2015 Fantasy Football: Week 14 Fantasy Running Back Rankings

Since missing Weeks 4 and 5, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has a minimum of 68 rushing yards in seven consecutive games and at least 17 carries in six of those seven.

During that seven-game span, McCoy has averaged 20.43 touches per game and has scored a minimum of 10.4 fantasy points (standard scoring) in every game.

In addition, McCoy has a minimum of 8.6 fantasy points in all 10 games played this season and has yet to finish worse than the weekly RB27. In those 10 games, he has finished as a top-12 fantasy running back six times.

With exactly 112 rushing yards in three of his past five games, McCoy has averaged 97.6 rushing yards per game over that span.

Facing his former team, McCoy will obviously be (extra, if possible) motivated to stick it to Chip Kelly.

The Eagles defense has been extremely generous to fantasy running backs since Week 7.

In those six games, they have allowed three 100-yard rushers including a 235-yard game by Doug Martin and a 100-yard receiving game by Patriots running back James White last week. During that six-game span, they have allowed nine running backs to finish as a weekly top-20 performer.

One (other) running back not so happy with Kelly is the free agent that replaced McCoy: DeMarco Murray, who led the NFL in rushing last season for the Cowboys.

One week after gaining just 30 yards on 14 carries against the Lions, Murray carried the ball eight times for 24 yards and played on 14 snaps in Week 13's win over the Patriots.

After Week 3, Murray had expressed frustration with his workload. Starting in Week 4, Murray had a five-game streak with 20-plus touches. Since then, however, his workload has decreased each week: 17 touches (Week 11), 14 (Week 12) and eight (Week 13).

At this point, I'd feel just as confident starting Ryan Mathews, who appears likely to return from a concussion this week, as I would Murray.

Mathews has been productive on a per-touch basis with an average of 5.69 yards per carry on the season. With no more than 11 touches in his past five games, Mathews has scored a touchdown and has finished as a top-20 fantasy running back in four of those five weeks.

Here are some more fantasy football notes on running backs:

  • Seattle's Thomas Rawls has taken the opportunity created by Marshawn Lynch's injuries this season and made the most of them. In two separate three-game stints with 15-plus carries each game, Rawls has exceeded 100 rushing yards in four of those six games. In those six games as the primary back, Rawls has 779 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns. The Ravens have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, but Rawls remains a clear-cut top-10 fantasy running back even in tough(er) matchups.

  • Baltimore rookie running back Javorius Allen was the top-scoring fantasy running back last week as he rushed for 63 yards on 17 carries and caught 12-of-13 targets for 107 yards and a score. This week's matchup is difficult as the Seahawks have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, but Allen is assured a massive workload (24.0 touches per game over past three), which should at least keep him on the RB2 radar despite the matchup.

  • Cincinnati's Jeremy Hill has been running the ball well lately. One week after setting a season high with 86 rushing yards on 16 carries, Hill carried the ball a season-high 22 times for 98 yards and a touchdown against the Browns in Week 13. This week's matchup is difficult as the Steelers have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, but Hill has now finished as a top-16 fantasy running back in three consecutive games.

  • After back-to-back 100-yard games, Green Bay's Eddie Lacy was punished for missing curfew ahead of his Thursday Night Football matchup against the Lions. In his few opportunities (five carries and one reception) that night, Lacy had a total of one (yes, just ONE) yard from scrimmage. Fantasy owners burned last week may be a bit untrusting this week, but comments from coach Mike McCarthy this week are positive. McCarthy said, "I think Eddie's been rejuvenated ... and I look for him to have a very good week of practice, and I look for him to be productive Sunday."

  • San Francisco's Shaun Draughn gained only 36 yards on his 13 carries last week, but he scored his first touchdown of the season and he continues to be a key part of San Francisco's passing game. Draughn has a minimum of 18 touches in four consecutive games and a total of 22 receptions during that four-game span. While he's averaged 10.13 fantasy points per game in standard-scoring formats, Draughn has been a top-16 (or better) PPR running back in all four of those games.

Below you find my Week 14 Fantasy Football RB Rankings:

1. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. NO)
2. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills (at PHI)
3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (at ARI)
4. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers (vs. ATL)
5. Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks (at BAL)
6. DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CIN)
7. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals (vs. MIN)
8. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons (at CAR)
9. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (vs. WAS)
10. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins (vs. NYG)
11. Chris Ivory, New York Jets (vs. TEN)
12. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams (vs. DET)
13. Shaun Draughn, San Francisco 49ers (at CLE)
14. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. IND)
15. Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys (at GB)
16. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. PIT)
17. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (vs. DAL)
18. Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens (vs. SEA)
19. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos (vs. OAK)
20. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (at DEN)
21. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots (at HOU)
22. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts (at JAX)
23. Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. SD)
24. Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. SD)
25. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. BUF)
26. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. BUF)
27. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos (vs. OAK)
28. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. PIT)
29. Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears (vs. WAS)
30. James White, New England Patriots (at HOU)
31. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (at KC)
32. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions (at STL)
33. James Starks, Green Bay Packers (vs. DAL)
34. Matt Jones, Washington Redskins (at CHI)
35. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. NO)
36. Antonio Andrews, Tennessee Titans (at NYJ)
37. Tim Hightower, New Orleans Saints (at TB)
38. Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. BUF)
39. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (at STL)
40. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns (vs. SF)
41. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers (at KC)
42. Alfred Blue, Houston Texans (vs. NE)
43. C.J. Spiller, New Orleans Saints (at TB)
44. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (at CHI)
45. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (at MIA)
46. Bilal Powell, New York Jets (vs. TEN)
47. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (vs. SF)
48. Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers (vs. ATL)
49. Shane Vereen, New York Giants (at MIA)
50. Chris Polk, Houston Texans (vs. NE)

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