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Fantasy football rankings, Week 14: Running Backs for standard, PPR leagues

You made it! You're in!!! And for that, here's another week of questionable decisions and tough choices.

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A bye-week would be nice, but with the playoffs all set, some of us weren't fortunate enough to win that right. Some of us are left scrounging for one more week of production from a heaping pile of running backs that in the end, may not even produce. It isn't the easiest of decisions, but you put yourself one step ahead by not over-thinking those toss-up choices.

Andre Ellington, for instance, has become hobbled at the wrong time for his owners. If he sits, don't be so sure Marion Grice would immediately fill the void. You would be better off riding someone like Dan Herron, who has the benefit of facing a Cleveland Browns rushing defense that allows 4.4 yards per carry to opposing running backs.

Frank Gore has recently become an occupant of numerous waiver wires, as well. Not saying you should start him (because you shouldn't), but in this particular case where a below-average starter is set to face a below-average defense, you might be better off fading said subpar starter and instead, playing a back with high upside (Latavius Murray and Johnathan Stewart are the first boom/bust candidates that comes to mind.)

Either way, forget what you learned during the first 13 weeks and approach this Sunday with a sense of desperation. After all, if you didn't luck into that bye-week, now is not the time to over-think.

Running back rankings (standard), Week 14

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent DK DC JD SK
1 Le'Veon Bell PIT @CIN 2 1 4 3
2 DeMarco Murray DAL @CHI 5 3 2 1
3 Arian Foster HOU @JAC 1 8 1 2
4 Matt Forte CHI DAL 4 2 3 4
5 Eddie Lacy GB ATL 3 5 6 5
6 C.J. Anderson DEN BUF 6 4 9 8
7 Marshawn Lynch SEA @PHI 10 7 5 7
8 Jamaal Charles KC @ARI 7 6 10 6
9 Justin Forsett BAL @MIA 8 9 7 11
10 Rashad Jennings NYG @TEN 11 10 8 9
11 LeSean McCoy PHI SEA 9 12 11 12
12 Mark Ingram NO CAR 15 11 12 10
13 Tre Mason STL @WAS 12 15 14 13
14 Joique Bell DET TB 14 13 22 14
15 Alfred Morris WAS STL 13 16 21 15
16 Dan Herron IND @CLE 17 17 15 18
17 Ryan Mathews SD NE 16 19 13 20
18 Jeremy Hill CIN PIT 20 18 16 17
19 Isaiah Crowell CLE IND 18 14 25 16
20 Giovani Bernard CIN PIT 19 20 17 19
21 Denard Robinson JAC HOU 22 21 26 21
22 Lamar Miller MIA BAL 25 23 24 23
23 Steven Jackson ATL @GB 23 29 18 28
24 Frank Gore SF @OAK 24 24 28 22
25 Andre Ellington ARI KC 32 22 20 25
26 LeGarrette Blount NE @SD 26 33 19 24
27 Fred Jackson BUF @DEN 21 26 29 26
28 Jonathan Stewart CAR @NO 27 28 31 29
29 Latavius Murray OAK SF 29 32 23 32
30 Chris Ivory NYJ @MIN 38 30 32 31
31 Bishop Sankey TEN NYG 41 27 37 27
32 Jerick McKinnon MIN NYJ 36 34 34 33
33 Chris Johnson NYJ @MIN 31 38 30 39
34 Shane Vereen NE @SD 45 25 39 30
35 Marion Grice ARI KC 33 50 27 42
36 Terrance West CLE IND 28 44 35 45
37 Doug Martin TB @DET 44 37 33 40
38 Carlos Hyde SF @OAK 34 43 42 38
39 Andre Williams NYG @TEN 30 41 43 44
40 Trent Richardson IND @CLE 42 36 46 34
41 Pierre Thomas NO CAR 46 35 40 37
42 Darren Sproles PHI SEA 47 31 48 35
43 Reggie Bush DET TB -- 39 36 36
44 Roy Helu Jr. WAS STL 39 42 50 43
45 Matt Asiata MIN NYJ -- 40 49 41
46 Marcel Reece OAK SF 37 -- -- 46
47 DeAngelo Williams CAR @NO 35 -- -- --
48 Darren McFadden OAK SF -- 45 45 48
49 Robert Turbin SEA @PHI -- 47 41 --
50 Alfred Blue HOU @JAC -- -- 38 --
-- Juwan Thompson DEN BUF 40 -- -- --
-- Theo Riddick DET TB 49 46 -- 49
-- Ben Tate MIN NYJ 43 -- -- --
-- James Starks GB ATL -- -- 44 --
-- Stepfan Taylor ARI KC 50 -- -- 47
-- Chris Polk PHI SEA -- -- 47 --
-- Anthony Dixon BUF @DEN 48 -- -- --
-- Charles Sims TB @DET -- 48 -- --
-- Dexter McCluster TEN NYG -- 49 -- --
-- Jonas Gray NE @SD -- -- -- 50

Running back rankings (PPR), Week 14

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent DK DC JD SK
1 Le'Veon Bell PIT @CIN 1 1 3 1
2 Matt Forte CHI DAL 3 2 2 3
3 Arian Foster HOU @JAC 2 5 1 4
4 DeMarco Murray DAL @CHI 5 3 4 2
5 C.J. Anderson DEN BUF 6 4 6 7
6 Eddie Lacy GB ATL 4 8 7 5
7 Jamaal Charles KC @ARI 7 6 10 6
8 Marshawn Lynch SEA @PHI 10 7 5 9
9 Justin Forsett BAL @MIA 8 9 8 10
10 Rashad Jennings NYG @TEN 12 10 9 8
11 LeSean McCoy PHI SEA 9 12 11 11
12 Mark Ingram NO CAR 15 11 12 12
13 Tre Mason STL @WAS 11 18 13 14
14 Joique Bell DET TB 13 13 21 13
15 Giovani Bernard CIN PIT 16 19 16 15
16 Dan Herron IND @CLE 20 16 15 16
17 Jeremy Hill CIN PIT 21 14 17 20
18 Ryan Mathews SD NE 17 22 14 23
19 Alfred Morris WAS STL 14 20 25 21
20 Isaiah Crowell CLE IND 22 15 29 18
21 Denard Robinson JAC HOU 19 21 27 17
22 Fred Jackson BUF @DEN 18 24 28 19
23 Andre Ellington ARI KC 29 17 20 24
24 Lamar Miller MIA BAL 23 26 22 25
25 Steven Jackson ATL @GB 25 27 18 31
26 Jonathan Stewart CAR @NO 24 31 26 28
27 Shane Vereen NE @SD 36 23 33 22
28 Frank Gore SF @OAK 26 28 36 26
29 Latavius Murray OAK SF 30 33 23 34
30 LeGarrette Blount NE @SF 39 36 19 33
31 Darren Sproles PHI SEA 40 25 42 27
32 Chris Johnson NYJ @MIN 27 41 30 37
33 Pierre Thomas NO CAR 45 29 35 29
34 Jerick McKinnon MIN NYJ 28 35 43 35
35 Marion Grice ARI KC 31 46 24 44
36 Reggie Bush DET TB -- 30 32 32
37 Bishop Sankey TEN NYG 44 32 39 30
38 Chris Ivory NYJ @MIN 42 34 38 36
39 Doug Martin TB @DET 43 38 31 40
40 Roy Helu Jr. WAS STL 37 37 41 38
41 Terance West CLE IND 32 42 34 47
42 Carlos Hyde SF @OAK 38 45 40 42
43 Andre Williams NYG @TEN 33 43 44 49
44 Trent Richardson IND @CLE 41 40 50 39
45 Matt Asiata MIN NYJ 49 39 48 41
46 Marcel Reece OAK SF 34 49 -- 45
47 Theo Riddick DET TB 46 47 -- 43
48 DeAngelo Williams CAR @NO 35 -- -- --
49 Robert Turbin SEA @PHI -- -- 37 --
50 Dexter McCluster TEN NYG -- 44 49 48
-- Darren McFadden OAK SF -- -- 45 46
-- Benny Cunningham STL @WAS 47 48 -- 50
-- James Starks GB ATL -- -- 46 --
-- Alfred Blue HOU @JAC -- -- 47 --
-- Bobby Rainey TB @DET 48 -- -- --
-- Stepfan Taylor ARI KC 50 -- -- --
-- Devonta Freeman ATL @GB -- 50 -- --

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