LeSean McCoy snow
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 3 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Shady has 217 total yards and a touchdown. Look for him to exploit the Washington Redskins. He had 339 total yards and three touchdowns against the Skins last year.
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2. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Murray is averaging 158 total yards and a touchdown per game. He’ll look to shred the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have allowed 171 rushing yards per game.
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3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Beast Mode has 187 total yards and three touchdowns in two games. He’ll look to pound the Denver Broncos to slow down Peyton Manning. The Broncos have already allowed three rushing touchdowns.
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4. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Bernard has 279 total yards and a touchdown through two games. He faces the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have allowed 143.5 rushing yards per game.
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5. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster has 270 total yards and a touchdown as he continues to show his old form. That should continue against the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed three rushing scores.
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6. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte has 205 total yards in two games but has yet to find the end zone. The New York Jets are strong against the run, but Forte is a dual threat.
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7. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Peterson should be sitting, but since he’s playing, you have to play him. You know what he can do on the field.
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8. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris is averaging 88 yards and a touchdown per game. He had 147 total yards and a touchdown in two meetings with the Eagles last week.
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9. Le’veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bell has 304 total yards and a touchdown. He has a tough draw against the Carolina Panthers, but his ability to catch the ball makes him a solid RB1.
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10. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Lacy rebounded from his concussion to record 61 total yards against the New York Jets. After facing two of the best run defenses he should find more room to run against the Detroit Lions.
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11. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
Stacy had 71 yards and a score last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He should have another strong game against the Cowboys. The Boys have allowed 104.5 yard per game.
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12. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
Ball has 172 total yards and a touchdown. As long as Peyton can avoid turnovers, Ball remains a borderline RB1 against the Seahawks.
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13. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
Ellington had 101 total yards last week and 181 on the season as he continues to alleviate the injury concern. He faces the San Francisco 49ers this week.
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14. Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs
Davis filled in for Jamaal Charles (ankle) and responded with 105 total yards and a pair of touchdowns. He faces the Miami Dolphins this week. The Fins have allowed 101 yards per game.
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15. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller has 142 total yards and a touchdown. He also has a return touchdown. Spiller faces the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts have allowed 108.5 yards per game.
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16. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
Jennings has 205 total yards and a touchdown. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield gives him added value against the Texans.
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17. Terrance West, Cleveland Browns
West has 190 total yards and a touchdown. He’ll continue to carry the mail against the Baltimore Ravens.
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18. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Vereen has just 111 total yards and a touchdown in two games but could break out this week against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have allowed 200 rushing yards per game.
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19. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots  
Ridley had 101 yards and a touchdown last week against the Vikings. Another solid effort should be in store against the Raiders.
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20. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions @ Carolina Panthers
Bell has 153 total yards and a touchdown. He’s a solid RB2 against the Packers. The Packers have allowed 176.5 rushing yards per game.
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The Next Batch
21. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals
22. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions  vs. Green Bay Packers
23. Chris Ivory, New York Jets vs. Chicago Bears
24. Chris Johnson, New York Jets  vs. Chicago Bears
25. Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns
26. Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
27. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings
28. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins vs. Kansas City Chiefs
29. Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons
30. Donald Brown, San Diego Chargers @ Buffalo Bills
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LeSean McCoy snow
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With an exciting opening week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 2 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 and recorded 115 total in Week 1. He should keep rolling against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts allowed 102 yards and a score on the ground.
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2. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Beast Mode is alive and well after Lynch’s 110 yards and two scores in the NFL kickoff against the Green Bay Packers. Next up is the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts gave up 109 rushing yards to the Arizona Cardinals last week.
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3.  Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster had 120 total yards in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins. He should continue to rebound against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders gave up 212 yards at 6.0 yards per carry to the New York Jets last week.
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4. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte did not disappoint in the opener with 169 total yards. Facing the San Francisco 49ers should not slow him down. The Niners gave up 127 rushing yards to the Dallas Cowboys.
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5. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
Ball had 83 total yards and a touchdown in his first crack at lead back. Ball should continue to produce this week against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs gave up 162 rushing yards last week. Ball averaged 81 total yards and a touchdown in two meetings with the Chiefs last year on just 12.5 touches per game.
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6. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Murray ran for 118 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers last week. He also caught three passes for 25 yards. He’s a quality RB1 option against the Tennessee Titans
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7. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles was a bust in Week 1 with just 34 total yards. Look for a more productive day against the Denver Broncos. He averaged 96 total yards in two games against them last year.
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8. Le’veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bell had 197 total yards and a touchdown last week against the Cleveland Browns. He’ll look to keep rolling against the Baltimore Ravens. He had 235 total yards and a touchdown against them last year in two games.
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9. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Bernard had 110 total yards last week against the Ravens. Even if the game against the Atlanta Falcons turns into a shootout, Bernard is active in the passing game. The Falcons gave up 139 yards and three touchdowns on the ground to the New Orleans Saints last week.
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10. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Vereen had 71 total yards and a touchdown last week against the Miami Dolphins. Look for him to be a major focal point of the offense against the Vikings with both his hands and feet.
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11. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore shared the load with Carlos Hyde last week, but still managed 66 yards. Look for Gore to do the early damage against the Chicago Bears. The Bears allowed 193 rushing yards last week.
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12. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris had 91 yards last week against the Houston Texans. This week he plays the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags gave up 145 yards last week.
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13.  Chris Johnson, New York Jets
Chris Johnson had 91 total yards and a touchdown last week.  He faces a Green Bay Packers defense that was shredded for 207 rushing yards last week.
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14. Knowshon Moreno, Miami Dolphins
Moreno ran for 134 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots. He faces the Buffalo Bills this week. They gave up 86 rushing yards last week at 4.8 yards per carry.
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15. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Lacy will have to get cleared from last week’s concussion, but if he does he should be a solid RB2 option against the Jets.
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16. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
Ellington had 80 total yards despite the injury scare. He’s a solid RB2 option against the New York Giants. The G-Men allowed a pair of rushing touchdowns last week.
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17. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller had 64 total yards and a touchdown last week against the Bears. He keeps losing production to Fred Jackson, but has big-play potential against the Miami Dolphins.
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18. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
Stacy had 51 total yards against the Vikings last week. He should be more productive against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs gave up 113 rushing yards last week.
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19. Rashard Jennings, New York Giants
Jennings had 96 total yards and a touchdown in his Giants’ debut. He has a tough draw against the Cardinals, but does enough in the passing game to be a solid RB2.
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20. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions @ Carolina Panthers
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The Next Batch
21. Shonn Greene, Tennessee Titans vs. Dallas Cowboys
22. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions @ Carolina Panthers
23. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints @ Cleveland Browns
24. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks
25. Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars @ Washington Redskins
26. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints @ Cleveland Browns
27. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. St. Louis Rams
28. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
29. Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings vs. New England Patriots
30. Terrance West, Cleveland Browns vs. New Orleans Saints
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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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