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Running Back Rankings for Week 13 Fantasy Football

Behold the awesome power that is Alexander Mattison vs. the Detroit Lions! Full running back rankings for Week 13 fantasy football.

Welcome to the fantasy football Week 13 running back rankings hub!

Indy’s Jonathan Taylor is our new RB1, followed closely by Minnesota’s Alexander Mattison (thanks to a little help from Detroit). Washington may finally be treating Antonio Gibson like the dual threat lead back that he is. Dallas backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard are nebulous, high-end RB2s as we try to parse through Jerry Jones’ blather.

Below are my top-60 running backs for Week 13. These rankings are geared toward .5PPR scoring formats for Week 13 of the 2021 NFL season but should aid those who play in both non-PPR and full-point PPR formats. I’ve also included my top RB streaming option this week and DFS play of the week (cost via FanDuel).

Check back throughout the week to see how expectations have changed as news continues to roll in, enhancing our prognostication abilities. Feel free to hit me up on twitter @Ginger__Nic for any fantasy related advice.

Stream of the Week: Alexander Mattison at Detroit Lions

Alexander Mattison is as much of a lock for 100+ scrimmage yards and at least 1 touchdown as there’s ever been. The Lions are just 25th in run defense NEFF rating and are currently allowing 25.3 .5PPR RB PPG, 3rd most in the NFL. Two of Mattison’s four career starts have come against Detroit. In those two outings, the stud back totaled 208 rushing yards and 1 touchdown while remarkably averaging 4.52 yards per carry each time. Mattison’s receiving ability was also on full display–he also caught 10-of-10 targets for 90-yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s this week’s second ranked running back.

DFS Play of the Week: Jamaal Williams ($6,500) vs. Minnesota Vikings

D’Andre Swift (AC joint sprain) is looking like he’s going to sit for Week 13 and Williams, a long time NFC North veteran having played four years as a Green Bay Packer, is first in line for starting duties. In his last 3 contests vs. Minnesota, 2 as a Packer and 1 as a Lion, Williams averaged a decent 4.29 yards per carry and caught all 12 passes thrown his way during that span. Three-quarters of Minnesota’s defensive line (Danielle Hunter-IR, Michael Pierce-IR, Everson Griffen-Reserve/Non-Football Illness) will all be out on Sunday, LB Anthony Barr (knee/hamstring) is very unlikely to play, and DT Dalvin Tomlinson spent last week battling COVID-19. Last week, San Fran’s Elijah Mitchell took 27 carries for 133 yards and 1 touchdown, sprinkling 5 catches on 6 targets for 35 receiving yards. Williams is a high-end RB2.

Week 13 Running Back Rankings
RankNameTeamOpp
1Jonathan TaylorIND@ HOU
2Alexander MattisonMIN@ DET
3Austin EkelerLAC@ CIN
4Joe MixonCINvs LAC
5Darrell Henderson Jr.LARvs JAC
6Leonard FournetteTB@ ATL
7Cordarrelle PattersonATLvs TB
8Najee HarrisPITvs BAL
9Antonio GibsonWAS@ LV
10Elijah MitchellSF@ SEA
11James RobinsonJAC@ LAR
12Javonte WilliamsDEN@ KC
13Mark Ingram IINOvs DAL
14Saquon BarkleyNYG@ MIA
15Jamaal WilliamsDETvs MIN
16Ezekiel ElliottDAL@ NO
17Tony PollardDAL@ NO
18David MontgomeryCHIvs ARI
19James ConnerARI@ CHI
20
Clyde Edwards-Helaire
KCvs DEN
21Sony MichelLARvs JAC
22Darrell Henderson Jr.LARvs JAC
23Josh JacobsLVvs WAS
24Damien HarrisNE@ BUF
25Miles SandersPHI@ NYJ
26Myles GaskinMIAvs NYG
27Devonta FreemanBAL@ PIT
28Rex BurkheadHOUvs IND
29
Rhamondre Stevenson
NE@ BUF
30Matt BreidaBUFvs NE
31Devin SingletaryBUFvs NE
32Austin WalterNYJvs PHI
33Tevin ColemanNYJvs PHI
34Jermar JeffersonDETvs MIN
35Boston ScottPHI@ NYJ
36Adrian PetersonSEAvs SF
37Brandon BoldenNE@ BUF
38J.D. McKissicWAS@ LV
39Latavius MurrayBAL@ PIT
40Nyheim HinesIND@ HOU
41Kenyan DrakeLVvs WAS
42Kenneth GainwellPHI@ NYJ
43Tony Jones Jr.NOvs DAL
44Ty JohnsonNYJvs PHI
45Larry Rountree IIILAC@ CIN
46Darrel WilliamsKCvs DEN
47Qadree OllisonATLvs TB
48Dwayne WashintonNOvs DAL
49Jeff Wilson Jr.SF@ SEA
50Godwin IgwebuikeDETvs MIN
51Kene NwangwuMIN@ DET
52Mike DavisATLvs TB
53Ronald Jones IITB@ ATL
54Khalil HerbertCHIvs ARI
55Chris EvansCINvs LAC
56Samaje PerineCINvs LAC
57Jaret PattersonWAS@ LV
58DeeJay DallasSEAvs SF
59Adrian PetersonSEAvs SF
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