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Some injury news to pay attention to this week is Devonta Freeman, Damien Williams, Jordan Howard, James Conner, and Matt Breida. Both Conner and Breida are more on the doubtful side. If you are looking for some permanent adds for Week 13 and moving forward, check out the waiver wire breakdowns. These are the top ranked running backs, with season long stats, and their projections for Week 13.
Week 13 Running Back Rankings + Stats & Projections
|Week 13 Ranking||Player||Week 13 Opponent||Rushing Attempts||Rushing Yards||Rushing Touchdowns||Receptions||Receiving Yards||Receiving Touchdowns||Week 13 Projection|
|24||Ronald Jones II||@JAX||119||474||5||21||218||0||11.5|
|28||Benny Snell Jr.||CLE||49||216||0||2||19||0||10.4|
Week 13 Studs
It is another strong matchup for Christian McCaffrey to put monster numbers. The Redskins are allowing 137.6 rushing yards per game, and opposing backs are seeing an average of 32.2 rushing attempts per game. The Panthers are home favorites in a great spot to feed McCaffrey. I haven’t said this much this season, but Le’Veon Bell could be in for a big week. The Bengals are allowing 4.9 yards per carry, and 166.3 rushing yards per game. The volume continues to be there for Bell, but the production has been lackluster behind a below average offensive line. They actually have the upper hand here. Ronald Jones is in a plus matchup against the Jaguars, who have been gashed for 5.4 yards per carry this season, and 142 yards per game. Saquon Barkley has had a tough season, but finds himself in a strong spot against the Packers, who have allowed 125.5 yards per game, 13 rushing touchdowns, and 4.8 yards per carry.
Kansas City has struggled against the run this season, and Josh Jacobs went for 99 yards earlier this season against them, but couldn’t find the end zone. The Chiefs have allowed 5.1 yards per carry, and 143 rushing yards per game. If Jordan Howard is ruled out, Miles Sanders jumps into the studs category. Miami has allowed 148 yards per game on the ground, and 4.7 yards per carry. The matchups look average for Dalvin Cook and Ezekiel Elliott this week, but Seattle has allowed 4.5 yards per carry, and the Bills have allowed 4.4. The Seahawks rank 17th in DVOA against the run, while Buffalo ranks 26th.
Running Back Injury Outlook
Devonta Freeman returned to practice on Tuesday, where he was out there on Monday, but didn’t practice. Atlanta’s run struggles have been there this season, but Freeman has at least had some value in the passing game at times. New Orleans rank 7th against the run, and have a front seven that will cause problems for Atlanta’s offensive line. I have concern Freeman can bounce back, but of course he is a better name than some, and a start on Thursday if healthy. The Falcons backups have proven they have very little fantasy value. If Jordan Howard returns this week, that cuts into the workload of Miles Sanders just a bit, however he is is still a great play. Sanders has seen 13, 13, and 15 touches over the last three weeks, and really should have more. The prior three game, he was below ten touches.
The Chiefs backfield has been a nightmare for the most part this season. Just when we though Damien Williams was taking a leap, an injury could keep him out. LeSean McCoy saw 11 touches, and Darrel Williams would get more work as well, as he saw 13 touches in the Week 11 win. Both would split the workload and be decent streamers against the Raiders if Damien Williams is out. James Conner and Matt Breida are on the doubtful side. Benny Snell Jr saw 22 touches, compared to Jaylen Samuels 5. The 49ers touches remained divided, as Tevin Coleman has seen 15 and 13 touches over the last two weeks. Raheem Mostert has seen eight and seven.
Tough Week 13 Fantasy Matchups
Joe Mixon has been in another tough matchup this week, as the Jets run defense is very good. They are an easier team to attack through the air. New York has allowed three yards per carry this season, which is first in the league. Mixon is already battling each week with a bottom five offensive line, and things will not get easier for him. The Buccaneers defense against running backs is not something to take lightly. Christian McCaffrey is the only one to have any sort of success, but he was still below his usual numbers. The Buccaneers rank first in DVOA against the run, and have allowed just 3.5 yards per carry this season. They are one of two teams allowing under 80 rushing yards per game, with the Jets being the other. There are no other teams allowing less than 90. Jonathan Williams will fill in for the Colts once again, but this is going to be a tougher matchup for them. Tennessee ranks 5th against the run, allowing a pedestrian four yards per carry.
Seattle have a tough game ahead of them, and Rashaad Penny might throw more of a wrench into this than the matchup will. Minnesota ranks as the 4th best run defense, allowing 94 yards per game, and 4.1 yards per carry. If Penny gets more work, Chris Carson is looking like a sitting fantasy duck the rest of the season. This is a major concern here moving forward. For those looking for a bounce back week with Aaron Jones against the Giants, their run defense isn’t all that bad, and Jamaal Williams continues to get passing game work over him. Jones still projects well, but he floor is a bit lower than expected when looking at this game a few weeks ago.
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