Week 14 Fantasy Rankings: Running Back Rankings, Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIDecember 5, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 04:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans scores his second touchdown of the game in the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Chris Johnson vs. Saints

Hopefully, you showed patience in Chris Johnson and didn’t trade him away earlier in the season, because he’s clearly back to being the player we remembered from years ago. Many of you that drafted Johnson have likely had a hard road to the playoffs, but if you’ve survived this long, you’re in position to do some damage.

With Johnson showing his old burst in the secondary and the offensive line run-blocking better, it was only a matter of time before we saw one of his trademark long touchdown runs. And finally, against the Bills, it came. Not only has Johnson’s speed come back, but it appears he’s more decisive, making quick shifty moves to find open spaces.

The Saints should win in Tennessee this week, but expect Johnson to run for more than 100 yards and pile up a couple of scores against a defense that has struggled to stop big plays through the air and on the ground.


C.J. Spiller @ Chargers 

If not for a hold by Corey McIntyre late in the first quarter, C.J. Spiller would’ve had two touchdowns of more than 30 yards against the Titans last week. Instead, Spiller total just over 80 yards on the ground with the lone score as the Bills struggled to throw the football in the second half to sustain drives.

With Spiller tabbed as the feature back in Buffalo, fantasy owners need to use him as at least a flex play and even a RB-2 going forward. This week Buffalo heads out to San Diego, and Spiller will face a Chargers defense that struggles to make adjustments as the game progresses and can be had against a big-play slash back.

Spiller will never be a great runner inside the tackles, but he clearly looked better in his second game as a starter and I suspect he will improve from week to week with all the valuable playing time he’s getting, so expect good things from Spiller to close out the season.


1 Ray Rice Colts
2 Marshawn Lynch Rams
3 Arian Foster @ Bengals
4 Chris Johnson Saints
5 LeSean McCoy (I) @ Dolphins
6 Maurice Jones-Drew Buccaneers
7 Reggie Bush Eagles
8 Adrian Peterson (I) @ Lions
9 Willis McGahee (I) Bears
10 Shonn Greene Chiefs
11 Frank Gore @ Cardinals
12 Rashard Mendenhall Browns
13 Ryan Mathews Bills
14 Michael Bush @ Packers
15 Michael Turner (I) @ Panthers
16 Roy Helu Patriots
17 C.J. Spiller @ Chargers
18 DeMarco Murray Giants
19 LeGarrette Blount @ Jaguars
20 BenJarvus Green-Ellis (I) @ Redskins
21 Marion Barber @ Broncos
22 Beanie Wells (I) 49ers
23 Mark Ingram @ Titans
24 Jonathan Stewart Falcons
25 DeAngelo Williams Falcons
26 Steven Jackson @ Seahawks
27 Peyton Hillis (I) @ Steelers
28 Cedric Benson Texans
29 Ahmad Bradshaw (I) @ Cowboys
30 Brandon Jacobs @ Cowboys
31 Maurice Morris Vikings
32 Mike Tolbert Bills
33 Toby Gerhart @ Lions
34 Darren Sproles @ Titans
35 Felix Jones (I) Giants
36 Pierre Thomas @ Titans
37 Donald Brown @ Ravens
38 Joe McKnight Chiefs
39 Ben Tate @ Bengals
40 Kendall Hunter @ Cardinals

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