Order has been restored atop both the NFL rushing rankings and Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 14 running back rankings as the reigning MVP is on another tear.
Adrian Peterson posted his fifth career 200-yard rushing game last week with 211 on 35 carries in the overtime win against Chicago. The only thing missing from Peterson's stat line was a touchdown, but I'm pretty sure his owners will gladly take the 22.1 fantasy points and run with them. Peterson has 357 yards rushing over his last two games combined and is the undisputed No. 1 RB this week, even with a date against a fairly stingy Baltimore defense.
Speaking of tough matchups, it will be interesting to see how LeSean McCoy fares against Detroit's rushing defense on Sunday. McCoy has ceded the rushing lead to Peterson, but he's still a top-five fantasy RB and someone owners are hoping to lean on in the playoffs. This week isn't shaping up to be easy, however, as the Lions are giving up the fourth-fewest fantasy points to running backs.
Some top running backs with more appealing Week 14 matchups include Jamaal Charles (at Washington), Matt Forte (vs. Dallas), Knowshon Moreno (vs. Tennessee) and DeMarco Murray (at Chicago). In particular, the Monday night tilt between Dallas and Chicago could end up determining many a fantasy playoff game, as the Cowboys are giving up the most fantasy points to running backs and the Bears come in sixth in that respect.
Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.
2013 NFL Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back
vs. DAL (Mon.)
at CHI (Mon.)
at JAC (Thurs.)
vs. HOU (Thurs.)
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
Additional Week 14 Positional Rankings