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Here are the 2015 LestersLegends Week 11 running back rankings.
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1. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
3. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
4. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
5. Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs
6. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
7. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
8. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
9. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
10. Christopher Ivory, New York Jets
11. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
12. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneeers
13. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles
14. Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys
15. Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears (Monitor Matt Forte’s availability)
16. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
17. James Starks, Green Bay Packers
18. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
19. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
20. Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
21. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars (monitor foot)
22. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers
23. Matt Jones, Washington Redskins
24. Antonio Andrews, Tennessee Titans
25. Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills
26. Alfred Blue, Houston Texans
27. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos
28. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles
29. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions
30. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
31. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
32. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
33. Shaun Draughn, San Francisco 49ers
34. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
35. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
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Here are the 2015 LestersLegends Week 10 running back rankings.
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1. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
2. DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
4. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
5. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles
6. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
7. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
8. Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys
8. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
10. Christopher Ivory, New York Jets
11. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
12. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneeers
13. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
14. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills (Monitor Shoulder)
15. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
16. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
17. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
18. Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears
19. Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
20. Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs
21. Antonio Andrews, Tennessee Titans
22. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
23. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
24. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
25. Alfred Blue, Houston Texans
26. Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills
27. James Starks, Green Bay Packers
28. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos
29. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles
30. Shane Vereen, New York Giants
31. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
32. Matt Jones, Washington Redskins
33. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
34. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
35. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
36. C.J. Spiller, New Orleans Saints
37. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions
38. Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots
39. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
40. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
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Here are the 2015 LestersLegends Week 9 running back rankings.
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1. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
2. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
4. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
5. Christopher Ivory, New York Jets
6. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
7. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
8. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
9. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneeers
10. DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers
11. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
12. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
13. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
14. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos
15. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
16. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
17. Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys
18. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
19. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles
20. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
21. Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears
22. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
23. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
24. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers
25. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
26. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles
27. Shane Vereen, New York Giants
28. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
29. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30. Antonio Andrews, Tennessee Titans
31. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
32. C.J. Spiller, New Orleans Saints
33. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
34. Matt Jones, Washington Redskins
35. James Starks, Green Bay Packers
36. Shaun Draughn, San Francisco 49ers
37. Branden Oliver, San Diego Chargers
38. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
39. Dexter McCluster, Tennessee Titans
40. Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills
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Here are the 2015 LestersLegends Week 8 running back rankings.
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1. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
2. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
3. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
5. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
6. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
7. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
8. Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardianls
9. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
10. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
11. Christopher Ivory, New York Jets
12. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
13. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
14. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos
15. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16. Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs
17. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
18. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
19. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers
20. Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowbous
21. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
22. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
23. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
24. Alfred Blue, Houston Texans
25. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
26. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
27. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
28. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
29. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30. Antonio Andrews, Tennessee Titans
31. James Starks, Green Bay Packers
32. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
33. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
34. Shane Vereen, New York Giants
35. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
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The lockout had yet to be settled, but the show must go on. Here’s an early look at the 2011 running back rankings.
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1.  Arian Foster, Houston Texans:  As if leading the NFL in rushing (1616 yards) wasn’t enough, he added 66 catches for 604 yards. Oh, and he had 18 total touchdowns (16 rushing, 2 receiving). He’s the perfect back for Houston’s zone blocking scheme.
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2.  Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: With a rookie quarterback likely leading the way the focus of the Vikings’ offense will shift back to All Day. He’s ran for at least 1298 yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of his four season.
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3. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans: He didn’t top 2000 yards again, but 1364 yards and 11 touchdowns (along with 244 yards and another score receiving) is nothing to shy away from. He’ should be a tremendous value.
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4. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs: Charles should get a heavier workload this year, which is scary considering he ran for 1467 yards on 230 carries (6.4 ypc). He is less likely to score a touchdown than the top three, which is why he’s at four, but he’s capable of being the most productive fantasy back in the league.
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5.  Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons:  Obviously in PPR leagues, his value takes a hit, but few backs can off 100 yards and a score just about every time he takes the field.
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6.  Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers:  His tweets can stir up controversy, but when it comes to running the football, the kid is alright. 1273  yards and 11 touchdowns last year and he’ll be just 24 if and when the season starts.
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7.  Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders:  Run DMC finally lived up to the hype, collecting 1664 total yards (1157 rushing) and ten touchdowns (seven rushing) in 13 games. If he can stay healthy, he could rank right up there with the big four.
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8.  Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens:  Rice will probably never be a touchdown guy, but he’s a yardage (and PPR) beast.  He’s averaged over 1900 total yards over the past two seasons.
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9.  LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles:  McCoy caught 78 passes for 592 yards and two touchdowns. Those are solid receiving numbers. Don’t forget about the 1080 rushing yards (5.2 ypc) and seven rushing touchdowns. He’ll be just 23.
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10.  Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars:  Mojo showed the toughness to battle through injuries last year, but I don’t know if he could be as effective (1641 total yards, seven total touchdown) if his knee acted up again.
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11.  Shonn Greene, New York Jets:  I know he was supposed to be a beast last year, but LaDainian Tomlinson ran like a kid in the early going. This is the year Shonn puts it all together.
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12. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams:  Jackson had just 3.8 yards per carry last year and six touchdowns, but the offense should be improved in Sam Bradford’s second year.
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13.  Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers:  When he’s healthy there are only a few backs that can match his production. Unfortunately he’s averaging just 13 games the past two year.
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14.  Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers:  Stewart had a disappointing season, but the ability is still there. If D-Will doesn’t return, J-Stew will climb the ranks.
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15.  Matt Forte, Chicago Bears:  Forte bounced back with 1616 total yards (1069 rushing) and nine touchdowns (six rushing). He’s particularly valuable in PPR leagues.
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The disparity of starting running backs in Super Bowl XLV is one of the biggest gaps at any position. Rashard Mendenhall had 1273 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had 167 yards on the ground.
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Green Bay is on their third starter in James Starks. He had just 101 yards in the regular season before racking up 263 in three playoff wins. While he’s experienced success the past few weeks, he’s still a notch below Mendenhall.
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While Mendenhall is my top-ranked fantasy running back for Super Bowl XLV, the margin isn’t nearly as great thanks to Maurkice Pouncey’s ankle injury that will likely keep him out of the big game or at least limit him. continue reading »

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I know it’s ridiculous to do Pro Bowl rankings, but what the heck. I’m having my son Heath (6) help me with them.
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Quarterbacks
1.  Philip Rivers
2.  Michael Vick
3.  Peyton Manning
4.  Matt Ryan
5.  Drew Brees
6.  Matt Cassel
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Running Backs
1.  Adrian Peterson
2.  Jamaal Charles
3.  Michael Turner
4.  Arian Foster
5.  Chris Johnson
6.  Steven Jackson continue reading »


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Michael Turner, Ray Rice, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and Marshawn Lynch were sent packing last week. We’re down to the final four, and here are the running back rankings for the Conference Championship games.
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1.  Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers:  Mendenhall ran for a pair of touchdowns last week against a tough Ravens defense. He’ll have his work cut out for him against when he faces the Jets, but he did run for 99 yards and a score against them in Week 15. He has scored in 12 of the Steelers 17 games this year, making him a solid bet to get in the end zone once again.
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2.  Matt Forte, Chicago Bears:  Forte averaged 117.4 total yards in the Bears’ final seven regular season games. He continued to run hot piling up 134 total yards (80 rushing, 54 receiving) in the win over Seattle. That’s three straight games with at least 54 receiving yards for Forte. He had 151 total yards in the season finale against the Packers.
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3.  LaDainian Tomlinson, New York Jets:  LT scored for the second straight week, giving him three touchdowns this postseason. I give him a slight edge of Shonn Greene because of his role in the passing game and in short yardage situations.
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4. Shonn Greene, New York Jets:  Shonn Greene has been very active in the playoffs with 36 carries in two games. He seldom gets in the end zone, and is not very active in the passing game so his value is lowered.
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5.  James Starks, Green Bay Packers:  Starks is clearly the feature back averaging 24 carries in the Packers two playoff wins. He wasn’t nearly as effective against Atlanta, and I see the sledding being equally tough against Chicago. continue reading »

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Marshawn Lynch’s mad dash shook things up in the Wild Card round. We know longer have to worry about the Colts or Saints RB situations. Unfortunately exciting players like LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles will be watching from home. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the divisional round rankings.
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1.  Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons:  Turner had 11 touchdowns in the Falcons last ten games. Atlanta was 9-1 during that stretch. I expect a heavy dose of Turner to keep Aaron Rodgers on the sideline.
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2.  Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers:  This has the makings of being an epic battle. I don’t know that he has a lot of yards in this one, but I think he scores on a short run.
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3.  BenJarvus Green-Ellis, New England Patriots:  BJGE ran for 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Jets in Week 13. The sledding will be tougher, but I think he’ll still turn in a solid performance.
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4.  Matt Forte, Chicago Bears:  Forte averaged 117.4 total yards in the Bears final seven games. He should be a huge factor against the Seahawks.
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5.  Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens:  Pittsburgh kept him in check in both meetings, but it’s hard to keep a runner like Rice down three times in a season. I’m thinking solid total yardage, but a small likelihood of a score. continue reading »


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Here are my fantasy football running back rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1.  Ray Rice:  Was a force down the stretch. Averaged 111 total yards per game on the year. Should be effective against Kansas City.
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2.  LeSean McCoy:  With Vick at less than 100 percent, look for McCoy to shoulder more of the load against a Packers team that allowed 4.7 yards per carry.
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3.  Jamaal Charles:  Fell short of the rushing title, but should make his mark on this game despite Baltimore’s stout defense.
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4.  Shonn Greene:  Jets kept him fresh with just 185 carries on the year. It’s time to unleash him on Indy’s 25th ranked run defense.
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5.  Reggie Bush:  Bush is a wild card (pun intended). He could be average or he could break something. He’s a risky play, but with all of the injuries at RB for the Saints, he’s  a solid play.
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6.  Joseph Addai:  Seasoned veteran will be leaned on in the playoffs.
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7.  Marshawn Lynch:  Likely just one game in store for Lynch, but he should have a decent wild card weekend against an average Saints run defense.
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8.  LaDainian Tomlinson:  The old vet will likely make an impact against the Colts.
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9.  Thomas Jones:  Similar to LT, but he has a much stiffer defense (Baltimore) to face and a better back (Charles) ahead of him.
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10. Brandon Jackson:  I suspect Aaron Rodgers and the passing game will be the primary focus against the Eagles.
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11. Dominic Rhodes:  An old friend arrives just in time to give the Colts some extra stability.
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12. Julius Jones:  Not really sure how the Saints are going to split their carries. I’m expecting a lot of passing.

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