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2013 Fantasy Football Rankings – Overall

A list of the top players to draft for the 2013 fantasy football season.

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1. Adrian Peterson (MIN)

  Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Year Att Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
2013 Projections View Adrian Peterson's 2013 projected stats.

After an MVP year in which he fell just nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record, Peterson set the bar high even for him. That he was able to do so barely eight months removed from reconstructive knee surgery bordered on the miraculous. And his 10-game romp to end the season during which he piled up 1,598 rushing yards at a whopping 6.8 YPC and 11 total scores might have been the greatest stretch by a back in modern NFL history. While the lack of a viable Vikings passing game ensured defenses stacked the box against Peterson, he rendered the tactic impotent with a league-leading 1,047 yards after contact. Now 28 and with 1,754 career carries, Peterson has some mileage on his body, but it's hard to get overly concerned about that when Peterson only got stronger as the year wore on. And he's now 20 months removed from his knee surgery, so the joint should be back to full strength. While Peterson is a competent pass catcher – he caught 40 balls last year, the second-highest total of his career – he doesn't excel in that area and will likely give up production to most of the other top backs, particularly in PPR formats.

2. Doug Martin (TB)

  Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Year Att Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
2013 Projections View Doug Martin's 2013 projected stats.

The 31st pick in the 2012 draft, Martin earned the starting job out of camp last year and quickly became the Bucs' workhorse in a standout rookie season. He ranked fourth in the league with 319 rushes, tied for second among feature backs with 70 targets and took 83.3 percent of his team's handoffs in the red zone, second only to Arian Foster. All of which led to nearly 2,000 yards from scrimmage (2nd) and 12 total touchdowns (4th). At 5-9, 223, Martin has a low center of gravity and boasts a blend of power and exceptional balance that helped him total 800 yards after contact last season, more than any back other than Adrian Peterson. He also has big-play ability as touchdowns of 36, 40, 45, 64, 67 and 70 yards attest. Despite 16 rushes inside the five-yard line last year (3rd), Martin converted only five, but this season he should benefit from the return of Pro Bowl guards Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks – arguably the game's top run blocker – who were lost to injury in 2012.

3. Jamaal Charles (KC)

  Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Year Att Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
2013 Projections View Jamaal Charles's 2013 projected stats.

After missing nearly all 2011 with a torn ACL, Charles returned to display every bit of his trademark acceleration and razor-sharp cutting ability en route to an impressive 5.3 YPC (3rd) last year. He now boasts an incredible 5.8 YPC career average and has rushed for nearly 3,000 yards in his last two full seasons. Charles' efficiency last year is even more impressive considering Kansas City featured the league's worst passing offense in both yards and touchdowns. Under new coach Andy Reid and with Alex Smith at quarterback the threat of the pass should take a big step forward. While Charles might not see the 285 carries he did last year (LeSean McCoy’s high under Reid was 273), he should see more receptions than last year's 35 in Reid's West Coast system. Charles figures to remain one of the biggest yardage machines in the league, and in what looks to be a significantly improved offense, he could finally break through the double-digit touchdown barrier that's capped his upside in previous years. Last season, he had just 25 red-zone carries, only five inside the 10-yard line.

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