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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 16 fantasy football running back rankings.
1. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy leads the NFL in rushing and total yards with 1,343 and 1,850 yards respectively. He also has eight combination touchdowns. Shady should absolutely shred the Chicago Bears terrible run defense. The Bears have allowed a league-leading 152.4 rushing yards per game. They have also yielded 17 rushing scores.
2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Speaking of bad run defenses, Jamaal Charles should run all over the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are yielding 128.9 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. Charles is averaging 131.1 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game.
3. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte is averaging 123 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He should be quite busy against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have allowed 115.9 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
4. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray is averaging 106.1 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. After last week’s debacle, the Dallas Cowboys should keep pounding him if/when they get up on the Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed 110.9 yards and a league-leading 21 rushing touchdowns.
5. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch is averaging 99.7 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. The Arizona Cardinals lead the NFL in run defense, but I still like Lynch’s chances.
6. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Alfred Morris is averaging 84.4 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He’s going up against the Cowboys. The Boys have allowed 129.9 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
7. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell is averaging 94 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He faces the Green Bay Packers. The Pack have allowed 123.4 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
8. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy is averaging 97.2 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. The Pittsburgh Steelers have allowed 115.6 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
9. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Knowshon Moreno is averaging 101.4 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He had just 55 total yards last week against the San Diego Chargers, but had some extra time to rest up for this week’s collision with the Houston Texans. The Texans are yielding 120.9 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game.
10. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore is averaging 82.3 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He should rip the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have allowed 131.4 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
11. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Ryan Mathews is averaging 83.6 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns. In his past five games he’s averaging 112.6 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns. I’ve been hesitant to trust him since he burned me last year, but Mathews has been too goo to ignore. He should continue to roll against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have allowed 103.9 yards and a touchdown per game..
12. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
Zac Stacy is averaging 96.3 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns in his past 10 games. He faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed 109.6 yards per game.
13. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Reggie Bush is averaging 116.9 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He faces the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 107.4 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game.
14 Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Ray Rice has been a disappointment this year, but the Baltimore Ravens are peaking at the right time. He’s going up against the New England Patriots. The Pats have allowed 132.5 yards per game.
15. Rashard Jennings, Oakland Raiders
Rashard Jennings is averaging 116.5 total yards in his past six games. He’s facing the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts have allowed 108.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.
16. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard is averaging 76.4 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He faces the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes have allowed 115.9 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
17. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Chris Johnson is averaging 84.9 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. The Jacksonville Jaguars are allowing 131.9 yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game, though they have improved recently.
18. Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bobby Rainey is averaging 80.3 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his past six games. He faces the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have allowed 105.4 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
19. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson has been a beast this year as usual. If he gives it a go (foot), it would be hard not to play against the Cincinnati Bengals. Monitor his status closely.
20. Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons
Steven Jackson is averaging 71.5 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns in his past three games. He’s a decent RB2 even against a tough San Francisco 49ers team.
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With an exciting 15th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 16 fantasy football running back rankings.
1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Does it even matter who AP faces? He’s averaging 164.1 yards in his past eight games. I don’t expect even a tough Houston Texans run defense to slow All Day down.
2. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster isn’t putting up Peterson numbers, but he is averaging 106.7 total yards per game with 16 combined touchdowns. He should rise to the occasion in a showdown with Peterson and the Vikings.
3. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin, like the rest of the Bucs, was a major letdown last week. He gets a chance to redeem himself against the St. Louis Rams. They have allowed 117.6 yards per game and 17 rushing scores.
4. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Moreno is averaging 121.8 total yards per game since taking over the starting gig. The Cleveland Browns have allowed 120.6 yards per game and 13 rushing scores.
5. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris is averaging 113.3 yards and a touchdown in his past four games. The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed 122.0 yards per game and nine rushing scores.
6. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Murray has scored in all three games since his return while averaging 96.3 total yards per game. The New Orleans Saints have allowed 146.3 yards per game and 13 rushing scores.
7. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
The San Francisco 49ers present a challenge, but Lynch and the Seahawks are flying high. He’s averaging 117.7 total yards over the past three games to go with five rushing scores. Lynch had 116 total yards in the first meeting.
8. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
The yardage has not been there, but the scoring has. T-Rich has 83 total yards in his past two games, but scored a pair of touchdowns in both games. He has six touchdowns in his past four games and 12 on the year. The Broncos present a tough test.
9. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Change did not do Rice or the Ravens good. Look for Rice to get back on track against the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 123.7 yards per game and eight rushing scores.
10. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller has a tough matchup against the Miami Dolphins’ top ten run defense, but Spiller is explosive and should get plenty of touches. He’s averaging nearly 100 yards per game this year while operating in a timeshare for a good part of the year.
11. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Ridley was taken out of the game by the Niners, but should bounce back against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 148.1 yards per game and 18 rushing scores.
12. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte is averaging 116 total yards the past three games. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed 136.5 yards per game and 10 rushing scores.
13. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles struck out last week against the Oakland Raiders, but has a favorable matchup against the Indianapolis Colts for a rebound. The Colts have allowed 124.7 yards per game and a dozen touchdowns.
14. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Johnson travels to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers. The Pack have allowed 114.3 yards per game and 11 rushing scores. If weather is an issue, CJ will carry the load.
15. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
Run DMC did his thing against the Chiefs, collecting 149 total yards. This week he faces the Carolina Panthers, who have allowed 117.9 yard per game and 11 rushing scores.
16. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Bush is averaging 88.3 total yards in his past four games. The Bills have allowed 144.1 yards per game and 22 rushing scores.
17. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore continues to turn in good performances. Playing the Seahawks on the road makes for a tough test though.
18. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
The Law Firm is averaging 117.2 total yards in his past five games with three touchdowns. The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the top run defenses in the league though.
19. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts
Ballard is averaging 104.5 total yards in his past two games. The Chiefs have allowed 136.4 yards per game and nine rushing scores.
20. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
S-Jax is averaging 114.7 total yards in his past six games. The Bucs lead the league in run defense, but Jackson has been playing so well. Plus, he is active in the passing game.
21. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
D-Will is averaging 128 total yards with a receiving touchdown in each of his past two games. The Raiders have allowed 122.5 yards per game and 17 rushing scores.
22. Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions
Leshoure missed a golden opportunity against the Arizona Cardinals, but still managed 59 total yards and a touchdown. The Atlanta Falcons have allowed 124.9 yards per game and 14 rushing scores.
23. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
Turner is averaging just 42.4 yards in his past five games, but has managed to score in each game. The Lions have allowed 119.4 yards per game and 12 rushing scores.
24. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints
Sproles is a lot like Michael Turner when it comes to pure numbers. Neither get a ton of yards, and their fantasy value is tied to their ability to get in the end zone. Sproles has three scores in the past two weeks and will likely get his chance against the Cowboys.
25. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Greene is not a sexy pick, but he’s steady. He’s a low-end RB2 or a solid flex play against the San Diego Chargers.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 16 2011 fantasy football running back rankings.
1. Arian Foster @ Indianapolis: Colts may have won last week, but they have allowed 18 rushing TDs. Foster won’t disappoint like CJ1K did.
2. Ray Rice vs. Cleveland: The Browns ranks 31st with 145.4 rushing ypg allowed. Rice is going to do bad, bad things to them.
3. LeSean McCoy @ Dallas: Shady has 20 total TDs. For Christmas I’d like a week without a Shady score. Don’t see it happening, but a guy can ask right?
4. Ryan Mathews @ Detroit: The dude is on fire. Detroit is giving up 135.8 ypg.
5. Rashard Mendenhall vs. St. Louis: The Rams are giving up more rushing yards (153.4 ypg) than anybody else.
6. Maurice Jones-Drew @ Tennessee: Leads the NFL with 1334 rushing yards.
7. Reggie Bush @ New England: Bush is on running it like a man possessed. He’s finally doing what everybody expected him to do.
8. Michael Bush @ Kansas City: The Chiefs are giving up 130.4. Bush is a force running and catching the ball out of the backfield.
9. Michael Turner @ New Orleans: The Saints are giving up 4.9 ypc. The Falcons have the offense that will allow them run the ball to try to slow Brees and get their track shoes on when they need some point.
10. Adrian Peterson @ Washington: Should be healthier and looking to go over the 1000 yard mark for the year.
11. Willis McGahee @ Buffalo: Returns to Buffalo where it all started. They are giving up 139.5 ypg with 16 TDs. The Broncos could put a 200 yards game on them.
12. Marshawn Lynch vs. San Francisco: I know he plays the Niners, but Beast Mode scores every game.
13. Shonn Greene vs. New York Giants: Greene has turned a corner. As long as the Jets don’t get down and abandon the run, he should deliver again.
14. LeGarrette Blount @ Carolina: Panthers are giving up 130.4 ypg. He’s a slight risk of Carolina’s offense forcing the Bucs to abandon the run though.
15. Roy Helu vs. Minnesota: Vikings are a complete mess. Helu should be a solid dual threat this week.
16. Chris Johnson vs. Jacksonville: Squandered a great opportunity last week. Hard to count on him for a big game.
17. Cedric Benson vs. Arizona: Steady RB2. Not flashy, but solid.
18. C.J. Spiller vs. Denver: Denver should be methodical on offense, which will limit Spiller’s touches. Plus, their defense is playing well, which should make it tougher for Spiller.
19. Beanie Wells @ Cincinnati: He has scored in two of the past three games, but is averaging 48.3 ypg and 2.9 ypc.
20. Steven Jackson @ Pittsburgh: Has rediscovered his groove, but Pittsburgh presents a tough match-up.
21. Frank Gore @ Seattle: Niners could be limiting his carries, which makes him a risky play against a solid Seattle run defense.
22. Ahmad Bradshaw @ New York Jets: The Jets run defense isn’t as tough as you’d think, but his limited carries make him a tough play.
23.  Khalil Bell @ Green Bay: Outplayed Barber last week, and likely a better option if Green Bay gets a lead.
24. Darren Sproles vs. Atlanta: Sproles does it all, but Atlanta is tough against the run and could try to take him out of the offense like last time (three total yards).
25. Jonathan Stewart vs. Tampa Bay: Bucs are dreadful against the run (league high 20 rushing TDs allowed), but it could be Cam or D-Will getting the scores.
26. DeAngelo Williams vs. Tampa Bay: Could have a great game or J-Stew could do the damage making both risky plays.
27. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. Miami: Predicting what Belichick will do is nearly impossible. He’s been scoring (four TDs in past four games), but barely getting any yards (averaging 31.5 total yards).
28. Kevin Smith vs. San Diego: Didn’t have a big day, but he got the bulk of the touches at RB. Risky RB2 in Week 16.
29. Jackie Battle vs. Oakland: Scored last week and has double-digit carries in three straight games. The Raiders rank 26th against the run.
30. Ben Tate @ Indianapolis: Risky play, but if Houston gets an early lead, Tate could have a nice showing against the Colts.
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Here’s my Week 16 running back rankings.

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

Inside the numbers:

  • Arian Foster let his owners down last week, but if you were able to survive, he’ll make up for it against Denver’s 31st ranked run defense (158.4 yards allowed per game).
  • I always seem to have Rashard Mendenhall ranked a little higher than everybody else, but he came through last week with 100 yards and a score. I’m very high on him against a Carolina team that’s allowed 17 rushing touchdowns and 126.2 yards per game.
  • Michael Turner had 114 yards and a score the last time he faced New Orleans, and has an average of 87.8 yards in five career games against them with four touchdowns.
  • BJGE is amazingly (and quietly) up to 12 touchdowns on the year. I’ve been a little slow giving him credit, but I love him against Buffalo’s league worst run defense (158.6).
  • I’m sure everybody on Baltimore’s defense knows who Peyton Hillis is this time around. That’s not a good thing for Mr. Hillis.
  • I’m more worried about Knowshon Moreno’s injury (ribs) than the other backs.
  • Ronnie Brown (39 yards, TD) didn’t exactly overwhelm against Buffalo last week, but he remains a borderline RB2 this week.
  • ***UPDATE*** It looks like Joseph Addai will give it a go this week. I can’t trust him yet, but it does knock Donald Brown down a few notches.
  • ***Update*** It looks like Maurice Jones-Drew is out making Rashard Jennings a sneaky start.


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