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Week 14 Rankings

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Week 14 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Todd Gurley at CHI -
2 Christian McCaffrey at CLE -
3 Saquon Barkley at WAS -
4 Ezekiel Elliott vs. PHI -
5 Alvin Kamara at TB -
6 Aaron Jones vs. ATL -
7 Nick Chubb vs. CAR -
8 Phillip Lindsay at SF -
9 Leonard Fournette at TEN -
10 David Johnson vs. DET -
11 Sony Michel at MIA -
12 Lamar Miller vs. IND -
13 Joe Mixon at LAC -
14 Dalvin Cook at SEA -
15 Jeff Wilson vs. DEN -
16 Gus Edwards at KC Questionable (ankle)
17 Spencer Ware vs. BAL -
18 Mark Ingram at TB -
19 James White at MIA -
20 Justin Jackson vs. CIN -
21 Tarik Cohen vs. LAR -
22 Austin Ekeler vs. CIN -
23 Jaylen Samuels at OAK -
24 Josh Adams at DAL -
25 LeSean McCoy vs. NYJ -
26 Chris Carson vs. MIN -
27 Adrian Peterson vs. NYG -
28 LeGarrette Blount at ARZ -
29 Marlon Mack at HOU -
30 Jordan Howard vs. LAR -
31 Kenyan Drake vs. NE -
32 Isaiah Crowell at BUF -
33 Tevin Coleman at GB -
34 Doug Martin vs. PIT Questionable (knee)
35 Peyton Barber vs. NO -
36 Frank Gore vs. NE -
37 Dion Lewis vs. JAC -
38 Derrick Henry vs. JAC -
39 Jalen Richard vs. PIT -
40 Theo Riddick at ARZ -
41 Royce Freeman at SF -
42 Nyheim Hines at HOU -
43 Rashaad Penny vs. MIN Questionable (ankle)
44 Stevan Ridley at OAK -
45 Chris Thompson vs. NYG -
46 Duke Johnson vs. CAR -
47 T.J. Yeldon at TEN -
48 Elijah McGuire at BUF -
49 Ito Smith at GB -
50 Kenneth Dixon at KC -
51 Alfred Blue vs. IND -
52 Ty Montgomery at KC -
53 Giovani Bernard at LAC -
54 Rex Burkhead at MIA -
55 Corey Clement at DAL -
56 Latavius Murray at SEA -
57 Mike Davis vs. MIN -
58 Damien Williams vs. BAL -

RB Notes: Via ESPN’s Field Yates: Christian McCaffrey is the first player in NFL history to post at least 50 yards rushing and receiving in five-straight games. As the Riot Report points out, he is only 137 yards rushing and 337 receiving shy of posting the third ever 1K/1K campaign. … Ezekiel Elliott is averaging 167 yards from scrimmage over his past four games. The Eagles are a tough opponent but so were the Saints. Elliott’s increased usage as a receiver has just about matchup-proofed his floor. … Saquon Barkley has five 100-yard rushing performances. Three of them have come in the past three games. What had been a solid Redskins run defense has been getting throttled over the past three weeks (138 yards per game) thanks to the inability of Jay Gruden’s offense to keep the other team off the field. Barkley is going to go bonkers. … Alvin Kamara is averaging a modest — by his standards — 86 yards over his past eight appearances. He has compensated by finding the end zone nine times in the process. The Bucs are coughing up 144 weekly yards from scrimmage to running backs.

Aaron Jones had a Week 14 faceplant as the Packers tanked Mike McCarthy out of town. It came in a delectable matchup with the Cardinals. He gets an immediate shot at redemption versus a Falcons D getting stung for the fourth-most running back fantasy points. … Extreme negative game flow finally torpedoed Nick Chubb in Week 13. Merely 1.5-point road favorites, the Panthers are unlikely to repeat what the Texans did, keeping Chubb in line for 20-plus touches. … Leonard Fournette is averaging 27 touches in three games since returning from his hamstring injury. It would be more were he not ejected in the third quarter in Week 12. Especially with Blake Bortles benched, the Jags’ formula could not be more clear: Get Fournette the ball. … Volume hasn’t been a problem for David Johnson since Byron Leftwich became offensive coordinator. Quality volume has been. With Mike Iupati and Christian Kirk joining legions of other Cardinals on injured reserve, Johnson does not have a “supporting cast.” His Week 14 fantasy case against the Lions’ improving run defense rests on projected touch total and projected touch total alone.

Sony Michel received 17 carries against the Vikings’ tough run defense in Week 13. 20 will be his over/under versus the Dolphins’ pathetic unit. Rex Burkhead’s presence is not looking like it will be a concern. … Rounding up, Lamar Miller is suddenly averaging five yards per carry for the first time as a Texan. Via the Worksheet, he leads the league in rushing (605) since Week 7. … Negative game script has made for some underwhelming Joe Mixon touch totals. It’s been the only thing holding him back from top-eight production. Mixon has managed at least 5.5 yards per carry in four of his past five games. … Gus Edwards is averaging 20 carries in Lamar Jackson’s three starts. He has yet to catch a pass. Fantasy owners can ride that ground volume against a Chiefs defense silver plattering the second-most running back fantasy points. Kenneth Dixon looks like a Buck Allen replacement, not a workhorse threat. Ty Montgomery is filling a new role. … Dalvin Cook comes off his best game versus a Seahawks D hemorrhaging over five yards per carry. Things might finally be coming into focus for the sophomore back.   

With Matt Breida (ankle) already ruled out for Week 14, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will turn to his latest thin-air creation, “Jeffrey Wilson.” A 23-year-old UDFA out of North Texas, Wilson eased to 134 yards from scrimmage on 23 Week 13 touches, flashing some receiving prowess. The Broncos have been mostly soft on the ground. Alfred Morris could still mix in after his recent healthy scratches. … Andy Reid has said he wants a backfield committee in the post-Kareem Hunt era. Spencer Ware led it in Week 13 and will do so going forward, but Damien Williams and recently re-signed Charcandrick West will also factor in. Even UDFA Darrel Williams could get some run. Ware really wore down as a feature back in 2016. He’s a mid-range RB2, especially for tough matchups like this weekend’s with the Ravens. … Justin Jackson ended up taking over the Chargers’ backfield down the stretch of last week’s road win over the Steelers. Austin Ekeler’s 13 carries were a career high, but he turned them into a measly 21 yards. Jackson went 8/63/1 on the ground and is averaging 6.35 yards through 20 NFL carries. He is the best bet to take the lead on early downs against the Bengals’ nonexistent defense. Likely shuttled back to his old role, Ekeler will be a high-end FLEX.  

Tarik Cohen’s 156 receiving yards in last week’s overtime loss were the fourth most by a running back this century. The Rams haven’t given up a ton of running back aerial production, but as the Lord points out, they’ve allowed three RB scores through the air over the past month. … I take the Steelers at their word that Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley will form a committee in Oakland. I do fully expect Samuels to lead it, but it’s possible veteran Ridley is the preferred option at the goal line. Samuels still gets an RB2 nod because the matchup is just so good. … You can’t argue with Josh Adams’ value, but it might not be enough against a Cowboys D that has recently locked down the ground. Corey Clement won’t go away, and Darren Sproles is suddenly re-involved. … Chris Carson is expected to play through his finger issue against the Vikings’ tough run defense. … LeGarrette Blount has averaged 18 carries during Kerryon Johnson’s two-game absence. Johnson will remain sidelined against a Cardinals D that’s gotten obliterated on the ground. … The Raiders signed C.J. Anderson, but Doug Martin (knee) is practicing in full. … It’s getting harder and harder to believe that Tevin Coleman is good.

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