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The Shot Caller's Report - Running Backs
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 14
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Bye Weeks:

Christian McCaffrey

With Vikings secondary clamping down on the receivers, McCaffrey could catch 10 balls in Week 14.

Grab a Helmet

LeSean McCoy vs IND: Regardless of being the only offensive threat on the Bills, McCoy has somehow found a way to grind out weekly RB1 numbers. Despite getting drubbed 23-3 last week, Shady managed 93 yards on 13 carries, and this week will be tasked with carrying 52 other guys on his back as the Bills try to win a game with Nathan Peterman under center. Itís fortunate for McCoy owners that the matchup is a juicy as it gets against a Colts defense that has gotten beat up on the ground for most of the year. Look for a potential season high in touches this week, as McCoy has the talent, matchup and volume potential to explode in the fantasy playoffs.

Christian McCaffrey vs MIN: This is the type of matchup that McCaffrey was drafted for. The Vikings defense has proven to be one of the best in the league, and they are going to come after Newton in this one. The Vikings will play press man coverage and be aggressive. I can easily see McCaffrey catching 10+ passes in an offense that continues to starve for playmakers. The former Stanford Cardinal runner is a much better bet in PPR leagues, as Newton will look to get the ball out of his hands quickly. The Vikings have been the best in the league against fantasy runners, but McCaffrey will be the best pass-catching back theyíve faced all season.

Melvin Gordon vs. WAS: Gordon has been quiet the last few weeks, failing to surpass 15 standard points in his last four games. I think that streak comes to an end this week, as the Chargers faces off against a Redskins rush defense giving up over a 100 rushing yards a game over their last five. Philip Rivers and the passing game attack been ultra-hot, but that should just open the way for Gordon to have a big game. Heís had a few forgettable totals this year, but heís also had a few huge weeks. Fire Gordon up as a strong RB1.

Grab Some Pine

Arizona Running Backs vs TEN: Peterson, Williams, Penny? No this isnít a high profile law firm, itís the potential running back rotation for the Cardinals this week against the Titans. Peterson missed the game last week with a mysterious neck injury, and his status remains uncertain. With AP out, Kerwyn Williams got the start against the Rams and by some black magic trickery, rushed for more yards (93) in one week than he had combined in the previous 10 games! Surprisingly the Titans are one of the best defenses in the league against the rush, and I just canít trust Petersonís health, Williams to repeat, or a guy named Elijhaa Penny.

Latavius Murray @ CAR: Because of the tough matchup against Carolinaís top-5 rush defense, Murray is truly a touchdown or bust option this week. Heís a near zero in the passing game, and I just donít see a ton of yards in what should be a relatively low scoring game. These two defenses are going to beat each other up, and it could be a field position game. Heís tough to sit simply because heís been an effective part of the offense since Dalvin Cook went down, but his floor is low, and I think McKinnon is a better option in this one.

Carlos Hyde @ HOU: Hyde hasnít scored a touchdown since Week 6 and has topped 55 yards rushing in only five of 12 games. He’s been carried by his receptions and receiving yards most of the year, but with Garoppolo at QB, the 49ers receivers caught a ton of passes last week. Less reliant on the dumpoff, Hyde could struggle against a Texan defense that is top-10 versus the run. You have to dance with the ones you came with, but Hyde could be stepping on your toes before the weekend is up.

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