Marshawn Lynch running
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Here are the Lester’s Legends running back rankings for the AFC and NFC Conference Championship Games of the 2014-15 NFL Playoffs.
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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 has averaged 96.7 total yards and a touchdown in his past six playoff games. Lynch rolled on the Green Bay Packers for 124 total yards and a pair of touchdowns in Week 1. Look for Beast Mode to surface against the Pack because after all, he all ’bout that action boss.
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2. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy averaged 97.9 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He had a tough start to the season with 45 total yards against the Seattle Seahawks. This week probably won’t be a lot easier, but Lacy is superior to the alternatives. He had 111 total yards during the playoff win against the Dallas Cowboys.
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3. Daniel Herron, Indianapolis Colts
Daniel Herron averaged 73.5 total yards in the final six games, but has really come alive in the NFL playoffs. He debuted with 141 total yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. Herron followed that effort up with 95 total yards and a touchdown against the Denver Broncos. He’ll look to stay hot against the New England Patriots, thought he Pats ranked ninth in run defense with 104.3 yards per game allowed and were one of three teams to allow six or fewer rushing scores. Herron’s ability to produce in the passing game leaves him only a shade behind Lacy this week.
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4. 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 77 total yards in the first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts.
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5. 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 seems the most likely to score a short touchdown.
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6. Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks
7. James Starks, Green Bay Packers
8. Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots
9. John Kuhn, Green Bay Packers
10. Zurlon Tipton, Indianapolis Colts
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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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Marshawn Lynch running
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1. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch averaged 98.3 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns during the regular season. He runs with power, but he also has the ability to break the long run. Lynch is averaging 124.5 rushing yards per game and his three playoff touchdowns have come from an average of 28.7 yards out. Lynch has had at least 20 carries in nine games this season, including in both playoff games. Look for a heavy dose of Beast Mode to keep Peyton Manning on the sidelines. Power running has been a common theme during the playoffs. It should continue in the Super Bowl.
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2. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Knowhon Moreno averaged 99.1 total yard and 0.8 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He has averaged 87.5 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns in the two playoff wins. Moreno is excellent at picking up the blitz and working the screen game. On the biggest stage, he will see a heavy dose of touches. Peyton Manning trusts Moreno and that goes a long way.
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3. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
Montee Ball has averaged 12.5 touches in the two playoffs wins for 54 total yards. Even though Moreno is the clear lead back, the Broncos are committed to getting Ball involved. He may not see double-digit carries in this one as Seattle tries to shorten the game, but a short touchdown isn’t out of the question.
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4. Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks
Robert Turbin only had 85 touches during the regular season and six in the two playoff games. I don’t expect Turbin to suddenly become heavily involved, but he’ll likely get the touches when Lynch takes a breather. It wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for a relatively unknown to make a big Super Bowl impact.
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Super Bowl XLVIII
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Marshawn Lynch running
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Here are the Lester’s Legends running back rankings for the  the AFC & NFC Conference Championship Games of the 2013-14 NFL Playoffs.
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1. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch averaged 98.3 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns during the regular season and ripped off 140 yards and a pair of scores last week against the Carolina Panthers. He has a tough draw against the San Francisco 49ers this week, but he averaged 103.5 total yards and a pair of touchdowns in two earlier meetings with them.
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2. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Knowhon Moreno averaged 99.1 total yard and 0.8 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He held to form with 94 total yards and a score last week against the San Diego Chargers. He takes aim at the New England Patriots this week, a team he ran 37 times against fro 224 yards and a score in the first meeting.
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3. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
LeGarrette Blount ran for 166 yards and four touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts. In Week 17 he ran for 189 yards and two scores. Blount has eight touchdowns in his past three games. He is a load to bring down, plus he has a burst to run away from defenders when he gets into space. I expect Denver to do a better job against Blount, but he is going to be tough to stop if they get in a goal line situation.
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4. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore averaged 79.3 yards and 0.6 touchdowns on the year, but only 70 yards per game without a score in two meetings with the Seahawks. He’s averaging 84.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in two playoff wins. Gore has five touchdowns in his past five playoff games. Of the starters I like him the least, but he should still turn in a solid game.
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5. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Stevan Ridley added 52 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week. He has double-digit carries in the past three games, signifying that he is out of Bill Belichick’s doghouse. Unfortunately Blount took over the lead job. Ridley should still get a decent amount of carries.
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6. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Shane Vereen is averaging just five touches for 27.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past four games. He had 18 touches for 91 yards in the first meeting with Denver. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Vereen played an important part of this week’s game plan just to keep the Broncos guessing.
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7. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
Montee Ball had 10 carries last week for 52 yards. He had 10 touches in the first meeting with the Patriots for 57 total yards. He should see some chances in this one as well.
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Marshawn Lynch running
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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. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch averaged 98.3 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns this year. He faces the New Orleans Saints. The Saints allowed 111.6 rushing yards per game. Nine of Lynch’s 14 touchdowns came at home.
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2. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Knowshon Moreno averaged 99.1 total yard and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He averaged 84.5 total yards in two games against the San Diego Chargers. I expect Moreno to play a big role in this one.
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3. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore averaged 79.3 yards and 0.6 touchdowns on the year. He had 103 total yards in the first meeting with the Carolina Panthers. Gore has five touchdowns in his past four playoff games.
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4. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
LeGarrette Blount had 265 yards and four touchdowns in the final two games of the season. He should continue to run strong against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts yielded 125.1 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game during the regular season and 150 yards and a touchdown last week against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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5. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Ryan Mathews averaged 134.3 total yard and 0.8 touchdowns in his last four games of the regular season. He had 64 total yards in the win over the Cincinnati Bengals as Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown shouldered some of the load. Mathews had 189 total yards and two touchdowns in two games against the Broncos this year.
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6. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts
Donald Brown had 102 total yards and a pair of touchdowns in the comeback win against the Kansas City Chiefs. He should be heavily involved against a struggling Patriots run defense. The Pats ranked 30th with 134.1 rushing yards allowed per game.
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7. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
DeAngelo Williams averaged 114.3 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns in his final three games. He had 46 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Niners.
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8. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Shane Vereen had inconsistent production, but averaged 79.4 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns in eight games this year. He should be quite active in the passing game.
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9. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers
Danny Woodhead finished the season quietly, but had 68 total yards and a touchdown against the Bengals. He had 86 total yards and a touchdown in two games against the Broncos.
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10. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
Mark Ingram had a quiet year, but he erupted for 114 total yards and a touchdown last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s a risky play against the Seattle Seahawks.
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Jamaal Charles running
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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. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles averaged 132 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game. He got a week to rest up before facing the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have allowed 125.1 rushing yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. Charles scored 11 touchdowns in his final five games.
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2. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy led the NFL with 1,607 yards. He averaged 134.1 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He faces the New Orleans Saints. The Saints allowed 111.6 rushing yards per game.
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3. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore averaged 79.3 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Green Bay Packers. The Packers allowed 125 yards and a touchdown per game on the ground. Gore had 65 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Packers. Last year in the playoffs he had 167 total yards and a touchdown against Green Bay.
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4. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy averaged 95.7 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He had 72 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the San Francisco 49ers.
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5. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Ryan Mathews averaged 134.3 total yard and 0.8 touchdowns during the San Diego Chargers’ four-game winning streak that propelled them into the playoffs. He’ll have his work cut out for him against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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6. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard 75.6 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Chargers. The Bolts allowed 107.8 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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7. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
BenJarvus Green-Ellis averaged just 47.3 yards per game, but he scored seven touchdowns, including four in the last five games. He’ll need to get in the end zone to be a fantasy asset.
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8. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Pierre Thomas averaged 66.4 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game, but he was quiet down the stretch averaging 34 total yards with just one touchdown in his last five games. He’s got a decent matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, but Thomas is trending in the wrong direction.
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9. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts
Donald Brown averaged 54 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns in his final eight games. He has a tough draw against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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10. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts
Trent Richardson also has a tough draw against the Chiefs, but he has been more involved of late. T-Rich is averaging 72.5 total yards in his past four games.
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