LeSean McCoy snow
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The smell of football is in the air. Here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 1 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Shady finished with 2,146 total yards and 11 touchdowns last year. He should get off to a fast start against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags ranked 29th last year in run defense with 131.8 yards allowed per game. They were also one of four teams to allow 20 touchdowns.
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2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles, who combined for 1,980 total yards and 19 touchdowns last season, starts off against the Tennessee Titans. He had 145 total yards and a touchdown against them last year. The Titans were also one of the four teams to allow 20 rushing scores.
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3. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte finished with 1,933 total yards and 12 touchdowns in his first year with Marc Trestman. He should get off to a strong start against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills ranked 28th last year against the run with 128.9 yards allowed per game.
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4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
All Day’s down year consisted of 1,437 total yards and 11 touchdowns. Norv Turner should make the offense more explosive. The St. Louis Rams should prevent Peterson from recording a monster day, but he should still be rock solid. The Rams ranked ninth last year against the run with 102.9 yards allowed per game.
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5.  Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Lynch compiled 1,573 total yards and 14 touchdowns during the 2013 regular season. He then averaged 96 yards per game while scoring four touchdowns during the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl run. He’ll kick the NFL season off against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack ranked 25th last year against the run allowing 125 yards per game.
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6. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
Ball averaged 4.7 yards per carry as he ran for 558 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. He caught 20 passes for another 145 yards. He faces the Indianapolis Colts as the starter. The Colts were ranked 26th last year with 125.1 rushing yards allowed.
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7. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy rumbled for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns last year with another  257 receiving yards. He has a tough first draw against the Seahawks, but Lacy remains a quality RB1 option.
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8. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster was limited to eight games last year, but averaged 1,896.3 total yards and 15.7 touchdowns the previous three seasons. He’s a good option against the Washington Redskins. The Skins allowed a league-high 23 rushing touchdowns last year.
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9. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Bernard combined for 1,209 total yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie on 226 touches. He starts off against the Baltimore Ravens. Bernard had 168 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens last year.
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10. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
Zac Stacy, at 5’8″ and 224 pounds, is a wrecking ball. Over his final 12 games as a rookie, he averaged 92.5 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He kicks things off against the Minnesota Vikings.
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11. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
Ellington averaged 5.5 yards per carry while compiling 1,023 yards on just 157 touches. He begins his role as the feature back against the San Diego Chargers.
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12. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray was limited to 14 games last season, but he finished with 1,474 total yards and 10 touchdowns. He has a tough first draw against the San Francisco 49ers.
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13. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore will share the load with Carlos Hyde, but he should start the 2014 season off with a solid effort against the Cowboys. Gore had 1,269 total yards and nine touchdowns last year.
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14. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin was limited to six games in 2013, which netted him 522 total yards and one touchdown. He has a tough first draw against the Carolina Panthers, but his ability to catch the football adds to his value.
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15. Le’veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’veon Bell was limited to 13 games as a rookie last year, but he still managed to accumulate 1,259 total yards (96.8 yards per game) and eight touchdowns. LeGarrette Blount could eat into his workload and scoring opportunities.
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16. Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars
Gerhart gets a chance to be the feature back against the Philadelphia Eagles. In nine career games with double-digit carries Toby has 697 yards on 148 carries (4.7 yards per carry, 77.4 yards per game).
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17. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller had a disappointing 2013 season, but still has averaged 5.1 career yards per carry and 34.8 receptions per season. He’s an explosive player facing last year’s worst run defense. The Bears allowed 161.4 yards per game and 22 rushing touchdowns. The Bears should be better in 2014 while the Bills could struggle to move the ball.
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18.  Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris has averaged 1,442.5 yards and 10 touchdowns in his two years in the league. He faces the Houston Texans. The Texans ranked 23rd last year in run defense with 122.4 yards allowed per game. He does very little in the passing game, which hurts his value.
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19. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
The Patriots are hard to predict, but Vereen figures to be heavily involved in the running game against the Miami Dolphins. He’s also one of Tom Brady’s preferred targets in the passing game. Last year he opened the season with 159 total yards against the Buffalo Bills.
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20.  Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
Jennings was brilliant at times for the Oakland Raiders last year, averaging 116.5 total yards in Weeks 9-15. He’s a solid RB2 against the Detroit Lions
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The Next Batch
21. Chris Johnson, New York Jets vs.Oakland Raiders
22. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers @ Arizona Cardinals
23. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants
24. Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
25. Ben Tate, Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers
26. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants
27. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons
28. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos
29. Steven Jackson vs. New Orleans Saints
30. Lamar Miller vs. New England Patriots
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Jamaal Charles running
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Here is a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends running back rankings for points-per-reception (PPR) leagues.
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1. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Andy Reid knew how to get the very best of LeSean McCoy when he coached him in Philadelphia, which made him a perfect fit to coach Jamaal Charles once he arrived in Kansas City. Charles combined for 1,980 total yards and 19 touchdowns last season. Another stellar season should be in store for this electric back. Charles could easily be the first overall pick in any draft, especially in PPR leagues.
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2. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy finished with 2,146 total yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013. He was a perfect fit for Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense and put the concussion concerns to bed en route to earning the league’s rushing title. McCoy could also be the first overall pick, particularly in PPR leagues.
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3. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte has a lot in common with Charles and McCoy. All are dual-threat backs that thrived under a new coach in 2013. Forte finished with 1,933 total yards and 12 touchdowns under the vision of Marc Trestman. He should continue to put up impressive numbers.
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4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
A down year for Adrian Peterson consisted of 1,437 total yards and 11 touchdowns. I’ll take that kind of production all day (pun intended). New offensive coordinator Norv Turner has had a great history of success with running backs of a similar ilk (Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson). Look for big things from A.D. next season.
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5. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy put any weight issues to bed by rolling for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013, even as Aaron Rodgers was limited to nine games. Lacy added 257 receiving yards as well, proving that he’s not one-dimensional. As long as there isn’t a sophomore slump, Lacy should be a strong RB1 in 2014.
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6. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
Ball averaged 4.7 yards per carry as he ran for 558 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. He caught 20 passes for another 145 yards. Now that he’s the feature back, look for him to shine as defenses key in on Peyton Manning and the passing game.
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7. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray was limited to 14 games last season, but he finished with 1,474 total yards and 10 touchdowns. His talent and explosiveness cannot be questioned; durability is another issue. If he can stay healthy big numbers should follow.
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8. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch showed everybody that he’s “’bout that action, boss,” as Beast Mode compiled 1,573 total yards and 14 touchdowns during the 2013 regular season. He then averaged 96 yards per game while scoring four touchdowns during the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl run. He’s a power back, but he takes a hit in PPR leagues.
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9. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
Zac Stacy, at 5’8″ and 224 pounds, is a wrecking ball. Over his final 12 games as a rookie, he averaged 92.5 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He comes with some risk, but he also brings plenty of reward potential.
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10. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Bernard combined for 1,209 total yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie on 226 touches. Look for more touches in his sophomore year.
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11. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster was limited to eight games last year, but 1,896.3 total yards and 15.7 touchdowns the previous three seasons. Foster, who is dealing with a hamstring issue, is a bit of a risk, but he has a lot of potential.
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12. Le’veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’veon Bell was limited to 13 games as a rookie last year, but he still managed to accumulate 1,259 total yards (96.8 yards per game) and eight touchdowns. He’s a big back at 6′ 1″ and 244 pounds with soft hands (45 receptions) making him a solid RB1 option. His blunt (aka LeGarrette Blount) brother will take some of his stash.
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13. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller did not get fed the ball until he puked last year, which lead to a disappointing season. Injuries played a role. Still, Spiller has  a 5.1 career yards per carry average and has averaged 34.8 receptions per season. He remains explosive. If he can stay durable, Spiller has the potential to be a steal in fantasy drafts.
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14. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin was limited to six games in 2013, which netted him 522 total yards and one touchdown. Tampa Bay was dysfunctional at the time of his season-ending injury. The Bucs made strides throughout the year, and Bobby Rainey and Mike James had some solid moments as replacements. Newly hired head coach Lovie Smith will want a run-first offense, which bodes well for Martin. He should also be very active in the passing game, a la Matt Forte
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15. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
Ellington averaged 5.5 yards per carry while compiling 1,023 yards on just 157 touches. He scored just four touchdowns last year, but figures to be more involved in the offense this year, which will lead to greater production and more scoring opportunities.
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16. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Vereen only played in eight games last year, but caught 47 passes and finished with 635 total yards and four touchdowns. He could easily double the yards and touchdowns if he stays healthy.
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17.  Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris has averaged 1,442.5 yards and 10 touchdowns in his two years in the league. The Redskins will likely be more pass-oriented under Jay Gruden, but Morris still figures to be the bell cow. He doesn’t offer much in the passing game, but remains a high-end RB2.
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18. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Mathews had a surprising season with 1,444 total yards and seven scores. More importantly, he stayed healthy and had 311 touches. As long as his body can hold up and fumbling doesn’t become an issue, Mathews will be a rock solid RB2.
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19. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Bush caught 54 passes last year and finished with 1,512 total yard and seven touchdowns. Joique Bell finished with 53 catches,  1,197 total yards and eight touchdowns last year and could continue to eat into Bush’s production.
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20. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
Jennings was brilliant at times for the Raiders, averaging 116.5 total yards in Weeks 9-15. He will lose some goal line work to Andre Williams, but still figures to be highly active for the G-Men.
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21. Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans
Sankey averaged 1,931 total yards and 18.5 touchdowns the past two seasons at the University of Washington. He stands the best chance of all rookies to make an immediate impact. He should have no problem holding off Shonn Greene. Plus, Sankey should be active in the passing game.
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22. Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars
Gerhart has not had a lot of opportunities running behind Adrian Peterson, but when given the chance he has succeeded. In the nine games that he received double-digit carries Toby has 697 yards on 148 carries (4.7 ypc, 77.4 ypg). He can catch the ball out of the backfield and should get the goal line looks.
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Adrian Peterson 2012
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Here is a revised and expanded look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends running back rankings.
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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
A down year for Adrian Peterson consisted of 1,437 total yards and 11 touchdowns. I’ll take that kind of production all day (pun intended). New offensive coordinator Norv Turner has had a great history of success with running backs of a similar ilk (Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson). Look for big things from A.D. next season.
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2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Andy Reid knew how to get the very best of LeSean McCoy when he coached him in Philadelphia, which made him a perfect fit to coach Jamaal Charles once he arrived in Kansas City. Charles combined for 1,980 total yards and 19 touchdowns last season. Another stellar season should be in store for this electric back. Charles could easily be the first overall pick in any draft, especially in points-per-reception (PPR) leagues.
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3. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy finished with 2,146 total yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013. He was a perfect fit for Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense and put the concussion concerns to bed en route to earning the league’s rushing title. McCoy could also be the first overall pick, particularly in PPR leagues.
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4. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte has a lot in common with Charles and McCoy. All are dual-threat backs that thrived under a new coach in 2013. Forte finished with 1,933 total yards and 12 touchdowns under the vision of Marc Trestman. He should continue to put up impressive numbers.
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5. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy put any weight issues to bed by rolling for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013, even as Aaron Rodgers was limited to nine games. Lacy added 257 receiving yards as well, proving that he’s not one-dimensional. As long as there isn’t a sophomore slump, Lacy should be a strong RB1 in 2014.
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6. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch showed everybody that he’s “’bout that action, boss,” as Beast Mode compiled 1,573 total yards and 14 touchdowns during the 2013 regular season. He then averaged 96 yards per game while scoring four touchdowns during the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl run. He’s a power back. Use him accordingly.
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7. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
Ball averaged 4.7 yards per carry as he ran for 558 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. He caught 20 passes for another 145 yards. Now that he’s the feature back, look for him to shine as defenses key in on Peyton Manning and the passing game.
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8. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray was limited to 14 games last season, but he finished with 1,474 total yards and 10 touchdowns. His talent and explosiveness cannot be questioned; durability is another issue. If he can stay healthy big numbers should follow.
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9. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
Zac Stacy, at 5’8″ and 224 pounds, is a wrecking ball. Over his final 12 games as a rookie, he averaged 92.5 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He comes with some risk, but he also brings plenty of reward potential.
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10. Le’veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’veon Bell was limited to 13 games as a rookie last year, but he still managed to accumulate 1,259 total yards (96.8 yards per game) and eight touchdowns. He’s a big back at 6′ 1″ and 244 pounds with soft hands (45 receptions) making him a solid RB1 option.
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11. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Bernard combined for 1,209 total yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie on 226 touches. Look for more touches in his sophomore year.
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12. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster was limited to eight games last year, but 1,896.3 total yards and 15.7 touchdowns the previous three seasons. Foster, who is dealing with a hamstring issue, is a bit of a risk, but he has a lot of potential.
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13. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller did not get fed the ball until he puked last year, which lead to a disappointing season. Injuries played a role. Still, Spiller has  a 5.1 career yards per carry average and has averaged 34.8 receptions per season. He remains explosive. If he can stay durable, Spiller has the potential to be a steal in fantasy drafts.
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14.  Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris has averaged 1,442.5 yards and 10 touchdowns in his two years in the league. The Redskins will likely be more pass-oriented under Jay Gruden, but Morris still figures to be the bell cow. He doesn’t offer much in the passing game, but remains a high-end RB2.
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15. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin was limited to six games in 2013, which netted him 522 total yards and one touchdown. Tampa Bay was dysfunctional at the time of his season-ending injury. The Bucs made strides throughout the year, and Bobby Rainey and Mike James had some solid moments as replacements. Newly hired head coach Lovie Smith will want a run-first offense, which bodes well for Martin. He should also be very active in the passing game, a la Matt Forte.
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16. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
Ellington averaged 5.5 yards per carry while compiling 1,023 yards on just 157 touches. He scored just four touchdowns last year, but figures to be more involved in the offense this year, which will lead to greater production and more scoring opportunities.
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17. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Mathews had a surprising season with 1,444 total yards and seven scores. More importantly, he stayed healthy and had 311 touches. As long as his body can hold up and fumbling doesn’t become an issue, Mathews will be a rock solid RB2.
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18. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
Jennings was brilliant at times for the Raiders, averaging 116.5 total yards in Weeks 9-15. He will lose some goal line work to Andre Williams, but still figures to be highly active for the G-Men.
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19. Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans
Sankey averaged 1,931 total yards and 18.5 touchdowns the past two seasons at the University of Washington. He stands the best chance of all rookies to make an immediate impact. He should have no problem holding off Shonn Greene. Plus, Sankey should be active in the passing game.
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20. Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars
Gerhart has not had a lot of opportunities running behind Adrian Peterson, but when given the chance he has succeeded. In the nine games that he received double-digit carries Toby has 697 yards on 148 carries (4.7 ypc, 77.4 ypg). He can catch the ball out of the backfield and should get the goal line looks.
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Adrian Peterson 2012
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The Super Bowl is over. The smoke has cleared and the confetti has been swept away. What better time to start looking ahead at the 2014 fantasy football season and the LestersLegends early running back rankings.
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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
A down year for Adrian Peterson consisted of 1,437 total yards and 11 touchdowns. I’ll take that kind of production all day (pun intended). Norv Turner has had a great history of success with running backs of a similar ilk (Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson). Look for big things from AP.
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2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Andy Reid knew how to get the very best of LeSean McCoy, which made him a perfect fit for Jamaal Charles. Charles combined for 1,980 total yards and 19 touchdowns. Another stellar season should be in store for this electric back. Charles could easily be the first pick, especially in points-per-reception (PPR) leagues.
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3. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy finished with 2,146 total yards and 11 touchdowns. He was a perfect fit for Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense and put the concussion concerns to bed en route to the rushing title. McCoy could also be the first pick, particularly in PPR leagues.
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4. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch showed everybody that he’s “’bout that action, boss”. Beast Mode compiled 1,573 total yards and 14 touchdowns. He averaged 96 yards per game while scoring four touchdown during the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl run. He’s a power back. Use accordingly.
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5. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte had a lot in common with Charles and McCoy. They all are dual-threat backs that thrived under a new coach. Forte finished with 1,933 total yard and 12 touchdowns under the vision of Marc Trestman. He should continue to put up impressive numbers.
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6. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy put any weight issues to bed by rolling for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns even as Aaron Rodgers was limited to nine games. Lacy added 257 receiving yards to show he’s not one-dimensional. As long as there isn’t a sophomore slump, Lacy should be a strong RB1 in 2014.
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7. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin was limited to six games, which netted him 522 total yards and one touchdown. Tampa Bay was dysfunctional at the time of his season-ending injury. The Bucs made strides throughout the year and Bobby Rainey and Mike James had some solid moments as replacements. Lovie Smith will want a run-first offense, which bodes well for Martin. He should also be very active in the passing game a la Matt Forte.
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8. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray was limited to 14 games, but he finished with 1,474 total yards and 10 touchdowns. The talent and explosiveness cannot be questioned. Durability is another issue.
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9. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
Zac Stacy, at 5’8″ and 224 pounds is a wrecking ball. In his final 12 games he averaged 92.5 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He comes with some risk, but also brings plenty of reward potential.
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10. Le’veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’veon Bell was limited to 13 games last year, but still managed to accumulate 1,259 total yards (96.8 yards per game) and eight touchdowns. He’s a big back at 6′ 1″ and 244 pounds with soft hands (45 receptions).
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LeSean McCoy snow
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Most fantasy leagues have wrapped up already, but there are some that still play to the bitter end. For those leagues, I present the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 17 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy is averaging 134.1 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He should finish strong against the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys have allowed 127.9 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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2. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy is averaging 96.7 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He should beast out in the finale against the Chicago Bears. The Bears have allowed 161.5 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game. Lacy had 150 yards and a score in the first meeting.
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3. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray is averaging 106.5 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have allowed 107.5 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.
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4. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte is averaging 118.4 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He closes the season out against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack have allowed 125.3 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. Forte had 179 yards and a score in the first meeting.
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5. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch is averaging 98.1 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He should close strong against the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have allowed 102.3 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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6. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Reggie Bush started the season off with a bang with 191 total yards and a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. He is averaging 111.3 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. Bush should finish strong as the Vikes have allowed 113.6 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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7. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell is averaging 96.9 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He takes on the Cleveland Browns in the finale. The Browns have allowed 110.7 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. Bell had 98 total yards in the first meeting.
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8. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Alfred Morris is averaging 80.9 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He wraps up another strong year against the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 110.1 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. Morris had 53 total yard and a score in the first meeting.
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9. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
Zac Stacy is averaging 97.5 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns in his past 11 games. He has a tough finale against the Seattle Seahawks, but he managed 134 yards against them in the first meeting.
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10. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Ryan Mathews is averaging 113.7 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns in his past six games. He has a tough finish against the Kansas City Chiefs, but Matthews has 65 total yards and a score in the first meeting.
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11. Andre Brown, New York Giants
Andre Brown has fizzled out a bit averaging 40 total yards in is past two games after averaging 100.8 total yards with all three of his touchdowns in his first five games, but he should close out strong against the Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed 109.8 yards and 1.5 touchdowns. Brown had 58 total yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting.
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12. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills
Fred Jackson is averaging 78 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He faces the New England Patriots. The Pats have allowed 131.7 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. Jackson had 108 total yards against them in the first meeting.
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13. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
LeGarrette Blount had 76 yards and a pair of scores in Week 16 against the Baltimore Ravens. He should have a heavy load in the finale against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have allowed 119.7 yards per game.
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14. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard is averaging 75.7 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He faces the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have allowed 105.1 yards per game. Bernard had 95 total yards and a score in the first meeting.
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15. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
The fact that the Patriots play the afternoon game makes Moreno and the Broncos play to win. He should do his damage early against the Oakland Raiders.
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LeSean McCoy snow
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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..
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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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