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Week 14 Rankings

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Week 14 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Adrian Peterson at BAL Questionable (groin)
2 Jamaal Charles at WAS -
3 Matt Forte vs. DAL Probable (knee)
4 LeSean McCoy vs. DET -
5 DeMarco Murray at CHI -
6 Marshawn Lynch at SF Probable (knee)
7 Knowshon Moreno vs. TEN Probable (ankle)
8 Andre Brown at SD -
9 Eddie Lacy vs. ATL -
10 Le'Veon Bell vs. MIA Probable (concussion)
11 Alfred Morris vs. KC -
12 Zac Stacy at ARZ -
13 Chris Johnson at DEN -
14 Ben Tate at JAC Probable (ribs)
15 Frank Gore vs. SEA Probable (ankle)
16 Maurice Jones-Drew vs. HOU Questionable (hamstring)
17 C.J. Spiller at TB Probable (ankle)
18 Steven Jackson at GB -
19 Shane Vereen vs. CLE Probable (wrist)
20 Lamar Miller at PIT Probable (pectorals)
21 Giovani Bernard vs. IND -
22 Bobby Rainey vs. BUF -
23 Rashard Mendenhall vs. STL -
24 Ray Rice vs. MIN -
25 Fred Jackson at TB -
26 Donald Brown at CIN -
27 Ryan Mathews vs. NYG Probable (hamstring)
28 Joique Bell at PHI Questionable (foot)
29 Pierre Thomas vs. CAR -
30 Chris Ivory vs. OAK Probable (ankle)
31 Andre Ellington vs. STL Probable (knee)
32 Montee Ball vs. TEN -
33 Danny Woodhead vs. NYG -
34 Darren Sproles vs. CAR -
35 BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. IND -
36 Marcel Reece at NYJ -
37 Reggie Bush at PHI Questionable (calf)
38 DeAngelo Williams at NO Probable (quadriceps)
39 Bilal Powell vs. OAK -
40 Willis McGahee at NE Probable (knee)
41 Chris Ogbonnaya at NE -
42 LeGarrette Blount vs. CLE -
43 Mike Tolbert at NO Probable (knee)
44 Stevan Ridley vs. CLE -
45 Dennis Johnson at JAC -
46 Bernard Pierce vs. MIN -
47 Jonathan Stewart at NO Questionable (ankle)
48 Shonn Greene at DEN -
49 Roy Helu vs. KC -
50 Jacquizz Rodgers at GB Probable (ankle)
51 Fozzy Whittaker at NE -
52 Mark Ingram vs. CAR -
53 Trent Richardson at CIN -
54 Peyton Hillis at SD -
55 Daniel Thomas at PIT -
56 Brandon Bolden vs. CLE Probable (-)
57 Jordan Todman vs. HOU -
58 Brian Leonard vs. BUF -
59 Michael Bush vs. DAL -
60 Robert Turbin at SF -
61 Kendall Hunter vs. SEA -
62 Bryce Brown vs. DET -
63 James Starks vs. ATL -
64 Joseph Randle at CHI -
65 Toby Gerhart at BAL -
66 Mike Gillislee at PIT -
67 Antone Smith at GB -
68 Jonathan Dwyer vs. MIA -
69 Theo Riddick at PHI -
70 Stepfan Taylor vs. STL -
71 Phillip Tanner at CHI -
72 Taiwan Jones at NYJ -
73 Marcus Thigpen at PIT -

RB Notes: Adrian Peterson needs to average 198 yards over his final four games to become ADB2B2K. With the league’s No. 6 (Baltimore), No. 19 (Philadelphia), No. 8 (Cincinnati) and No. 3 (Detroit) run defenses on tap, it won’t be easy, but if anyone can do it... … Only two backs have more yards from scrimmage than Matt Forte. No team has allowed more fantasy points to running backs than Dallas. Throw in game-time temperatures that are expected to be in the mid-to-low 20s on Monday evening, and you have the recipe for a monster week from fantasy’s No. 4 running back. … The only running back averaging more than 4.9 yards per carry, DeMarco Murray is getting the only run defense allowing more than 5.0 yards per carry. You do the math. … Reggie Bush’s calf injury isn’t believed to be overly serious, but that will change if he remains DNP/limited on Friday. He’s a player you need to keep close tabs on this week. … Marshawn Lynch has created 57 “missed tackles,” which leads the league by Pro Football Focus’ count. Even though Lynch is coming off a mini-slump into a tough matchup, he obviously can’t be benched for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

Knowshon Moreno owners have undoubtedly arched an eye toward Montee Ball’s 13/117 Week 13, but playing through an ankle issue, Moreno still managed 21 more snaps and eight more touches than his rookie teammate. Fantasy's No. 7 back over the past five weeks, and No. 3 on the year, Moreno remains a legit RB1 against a Titans run defense allowing the fifth most fantasy points to running backs. … Eddie Lacy has struggled since opposing defenses started game-planning for him as the centerpiece of the Packers’ offense, averaging just 57 yards rushing and 3.1 yards per carry. The exception was Week 12, where Lacy stung the Vikings’ swinging gate of a defense for 158 total yards and a touchdown. Now Lacy gets a Falcons D allowing the sixth most fantasy points to rival RBs. With 10 days to rest up from last week’s embarrassment, Lacy will be an RB1 against a soft run unit.

Le’Veon Bell’s Week 13 concussion appeared to be anything but minor, but he’s practicing in full for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Barring a Jordan Reed-esque last-minute setback, Bell will be good to go against a Miami defense that’s weak on the ground. Quietly leading all running backs in receiving over the past five weeks, Bell’s all-purpose game and goal-line chances keep him in the RB1 conversation on a weekly basis. … Coming off his worst game since returning from I.R./recall, Andre Brown gets a Chargers defense silver plattering 4.9 yards per carry. Brown is an RB2/3 at heart, but continually blessed with RB1 workloads and matchups, he’s a must-start for Week 14. … Alfred Morris is mired in his first real slump of the season, but will have a good shot at busting it against a Chiefs D permitting 4.6 yards per carry. Morris’ 4.8 YPC is behind only DeMarco Murray amongst running backs. That’s something you can rely on for the fantasy playoffs.

Zac Stacy is fantasy's No. 5 running back over the past five weeks despite missing half of Week 12 with a concussion and tangling with San Francisco’s elite run D in Week 13. The Cardinals are an imposing matchup, but Stacy is fluent in fantasy’s universal language for running-back success: Workload to spare, and goal-line chances for miles. … Frank Gore is averaging just 40.3 rushing yards and 2.95 yards per carry over his past three starts. Typically an RB1, he’s a tough sell as more than a mid-range RB2 against Pete Carroll’s defense. … Shane Vereen is averaging an unimpressive 3.6 yards per carry since returning, but is managing a weekly 79 yards from scrimmage thanks to his 29 receptions. He’s the only Pats back who can be trusted against Cleveland. … We’ve been labeling C.J. Spiller “boom or bust” for months. Sunday, he finally boomed, ripping off 77 yards on his second carry, and adding a dizzying 36-yard touchdown en route to a 15/149/1 afternoon. Spiller’s downside remains considerable, but his upside is the kind that can win critical matchups. Say, a fantasy quarterfinal.    

Steven Jackson is coming off his best two games of the season, but didn’t average more than 4.0 yards per carry in either contest. That should tell you all you need to know about the state of S-Jax’s career. Either way, his goal-line duties keep him locked in as an RB2. … Finally the center of the Dolphins’ rushing attack, Lamar Miller had a decent day in Week 13, generally getting what was blocked against the Jets’ penetrating Run D. Locked into 15-20 touches, Miller is an RB2 with room to grow against the Steelers’ middle-of-the-road defense. … Rashad Jennings (concussion) is on track to play, but is on the RB2 borderline against a Jets Run D still allowing just 2.9 yards per carry after its encounter with Miller. Darren McFadden (ankle) isn’t expected to play. … Playing his best football of the season, Rashard Mendenhall is a legit RB2 against the Rams’ No. 15 run defense, particularly with Andre Ellington’s (knee) status up in the air. … Something I regret from Week 13? I had Pierre Thomas way too high. Now I probably have him too low against a Panthers defense allowing the second most receptions to running backs. … Stay off the Panthers’ RB carousel.

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