2013 Keeper League Rankings
1. Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN - Age 29
Goes without saying even the most optimistic fantasy evaluators underestimated All Day's power of recovery. That won't happen this season.
2. Doug Martin, RB, TB - Age 25
This lofty rank is more about Martin's fantasy potential than his NFL status among running backs. Either way, the rising second-year back is a major threat in what should be an improved offense now that the OL is healthier.
3. C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF - Age 26
Crazy 6.5 ypc average for the shifty Spiller. Now we hope the Bills news coaching staff realizes he must be fed early and often. We suspect they do.
4. Ray Rice, RB, BAL - Age 27
Don't believe reports about Rice losing his grip on hefty role in Baltimore. If anything there could be more passes coming his way now.
5. Jamaal Charles, RB, KC - Age 27
The other RB medical marvel racked up nearly 1,800 total yards while playing in a pedestrian offense. Now Charles will be part of Andy Reid's system, one that Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy starred in,
6. Trent Richardson, RB, IND - Age 23
Those that want to praise Richardson can point to the combination of power and speed he displayed as a rookie. Those that are waving caution flags note a 3.6 ypc and injury fears. Decide which camp you're in and proceed accordingly.
7. Arian Foster, RB, HOU - Age 27
There is just enough wear-and-tear doubt to drop Foster on this list, but the production remains for now.
8. Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA - Age 28
Lynch runs hard, runs wild, runs for lots of yards. Whether that means he starts breaking down sooner than later, we'll see, but Seattle is on the rise and Lynch is a major reason why.
9. LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI - Age 26
One of the best two-way threats now enters play in a fast-breaking, run-heavy offense. No idea how the new scheme will work, but McCoy can overcome any issues.
10. DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL - Age 26
Not sure any player in the top-20 has a wider upside-downside difference. If Murray stays on the field, big numbers are coming. Obviously, that's a big if.
11. Alfred Morris, RB, WAS - Age 25
Can Morris possibly duplicate (or sniff) his franchise record-setting rushing campaign, especially if RG3 is limited? Perhaps not, but he's ideally suited for the Redskins running plans and there are no obvious options to supplant him even if Morris' coach tries another round of Shanahanigans.
12. David Wilson, RB, NYG - Age 23
The Giants opened the door for Wilson by cutting Ahmad Bradshaw. Sure, Andre Brown still exists, but it's the rising second-year speedster every fantasy player should monitor, if not covet.
13. Stevan Ridley, RB, NE - Age 25
Tricky because you never what Belichick will cook up next, but that was an awfully impressive 2012 campaign.
14. Matt Forte, RB, CHI - Age 28
Even if the Bears' new regime means more passing and less running, Forte's receiver skills will keep him involved.
15. Lamar Miller, RB, MIA - Age 23
Bye bye Reggie Bush, sit down Daniel Thomas. With his 4.9 ypc, we're entering Miller time.
16. Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN (R) - Age 22
Even if the Law Firm starts or picks up the goal line work, Bernard is the future in Cincinnati. Legitimate three-down potential.
17. Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ - Age 28
Days of CJ2K talk are in the rear view, but Johnson still has burst. Will benefit if Jake Locker ever figures how to be a legit NFL QB.
18. Darren McFadden, RB, OAK - Age 26
Between injury risk and Raiders' scheme concerns, DMac no longer receiving assumed Top 10 status. For now.
19. Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT (R) - Age 21
On some level this high ranking is potential by association, but the power back is a nice fit for the Steelers ground game. Bell has no obvious competition for now.
20. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK - Age 29
MJD breaking down after a lengthy holdout, incredibly predictable. Assuming the human bowling ball cannot recapture top shelf form, less obvious.
21. Frank Gore, RB, SF - Age 31
Still productive and in a nice situation. Just hope the now 30-year-old can hang on for another couple of seasons.
22. Steven Jackson, RB, ATL - Age 31
In line for a monster 2013. Only concern is whether after years of pounding, S-Jax can hold up as a fantasy stud for 2-3 seasons.
23. Montee Ball, RB, DEN (R) - Age 23
Posted monster numbers at Wisconsin and landed in a tremendous situation. Unless Ronnie Hillman starts looking like an every down RB, Ball should receive tons of carries, including those inside the five-year line for this high-scoring team.
24. Darren Sproles, RB, PHI - Age 31
The PPR threat remains incredibly elusive, a Drew Brees favorite and the only sure thing in the Saints backfield.
25. Reggie Bush, RB, DET - Age 29
Resurrected his career in Miami. Now Bush hopes to keep motoring on in Detroit. Should remain a PPR force.