Fantasy Football: Ranking Top Running Backs for 2013-14 Fantasy Season

Matt Schreiber@@schreiberstakeAnalyst IIIJuly 5, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 23:  Running back Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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When it comes to fantasy football, running back is practically the most sacred position for any roster. These guys tend to make or break your team.

The 2012 season was all about Adrian Peterson and how he came nine yards shy of breaking the single season rushing record. The 2013 season shouldn't be any different. "All Day" shouldn't have any issue putting up similar numbers as he pounds his way through defenders and racks up yards on the ground.

Jamaal Charles played for the NFL's worst team in 2012 and still managed to rack up more than 1,500 yards rushing on just 285 carries. That number could have been significantly higher if the Chiefs weren't playing catchup every game, leaving the ball in the hands of Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn

His numbers will take a huge hike in 2013 with Alex Smith under center, Eric Fisher on the offensive line and Andy Reid as his new boss.

Doug Martin and Trent Richardson, 2012 rookies, will build upon their successful rookie campaigns with solid sophomore years, respectively. Hopefully, Alfred Morris can do the same.

Also keep an eye on David Wilson, as he now has the chance to shine as the lead back under Tom Coughlin in New York.

I really like Stephen Jackson now that he's playing on a championship-caliber team in Atlanta.

Lamar Miller is a guy to keep an eye on as he is expected to handle the majority of the workload out of Miami's backfield. 

With the Patriots offense slowly dwindling before the season starts, fantasy owners should have their sights on Stevan Ridley. He should play a significant role in a New England offense that consistently ranks toward the top of the NFL in total yards.

It will be interesting to see how rookies Montee Ball in Denver, Zac Stacy in St. Louis and Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh fare as the lead backs on their teams. They each have the potential to put up numbers, but you never know with rookies.

Below are the top running backs for the 2013-14 fantasy football season.

Rank Player Position Team
1 Adrian Peterson RB MIN
2 Jamaal Charles RB KC
3 Doug Martin RB TB
4 Arian Foster RB HOU
5 Trent Richardson RB CLE
6 Ray Rice RB BAL
7 LeSean McCoy RB PHI
8 C.J. Spiller RB BUF
9 Marshawn Lynch RB SEA
10 Steven Jackson RB ATL
11 Stevan Ridley RB NE
12 Alfred Morris RB WAS
13 Frank Gore RB SF
14 Matt Forte RB CHI
15 Lamar Miller RB MIA
16 David Wilson RB NYG
17 Reggie Bush RB DET
18 DeMarco Murray RB DAL
19 Chris Johnson RB TEN
20 Montee Ball RB DEN
21 Le'Veon Bell RB PIT
22 Ryan Mathews RB SD
23 Darren McFadden RB OAK
24 Maurice Jones-Drew RB JAX
25 BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB CIN
26 Darren Sproles RB NO
27 Rashard Mendenhall RB ARI
28 Zac Stacy RB STL
29 Chris Ivory RB NYJ
30 Pierre Thomas RB NO
31 Jonathan Stewart RB CAR
32 Ahmad Bradshaw RB IND
33 Eddie Lacy RB GB
34 Daryl Richardson RB STL
35 Andre Brown RB NYG
36 Ronnie Hillman RB DEN
37 Ben Tate RB HOU
38 Shane Vereen RB NE
39 Bryce Brown RB PHI
40 Robert Turbin RB SEA
41 Giovani Bernard RB CIN
42 Bernard Pierce RB BAL
43 Kendall Hunter RB SF
44 Christine Michael RB SEA
45 Fred Jackson RB BUF
46 Mark Ingram RB NO
47 Vick Ballard RB IND
48 Ryan Williams RB ARI
49 Mikel Leshoure RB DET
50 Joique Bell RB DET
51 Isaac Redman RB PIT
52 Isaiah Pead RB STL
53 Roy Helu RB WAS
54 Daniel Thomas RB MIA
55 Michael Bush RB CHI
56 Mike Gillislee RB MIA
57 Mike Goodson RB NYJ
58 Jacquizz Rodgers RB ATL
59 Danny Woodhead RB SD
60 Justin Forsett RB JAX
61 Joseph Randle RB DAL
62 LeGarrette Blount RB NE