2013 PPR Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Top 40 (Post NFL Draft Update)

Adrian Peterson is the clear no.1 Running back in the 2013 PPR Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings.

Now that the 2013 NFL Draft has come and gone, most player movement in the National Football League has been completed. There will be a number of veteran signings trickling in during the coming weeks and months but for the most part rosters are set. Therefore, it’s a great time to re-evaluate our pre-draft PPR Fantasy Football running back rankings.

The running back rankings are particularly affected by the draft because no other position has more players make an immediate impact than at running back. The 2012 season was a perfect example of this. Doug Martin, a first-round selection of the Tampa Bay Bucs finished second among running backs in point-per-reception formats, while fellow rookies Alfred Morris and Trent Richardson, finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

Not unlike the 2012 class, the 2013 running back class has a chance to have a big fantasy impact right away. Monte Ball in Denver for instance should have a great opportunity to rush for over 1,000 yards and ten touchdowns this season. Le’Veon Bell also will likely get plenty of touches in Pittsburgh. Same goes for Eddie Lacy in Green Bay. Running backs produce early on in pro football, so just be aware of that and don’t be afraid to select one fairly early in your PPR league draft just because of the unknown.

In addition to the draft, there were some key free agent signings and trades you need to be aware of starting with the Lions acquisition of Reggie Bush. Last season Bush ranked 14th in PPR formats and now that he’s joined the Lions explosive offense, his value should only increase. Thus, he could be a top-10 running back before it’s all said and done.

Chris Ivory getting traded to the Jets is also a fairly significant move as he will replace the departed Shonn Greene as the starter in the Big Apple. Ivory was 88th among PPR running backs last season but that was mainly due to the fact he only received 40 carries, which he turned into 217 yards (5.4 YPC) and two rushing touchdowns. I think it will be interesting to see if he can carry the load in New York and have fairly high expectations for him.

The running back position is not particularly deep this season but there are still some solid players available even into the 20’s and 30’s, so without further ado here are the 2013 PPR Fantasy Football Running Back Post Draft Rankings:

1. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings

2. Arian Foster, RB, Texans

3. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens

4. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles

5. C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills

6. Doug Martin, RB, Bucs

7. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks

8. Trent Richardson, RB, Browns

9. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins

10. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars

11. Jamal Charles, RB, Chiefs

12. Matt Forte, RB, Bears

13. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers

14. Reggie Bush, RB, Lions

15. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans

16. Darren Sproles, RB, Saints

17. Monte Ball, RB, Broncos (Rookie)

18. Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders

19. Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots

20. Ryan Matthews, RB, Chargers

21. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys

22. David Wilson, RB, Giants

23. Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons

24. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers (Rookie)¬†

25. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers

26. Vick Ballard, RB, Colts

27. Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers (Rookie)

28. Benjarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals

29. Chris Ivory, RB, Jets

30. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Cardinals 

31. Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins

32. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills

33. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers 

34. Giovanni Benard, RB, Bengals (Rookie)

35. Zac Stacy, RB, Rams (Rookie)

36. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons

37. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints

38. Jonathan Franklin, RB, Packers (Rookie)

39. Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers

40. Daryl Richardson, RB, Rams

All fantasy stats are courtesy of four-downs.com







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