Fantasy Player Projections

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1vikingsAdrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

113 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 29 rec yards

In the past two weeks Peterson has been the only Vikings running back to carry the football. He leads the league in rushing and has four more 20-yard runs than second-place back C.J. Spiller. Green Bay's battered front seven is no match.

2texansArian Foster

Arian Foster

101 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 31 rec yards

Foster leads the league in touchdowns, has gained 100 or more yards from scrimmage in each of the past five games and ... eh, what's the use? You're going to start him. We don't need to remind you how good he is.

3ravensRay Rice

Ray Rice

86 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 41 rec yards

Steelers fans would like to see Rice pay for draping a Terrible Towel over his head after the Ravens' win two weeks ago. That won't happen. Rice has averaged 24.7 touches over his last four games. The Ravens are going to ride him in all four quarters of this contest.

4seahawksMarshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

103 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 22 rec yards

The Bears sound like a tough matchup for opposing backs, but Chicago has allowed a 100-yard rusher in three of the past four games. Lynch, meanwhile, has reached the mark in four of his last five outings.

5titansChris Johnson

Chris Johnson

103 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 19 rec yards

Johnson turned his season around with a 141-yard day in Houston in Week 4. There's no reason to believe he cannot duplicate that success against the Texas in Week 13. The Lions averaged 4.6 yards per carry against Houston on Thanksgiving, and Jacksonville's Jalen Parmele rushed for 80 yards the week before.

6brownsTrent Richardson

Trent Richardson

90 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 30 rec yards

Richardson rushed 29 times for 85 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh in Week 12. He also caught four balls for 27 yards. Richardson has seven touchdowns this season, and he's showing no signs of hitting the rookie wall, although he does have 97 touches in his past three games.

7billsC.J. Spiller

C.J. Spiller

81 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 30 rec yards

There are certain sets and situations where Fred Jackson is the preferred back, but Buffalo knows it is most successful when it puts the ball in Spiller's hands. Look no further than two weeks ago, when he carried 22 times and caught three balls and Buffalo beat Miami.

8eaglesBryce Brown

Bryce Brown

86 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 23 rec yards

With LeSean McCoy unlikely to play, expect the Eagles to continue to employ Brown after seeing him rip off 178 yards in Week 12. Brown did fumble twice last week, but if he can take care of the ball he'll have another nice day.

9chiefsJamaal Charles

Jamaal Charles

95 rush yards, rush TD, 1 rec, 8 rec yards

Charles carried the ball 23 times for 107 yards against the Broncos in Week 12. That was his fourth 100-yard game of the season, and he faces a below-average Panthers rushing defense in Week 13.

1049ersFrank Gore

Frank Gore

70 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 24 rec yards

Gore had 19 carries for 83 yards in Week 12, but he also hauled in his first receiving touchdown of the season. While the Rams don't allow a lot of rushing yards, they do give up rushing touchdowns. Gore remains a top-10 running back in fantasy.

11buccaneersDoug Martin

Doug Martin

60 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 33 rec yards

Martin scored twice against the Falcons in Week 12, but he rushed for just 50 yards on the day. Fantasy owners are still delighted with the rookie, considering he got every Tampa Bay carry against Atlanta. The Broncos are tough against the run, however.

12dolphinsReggie Bush

Reggie Bush

65 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 26 rec yards

Bush led the Dolphins once again in Week 12, with 87 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries against Seattle. Daniel Thomas continues to cut into Bush's touches, but Bush remains a decent RB2 in most formats against the Patriots, who are allowing more than 100 rushing yards per game.

13falconsMichael Turner

Michael Turner

65 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 20 rec yards

While Turner was essentially bottled up against Tampa Bay, gaining just 17 yards on 13 carries, he was still able to get his sixth rushing touchdown of the season. The Saints held him in check last season, but Turner should still be considered a low-end fantasy starter this week.

14cowboysDeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray

84 rush yards, rush TD

Murray has missed six games but this week there is hope that his sprained foot will be ready for action. Fantasy owners should watch mid-week injury reports and start Murray if he's given a green light. Normally one would expect Dallas to ease Murray back slowly, but the Cowboys are in no position to do so.

15bengalsBenJarvus Green-Ellis

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

70 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 14 rec yards

Green-Ellis had his best game of the season against the Raiders in Week 12, rushing for 129 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers are actually pretty tough against the run, but BJGE can still be considered an RB2 in most leagues.

16lionsMikel Leshoure

Mikel Leshoure

83 rush yards, rush TD, 1 rec, 8 rec yards

Leshoure will appreciate a date with a Colts team allowing opposing backs 4.8 yards per carry -- the most of any opponent he has faced this year. He just might reach the 20-carry mark for the first time since his season debut.

17redskinsAlfred Morris

Alfred Morris

83 rush yards, rush TD

Morris averaged 5.5 yards and broke a 30-yard run in his first meeting against the defending Super Bowl champions. The only concern fantasy owners should have heading into this game is whether Washington will be able to run the ball in all four quarters.

18giantsAhmad Bradshaw

Ahmad Bradshaw

67 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 13 rec yards

Bradshaw looked like a new man in Week 12, splitting the Packers' defense for a long reception, then later for a 13-yard touchdown run. Andre Brown had been stealing goal-line carries, but he's now on IR. It remains to be seen if rookie David Wilson will steal those red zone touches, or if Bradshaw will become the featured back again. He's a good start this week regardless.

19patriotsStevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley

70 rush yards, rush TD, 1 rec, 6 rec yards

Ridley rushed for 97 yards against the Jets on Thanksgiving Day, and he scored a touchdown for the fourth consecutive game. Twice in the past three games he has come within a few yards of rushing for 100 yards. Doing that won't be easy against the Dolphins, who are pretty good against the run.

20cardinalsBeanie Wells

Beanie Wells

65 rush yards, rush TD

Wells had a big game in his return from a turf toe injury, rushing 17 times for 48 yards and two touchdowns against the Rams in Week 12. A better yards-per-carry figure would be nice, but this was good enough to make Wells a recommended fantasy starter in Week 13.

21bearsMichael Bush

Michael Bush

44 rush yards, rush TD

Matt Forte's health will determine Bush's effectiveness, but even if Forte plays fantasy owners may want to find a spot for Bush. The Chicago coaching staff will use Bush plenty to save Forte's legs.

22coltsVick Ballard

Vick Ballard

38 rush yards, rush TD

Call Ballard the starter and Donald Brown the finisher. The Colts seem fine having the two backs share the workload, and fantasy owners should be fine letting both stay put on the waiver wire.

23ramsSteven Jackson

Steven Jackson

75 rush yards, 2 rec, 19 rec yards

Jackson rushed for a season-high 139 yards against the Cardinals in Week 12, and he now has 321 rushing yards and one touchdown in three games since the team's bye week. The 49ers are tough against the run, allowing just three rushing touchdowns this season -- although one of those was to Jackson.

24jetsBilal Powell

Bilal Powell

30 rush yards, rush TD, 1 rec, 7 rec yards

Powell had 12 carries for 40 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots. Powell is healthy once again, and he's getting goal-line carries. He now has three touchdowns in his past two games, and he's a solid flex play this week.

25chargersRyan Mathews

Ryan Mathews

65 rush yards, 3 rec, 25 rec yards

Mathews had another so-so afternoon for San Diego, rushing for 72 yards and catching three balls for 16 yards against the Ravens in Week 12. The Bengals' defense has been tough recently, and Mathews has just one touchdown this season, with no 100-yard games.

26broncosKnowshon Moreno

Knowshon Moreno

55 rush yards, 3 rec, 25 rec yards

Moreno rushed 20 times for 85 yards, delivering one of the biggest surprise storylines of Week 12. He'll start again in Week 13 against Tampa Bay, but the Buccaneers have a strong rushing defense, so Moreno could have a tough time against them.

27saintsDarren Sproles

Darren Sproles

12 rush yards, 6 rec, 65 rec yards

Sproles led the Saints with seven catches for 65 yards against the 49ers in Week 12, but most of his production came during garbage time. He didn't get a carry, which is not too surprising. He's a very good flex play in most formats, but an RB2 in PPR leagues.

28raidersMarcel Reece

Marcel Reece

34 rush yards, 4 rec, 41 rec yards

Reece rushed 15 times for 74 yards against the Bengals in Week 12, but it appears that Darren McFadden (ankle) and Mike Goodson (ankle) are close to returning for Week 13. Follow their statuses closely before making a decision on Reece.

29falconsJacquizz Rodgers

Jacquizz Rodgers

35 rush yards, 4 rec, 35 rec yards

Rodgers rushed 10 times for 49 yards and a touchdown against the Saints in Week 12. He also caught a pair of passes for 30 yards, and he outplayed starter Michael Turner. Even so, he's still just a flex play against the Saints in Week 13.

30jetsShonn Greene

Shonn Greene

65 rush yards

Greene rushed 14 times for 71 yards against the Patriots in Week 12, but Bilal Powell saw carries near the goal line. The Cardinals are average against the run, but neither Jets running back should be considered better than an RB2 in fantasy play.

31raidersDarren McFadden

Darren McFadden

40 rush yards, 2 rec, 25 rec yards

McFadden (ankle) might be able to play this weekend against the Browns, but fantasy owners should still be cautious for a few reasons. The Browns have allowed a total of just 112 rushing yards in their past two games, and McFadden has had injury problems before, so give him time to prove he's healthy before inserting him into your lineup, if you can.

32jaguarsRashad Jennings

Rashad Jennings

61 rush yards

With Maurice Jones-Drew still nursing a bum foot and Jalen Parmele on IR (groin), the Jaguars have little choice but to hand the ball to Jennings, who has averaged just 2.8 yards per carry this season. Fantasy owners, on the other hand, have plenty of other options.

33lionsJoique Bell

Joique Bell

28 rush yards, 4 rec, 32 rec yards

For a while it looked as though Bell might push Mikel Leshoure for reps. Now he's just trying to hold off Kevin Smith to keep his backup job.

34dolphinsDaniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas

35 rush yards, 3 rec, 25 rec yards

Thomas had nine carries for 60 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 18 yards against Seattle in Week 12. He continues to see more touches each week. The Dolphins like using him in the red zone, but his scoring is still inconsistent.

35patriotsShane Vereen

Shane Vereen

35 rush yards, 3 rec, 24 rec yards

Vereen had 10 rushes for 42 yards against the Jets in Week 12, but he also caught two passes, including an 83-yard touchdown reception. Even so, his fantasy value is limited to larger leagues because he doesn't score consistently and the Patriots spread the ball around.

36billsFred Jackson

Fred Jackson

36 rush yards, 2 rec, 21 rec yards

Jackson touched the ball seven times last week, compared to 15 touches for C.J. Spiller. Fantasy owners can expect a similar breakdown moving forward.

37panthersDeAngelo Williams

DeAngelo Williams

45 rush yards, 2 rec, 12 rec yards

Williams rushed 11 times for just 21 yards against the Eagles in Week 12, but he received a few more touches because Jonathan Stewart hurt his ankle. If Stewart can't go in Week 13, Williams should see more carries, making him an RB2 in most leagues.

38steelersJonathan Dwyer

Jonathan Dwyer

46 rush yards, 2 rec, 11 rec yards

According to coach Mike Tomlin, Dwyer will be the starting running back heading into Week 13. It's a situation that changes week to week, so fantasy owners really have no reason to gamble on Dwyer (or any of the Steelers' backs).

39bearsMatt Forte

Matt Forte

52 rush yards

Expect Forte to be a game-time decision. Early reports were encouraging, but the coaching staff will not have a clear picture of how limited Forte will be until closer to the end of the week. He may be limited even if he plays.

40panthersJonathan Stewart

Jonathan Stewart

34 rush yards, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

Stewart had just eight rushes for 27 yards against the Eagles in Week 12 before leaving the game with an ankle injury. If he's unable to play in Week 13, DeAngelo Williams receives a boost in value.

41cowboysFelix Jones

Felix Jones

24 rush yards, 2 rec, 22 rec yards

If DeMarco Murray plays this week, Jones will have absolutely no value to fantasy owners. And if Murray does not play ... well, not much changes. Over the last six weeks Jones has not gained more than 75 yards rushing in any contest.

42cardinalsLaRod Stephens-Howlin

LaRod Stephens-Howlin

20 rush yards, 3 rec, 25 rec yards

Stephens-Howling was dealing with a rib injury and the return of Beanie Wells (toe) in Week 12, which limited his numbers considerably. He'll likely be healthier in Week 13, but he's no longer worth using in most fantasy leagues.

43packersJames Starks

James Starks

43 rush yards

Starks is the lead back for a backfield that has no real purpose, other than to keep defenses honest. Chances are he'll never see enough carries in a game this year to benefit fantasy owners.

44saintsChris Ivory

Chris Ivory

40 rush yards

Ivory led the Saints in rushing last Sunday 34 yards on eight carries, despite Darren Sproles being healthy and Mark Ingram getting more touches. It's tough to gauge this backfield right now, so look for alternatives if possible.

45chargersRonnie Brown

Ronnie Brown

17 rush yards, 2 rec, 23 rec yards

Brown had two carries for 17 yards and four catches for 22 yards against Baltimore in Week 12. He continues to work as Ryan Mathews' backup, and he battles for carries with Jackie Battle, but he touches the ball enough to be an acceptable flex if you're desperate.

46packersAlex Green

Alex Green

28 rush yards, 2 rec, 11 rec yards

It appears the Packers are using Green and James Starks based on the matchup, which is a red flag for fantasy owners to stay far away from this situation.

47texansJustin Forsett

Justin Forsett

39 rush yards

Ben Tate may be ready for this contest, but the Texans are in no hurry to welcome him back. Forsett has averaged 12.1 yards per carry over the past two weeks, though that figure was heavily inflated by a botched call on Forsett's long touchdown run against Detroit.

48giantsDavid Wilson

David Wilson

35 rush yards

Fans have yet to really see the potential New York's coaches have been raving about, but Andre Brown's broken leg moves Wilson up the depth chart. His fantasy relevance should increase along with his touches.

49saintsMark Ingram

Mark Ingram

35 rush yards

Ingram got the most touches of any Saints running back in Week 12, but he did the least with them, managing 27 yards on 10 carries. This backfield continues to be muddled for fantasy owners, making Ingram a questionable start.

50bengalsCedric Peerman

Cedric Peerman

34 rush yards, 1 rec, 7 rec yards

Peerman had a good day on the ground against the Raiders, gaining 61 rushing yards on eight carries. He has 136 yards in his past two games, but it's still tough to rely on a backup running back in fantasy.

51coltsDonald Brown

Donald Brown

33 rush yards

Brown has caught just seven passes all year and hasn't found the end zone since Week 1. The Colts have limited his touches, in part, because rookie Vick Ballard has out-performed Brown.

52steelersRashard Mendenhall

Rashard Mendenhall

32 rush yards

The coaching staff came down hard on Mendehall for fumbling twice against Cleveland (Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman and Chris Rainey also lost fumbles in that game). Regardless, Mendenhall is in no position to help fantasy owners this week.

53cardinalsWilliam Powell

William Powell

14 rush yards, 2 rec, 17 rec yards

Powell had a nice game against the Rams, with six catches out of the backfield for 63 yards, but LaRod Stephens-Howling was dealing with a rib injury. When LSH returns, and with Beanie Wells back, Powell's numbers will be limited.

54ramsDaryl Richardson

Daryl Richardson

24 rush yards

Richardson rushed seven times for 32 yards against Arizona in Week 12. Earlier this season, he looked like he was getting ready to overtake starter Steven Jackson, but now he's firmly entrenched as the backup.

5549ersBrandon Jacobs

Brandon Jacobs

22 rush yards, 1 rec, 6 rec yards

Jacobs should see a boost in production now that Kendall Hunter has been placed on injured reserve with an Achilles tear. But until he proved otherwise, Jacobs belongs on the free-agent pile.

56steelersIsaac Redman

Isaac Redman

21 rush yards, 1 rec, 9 rec yards

Redman's stats from the past three weeks: 11 carries and 33 yards. Um, no thanks. There are a dozen or more backs on the waiver wire possessing more upside than Redman right now.

57brownsMontario Hardesty

Montario Hardesty

20 rush yards

Hardesty had just two touches in Week 12, rushing twice for 14 yards against the Steelers. He's firmly behind rookie Trent Richardson, and his value should be viewed accordingly.

58ravensBernard Pierce

Bernard Pierce

19 rush yards

Pierce made the highlight reels last week for hurdling over Eric Weddle on a pretty run to the outside. That's about the only attention Pierce will see these days, with Ray Rice handling the bulk of the workload.

59broncosRonnie Hillman

Ronnie Hillman

18 rush yards, 1 rec, 8 rec yards

Hillman had just three touches in Week 12 at Kansas City, mostly because Knowshon Moreno returned to rush 20 times. Hillman is a backup for now, but if the oft-injured Moreno gets dinged up again, Hillman's fantasy value would climb.

60eaglesLeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

0 rush yards

McCoy is still recovering from a concussion, and while he hasn't been ruled out yet, it's unlikely he'll play with the Eagles already out of the postseason hunt. Monitor his status, but prepare to go elsewhere.

61chiefsPeyton Hillis

Peyton Hillis

8 rush yards

Hillis rushed twice for just five yards in Week 12, and it's apparent that this is not a shared backfield as many expected this preseason. Hillis is not worth owning except by Jamaal Charles' owners as insurance.

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