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Here’s my Week 14 running back rankings.

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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

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  • 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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Here’s my Week 13 running back rankings.

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

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Inside the numbers:

  • Coming off a monster 173 yard game against Seattle, Jamaal Charles is set to explode on a Denver team allowing 141.6 rushing yards per game.
  • I’m a little concerned about Adrian Peterson’s ankle, but I think he’ll be just fine. He also happens to draw a favorable match-up this week. Only the injury concerns keep him from the top spot.
  • Peyton Hillis has 666 total yards and seven touchdowns in his past four games.
  • I was hesitant to give Knowshon Moreno his due, but he delivered with 118 total yards and a touchdown. He’s had at least that many total yards and a touchdown in each of his past three games.
  • Mike Tolbert has hit the century mark with a touchdown in his past two games. He should be at it again against a Raiders run defense that’s yielding 133.7 yards per game on the ground.
  • Marion Barber is expected to miss a couple of games, making Felix Jones a strong play against the Colts. Tashard Choice is a sleeper pick.
  • With Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs in a timeshare, I like them both as RB2s.
  • I am not high on LeGarrette Blount against a Falcons team that has allowed just 93.7 rushing yards per game and four rushing touchdowns.
  • They aren’t sexy situations, but Carolina (Mike Goodson & Jonathan Stewart) and Arizona (Beanie Wells & Tim Hightower) have a pair of RBs that can be used as RB2s or as flex options.
  • With Frank Gore out for the season, Brian Westbrook makes a low-end RB2 against the Packers.

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Here’s my Week 12 running back rankings.

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

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Inside the numbers:

  • The Raiders did a decent job slowing Rashard Mendenhall, but I’ll take a shot on him in the number one slot again as he takes on Buffalo’s league-worst run defense (163.5 yards allowed per game).
  • Washington is giving up 131 yards per game on the ground. Adrian Peterson should find plenty of running lanes against them.
  • Peyton Hillis’ magical season continues with a juicy match-up against Carolina, who is yielding 128.4 rushing yards per game. Hillis has ten combined TDs and 1125 total yards.
  • Frank Gore failed to capitalize against Tampa’s previously porous run defense, but he should bounce back against Arizona.
  • Both BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead are borderline RB2s against Detroit.
  • Reggie Bush may be able to go against Dallas, but Christopher Ivory is still the RB to use for New Orleans.
  • Mike Goodson will likely get another start, but he’s not a sure RB2 going up against Cleveland.
  • Brandon Jacobs will get the start for the Giants, which moves him up a few spots. Ahmad Bradshaw should still be used heavily so I only bumped him down a few.
  • I have been burned by Knowshon Moreno in the past, which made me back off a little on my rankings. I’m taking a leap with him. He’s been great in the past two games and has a good match-up.

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Here’s my Week 11 running back rankings.

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1. Rashard Mendenhall vs. Oakland
2. Frank Gore vs. Tampa Bay
3. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Cleveland
4. Arian Foster @ New York Jets
5. Adrian Peterson vs. Green Bay
6. Chris Johnson vs. Washington
7. Michael Turner @ St. Louis
8. Ray Rice @ Carolina
9. Cedric Benson vs. Buffalo
10. Jamaal Charles vs. Arizona
11. Peyton Hillis @ Jacksonville
12. LeSean McCoy vs. New York Giants
13. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Philadelphia
14. Darren McFadden @ Pittsburgh
15. Jahvid Best @ Dallas
16. Steven Jackson vs. Atlanta
17. LeGarrette Blount @ San Francisco
18. Fred Jackson @ Cincinnati
19. LaDainian Tomlinson vs. Houston
20. Matt Forte @ Miami
21. Felix Jones vs. Detroit
22. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. Indianapolis
23. Thomas Jones vs. Arizona
24. Keiland Williams @ Tennessee
25. Shonn Greene vs. Houston
26. Tim Hightower @ Kansas City
27. Knowshon Moreno @ San Diego
28. Brandon Jackson @ Minnesota
29. Marshawn Lynch @ New Orleans
30. Michael Bush @ Pittsburgh
31. Ryan Mathews vs. Denver
32. Ronnie Brown vs. Chicago
33. Mike Tolbert vs. Denver
34. Mike Goodson vs. Baltimore
35. Justin Forsett @ New Orleans

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Inside the numbers:

  • Oakland ranks 25th with 124.8 rushing yards allowed. After a relatively quiet game against New England, look for Mendenhall to explode against the Raiders.
  • Tampa Bay is better, but they are still yielding 143.8 yards per fame on the ground. Frank Gore should dominate.
  • The concerns about MJD’s knee are a thing of the past after three straight strong performances.
  • Adrian Peterson averages 126.3 total yards with five touchdowns in seven games against Green Bay.
  • Michael Turner and Ray Rice make exceptional plays after the extra rest from playing in the Thursday game.
  • Cedric Benson could top the 100 yard mark for the second time this year as he faces Buffalo’s league worst run defense (166.9 ypg).
  • Keiland Williams had a coming out party against the Eagles, but Ryan Torain and Clinton Portis could get some work next week.
  • ***Update*** DeAngelo Williams was placed on IR and it looks like Goodson will get the start. He’s not a great play though.

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Here’s my Week 10 running back rankings. Keep in mind that Green Bay, Oakland, New Orleans, and San Diego are on bye.

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1. Arian Foster @ Jacksonville
2. Adrian Peterson @ Chicago
3. Frank Gore vs. St. Louis
4. Rashard Mendenhall vs. New England
5. Chris Johnson @ Miami
6. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Houston
7. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Dallas
8. LeSean McCoy @ Washington
9. Jahvid Best @ Buffalo
10. LeGarrette Blount vs. Carolina
11. Jamaal Charles @ Denver
12. Ray Rice @ Atlanta (10.2 fantasy points)
13. Cedric Benson @ Indianapolis
14. Steven Jackson @ San Francisco
15. LaDainian Tomlinson @ Cleveland
16. Fred Jackson vs. Detroit
17. Peyton Hillis vs. New York Jets
18. Matt Forte vs. Minnesota
19. Beanie Wells vs. Seattle
20. Thomas Jones @ Denver
21. Marshawn Lynch @ Arizona
22. Knowshon Moreno vs. Kansas City
23. Ryan Torain vs. Philadelphia
24. Ronnie Brown vs. Tennessee
25. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Pittsburgh
26. Shonn Greene @ Cleveland
27. Mike Goodson @ Tampa Bay
28. Donald Brown vs. Cincinnati
29. Brandon Jacobs vs. Dallas
30. Ricky Williams vs. Tennessee

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Inside the numbers:

  • Arian Foster has ten touchdowns (9 rushing, 1 receiving) already. The Jags have allowed 11 rushing TDs on the year, second worst in the league.
  • Worst in the league with 14 is Denver. Both Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones are good plays once again.
  • Frank Gore averages 100.3 total yards against St. Louis with ten touchdowns in eight games.
  • Mojo has seven touchdowns in seven career games against Houston.
  • Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 126 yards the last time he played the Cowboys.
  • Buffalo has allowed a league high 178.3 rushing yards per game. The electric Jahvid Best could put up monster numbers.
  • LaDainian Tomlinson has done nearly as much damage catching the ball (71 yards) as he has running the ball (101 yards) in his past two games.
  • DeAngelo Williams will be inactive, moving Mike Goodson into the rankings. That said, he’s not a great play.
  • The updated ranking reflect Thursday night’s game. Ray Rice set the bar for low-end RB1 while Michael Turner played his way out of the rankings.

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Here’s my Week 9 running back rankings. Keep in mind that the Broncos, Jaguars, Niners, Rams, Redskins, and Titans are on bye.

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1. Adrian Peterson vs. Arizona
2. Arian Foster @ San Diego
3. LeSean McCoy vs. Indianapolis
4. Darren McFadden vs. Kansas City
5. Michael Turner vs. Tampa Bay
6. Jamaal Charles vs. Oakland
7. Matt Forte @ Buffalo
8. Rashard Mendenhall @ Cincinnati
9. Ray Rice vs. Miami
10. LaDainian Tomlinson @ Detroit
11. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Seattle
12. Thomas Jones @ Oakland
13. LeGarrette Blount vs. Atlanta
14. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Cleveland
15. Jahvid Best vs. New York Jets
16. Cedric Benson vs. Pittsburgh
17. Beanie Wells vs. Minnesota
18. Fred Jackson vs. Chicago
19. Peyton Hillis vs. New England
20. Ryan Mathews vs. Houston
21. Felix Jones vs. Green Bay
22. Marshawn Lynch vs. New York Giants
23. Shonn Greene vs. Detroit
24. Brandon Jacobs @ Seattle
25. Ronnie Brown @ Baltimore
26. Brandon Jackson vs. Dallas
27. Tim Hightower @ Minnesota
28. Danny Woodhead @ Cleveland
29. Ricky Williams @ Baltimore
30. Mike Tolbert vs. Houston

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Inside the numbers:

  • It doesn’t matter who he’s playing or how bad the rest of the offense looks, Adrian Peterson is a man possessed. I don’t think there is any doubt who the best RB in football is.
  • Matt Forte has not been stellar on the ground, but he should do damage against Buffalo’s league worst run defense (188.7 rushing yards allowed per game). Throw in his work in the receiving game, and you’re looking at a top ten play this week.
  • The Raiders are a little better at run defense this year, but both Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones are good plays this week.
  • Minnesota is a far cry from the run stopper they’ve been in recent years. I have no problem using Beanie Wells as a RB2.
  • Shonn Greene should get more work against Detroit, making him a low end RB2 or a solid flex play.

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