Best Second Running Backs

26 October 2016

Devontae Booker
Fantasy teams are often anchored by their running backs. Not quite like it used to be, but it remains difficult to win without steady production from your backs. Sometimes a star back is just lacking opportunity. Here’s a look at the top 13 #2 running backs that could get a huge value boost if they were thrust into a starting role. I chose that number because you’d be unlikely if you lost your starter.
1. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
2. Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos
3. DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
5. Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins
6. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
7. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
8. Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens
9. Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers
10. Alfred Morris, Dallas Cowboys
11. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
12. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
13. Alfred Blue, Houston Texans
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Harrison Smith
Here are the 2016 Lester’s Legends Week 8 team defense rankings.
1. Minnesota Vikings
2. Denver Broncos
3. New York Jets
4. New England Patriots
5. Tennessee Titans
6. Cincinnati Bengals
7. Carolina Panthers
8. Kansas City Chiefs
9. Arizona Cardinals
10. Seattle Seahawks
11. Dallas Cowboys
12.  Houston Texans
13. Philadelphia Eagles
14. Buffalo Bills
15. Detroit Lions
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Stephen Gostkowski Field Goal
Here are the 2016 Lester’s Legends Week 8 kicker rankings.
1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
3. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
4. Mason Crosby, Gren Bay Packers
5. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
6. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
7. Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos
8. Cairo Santos, Kansas City Chiefs
9. Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers
10. Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona Cardinals
11. Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals
12. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions
13. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings
14. Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders
15. Caleb Sturgis, Philadelphia Eagles
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Gronk Spike
Here are the 2016 Lester’s Legends Week 8 tight end rankings.
1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
2. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
3. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
4. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
5. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
6. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (monitor availability)
7. Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers
8. Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints
9. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts
10. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
11. Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars
12. Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots
13. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans
14. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
15. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
16. Zach Miller, Chicago Bears
17. Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns
18. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
19. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
20. Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Julio Jones white jersey
Here are the 2016 Lester’s Legends Week 8 wide receiver rankings.
1. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
2. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
4. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
5. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets
6. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
7. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
8. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
9. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
10. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
11. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
12. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
13. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
14. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
15. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
16. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints
17. Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers
18. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
19. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
20. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
21. Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland Browns
22. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
23. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
24. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs
25. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
26. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins
27. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
28. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
29. Will Fuller, Houston Texans
30. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
31. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
32. Tyrell Williams, San Diego Chargers
33. Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals
34. Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints
35. Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins
36. Cameron Meredith, Chicago Bears
37. Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets
38. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
39. Travis Benjamin, San Diego Chargers
40. Anquan Boldin, Detroit Lions
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Ezekiel Elliott
Here are the 2016 Lester’s Legends Week 8 running back rankings.
1. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
2. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
3. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
4. Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks
5. Matt Forte, New York Jets
6. Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs
7. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
8. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
9. Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
11. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
12. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
13. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
14. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
15. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
16. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
17. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
18. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
19. James White, New England Patriots
20. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
21. Matt Jones, Washington Redskins
22. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
23. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles
24. Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos
25. Mike Gillislee, Buffalo Bills
26. Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars
27. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
28. Matt Asiata , Minnesota Vikings
29. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
30. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
31. Knile Davis, Green Bay Packers
32. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
33. Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins
34. Justin Forsett, Detroit Lionts
35. Zach Zenner, Detroit Lions
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Matt Ryan
Here are the 2016 Lester’s Legends Week 8 quarterback rankings.
1. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
6. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
7. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
8. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
9. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
10. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
11. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
13. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
14. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
15. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets
16. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
17. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
18. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
19. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
20. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
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Davante Adams
There were some unheralded heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.
Get ‘em
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers – 132 yards and a pair of scores. He has scored in four of six games.
Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts – 9 catches for 78 yards, TD.
Quincy Enuwa, WR, New York Jets – Two catches for 73 yards, TD.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Cincinnati Bengals – 4 catches for 83 yards, TD. Four TDs in last three games.
Ty Montgomery, WR, Green Bay Packers – 126 total yards. Second big week in a row. Important piece given the Packers’ running back situation.
Brian Quick, WR, Los Angeles Rams – 4 catches for 92 yards. Averaging 65.2 yards and 0.6 touchdowns in his last five games.
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins – 113 total yards. PPR flex option. Matt Jones’ fumbling could lead to more use.
Don’t Sweat ‘em
Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 84 yards, TD.
Anquan Boldin, WR, Detroit Lions – Three catches for 28 yards, TD. Second straight game with score, but upside is limited. TD reliant.
Reggie Bush, RB, Buffalo Bills – 14 total yards, TD.
Brandon Coleman, WR, New Orleans Saints – 10-yard TD.
Mike Davis, RB, San Francisco 49ers – 21 yards, TD.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Buffalo Bills – 4 catches for 93 yards, TD.
Shaun Draughn, RB, San Francisco 49ers – 53 total yards, TD.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Philadelphia Eagles – 2 catches for 8 yards, TD.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers – Three catches for 30 yards, TD.
Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs – 61 total yards, TD.
Kevin Hogan, QB, Cleveland Browns – 100 passing, 104 yards rushing, TD.
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – 7 catches for 107 yards, 6 catches for 61 yards last week. Definitely on the radar.
J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals – 3 catches for 84 yards.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings – 7 catches for 67 yards, TD.
Russell Shepard, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 5 catches for 77 yards, TD.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins – 5 catches for 100 yards, TD.
Damien Williams, RB, Miami Dolphins – 16 yards, TD.
Zach Zenner, RB, Detroit Lions – 29 yards, TD. RB situation is one to avoid. Justin Forsett finished with 48 total yards.
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Shaun Draughn
Sometimes because of match-ups you have to roll out less than ideal lineups, especially when your players are nicked up. That’s the nature of the beast. Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here are some of the under the radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you.
Landry Jones, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
Case Keenum, QB, Los Angeles Rams
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos
Knile Davis, RB, Green Bay Packers
Mike Davis, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Shaun Draughn, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Zach Zenner, RB, Detroit Lions
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
Anquan Boldin, WR, Detroit Lions
Brandon LaFell, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Ty Montgomery, WR, Green Bay Packers
Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Houston Texans
Lance Kendricks, TE, Los Angeles Rams
C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
New York Giants Defense
Oakland Raiders Defense
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense
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Carlos Dunlap
Here are the 2016 Lester’s Legends Week 7 IDP rankings.
1. Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati Bengals
2. Alec Ogletree, Los Angeles Rams
3. Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders
4. Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals
5. Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs
6. Paul Posluszny, Jacksonville Jaguars
7. Kiko Alonso, Miami Dolphins
8. Zach Brown, Buffalo Bills
9. Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks
10. Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
11. Cameron Jordan , New Orleans Saints
12. Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles
13. Landon Collins, New York Giants
14. Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants
15. Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons
16. Jabaal Sheard, New England Patriots
17. Mark Baron, Los Angeles Rams
18. Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh Steelers
19. Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings
20. K.J. Wright, Seattle Seahawks
21. Benardrick McKinney, Houston Texans
22. Tahir Whitehead, Detroit Lions
23. Jerrell Freeman, Chicago Bears
24. Craig Robertson, New Orleans Saints
25. Jonathan Casillas, New York Giants
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