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Fantasy Player Projections: Week 15

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Running Backs

    1. 1
    2. Jamaal Charles
    3. Jamaal
      Charles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS134
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS58
    7. REC TD0

    Charles continued his MVP-caliber season, running for 151 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries last week.

    1. 2
    2. LeSean McCoy
    3. LeSean
      McCoy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS137
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS32
    7. REC TD1

    McCoy carved up the Lions for 217 yards and two touchdowns last week. The Vikings have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to running backs.

    1. 3
    2. Matt Forte
    3. Matt
      Forte
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS93
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS49
    7. REC TD1

    Forte had 175 total yards and a score against the Cowboys last week. He's an RB1 every single week.

    1. 4
    2. DeMarco Murray
    3. DeMarco
      Murray
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS113
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS28
    7. REC TD0

    Murray torched the Bears for 146 yards on 18 carries last week. He's an RB1 against a Green Bay defense that allows the 10th-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 5
    2. Marshawn Lynch
    3. Marshawn
      Lynch
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS119
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS15
    7. REC TD0

    Lynch picked up 72 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries against the Niners last week. He's an RB1, as usual, this week.

    1. 6
    2. Steven Jackson
    3. Steven
      Jackson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS100
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS25
    7. REC TD0

    Washington allows the second-most fantasy points per game to running backs, making Jackson a great play this week.

    1. 7
    2. Alfred Morris
    3. Alfred
      Morris
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS122
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS14
    7. REC TD0

    Morris surpassed the 1,000-yard mark last week. Start him with confidence against an Atlanta defense that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to running backs.

    1. 8
    2. Ryan Mathews
    3. Ryan
      Mathews
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS106
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS24
    7. REC TD0

    Mathews is a high-end RB2 against a Denver defense that has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to running backs.

    1. 9
    2. Eddie Lacy
    3. Eddie
      Lacy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS106
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS20
    7. REC TD0

    The Cowboys allow the most fantasy points per game to running backs, making Lacy a great play if his ankle isn't a problem.

    1. 10
    2. Frank Gore
    3. Frank
      Gore
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS88
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS25
    7. REC TD1

    Gore had a huge day against the Seahawks, running for 110 yards on 17 carries, though one of those did go for 51 yards. However, the Bucs have been better than you think against the run, allowing the seventh-fewest points to backs this year.

    1. 11
    2. Andre Ellington
    3. Andre
      Ellington
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS74
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS37
    7. REC TD0

    Ellington impressed after missing one game with a knee injury, running for 46 yards and a score on 11 carries. Get him in there against a Titans defense that allows the fourth-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 12
    2. C.J. Spiller
    3. C.J.
      Spiller
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS80
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS30
    7. REC TD0

    Spiller had just 22 yards on 11 carries last week. Consider him a mid-tier RB2 this week.

    1. 13
    2. Chris Ogbonnaya
    3. Chris
      Ogbonnaya
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS74
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS35
    7. REC TD0

    With Willis McGahee out because of a concussion, Ogbonnaya could be a very sneaky play this week. The Bears allow the third-most fantasy points per game to running backs, and have allowed a 100-yard rusher in each their last six game, including the one and only Benny Cunningham.

    1. 14
    2. Reggie Bush
    3. Reggie
      Bush
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS60
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS47
    7. REC TD1

    Bush was a last-minute scratch after aggravating his calf injury during warmups. He's expected to play this week.

    1. 15
    2. Ben Tate
    3. Ben
      Tate
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS76
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS27
    7. REC TD0

    Tate followed up his huge performance by running for just 53 yards on 14 carries against the Jaguars. Consider him a mid-tier RB2 this week.

    1. 16
    2. Pierre Thomas
    3. Pierre
      Thomas
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS75
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS28
    7. REC TD1

    Thomas is a great play against a Rams defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs this year.

    1. 17
    2. Zac Stacy
    3. Zac
      Stacy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS83
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS20
    7. REC TD0

    Stacy ran for just 25 yards on 14 carries in a tough matchup with Arizona, though he did find the end zone. The Saints are softer against the run, but St. Louis could be forced to pass a lot on Sunday.

    1. 18
    2. Knowshon Moreno
    3. Knowshon
      Moreno
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS83
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS17
    7. REC TD0

    Moreno had 109 total yards and a score last week. Get him in your lineup with confidence against the Chargers.

    1. 19
    2. Shane Vereen
    3. Shane
      Vereen
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS16
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS82
    7. REC TD1

    Vereen had a monster game last week, catching 12 passes for 153 yards. His role could increase further with Rob Gronkowski done for the year.

    1. 20
    2. Lamar Miller
    3. Lamar
      Miller
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS68
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS26
    7. REC TD0

    Miller suffered a concussion last week, but the Dolphins are confident he'll play on Sunday.

    1. 21
    2. Jordan Todman
    3. Jordan
      Todman
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS72
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS19
    7. REC TD0

    Todman is likely to start this week with Maurice Jones-Drew dobutful because of a hamstring injury. Consider him a high-end RB3.

    1. 22
    2. Montee Ball
    3. Montee
      Ball
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS62
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS24
    7. REC TD0

    Ball ran for 77 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries last week, and appears to have a solid role in the offense. Consider him an RB3 this week.

    1. 23
    2. Adrian Peterson
    3. Adrian
      Peterson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS84
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS10
    7. REC TD0

    Peterson is a good bet to sit after suffering a foot injury last week.

    1. 24
    2. Donald Brown
    3. Donald
      Brown
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS52
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS30
    7. REC TD0

    Brown got just four carries against the Bengals, though a lot of that was because of game situation. It's hard to trust him as more than an RB3 this week.

    1. 25
    2. Andre Brown
    3. Andre
      Brown
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS61
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS19
    7. REC TD0

    Brown ran for 81 yards on 15 carries last week, but Seattle presents a very tough matchup.

    1. 26
    2. Stevan Ridley
    3. Stevan
      Ridley
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS64
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS13
    7. REC TD0

    Ridley emerged from Bill Belichick's doghouse last week, running for 35 yards on eight carries. I'm cautiously callling him a low-end RB2 against a Miami defense that has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to running backs.

    1. 27
    2. Danny Woodhead
    3. Danny
      Woodhead
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS24
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS52
    7. REC TD1

    Denver has struggled against running backs this year, making Woodhead a low-end RB2 this week.

    1. 28
    2. Rashard Mendenhall
    3. Rashard
      Mendenhall
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS63
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Though Andre Ellington is back, Mendenhall is a solid play against Tennessee. Just don't count on the officials giving him another gift touchdown.

    1. 29
    2. Le'Veon Bell
    3. Le'Veon
      Bell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS68
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS39
    7. REC TD0

    Bell has been a solid dual threat in his rookie season, but the Bengals allow the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 30
    2. Bobby Rainey
    3. Bobby
      Rainey
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS65
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS38
    7. REC TD0

    Rainey ran for 127 yards and a touchdown last week, though most of his damage came on his 80-yard TD scamper. He's no better than an RB3 against San Francisco.

    1. 31
    2. Fred Jackson
    3. Fred
      Jackson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS66
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS14
    7. REC TD0

    Jackson had just five carries for 12 yards last week. Consider him a low-end RB2 this week.

    1. 32
    2. Chris Johnson
    3. Chris
      Johnson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS46
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS32
    7. REC TD0

    Johnson had 46 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries against the Broncos. The Cardinals allow the fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 33
    2. Giovani Bernard
    3. Giovani
      Bernard
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS39
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS32
    7. REC TD0

    Bernard had 148 yards from scrimmage against the Colts last week. Despite the projection, he is an RB2 this week.

    1. 34
    2. Ray Rice
    3. Ray
      Rice
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS31
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS38
    7. REC TD0

    Rice racked up 109 total yards against the Vikings last week, but he will likely struggle against Detroit's tough front four.

    1. 35
    2. Rashad Jennings
    3. Rashad
      Jennings
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS52
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS16
    7. REC TD0

    Jennings is likely to return this week after missing last week's game with a concussion. He'll be a low-end RB should he go.

    1. 36
    2. Darren Sproles
    3. Darren
      Sproles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS13
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS53
    7. REC TD0

    Sproles had 61 yards from scrimmage last week, but could be in for a nice day against a St. Louis defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs.

    1. 37
    2. DeAngelo Williams
    3. DeAngelo
      Williams
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS37
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS25
    7. REC TD0

    Williams is not an advisable play this week, as the Jets have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to running backs.

    1. 38
    2. Jacquizz Rodgers
    3. Jacquizz
      Rodgers
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS14
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS46
    7. REC TD0

    If you're in a very deep league, Rodgers could be a decent play given that Washington allows the second-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 39
    2. Marcel Reece
    3. Marcel
      Reece
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS24
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS31
    7. REC TD0

    Reece had a huge game against the Jets, running for 123 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. His stock will take a huge hit with Rashad Jennings returning. Congrats if you used him last week, but it's time to move on.

    1. 40
    2. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    3. BenJarvus
      Green-Ellis
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS48
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Green-Ellis ran for 48 yards and two scores last week. Consider him an RB3 against the Steelers.

    1. 41
    2. Chris Ivory
    3. Chris
      Ivory
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS43
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Ivory ran for 76 yards and a score on 18 carries last week, but he is not an advisable play against the Panthers, who allow the third-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 42
    2. Toby Gerhart
    3. Toby
      Gerhart
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS42
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS10
    7. REC TD0

    Gerhart would be a high-end RB3 if he starts in place of Adrian Peterson.

    1. 43
    2. Daniel Thomas
    3. Daniel
      Thomas
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS40
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    The Patriots have allowed the 12th-most fantasy points to running backs this year. Still, I wouldn't rely on Thomas if better options are available.

    1. 44
    2. Joique Bell
    3. Joique
      Bell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS24
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS16
    7. REC TD0

    Bell ran for 63 yards and a touchdown starting in place of Reggie Bush, but the lattter is expected back this week.

    1. 45
    2. Bilal Powell
    3. Bilal
      Powell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS26
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS12
    7. REC TD0

    Powell got just eight carries last week and cannot be played against a Carolina defense that allows the third-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 46
    2. LeGarrette Blount
    3. LeGarrette
      Blount
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS37
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    The Dolphins have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to running backs, but it's nearly impossible to trust any back on the Patriots, other than Shane Vereen.

    1. 47
    2. Jonathan Stewart
    3. Jonathan
      Stewart
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS32
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Stewart should not be started in fantasy leagues going up against a Jets defense that allows the second-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 48
    2. Mike Tolbert
    3. Mike
      Tolbert
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS13
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS18
    7. REC TD0

    Tolbert is not a fantasy option.

    1. 49
    2. Mark Ingram
    3. Mark
      Ingram
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS26
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    The Saints could run more than usual given that the Rams feature one of the league's softest run defenses, but you still shouldn't be considering Ingram.

    1. 50
    2. Trent Richardson
    3. Trent
      Richardson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS18
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Richardson had six carries for 20 yards last week. That seems to be his line every week.

    1. 51
    2. Bernard Pierce
    3. Bernard
      Pierce
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS18
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Pierce got just seven carries last week and has too small a role to be relevant in fantasy leagues.

    1. 52
    2. Willis McGahee
    3. Willis
      McGahee
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS0
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    McGahee is out this week because of a concussion.

    1. 53
    2. Dennis Johnson
    3. Dennis
      Johnson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS0
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Johnson again had a bit part in the offense last week. He is not relevant in fantasy leagues.

    1. 54
    2. Maurice Jones-Drew
    3. Maurice
      Jones-Drew
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS0
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Jones-Drew is listed as doubtful for Sunday because of a hamstring injury. Even if he plays, you cannot trust him.

    1. 55
    2. Darren McFadden
    3. Darren
      McFadden
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS0
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    McFadden's status for Week 15 is still up in the air, but you won't want to play him if he does go.

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