Adrian Peterson's march towards history headlines Week 14 RB news

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While David Wilson makes a statement game. A breakdown of the running backs for fantasy owners.

With 1,600 rushing yards this season, Adrian Peterson currently has the 50th highest total in NFL history with three games left. The fact that he tore his ACL last year has now almost become a side-story to the amazing season that he is having. At this point everything that he does is not because of anything that happened to Peterson in 2011, but despite it.

Can Peterson get the highest single-season rushing total in the history of the league? Here is that news and everything else for those guys that get that handoffs:

The Best

Adrian Peterson against the Bears (AP HISTORY)

I was never in any AP classes so that headline doesn't even make any sense to me! I'm too dumb. But Adrian Peterson is smart and is making a case as one of the best running backs we've ever seen. It almost seems like we have to say that he "only" had 154 yards rushing against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Why didn't he have 200? 154 is un-AP-like.

The NFL record, held by Eric Dickerson, is 2,105 yards set in 1984. That's a gap of 505 yards between Peterson and Dickerson, meaning he will need 168.3 yards per game to reach that level. (AP MATH) Not impossible to do for Peterson by any means and the Rams, Texans and Packers are the final obstacles.

If you "risked" drafting Peterson this year, it's paid off in a major way.

David Wilson against the Saints (SAINTS D BAD)

I said that same thing in my QB post for Eli Manning, the Saints are so terrible at defense that they should be fined for it.

Not only did Wilson run for 100 yards and two touchdowns, but he added 227 return yards and another score. It's been a disappointing season for the 2012 1st round pick, coming into the game with only 111 rushing yards on the year, but this could be the start of the sleeper playoff player in fantasy right now. Ahmad Bradshaw left the game with a knee injury but is not in apparent danger of missing any time.

He could lose some carries to Wilson though after his first really strong performance.

Marshawn Lynch against the Cardinals (SHOOT COACH WE UP 58-0)

The Seahawks put a beatdown on the Cards unlike what you'll ever see between two birds. (Nobody tell you-know-who about birdfighting.) This wasn't a fight though, it was a gang-jump and the Cardinals had their hands tied behind their backs.

Marshawn Lynch ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns, while Robert Turbin 108 yards of his own after taking over because 58-0.

Lynch should be another solid play next week against the Buffalo Bills. Could there be another another high-scoring affair on deck for the Hawks?

Honorable Mentions: Knowshown Moreno (119 yards, 1 TD), Jamaal Charles (165 yards, 1 TD), Darren Sproles (2 TD)

The Worst

Ahmad Bradshaw against the Saints (HE WASN'T THAT HURT)

You felt pretty good starting Bradshaw against the worst defense. Then he got hurt! But then he came back! However, all of the good will went over to Wilson and Bradshaw finished with 33 yards and no touchdowns. If you started Bradshaw this week, your season might be over and there's no point in grabbing Wilson.

Bryce Brown against the Buccaneers (WELL THAT WAS FUN WASN'T IT?)

There has to be at least one person that started both Bradshaw and Brown. That person is not having a very good Monday. Brown might have been a riskier play as a rookie against the top run defense in the NFL, but it would have been almost impossible to bench one of the hottest runners in the league besides Peterson.

Except that Peterson still has a lot of fans today.

Brown carried it 12 times for six yards. The Eagles take on the Bengals next week which might not be that much better. And that only matters if you made it to Week 15 of your fantasy league.


Spiller came down to earth on Sunday against a Rams defense that you would have expected for him to have more success against. But he carried it only 7 times and had only 52 total yards. Fred Jackson was even worse with 30 total yards, a fumble, and an injury.

Going forward expect Jackson to possibly be shut down for the rest of the year which pits Spiller as the main back again, but we can't expect Buffalo to run it very often. The Bills take on the Seahawks defense in Week 15.

Honorable Mentions: Chris Johnson, Mikel Leshoure, Jonathan Dwyer

The Hurt

Fred Jackson is "not looking good" according to Chan Gailey after a leg injury. Forget about it this week.

Bradshaw got hurt, as mentioned, but returned.

Delone Carter suffered an ankle injury.

Seems like we avoided most concussions this week. Success!

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