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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 10 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson is averaging 109 total yards and a touchdown per game. He’s facing the Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed 116.6 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game.
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2. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch is averaging 102.6 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are giving up 116.3 rushing yards per game.
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3. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte continues to be the focal point for the Chicago Bears offense. This week the Bears take on the Detroit Lions. The Lions have allowed 108.5 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game.
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4. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Knowshon Moreno is averaging 92.9 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. He is facing the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts have allowed 118.4 rushing yards per game.
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5. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Reggie Bush is averaging 121.9 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He will be a force running and catching the ball against the Bears.
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6. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Chris Johnson is averaging 87.9 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He looked like the CJ2K of old after running for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the St. Louis Rams. Johnson should torch the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags are giving up 161.8 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game on the ground.
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7. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy is averaging 121.9 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns. He’s facing the Green Bay Packers in what should be a shootout.
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8. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
Zac Stacy is averaging 153.5 yards and a touchdown in his past two games. He’s facing the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have allowed 124.9 rushing yards per game.
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9. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
C.J. Spiller came to life last week with 155 total yards against the Kansas City Chiefs. He should keep rolling against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have allowed 131.3 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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10. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Alfred Morris is averaging 85.8 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He’d be a real beast if Mike Shanahan would stop stealing short touchdowns from him. Morris should pound the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes have allowed 104 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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11. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell is averaging 85.8 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. The Pittsburgh Steelers face the Buffalo Bills. The Bills are yielding 115.2 yards per game.
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12. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy will have to take on a bigger role with Aaron Rodgers banged up. He should pound the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have allowed 111.8 yards per game.
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13. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore is averaging 89.3 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He has a tough draw against the Carolina Panthers, but he should still be productive. The Panthers have allowed just 79.1 yards per game.
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14. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard is averaging 69.8 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. As long as his ribs aren’t an issue he should have a solid game against the Baltimore Ravens.
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15. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
Lamar Miller is averaging 65 total yards per game, but has stepped it up with a 120.5 yard average in his past two games. He’s facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed 107.5 yards per game.
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16. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Maurice Jones-Drew is averaging 62.6 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns. He has a solid matchup against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have allowed 122.5 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game.
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17. Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders
Rashad Jennings should get the start with Darren McFadden dealing with a hamstring injury. In the three games in which he received double-digit touches, Jennings averaged 111 total yards. The Oakland Raiders are facing the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 102.3 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game.
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18. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
Andre Ellington exploded in his last game with 154 yards and a score against the Atlanta Falcons. He faces the Houston Texans. The Texans have allowed 115.5 yards per game.
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19. Mike James, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike James ran for 158 yards against the Seahawks last week. He faces the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have allowed 116.5 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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20. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray didn’t get much use last week against the Vikings, but should see more touches against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed 121.3 yards per game.
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With an exciting ninth week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 10 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Peterson is averaging the highest total yards per game total (123.0) of his brilliant career. He has four touchdowns in the past three games. This is with a brutal passing attack. He gashed Seattle last week and should do the same against Detroit.
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2. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Beast Mode has three straight 100-yard games and five on the year. The Jets are giving up 141.4 rushing yards per game. They are in trouble.
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3. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Rice is averaging 109.2 total yards and 0.75 touchdowns per game. Oakland has allowed ten rushing touchdowns and 124.1 rushing yards per game.
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4. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
The matchup with Chicago is tough, but Foster has scored in ten straight games dating back to last year. In fact, he has scored in sixteen of his past seventeen games.
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5. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin has 486 total yards and six touchdowns in the past two games. San Diego has a solid run defense, but this dude is on fire.
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6. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore comes out of the bye averaging 97.1 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He’s a great play against St. Louis.
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7. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Shady is starting to be more active in the passing game again. He’s a strong play against Dallas.
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8. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Bush had a beautiful touchdown against the Colts. He should blow up against Tennessee. The Titans have allowed 141.6 rushing yards per game and nine touchdowns.
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9. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte has a tough draw against Houston. They have not allowed a rushing touchdown all year. He’s averaging 117.3 total yards in his past four games though.
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10. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos
McGahee is averaging 98.8 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. The Panthers are yielding 119.0 rushing yards per game.
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11. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Ridley bounced back from two sub-par games with 127 yards and a touchdown prior to last week’s bye. Buffalo has allowed 169.5 rushing yards per game and 14 rushing touchdowns. Stevan scored twice in their first meeting.
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12. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Miami is only giving up 83.9 rushing yards per game, but Johnson is averaging 143.5 total yards in his past four games.
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13. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Tampa Bay has a stout run defense, but Mathews is a threat in the passing game as well.
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14. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
The Firm found his way into the end zone against Denver. The Giants got gashed by Pittsburgh last week and have allowed 118.0 rushing yards per game.
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15. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
Bradshaw had a quiet game against Pittsburgh. He should be better against Cincinnati. The Bengals have allowed 117.0 rushing yards per game and nine rushing touchdowns.
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16. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
The Saints have been brutal against the run. Turner is coming off a strong game against Dallas.
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17. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
I don’t expect Spiller to do his damage on the ground, but he should be very productive in the passing game.
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18. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts
Ballard dominated the touches with Donald Brown hurting. I expect him to do the same against Jacksonville. The Jags have allowed 137.4 rushing yards per game.
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19. Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions
LeShoure ran for three touchdowns in the first half. The Vikings have been brutal the past two game as Doug Martin and Lynch ripped them apart.
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20. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
He hasn’t been able to get anything going, averaging 41.0 total yards the past three games. Taking on Pittsburgh won’t help.
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21. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Decent RB2 against Atlanta. The Falcons have allowed 127.5 rushing yards per game.
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22. Isaac Redman, Pittsburgh Steelers
Redman will draw the start, but Dwyer will likely get some action in. The Steelers have been pounding the football so Redman should be a solid play. The Chiefs are giving up 126.0 yards per game on the ground.
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23. Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jennings didn’t get a chance to get many carries as the Jags got blitzed by Detroit. He wasn’t able to get it going in the passing game either. He should be better against the Colts. They are giving up 130.8 rushing yards per game.
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24. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Despite what Adrian Peterson did to them, the Seahawks are a tough run defense. Greene will have his work cut out for him.
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25. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
Led the team in carries against Washington, but it was Cam and DeAngelo to score. He’s only a borderline RB2 against Denver.
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26. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills
Jackson should also have a decent day, mostly in receiving yards, against New England.
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27.Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
I still don’t expect Murray back. Had a decent game against Atlanta, but a lot of it came in garbage time. Not a great play against Philly.
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28. Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins
Didn’t see double-digit carries against Indy, but finished with 62 total yards. Should be solid against Tennessee.
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29. Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders
Should get extra touches against Baltimore with the Raiders’ injury situation at running back.
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30. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
He’s sharing the load with Richardson and facing a stout Niners defense. Look for another option if possible.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 10 2011 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1.  Arian Foster @ Tampa Bay:  The Bucs are giving up 132.4 ypg and 4.9 ypc. Foster is averaging 169.3 total yards with five TDs in his past three games.
2. Ray Rice @ Seattle:  Averaging 92.5 total yard with four TDs in past two games. Averaging 118.5 total yards and a score on the year.
3.  Adrian Peterson @ Green Bay:  Went for 175 against the Pack a couple weeks ago. Averaging 168.5 total yards in Ponder starts.
4.  LeSean McCoy vs. Arizona:  This one should be ugly and Shady should lead the way.
5.  Maurice Jones-Drew @ Indianapolis:  Suck for Luck Colts are giving up 146.1 ypg. Mojo has 11 TDs in ten career games against Indy.
6.  Matt Forte vs. Detroit:  The Lions are giving up 137.6 ypg and 5.2 ypc. Forte had 151 total yards against them in Week 5.
7.  DeMarco Murray vs. Buffalo:  Forget his monster game. Murray is averaging 129 total yards the past two games. The Bills are giving up 120.8 ypg to go along with ten rushing TDs.
8.  Chris Johnson @ Carolina:  Showed he still has a pulse. The Panthers are giving up 133.3 ypg with 11 TDs.
9.  Steven Jackson @ Cleveland:  S-Jax is averaging 132.8 total yards in his past four games.
10.  Frank Gore vs. NYG:  He’s a little banged up (ankle) but has averaged 126.8 rushing yards the past five games.
11.  Fred Jackson @ Dallas:  The Boys are good against the run but Jackson is averaging 169.5 total yards the past four games.
12.  Willis McGahee @ Kansas City:  Roared back with 163 yards and two scores. The Chiefs are giving up 120.3 ypg.
13.  Michael Turner @ New Orleans:  Averaging 97 yards and a score the past four games.
14.  Shonn Greene vs. New England:  Concussion will have to check out but he’s averaging 86.3 yards the past four games.
15.  Darren Sproles @ Atlanta:  Averaging 92 total yards and a score the past three games.
16.  Michael Bush @ San Diego:  Assuming that Darren McFadden won’t be able to go in the Thursday game. Bush averaging 120 total yards the past two games.
17.  LeGarrette Blount vs. Houston:  Returned with a solid 72 yards at a 5.5 ypc clip. If he could just keep his hands to himself.
18.  Mike Tolbert vs. Oakland:  Even if Ryan Mathews can go in this one, Tolbert will play a large role.
19.  Beanie Wells @ Philadelphia:  He’s playing hurt but Philly has issues stopping the run.
20.  Rashard Mendenhall @ Cincinnati:  Averaging 82.5 total yards and 0.5 TDs the past four games.
21.  Reggie Bush @ Washington:  Something has gotten into Reggie. He’s averaging 131 total yards the past two weeks.
22.  BenJarvus Green Ellis @ New York Jets:  Slow the past few weeks but against tough run defenses. Jets rank 22nd and will be worrying about Brady. The Law Firm went for 136 yards and two TDs in Week 5.
23.  Ryan Mathews vs. Oakland:  The thought is that he’ll be able to play in this one. He’s been effective when he plays. He will likely have a reduced workload though.
24.  Jackie Battle vs. Denver:  Took a step back last week but still averaging 83.4 total yards the past four games.
25.  Brandon Jacobs @ San Francisco:  Ahmad Bradshaw will likely miss this one as well. Niners are tough defensively.
26.  Roy Helu @ Miami:  I don’t completely buy his last game but he should see a lot of touches.
27.  Chris Ogbonnaya vs. St. Louis:  Likely getting the bulk of the carries against league’s worst run defense (153.6 ypg)
28.  Cedric Benson vs. Pittsburgh:  Tough game but at least he’s at home.
29. Marshawn Lynch vs. Baltimore:  Ditto. Plus Lynch has scored in the past four games he’s played in.
30.  James Starks vs. Minnesota:  Had 99 total yards vs. Vikes in Week 7.
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Here’s my Week 10 running back rankings. Keep in mind that Green Bay, Oakland, New Orleans, and San Diego are on bye.

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1. Arian Foster @ Jacksonville
2. Adrian Peterson @ Chicago
3. Frank Gore vs. St. Louis
4. Rashard Mendenhall vs. New England
5. Chris Johnson @ Miami
6. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Houston
7. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Dallas
8. LeSean McCoy @ Washington
9. Jahvid Best @ Buffalo
10. LeGarrette Blount vs. Carolina
11. Jamaal Charles @ Denver
12. Ray Rice @ Atlanta (10.2 fantasy points)
13. Cedric Benson @ Indianapolis
14. Steven Jackson @ San Francisco
15. LaDainian Tomlinson @ Cleveland
16. Fred Jackson vs. Detroit
17. Peyton Hillis vs. New York Jets
18. Matt Forte vs. Minnesota
19. Beanie Wells vs. Seattle
20. Thomas Jones @ Denver
21. Marshawn Lynch @ Arizona
22. Knowshon Moreno vs. Kansas City
23. Ryan Torain vs. Philadelphia
24. Ronnie Brown vs. Tennessee
25. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Pittsburgh
26. Shonn Greene @ Cleveland
27. Mike Goodson @ Tampa Bay
28. Donald Brown vs. Cincinnati
29. Brandon Jacobs vs. Dallas
30. Ricky Williams vs. Tennessee

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Inside the numbers:

  • Arian Foster has ten touchdowns (9 rushing, 1 receiving) already. The Jags have allowed 11 rushing TDs on the year, second worst in the league.
  • Worst in the league with 14 is Denver. Both Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones are good plays once again.
  • Frank Gore averages 100.3 total yards against St. Louis with ten touchdowns in eight games.
  • Mojo has seven touchdowns in seven career games against Houston.
  • Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 126 yards the last time he played the Cowboys.
  • Buffalo has allowed a league high 178.3 rushing yards per game. The electric Jahvid Best could put up monster numbers.
  • LaDainian Tomlinson has done nearly as much damage catching the ball (71 yards) as he has running the ball (101 yards) in his past two games.
  • DeAngelo Williams will be inactive, moving Mike Goodson into the rankings. That said, he’s not a great play.
  • The updated ranking reflect Thursday night’s game. Ray Rice set the bar for low-end RB1 while Michael Turner played his way out of the rankings.

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