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|
|22||Ronald Jones II||@DET||136||518||5||25||241||0||12.2|
|39||Benny Snell Jr.||BUF||81||320||1||3||23||0||6.4|
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
While 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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Ronald 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
Easy 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.
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