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Week 14 Rankings

Sunday, December 10, 2017


Week 14 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Le'Veon Bell vs. BAL -
2 Alvin Kamara at ATL Sidelined (concussion)
3 Todd Gurley vs. PHI -
4 LeSean McCoy vs. IND -
5 Melvin Gordon vs. WAS -
6 Mark Ingram at ATL -
7 Leonard Fournette vs. SEA -
8 Devonta Freeman vs. NO -
9 Lamar Miller vs. SF -
10 Kenyan Drake vs. NE -
11 Marshawn Lynch at KC -
12 Samaje Perine at LAC -
13 Alfred Morris at NYG -
14 Carlos Hyde at HOU -
15 Rex Burkhead at MIA -
16 Kareem Hunt vs. OAK -
17 Giovani Bernard vs. CHI -
18 Dion Lewis at MIA Questionable (illness)
19 Jordan Howard at CIN -
20 Jamaal Williams at CLE -
21 Alex Collins at PIT -
22 Latavius Murray at CAR -
23 Frank Gore at BUF -
24 Christian McCaffrey vs. MIN -
25 DeMarco Murray at ARZ -
26 Derrick Henry at ARZ -
27 Mike Davis at JAC -
28 Jerick McKinnon at CAR -
29 Tevin Coleman vs. NO Sidelined (concussion)
30 Isaiah Crowell vs. GB -
31 Orleans Darkwa vs. DAL -
32 Kerwynn Williams vs. TEN Questionable (ribs)
33 C.J. Anderson vs. NYJ -
34 Jay Ajayi at LAR -
35 Duke Johnson vs. GB -
36 Matt Forte at DEN Questionable (knee)
37 Peyton Barber vs. DET -
38 Tion Green at TB -
39 Theo Riddick at TB -
40 Bilal Powell at DEN -
41 Doug Martin vs. DET -
42 Jonathan Stewart vs. MIN -
43 Rod Smith at NYG -
44 Austin Ekeler vs. WAS -
45 Marlon Mack at BUF -
46 Devontae Booker vs. NYJ -
47 LeGarrette Blount at LAR -
48 Danny Woodhead at PIT -
49 James White at MIA -
50 Andre Ellington vs. SF -
51 Matt Breida at HOU -
52 Tarik Cohen at CIN -
53 Aaron Jones at CLE -
54 Byron Marshall at LAC -
55 D.J. Foster vs. TEN -
56 Wayne Gallman vs. DAL -
57 Corey Clement at LAR -
58 T.J. Yeldon vs. SEA -
59 DeAndre Washington at KC -
60 Elijah McGuire at DEN -
61 J.D. McKissic at JAC -

RB Notes: Le'Veon Bell is tied for the 10th in receptions (66). … In the middle of a dream rookie season, Alvin Kamara has a dream Week 14 setup. The RB4 by average points, Kamara has cleared 116 yards from scrimmage in five straight games, and has nine touchdowns in eight contests since Adrian Peterson’s trade. TNF opponent Atlanta has allowed the most running back receptions (78). Kamara leads all runners in receiving (614). None of that is to mention the fact that Mark Ingram is battling through a toe injury. Even if Ingram plays — as appears likely — only Bell has a case to be ranked ahead of Kamara this week. … The Eagles are allowing the fewest weekly rushing yards (68). Todd Gurley, whose season low for touches is 16, will be relying on volume at home. … At one time something of a stingy run defense, the Colts are now allowing the fifth most running back fantasy points. Even if the Peter Man starts in place of Tyrod Taylor (knee), LeSean McCoy is going to have running room.

Despite quite possibly not being good, Melvin Gordon is averaging 21 touches per game. That kind of volume will always have a place at the fantasy table. The Redskins are allowing the seventh most RB fantasy points. … Running back goes off the rails early this week. Leonard Fournette is in the top eight by the grace of his weekly workloads. Fournette is averaging 2.94 yards per carry over his past four games, and the Seahawks aren’t exactly a slump-busting matchup. Volume and touchdown opportunity is a hell of a drug.Devonta Freeman returned from his two-game absence in Week 13 to post his third-highest rushing total (74). The Saints have been softer on the ground than through the air. There will be drives to finish in what should be a shootout. … Lamar Miller is the RB11 by average points despite managing just 3.66 yards per carry and six total touchdowns. Again, it’s all about workload, which he will undoubtedly have against a 49ers defense permitting the third most RB fantasy points. A concern is that, with Jimmy Garoppolo dramatically upping the 49ers’ play under center, game flow will no longer automatically favor the opponent.

Do I want to have Kenyan Drake in the top 10? No. Does he have too much working in his favor to rank him any lower? Yes. With Damien Williams (shoulder) sidelined, Drake is almost literally the only game in town for the Dolphins’ backfield (sorry Senorise Perry). The Patriots, meanwhile, are silver plattering a league-worst 5.06 yards per carry. A home run hitter, Drake is going to be grooved some fastballs, even if the game gets out of hand early. … Throwing out his Week 7 ejection, Marshawn Lynch averaged 12 carries for 45 yards over his first seven games. Those numbers have increased to 18 and 78, respectively, over the past three weeks. With the passing game banged up and struggling, Lynch has been unleashed. As soft on the ground as they are through the air, the Chiefs are an attackable matchup. … Averaging 22 touches over his past three games, Samaje Perine should see the ball plenty against a Chargers D serving up 4.80 yards per carry and 130 rushing yards per game. … The flow of the game finally favored Alfred Morris in Week 13. He made sure to take it over, posting his most rushing yards (127) since Week 10 2013. A similar script should unfold against the appalling Giants.

Carlos Hyde ceded 13 touches to Matt Breida in Jimmy Garoppolo’s first start, but still saw the ball 20 times himself. Even if the 49ers are throwing more, Garoppolo’s effect should be a net positive. A better offense = more drives and touchdown opportunities. … I might have some Stockholm Syndrome going on with Kareem Hunt. It’s just that, still monopolizing Chiefs backfield work and averaging 4.81 yards per carry, it’s hard to see how the corner isn’t turned at some point. … Even with Rex Burkhead having the hottest hand in the Patriots’ backfield, Dion Lewis has posted two of the three highest rushing totals of his career over the past three weeks. The Pats’ backfield should remain big enough for the two of them against the Dolphins. … Even with Aaron Jones back in the fold, Jamaal Williams maintained a Week 13 stranglehold on the Packers’ backfield. Jones should see more work in his second game back from his knee issue, but Williams has earned some fantasy benefit of the doubt. … The Bengals are an unimposing matchup, but the Bears’ offense is so dysfunctional that we were probably overdue for a rethink on Jordan Howard’s baseline rank.

Doug Martin (concussion) is expected to return. Considering his poor performance before going down and Peyton Barber’s strong Week 13 showing, Martin looks like a low-upside FLEX for the fantasy quarterfinals. … Coming off a one-week Chiefs break, the Bills resumed hemorrhaging rushing yards last Sunday. If ever there was to be a “Frank Gore week,” this is it. … Derrick Henry has 111 more yards than DeMarco Murray on 15 fewer carries. Nevertheless, all signs point toward DeMarco maintaining his touch advantage. … Joe Mixon (concussion) seems likely to sit against the Bears, creating a rare feature opportunity for Giovani Bernard. Chicago has stayed tough on the ground, limiting Bernard’s upside. … Mike Davis seized control of the Seahawks’ backfield last week. It will be something to keep in mind against the Rams and Cowboys in Weeks 15 and 16, but Jacksonville is a potential in-the-ditch spot for the Seahawks’ offense. … Kerwynn Williams had his best game of the season in Adrian Peterson’s (neck) Week 13 absence. As of Thursday, AD seems likely to sit another week. … Ameer Abdullah is tentatively on track to return from his neck injury. Even if he does, UDFA Tion Green may have earned some snaps with his solid Week 13 performance.     

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