2010 Fantasy Football RB Rankings – Week 14

Dec 7, 2010

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Here’s my Week 14 running back rankings.

1. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Oakland
2. Peyton Hillis @ Buffalo
3. Knowshon Moreno vs. Arizona
4. Michael Turner @ Carolina
5. Rashard Mendenhall vs. Cincinnati
6. Adrian Peterson vs. New York Giants
7. Arian Foster vs. Baltimore (Monday)
8. Darren McFadden @ Jacksonville
9. Ray Rice @ Houston (Monday)
10. LeSean McCoy @ Dallas
11. LeGarrette Blount @ Washington
12. Jamaal Charles @ San Diego
13. Steven Jackson @ New Orleans
14. Christopher Ivory vs. St. Louis
15. Chris Johnson vs. Indianapolis (Thursday)
16. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Minnesota
17. James Starks @ Detroit
18. Jonathan Stewart vs. Atlanta
19. Matt Forte vs. New England
20. Felix Jones vs. Philadelphia
21. Thomas Jones @ San Diego
22. Mike Tolbert vs. Kansas City
23. Fred Jackson vs. Cleveland
24. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Chicago
25. Cedric Benson @ Pittsburgh
26. Brandon Jacobs @ Minnesota
27. Tashard Choice vs. Philadelphia
28. LaDainian Tomlinson vs. Miami
29. Tim Hightower vs. Denver
30. Marshawn Lynch @ San Francisco
31. Brian Westbrook vs. Seattle
32. Danny Woodhead @ Chicago
33. Jahvid Best vs. Green Bay
34. Mike Goodson vs. Atlanta
35. Michael Bush @ Jacksonville

Inside the numbers (Sponsored by NFL betting with Sports Interaction) :

  • MJD has had at least 100 rushing yards in his last five games, averaging 133.4 yards (160.6 total yards) over the span. He’s not scoring as frequently this year, but it’s more than likely he reaches paydirt this week.
  • Peyton Hillis was kept in check last week by the Dolphins, but should bounce back in a big way against Buffalo’s league-worst run defense (170.9 rushing yards allowed per game).
  • Knowshon Moreno is averaging 142.3 total yards in his past four games with three touchdowns.
  • Washington has fallen apart. They are yielding 5.0 yards per carry. LeGarrette Blount is an excellent option this week, especially after dropping 103 yards and a score on a stout Falcons run defense.
  • Christopher Ivory has five touchdowns in the past three games, and even if Pierre Thomas returns, Ivory should be the one to handle the load.
  • Chris Johnson has an excellent match-up this week against the Colts, but the way the Titans are playing, he’s no longer a bona fide RB1 until he proves otherwise.
  • This week’s waiver wire dandy, James Starks, exploded on the scene last week against the Niners. He explodes on the ranking scene with a favorable match-up against Detroit.
  • Fred Jackson ran into an inspired Vikings defense. Cleveland is giving up yards on the ground (119.1 per game), but has only allowed four rushing touchdowns. He’s a borderline RB2 this week.
  • Marshawn Lynch was in Beast Mode against the Panthers last week, but will have tougher sledding against the Niners on the road.


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26 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. carl
    December 7th, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    you forgot mcfadden

  2. Rotoprofessor
    December 7th, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    No Darren McFadden?

  3. LestersLegends
    December 7th, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    Thanks for the catch. I added him at #8 and Michael Bush at #35.

  4. Rudy
    December 7th, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    STL @ NO, Steven Jackson isn’t playing Denver on week 14.

  5. LestersLegends
    December 7th, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    Rudy – Don’t know where that one came from. Thanks for the editor help.

  6. Dan
    December 8th, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Should I start Blount or F. Jackson in a PPR format? Blount is not involved at all in the passing game, but I know what I will get from him. Jackson is totally hit or miss but catches 3-5 balls a game; it’s the playoffs so not sure if I should take the risk of starting Jackson or not

  7. LestersLegends
    December 8th, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    That is a predicament. I really do like Blount and Jackson has that PPR upside. I’d probably stick with Blount because Spiller could start getting a heavier workload, cutting into F-Jax’s value.

  8. Danny
    December 8th, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    Playoffs this week, everyone point helps. Need two rb’s in a non-ppr league: Sjax, bradshaw, James starks, or Tashard choice. What do you think?? Thanks

  9. Paul
    December 8th, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    Need Flex position advice, non-ppr.

    Anthony Dixon vs. Seattle
    Dieon Branch @ Chicago

  10. LestersLegends
    December 8th, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    I like Steven Jackson and Bradshaw, but Starks is an interesting option as well. That and Choice will get more touches. Still, it’s the studs that I would go with. If you wanted to take a chance on either Starks or Choice, I wouldn’t put up much of an argument because I can see your point.

  11. LestersLegends
    December 8th, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    Paul – I like Branch. He and Brady are on the same page right now. Dixon still has to share with Westy.

  12. Grant
    December 9th, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    Geez … am I really going to bench Chris Johnson against the 29th-ranked Colts rush defense?

    It’s a sad day.

  13. LestersLegends
    December 9th, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    That is sad. Would be tough to do, but you have other great options.

  14. Grant
    December 9th, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    Third time’s a charm. I’m starting CJ.

    Kenny Britt comes back tonight. I’ll bet we see more of him than Randy Moss in the Thursday night game. Britt at 50% will put forth more effort than Moss at 100%. Who knows … that might even motivate Moss to play harder.

    Jamaal Charles is my other option, and the Cassel situation scares me enough to put JC on the bench against a tough SD rush defense.

    Here comes the prediction:

    Chris Johnson – 18 rush, 4 rec, 110 total yards, 1 TD, 17 fantasy points

  15. LestersLegends
    December 9th, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    That would be a nice boost. Good luck sir.

  16. Dave
    December 9th, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    I’m having a terrible time choosing my RB2. My choices are: Ahmad Bradshaw, The Law Firm, Christopher Ivory and Brian Westbrook. Yes, I have a lot of backs…but I have no idea which one of these guys to start.

  17. LestersLegends
    December 9th, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    I see three good options. I like Bradshaw, but he is sharing with Jacobs and facing a defense that could possibly have its swagger back. I like the Law Firm, but he’s sharing with Woodhead and Tom Brady’s passing attack. I don’t count Westy as an equal to the other three, which leave Ivory. He’s been running great and they can’t key in on him with Brees at QB. Plus, the defense he faces isn’t as tough.

  18. LestersLegends
    December 9th, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    Good call on CJ.

  19. Grant
    December 9th, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    24 points in my league … I’ll take it.

  20. LestersLegends
    December 9th, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    heck yeah

  21. Kyle
    December 10th, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    Should I start Steven Jackson or blount as a RB2?

  22. LK
    December 10th, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    Super depleted at RB position. Who would you start this week need two RBs and a Flex:
    Marshawn Lynch, Cedric Benson, Anthony Dixon, James Starks, Jahvid Best, Johnny Knox and Santana Moss

    Also who do you like at Def: Broncos, Browns or 49ers?

  23. LestersLegends
    December 10th, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    I like Blount a little more because Washington is a mess and NO has a better defense.

  24. LestersLegends
    December 10th, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    I’d go with Starks and Benson at the RB and Knox at the flex. At D I like Denver the best of the group. I like the way the teams have responded after coaches have been fired this year. Plus arizona is struggling.

  25. Skittrbrain
    December 11th, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    In a ppr league would you recommended Ivory or McFadden? I’ve got more respect for the Jag running D than the Rams’, but McFadden seems to be getting his legs back.

  26. LestersLegends
    December 11th, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    I like McFadden. I think he should be better in a standard format, and with PPR, it should be even more in Run DMC’s favor.

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