2013 Keeper League Rankings
26. Eddie Lacy, RB, GB (R) - Age 22
The Packers may finally have their lead back and in this attack, Lacy could score 8-10 a season falling out of bed. Need to see how Green Bay rotates his backfield options.
27. Shane Vereen, RB, NE - Age 24
The versatile back finally started playing up to his high pick status and could go up a level or two as the Pats look to offset their many skill player losses.
28. Ryan Mathews, RB, SD - Age 26
Historically Norv Turner running backs thrived. Then came Mathews, then went Turner. Now comes a new head coach who must put a charge in San Diego's lead runner.
29. Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ - Age 25
The aggressive back is the best part of the Jets offense for now. By like a lot.
30. Isaiah Pead, RB, STL - Age 23
The 2012 second round selection was a complete non-factor as a rookie, but with S-Jax gone, the door is open now for the shifty to Pead to emerge. Unless
31. Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL - Age 22
No, Pierce won't overtake Rice in the Ravens backfield, but his power game cannot be ignored. He'll be a starter in this league.
32. Johnathan Franklin, RB, GB (R) - Age 24
The UCLA product should be the pass catching and elusive half of the Packers new backfield with a sincere chance for more.
33. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, ARI - Age 26
Gets a new start on his NFL life with the Cardinals, but with a familiar face in former Steelers OC and now Arizona head coach Bruce Arians. Still only 26.
34. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND - Age 27
Steady, but hardly a sexy pick. Landing with Andrew Luck and the Colts keeps his potential high assuming injuries don't make his fantasy owners low.
35. Mark Ingram, RB, NO - Age 23
Would be great if Saints would commit to one primary runner. Until then, Ingram remains a draft and hope candidate.
36. Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR - Age 26
As the years pass, it becomes harder to imagine the Daily Show reemerging as a consistent RB2, but it's never been about lack of talent.
37. Daryl Richardson, RB, STL - Age 23
38. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN - Age 28
Eh. That about sums it up.
39. Ben Tate, RB, HOU - Age 25
Still stuck behind Foster, but let's see if the Texans starter makes it through all 16 games this season. Regardless, the talented Tate becomes a free agent after 2013.
40. Bryce Brown, RB, PHI - Age 22
The high talent, low fundamentals back exploded on the scene midway through last season until fumbles dropped his status. Like his Eagle teammates, Brown's value is uncertain for now until we see how Chip Kelly's offense fares.
41. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL - Age 23
Quizz has hardly demonstrated every-down RB appeal. Mostly just a S-Jax hedge, but could be helpful in PPR.
42. Robert Turbin, RB, SEA - Age 24
Playing behind Lynch, the muscular back averaged a healthy 4.4 yards per carry as a rookie, a strong enough effort to imagine a successful stint if needed to start.
43. Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN - Age 22
Bummer for those holding Hillman that the Broncos drafted Ball, though don't give up all long-term hope. Hillman was the youngest player in the NFL last season and is a legitimate playmaker.
44. Joseph Randle, RB, DAL (R) - Age 21
The Cowboys love their 2013 late round pick and we cannot assume Murray stays healthy at this point.
45. DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR - Age 30
Closer to the end of his career than the beginning, but we could still see a second act for a stretch or a season.
46. Marcus Lattimore, RB, SF (R) - Age 22
Has top-10 NFL draft value, but injuries crushed his immediate value. The 49ers swooped in with a strong rainy day-type move and by the time Lattimore heals, Frank Gore could be heading out the door.
47. Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET - Age 23
So far Leshoure's brief NFL career has been all injuries, injuries, injuries. Still, the power runner could be become the Lions goal line option even with Reggie Bush around. In this attack, that could mean 6-10 scores.
48. LaMichael James, RB, SF - Age 24
The dynamic speedster and pass catcher adds to the 49ers fast break attack. Moves up a few slots in PPR and perhaps more overall depending on Hunter's injury recovery.
49. Kendall Hunter, RB, SF - Age 25
The plan was for Gore to break down and Hunter to step into his top-2o fantasy RB role. Instead Hunter suffered an Achilles injury and now his 2013 status is uncertain. Actually, so is the future of San Francisco's running game with James and Marcus Lattimore also involved.
50. Christine Michael, RB, SEA (R) - Age 23
Interesting that the Seahawks drafted the 5-foot-10, 220-pounder in the second round with Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin on the roster. Should Lynch miss games due to suspension or physical wear-and-tear, Michael could rush his way into a starting gig.