Week 15 Running Back Rankings

The Week 15 Running Back Rankings are here to help you make tough decisions this week. Whether it is deciding which of your options to start, or who you should be looking to pick up this week to cover your injuries. Our team will be here the rest of the year ranking the offensive positions, defensive positions, and team defenses to try and help you win your fantasy football leagues.

Below the table, I’ll be highlighting some pick ups for this week (if they are still available) and sneaky-starts for your playoff needs.

RankRUNNING BACKSOPP
1Todd Gurley   LAR  vs. PHI
2Saquon Barkley   NYG  vs. TEN
3Ezekiel Elliott   DAL  at IND
4Christian McCaffrey   CAR  vs. NO
5Alvin Kamara   NO  at CAR
6Phillip Lindsay   DEN  vs. CLE
7Leonard Fournette   JAC  vs. WAS
8Joe Mixon   CIN  vs. OAK
9Dalvin Cook   MIN  vs. MIA
10David Johnson   ARI  at ATL
11Nick Chubb   CLE  at DEN
12Tarik Cohen   CHI  vs. GB
13Justin Jackson   LAC  at KC
14Chris Carson   SEA  at SF
15Lamar Miller   HOU  at NYJ
16Gus Edwards   BAL  vs. TB
17Jaylen Samuels   PIT  vs. NE
18Damien Williams   KC  vs. LAC
19Sony Michel   NE  at PIT
20Aaron Jones   GB  at CHI
21Derrick Henry   TEN  at NYG
22James White   NE  at PIT
23Mark Ingram   NO  at CAR
24Marlon Mack   IND  vs. DAL
25Spencer Ware   KC  vs. LAC
26Jeff Wilson   SF  vs. SEA
27Jordan Howard   CHI  vs. GB
28Doug Martin   OAK  at CIN
29Tevin Coleman   ATL  vs. ARI
30Kenneth Dixon   BAL  vs. TB
31Kenyan Drake   MIA  at MIN
32Dion Lewis   TEN  at NYG
33Rashaad Penny   SEA  at SF
34Chris Ivory   BUF  vs. DET
35Peyton Barber   TB  at BAL
36Elijah McGuire   NYJ  vs. HOU
37Josh Adams   PHI  at LAR
38Adrian Peterson   WAS  at JAC
39Theo Riddick   DET  at BUF
40Chris Thompson   WAS  at JAC
41Zach Zenner   DET  at BUF
42Stevan Ridley   PIT  vs. NE
43Rex Burkhead   NE  at PIT
44Darren Sproles   PHI  at LAR
45Jalen Richard   OAK  at CIN
46Ito Smith   ATL  vs. ARI
47Frank Gore   MIA  at MIN
48Marcus Murphy   BUF  vs. DET
49Latavius Murray   MIN  vs. MIA
50Nyheim Hines   IND  vs. DAL

Justin Jackson, LAC at KC

This ranking assumes Melvin Gordon will sit out. If Gordon does suit up, I would treat him like he’s Melvin Gordon in a plus matchup, ranking him at fifth overall.

Jackson isn’t Gordon, but he’s talented. In college, he was a fantastic cowbell back that could do plenty of damage in the passing game.

With Austin Ekeler already ruled out, Jackson would be in line for a minimum 15-20 touches, in what is projected to be the highest scoring game of the week. Don’t think twice about trotting him out there over guys like Lamar Miller, or our next running back to discuss.

Aaron Jones, GB at CHI

I probably have a lot more names ahead of Jones this week than most. It’s not his fault. It’s that damn Bears defense at home that scares me.

Check out how running backs have stacked up when playing at Chicago this season:

WeekOppRushRush YdsRush TDsRecRec YdsRec TDs
Week 2SEA195701-10
Week 4TB17530250
Week 7NE2610409702
Week 8NYJ193504250
Week 10DET*2267112981
Week 11MIN13170480
Week 14LAR112803300
Totals1273611352353

*Large majority of these numbers came in garbage time.

Yes, I understand garbage stats count in fantasy. But, if you’re relying on that game flow to produce, I would argue it makes a player even more of a risk.

If there was any doubt as to how elite this unit was, it was erased when they shut down Todd Gurley last week. They’re holding opposing running backs under three yards per carry for the year at home.

If you were able to get your hands on Damien Williams (assuming Ware is ruled out), or Jaylen Samuels–yes–I’d pull the trigger on them over Jones this week.

Good luck for Week 15! Follow me on twitter @realBobbyAdcock compliments and insults are greatly appreciated.

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