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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - In preseason, the Sports Network identified the top-three fantasy running backs as Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and Arian Foster.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

We all know about the off-field problems for Peterson while Charles and Foster sat out last weekend with injuries. You will find Charles on this week's list, due to the fact that he practiced last week and has continued to practice, but we don't believe Foster will be ready when the whistle blows.

If it's not broke, don't fix it. We're riding the hot hand in Dallas running back DeMarco Murray. He's averaging a league-leading 128.3 rushing yards per game on 25 carries. Dallas will want to keep the ball out of Drew Brees' hand for as long as possible, so Murray figures to see 25-plus touches for another weekend. While I don't believe he can handle this workload level for a full 16-game schedule, while he's healthy, I'm happy to put him on top of the list.

I love the way the Steelers are using running back Le'Veon Bell, in both the running and passing games. It's that versatility that should allow him to be a consistent scorer for fantasy owners whether the Steelers are playing with a lead or trying to come from behind. Against Tampa Bay, his running talents should be most useful and I'm expecting a 100-yard effort.

You know the saying, "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy has been talking this week, as did Coach Mike McCarthy who called out Lacy on Monday at his press conference saying he "needs to play better." Figure McCarthy to call Lacy's number a lot this Sunday and Lacy to be extra motivated. They face a Bears' defense missing multiple pieces due to injury and I think Lacy finally makes fantasy owners smile.

I also have Miami's Lamar Miller (vs. Oakland) and San Diego's Donald Brown (vs. Jacksonville) putting up top-10 performances against weak opponents.

Top-50 Running Back Rankings

1) DeMarco Murray, Dallas

2) Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh

3) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay

4) Rashad Jennings, New York Giants

5) Alfred Morris, Washington

6) Matt Forte, Chicago

7) LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia

8) Lamar Miller, Miami

9) Donald Brown, San Diego

10) C.J. Spiller, Buffalo

11) Jamaal Charles, Kansas City

12) Stevan Ridley, New England

13) Khiry Robinson, New Orleans

14) Reggie Bush, Detroit

15) Frank Gore, San Francisco

16) Joique Bell, Detroit

17) Trent Richardson, Indianapolis

18) Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville

19) Steven Jackson, Atlanta

20) Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis

21) Matt Asiata, Minnesota

22) Alfred Blue, Houston

23) Knile Davis, Kansas City

24) DeAngelo Williams, Carolina

25) Pierre Thomas, New Orleans

26) Darren Sproles, Philadelphia

27) Shane Vereen, New England

28) Chris Ivory, New York Jets

29) Fred Jackson, Buffalo

30) Darren McFadden, Oakland

31) Carlos Hyde, San Francisco

32) Chris Johnson, New York Jets

33) Shonn Greene, Tennessee

34) Bernard Pierce, Baltimore

35) Doug Martin, Tampa Bay

36) LeGarrette Blount, Pittsburgh

37) Daniel Thomas, Miami

38) James Starks, Green Bay

39) Maurice Jones-Drew, Oakland

40) Bishop Sankey, Tennessee

41) Darren Reaves, Carolina

42) Lorenzo Taliaferro, Baltimore

43) Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay

46) Maurice Jones-Drew, Oakland

47) Darrel Young, Washington

48) Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta

49) Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota

50) Branden Oliver, San Diego


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