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For most leagues, Week 15 is fantasy football semifinals week, and hopefully, your team(s) made it. For those strange leagues that play into Week 17, this is week one of the fantasy football playoffs.

Either way, hopefully your march towards a fantasy football championship is well on its way, but you still need to make the right decisions. And while every position this time of the season is important, the right (or wrong) decisions at running back could end up being the difference between making a run at a title or coming up painfully short.

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So in Week 15 should you start an upstart like Kenyan Drake (above, right) or a savvy veteran like Carlos Hyde or DeMarco Murray or maybe Dion Lewis? At least you know what to do if you are fortunate enough to own Le’Veon Bell, LeSean McCoy, Todd Gurley or one of the Saints’ RBs (assuming Alvin Kamara clears the concussion protocol).

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Rank

Player

Team

Opp

1

Le'Veon Bell

PIT

vs. NE

2

LeSean McCoy

BUF

vs. MIA

3

Todd Gurley

LAR

at SEA

4

Alvin Kamara

NO 

vs. NYJ

5

Mark Ingram

NO

vs. NYJ

6

Leonard Fournette

JAC

vs. HOU

7

Melvin Gordon

LAC

at KC (Sat.)

8

Jordan Howard

CHI

at DET (Sat.)

9

Devonta Freeman

ATL

at TB (Mon.)

10

Kareem Hunt

KC

vs. LAC (Sat.)

11

Kenyan Drake

MIA

at BUF

12

Carlos Hyde

SF

vs. TEN

13

Marshawn Lynch

OAK

vs. DAL

14

Alex Collins

BAL

at CLE

15

Jamaal Williams

GB

at CAR

16

Rex Burkhead

NE

at PIT

17

Christian McCaffrey

CAR

vs. GB

18

Jay Ajayi

PHI

at NYG

19

Lamar Miller

HOU

at JAC

20

Alfred Morris

DAL

at OAK

21

Latavius Murray

MIN

vs. CIN

22

Samaje Perine

WAS 

vs. ARI

23

Dion Lewis

NE

at PIT

24

Isaiah Crowell

CLE

vs. BAL

25

Frank Gore

IND 

vs. DEN (Thurs.)

26

DeMarco Murray

TEN

at SF

27

C.J. Anderson

DEN

at IND (Thurs.)

28

Mike Davis

SEA 

vs. LAR

29

Theo Riddick

DET

vs. CHI (Sat.)

30

Joe Mixon

CIN 

at MIN

31

Jerick McKinnon

MIN

vs. CIN

32

Kerwynn Williams

ARI

at WAS

33

Derrick Henry

TEN

at SF

34

Tevin Coleman

ATL 

at TB (Mon.)

35

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

vs. GB

36

Peyton Barber

TB

vs. ATL (Mon.)

37

Duke Johnson

CLE

vs. BAL

38

Rod Smith

DAL

at OAK

39

Bilal Powell

NYJ

at NO

40

Matt Forte

NYJ

at NO

41

Giovani Bernard

CIN

at MIN

42

Orleans Darkwa

NYG

vs. PHI

43

Doug Martin

TB

vs. ATL (Mon.)

44

Austin Ekeler

LAC

at KC (Sat.)

45

Tarik Cohen

CHI

at DET (Sat.)

46

LeGarrette Blount

PHI

at NYG

47

Danny Woodhead

BAL

at CLE

48

Wayne Gallman

NYG

vs. PHI

49

Devontae Booker

DEN

at IND (Thurs.)

50

Ameer Abdullah

DET

vs. CHI (Sat.)

— Rankings by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.