The smell of football is in the air. Here are the Lester’s Legends 2015 Week 1 fantasy football running back rankings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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