Fantasy Football Rankings Week 14: Running back

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  • Fantasy Football Rankings Week 14: Running back

    Week 14, the first week of the fantasy playoffs in many leagues, presents difficult matchups for key RBs. The Saints host the 49ers, which is bad news for Alvin Kamara (we'll talk more about him in a little bit). Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys play in Chicago, which isn't as tough as it used to be but isn't great, especially coming off a Thanksgiving loss to the Bills. And whoever starts at RB for the Chiefs will have to play New England. In playoff time, though, it's extra hard to turn away from your studs, which is why Kamara and  Elliott remain in the top 20 in our RB rankings.

    Kamara's workload has been curious since he's returned from an ankle injury. In six games before getting hurt, Kamara averaged 14.3 carries per game. Since coming back, he's averaged just fewer than 10 rushes per game across four contests. Kamara has made up for it with eight targets in each of those four weeks, but it's still an added concern when you take the tough matchup and decline in rushes into account -- especially in non-PPR leagues. 

    Kyle Shanahan decided to throw our RB rankings into all sorts of flux by using Raheem Mostert for 20 carries and Tevin Coleman for just five in Week 13. Add in the fact that Matt Breida (ankle) might be back in Week 14, and you have a three-headed monster that's hard to predict for fantasy purposes. 

    Just when we thought we had the Tampa Bay backfield finally figured out, Peyton Barber went out and ran for two touchdowns in Week 13.  Conversely, Bo Scarbrough rushed 21 times on Thanksgiving and seems totally secure in his rushing role in an equally uninspiring backfield.

    Ahead of a beautiful fantasy playoff schedule, there could be a shift in the Dolphins backfield. Kalen Ballage sustained a leg injury and was ruled out pretty quickly from the remainder of Week 13. That meant Patrick Laird, known more as a pass catcher than a rusher, became the top back for Miami. He'll be usable in PPR leagues, at the very least, if he retains the Dolphins' starting job. 

    We'll be keeping an eye on possible RB returns from injury throughout the week. That includes Marlon Mack (hand), Matt Breida (ankle), James Conner (shoudler), Jordan Howard (shoulder), and Damien Williams (ribs).

    Reminder: As always, we expect to make plenty of changes to these rankings throughout the week, so check back for updates.

     

     

  • 1 Christian McCaffrey, Panthers

    Panthers @ Falcons

  • 2 Dalvin Cook, Vikings

    Vikings vs. Lions

  • 3 Derrick Henry, Titans

    Titans @ Raiders

  • 4 Nick Chubb, Browns

    Browns vs. Bengals

  • 5 Josh Jacobs, Raiders

    Raiders vs. Titans

  • 6 Le'Veon Bell, Jets

    Jets vs. Dolphins

  • 7 Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys

    Cowboys @ Bears

  • 8 Saquon Barkley, Giants

    Giants @ Eagles

  • 9 James Conner, Steelers

    Steelers @ Cardinals

  • 10 Leonard Fournette, Jaguars

    Jaguars vs. Chargers

  • 11 Melvin Gordon, Chargers

    Chargers @ Jaguars

  • 12 Todd Gurley, Rams

    Rams vs. Seahawks

  • 13 Aaron Jones, Packers

    Packers vs. Redskins

  • 14 Joe Mixon, Bengals

    Bengals @ Browns

  • 15 Devonta Freeman, Falcons

    Falcons vs. Panthers

  • 16 Mark Ingram, Ravens

    Ravens @ Bills

  • 17 Alvin Kamara, Saints

    Saints vs. 49ers

  • 18 Devin Singletary, Bills

    Bills vs. Ravens

  • 19 Jordan Howard, Eagles

    Eagles vs. Giants

  • 20 Derrius Guice, Redskins

    Redskins @ Packers

  • 21 Chris Carson, Seahawks

    Seahawks @ Rams

  • 22 Phillip Lindsay, Broncos

    Broncos @ Texans

  • 23 Sony Michel, Patriots

    Patriots vs. Chiefs

  • 24 Kareem Hunt, Browns

    Browns vs. Bengals

  • 25 Austin Ekeler, Chargers

    Chargers @ Jaguars

  • 26 Best of the rest

    26 James White, NE vs. KC
    27 Carlos Hyde, HOU vs. DEN
    28 David Montgomery, CHI vs. DAL
    29 Bo Scarbrough, DET @ MIN
    30 Miles Sanders, PHI vs. NYG
    31 Adrian Peterson, WAS @ GB
    32 Marlon Mack, IND @ TB
    33 Kenyan Drake, ARZ vs. PIT
    34 Jamaal Williams, GB vs. WAS
    35 Damien Williams, KC @ NE
    36 Peyton Barber, TB vs. IND
    37 Ronald Jones, TB vs. IND
    38 Matt Breida, SF @ NO
    39 Rashaad Penny, SEA @ LAR
    40 Patrick Laird, MIA @ NYJ
    41 Duke Johnson Jr., HOU vs. DEN
    42 LeSean McCoy, KC @ NE
    43 Tevin Coleman, SF @ NO
    44 Tarik Cohen, CHI vs. DAL
    45 Raheem Mostert, SF @ NO
    46 Latavius Murray, NO vs. SF
    47 Royce Freeman, DEN @ HOU
    48 Nyheim Hines, IND @ TB
    49 Jaylen Samuels, PIT @ ARZ
    50 David Johnson, ARZ vs. PIT
    51 Rex Burkhead, NE vs. KC
    52 Frank Gore, BUF vs. BAL
    53 Dare Ogunbowale, TB vs. IND
    54 Gus Edwards, BAL @ BUF
    55 Brian Hill, ATL vs. CAR
    56 Tony Pollard, DAL @ CHI
    57 Myles Gaskin, MIA @ NYJ
    58 Malcolm Brown, LAR vs. SEA
    59 Bilal Powell, NYJ vs. MIA
    60 Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. DET
    61 Darwin Thompson, KC @ NE
    62 Giovani Bernard, CIN @ CLE
    63 Ty Johnson, DET @ MIN
    64 J.D. McKissic, DET @ MIN
    65 Dion Lewis, TEN @ OAK
    66 Wayne Gallman, NYG @ PHI

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