2011 PPR Fantasy Football Week 14: Running Backs Rankings and Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIDecember 6, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 05:  Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers breaks away for a touchdown during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 5, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Ryan Mathews vs. Bills

After a hot start to the season, Ryan Mathews fell victim to injury and poor performance that plagued his rookie season. Despite solid play from Mike Tolbert and what seems like a million injuries on the offensive line, Mathews has had two of the better games of his career in the past two weeks.

This week, Mathews has another fantastic matchup against a Bills defense that was gashed by Chris Johnson in Buffalo. While I’m sure many fantasy owners who selected Mathews this year will pass on him in future years, he’s a must start going forward and can help you win a championship, as the Chargers are still fighting for the playoffs.


Willis McGahee vs. Bears

Say what you want about Willis McGahee, but the veteran has had a great season. Passing on DeAngelo Williams in favor of McGahee has been a great decision, as Denver not only saved money on the deal, but have a hard-running veteran who should help this team for a few more years.

Quarterback Tim Tebow threw the football more against the Vikings, but look for Denver to remain a run heavy offense weekly, and that makes McGahee a must start RB-2 as we go through the playoffs.

With Chicago struggling to sustain drives, McGahee should be good for at least 25 touches this week. My only concern for McGahee is that he may get banged up and out of the game, but you’ve got to ride a hot hand at this point in the season.

More Week 14 PPR Rankings: QB | WR | K/D | Flex | Waivers | Start / Sit |

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