Charch's Week 14 Running Back Rankings


The Cleveland Browns give up over 113 rushing yards per game, fifth most, and 52 receiving yards per game, ninth most, to opposing running backs. That's 165 total yards per game to runners. Christian McCaffrey is really good at accumulating both of those. Since Week 8, he's averaged 161 yards per game (88 rush, 73 receiving). He's also averaging 1.6 touchdowns over that span. The Browns haven't given up a touchdown to a running back in their past three games, but McCaffrey is much better than Tevin Coleman, Joe Mixon, and Lamar Miller. Another monster game incoming. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 10.0/10   -   $9000


Alvin Kamara was stymied last week in Dallas, limited to his fewest rushing attempts and rushing yards since Week 5. The good news is that Kamara was reintroduced to the passing game; his 11 targets and 8 receptions were more than he had had in the past three weeks combined. Even better news is that he gets a Tampa Bay Bucs team that not only gives up the second-most total touchdowns per game to opposing running backs, but also was shredded for 141 total yards and three touchdowns by Kamara back in Week 1. He's scored in all three career games against the Bucs, and he probably will again as the Saints look to avenge that humiliating Week 1 loss. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 10.0/10   -   $8200


The Washington Redskins have been pretty good against the run on the year, but their myriad issues on offense are starting to affect the defense. Their offense just can't stay on the field, giving lucrative opportunities to opposing offenses, especially running backs. Since Alex Smith went down in Week 11, the Redskins are giving up over 28 rushing attempts on 4.6 yards per carry per game to opposing running backs. Saquon Barkley is averaging 22 rush attempts per game in victories, and the Giants have won three of four, so don't be surprised if his rushing attempts approach 30. He has also topped 100 rushing yards in three straight on 5.8 yards per carry, finding the end zone five times. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 9.75/10   -   $8600


The Philadelphia Eagles have been trampled by lead backs since their Week 9 bye. In those games, they've given up 113 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game on the ground to the workhorses. They've also given up rushes of at least 35 yards in each game over that span, so they are certainly susceptible to the big play. I mean, look at what Adrian Peterson just did. This has coincided with Ezekiel Elliot's own hot streak as he's averaging 167 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game since his Week 10 meeting with Philly where he went for 187 total yards and two touchdowns. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 9.5/10   -   $8500


Hopefully Todd Gurley powered you to a first round bye, because this looks like his toughest test of the season, on the road against a Bears team that is giving up the fewest rushing touchdowns and fewest yards per carry. They are vulnerable through the air, however. Fortunately, they give up the 11th-most receptions per game to the position and have given up big games to pass catching specialists David Johnson, James White, and Kerryon Johnson, each of whom found the end zone through the air. Gurley will be fine. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10   -   $9500

Phillip Lindsay is making a claim at the best rookie season for an undrafted player in league history. He leads the league in rushing over the last two weeks. He has three straight outings where he finished the game averaging over seven yards per carry. Reuben Foster's absence is clearly having a negative impact on San Francisco's defense. Seattle ran for 168 yards against the Niners last week, the highest total they have allowed all season. Chris Carson's 108 yards rushing last week was the 2nd highest total the 49ers have allowed this season. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10   -   $7900

Leonard Fournette has struggled against the Titans. In the two games with Tennessee last year he averaged 54 yards on just 3.3 yards per carry. Fortunately, volume should be on his side. The Jaguars will want to deemphasize Cody Kessler and the Titans see the seventh-most carries. As long as he doesn't get in a fight he's a lock for 25 touches and at least one good opportunity at scoring a touchdown. Fournette has five touchdowns in his last three games and has averaged 27 touches per game since returning from injury. The Titans have allowed an average of 127 yards on the ground over their last six games. Tennessee's offense cannot sustain drives or score points which puts their defense on the field in negative game script situations. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10   -   $7800


David Johnson's cold spell continues as he hasn't scored and has only caught four balls TOTAL over his past three games. Luckily though, DJ has still been getting plenty of volume over that span, averaging 21 carries per game. The Detroit Lions are giving up a league-worst 5.1 yards per carry to opposing running backs, so Johnson's volume can't be overstated. The Lions have given up 20+ carries to opposing backs three times. In those games, they averaged 130 rushing yards and a touchdown per game. Johnson might have some hard feelings too, considering he suffered his season-ending injury in Detroit during Week 1 last season. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10   -   $7600


[UPDATE: RT Bryan Bulaga and LG Lane Taylor, along with RG Byron Bell, are inactive. That's three starters. I've moved him down a few spots as a result.] Aaron Jones is as reliable as they come lately, averaging 99 total yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game since becoming Green Bay's feature back in Week 8. He's struggled a bit recently in the yardage department during the Packers' three-game losing streak, but luckily for him, they get the only team that is just as dysfunctional as they are: The Atlanta Falcons, a team giving up 27 points per game during their own four-game losing streak. They also give up nearly eight receptions per game to opposing running backs. Don't sleep on Jones' pass catching ability. He's caught 12 of 15 targets over his past three. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   -   $7300


It might be a bit selfish, but Tarik Cohen probably isn't hoping Mitchell Trubisky comes back any time soon. In two games with Chase Daniel, Cohen has been targeted 22 times, hauling in 19 of them and posting 12 receptions for 156 yards last week, both career bests. Regardless of who is under center, game script should favor Cohen over Jordan Howard against a Los Angeles Rams team that is outscoring opponents by 10 points per game. Those Rams have given up touchdowns to backs through the air in three of four games, so Cohen is the Bears back you want. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   -   $7000


Week 4 against Miami was Sony Michel's coming out party as he ran for 112 yards and scored a touchdown on a season-high 25 carries. The rushing volume was a result of the Patriots destroying the Dolphins 38-7. But a repeat is hardly automatic. The Patriots have lost four of their last five games in Miami and Tom Brady has struggled in these games. It would behoove Josh McDaniels to lean on the run game this week, particularly since the Dolphins have allowed the third-most rushing yards. 80 yards seems like a safe floor for Michel as the Dolphins have allowed 11 running backs to meet or exceed that total this year. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   -   $6800


Gus Edwards is averaging 20 rush attempts per game with Lamar Jackson in the lineup. He continues to see open holes as teams focus their game plan on stopping Jackson. Kansas City's defense has been a disaster all year, but it's been the all-purpose running backs that have caused the Chiefs the most heartburn. Nine running backs have gained 100 total yards against the Chiefs and all but one had at least three receptions in the game. Unfortunately, Gus Edwards has one catch…for the season, so he won't help through the air, a major liability for the Chiefs. But, opposing backs have topped 85 rushing yards in five of the last six Chiefs games. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   -   $6600


Dalvin Cook is heating up, and I expect that to continue against a Seahawks team that couldn't stop a junior varsity high school freshman back. Since Week 9, every lead back has topped 100 total yards and scored except one. Good job, Seattle. You stopped somebody named Jeff Wilson from finding the end zone last week in his second career game, but you couldn't stop him from gaining 134 total yards. They are getting beat on the ground and through the air, so expect an evolving Cook to keep it rolling. He's coming off a 9.3 yard per carry, 10 target, 8 reception game, all career bests, and that was against a much better Patriots running back defense. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   -   $6400


[UPDATE: SUNDAY MEDIA REPORTS SAY THAT SAMUELS WILL GET MOST OF THE WORK.] Mike Tomlin has stated they will attempt to fill James Conner's void with a running back by committee approach, but Samuels should get the majority of the work. Jaylen Samuels is a former college wide receiver and has the skillset to be contribute on third downs, although no team has allowed fewer receptions to runners than Oakland. If he gets 70% of Conner's usual workload against the Raiders, he will be a startable asset. The Steelers should focus on blocking Tahir Whitehead who has nearly double the tackles of anyone on the Raiders roster. Oakland ranks bottom three in rushing yards allowed, rushing yards per carry, and rushing attempts. If Samuels gets even double-digit touches, and we think he will, he's in for solid game. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   -   $4600


Baker Mayfield throwing 43 times is not the recipe Nick Chubb needs for success. If the Browns can keep the game close, Chubb will slide right back into the 20-rush attempt numbers we have come to love. Nearly 90% of Chubb's rushing yards come from inside the tackles. This could make life difficult against Carolina. The strength of the Panthers defense is right up the middle with Kawann Short, Thomas Davis, and Luke Kuechly. Over the last five weeks, they have allowed opposing running backs 3.3 yards per carry, 4th-fewest in the league. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10   -   $7400


Joe Mixon must be thinking he's in a teen slasher horror movie as his teammates drop, one by one, around him. His biggest issue isn't Andy Dalton and AJ Green, it's the offensive line. Injuries and poor play have the Bengals playing merry go round with their offensive line starters and nothing seems to be working. It's a credit to Mixon's tremendous talent that he continues to produce despite his circumstance. The Chargers have allowed the 11th-fewest yards rushing yards to running backs this season and only one, Todd Gurley, has eclipsed 100 yards. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10   -   $7200


If you were concerned that Rex Burkhead's return would cause a dip in James White's production, you have not been paying attention to how much faith the Patriots have in White. He will produce if the Patriots beat the Dolphins by 30 and he will produce if the Patriots lose. Before you say the Pats are an automatic victory this week realize they have lost four of their last five games in Miami, so the game script may not be as run heavy as you'd assume. The Dolphins have allowed opposing running backs to gain 9.3 yards per reception, 8th-most in the league. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10   -   $6900


Wind back the clock to Week 4, the first meeting between the Colts and Texans. Houston was a winless team, hoping to salvage a seemingly lost season. They won the game, kickstarting their current nine game winning streak. But it wasn't a day of celebration for Lamar Miller as he struggled to gain just 49 total yards. But, the times have changed. Miller surprisingly leads the league in rushing yards over the last six weeks. During those same six weeks, the Colts have played extremely well against the run. They have allowed 3.5 yards per carry, 4th-fewest in the league over that span. The Texans must find a way to get a helmet on Colts star rookie linebacker Darius Leonard. Leonard has 80 solo tackles for the season, easily the most on Indianapolis' defense. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10   -   $6000


Last week Justin Jackson clearly looked like the best back in the Chargers backfield with Melvin Gordon nursing an injury. Austin Ekeler should continue to see passing game work but Jackson has earned additional carries after gaining 120 yards on just 15 carries over the last two weeks. The Bengals have struggled to stop the run. They are one of just three teams that have allowed 1500 or more rushing yards to running backs this season, and they've allowed the most touchdowns to the position, 19. The Bengals have struggled at linebacker this season and now Vontaze Burfict is questionable with a concussion. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10   -   $5400


Mark Ingram is ice cold. He's seen his rushing yards and yards per carry drop in four consecutive weeks, culminating in his 27 yard, sub four yard per carry stinker against Dallas last week. The outlook is much brighter this week against a Tampa Bay Bucs team that gives up the second-most rushing touchdowns per game to opposing running backs at 1.1 per game. When the teams met in Week 1 with Ingram suspended, the Saints leaned on Alvin Kamara. He torched the Bucs for over 140 yards and three touchdowns, so give 40% of that to Ingram, and he's still in line for a nice day. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10   -   $6500


Chris Carson has been pretty reliable lately as he's either scored or eclipsed 100 total yards in each game since missing Week 10. He may struggle against a hot Vikings run defense though. Since Week 8, the Minnesota Vikings have only allowed two runners to score on the ground. They weren't exactly playing scrubs over that time either as neither Kerryon Johnson, Jordan Howard, nor Sony Michel could find the end zone or eclipse 3.8 yards per carry. Pass catching backs like James White and Theo Riddick have had more success against the Vikings recently, but that's not Chris Carson's strong suit, especially if last week's thumb injury is still an issue. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10   -   $5100


Over their four-game winning streak, the Dallas Cowboys have been shutting down opposing backs, allowing only a garbage time touchdown to Kapri Bibbs and allowing no back to top 75 total yards. That list includes Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, Adrian Peterson, Tevin Coleman, and Josh Adams. Josh Adams did hit Dallas for 6.7 yards per carry in the Week 10 meeting, but he only got seven carries. I expect that number to go up this time around considering he's averaged 21 totes over his past two, but he's still a risky play against Dallas' merciless run defense. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10   -   $5800


Austin Ekeler had 21 touches last week but looked like the second-best running back on the Chargers roster. Justin Jackson is going to see an increase in playing time which could put Ekeler back into his change-of-pace role, which requires passing targets or a touchdown to be relevant. Fortunately, the Bengals have allowed 637 receiving yards to opposing running backs this season, 6th-most in the league. Even more encouraging is the Bengals have allowed 19 touchdowns to running backs this year. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10   -   $5500


Was the Jaguars destruction of the Colts offense last week a blip on the radar or did Jacksonville expose some of Indianapolis' deficiencies? I tend to lean towards a blip but playing the Texans isn't the ideal situation to get the offense back on track. Marlon Mack is going to need Quenton Nelson and the Colts line to open holes against JJ Watt and company. Houston has been dominant as a rush defense this season. They have allowed 3.4 yards per carry to running backs this season, 2nd-fewest in the league. Mack is deep into a month-long injury-fueled slump, averaging just 50 yards over the last four games. And he cedes all the receiving work to Nyheim Hines. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   -   $5200


You should know by now that the Redskins are on both their third quarterback and a practice squad level guards. Adrian Peterson knows. If you exclude his 90-yard touchdown run, AD has seen his yards per carry and rushing attempts decrease in each of the past four weeks, culminating in a single yard per carry last week in Philly. He can get right against a Giants team he's already torched for 149 yards and two touchdowns. The Giants have been getting destroyed by backs since their last meeting too. Since the moronic Snacks Harrison trade, New York has given up 128 total yards and a touchdown per game to the not-so-imposing Matt Breida, Peyton Barber, Josh Adams, and Tarik Cohen. But proceed with extreme caution. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   -   $6300


He's not Kareem Hunt, but Spencer Ware has enough talent to help the Chiefs continue to march up and down the field. Kansas City has been held to under 30 points just twice this season. Baltimore's defense has allowed 30 points just twice this season. Something's got to give! The trend this season has definitely been to bank on the offense in these types of matchups. If the Chiefs offense is going to continue at their extraordinary clip, it probably won't happen via the ground. Baltimore is an elite run defense, allowing just 65 rushing yards per game, second-lowest. They're only giving up 3.4 yards per carry, and only one runner has topped 64 yards since Week 2. Add in the prospect of Ware losing touches to either of the Williamses (Williami?), and it's a brutal matchup for Ware. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   -   $5900

[UPDATE: UPGRADED UPON KERRYON JOHNSON BEING RULED OUT.] Even if Kerryon Johnson does return, there should still be plenty to go around for Blount. It's hard to find a rushing defense metric that the Arizona Cardinals aren't horrific in. They give up the most rushing attempts (28), third-most rushing yards (125) and most rushing touchdowns (1.3) per game to opposing running backs. Blount has averaged 18 carries per game in Kerryon's absence, so that volume is a goldmine against the Cardinals. Even if the volume is not there, since Week 10, four different backs have found the end zone on 11 carries or less. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   -   $3900


Since Week 6, only one running back has scored (Kareem Hunt) and only one running back has topped 100 total yards (Melvin Gordon) against... the Denver Broncos. Jeff Wilson isn't either of those players and only has two games under his belt, but I do like him if you, say, need to replace either of those two aforementioned players. In wake of Matt Breida's injury, Wilson touched the ball 23 times for 134 total yards in a blowout last week, so his volume seems pretty safe. On the season, the Broncos give up 153 total yards per game to the position, ninth most, and those yards have to go to somebody. Don't worry about Alfred Morris. He hasn't touched the ball since Week 10. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   -   $4400


Tevin Coleman isn't just cold, he's absolute zero on the temperature scale. Over his past two weeks, he has 14 carries for 14 yards and only four receptions. To be fair, those were against the Ravens and Saints. At this point, he will welcome a matchup against a Green Bay Packers team that is giving up the 11th- and 12th-most rushing attempts and rushing yards per game to opposing running backs, so he should be able to improve on that 14 for 14. The Packers were just smacked by both David Johnson and Chase Edmunds who combined for 138 total yards, 2 touchdowns, so a bounce back to fantasy relevancy is certainly possible here. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   -   $4800


Josh Allen has 234 yards rushing over the last two weeks, LeSean McCoy has 98. Petition your league to change Allen to a running back this week because you are simply throwing darts if you start McCoy. Once a serious threat out of the backfield, McCoy has not had 20 yards receiving since Week 8. The good news is the one-time McCoy has seen fantasy relevance this season was against the Jets three weeks ago. The Jets have allowed 557 yards rushing to running backs over the last three weeks. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   -   $6200


Kenyan Drake has three touchdowns in the last two weeks on only 22 touches. This is the confounding world Adam Gase (and fantasy owners by proxy) continue to live in. Earlier this season Drake had just four touches against New England. This was a huge contrast to his previous meeting with the Pats when he went for a career-high 193 total yards. A similar athlete to Drake in Dalvin Cook was able to have success against the Patriots last week with limited rushing volume. Devin McCourty plays a lot of deep safety for Bill Belichick's defense which limits the big plays an opponent can expect to get. No back has topped 84 rushing yards against the Patriots since Week 3. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   -   $4800


The Steelers defense is unraveling at the seams. Only three running backs have gained 100 total yards against Pittsburgh this year, but all three occurred over the last four weeks. TJ Watt and company should get back on track against an Oakland offense devoid of talent. C.J Anderson was signed this week but it's still the Doug Martin and Jalen Richard show for another week. Martin has surprising played well. He has back-to-back weeks with a touchdown, and last week had a five-game streak of averaging over 4 yards per carry for the game snapped. The worry for Martin is a game script that likes goes upside down quickly against the Steelers. How many touches will he get once the Raiders are down by two touchdowns? - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   -   $4700


If you've made it this far, it's no thanks to Jordan Howard. Last week, Howard posted his highest yards per carry since Week 6 (a lukewarm 4.8), but the Bears turned to Tarik Cohen as they trailed most of the game against the Giants. The script should continue to favor Cohen this week against a Rams team that is outscoring teams not named the Chiefs or Saints by 13 points per game. They've also only allowed a single rushing touchdown to an opposing back in the past three weeks, so there is really no upside for Howard. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   -   $4600


If you pick the week Jalen Richard finally scores a touchdown you are going to win the fantasy running back dumpster fire lottery. C.J. Anderson could be competition for Doug Martin but it's doubtful he takes any snaps from Richard. Pittsburgh has been a fantasy nightmare for pass-catching running backs. Only the great Christian McCaffrey has exceeded 50 yards receiving against the Steelers. So even if the game script turns in Richard's favor, with Oakland losing early, he's not assured of success. They have the perfect player in Terrell Edmunds to match up with speed backs out of the backfield. It would be nice if Jon Gruden would let us see more of Richard as a runner. He's averaging nearly six yards per carry. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   -   $4600


He posted five catches last week and the Chiefs are allowing the most receiving yards to running backs, the most receiving touchdowns to running backs, and the third-most receptions to running backs. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   -   $3800


If you are looking for a sneaky option for the week, pay attention to Rex Burkhead. He received 23% of the Patriots backfield snaps in his first game since missing the previous ten weeks. He touched the ball on 9 of his 17 offensive snaps. Burkhead will likely take carries from James White and the receptions from Sony Michel. It's a decent enough role that has the potential to hit big if he gets lucky with the end zone. Last year Burkhead scored three times in the two games against Miami. Earlier this season the Patriots ran for 175 yards against the Dolphins, their 2nd-highest total this year. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   -   $3800


Since Week 9, the New Orleans Saints have only allowed a single rushing touchdown to a running back, while only Zeke has been able to top 61 rushing yards. It's not surprising since the Saints give up the fewest rushing yards and fourth-fewest rushing touchdowns to the position. Peyton Barber has found the end zone in three straight, but in two of those he couldn't top three yards per carry. He was held out of the end zone on 3.6 yards per carry during the Week 1 shootout, so it's probably a goal-line touchdown or bust for Barber. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 7.5/10   -   $5000


Jacksonville's has plenty of issues, but their rush defense is not one of them. They have not allowed a running back to gain more than 53 yards on the ground since Week 8. The Jaguars completely shut down Dion Lewis in Week 3, holding him to 26 rushing yards. Lewis is riding a four-game streak of fantasy irrelevance that has seen him unable to cross 70 yards or score a touchdown since Week 9. Derrick Henry has back to back weeks with more carries than Lewis. If you start Lewis, you are hoping for a random touchdown. The Titans have only scored a touchdown five times over the last three games. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.5/10   -   $5200


Chris Thompson is back. He didn't do much in his return, but he did see five targets. I expect that number to go up this week against a New York Giants team that just gave up 12 receptions and 156 yards to the similarly-styled Tarik Cohen and has allowed other ace pass catchers TJ Yeldon and Christian McCaffrey to find the end zone. With the Giants' and Redskins' records heading in opposite directions, don't be surprised if the Skins get down early and turn away from Adrian Peterson in favor of Thompson. I highly doubt Gruden is keen on letting Mark Sanchez throw downfield, so Thompson should get plenty of dumpoffs. Hopefully, Kapri Bibbs will go back to the bench. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 7.5/10   -   $4900


Consistency is not a word that would describe Isaiah Crowell's volume this year. It's hard to start him when he's bouncing between 6 and 21 carries in back to back games. Elijah McGuire is taking around 40% of the backfield snaps. Sam Darnold should return this week which would lead you to believe the Jets will ease him back in by running the ball. However the last time they played Buffalo they were throttled 41-10 and only ran the ball 18 times. Despite playing from behind most of the season, the Bills have only allowed two players to gain 80 or more rushing yards against them. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.5/10   -   $3900