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

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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 RankingPlayerWeek 15 OpponentRushing AttemptsRushing YardsRushing TouchdownsReceptionsReceiving YardsReceiving TouchdownsWeek 15 Projection
1Christian McCaffreySEA2461,2201286726424.8
2Dalvin Cook@LAC2411,1081350503022.1
3Derrick HenryHOU2501,2431318206221.1
4Nick Chubb@ARI2531,281732256019.8
5Alvin KamaraIND138612168462119.6
6Todd Gurley@DAL171699923171119.3
7Aaron JonesCHI1757791245425319.1
8Ezekiel ElliottLAR2461,071941337118.5
9Saquon BarkleyMIA137544238291117.6
10Chris Carson@CAR2461,057535243216.9
11Leonard Fournette@OAK2351,039368457016.5
12Mark IngramNYJ166776822194215.6
13Melvin GordonMIN132523525152115.3
14Le’Veon Bell@BAL184589355403115.1
15Sony Michel@CIN18965361075014.4
16Austin EkelerMIN112481373830814.1
17Phillip Lindsay@KC180817633187013.9
18Raheem MostertATL102608412159213.6
19David Montgomery@GB192680523173113.1
20Devonta Freeman@SF141506146305312.9
21James White@CIN59241162539312.5
22Ronald Jones II@DET136518525241012.2
23Jamaal WilliamsCHI93401136227511.9
24DeAndre WashingtonJAX62209224210011.8
25Marlon Mack@NO20590051276011.7
26Joe MixonNE206789329230311.5
27Kareem Hunt@ARI34153222158111.4
28Devin Singletary@PIT115642226190211.1
29Kenyan DrakeCLE112454143295010.5
30Carlos Hyde@TEN1989264932010.3
31Tarik Cohen@GB5015706033039.9
32Duke Johnson@TEN7539013633439.7
33LeSean McCoyDEN9544942818119.5
34David JohnsonCLE8933623536649.1
35Peyton Barber@DET1334306126718.7
36Patrick Laird@NYG318411614708.4
37Tevin ColemanATL12346062017317.6
38Darwin ThompsonDEN2059174606.7
39Benny Snell Jr.BUF81320132306.4
40Royce Freeman@KC11646023622516.1
41Jaylen SamuelsBUF6116914125215.9
42Bo ScarbroughTB7230111505.5

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

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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Middling Backs With Upside

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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