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Week 15 Rankings
Derrick Henry photo 1. Derrick Henry TEN (vs . HOU)
Chris Carson photo 2. Chris Carson SEA (at CAR)
The recent knock to Chris Carson's fantasy value was the risk of losing snaps and touches to electric RB Rashaad Penny. After the unfortunate, season-ending injury to Penny on Sunday, Carson is back getting the full share of the backfield work in Seattle. This could not have come at a better time, with the fantasy playoffs here and Carson having a solid matchup against the Carolina Panthers. The Carolina run defense has been terrible all season long. They give up a league-high 5.3 yards per carry (tied with Jacksonville), and they have surrendered league-highs in rushing touchdowns (24) and first down percentage on rushes (28.5%). Over the past five weeks, the Panthers have surrendered the third-most fantasy points to RBs (30.0). Over these five games, they have allowed 5.96 yards per RB carry and have given up a league-high 10 touchdowns to the position. Coming off a loss and fighting for the top seed in the NFC, look for the Seahawks to establish the run and their offensive identity early. If there was ever a week to put your fantasy team's trust in Chris Carson, it's this one.
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Christian McCaffrey photo 3. Christian McCaffrey CAR (vs . SEA)
Dalvin Cook photo 4. Dalvin Cook MIN (at LAC)
Ezekiel Elliott photo 5. Ezekiel Elliott DAL (vs . LAR)
Nick Chubb photo 6. Nick Chubb CLE (at ARI)
Leonard Fournette photo 7. Leonard Fournette JAC (at OAK)
Saquon Barkley photo 8. Saquon Barkley NYG (vs . MIA)
Aaron Jones photo 9. Aaron Jones GB (vs . CHI)
Todd Gurley photo 10. Todd Gurley LAR (at DAL)
Melvin Gordon photo 11. Melvin Gordon LAC (vs . MIN)
Alvin Kamara photo 12. Alvin Kamara NO (vs . IND)
Mark Ingram photo 13. Mark Ingram BAL (vs . NYJ)
Phillip Lindsay photo 14. Phillip Lindsay DEN (at KC)
Miles Sanders photo 15. Miles Sanders PHI (at WAS)
The shenanigans in the Eagles backfield is nothing new. Ever since Doug Pederson arrived, they've been a team that's somewhat unpredictable at the running back position. The latest Boston Scott performance shouldn't be surprising to anyone. Sanders has still played at least 50 snaps in each of the last four games, so we should expect him to retain value despite Scott's impact. The Redskins have been a bit hit-or-miss with fantasy running backs, as they've allowed eight of them to finish with 17.2-plus PPR points (RB15 or better), but the rest of them have finished with 13 points or less with a bunch of middling RB3-type games. The important stat here is that each of the eight running backs who did finish top-20 against them all totaled at least 19 touches, a mark that it's only been hit four times this year by an Eagles running back. Oddly enough, it's Sanders who has hit it each of the last two weeks. Can it happen against the Redskins with Scott's emergence? Yes. They've allowed their opponents 66.5 plays per game, which is the fourth-most in the league. The lack of competence from their offense has allowed opponents to give their running backs a ridiculous 31.8 touches per game. The Redskins defense actually ranks as the 12th-best in terms of fantasy points per opportunity, but when you're facing that much volume, it's hard to limit production. Scott is a thorn in his side, but Sanders should still be able to deliver low-end RB2 numbers here.
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Raheem Mostert photo 16. Raheem Mostert SF (vs . ATL)
Austin Ekeler photo 17. Austin Ekeler LAC (vs . MIN)
Joe Mixon photo 18. Joe Mixon CIN (vs . NE)
David Montgomery photo 19. David Montgomery CHI (at GB)
Devin Singletary photo 20. Devin Singletary BUF (at PIT)
Marlon Mack photo 21. Marlon Mack IND (at NO)
Le'Veon Bell photo 22. Le'Veon Bell NYJ (at BAL)
Kareem Hunt photo 23. Kareem Hunt CLE (at ARI)
Sony Michel photo 24. Sony Michel NE (at CIN)
This is the worst part of the fantasy playoffs. It's win or go home. If you made it through last week with Michel, you should be counting your lucky stars. However, how do you not consider him against the Bengals, a team that's been constantly abused by running backs, particularly on the ground. Opposing running backs have combined to average 24.4 carries per game against them, which is the third highest mark in the league. On those carries, they've allowed 4.74 yards per carry. There have been 10 running backs who've totaled at least 12 carries against the Bengals, and every one of them finished as a top-20 performer on the week. While Michel has only received 15 carries the last two weeks combined, the gamescript has been negative throughout both games. In the 18 games the Patriots have won over the last two years, Michel has averaged 17.3 carries. In the eight losses, he's averaged 10.9 carries. The Patriots are going to win this game, which is what brings up the tough question of what to do with Michel this week. Despite the bad performance in Week 14, Michel should be back in fantasy lineups as a low-end RB2 who should fare much better.
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Adrian Peterson photo 25. Adrian Peterson WAS (vs . PHI)
Since the firing of Jay Gruden, Peterson has racked-up 127 carries over eight games. There are just nine running backs who have more carries in that time, and they're all considered every-week starters in fantasy. Should Peterson be in that conversation now that Derrius Guice is on the shelf again? The argument can be made, but against the Eagles this week? Probably not. Saquon Barkley's 66-yard performance on the ground Monday night was just the second time this year they've allowed a starting running back more than 43 rushing yards. Crazy, right? The 3.62 yards per carry they've allowed is the third-lowest mark in the league, and because of that, teams haven't run very much against them. Their opponents average just 19.0 carries per game, which partly has to do with the 60.2 plays they average, which is also one of the lower numbers in football. Meanwhile, the Redskins average a league-low 54.5 plays per game themselves. The percentage of rushing plays against the Eagles is just 37.6 percent, which ranks as the fifth-lowest mark in the league. We know Bill Callahan wants to stick to the run as long as possible, and if the Eagles struggle to score points like they did on Monday night, Peterson will get enough work to be fantasy relevant. It's still a big "if" which leaves him in low-end RB3 territory with minimal upside.
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Devonta Freeman photo 26. Devonta Freeman ATL (at SF)
Kenyan Drake photo 27. Kenyan Drake ARI (vs . CLE)
James White photo 28. James White NE (at CIN)
DeAndre Washington photo 29. DeAndre Washington OAK (vs . JAC)
With Josh Jacobs on the shelf, Washington stepped up and recorded 20 touches against the Titans, compiling 96 total yards and a touchdown in the process. He's the lead back with Jacobs out; that much is sure. Against the Jaguars, it's a gift from the fantasy gods. The Jaguars run defense has simply disappeared over the last five games, as they've allowed 823 yards on 131 carries (6.28 yards per carry) with nine rushing touchdowns. The only team that didn't total at least 175 yards on the ground was the Bucs running backs, who never record yardage in general. They've allowed at least two rushing touchdowns in each of their last four games. This is the best matchup in football right now, and it's not all that close. Washington is locked into 20 touches, is at home, is a near-touchdown favorite, and playing against the worst run defense in football. The argument can be made that he should have RB1 status this week. Play him. Amidst all that production the Jaguars have allowed on the ground, I forgot to mention they've also allowed 23 receptions, 330 yards, and one touchdown through the air in those games. That's a total of 1,153 total yards to running backs over the last five games, or 230.6 per game.
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Patrick Laird photo 30. Patrick Laird MIA (at NYG)
With the lack of depth on the Dolphins roster, Laird played 59-of-72 snaps in Week 14, totaling 86 yards on 19 touches. He didn't score or have much efficiency, but that was enough to finish as the RB20 in PPR formats last week. That was against the Jets, who are a much tougher matchup than most realize, allowing the fifth-fewest total yards per game to running backs. The Giants aren't a great matchup either, but they're still allowing a much more reliable 145.7 total yards per game to running backs. Based on pure opportunity, the Jets and Giants are right next to each other (8th and 9th), allowing just 0.76 and 0.77 PPR points per opportunity. The Giants have allowed just 266 yards on 93 carries (2.86 yards per carry) and two rushing touchdowns over the last four games. However, if Parker and Wilson are forced to miss this game, that opportunity isn't going to shrink for Laird. He ran 27 pass routes last week, which was the eighth-most among running backs, and something that will provide him with a stable floor. The Giants are one of just two teams who've still yet to allow a receiving touchdown to a running back, though the 6.53 yards per target is above the league average. Laird should be considered a mid-level RB3 for this game who provides a solid floor, and that's even if Parker/Wilson play. If they sit, Laird gets another slight bump.
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Ronald Jones II photo 31. Ronald Jones II TB (at DET)
LeSean McCoy photo 32. LeSean McCoy KC (vs . DEN)
Carlos Hyde photo 33. Carlos Hyde HOU (at TEN)
Jamaal Williams photo 34. Jamaal Williams GB (vs . CHI)
Bo Scarbrough photo 35. Bo Scarbrough DET (vs . TB)
We saw what a negative gamescript looked like for Scarbrough last week, and it wasn't as bad as we thought. He still finished with 22 opportunities while the Ty Johnson/J.D. McKissic duo combined for just eight opportunities. Predictably, Scarbrough has caught just 1-of-4 passes this season for five yards, as he offers nothing there, though the Lions did try last week. The Bucs are not the matchup to target with running backs in general, let alone ones who are of the two-down variety. Despite a brutal schedule, the Bucs have allowed 3.18 yards per carry on the season, which ranks second-best to only the Jets. Even through the air, we've watched running backs average a league-low 4.45 yards per target. All of this amounts to the Bucs allowing just 90.8 total yards per game to opposing running backs, which is by far the lowest mark in the league. No other team has allowed less than 107.4 total yards per game to the position. Unless Scarbrough finds the end zone, he's going to be a bust in this matchup. Consider him a low-end RB3/high-end RB4 with very minimal upside.
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Latavius Murray photo 36. Latavius Murray NO (vs . IND)
Duke Johnson photo 37. Duke Johnson HOU (at TEN)
Benny Snell Jr. photo 38. Benny Snell Jr. PIT (vs . BUF)
The Steelers shared the snaps last week, giving Samuels 27 snaps, Snell 24 snaps, and even giving Kerrith Whyte 8 snaps. We all know by now that Snell is gamescript-dependent, as he's non-existent in the passing-game. With a game that has such a tight spread, oddsmakers are clearly saying this game can go either way. The way to beat the Bills is on the ground, though they haven't allowed a team of running backs to total more than 78 rushing yards over the last four games, which included the Ravens, Cowboys, and Broncos backfields. The 4.55 yards per carry they've allowed on the year won't matter much if the Steelers don't rack-up some carries, which teams have continually failed to do against the Bills. They've faced an average of just 19.7 carries per game this year, and there's been just one team to total more than 24 carries against them, which is going to make it tough to rely on Snell for production, as he's clearly involved in a timeshare. He should be considered a mid-to-low-end RB3 who needs to score in order to not be a complete bust.
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Royce Freeman photo 39. Royce Freeman DEN (at KC)
Matt Breida photo 40. Matt Breida SF (vs . ATL)
Tarik Cohen photo 41. Tarik Cohen CHI (at GB)
Peyton Barber photo 42. Peyton Barber TB (at DET)
Alexander Mattison photo 43. Alexander Mattison MIN (at LAC)
Darwin Thompson photo 44. Darwin Thompson KC (vs . DEN)
Gus Edwards photo 45. Gus Edwards BAL (vs . NYJ)
David Johnson photo 46. David Johnson ARI (vs . CLE)
Boston Scott photo 47. Boston Scott PHI (at WAS)
Tevin Coleman photo 48. Tevin Coleman SF (vs . ATL)
Chris Thompson photo 49. Chris Thompson WAS (vs . PHI)
Thompson had his first fantasy-relevant game in awhile, due to Derrius Guice going down. Thompson saw eight targets, which suggests he will pick up his typical receiving back role going forward, while Peterson is the early down runner. With Philadelphia being solid against the run, it could lead to Philly utilizing Thompson more often, making him a low end PPR flex play this week.
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Josh Jacobs photo 50. Josh Jacobs OAK (vs . JAC)
Jalen Richard photo 51. Jalen Richard OAK (vs . JAC)
Jaylen Samuels photo 52. Jaylen Samuels PIT (vs . BUF)
Nyheim Hines photo 53. Nyheim Hines IND (at NO)
Rex Burkhead photo 54. Rex Burkhead NE (at CIN)
J.D. McKissic photo 55. J.D. McKissic DET (vs . TB)
Malcolm Brown photo 56. Malcolm Brown LAR (at DAL)
James Conner photo 57. James Conner PIT (vs . BUF)
Giovani Bernard photo 58. Giovani Bernard CIN (vs . NE)
Brian Hill photo 59. Brian Hill ATL (at SF)
Frank Gore photo 60. Frank Gore BUF (at PIT)
Dare Ogunbowale photo 61. Dare Ogunbowale TB (at DET)
Myles Gaskin photo 62. Myles Gaskin MIA (at NYG)
Dion Lewis photo 63. Dion Lewis TEN (vs . HOU)
Ty Johnson photo 64. Ty Johnson DET (vs . TB)
Spencer Ware photo 65. Spencer Ware KC (vs . DEN)
Chase Edmonds photo 66. Chase Edmonds ARI (vs . CLE)
Ty Montgomery photo 67. Ty Montgomery NYJ (at BAL)
Jay Ajayi photo 68. Jay Ajayi PHI (at WAS)
Qadree Ollison photo 69. Qadree Ollison ATL (at SF)
Brandon Bolden photo 70. Brandon Bolden NE (at CIN)
Ryquell Armstead photo 71. Ryquell Armstead JAC (at OAK)
Jordan Wilkins photo 72. Jordan Wilkins IND (at NO)
Justice Hill photo 73. Justice Hill BAL (vs . NYJ)
Kerrith Whyte photo 74. Kerrith Whyte PIT (vs . BUF)
Darrell Henderson photo 75. Darrell Henderson LAR (at DAL)
C.J. Prosise photo 76. C.J. Prosise SEA (at CAR)
Wayne Gallman photo 77. Wayne Gallman NYG (vs . MIA)
Ameer Abdullah photo 78. Ameer Abdullah MIN (at LAC)
Kenjon Barner photo 79. Kenjon Barner ATL (at SF)
Jonathan Williams photo 80. Jonathan Williams IND (at NO)
CJ Ham photo 81. CJ Ham MIN (at LAC)
Alex Armah photo 82. Alex Armah CAR (vs . SEA)
Bilal Powell photo 83. Bilal Powell NYJ (at BAL)
Damien Williams photo 84. Damien Williams KC (vs . DEN)
Reggie Bonnafon photo 85. Reggie Bonnafon CAR (vs . SEA)
Trey Edmunds photo 86. Trey Edmunds PIT (vs . BUF)
Alec Ingold photo 87. Alec Ingold OAK (vs . JAC)
Javorius Allen photo 88. Javorius Allen NYG (vs . MIA)
Jordan Howard photo 89. Jordan Howard PHI (at WAS)
Josh Adams photo 90. Josh Adams NYJ (at BAL)
Elijhaa Penny photo 91. Elijhaa Penny NYG (vs . MIA)
Tony Pollard photo 92. Tony Pollard DAL (vs . LAR)
Justin Jackson photo 93. Justin Jackson LAC (vs . MIN)
Jamize Olawale photo 94. Jamize Olawale DAL (vs . LAR)
Kyle Juszczyk photo 95. Kyle Juszczyk SF (vs . ATL)
Zach Zenner photo 96. Zach Zenner FA (BYE)
Devontae Booker photo 97. Devontae Booker DEN (at KC)
Mike Boone photo 98. Mike Boone MIN (at LAC)
Dontrell Hilliard photo 99. Dontrell Hilliard CLE (at ARI)
Ryan Nall photo 100. Ryan Nall CHI (at GB)
Patrick DiMarco photo 101. Patrick DiMarco BUF (at PIT)
Wendell Smallwood photo 102. Wendell Smallwood WAS (vs . PHI)
Dan Vitale photo 103. Dan Vitale GB (vs . CHI)
Derek Watt photo 104. Derek Watt LAC (vs . MIN)
Travis Homer photo 105. Travis Homer SEA (at CAR)
Keith Smith photo 106. Keith Smith ATL (at SF)
Jeff Wilson photo 107. Jeff Wilson SF (vs . ATL)
Zach Line photo 108. Zach Line NO (vs . IND)
Taiwan Jones photo 109. Taiwan Jones HOU (at TEN)
Anthony Sherman photo 110. Anthony Sherman KC (vs . DEN)
Mike Davis photo 111. Mike Davis CAR (vs . SEA)
Troymaine Pope photo 112. Troymaine Pope LAC (vs . MIN)
Paul Perkins photo 113. Paul Perkins JAC (at OAK)
T.J. Yeldon photo 114. T.J. Yeldon BUF (at PIT)
Rod Smith photo 115. Rod Smith OAK (vs . JAC)
Nick Bellore photo 116. Nick Bellore SEA (at CAR)
Dwayne Washington photo 117. Dwayne Washington NO (vs . IND)
Damien Harris photo 118. Damien Harris NE (at CIN)
Tyler Ervin photo 119. Tyler Ervin GB (vs . CHI)
Devine Ozigbo photo 120. Devine Ozigbo JAC (at OAK)
De'Lance Turner photo 121. De'Lance Turner MIA (at NYG)
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1Derrick Henry (TEN)RB
2Chris Carson (SEA)RB
3Christian McCaffrey (CAR)RB
4Dalvin Cook (MIN)RB
5Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)RB
6Nick Chubb (CLE)RB
7Leonard Fournette (JAC)RB
8Saquon Barkley (NYG)RB
9Aaron Jones (GB)RB
10DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)WR
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12Michael Thomas (NO)WR
13Melvin Gordon (LAC)RB
14Alvin Kamara (NO)RB
15Tyreek Hill (KC)WR
16Mark Ingram (BAL)RB
17Chris Godwin (TB)WR
18Phillip Lindsay (DEN)RB
19Davante Adams (GB)WR
20D.J. Moore (CAR)WR
21George Kittle (SF)TE
22Julian Edelman (NE)WR
23Julio Jones (ATL)WR
24Miles Sanders (PHI)RB
25Raheem Mostert (SF)RB
26Joe Mixon (CIN)RB
27Travis Kelce (KC)TE
28David Montgomery (CHI)RB
29Austin Ekeler (LAC)RB
30Allen Robinson (CHI)WR
1Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL)LF,CF
2Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
3Mookie Betts (BOS)CF,RF
4J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
5Trevor Story (COL)SS
6Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
7Cody Bellinger (LAD)1B,CF
8Trea Turner (WSH)SS
9Alex Bregman (HOU)3B,SS
10Jacob deGrom (NYM)SP
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12Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
13Gerrit Cole (NYY)SP
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15Javier Baez (CHC)2B,3B
16Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
17Aaron Judge (NYY)RF,DH
18Juan Soto (WSH)LF
19Anthony Rendon (LAA)3B
20Bryce Harper (PHI)CF,RF
21Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
22Xander Bogaerts (BOS)SS
23Starling Marte (PIT)CF
24Walker Buehler (LAD)SP
25Manny Machado (SD)3B,SS
26Anthony Rizzo (CHC)1B
27Kris Bryant (CHC)3B,RF
28Whit Merrifield (KC)1B,2B
29George Springer (HOU)CF,RF
30Paul Goldschmidt (STL)1B
1Anthony Davis (LAL)PF,C
2James Harden (HOU)PG,SG
3Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)SF,PF
4Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)C
5Kevin Durant (BKN)SF,PF
6LeBron James (LAL)SF,PF
7Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
8Nikola Jokic (DEN)PF,C
9Damian Lillard (POR)PG
10Russell Westbrook (HOU)PG
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11Victor Oladipo (IND)PG,SG
12Paul George (LAC)SF,PF
13Joel Embiid (PHI)PF,C
14Kawhi Leonard (LAC)SG,SF
15Chris Paul (OKC)PG
16Jimmy Butler (MIA)SG,SF
17Kemba Walker (BOS)PG
18Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
19Kyrie Irving (BKN)PG,SG
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Andre Drummond (DET)PF,C
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
26Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C
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