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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 15 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is averaging 94.3 total yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game. He had 122 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Oakland Raiders. Oakland has allowed 127.9 yards and a touchdown per game.
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2. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell is averaging 237 total yards and 1.7 touchdowns in his last three games. He should dominate the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have allowed 122.9 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game.
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3. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray is averaging 153.7 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He’s only 394 yards away for 2,000 yards with three games to go. Murray had 113 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles.
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4. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Arian Foster is averaging 130.4 total yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game. He had 141 total yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts.
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5. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte is averaging 121.4 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. With Brandon Marshall out with a rib injury look, for Forte to get more use. He could finish with 1,000 yards rushing and receiving. Forte faces the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans has allowed 133.5 yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game.
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6. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
C.J. Anderson, is averaging 146 total yards and 1.7 touchdowns in his past three games. With Peyton Manning opening things up, he should produce against the San Diego Chargers.
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7. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy is averaging 128.8 total yards and 1.2 touchdowns in his past six games. He faces the Buffalo Bills. Green Bay is red hot on offense and Lacy should keep trucking.
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8. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy is averaging 111.5 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past four games. He had 159 yards and a score in the first meeting with the Cowboys.
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9. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch is averaging 105.1 total yards and a touchdown per game. He had 111 total yards in the first meeting on the road against the San Francisco 49ers. Beast Mode has scored all of his nine rushing touchdowns at home this year.
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10. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
Justin Forsett is averaging 101.1 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 125.8 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns in his past four games.
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11. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints 
Mark Ingram is averaging 93.4 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He should run over the Bears. Chicago has allowed 112.3 rushing yards per game.
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12. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins 
Alfred Morris is averaging 79.6 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He had 90 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the New York Giants.
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13. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions
Joique Bell is averaging 120 total yards and a pair of touchdowns in his past two games. He had 97 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Minnesota Vikings.
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14. Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams
Tre Mason is averaging 108 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his past four games. He had 81 yards in the first meeting on the road against the Arizona Cardinals. Mason is averaging 124 total yards with all of his touchdowns in four home starts.
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15. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
Lamar Miller is averaging 76.1 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He had 78 total yards and a score in the first meeting with the New England Patriots.
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The Next Batch
15. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins
16. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals
17. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
18. Daniel Herron, Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans
19. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns
20. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills vs. Green Bay Packers
21. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
22. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos
23. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins
24. Chris Ivory, New York Jets at Tennessee Titans
25. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns
26. Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
27. Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens
28. Chris Johnson, New York Jets at Tennessee Titans
29. Andre Williams, New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins
30. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 15 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is averaging 124.8 total yards and a touchdown per game. The last time he faced the Oakland Raiders he had 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Raiders have allowed 105.9 rushing yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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2. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy is averaging 134.2 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He should torch the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes have allowed 118.8 yards and a touchdown per game.
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3. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte is averaging 108.9 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are yielding 98 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game on the ground.
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4. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch is averaging 92.2 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. Look for his power running against the New York Giants. The G-Men have yielded 105.4 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game.
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5. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy is averaging 91.1 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He is facing the Dallas Cowboys weak run defense. Lacy has three touchdowns in his past four games and six in his past eight.
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6. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Knowshon Moreno is averaging 105 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns. He had 114 total yards in the first meeting with the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts have allowed 115.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.
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7. Ben Tate, Houston Texans
Ben Tate is averaging 74.2 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past six games. He’s going up against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have yielded 130.6 yards and a touchdown per game.
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8. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
Zac Stacy has averaged 91.1 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns in his past nine games. The St. Louis Rams will lean on him to slow down Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints offense. The Saints have allowed 114.3 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game.
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9. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray has been productive when healthy. He should have a strong showing against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack have allowed 122.6 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.
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10. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Shane Vereen is averaging 109.3 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns in his past three games. He’ll continue to be an integral part of the passing game with Rob Gronkowski (knee) out. He faces the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have allowed 118.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.
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11. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard is averaging 78.7 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. In his past five games he’s averaging 99.8 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns. He had 65 total yards and two touchdowns on just nine touches in the first meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have allowed 120.2 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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12. Andre Brown, New York Giants
Andre Brown is averaging 100.8 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He’s only a borderline RB1 this week because of a tough matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.
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13. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Alfred Morris is averaging 82.8 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He has struggled, along with the entire Washington Redskins offense, the past few weeks, but should bounce back against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have allowed 133.6 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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14. Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons
Steven Jackson has been a disappointment, but is averaging 81 total yards and a touchdown in his past three games. He should continue to succeed against the lifeless Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed 115.3 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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15. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Reggie Bush is averaging 118.4 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game, but is dealing with a cramp injury. Monitor his status. If he can’t go, Joique Bell would slide right into this slot. The Lions are facing the Baltimore Ravens have allowed 101.2 yards per game.
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16. Toby Gerhart, Minnesota Vikings
Toby Gerhart ran for 89 yards and a touchdown after replacing Adrian Peterson (foot). Obviously monitor All Day’s availability. If he can’t go, Gerhart makes for a nice play against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have allowed 112.8 yard and 0.6 touchdowns per game.
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17. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore is averaging 82 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He is facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed 103.7 yards per game.
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18. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell is averaging 93.6 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He has a tough draw against the Cincinnati Bengals, but remains a quality RB2.
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19. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Chris Johnson is averaging 84.4 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He should rip the Indianapolis Colts. He is facing a tough Arizona Cardinals run defense.
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20. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Ray Rice is averaging 88.5 total yards with one touchdown in his past four games. He’s facing the Detroit Lions, fresh off of getting trucked by Shady McCoy. The Lions are yielding 99.3 yards and 0.9 touchdowns.
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With an exciting 14th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 15 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson is on a tear. He’s averaging 157.3 yards over the past seven games. The St. Louis Rams have allowed a mediocre 110.3 rushing yards per game, but are one of four teams that have allowed 15 or more rushing touchdowns.
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2. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Beast Mode was in full force as Lynch dropped 128 yards and three touchdowns on the Arizona Cardinals on just 11 carries. Next up is the Buffalo Bills, who have allowed 134.5 yards per game and a league-high 18 rushing scores.
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3. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster should be in for a big day as the Indianapolis Colts have allowed 120.6 yards per game and a dozen rushing scores.
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 4. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin continues to dominate. He is averaging 124 total yards per game with 11 touchdowns. The New Orleans Saints rank last in the NFL with 152.4 rushing yards allowed per game. In the first meeting Martin has 122 total yards and a score.
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5. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles, like Peterson, is dominating despite inadequate quarterback play. He’s averaging 117.2 yards in his past five games. The Oakland Raiders have allowed 131.2 yards per game and 17 rushing scores.
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6. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
T-Rich is averaging 93.6 total yards with 10 touchdowns in 13 games. The Washington Redskins are decent against the run, but Richardson is a dual.
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7. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris is averaging 119.7 yards with two touchdowns in his last three games. He will likely be leaned on more heavily with Robert Griffin III likely out. The Browns have allowed 120.5 yards per game and 10 rushing scores.
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8. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Rice got a little banged up (hip), but managed to deliver his first 100-yard game since Week 5. I’m more concerned about his matchup with the Denver Broncos than his hip.
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9. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
CJ has had two quiet games in a row, but one of them came against the Texans. He should rebound nicely against the New York Jets, who have allowed 136.5 yards per game and 13 rushing scores.
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10. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller will have the backfield to his own, but his matchup with Seattle tempers the expectations.
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11. David Wilson, New York Giants
With Ahmad Bradshaw out, Wilson gets his turn to shine. Atlanta ranks 22nd agaisnt the run with 127 yards per game allowed. They have also yielded 14 rushing scores.
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12. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
Run DMC had 64 total yards and a touchdown on Thursday Night Football against the Broncos. Thankfully, he had extra time to rest because he tweaked his ankle (big shock). If he’s good to go, he should fare well against the Chiefs. They have allowed 131.2 yards per game and nine rushing scores.
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13. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
The Law Firm is averaging 120.1 total yards in his past four games. The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed 119.3 yards per game.
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14. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Moreno is averaging 120.3 total yards in his three games since taking over the starting gig. The Ravens have allowed 129.3 yards per game and 12 rushing scores.
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15. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte was more effective in the passing game in the first meeting with the Green Bay Packers. He should have more success running this time, while still doing some damage through the air. The Packers have allowed 116.7 yards per game and 11 rushing scores.
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16. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Ridley has a tough matchup against the 49ers, but Tom Brady and the passing game should open things up for him.
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17. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
The New England Patriots play the run well, but Gore has a good nose around the end zone. He can also do damage in the passing game.
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18. Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions
Leshoure was quiet against the Packers despite having conditions that were more suited for the ground game. He should have no trouble getting his footing and delivering against the Cardinals. They have allowed 140.5 yards per game and nine rushing touchdowns.
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19. Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
Brown took a backseat to Nick Foles last week because the Bucs are really good against the run and terrible against the pass. He’s worth considering because of what he did in Weeks 12 & 13, but there is obviously more risk associated with him against the Bengals after last week’s dud.
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20. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
Jackson is averaging 108.4 total yards in his past five games. The Vikings will try to control the clock with Adrian Peterson, which could limit Jackson’s touches.
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21. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Murray has scored in both games since returning, but the Steelers will provide a stiff test. They are giving up just 93.2 yards per game.
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22. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Green has been sharing the load with Bilal Powell, but there has been enough to feed both backs. The Titans have allowed 127 yards per game and 12 rushing scores.
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23. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Bush is quietly averaging 83 yards the past three games. The Jacksonville Jaguars have allowed 145.7 yards per game and a league-high 18 rushing scores.
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24. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints
Sproles scored on the ground and through the air. He had 59 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with Tampa Bay. He should be active in this one too.
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25. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Mathews continues to get plenty of looks. He just hasn’t been very productive. That could change this week against the Carolina Panthers. They have allowed 121.6 yards per game and 11 rushing scores.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 15 2011 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Arian Foster vs. Carolina: T.J. Yates is good enough to keep the Panthers, who are allowing 128.9 ypg, from stuffing the box. Monster effort is expected.
2. Chris Johnson @ Indianapolis: Had a hiccup last week, but the Colts are giving up 144.3 ypg. Has had 130 or more yards in three of past five games.
3. LeSean McCoy vs. New York Jets: Continually finds a way to get into the end zone.
4. Maurice Jones-Drew @ Atlanta: Leads the league with 1222 rushing yards. Single-handedly helped teams advance to Week 15 last week.
5. Ray Rice @ San Diego: Dual threat has 363 total yards and two TDs in his past two games.
6. Cedric Benson @ St. Louis: Rams simply can’t stop the run and Benson is averaging 91.0 total yards in his past three games.
7. Beanie Wells vs. Cleveland: After facing the Niners’ stifling run defense, Cleveland’s (150.9 ypg allowed) will be a pleasant sight.
8. Reggie Bush @ Buffalo: The Bills have allowed 130.7 ypg and 15 TDs. Bush continues to deliver.
9. Michael Turner vs. Jacksonville: Jags have allowed 12 rushing TDs. Hasn’t scored in three straight games so he’s due.
10. Shonn Greene @ Philadelphia: Picking the right time to peak. Eagles have allowed 115.1 ypg and 11 rushing scores.
11. Adrian Peterson vs. New Orleans: Should be healthy enough to play this week. Could be a little rusty, but he’s All Day.
12. Felix Jones @ Tampa Bay: Bucs have allowed a league-high 19 rushing TDs.
13. Roy Helu @ New York Giants: Three straight 100+ yard games. The G-Men have allowed 127.9 and 13 rushing TDs.
14. Ryan Mathews vs. Baltimore: Also has three straight 100+ yard games, but the Ravens present a stiffer test.
15. Michael Bush vs. Detroit: I still don’t think McFadden returns. The Lions are giving up 136.1 ypg.
16. Ryan Grant @ Kansas City: Suddenly Grant is back. Should continue against the Chiefs (132.5, 13 rushing TDs).
17. Marshawn Lynch @ Chicago: Bears have a strong run defense, but Lynch is on fire.
18. Rashard Mendenhall @ San Francisco: Running well. Will he be the first to run on in on the Niners?
19. LeGarrette Blount vs. Dallas: Dallas’ offense is a threat to take him out of the game.
20. Peyton Hillis @ Arizona: Cardinals giving up 117.2 ypg and 13 rushing TDs. Will the Madden cover boy deliver after the extra rest?
21. Frank Gore vs. Pittsburgh: Steelers are hard to run on, but Gore is a tough runner.
22. Marion Barber vs. Seattle: Showed he still has something in the tank against Denver. Another surprisingly tough test this week.
23. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Washington: Hopefully he doesn’t end up in the doghouse again. Either way he’s sharing with Jacobs, making him a low-end RB2.
24. Willis McGahee vs. New England: Helu showed the Pats can be ran on.
25. Darren Sproles @ Minnesota: The Saints could score 50+ on the Vikings. Sproles will get plenty of action.
26. Steven Jackson vs. Cincinnati: Tough match-up for a RB trending in the wrong direction.
27. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Denver: Denver has only allowed six rushing scores, which is where The Firm is most useful. Tricky play in the fantasy playoffs.
28. Jonathan Stewart @ Houston: Quiet last week, but they’ll need his tough running against the #4 run defense (91.5 ypg).
29. C.J. Spiller vs. Miami: The Dolphins have the #3 run defense (89.9 ypg allowed).
30. Ben Tate vs. Carolina: There should be enough for Tate to make a flex option against the Panthers’ soft run D.
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Here’s my Week 15 running back rankings.

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

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Inside the numbers:

  • Mojo remained on fire, posting his sixth straight 100+ yard day. He faces the Colts this week, who he has only averaged 128.2 total yards with 11 touchdowns in nine career games against them.
  • Run DMC has 336 total yards and four touchdowns in  his past two games. He should destroy Denver, a team he had 196 total yards and four touchdowns against earlier this season.
  • Michael Turner quietly has six touchdowns in his past four games and ten touchdowns in his past seven games. Good luck Seattle.
  • Peyton Hillis has lost five fumbles this year. A stat that keeps him out of the top five ranking this week.
  • With the Vikings in complete disarray, it’s hard to consider Adrian Peterson a RB1 against a Bears team that is coming off an embarrassing defeat.
  • LeGarrette Blount did not meet expectations against Washington, but should bounce back against Detroit.
  • Felix Jones, Tim Hightower, and Jonathan Stewart should continue to produce while Thomas Jones and LaDainian Tomlinson continue to slide.
  • Ronnie Brown actually  makes a RB2 option this week against Buffalo, who is allowing 165.8 yards per game on the ground.

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