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NFL Rankings

Week 14 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: December 8, 2019, 2:23 pm ET

Week 14 Running Backs

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

Christian McCaffrey

CAR

@ATL

2

Derrick Henry

TEN

@OAK

3

Ezekiel Elliott

DAL

@CHI

4

Leonard Fournette

JAC

LAC

5

Melvin Gordon

LAC

@JAC

6

Dalvin Cook

MIN

DET

7

Nick Chubb

CLE

CIN

8

Alvin Kamara

NO

SF

9

Saquon Barkley

NYG

@PHI

10

Joe Mixon

CIN

@CLE

11

Aaron Jones

GB

WAS

12

Chris Carson

SEA

@LA

13

Todd Gurley

LA

SEA

14

Miles Sanders

PHI

NYG

15

Mark Ingram

BAL

@BUF

16

Phillip Lindsay

DEN

@HOU

17

Devin Singletary

BUF

BAL

18

Devonta Freeman

ATL

CAR

19

Benny Snell

PIT

@ARI

20

Austin Ekeler

LAC

@JAC

21

Marlon Mack

IND

@TB

22

Kenyan Drake

ARI

PIT

23

Rashaad Penny

SEA

@LA

24

David Montgomery

CHI

DAL

25

James White

NE

KC

26

Derrius Guice

WAS

@GB

27

Sony Michel

NE

KC

28

Bo Scarbrough

DET

@MIN

29

Jamaal Williams

GB

WAS

30

Kareem Hunt

CLE

CIN

31

Matt Breida

SF

@NO

32

Raheem Mostert

SF

@NO

33

Darwin Thompson

KC

@NE

34

Ronald Jones

TB

IND

35

Carlos Hyde

HOU

DEN

36

Alexander Mattison

MIN

DET

37

Duke Johnson

HOU

DEN

38

Bilal Powell

NYJ

MIA

39

Adrian Peterson

WAS

@GB

40

Patrick Laird

MIA

@NYJ

41

Tevin Coleman

SF

@NO

42

Tarik Cohen

CHI

DAL

43

LeSean McCoy

KC

@NE

44

Peyton Barber

TB

IND

45

Royce Freeman

DEN

@HOU

46

Jaylen Samuels

PIT

@ARI

47

DeAndre Washington

OAK

TEN

48

Ty Montgomery

NYJ

MIA

49

Frank Gore

BUF

BAL

50

Latavius Murray

NO

SF

51

Gus Edwards

BAL

@BUF

52

Jalen Richard

OAK

TEN

53

Jordan Wilkins

IND

@TB

54

Brian Hill

ATL

CAR

55

David Johnson

ARI

PIT

56

Myles Gaskin

MIA

@NYJ

57

Nyheim Hines

IND

@TB

 

RB Notes: A mere mortal on the ground over his past two starts, Christian McCaffrey has helped save face with a whopping 16 receptions. He is rematching with a Falcons Defense he stung for a season-best 11/121 through the air three weeks ago. … Straight up running over people, Derrick Henry is averaging 165 rushing yards per game and 7.29 yards per carry over his past three contests. The collapsing Raiders don’t have a prayer of stopping him. … Held under 100 yards rushing in four straight starts, Ezekiel Elliott is smarting heading into an unideal road matchup with the Bears. He did average 5.9 yards per carry on Thanksgiving while catching a season-high seven passes on 10 targets. A corrective seems more likely than not. … Leonard Fournette has caught nine passes in back-to-back appearances and at least seven in 4-of-5. The Jags’ passing game is in chaos. The Chargers are more permissive on the ground than through the air. … Facing a Jags D coughing up 5.1 yards per carry and 137 rushing yards per game, an in-the-zone Melvin Gordon should arguably be ranked ahead of Fournette, but I’ll let the Jags being the home team serve as the tiebreaker. That’s despite the fact that the Bolts are — questionably — favored by three points. 

Dalvin Cook (chest) has been adamant that he will suit up vs. the Lions’ pathetic defense. He is practicing. It is still fair to expect less than a full workload. Even 80 percent of his normal touches would make Cook a no-brainer RB1 against a team hemorrhaging the third most RB fantasy points. … Kareem Hunt stole his most Nick Chubb mojo yet in Week 13, but Chubb managed to reach 16 carries. He’s been held under 20 only four times all year, reaching 16 every time out. The Bengals allow, by far, the most weekly rushing yards. … The 49ers continue to display greater vulnerability on the ground than through the air. Alvin Kamara’s post high-ankle sprain play has left something to be desired, but he’s a clear-cut top-eight option any time he’s running at home as a favorite. … Saquon Barkley had his most effective overall post-injury performance in Week 13. The Eagles’ lockdown run defense will make getting into a rhythm difficult, especially with the Giants trotting out Eli Manning. … The past two games have gotten away from the Raiders, but Josh Jacobs maintains home benefit of the doubt for a contest where the Raiders are modest 2.5-point ‘dogs to the Titans. A 47.5 over/under is appetizing.

Not even the return of ActualQuarterback™ Andy Dalton could dampen the Bengals’ recent Joe Mixon commitment. Just Nick Chubb has more rush attempts (84) than Mixon (82) since the Bengals’ Week 9 bye. Christian McCaffrey is the only other player with more than 70 in that timespan. The Browns are soft on the ground. … Aaron Jones’ upside remains through the roof, but his downside is scary. He’s out-touched Jamaal Williams just 60-53 over the past four weeks. Jones keeps his low-end RB1 ranking because of a mouthwatering matchup with the Redskins. The Packers are 13-point home favorites. … Chris Carson is a tough nut to crack for the first week of the fantasy playoffs. He touched the ball 24 times vs. the Vikings, but Rashaad Penny’s bigger role did materialize, with the sophomore handling the rock 19 times, giving him 33 touches in two weeks. After controlling the ball at home vs. Minnesota, the Seahawks are headed to L.A. to take on the Rams. This is a situation where you need to trust your gut more than my rankings. My take is that the Seahawks’ run-game commitment is as staunch as ever, Carson stopped the bleeding enough in Week 14 to maintain RB2 appeal, and Penny's increasing snap share cannot be ignored. … Although his floor remains inconsistent, Todd Gurley has re-established some semblance of ceiling over the past three weeks.  

Coming off his best game as a pro, Miles Sanders will go from high-end RB2 to the RB2/FLEX borderline if Jordan Howard (shoulder) finally gets cleared. … No one symbolizes the lost cause of the Jets’ season better than Le'Veon Bell. His spiked week potential is null and void behind the Jets’ catastrophically-bad offensive line. … Devin Singletary’s floor has become bankable, though ceiling has remained elusive. The Ravens are an unlikely blow-up spot. … No one is surrendering more RB fantasy points than Carolina. Matchups have not made one bit of difference for a decrepit Devonta Freeman, but this is one where you have to bet on him as an RB2. … Sidelined the past two weeks, Marlon Mack (hand) returns vs. the Bucs’ pass-funnel defense. Only the Jets allow fewer weekly rushing yards. That, coupled with Mack’s lack of involvement in the passing game make him a low-upside RB2, though there should be drives to finish in Tampa Bay. … Benny Snell will remain a workload-based, low-end RB2 if James Conner (shoulder) isn’t ready to return. Conner is 50-50. With his health a concern, Conner would slot in the RB20-28 range. … Austin Ekeler’s RB2 value comes and goes. It will be there vs. a Jags defense allowing the sixth most RB fantasy points.

Kenyan Drake decisively won the Cardinals’ Week 13 usage battle. There is no reason to believe that will change for Sunday’s showdown with the Steelers’ run-tough defense. … It’s safe to chase points with Derrius Guice this week, as the Packers are one of the only defenses as inept against the run as Guice’s Week 13 victim Carolina. Guice’s big-play upside gives him a decisive edge over Adrian Peterson. … Kyle Shanahan seems to have seen enough of Tevin Coleman, who has averaged 2.48 yards on 49 carries in five games since his four-score Week 8. The problem for fantasy owners is that it is unclear who might take the lead over him for Week 14. Raheem Mostert ran circles around Coleman as he out-touched him 21-6 in Baltimore, but Matt Breida appears likely to return from his ankle ailment. Long the 49ers’ most effective overall back, my money is on Breida if he plays, but I reserve the right to change my mind. … If Damien Williams (ribs) can’t give it a go, I am going to give Darwin Thompson the rankings edge over old man river LeSean McCoy. … Ronald Jones is still supposedly the starter. Does it really matter? … At least as of Thursday afternoon, I am not comfortable Alexander Mattison will see enough work to return FLEX value. ... Taekcast guest Patrick Laird figures to “lead” the Dolphins’ league-worst backfield.

Patrick Daugherty

Patrick Daugherty is the Senior Fantasy Football content creator for NBC Sports EDGE. You can find him on Twitter @RotoPat.