Week 15 RB Fantasy Rankings PPR: Chris Carson Gets a Juicy Matchup

If you are looking for some permanent adds for Week 15 and moving forward, check out the waiver wire breakdowns. These are the top ranked running backs, with season long stats, and their projections for Week 15. We are setting up in the fantasy playoffs right now and the last few weeks can always be tricky. Injuries have taken a toll on players, and committees might be more in play over the next few weeks.

Week 15 Running Back Rankings + Stats & Projections

Week 15 Ranking Player Week 15 Opponent Rushing Attempts Rushing Yards Rushing Touchdowns Receptions Receiving Yards Receiving Touchdowns Week 15 Projection
1 Christian McCaffrey SEA 246 1,220 12 86 726 4 24.8
2 Dalvin Cook @LAC 241 1,108 13 50 503 0 22.1
3 Derrick Henry HOU 250 1,243 13 18 206 2 21.1
4 Nick Chubb @ARI 253 1,281 7 32 256 0 19.8
5 Alvin Kamara IND 138 612 1 68 462 1 19.6
6 Todd Gurley @DAL 171 699 9 23 171 1 19.3
7 Aaron Jones CHI 175 779 12 45 425 3 19.1
8 Ezekiel Elliott LAR 246 1,071 9 41 337 1 18.5
9 Saquon Barkley MIA 137 544 2 38 291 1 17.6
10 Chris Carson @CAR 246 1,057 5 35 243 2 16.9
11 Leonard Fournette @OAK 235 1,039 3 68 457 0 16.5
12 Mark Ingram NYJ 166 776 8 22 194 2 15.6
13 Melvin Gordon MIN 132 523 5 25 152 1 15.3
14 Le’Veon Bell @BAL 184 589 3 55 403 1 15.1
15 Sony Michel @CIN 189 653 6 10 75 0 14.4
16 Austin Ekeler MIN 112 481 3 73 830 8 14.1
17 Phillip Lindsay @KC 180 817 6 33 187 0 13.9
18 Raheem Mostert ATL 102 608 4 12 159 2 13.6
19 David Montgomery @GB 192 680 5 23 173 1 13.1
20 Devonta Freeman @SF 141 506 1 46 305 3 12.9
21 James White @CIN 59 241 1 62 539 3 12.5
22 Ronald Jones II @DET 136 518 5 25 241 0 12.2
23 Jamaal Williams CHI 93 401 1 36 227 5 11.9
24 DeAndre Washington JAX 62 209 2 24 210 0 11.8
25 Marlon Mack @NO 205 900 5 12 76 0 11.7
26 Joe Mixon NE 206 789 3 29 230 3 11.5
27 Kareem Hunt @ARI 34 153 2 22 158 1 11.4
28 Devin Singletary @PIT 115 642 2 26 190 2 11.1
29 Kenyan Drake CLE 112 454 1 43 295 0 10.5
30 Carlos Hyde @TEN 198 926 4 9 32 0 10.3
31 Tarik Cohen @GB 50 157 0 60 330 3 9.9
32 Duke Johnson @TEN 75 390 1 36 334 3 9.7
33 LeSean McCoy DEN 95 449 4 28 181 1 9.5
34 David Johnson CLE 89 336 2 35 366 4 9.1
35 Peyton Barber @DET 133 430 6 12 67 1 8.7
36 Patrick Laird @NYG 31 84 1 16 147 0 8.4
37 Tevin Coleman ATL 123 460 6 20 173 1 7.6
38 Darwin Thompson DEN 20 59 1 7 46 0 6.7
39 Benny Snell Jr. BUF 81 320 1 3 23 0 6.4
40 Royce Freeman @KC 116 460 2 36 225 1 6.1
41 Jaylen Samuels BUF 61 169 1 41 252 1 5.9
42 Bo Scarbrough TB 72 301 1 1 5 0 5.5

Week 15 Studs

We have some big names in top spots this week. Chris Carson is someone I want to start with, going up against Carolina’s 32nd ranked run defense. They are allowing the  most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, and are allowing 5.3 yards per carry. Carson should see 20 touches against an exploitable Carolina run defense. Derrick Henry is in a great spot as well, Houston is allowing the 9th most fantasy points per game to running backs this season and they are allowing 4.5 yards per carry. Dalvin Cook gets the Chargers this week, who rank 23rd against the run. Cook bounced back from an injury scare last week against Detroit and put up a strong fantasy performance. Alvin Kamara has been disappointing, but Indy ranks 20th against the run, and when looking at fantasy points allowed, Indy looks like they are great. The issue with them is they haven’t faced a ton of great backs outside of Henry, and he torched them both games. I talk about DeAndre Washington against Jacksonville, and he has real potential to be a Week 15 stud against Jacksonville. The Jaguars rank 31st against the run, and are allowing 5.3 yards per game. Nick Chubb is a top five back this week against the Cardinals, who have been allowing more and more fantasy points. Over the last five games, they have allowed the 5th most fantasy points per game.

Running Back Injury Outlook

Damien WilliamsWhile David Montgomery hasn’t been in danger of missing Week 15, his ankle injury is something to keep an eye on. He did make a trip to the medical tent last week against the Cowboys. He is in a good spot this week against the Packers, who rank 26th in DVOA against the run, and have allowed the 6th most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.

Bo Scarbrough had another full workload against Minnesota, but left late in the fourth quarter with a rib injury. Overall it is not a great matchup for him or any of the fill-in options against Tampa Bay, who are the number one ranked defense run defense. Either way if he starts, it is not a good enough matchup to throw him in lineups.

The Chiefs are still dealing with some injuries to their running backs. Darrell Williams is done for the year, and Damien Williams is still questionable. Spencer Ware came in and saw 31 snaps. LeSean McCoy had 24 snaps, and Darwin Thompson had 21. Despite Ware having the  most snaps, he saw the least touches (6). Thompson had eight, and McCoy had 12. It has been a split workload for most of the season.

It sounds like the Jets will have Le’Veon Bell back this week, although it sounds like he might be elsewhere. Bilal Powell is questionable with an ankle injury, so Ty Montgomery would get some extra touches behind Bell.

Josh Jacobs is unlikely to play this week, putting DeAndre Washington saw 20 touches in his absence. He is a great option this week against the Jaguars. They are allowing the third most fantasy points to opposing backs this season.

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Middling Backs With Upside

philip lindsayRonald Jones and Peyton Barber are a committee is tough to predict, and it stems from Bruce Arians willingly pulling players because of one error. However they get Detroit this week, who have allowed the second most fantasy points per game to opposing backs. The matchup is there, but the workload is a major question mark. Kansas City has allowed the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing backs this season. Phillip Lindsay is worth a look, and should see 15-18 touches in this spot. The Chiefs have been gashed for 5.1 yards per carry. Sony Michel had that same matchup against the Chiefs, and it did not go well for his touches in general. The Bengals are allowing 4.9 yards per carry and 156 yards per game to running backs this season.

Tough Week 15 Fantasy Matchups

marlon mackEasy name to get out of the way is Joe Mixon going up against the Patriots, and they have allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season. Mixon has been decent in the second half of the season, but this is a week where I am looking elsewhere if I can. Devonta Freeman is in a tough spot against the 49ers, but his passing work is still going to make him a start. The 49ers have allowed the third fewest fantasy points per game. Marlon Mack is my bigger name to sit out this week, against the Saints who should roll offensively, and Mack does not get a ton of work in the passing game. They are allowing the fourth fewest fantasy points per game to running backs and rank 10th in DVOA against the run. Buffalo’s backs are in a tough spot this week against Pittsburgh, who rank 4th against the run, and are allowing the seventh fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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