Last week, I broke down the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks that were sure to help you become noticed in your league. Quarterback is one of the deepest positions in the draft though. It’s scary deep. But Running Back is scary thin. I expect that a QB won’t be taken in the first round in most leagues because the RB position is so weak that teams need to secure themselves one of the elite RB’s. What should you do though if you have the 5th thru 10th pick and all of these RB’s are so similar? This is where I come in.
Check out my list for the top 10 fantasy RB’s for your 2013 fantasy season.
- Alfred Morris – Morris kicks things off at #10. What’s funny about this is last week I put RGIII at #10, and this week another Redskin secures that spot. Morris was a shock, being a 6th round pick out of Florida Atlantic last year but under RB guru Coach Shanahan, Morris thrived. Morris eclipsed 100 yards 7 times last year and I am sure there are more to come. My only concern about Morris is that RGIII might not be playing this year. He is coming back from an injury and if he goes down again than the defense will pay the majority of their attention to stopping Morris.
- Trent Richardson – Roll Tide! Cleveland Brown’s RB Trent Richardson is another Sophomore to the league, and he’s a beast. He is a true bruiser, and will do anything the Browns ask. Richardson isn’t the fastest RB in the league, but with such little weapons he will receive a majority of the work load. He had 10 TD’s last year and I anticipate that number to rise or stay the same. You are going to get great production from Richardson but be leery of the injury bug that could potentially sideline Richardson.
- LeSean McCoy – ESPN ranks LeSean McCoy #10, but I rank him at #8 simply because of the system he will be running. New Philadelphia Eagles Coach Chip Kelly loves to run that football and Shady is an elite when it comes to Running Backs in the NFL. Kelly also loves to play the screen game as well as short dumps to his Running Backs which is why many of his RB’s at Oregon made it into the NFL and are extremely strong receivers. McCoy would definitely help your team if you are running a PPR league. The only concern about McCoy is that it is a new system. We know how effective it was at Oregon but how can we know it will translate well into the NFL. What you should know is this. The Eagles will run the most plays out of any team in the NFL, which means more potential touches for McCoy. He could be a steal towards the end of the first round.
- C.J. Spiller – Spiller is one of the fastest suckers in the game. He stole the job from Fred Jackson, and now this Buffalo Bill is sure to be a star in the league. He is extremely elusive and now that he won’t be splitting the carries with Jackson, I am sure that he is worthy of a first round pick. This young Bills team will strive with Spiller leading the way. He had five 100 yard games last year and most of them he had less than 20 touches. Spiller has potential to bust out a 20 point game any given week. If Spiller is available at 8 than he already fell to far. Keep your eye out, because he could be gobbled up quickly.
- Ray Rice – The Super Bowl Champions have to commend Rice for being one of the top RB’s in the game. He’s one tiny man with a ton of power. Rice was a top 4 pick in our league a year ago, but I am sure he will drop a little this year. Why? Because Rice wasn’t the man he once was. He is still great, but he was limited to four 100 yard games and had some troubles holding onto the football. I think that Rice will bounce back this season, but with these minor issues he had to fall out of my top 5.
- Jamaal Charles – Chief RB Jamaal Charles comes in at #5 on our list. Charles was incredibly misused last season, but with new Head Coach Andy Reid and his love for RB’s I am confident that Charles will have his best season. Reid is known for running the ball on first down, setting screens and helped transform mediocre talent like Brian Westbrook into an Eagle legend. Also the Chiefs actually have a Quarterback! Alex Smith will only improve Charles, and with Charles’s big play ability, I am excited to see how he performs.
- Doug Martin – This must be the year of the Sophomore Running Back. Tampa Bay RB Doug Martin was a superstar last year, and for those lucky enough to have taken a flyer out on him weren’t disappointed. Martin had some truly incredible games in his rookie season. He dropped 51 points (Standard ESPN Scoring) against the Raiders on week 9. Martin only had four games where he didn’t have double digit points. If you have the 4th pick make sure Martin is your man.
- Marshawn Lynch – Now these final 3 RB’s are pretty obvious. Marshawn Lynch might be one of the ugliest players in the NFL, but boy can he play. Lynch had 13 TD’s last year. He’s like a Madden avatar, with his ability to truck and stiff arm any defender. Expect Lynch to do more of the same. Oh and eat your Skittles every Sunday.
- Arian Foster – Health might be an issue for Arian Foster, but there’s no denying his ability. He is a game changer. He has been one of the most consistent RB’s over the past few years. The Texans are lucky to have him and you will be lucky as well if you are given the #2 pick in the draft. He had 2 games under 10 points. Foster is prone to injury though so make sure that you grab his backup Ben Tate as a handcuff, to secure yourself.
- Adrian Peterson – He is a freak and absolutely the best RB in the game. He rushed for over 2000 yards after coming back from a torn ACL. Enough Said. He’s the best.