Jonathan Stewart
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Super Bowl 50 does not feature an elite running back, but power running will be prevalent.
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1. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
2. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
3. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos
4. Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers
5. Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers
6. Fozzy Whitaker, Carolina Panthers
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Jonathan Stewart
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Here’s the Lester’s Legends fantasy football running back rankings for the AFC & NFC Conference Championship Games.
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1. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
2. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
3. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
4. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos
5. James White, New England Patriots
6. Steven Jackson, New England Patriots
7. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
8. Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers
9. Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers
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David Johnson
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football running back rankings for the Divisional Round.
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1. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
2. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
4. James White, New England Patriots
5. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
6. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos
7. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
8. Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs
9. Fitzgerald Toussaint, Pittsburgh Steelers
10.. James Starks, Green Bay Packers
11. Steven Jackson, New England Patriots
12. Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks
13. Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs
14. Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots
15. Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers
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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. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
2. Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs
3. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
4. Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawk
5. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
6. Alfred Blue, Houston Texans
7. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
8. Fitzgerald Toussaint, Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Matt Jones, Washington Redskins
10. James Starks, Green Bay Packers
11. Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs
12. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
13. Bryce Brown, Seattle Seahawks
14. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
15. Jonathan Grimes, Houston Texans
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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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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 »

Michael Turner running
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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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Before you start to break down the rankings for the playoffs, you need to decide who you think will be in the Super Bowl. I’m predicting a Patriots-Saints Super Bowl. As I pave their path to the big game, I will know how many games I expect each playoff team to play in.
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Here’s the breakdown.
Saints (4)
Eagles (3)
Patriots (3)
Colts (2)
Ravens (2)
Steelers (2)
Bears (1)
Chiefs (1)
Falcons (1)
Jets (1)
Packers (1)
Seahawks (1)
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Here are my top running backs based on my above playoff projections.
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1. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
2. LeSean McCoy
3. Rashard Mendenhall
4. Ray Rice
5. Reggie Bush
6. Michael Turner
7. Jamaal Charles
8. Joseph Addai
9. Julius Jones
10. Matt Forte
11. Shonn Greene
12. LaDainian Tomlinson
13. Marshawn Lynch
14. Danny Woodhead
15. Dominic Rhodes
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