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Adrian Peterson 2012
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Football season is rapidly approaching. This is the first look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 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.
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2. 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.
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3. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell had 2,215 total yards with 11 touchdowns. In the final six games Bell averaged 167 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game.
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4. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy has averaged 1,500.5 total yards and 12 touchdowns in his first two seasons. At 25 Lacy should continue to roll.
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5. 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.
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6. 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. Even a 20 percent decrease in production, would yield 1,809 total yards and 10 touchdowns.
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7. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Arian Foster bounced back with 1,573 total yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014. He has averaged 1,600 total yards and 12.4 touchdowns over the past five seasons despite missing half of the 2013 season.
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8. 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.
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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.
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10. 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.
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Melvin Gordon NFL Draft  Todd Gurley NFL Draft
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Now that the NFL draft is behind us it is time for fantasy football nuts to start breaking down the rookies. Here’s the LestersLegends’ look at the 2015 NFL rookie running back class.
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1.Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
Melvin Gordon ran for 2,587 yards and 29 touchdowns last year for Wisconsin. He caught 19 passes for an additional 153 yards and three touchdowns. Gordon dominated Nebraska last year for 408 yards and four touchdowns. In 2013 Gordon had 1,609 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’ll tote the rock immediate for the Bolts and should have the biggest impact among rookie running backs.
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2. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
Todd Gurley is an amazing talent when healthy. His health is his weakness though. Gurley was limited to six games last year, but he managed 911 yards and nine touchdowns. He had 989 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013 despite missing three games. Gurley played the full season as a rookie, which resulted in 1,385 yards and 17 touchdowns. The 6’1″, 222 pound Gurley shouldn’t have much trouble supplanting Tre Mason as the lead back. I prefer Gurley to Gordon in dynasty leagues.
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3. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
Tevin Coleman has a solid shot of the feature back role for the Falcons. He ran for 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns last year for Indiana. Devonta Freeman figures to be more of a third down back.
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4. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
T.J. Yeldon has to earn carries away from Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson, but clearly he’s the future of the Jaguars’ running game. He ranks third in dynasty leagues. Yeldon 1,272 total yards and 13 touchdowns over the past three years at Alabama. At 6’1″, 226 pounds he should be a force.
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5. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
Ameer Abdullah lands in a talented offense, but has to share the load with Joique Bell. He ran for 1,611 yards and 19 touchdowns last year and 1,690 and nine scores in 2013. Abdullah averaged 24 catches over the past three years, but Bell will likely handle third down duties.
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Here are the Lester’s Legends running back rankings for Super Bowl XLIX.
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1. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch averaged 104.6 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He had just 65 total yards in the playoff win over the Carolina Panthers, but rolled on the Green Bay Packers for 183 total yards and a touchdown in the NFC Championship. Look for Beast Mode to play a key roll against the New England Patriots because after all, he all ’bout that action boss. Bill Belichick is known limiting his opponent’s strengths. I’m not sure how much he can do that to Lynch.
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2. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
LeGarrette Blount averaged 59.8 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns after returning to the New England Patriots. He had three carries for one yard against the Ravens. You never know how Bill Belichick will use his backs. Blount blasted the Indianapolis Colts for 148 yards and three touchdowns. If only the Patriots had properly inflated balls. The Colts would have been able to tackle them better. That should not be an issue in the Super Bowl though so he’ll find tougher sledding against the Seahawks’ third-ranked run defense.
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3. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Shane Vereen averaged 52.4 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He had just one carry for six yards in the win against the Baltimore Ravens, but he caught four passes for 39 yards. Vereen had one carry for two yards against the Colts, but caught three passes for 41 yards.
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4. Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks
5. Jonas Gray, New England Patriots
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C.J. Anderson
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Here are the Lester’s Legends running back rankings for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
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1. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
C.J. Anderson averaged 132.1 and 1.3 touchdowns in the final eight games of the regular season. He should stay hot against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts allowed 113.4 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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2. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray averaged 141.3 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He had 97 total yards and a touchdown in the playoff win over the Detroit Lions. Murray faces the Green Bay Packers. The Pack allowed 119.9 rushing yards per game.
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3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch averaged 104.6 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. He faces a tough Carolina Panthers defense, but they did allow 112 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game during the regular season.
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4. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy averaged 97.9 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He faces the Dallas Cowboys. Only the Atlanta Falcons (21) allowed more rushing touchdowns than the 18 that Dallas allowed.
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5. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
Justin Forsett averaged 95.6 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He faces the New England Patriots. The Pats allowed 104.3 rushing yards per game.
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6. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
Jonathan Stewart averaged 76.2 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game during the regular season, including 108.8 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns in his final five games. J-Stew ran for 123 yards and a touchdown in the playoff win over the Arizona Cardinals. He’s red hot, but faces a tough Seattle Seahawks team.
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7. Daniel Herron, Indianapolis Colts
Daniel Herron averaged 73.5 total yards in the final six games of the year. He had 125 total yards and a touchdown in the playoff win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He’ll see plenty of touches against the Denver Broncos.
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8. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
LeGarrette Blount averaged 59.8 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns after returning to the the New England Patriots. He takes on the Baltimore Ravens. The Pats should try to use the power running game against Baltimore’s tough run defense.
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9. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Shane Vereen averaged 52.4 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. The Patriots should also lean heavily on Vereen in the passing game against the Ravens.
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Le'Veon Bell
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football running back rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell averaged 138.4 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He closed out the year averaging 171.7 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns in his final six games. Bell averaged 82.5 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns in two meetings with the Baltimore Ravens.
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2. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray averaged 141.3 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. Despite a hand injury Murray averaged 89.5 total yards and a touchdown in the final two games. His tough matchup with the Detroit Lions top-ranked run defense keeps him out of the top spot, but Murray is a plus start regardless of his opponent.
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3. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
Jeremy Hill averaged 83.7 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He closed out the year averaging 136.3 total yards and a touchdown in the final three games. In the five games that Hill received 20 carries he averaged 140.2 yards. He should find success against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts allowed 113.4 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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4. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions
Joique Bell averaged 78.8 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. In the final five games he averaged 98 total yards and a touchdown. Bell stands a good chance of scoring against the Dallas Cowboys. Only the Atlanta Falcons (21) allowed more rushing touchdowns than Dallas’ 18.
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5. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
Justin Forsett was one of the biggest fantasy football surprises averaging 95.6 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He averaged 88.5 total yards in two games against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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6. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
Jonathan Stewart averaged 76.2 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. J-Stew averaged 108.8 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns in his final five games. He faces the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards allowed 108.7 rushing yards per game.
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7. Daniel Herron, Indianapolis Colts
Daniel Herron averaged 73.5 total yards in the final six games of the year. He faces the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals allowed 116.3 yards and a touchdown per game.
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8. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard averaged 79.2 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. Despite losing the feature back role to Hill, Bernard averaged 82.7 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns in the final three games.
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9. Kerwynn Williams, Arizona Cardinals
Kerwynn Williams averaged 64.3 total yards in the final four games of the year. He faces the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers allowed 112 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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10. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Reggie Bush averaged 69.5 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game in the final two games of the season. He could play a factor against the Cowboys, but he’s a risky fantasy option.
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Le'Veon Bell
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 17 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell is averaging 141 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. In his past five games Bell is averaging 180.4 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game. He torched the Cincinnati Bengals for 235 total yards and three touchdowns in the first meeting.
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2. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Arian Foster is averaging 128.3 total yards and a touchdown per game. He had 148 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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3. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
C.J. Anderson, is averaging 134.4 total yards and 1.2 touchdowns in his past five games. He had  163 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Oakland Raiders.
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4. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is averaging 90.1 total yards and a touchdown per game. He had 107 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the San Diego Chargers.
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5. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch is averaging 105.1 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. He should finish strong against the St. Louis Rams at home. Lynch is averaging 114.3 total yards and 1.6 touchdowns in seven home starts.
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6. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte is averaging 118.1 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He had 175 total yards in the first meeting with the Minnesota Vikings.
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7. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy is averaging 96 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. In his past nine games he’s averaging 117.6 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns. He squares off with the Detroit Lions in a game that will determine the NFC North division winner.
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8. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray played through his broken hand to run for 58 yards and a touchdown. He’s now averaging 142.7 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He had 221 total yards in the first meeting with the Washington Redskins. He may not be active in the passing game, but Murray looks to cap off his fantasy MVP season in style.
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9. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints 
Mark Ingram is averaging 87.3 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He finishes his surprising season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road. Ingram is averaging 94 total yards and a touchdown in six road starts. The Bucs have allowed 116.6 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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10. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
Justin Forsett is averaging 92.9 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He finishes against the Cleveland Browns’ leaky run defense. The Browns have allowed 142.4 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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11. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
Jeremy Hill is averaging 112.9 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his past eight games. He finishes off against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had 67 total yards on 11 touches in the first meeting with Pittsburgh.
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12. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy is averaging 104.5 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past six games. Shady ran for 149 yards in the first meeting with the New York Giants.
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13. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Alfred Morris is averaging 77.8 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He had 85 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with Dallas.
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14. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions
Joique Bell is averaging 107.5 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns in his past four games. He finishes against the Packers. Green Bay has allowed 120.5 rushing yards per game.
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15. Andre Williams, New York Giants
Andre Williams is averaging 103.3 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns in his past three games. Williams should see a heavy workload against the Eagles in the finale. Philly has allowed 113 rushing yards per game.
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The Next Batch
16. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
17. Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears
18. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
19. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
20. Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks
21. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
22. Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers
23. Daniel Herron, Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
24. Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans
25. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders  at Denver Broncos
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Le'Veon Bell
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 16 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell is averaging 207.5 total yards and 1.8 touchdowns in his past four games. He faces the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have only allowed two rushing scores on the year, but they are yielding 132.6 yards per game.
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2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is averaging 91.2 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. He faces the Steelers. Pittsburgh has allowed 103.6 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game.
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3. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
C.J. Anderson, is averaging 133.5 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game. There is no reason to believe he can’t keep rolling against the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincy has allowed 124.8 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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4. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Arian Foster is averaging 129.2 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. He’s a strong play despite a tough matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.
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5. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy is averaging 95.4 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 116.2 total yards and 1.4 touchdowns in his past five games. Lacy should dominate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed 116.1 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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6. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints 
Mark Ingram is averaging 90.3 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He had 60 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting with the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta has allowed 117.4 rushing yards per game and a league-high 19 rushing touchdowns.
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7. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte is averaging 119.8 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He faces the Detroit Lions at home. Forte is averaging 133.6 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns in seven home starts.
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8. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch is averaging 104.6 total yards and a touchdown per game. Look for the Seahawks to lean on Beast Mode against the Arizona Cardinals.
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9. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions
Joique Bell is averaging 114.3 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns in his past three games. He had 107 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Bears.
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10. Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams
Tre Mason is averaging 93 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns in his past five games. He faces the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 135.1 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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11. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy is averaging 88.9 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He is a solid play against the Washington Redskins.
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12. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
Justin Forsett is averaging 97.2 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He faces the Houston Texans.
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13. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
Jeremy Hill is averaging 108 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns in the past seven games. He should see a heavy load against the Broncos.
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14. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Alfred Morris is averaging 77.4 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He had 77 yards in the first meeting with the Eagles.
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15. Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons
Steven Jackson is 69.6 total yard and 0.6 touchdowns in the past seven games. He should find success against the Saints’ leaky run defense. New Orleans has allowed 132.9 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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The Next Batch
15. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders
16. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins vs. Minnesota Vikings
17. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers vs. Cleveland Browns
18. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers
19. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots at New York Jets
20. Andre Williams, New York Giants at St. Louis Rams
21. Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys vs. Indianapolis Colts
22. Daniel Herron, Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys
23. Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans
24. Chris Ivory, New York Jets vs. New England Patriots
25. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Denver Broncos
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