Week 14 – RB Rankings

The RB position has been riddled with injury all season. No surprises, running backs get hit more than any other position player on the field. If a RB gets 20 touches, even if he scores twice, that’s 18 hits. Those add up generally resulting in some kind of injury this late in the season. The guys at the top of this list have been lucky enough to avoid the injury bug, so far. Not every fantasy owner has 2 studs on their team to fill the RB spots, guys like Joe Mixon (concussion), Alex Collins (migraines), Ameer Abdullah (neck), and Adrian Peterson (neck) have all had very good stretches this season to make them very fantasy relevant. All four have a questionable tag heading into this Week 14 so pay attention to their injury status throughout the week. Luckily, none play on Thursday so they have all week to get cleared.

Melvin Gordon has not fallen prey to the injury bug, yet. But, he has come back to Earth over the past few weeks. This season has been a tale of two halves for Gordon; he exploded into the season averaging 21.3 FPPG over the first 6 games. He was catching balls out of the backfield and scoring often. Austin Ekeler got sprinkled into the offense a bit (likely to prevent Gordon from the injury bug due to usage) and took some of those touches away. Also, took a bit of scoring away with 5 TDs on the season. Over the past 6 games, Gordon has scored just 12.7 FPPG, but has at least been consistent in that range. I can see him breaking out this week. He’s facing a Washington defense that has gotten shredded lately by RBs. Over the past 4 games, they have allowed 23.3 FPPG to opposing RBs. Gordon is surely going to take advantage. The Chargers have been rolling; and with an opponent traveling cross-country after virtually getting eliminated from playoff contention (not technically, but likely), Melvin Gordon should run wild this week.

Leonard Fournette has been trending in the wrong direction of late. The rookie appeared to be in line to lead fantasy football in scoring after scoring 21.7 FPPG over the first 6 games, and was running through everyone. Four of those first 6 games were against opponents in the top 9 in fantasy points against for RBs. After claiming the NFL was “slower and easier than he expected” in the preseason, he was certainly making it look so. Then he failed to show up for team meetings and got benched for Week 7. After the Week 8 bye, he missed the Week 9 game against the Bengals with an ankle injury. He hasn’t been the same since. Averaging just 11.1 FPPG in the last 4, he looks a touch slower and easier to bring down. It could be the ankle, or it could be the defenses have figured out how to slow him down a bit. He’s too talented to shut down completely, but almost everyone can be limited. This week, the Seahawks come to Jacksonville for a big game for both teams. While Seattle’s offense has a tendency to sputter on the road, the defense doesn’t. In their past 4 road games, the Seahawks are allowing just 7.5 FPPG to opposing RBs. Watch out for a Fournette dud this week.

Here’s the complete list of RBs for Week 14:

  1. Le’Veon Bell (PIT) vs ravens
  2. Alvin Kamara (NO) at falcons
  3. Melvin Gordon (LAC) vs redskins
  4. LeSean McCoy (BUF) vs colts
  5. Mark Ingram (NO) at falcons
  6. Todd Gurley (LAR) vs eagles
  7. Lamar Miller (HOU) vs 49ers
  8. Kareem Hunt (KC) vs raiders
  9. Jordan Howard (CHI) at bengals
  10. Devonta Freeman (ATL) vs saints
  11. Christian McCaffrey (CAR) vs vikings
  12. Tevin Coleman (ATL) vs saints
  13. Jamaal Williams (GB) at browns
  14. Leonard Fournette (JAX) vs seahawks
  15. Alfred Morris (DAL) at giants
  16. Carlos Hyde (SF) at texans
  17. DeMarco Murray (TEN) at cardinals
  18. Duke Johnson, Jr. (CLE) vs packers
  19. Frank Gore (IND) at bills
  20. James White (NE) at dolphins
  21. Jay Ajayi (PHI) at rams
  22. Jerick McKinnon (MIN) at panthers
  23. Isaiah Crowell (CLE) vs packers
  24. Marshawn Lynch (OAK) at chiefs
  25. Rex Burkhead (NE) at dolphins
  26. Kenyan Drake (MIA) vs patriots
  27. Matt Forte (NYJ) at broncos
  28. Latavius Murray (MIN) at panthers
  29. Joe Mixon (CIN) vs bears
  30. Dion Lewis (NE) at dolphins
  31. Javorius Allen (BAL) at steelers
  32. Derrick Henry (TEN) at cardinals
  33. C.J. Anderson (DEN) vs jets
  34. Austin Ekeler (LAC) vs redskins
  35. Samaje Perine (WAS) at chargers
  36. Theo Riddick (DET) at buccaneers
  37. Orleans Darkwa (NYG) vs cowboys
  38. Alex Collins (BAL) at steelers
  39. Rod Smith (DAL) at giants
  40. Kerwynn Williams (ARI) vs titans
  41. J.D. McKissic (SEA) at jaguars
  42. Tarik Cohen (CHI) at bengals
  43. Marlon Mack (IND) at bills
  44. Andre Ellington (HOU) vs 49ers
  45. Bilal Powell (NYJ) at broncos
  46. LeGarrette Blount (PHI) at rams
  47. Giovani Bernard (CIN) vs bears
  48. Chris Ivory (JAX) vs seahawks
  49. Devontae Booker (DEN) vs jets
  50. Jonathan Stewart (CAR) vs vikings

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