2013 Running Back Rankings: Tier by Tier

While rankings are important, it’s equally important to rank players in tiers. Being able to realize whether the difference between Doug Martin at two and Arian Foster at three is the same as Arian Foster at three and Jamaal Charles at four is very important as you go through your draft. Jake Axelrod continues  his series with his top ten runningback tiers. His quarterback tiers can be found here.

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Tier 1

1. Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson has once again leaped to the top of all draft boards

Adrian Peterson has once again leaped to the top of all draft boards

Notes: All Day with Peterson, but don’t pretend injury risks and terrible QB play aren’t worries….

Tier 2

2. Doug Martin

3. Arian Foster

Notes: Improved O-Line and closer games should help Martin out….Should be interesting to see how Arian reacts to huge number of carries from last year….

Tier 3

4. Jamaal Charles

5. Marshawn Lynch

6. Trent Richardson

7. CJ Spiller

Notes: Charles is going to have one of the easiest RB schedules with a pretty good O-Line and passable QB….Lynch and Spiller should be interesting with schedule and QB concerns respectively…. Trent is going to have the offense built around him and he’ll approach 300 carries in a Norv Turner offense….

Tier 4

8. LeSean McCoy

9. Maurice Jones Drew

10. Stevan Ridley

11. Ray Rice

12. Matt Forte

Notes: Lesean and MJD are high end RB1 potential… Ridley will improve on last year’s successes as Pats learn to lean on him more…Getting terrible vibes from Rice this year. Emerging backup, not the player who wins you weeks but is consistent. Hate may go too far though…..

Tier 5

13. Alfred Morris

14. Steven Jackson

15. Frank Gore

Notes:  Sophomore slump for Alfred. Lots of value hinges on RGIII…SJax and Gore may be on their last legs but definitely are very good RB2s…

Tier 6

16. Chris Johnson

17. Ahmad Bradshaw

Notes: Love Bradshaw in Indy…

Tier 7

18. Lamar Miller

19. David Wilson

20. Reggie Bush

21. Darren Sproles

22. DeMarco Murray

Notes: Most likely my favorite tier of backs…Lamar Miller will be top 10 pick next season…..Wilson has some CJ Spiller in his game….Reggie is a higher upside but lower downside Sproles, depends what you need…

Tier 8

23. Darren McFadden

24. Mark Ingram

Notes: McFadden is a stay away….Post-hype on Ingram?….

Tier 9

25. Le’Veon Bell

26. Montee Ball

27. Rashard Mendenhall

Notes: Ball and Bell have upside but how much action will each really get in their rookie seasons?…While he doesn’t look very talented he could be in for bulk of carries in revamped Arizona offense….

Tier 10

28. Ryan Mathews

29. Eddie Lacy

30. BenJarvus Green Ellis

31. Giovani Bernard

32.Shane Vereen

33. Jonathan Stewart

34. Ben Tate

35. Jonathan Franklin

36. Marcel Reece

37. Ryan Williams

38. Joseph Randle

39. Andre Brown

Notes: Pick whichever you like best at this point. Larger leagues should get on these backups as they are very undervalued .

Jake Axelrod is a contributor to RotoAnalysis. Follow Jake Axelrod on twitter @TheRealJaxel and look for Jake’s work on www.rotoanalysis.com.

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3 Responses to 2013 Running Back Rankings: Tier by Tier

  1. Hmm August 20, 2013 at 23:19 #

    Chris Ivory is not in your top40? Laughable.

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