Jacksonville
4. Ray Rice vs. Pittsburgh
5. Doug Martin at Denver
6. Jamaal Charles vs. Carolina
7. Chris Johnson vs. Houston
8. Trent Richardson at Oakland
9. Mikel Leshoure vs. Indianapolis
10. Frank Gore at St. Louis
11. Stevan Ridley at Miami
12. Alfred Morris vs. N.Y. Giants
13. Bryce Brown at Dallas
14. Marshawn Lynch at Chicago
15. Beanie Wells at N.Y. Jets
16. BenJarvus Green-Ellis at San Diego
17. Marcel Reece vs. Cleveland
18. Steven Jackson vs. San Francisco
19. Michael Bush vs. Seattle
20. Ahmad Bradshaw at Washington
21. Reggie Bush vs. New England
22. Ryan Mathews vs. Cincinnati
23. Knowshon Moreno vs. Tampa Bay
24. Darren Sproles at Atlanta
25. Michael Turner vs. New Orleans
26. Jonathan Dwyer at Baltimore
27. Rashad Jennings at Buffalo
28. Shonn Greene vs. Arizona
29. Vick Ballard at Detroit
30. Felix Jones vs. Philadelphia
31. DeAngelo Williams at Kansas City
32. Darren McFadden vs. Cleveland
33. Ronnie Hillman vs. Tampa Bay
34. James Starks vs. Minnesota
35. Daniel Thomas vs. New England
36. Fred Jackson vs. Jacksonville
37. Shane Vereen at Miami
38. Jacquizz Rodgers vs. New Orleans
39. LaRod Stephens-Howling at N.Y. Jets
40. Christopher Ivory at Atlanta
40a. LaMichael James at St. Louis
40b. Rashard Mendenhall at Baltimore
40c. Donald Brown at Detroit

Quick Hitters

1. In a surprise to no one, Arian Foster (1,186 total yards, 14 TD) has a wonderful track record against the Titans. In his last four starts against Tennessee, Foster boasts absurd averages of 152 total yards and one touchdown.

2. Mikel Leshoure's season-high ranking (No. 9) derives from two factors: The 4-7 Lions need a balanced attack in the second half of games, and Leshoure has scored five times against AFC South foes this year.

3. I'm somewhat ambivalent about Frank Gore's top-10 ranking: On the road this season, he's averaging 85.3 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns. But in his last meeting with the Rams, he rolled for 115 total yards and one score.

4. Since Week 6, C.J. Spiller is a perfect 6-for-6 in collecting 100 total yards. So why wouldn't he be a lock for 400 yards and two touchdowns for Buffalo's homestand of Jacksonville, St. Louis and Seattle? (This prediction factors in a healthy Fred Jackson getting his share of touches.)

5. I'm happy to hear of Darren McFadden's impending return to the Raiders lineup. But Marcel Reece remains a good bet for sizable numbers against the Browns, while DMC finds his proverbial sea legs. As the primary back, Reece has notched 100 total yards or one touchdown in four straight games.

6. Speaking of the Raiders, current Bears rusher Michael Bush performed admirably in Darren McFadden's injured stead last year. For Weeks 9-16 (spanning nine games), Bush racked up either 94 total yards or one TD eight times.

And as Matt Forte's injury replacement last week (with Chicago), Bush rolled for two touchdowns against the Vikings.

Jay Clemons
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