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Week 13 Player Fantasy Rankings - Running Backs

By Thomas J. Harrigan, Fantasy Sports Writer

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Four top fantasy running backs failed to make it through Week 12 unscathed.

St. Louis' Zac Stacy suffered a concussion, and it probably prevented him from having a 30-point fantasy game against the Chicago Bears. In the same game, Bears RB Matt Forte came away with a hyperextended knee.

Against Kansas City, San Diego's Ryan Mathews had his fifth effort with double-digit fantasy points in his last six games, but he left with a hamstring injury.

And Denver's Knowshon Moreno paid the price for carrying the ball 37 times for 224 yards and a touchdown against the New England Patriots. He left Gillette Stadium on crutches due to a bone bruise on his lower leg.

None of these situations is resolved as of Thursday morning, as all four players missed practice Wednesday.

Forte is expected to play and is a top-five play against Minnesota, and if Stacy passes concussion tests he's a must-start, even against San Francisco.

If Stacy doesn't play Benny Cunningham will start, but he shouldn't be trusted as more than a flex option against the 49ers.

Moreno's and Mathews' conditions are more likely to linger into Sunday and prevent them from playing at full capacity if they're active at all.

If Moreno plays, you're obviously starting him, but don't expect him to get more than 20 touches. Montee Ball will be involved and makes for a low-end flex play if Moreno starts, and he'll be a RB2 if Denver rules out Moreno.

As for Mathews, fantasy owners should look for other options. Danny Woodhead is shaping up as a top-20 option against Cincinnati.

Top-50 Running Back Rankings

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1) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota

2) Marshawn Lynch, Seattle

3) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay

4) Jamaal Charles, Kansas City

5) Matt Forte, Chicago

6) Frank Gore, San Francisco

7) Rashad Jennings, Oakland

8) Andre Brown, New York Giants

9) Reggie Bush, Detroit

10) Zac Stacy, St. Louis

11) Chris Johnson, Tennessee

12) LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia

13) Alfred Morris, Washington

14) Knowshon Moreno, Denver

15) Fred Jackson, Buffalo

16) Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati

17) Danny Woodhead, San Diego

18) Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh

19) Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville

20) Pierre Thomas, New Orleans

21) C.J. Spiller, Buffalo

22) DeMarco Murray, Dallas

23) Shane Vereen, New England

24) Steven Jackson, Atlanta

25) Donald Brown, Indianapolis

26) Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay

27) Chris Ivory, New York Jets

28) Ryan Mathews, San Diego

29) Ray Rice, Baltimore

30) Andre Ellington, Arizona

31) Brandon Bolden, New England

32) Montee Ball, Denver

33) BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati

34) Joique Bell, Detroit

35) Darren Sproles, New Orleans

36) Stevan Ridley, New England

37) Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona

38) DeAngelo Williams, Carolina

39) Ben Tate, Houston

40) Lamar Miller, Miami

41) Darren McFadden, Oakland

42) Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants

43) Dennis Johnson, Houston

44) Mike Tolbert, Carolina

45) Michael Bush, Chicago

46) Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland

47) Bilal Powell, New York Jets

48) Trent Richardson, Indianapolis

49) Marcel Reece, Oakland

50) Benny Cunningham, St. Louis

11/28 11:41:51 ET