Le’Veon Bell remains in the top spot again this week, as his price has jumped to its highest of the year. He is 1 of 4 RBs priced above $9,000, which is the most above this mark all year. Week 15 also showcases 9 RBs priced above $7,000, which is uncharacteristically high for the position. At the other end of the spectrum, Giovani Bernard, Reggie Bush, and Doug Martin are some big names priced at season lows.
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Five Highest Priced Running Backs
Le’Veon Bell, PIT @ ATL, $9,600 – After another 3 TD performance last week, Bell may be playing better than anyone at the position. Over the past 3 weeks, he has totaled 711 scrimmage yards, an average of 237 YPG. To put it in perspective, the Raiders average 283 YPG as a team. He should be a great play again this week in Atlanta.
DeMarco Murray, DAL @ PHI, $9,500 – Murray is our 2nd priced RB, despite having 375 more rushing yards on the year than Bell. He is the only RB in the league on pace for 2,000 yards rushing. After adding another 228 all-purpose yards last Thursday, he has the benefit of a long week as the Cowboys look for redemption after their embarrassing Thanksgiving Day loss to the Eagles.
Arian Foster, HOU @ IND, $9,100 – Foster continues his impressive bounce-back campaign after missing November and December to injury. Last week, he tallied his 7th 100-yard rushing performance and scored his 12th TD of the year, despite missing 3 games. If Jonas Gray can rush for over 200 yards against Indianapolis, Foster should have no problem producing another big day.
Matt Forte, NO @ CHI, $9,000 – It’s hard to believe that Forte is 4th on our RB list this week, when he sits at 4th in the entire NFL in receptions, with 86 catches. The absence of Brandon Marshall should shift more of the focus his way, but it is not likely to be a huge detriment to his production. Forte also has the benefit of extra rest playing on Monday night after last suiting up on Thanksgiving.
Jamaal Charles, OAK @ KC, $8,700 – Charles was dinged up a bit last week suffering seemingly minor knee and ankle injuries, yet still finished the game. Regardless, Charles still managed his 4th multi-score game of the year. With the Chiefs in the midst of a 3-game skid, they will have a ton of motivation to redeem themselves against the Raiders, who upset them on Thursday Night Football a few weeks ago.
Five Mid-Priced Running Backs
C.J. Anderson, DEN @ SD, $7,800 – Anderson’s numbers since becoming the starter are enough to put him in the Top 5, although he is listed just outside of that this week. Over the past 5 weeks, he is averaging over 26 points per game, and his lowest single-game total during this span is 19.5 points. As the Broncos clear redzone back, his 3 TDs last week doubled his season total. He should be another great play this week in a key division matchup.
Eddie Lacy, GB @ BUF, $7,500 – Lacy has posted multi-TD efforts in 3 of the last 4 games, and has become more active in the passing game as of late. Since the beginning of November, he has 4 receiving TDs and the Packers have not lost a game. He has the Bills tough run defense up next, but there is no reason to suggest he will struggle with Aaron Rodgers playing MVP-caliber football.
Joique Bell, MIN @ DET, $5,900 – Ranked as our 13th RB this week, Bell has yet to rush for 100 yards. However, he is coming off 2 of his best games this year, where he has scored twice in both games. Bell continues to dominate the carries despite the return of Reggie Bush, and has a nice home matchup with the Vikings up next. He should again receive the bulk of the workload, but comes at a premium, at his highest price tag of the season.
Fred Jackson, GB @ BUF, $5,200 – Jackson hauled in a season-high 10 passes last week against the Broncos, and facing the Packers this week, the recipe should be similar. His price is down $100 from last week and should get a ton of touches returning home in a must-win for the Bills. Jackson is a nice option as our 15th ranked RB this week.
Jonathan Stewart, TB @ CAR, $5,000 – With DeAngelo Williams out last week, Stewart stepped in and took advantage, rumbling for 155 yards on 20 carries. He boasted an impressive 7.8 YPC, and will likely be relied upon even more if Cam Newton is sidelined from injuries in his recent car crash. Stewart should be the go-to option against the Buccaneers, as the 4-win Panthers remain in contention for the NFC South title.
Five Low-Priced Value Running Backs
Daniel Herron, HOU @ IND, $4,900 – Herron has emerged as the Colts receiving threat out of the backfield the past 3 weeks, as Trent Richardson has not recorded a catch. He has chipped in with 11 receptions and is also averaging 6.3 YPC over this period. Herron’s price is down $500 since last week which adds value, especially given his growing role in the Colts offense.
Jeremy Hill, CIN @ CLE, $4,300 – The Bengals have been inconsistent all year, and with the exception of A.J. Green last week, nearly everyone else on offense struggled. As a result, Hill’s price has plummeted $1,100 since last week, making him an intriguing value against the Browns. The Bengals have a slight division lead over the Steelers and Ravens, and will need to get the running game going to pose a serious threat in the AFC.
Latavius Murray, OAK @ KC, $4,000 – In his first action since rushing for 122 yards against the Chiefs, Murray had by far his most touches last week, with 23 carries. As a 6th round selection of the Raiders last year, they seem to be giving him a full opportunity to seize the starting gig next year. He gets a rematch against the Chiefs this week, where he scored 2 TDs last time around before leaving with a concussion.
Steven Jackson, PIT @ ATL, $3,800 – Although not the most exciting RB option out there, Jackson continues to be relied upon with a heavy workload, and found the endzone for the 6th time last week. He has 16 or more carries in 5 of the past 6 games, and is typically the goal-line option unless removed for a breather. The Falcons control their own destiny in the NFC South, and will continue to lean on Jackson. He is our 37th priced RB this week.
Chris Johnson, NYJ @ TEN, $3,600 – Johnson returns to Tennessee this week and will have plenty of motivation for a big game after being run out of town. With Geno Smith back as the starter, the Jets seem obsessed with the running game and Johnson has tallied 33 carries the past 2 weeks. He will have extra incentive against the Titans Sunday to live up to his CJ2K nickname, and should be a solid low-cost option.