Fantasy football rankings 2013: Running back rankings for PPR and standard leagues

Arian Foster's back issues make him a risky pick in the early part of the first round. - USA TODAY Sports

It's an important upcoming draft weekend and most running back rotations are becoming less murky. Check out the top 70 backs for PPR and standard leagues with some notes on players that are rising and falling.

Families are always rising and falling in America.

Nathaniel Hawthorne didn't play fantasy football, but his statement holds true for the worlds of running backs. A lot can change in August in fantasy football running back rankings. Players get hurt, backups get hot, teams show some of their game plan in the preseason and coaches go through their usual smoke-and-mirrors tricks, so the value is always changing. This will cause some ADPs of players to rise and fall, so owners will need to know when to pounce on the guys that everyone is talking about. Let's get right to it on which players are rising and falling in rankings:

Rising

Trent Richardson - The Browns lost Dion Lewis to a broken leg and now they're going to have to use T-Rich on third down more than they want to. Consequently, this makes him more vulnerable to injury. The other good news is that the Browns are clicking in the preseason. Yes, it's preseason, but it's still nice to see.

Shane Vereen - I ranked Vereen aggressively at 19 for PPR in the last set of rankings, and now he's up to 17. He's lining up all over the field and the Patriots are going to use him a lot like Darren Sproles. You have to reach for him at this point, which isn't a bad idea.

Ryan Mathews - Yeah, yeah. Samuel Jackson's character Mr. Glass from Unbreakable has nothing on Mathews. I know. He's looked good this preseason and the Chargers are running out of options with Danario Alexander out for the year and Malcom Floyd already banged up. He has big upside, but the Chargers and their D could limit his carries. He still is worth a pick as a low-end RB2. Those that take a chance better make sure they have some depth, though.

Daryl Richardson - He was named the starter and Isaiah Pead continues to falter. Richardson looks like a nice value as a very strong flex. He's a steal after pick 60.

Maurice Jones-Drew - He's looked great. The Jets' D was a disaster in their Week 2 preseason game, but he showed some sharp cuts and had some nice holes to run through. What's more, Blaine Gabbert has been able to move the ball. I'm still not drafting him just because foot injuries can hang around for a while to make him a little too risky for my liking.

Chris Johnson - The Titans O-line has been pushing people around so far this preseason and CJ?K has to be licking his chops. Plus, his receivers are banged up, so he could be busy in the pass game. Don't be afraid to take him in the second round.

Eddie Lacy - After Lacy looked like he spent most of his offseason packing on pounds, he's looked like a physical runner, punishing anyone in his path. He's a fairly safe pick to take, but the Packers haven't had a run game in quite some time.

Rashard Mendenhall - Bruce Arians looks to be losing his patience with Ryan Williams and Mendy is shaping up to be the featured back. He was even getting some snaps in the slot in training camp.

Ben Tate - Well, because ...

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Fallers

Arian Foster - His back issues are likely going to cost him the rest of the preseason and his status is up in the air for the opener. It's really tough to spend your first-round pick on an injured guy. Yes, Foster had the same problem last year with a hamstring injury and it didn't cost him. There are just too many other guys who offer similar production and slightly less risk. If you take him, be sure to grab Ben Tate around pick 70.

Lamar Miller - The Dolphins are saying Daniel Thomas is stiff competition for Miller on the first team. Whether or not this seems silly is an argument for another day, but the team seems a little apprehensive to give up on Thomas. Miller is still a nice flex or RB2, but it's probably a good idea to take Daniel Thomas as insurance.

Le'Veon Bell - He suffered a foot sprain and his status is up in the air. It's tough to draft him since his role still isn't clear. There is no clear handcuff and Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer would likely split the duties sans LVB.

Montee Ball - He can't pick up a blitz and he's having trouble running the rock. Not good. Luckily for him, Ronnie Hillman had a big fumble at the goal line last week and the team probably isn't ready to count on Knowshon Moreno again.

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Standard League PPR League
1 Adrian Peterson Adrian Peterson
2 Doug Martin Doug Martin
3 C.J. Spiller Jamaal Charles
4 LeSean McCoy C.J. Spiller
5 Jamaal Charles LeSean McCoy
6 Ray Rice Ray Rice
7 Marshawn Lynch Matt Forte
8 Steven Jackson Trent Richardson
9 Arian Foster Arian Foster
10 Alfred Morris Steven Jackson
11 Trent Richardson Chris Johnson
12 Matt Forte Reggie Bush
13 Chris Johnson Darren Sproles
14 Stevan Ridley David Wilson
15 David Wilson Alfred Morris
16 Frank Gore Marshawn Lynch
17 Maurice Jones-Drew Stevan Ridley
18 Reggie Bush Maurice Jones-Drew
19 Lamar Miller Frank Gore
20 Ryan Mathews Ryan Mathews
21 Chris Ivory Shane Vereen
22 Darren McFadden Darren McFadden
23 Darren Sproles Daryl Richardson
24 DeMarco Murray DeMarco Murray
25 Daryl Richardson Lamar Miller
26 Eddie Lacy Giovani Bernard
27 Giovani Bernard Chris Ivory
28 Ben Tate Bernard Pierce
29 Bernard Pierce Rashard Mendenhall
30 Shane Vereen Le'Veon Bell
31 Le'Veon Bell Ben Tate
32 Rashard Mendenhall Eddie Lacy
33 Mark Ingram Jacquizz Rodgers
34 Ahmad Bradshaw Montee Ball
35 Montee Ball Danny Woodhead
36 Bryce Brown Mark Ingram
37 Andre Brown Ahmad Bradshaw
38 Jonathan Stewart Jonathan Stewart
39 DeAngelo Williams Isaiah Pead
40 Jacquizz Rodgers Bryce Brown
41 Isaac Redman Vick Ballard
42 Vick Ballard Pierre Thomas
43 Knowshon Moreno DeAngelo Williams
44 Pierre Thomas Joique Bell
45 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Fred Jackson
46 Johnathan Franklin Johnathan Franklin
47 Roy Helu Andre Brown
48 Michael Bush Roy Helu
49 Fred Jackson BenJarvus Green-Ellis
50 Danny Woodhead Ronnie Hillman
51 Kendall Hunter Justin Forsett
52 Zac Stacy Daniel Thomas
53 Ryan Williams Denard Robinson
54 Justin Forsett Rashad Jennings
55 Ronnie Hillman Michael Bush
56 Bilal Powell Mike Goodson
57 Mike Tolbert LaMichael James
58 Rashad Jennings Marcel Reece
59 Toby Gerhart Lance Dunbar
60 Shonn Greene Knowshon Moreno
61 Isaiah Pead Kendall Hunter
62 Denard Robinson Ryan Williams
63 Mikel LeShoure Toby Gerhart
64 LaMichael James Mike Tolbert
65 Jonathan Dwyer Shonn Greene
66 Donald Brown Lance Dunbar
67 Daniel Thomas Donald Brown
68 Marcel Reece Isaac Redman
69 Peyton Hillis Zac Stacy
70 Joique Bell Joseph Randle

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