Week 15 Fantasy Rankings: Best Starting Running Backs

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Week 15 Fantasy Rankings: Best Starting Running Backs
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Rank Name Notes RA Yds Y/G Avg TD
1 LeSean McCoy Arguably the best Running Back in the NFL right now. 242  1172  90 4.8  14 
2 Maurice Jones-Drew Huge 4 touchdown game, been playing great all year. 294
1334  95.3 4.5
3 Ray Rice Ravens are in the playoffs, but that does not mean we will not see more of the Ray Rice Show. 234  1029  79 4.4  10 
4 Arian Foster Texans have wrapped up playoff spot so it would be dumb to risk Foster any more than necessary.  Still, with Matt Schaub out Foster will be an important factor in their offense. 239  957  87 4.0 
5 Roy Helu Been making the most out of a big workload with the Redskins. Used to be just a PPR play, now a must start in most fantasy formats that score rushing stats. 124  582  45 4.7 
6 Shonn Greene Has turned his season around scoring 4 touchdowns last two games while rushing for 217 yards and catching 6 passes for 84 yards. 207  868  67 4.2 
7 Adrian Peterson No reason for Vikings to risk Peterson on 15 touches per game, but if he is playing you should start him. 186  872  87 4.7  11 
8 Reggie Bush A potential break out year for Bush, he has rushed for over 100 yards his last two games with one touchdown plus 5 receptions for 27 yards.
169  770  59 4.6 
9 Michael Bush As long as McFadden is out, you should probably play him. 196  764  59 3.9 
10 Beanie Wells May have cooled down, but he's been too good to sit. Fumbled two games in a row against the 49ers and the Rams. 216  943  79 4.4 
Rank Name Notes RA Yds Y/G Avg TD
11 Chris Johnson A little too late for his fantasy owners, but Johnson is playing better. 217  875  67 4.0 
12 Ryan Mathews Not playing bad at all. Rushing for an average of 121 yards his last 3 games, he's scored once and caught 10 passes for 41 yards. 185  943  79 5.1 
13 Willis McGahee Tebow Time includes "McGahee Time" whenever they need it. 199  920  77 4.6 
14 Felix Jones Jones is playing well now that he is the feature Cowboys back with DeMarco Murray injured. 90  413  46 4.6 
15 Steven Jackson The Rams offensive woes have handicapped all their players' fantasy value, but Jackson remains a decent start. 202  895  75 4.4 
16 Marshawn Lynch Cooled a bit against the Rams' notorious rush defense, but still playing too well to sit. 225  969  81 4.3 
17 Rashard Mendenhall With Ben Roethlishberger hurt, Mendenhall may continue to get some playing time. 187  710  59 3.8 
18 Kevin Smith If he can manage to go a game without leaving injured, Smith can put up huge rushing and receiving stats. 33  229  57 6.9 
19 Ben Tate If Texans rest Foster, Tate could see a bigger workload. 146  820  68 5.6 
20 Michael Turner Turner is playing alright, but he definitely seems to have a lingering groin injury. He will probably get rest unless the Falcons are losing. 254  1068  82 4.2 
Rank Name Notes RA Yds Y/G Avg TD
21 Frank Gore When he plays he can play well, but would you want your fantasy season to rely on it? He's clearly not completely healthy. You never really know with Gore. 234  1054  81 4.5 
22 Donald Brown Only Colts rusher to consider at this point. 99  425  33 4.3 
23 Ryan Grant 2 touchdowns last week, neither at the goal-line. 102  401  33 3.9 
24 C.J. Spiller At least he is part of a lot of plays with Fred Jackson out. 66  299  23 4.5 
25 DeAngelo Williams Rushing well, but Cam Newton takes many of the goal-line rushes.
126  656  51 5.2 
26 Brandon Jacobs Has 4 touchdowns over his last 3 games and is really running well. 130  480  44 3.7 
27 Cedric Benson Having a decent year for fantasy owners. 222  883  74 4.0 
28 Marion Barber Still the feature back of an offense tied to a backup quarterback. Cannot keep blowing plays and still expect to get as many touches though. 103  389  39 3.8 
29 Mark Ingram Has 51 rush attempts his last 4 games for 236 yards and 2 touchdowns. 122  474  40 3.9 
30 LaRod Stephens-Howling Well, he has scored lots of points lately.          
Rank Name Notes RA Yds Y/G Avg TD
31 Toby Gerhart Should still see some touches despite Peterson's return. 81  343  26 4.2 
32 Darren Sproles Sproles is getting in on 15 or so offensive plays per game, including kick returns. He has 7 total touchdowns and 74 receptions this year. 68  463  36 6.8 
33 Dexter McCluster Battle is not doing great so McCluster may get more work. 94  426  33 4.5 
34 Pierre Thomas

The Saints' offensive play callers do not trust Thomas with the ball more than a dozen times or so times a game. It's too bad because he's not playing all that bad.

88  435  34 4.9 
35 LeGarrette Blount Not playing great of late. 167  737  67 4.4 
36 Mike Tolbert Still getting touchdowns, playing better. 99  385  32 3.9 
37 Jonathan Stewart Williams, Newton and Stewart are amazingly all putting up decent fantasy stats. 115  551  42 4.8 
38 James Starks Might not need him enough even with Jennings out and Grant running well. 127  565  47 4.4 
39 Derrick Ward Ward is back and ready to give one of his teammates some rest. 33  104  12 3.2 
40 Kahlil Bell I think Caleb Hanie likes Bell a lot. 24  97  10 4.0 
Rank Name Notes RA Yds Y/G Avg TD
41 Marcel Reece Bush is good, but the Raiders need Reece to catch the passes meant for McFadden while he heals. 14  85  9 6.1 
42 John Kuhn Goal-line vulture. 26  73  6 2.8 
43 Chris Ogbonnaya The Browns would be stupid at this point not to get the ball more to Ogbonnaya. Hardesty and Hillis have had their chances. 76  340  34 4.5 
44 Maurice Morris The Lions backups for Kevin Smith might get a chance to play, hard to say which one will do better. 71  281  22 4.0 
45 Lance Ball I think Tim Tebow really likes Ball. 72  302  23 4.2 
46 Kregg Lumpkin Good play in PPR leagues. 22  81  6 3.7 
47 Keiland Williams The Lions run game has been roller-coaster all year. 57  195  16 3.4 
48 Peyton Hillis Not playing well. 101  346  49 3.4 
49 Daniel Thomas Bush is playing well and Thomas is alright. Like so many things in Fantasy Football, we will have to wait and see. 140  508  51 3.6 
50 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Patriots run game is unreliable, but that does not mean they do not try to run it. Green-Ellis ran for a total of 3 touchdowns in 2 games against Philadelphia and Indiana on just 20 carries. 161  618  46 3.8 
51 Christopher Ivory Turned 28 rushes in last two games into 171 yards. 34  138  46 4.1 
52 LaDainian Tomlinson With Greene running well we may be seeing less of Tomlinson than fantasy owners would like. 56  186  17 3.3 
53 Jackie Battle Looks awful, we will see what Kyle Orton can do with him 125  504  39 4.0 
               
54 Shane Vereen Has a touchdown on just 15 carries in 2 games. 15  57  11 3.8 
55
Ahmad Bradshaw Has been getting touches, but not completely healthy.  Definitely the kind of player to check health status. 130  490  50 3.8 
56
Matt Forte My guess is Forte will not come back this season, but who knows. 203  997  83 4.9 
57
Darren McFadden I think the Raiders would be nuts at this point to risk aggravating McFadden's feet. 113  614  88 5.4 
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