Week 14 of fantasy football could have a few land mines for the best fantasy football running backs. Be careful when starting a top 10 fantasy football running back in the next few weeks. As the season winds down some fantasy football leagues are buckling up for their playoffs while fantasy football owners in points leagues must consider which running backs may get rest in the coming weeks.
Three Fantasy Football Running Backs to Start in Week 14 of Fantasy Football
Matt Forte: Chicago Bears
The New England Patriots are coming off a big game against their AFC East division rivals the New York Jets. It was a hard hitting emotionally charged game and this game against the Chicago Bears will not hold much value in their NFL Playoff drive. New England gives up over 110 yards per game on the ground but over 20 yards through the air.
Matt Forte is just as dangerous out of the back field on the run as he is catching a ball in open space. Forte is elusive after the first cut and a back that will give this young and drained New England Patriots defense trouble. Forte tenth among fantasy football running backs this season and he may move up the ladder after this game. Start Matt Forte in all fantasy football leagues.
Knowshon Moreno: Denver Broncos
It is always tough to expect back to back big performances from a running back but this is a unique situation with Knowshon Moreno. Moreno had a big game against the Kansas City Chiefs but this week will be his first week with a new head coach.
The Denver Broncos will not be able to vary the game plan much but it will be a sure fire bet they will run the ball early and often in their game against the hapless Arizona Cardinals run defense. The Cardinals are giving up 146 yards per game on the ground and that will be right down Moreno’s alley. Start Knowshon Moreno in all fantasy football leagues.
LeSean McCoy: Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy has been a stud all season and this game against the Dallas Cowboys should be another big game for him. McCoy is the new Brian Westbrook in the Philadelphia Eagles offense. He is just as dangerous on the option trailing Michael Vick as he is in the open field gobbling up yards after the catch. McCoy is the real McCoy and will be a saved player on many fantasy football rosters once the season is over. Start LeSean McCoy in all fantasy football leagues.
Three Fantasy Football Running Backs to Sit in Week 14 of Fantasy Football
Jamaal Charles: Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is a stud on every fantasy football league team but this week he is coming off a big game against the Denver Broncos and running into a San Diego Chargers defense only giving up just over 80 yards per game.
Many fantasy football owners will be anxious to start Charles in this game against the San Diego Chargers after they were run over by the Oakland Raiders. This is a proud Chargers defense and they have the New England Patriots number. Why does that matter? Charlie Weis and the Kansas City Chiefs staff are all disciples of Bill Belichik. Sit Jamaal Charles in all fantasy football leagues unless the next best option is ranked 12th or less in fantasy football running back rankings.
Steven Jackson: St Louis Rams
Steven Jackson is the main reason for the success of the St Louis Rams. He is a punishing back that gets his yards regardless of who he is playing. Steven Jackson ran for 131 yards against the New Orleans Saints In 2009. He should have a big day once again, right?
This is an against the grain pick. Steven Jackson will not be the focal point of the St Louis Rams offense because the New Orleans Saints will make Sam Bradford beat them through the air. New Orleans has a much better run defense than last season and they are now clicking on all cylinders. Sit Steven Jackson in most fantasy football leagues unless the next best option is ranked 13the or less in fantasy football rankings.
Marshawn Lynch: Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch had a career day against the Carolina Panthers last week. Remember that if a running back has a big game it is a good idea to sit them the next week or better yet take advantage of his big game by making a trade when he is at his peak.
This only applies to lower echelon backs. Obviously Adrian Peterson and the rest of the top five fantasy football running backs can always bang out big games. Sit Marshawn Lynch in most fantasy football leagues unless the next best fantasy football running back ranks 14th or less.
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