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Week 14 Running Back Rankings

With fantasy playoffs underway for most fantasy owners, lineup decisions can be tough. Below, Armando shares his top 50 running backs in hopes of making things easier.

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Armando Marsal

Fantasy Writer

@Armando_fbguru on twitter

It's that time of year where it's one and done for most fantasy owners. It's playoff time!

In the top 10 you'll see the same ol' backs as every week, with the exception of Rashad Jennings and Joique Bell. Jennings has been part of the top 10 at some points this season, and finds himself there again. He's currently dealing with an ankle injury which is something to keep an eye on, but initial reports are that the injury is not serious, and that he's not expected to miss anytime. If he suits up, he should be considered a top option this week. The Giants will take on the Titans, which is one of the worst run defenses in the league. They give up 21.8 fantasy points per game and have surrendered seven touchdowns in the last five games. Bell got the bulk of the carries last week with Reggie Bush sidelined, and rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns. There's a chance Bush plays this week, which could hurt his value, but if he doesn't, this is a great matchup for Bell, and it could be a good chance for him to post back-to-back nice games.

Right outside the top 10 is C.J. Anderson who's been on a tear as of late. In the last four games, he has scored more than 19 fantasy points (in PPR formats) and has totaled more than 100 combined yards in each game. This will be his toughest opponent to date. The Bills currently rank second against opposing backs. They haven't allowed a rushing touchdown in the last three games, and have only given up four for the season. Dan Herron cracks the top 20 for the first time this season. Trent Richardson has been starting ahead of Herron, but Herron has done more with his touches. In two games Herron has 20 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown; along with seven catches for 39 yards. On the other hand, Richardson has 21 carries for 54 yards and one touchdown, but no catches. Herron has the most upside of the two, and could fair well against a vulnerable run defense.

Outside the top twenty are two backs that have struggled in recent games. Denard Robinson and Giovani Bernard. Robinson has put together two consecutive subpar performances. He's rushed for a total of 69 yards in his last two games. Bernard hasn't done much since returning from injury, as he is splitting the workload with Jeremy Hill. Bernard has rushed for 94 yards and has only caught three passes for 26 yards in the last two games. Both of these backs are capable of having an explosive game, but based on recent games and matchup, expectations are a bit lower than they normally are.

Running Backs

1

DeMarco Murray DAL (@CHI)

2

Marshawn Lynch SEA  (@PHI)

3

Eddie Lacy GB  (vs. ATL)

4

Arian Foster HOU  (@JAC)

5

Le'Veon Bell PIT  (@CIN)

6

Matt Forte CHI  (vs. DAL)

7

Jamaal Charles KC  (@ARI)

8

Mark Ingram NO  (vs. CAR)

9

Rashad Jennings NYG  (@TEN)

10

Joique Bell DET (vs. TB)

11

C.J. Anderson DEN  (vs. BUF)

12

Frank Gore SF (@OAK)

13

Dan Herron IND  (@CLE)

14

LeSean McCoy PHI (vs. SEA)

15

Justin Forsett BAL  (@MIA)

16

Jeremy Hill CIN  (vs. PIT)

17

Tre Mason STL  (@WAS)

18

Isaiah Crowell CLE  (vs. IND)

19

Ryan Mathews SD  (vs. NE)

20

Jonathan Stewart CAR  (@NO)

21

Denard Robinson JAC  (vs. HOU)

22

Alfred Morris WAS  (vs. STL)

23

Lamar Miller MIA  (vs. BAL)

24

LeGarrette Blount NE  (@SD)

25

Carlos Hyde SF (@OAK)

26

Shane Vereen NE  (@SD)

27

Giovani Bernard CIN  (vs. PIT)

28

Bishop Sankey TEN  (vs. NYG)

29

Trent Richardson IND  (@CLE)

30

Fred Jackson BUF  (@DEN)

31

Marion Grice ARI  (vs. KC)

32

Andre Williams NYG  (@TEN)

33

Chris Ivory NYJ  (@MIN)

34

Matt Asiata MIN  (vs. NYJ)

35

Steven Jackson ATL  (@GB)

36

Doug Martin TB  (@DET)

37

Pierre Thomas NO (vs. CAR)

38

Darren Sproles PHI (vs. SEA)

39

Chris Johnson NYJ  (@MIN)

40

Marcel Reece OAK  (vs. SF)

41

Stepfan Taylor ARI  (vs. KC)

42

Theo Riddick DET (vs. TB)

43

Roy Helu WAS  (vs. STL)

44

Devonta Freeman ATL  (@GB)

45

Benny Cunningham STL  (@WAS)

46

Joe Banyard MIN (vs. NYJ)

47

Anthony Dixon BUF  (@DEN)

48

Charles Sims TB  (@DET)

49

Darren McFadden OAK  (vs. SF)

50

Alfred Blue HOU  (@JAC)