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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 14 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is averaging 121.9 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He should rip through the Washington Redskins defense. The Skins are allowing 108.8 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game on the ground.
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2. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte is averaging 118 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He should continue to roll against the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys give up 126.7 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson is averaging 114.4 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. The Baltimore Ravens have a tough run defense, but All Day is on fire with 357 yards in his past two games.
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4. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy is averaging 91.2 total yards and has scored a touchdown in five of his past seven games. He had a rough Thanksgiving, but should bounce back against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have allowed 135.4 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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5. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray is coming off a three-touchdown performance on Thanksgiving. He had extra time to rest up before facing the Chicago Bears. The Bears rank dead last in the NFL with 153.6 rushing yards allowed per game. They have also allowed 1.3 rushing touchdowns per game.
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6. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch has a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, but he had 135 total yards and three touchdowns in the last meeting with them.
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7. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Knowshon Moreno is averaging 104.7 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He should feast on the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have yielded 114 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game.
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8. Ben Tate, Houston Texans
Ben Tate bounced back from a horrible performance with 102 yards and three touchdowns against the New England Patriots. He should have another strong showing against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 130.4 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game.
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9. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy is averaging 126.9 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Detroit Lions. The Lions are strong against the run, but Shady is a dual threat.
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10. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Reggie Bush is averaging 118.4 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He should be a force against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have allowed 115.5 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game.
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11. Andre Brown, New York Giants
Andre Brown is averaging 102 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts have allowed 117.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.
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12. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell is averaging 94.1 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He squares off with the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have allowed 121.8 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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13. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Alfred Morris is averaging 87.1 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the reeling Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have allowed 117.3 yards per game.
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14. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore is averaging 79.7 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He has a tough matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, but he had 65 total yards and a score in the first meeting.
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15. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Maurice Jones-Drew is averaging 84 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past eight games. He faces the Houston Texans. The Texans have allowed 116 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.
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16. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Ray Rice just can’t get on track this year. He should be able to get the job done against the Minnesota Vikings though. The Vikes have allowed 120.6 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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17. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
Zac Stacy is averaging 99.8 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past eight games. He’s facing the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards have allowed just 83.3 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game.
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18. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard is averaging 72.9 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He should light up the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have yielded 128.6 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.
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19. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Chris Johnson is averaging 86.8 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have allowed 0.9 touchdowns per game. I expect Johnson to be active in the passing game in this one.
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20. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
C.J. Spiller bust out last week against the Atlanta Falcons. He has a much more difficult matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he is capable of a big game. The Bucs have allowed 106.8 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game.
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With an exciting 13th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 14 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster had a modest day (53 total yards) against the Tennessee Titans, but he scored yet again. Foster has 15 touchdowns through 12 games. The New England Patriots are solid against the run, but Foster so consistent.
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2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Peterson is averaging 181.8 total yards in his past four games. The Chicago Bears “held” him to 138 yards in Week 12. He’s not human.
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3. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
T-Rich is averaging 124.2 total yards with three touchdowns in his past five games. The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed 129.3 at 4.7 yards per carry.
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4. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Lynch is averaging 110.4 total yards with four touchdowns in his past five games. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed 128.6 yards per game.
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5. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin is averaging 123.4 total yards with 10 touchdowns in 12 games. He’s a ball of awesomeness. This week he faces the lifeless Philadelphia Eagles.
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6. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Rice was held to 83 total yards by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he managed to score a touchdown. He should have continued success against the Washington Redskins.
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7. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles is averaging 115.8 total yards in his past four games. The Browns are giving up 115.6 rushing yards per game.
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8. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Johnson has averaged 120 total yards in his past nine games. He had 117 total yards in his first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts. Indy has allowed 122.6 yards per game and 12 rushing scores.
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9. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller continues to do serious damage with just about 15 touches per game. He’s averaging 112.1 total yards in his past four games. This week he faces the Rams. They have allowed 114.4 yards per game and 15 rushing scores.
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10. Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
If LeSean McCoy can go this week, it will shakes things up. Brown is averaging 186 total yards and a pair of touchdowns in tow starts. This week will be tougher against Tampa’s league-best run defense (82.3 yards per game).
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11. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
Bradshaw is a solid option against the league’s worst run defense. The New Orleans Saints have allowed 153.8 yards per game and 11 rushing scores.
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12. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Ridley has a tough matchup against Houston, but Tom Brady and company will keep them honest. Ridley is averaging 84.2 yards and a touchdown in his past five games.
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13. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Moreno had a more modest game (83 total yards) against the Bucs, which was expected as they have the league’s top run defense. This week he gets the Oakland Raiders. They have allowed 130.4 yards per game and 16 rushing scores.
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14. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte had 96 total yards and a touchdown on a ankle that wasn’t 100 percent. The Vikings have allowed 115.1 yards per game and 10 rushing scores.
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15. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris has been a steady option all year. He faces the Ravens, who have allowed 125.8 yards per game and 11 rushing scores.
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16. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
The Law Firm has strung together three straight 100-yard games. The Dallas Cowboys have allowed 116.5 yards per game and 11 rushing scores.
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17. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore is averaging 88 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past four games. The Miami Dolphins are stout against the run, but Gore averages 107 total yards per game at home.
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18. Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions
LeShoure has scored in three straight games. The Green Bay Packers have allowed 115.2 yards per game and 10 rushing scores.
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19. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
Jackson has averaged 117.3 total yards in his past four games. He’s a solid RB2 option against the Bills. They have allowed 139.2 yards per game and a league-high 17 rushing scores.
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20. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Murray came back with a bang, record 102 total yards and a touchdown against the Eagles. Expect the Bengals to put up more of a fight.
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21. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
Turner has now scored in three straight games. With seven touchdowns on the year, it’s possible that he could record his fifth straight double-digit touchdown season. He’s facing the Carolina Panthers, who have allowed 128.8 yards per game and 10 rushing scores. Turner had 178 total yards and a touchdown against them in Week 4.
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22. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Greene has not scored in five weeks, but he has averaged 83.4 total yards during that span. He takes on the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have allowed 144.0 yards per game and 16 rushing scores.
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23. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts
Ballard gets the benefit of playing without Donald Brown. Locking horns with the Titans, who rank 27th in run defense (129.4) also helps. Tennessee has allowed 11 rushing scores.
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24. Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers
Dwyer struggled against the Ravens with 49 yards on 16 carries (3.1 yards per carry), but he was able to get in the end zone. The San Diego Chargers present a tough matchup, especially if Ben Roethlisberger can’t go again.
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25.Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Mathews has yet to be spectacular this year. He has been pretty steady though. The Steelers present a tough test.
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26. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
D-Will will likely carry the full load once again. Atlanta has allowed 121.3 yards per game and 13 rushing scores.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 14 2011 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Ray Rice @ Indianapolis:  Faces a Colts team giving up 144.2 ypg with 17 rushing scores.
2. Michael Turner @ Carolina:  Panthers giving up 132.5 ypg. Turner should bounce back after facing two tough run defenses.
3.  LeSean McCoy @ Miami:  Has extra time to heal the toe that didn’t limit him last week. Has 15 total TDs.
4.  Arian Foster @ Cincinnati:  Tough run defense, but Mendy scored twice on them last wek.
5.  Marshawn Lynch vs. St. Louis:  He has scored in eight straight games and he gets to take on the Rams’ soft run defense. Look out. Beast Mode in full effect.
6. Rashard Mendenhall vs. Cleveland:  Gashed Cincy last week. Now faces the Browns’ 31st ranked run defense (151.3 ypg).
7. Adrian Peterson @ Detroit:  Could be back this week. Detroit is giving up 125.0 ypg.
8. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Tampa Bay:  Bucs giving up 141.7 ypg and tied for lead with 17 rushing TDs allowed.
9.  Ryan Mathews vs. Buffalo:  Health is always a risk, but the Bills struggle with the run (129.1 ypg).
10.  Chris Johnson vs. New Orleans:  Suddenly CJ looks more like his old self.
11. Frank Gore @ Arizona:  Missed out on a big game last week, but has another favorable match-up this week.
12. DeMarco Murray vs. New York Giants:  Murray has come crashing back to Earth. Threat remains though.
13.  Shonn Greene vs. Kansas City:  Picked the right time of the year to break out. Chiefs yielding 130.3 ypg on the ground.
14.  Reggie Bush vs. Philadelphia:  Bush continues to produce for the Dolphins who suddenly have as many W’s as Philly.
15. LeGarrette Blount @ Jacksonville:  The Jags don’t have to offense to take him out of the game.
16. Michael Bush @ Green Bay:  I’m afraid the Packers offense is going to take him out of the gameplan.
17. Steven Jackson @ Seattle:  Continues to regress. Seattle is solid against the run (if your name isn’t McCoy).
18.  C.J. Spiller @ San Diego:  Flashed some skill last week (102 total yards, TD). Chargers struggling against the run.
19.  Roy Helu vs. New England:  I’m not expecting much running the ball, but I think he’ll have a lot of receiving yards.
20.  Beanie Wells vs. San Francisco:  Still haven’t allowed a rushing TD all year.
21. Cedric Benson vs. Houston:  The Texans are tough on RBs. Not a favorable match-up.
22. Willis McGahee vs. Chicago:  Bears could present a problem to Denver’s option offense.
23. Jonathan Stewart @ Atlanta:  Tough match-up plus he has to share.
24.  Darren Sproles @ Tennessee:  Makes explosive plays. Perfect RB to play alongside Brees.
25. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Washington:  Good bet to score, but you never know how many (or few) carries he’ll get.
26. Marion Barber @ Denver: Big blow losing Forte, but Barber should be able to move the chains. Plus, he’s a TD threat.
27.  Donald Brown @ Baltimore:  Tough match-up, but Brown continues to put up solid fantasy numbers.
28.  Ahmad Bradshaw @ Dallas:  Injury risk that’s sharing the load. Tough to start a guy like that.
29. Peyton Hillis @ Pittsburgh:  Banged up. Bad match-up. Short week. Not a good combo.
30.  Maurice Morris vs. Minnesota:  I’m not convinced Kevin Smith will be (or can stay) healthy.
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Mother Nature has spoken and the rankings need to be updated. Here are my updated Week 14 fantasy football running back rankings.

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

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Notable Changes:

  • With weather likely an issue in Pittsburgh, look for a heavier dose of Mendenhall.
  • Washington could also be experiencing the fury of Mother Nature making Blount ascend a few notches. I still don’t trust the murky Redskins RB situation enough to endorse a back.
  • BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Fred Jackson, and Cedric Benson also climbed a bit because the weather should make their offenses lean more heavily on the ground game.
  • I slid down James Starks a bit simply because we don’t know how many touches he’s going to get.
  • Ryan Mathews is expected to factor in this week, which hurt’s Tolbert’s fantasy value.

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Here’s my Week 14 running back rankings.

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

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Inside the numbers (Sponsored by NFL betting with Sports Interaction) :

  • MJD has had at least 100 rushing yards in his last five games, averaging 133.4 yards (160.6 total yards) over the span. He’s not scoring as frequently this year, but it’s more than likely he reaches paydirt this week.
  • Peyton Hillis was kept in check last week by the Dolphins, but should bounce back in a big way against Buffalo’s league-worst run defense (170.9 rushing yards allowed per game).
  • Knowshon Moreno is averaging 142.3 total yards in his past four games with three touchdowns.
  • Washington has fallen apart. They are yielding 5.0 yards per carry. LeGarrette Blount is an excellent option this week, especially after dropping 103 yards and a score on a stout Falcons run defense.
  • Christopher Ivory has five touchdowns in the past three games, and even if Pierre Thomas returns, Ivory should be the one to handle the load.
  • Chris Johnson has an excellent match-up this week against the Colts, but the way the Titans are playing, he’s no longer a bona fide RB1 until he proves otherwise.
  • This week’s waiver wire dandy, James Starks, exploded on the scene last week against the Niners. He explodes on the ranking scene with a favorable match-up against Detroit.
  • Fred Jackson ran into an inspired Vikings defense. Cleveland is giving up yards on the ground (119.1 per game), but has only allowed four rushing touchdowns. He’s a borderline RB2 this week.
  • Marshawn Lynch was in Beast Mode against the Panthers last week, but will have tougher sledding against the Niners on the road.

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