In The Backfield: Top Five Fantasy Running Backs of Week 15

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You are not alone this week if injuries and weather abruptly ended your fantasy run.  Losing Reggie Bush officially ten minutes before game time was an absolute killer for me as I didn’t have anyone viable to take his place.  Stafford didn’t do too great in the elements either in Philadelphia.  Adrian Peterson is now not an option for Week 15, and his back up in Gerhart is questionable as well.  Aside for the unforeseen Reggie Bush injury and Ben Tate not showing up vs Jacksonville, we took pretty good care of you last week.  We’re hoping to help you secure another playoff victory in your fantasy league as we head into Week 15’s top five ground hogs.

5.  Eddie Lacy

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Paul Sancya/AP

Lacy gave owners a respectable 14 points last week in most leagues.  After what I saw from that Dallas defense, I like his chances far more than DeMarco Murray’s.  Murray is far too inconsistent for my liking, whereas Lacy has been a remarkable rookie for the Packers, especially with Aaron Rodgers out of the mix.  I expect him to run through Dallas and continue their December woes in front of their home crowd.  This is a very good match-up for Lacy, and you’re starting him this week.

4.  Matt Forte

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AP Photo

Forte is one of the most underrated running backs this season, and yet, one of the most consistent.  We’re going forward with McCown at quarterback here, but it doesn’t matter who is behind center.  Forte gashed through Dallas last Monday, and you can bet he’ll do it again at Cleveland this Sunday.  We know that Forte is a powerful option through the air, and we just got done watching New England’s Shane Vareen do work through the air on the Browns.  There’s not much to like with Forte in your starting lineup.

3.  Alfred Morris

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AP Photo

Robert Griffin III is now Washington’s RG third-stringer as Kirk Cousins will take his place for the remainder of their pointless season.  Lucky for the Redskins, they’ll head to Atlanta to take on another below-average ball club.  The Falcons are ranked 6th in allowing the most points to opposing running backs.  It can be a bit of a gamble to give Morris to start.  It all depends on the game itself.  If the Redskins fall behind early, Cousins will be forced into a shoot-out.  Being that both teams are a bit dysfunctional this season, it could stay close, and keep Morris with plenty of work in the backfield.

2.  LeSean McCoy

Michael Perez -- The Associated Press

Michael Perez — The Associated Press

‘Shady’ McCoy is your Week 14 fantasy points leader with 33 big ones.  He’ll attempt to do the same thing in Minnesota against a Vikings team that is in big trouble.  They’ve allowed the 7th most fantasy points to opposing running backs, and given that they’ve lost their best drive-extending player, this should be a game that the Eagles have control, and maintain control through McCoy.  He is your leader in rushing yards, and if he’s not in your starting line-up, you must not be too serious about fantasy football.  McCoy starts, hands down.

1.  Jamaal Charles

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AP Photo

Next week might be questionable as to starting Charles, but for Week 15, the Chiefs won’t bench their star running back for health purposes.  They’ll certainly want him fresh down the stretch here, but Week 15 is too early for it, and he should have a stellar day in Oakland this Sunday.  They’ve allowed four touchdowns to running backs in the last two games, and with Charles leading the league in fantasy points for a running back, I’m sure he’ll continue with his dominance and lead all backfield beasts in points this week.

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