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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Jamaal Charles running
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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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Jamaal Charles running
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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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Adrian Peterson 2012
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 13 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson is averaging 105.6 total yards and a touchdown per game. He should destroy a horrible Chicago Bears run defense. The Bears have allowed 145.2 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game.
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2. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte is averaging 115 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He should torch the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes have allowed 119.3 yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game
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3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch is averaging 104.3 total yards and a touchdown per game. He’s facing the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed 111.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. I’m not expecting all-out Beast Mode, but a very strong performance nonetheless.
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4. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is averaging 122.1 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Denver Broncos at home. He had 78 yards against them in the first meeting. He should be better at home.
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5. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy is averaging 128 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He’s coming out of a bye to face the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards are tough against the run, but Shady can get his in the passing game as well.
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6. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy is averaging 96.4 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He’s should pound the stuffing out of the Detroit Lions. Lacy had 99 yards against the Lions in the first meeting.
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7. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Reggie Bush is averaging 112 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He’ll be on display on Turkey Day against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack have allowed 115.5 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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8. Andre Brown, New York Giants
Andre Brown is averaging 116.7 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He’s locking horns with the Washington Redskins. The Skins have struggled against the run.
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9. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Alfred Morris continues to quietly get the job done. He’s going up against the New York Giants. The G-Men have yielded 98.8 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game.
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10. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore is also quietly getting the job done each week. He should pound the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have allowed 111.4 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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11. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Chris Johnson is averaging 85.5 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He should rip the Indianapolis Colts. He ran for 86 yards and a pair of scores in their last meeting. The Colts have allowed 125.5 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.
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12. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell is averaging 88.9 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He ran for 93 yards against the Baltimore Ravens in their first meeting.
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13. Rashard Jennings, Oakland Raiders
Rashard Jennings is averaging 138.3 total yards in his past four games. He’s facing the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys have allowed 133.6 yards and a touchdown per game.
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14. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard is averaging 73.5 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. In his past three games he’s averaging 95 total yards and a touchdown. He comes out of his bye to face the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts have allowed 113.5 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.
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15. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray is averaging 95.9 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have allowed 99.1 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game.
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16. Chris Ivory, New York Jets
Chris Ivory is averaging 90.7 yards. He’s facing the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have yielded 123.8 yards and a touchdown per game.
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17. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
C.J. Spiller has been a major disappointment this year, but he should deliver coming out of the bye against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have allowed 130 yards per game.
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18. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Knowshon Moreno is averaging 106 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He is banged up and has a tough matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. Monitor his status.
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19. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers
Danny Woodhead is averaging 66.8 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He has added value in point-per-reception leagues.
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20. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Ray Rice is averaging 62.5 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have allowed 118.8 yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game.
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Matt Forte Bears
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 12 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte is averaging 114.8 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have allowed 114.5 rushing yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is averaging 118.6 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns. He was slowed by the Denver Broncos last week, but should bounce back against the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts have yielded 113.5 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game.
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3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson is averaging 101.4 total yards and a touchdown per game. The Seattle Seahawks bottled him up, but the Green Bay Packers will have a much more difficult time. The Pack have allowed 103.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.
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4. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
Zac Stacy is averaging 105 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He should gouge the Chicago Bears struggling run defense. The Bears are giving up 133.9 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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5. Ben Tate, Houston Texans
Ben Tate had 117 total yards last week against the Oakland Raiders. He should continue to roll against the Jacksonville Jaguars’ league-worst rushing defense. The Jags have allowed 139.1 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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6. Andre Brown, New York Giants
Andrew Brown is averaging 106 total yards since taking over as the lead back for the New York Giants. He should run well against the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys have allowed 126.8 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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7. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy is averaging 89.6 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He had 94 yards and a score the last time he faced the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes have yielded 111.6 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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8. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Knowshon Moreno is averaging 93.6 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He has yielded some close looks to Montee Ball in recent weeks, but I expect Moreno to be heavily involved against the New England Patriots.
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9. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore is averaging 87.3 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He’s a strong pay against the Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed 115 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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10. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Chris Johnson is averaging 86 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He should stay hot against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have allowed 97.6 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game.
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11. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Alfred Morris is averaging 94 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He has a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners have allowed 103.8 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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12. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell is averaging 87.6 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns. He faces the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have allowed 99 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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13. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Reggie Bush is averaging 113.3 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. His fumbling last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers got him in the doghouse. He should rebound against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed 101.4 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game.
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14. Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders
Rashad Jennings has averaged 143.7 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns in his past three games. I expect Darren McFadden (hamstring) to miss another one out of precaution since Jennings has handled the role brilliantly, giving Jennings a favorable matchup against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have allowed 117.1 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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15. Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bobby Rainey ran with the lead back role to the tune of 163 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the lifeless Atlanta Falcons. He’ll have a stiffer test against the Detroit Lions, but Rainey sure looked good. The Lions are giving up 94.6 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game.
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16. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray is averaging 92.1 total yard and 0.5 touchdowns. The bye week should bring him in fresh against the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 98 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game.
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17. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Pierre Thomas is averaging 76.2 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. I expect a boost in production against the Falcons. The Dirty Birds have allowed 132.7 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.
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18. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Ray Rice came to life against the Chicago Bears with 148 total yards and a touchdown. He has a tough matchup against the New York Jets, but with improved confidence, I expect a solid showing.
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19. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Maurice Jones-Drew is averaging 74.5 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past three games. He should continue his turnaround against the Houston Texans. The Texans have allowed 118.6 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game.
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20. Chris Ivory, New York Jets
Chris Ivory has averaged 88 yards in his past four starts. In his past two games he has 237 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He is facing the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have allowed 102.7 yards per game.
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