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The smell of football is in the air. Here are the Lester’s Legends 2015 Week 1 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Unless you have been living under a rock you know that Adrian Peterson missed the majority of the 2014 season. His legs should be fresh and he should put up huge numbers in Norv Turner’s offense. Look for him to return with a big game against the San Francisco 49ers.
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2. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy has averaged 1,500.5 total yards and 12 touchdowns in his first two seasons. He had 177 total yards and a pair of touchdowns in two games against the Chicago Bears last year.
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3. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
Jeremy Hill ran for 1,124 yards and nine touchdowns with 27 catches for 215 yards. Over the final six games of the year he averaged 112.6 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He should start fast against the Oakland Raiders.
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4. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch could  lose some touches near the goal line, but at least it will be Jimmy Graham that he’s yielding them to. Over the past four seasons Beast Mode has averaged 1,612 total yards and 14 touchdowns. He’s a solid bet to score against the Vikings.
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5. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles had 1,324 total yards in 2014 with 14 touchdowns. Over the past three seasons he’s averaged 1,683 total yards and 13 touchdowns. The Houston Texans have a better chance than most to bottle him up some.
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6. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
In 2014 Matt Forte had 1,846 total yards and 10 touchdowns. In seven seasons he’s averaging 1,633 total yards and 8.1 touchdowns. Forte had 252 total yards against the Packers in two games last year.
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7. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
C.J. Anderson ran for 849 yards and eight touchdowns while catching 34 passes for 324 yards and two more scores. He starts off against the Baltimore Ravens.
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8. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles
DeMarco Murray is part of a crowded backfield with Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles, but he should still have plenty of touches in Chip Kelly’s offense. Murray had 2,261 total yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014. Don’t expect a monster load against the Atlanta Falcons, but he should still do plenty of damage.
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9. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
LeSean McCoy had 1,474 total yards and five touchdowns in 2014. He lost looks in the passing to Darren Sproles with the Eagles last year. McCoy should return to his dual threat role with the Bills. He’ll be leaned on against the Indianapolis Colts.
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10. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
Lamar Miller had 1,374 total yards and nine touchdowns last year. He should start off strong against the Washington Redskins.
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The Next Batch
11. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
12. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
13. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
14. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
15. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
16. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
17. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
18. Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys
19. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
20. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
21. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
22. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
23. Christopher Ivory, New York Jets
24. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
25. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
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The smell of football is in the air. Here are the Lester’s Legends 2015 Week 1 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
The guard has changed. Andrew Luck led the NFL with 40 passing touchdowns in 2014. He also threw for 4,761 yards while adding 273 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. The Indianapolis Colts added Andre Johnson to give Luck another weapon against the Buffalo Bills.
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2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers continues to put up big numbers. In 2014 He threw for 4,381 yards and 38 touchdowns with only five interceptions. Rodgers ran for 269 yards and a pair of scores. He torched the Chicago Bears last year for 617 yards and ten touchdowns in two games.
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3. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 4,952 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2014. Big Ben has averaged 28.7 touchdowns over the past three seasons. With a young receiving corps, look for Roethlisberger to turn in another fine season. He’ll test New England’s new secondary.
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4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan threw for 4,694 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2014. Over the past three seasons he has averaged 4,642.7 yards and 28.7 touchdowns. Ryan will be called on to air it out to keep up with the Philadelphia Eagles.
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5. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning should continue to deliver during the regular season. Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Owen Daniels figure to keep Manning rolling. First up is the Baltimore Ravens.
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6. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady won his appeal. Now he’ll get a crack at the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brady threw for 4,109 yards and 33 touchdowns last year. During Weeks 6-15 Brady averaged 307.1 yards and 2.9 touchdowns per game.
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7. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson should take a step forward thanks to the arrival of Jimmy Graham. In 2014 Wilson threw for 3,475 yards and 20 touchdowns while adding 849 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. He threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns while running for 106 yards and another score in his first meeting with the St. Louis Rams last year.
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8. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Meanwhile, Drew Brees will dearly miss Jimmy Graham. Brees fell 48 yards shy of a fourth straight 5,000 yard season in 2014. He added 33 touchdown passes. Brees starts off against the Arizona Cardinals.
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9. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
In 2014 Tony Romo threw for 3,705 yards and 34 touchdowns. The loss of DeMarco Murray should put more of the load on Romo’s shoulders. He tossed seven touchdowns against the New York Giants yesterday.
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10. Eli Manning, New York Giants
Eli Manning threw for 4,410 yards and 30 touchdowns last year. Six of his passing scores came against the ‘Boys.
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The Next Batch
11. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
12. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
13. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
14. Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles
15. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
16. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings
17. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
18. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
19. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
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Fantasy football drafts are here or rapidly approaching. Here is an expanded look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 quarterback rankings.
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1. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
The guard has changed. Andrew Luck led the NFL with 40 passing touchdowns in 2014. He also threw for 4,761 yards while adding 273 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. The Indianapolis Colts added Andre Johnson to give Luck another weapon.
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2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers continues to put up big numbers. In 2014 He threw for 4,381 yards and 38 touchdowns with only five interceptions. Rodgers ran for 269 yards and a pair of scores.
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3. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning should continue to deliver during the regular season. He’ll miss Julius Thomas, but look for Peyton to make somebody else a star. Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Owen Daniels figure to keep Manning rolling.
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4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson should take a step forward thanks to the arrival of Jimmy Graham. In 2014 Wilson threw for 3,475 yards and 20 touchdowns while adding 849 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.
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5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Meanwhile, Drew Brees will dearly miss Jimmy Graham. Brees fell 48 yards shy of a fourth straight 5,000 yard season in 2014. He added 33 touchdown passes. Like Peyton, Brees will just make new stars.
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6. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 4,952 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2014. Big Ben has averaged 28.7 touchdowns over the past three seasons. With a young receiving corps, look for Roethlisberger to turn in another fine season.
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7. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady won his appeal. That whole proof thing came into play. Brady threw for 4,109 yards and 33 touchdowns last year. During Weeks 6-15 Brady averaged 307.1 yards and 2.9 touchdowns per game.
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8. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton was banged up for much of the 2014 season, but finished with 3,127 yards and 18 touchdowns with another 539 yards and five scores on the ground. He missed two games and was limited in several more. The loss of Kelvin Benjamin hurts his value, but Greg Olsen and Devin Funchess  should keep Cam a high-end option.
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9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan threw for 4,694 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2014. Over the past three seasons he has averaged 4,642.7 yards and 28.7 touchdowns.
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10. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
In 2014 Tony Romo threw for 3,705 yards and 34 touchdowns. The loss of DeMarco Murray should put more of the load on Romo’s shoulders.
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The Next Batch
11. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
12. Eli Manning, New York Giants
13. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
14. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
15. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings
16. Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles
17. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
18. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
19. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
20. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
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Fantasy football drafts are rapidly approaching. Here is an expanded first look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 tight end rankings.
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1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowksi finished 2014 with 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. It was the fourth time in five years that he had double-digit touchdowns.  Gronk scored in his final three games of the regular season and in all three playoff games.
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2. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
In 2014 Jimmy Graham had 889 yards and 10 touchdowns. Over the past four seasons he has averaged 88.8 receptions for 1,099 yards and 11.5 touchdowns. Graham’s value gets bumped a little going from Drew Brees to Russell Wilson, but he remains his team’s primary threat.
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3. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen set career-highs in 2014 with 84 catches for 1,008 yards. Over the past three seasons he has averaged 75.3 receptions for 889 yards and 5.7 touchdowns. With Kelvin Benjamin going down Olsen remains Cam Newton’s primary target.
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4. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce quietly finished with 862 yards and five touchdowns in 2014 coming off a knee injury. Look for him to take a step forward in his second full year.
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5. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears
Martellus Bennett finished 2014 with 90 catches for 916 yards and six touchdowns. Over the past three years he has averaged 767 yards and 5.3 touchdowns.
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6. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
There are a lot of targets up for grabs following the departure of Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy. Zach Ertz caught 58 passes for 702 yards and three touchdowns in his second season. Look for Ertz to breakout in Year 3.
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7. Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins
Jordan Cameron was limited to 10 games in 2014, which yielded 24 catches for 424 yards and a pair of scores. In 2013 he caught 80 balls for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. Charles Clay averaged 682 yards over the past two seasons with Ryan Tannehill. As long as Cameron can stay healthy, he should be able to surpass those numbers.
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8. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
In 2014 Delanie Walker had 890 yards and four touchdowns. He should be a nice security blanket for Marcus Mariota in his rookie year.
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9. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten caught 64 passes for 703 yards and five touchdowns. His production has slipped the past few seasons, but remains a heavily targeted option.
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10. Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars
Julius Thomas had 489 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014 with Peyton Manning. Blake Bortles represents a major downgrade at quarterback, but Thomas should be heavily targeted. He can score any given week, but he’s a risky play than some of the other top options because he relies so heavily on touchdowns. Thomas will miss the start of the year so he’s merely a borderline top ten tight end.
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The Next Batch
11. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
12. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
13. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
14. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
15. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16. Owen Daniels, Denver Broncos
17. Josh Hill, New Orleans Saints
18. Larry Donnell, New York Giants
19. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
20. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
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Fantasy football drafts are here or rapidly approaching. Here is an expanded look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 kicker rankings.
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1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
3. Cody Parkey, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
5. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
6. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
7. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
8. Josh Scobee, Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos
10. Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers
11. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
12. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions
13. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings
14. Dan Carpenter, Buffalo Bills
15. Caleb Sturgis, Miami Dolphins
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Fantasy football drafts are here or rapidly approaching. Here is an expanded look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant finished 2014 with 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns.  He had a touchdown and/or 100 yards in 12 of 16 games and had four multiple touchdown games.
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2. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
Odell Beckham, Jr. took the league by storm in 2014 finishing with 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the final 10 games of the season the rookie averaged 123.3 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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3. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown caught 129 passes in 2014 for 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns. He had 90 yards and/or a touchdown in 12 of 14 games. His worst performance in standard leagues was eight catches for 74 yards.
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4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas had 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014 and has averaged 1,494.3 yards and 11.7 touchdown per game over the past three seasons. He remains Peyton Manning’s favorite target.
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5. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson was limited to 13 games in 2014 and finished with 1,077 yards and eight touchdowns. Over the past five seasons he has averaged 1,466.8 yards and 10.6 touchdowns.
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6. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones returned to form in 2014 with 1,593 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 153.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his last four games.
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7. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green was limited to 13 games in 2014, but still managed 1,041 yards and six touchdowns. Through four seasons he has averaged 1218.5 yards and 8.8 touchdowns per year.
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8. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb caught 91 passes in 2014 for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. With Jordy Nelson out, look for Cobb to be heavily targeted.
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9. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffery posted 85 catches for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014. With Brandon Marshall playing for the New York Jets, look for a steady dose of targets for Jeffery.
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10. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans also had a fabulous rookie season finishing with 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014.  He should continue to shine with Jameis Winston.
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11. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
With Andre Johnson going to the Indianapolis Colts, DeAndre Hopkins is now the primary option. He had 1,210 in 2014 and could be poised for an even more productive 2015.
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12. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton finished 2014 with 82 catches for 1,345 yards and seven scores. He has averaged 1,096.3 yards and 6.3 touchdowns in three years.
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13. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints
Cooks had 53 catches for 550 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games. With Jimmy Graham gone, look for more from Cooks.
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14. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
Jordan Matthews had 872 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie. Jeremy Maclin had 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns last year as the number one option and DeSean Jackson had 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns as the number one option in 2013.
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15. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
It is no surprise that Emmanuel Sanders broke out in his first season with Peyton Manning. He finished with 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns.
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The Next Batch
16. Andre Johnson, Indianapolis Colts
17. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets
18. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
19. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
20. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
21. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
22. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
23. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
24. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins
25. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs
26. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles
27. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
28. Mike Wallace, Minnesota Vikings
29. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
30. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
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Fantasy football drafts are here or rapidly approaching. Here is a look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 running back rankings for PPR leagues.
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1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
4. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
5. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
6. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
7. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
8. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles
9. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
10. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
11. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Raven
12. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
13. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
14. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
15. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
16. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
17. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
18. C.J. Spiller, New Orleans Saints
19. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
20. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
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