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Fantasy Football 2012, Week 13: Running back rankings for PPR and standard leagues

This week we talk about getting an extra roster spot on your bench for owners that have nothing to play for.

Matt Sullivan

Roster spots are valuable. Sometimes they're even more valuable than a win. That's especially true in this part of the fantasy football season, when there are a lot of fantasy football owners that have nothing to play for this week.

Everybody knows that a kicker's shelf life can be one week long, and most owners just stream them on a week-to-week basis. If you have your seed in the fantasy playoffs locked up, why even bother having one on your roster? In all my leagues where I'm in the playoffs and already looking ahead at my opponents, I'm going to cut my kicker and pick up a handcuff running back to my bench. Who cares if you get the top seed (assuming there isn't a payout bonus) when the second seed gets a bye, too?

The same can be said for defense, but I like to use my Team D/ST to plan ahead and figure out which defense I'll be targeting for my matchup in the first week of the playoffs.

Standard League PPR Leagues
1 Arian Foster Arian Foster
2 Trent Richardson Trent Richardson
3 Adrian Peterson Doug Martin
4 Doug Martin Ray Rice
5 Ray Rice Adrian Peterson
6 Jamaal Charles Jamaal Charles
7 C.J. Spiller C.J. Spiller
8 Frank Gore Chris Johnson
9 Alfred Morris Alfred Morris
10 Chris Johnson Frank Gore
11 Ahmad Bradshaw Ryan Mathews
12 Stevan Ridley Bryce Brown
13 Ryan Mathews Ahmad Bradshaw
14 Bryce Brown Marcel Reece
15 Marshawn Lynch Steven Ridley
16 Mikel LeShoure Reggie Bush
17 Marcel Reece Marshawn Lynch
18 Beanie Wells Matt Forte
19 Reggie Bush Mikel LeShoure
20 Matt Forte Jacquizz Rodgers
21 Knowshon Moreno Knowshon Moreno
22 Jacquizz Rodgers Darren Sproles
23 Steven Jackson Steven Jackson
24 Jonathan Dwyer Beanie Wells
25 Fred Jackson Jonathan Dwyer
26 Michael Turner Fred Jackson
27 Rashad Jennings Rashad Jennings
28 Darren Sproles Daniel Thomas
29 Daniel Thomas David Wilson
30 Felix Jones Michael Turner
31 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Felix Jones
32 DeAngelo Williams DeAngelo Williams
33 Vick Ballard Vick Ballard
34 David Wilson BenJarvus Green-Ellis
35 Bilal Powell Shane Vereen
36 James Starks Bilal Powell
37 Michael Bush Michael Bush
38 Shane Vereen Ronnie Hillman
39 Shonn Greene Alex Green
40 Mike Tolbert James Starks
41 Donald Brown Donald Brown
42 Ronnie Hillman Justin Forsett
43 Alex Green LaMichael James
44 Mark Ingram Mike Tolbert
45 Bernard Pierce Shonn Greene
46 LaMichael James LaRod Stephens-Howling
47 Chris Ivory Daryl Richardson
48 Justin Forsett Joique Bell
49 Peyton Hillis Mark Ingram
50 Cedric Peerman Chris Ivory