Le'Veon Bell
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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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Adrian Peterson 2012
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Fantasy football drafts are here or rapidly approaching. Here is an expanded 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. 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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8. 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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9. 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 has top five potential, but Denver running backs were almost interchangeable last year, which worries me.
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10. 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. A recent hamstring injury loosens his hold on the ten slot.

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11. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
12. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
13. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
14. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
15. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
16. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
17. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
18. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
19. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
20. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
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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. 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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8. 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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9. 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 has top five potential, but Denver running backs were almost interchangeable last year, which worries me.
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10. 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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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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Marshawn Lynch running
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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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