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Week 15: RB Roundup

We take a closer look at the current and future running back scenarios
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Oakland Raiders

Rashad Jennings; Darren McFadden; Marcel Reece

Current scenario: Last week we saw both Jennings and McFadden miss Oakland's game against the Jets. In their place Marcel Reece carried the ball 19 times for 123 yards and a touchdown. This weekend Oakland hosts Kansas City in a rematch of the week six game. In their previous meeting Oakland managed just one touchdown and that was a pass from Terrelle Pryor to Denarius Moore.

Future scenario: Jennings passed the post concussion tests and will be in the lineup against Kansas City this weekend. Darren McFadden's status for this week is in question, but he could be in the fold come Sunday as well. With three possible options in the Oakland backfield, it is probably best to stay away. However, if McFadden is out then Jennings could be a nice flex start seeing as he will likely see 18-20 touches on game day.

Indianapolis colts

Donald Brown; Trent Richardson

Current scenario: Last week against the Bengals, starting back Donald Brown carried the ball just four times for 11 yards and caught four passes for 18 yards. Meanwhile, backup Trent Richardson carried the ball six times for 20 yards and added five receptions for 68 yards. With the Colts falling behind big, they turned to the passing game in an attempt to catch up. This gave Richardson more time on the field and thus his stats were a bit better than Brown's.

Future scenario: Even with a poor showing last week, Brown is still the Colts' starting back. Richardson has not run the ball well since joining the team and they've all but given up on him this year. This weekend Indianapolis hosts division rival Houston in a rematch of their week nine game in Texas. In that game Brown carried the ball six times for 49 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per carry. If Brown can average four ypc and touch the call 15-20 times, he should rush for 100 yards Sunday.

Cleveland Browns

Willis McGahee; Chris Ogbonnaya

Current scenario: Head coach Rob Chudzinski said starting back Willis McGahee suffered a concussion late in the fourth quarter of last weekend's game against New England. If McGahee can't go on Sunday then backup Chris Ogbonnaya will receive the majority of Cleveland's carries. This could be a good or bad thing depending on which back, if any, you own. Having just one guy in the backfield could mean good numbers. On the other hand, neither back has done much as of late, so maybe letting them ride the pine is the best option.

Future scenario: Fantasy owners may be looking at this weekend's match up against the Bears and think Cleveland's starting back is a must start. The thing is, Cleveland will likely fall behind early and be forced to throw the ball. Not only that, but neither of these backs has rushed for more than 70 yards since week three. You may want to insert one of these backs into your line up, but you're probably better off leaving them on your bench.

Miami Dolphins

Daniel Thomas; Lamar Miller

Current scenario: When the Dolphins/Steelers game began last Sunday, nobody expected to see Daniel Thomas finish the game as the leading rusher. Now not only is Thomas in line to start this Sunday's tilt against New England, but there's a good chance he may be the Dolphins' only option. Fellow back Lamar miller suffered a concussion in Sunday's game against the Steelers and cannot participate in practice or play on Sunday until he passes the league's post concussion test.

Future scenario: With a season high 105 yards on 16 carries last week, owners will be looking for Thomas to anchor the RB2 position this weekend. With the Dolphins facing a weak Patriots run defense, there is a distinct possibility another 100 yard game is in Thomas' future. This is dependent on Thomas' ankle recovering from last weekend's game. If Thomas is healthy, he could be a nice RB2 or flex start this weekend.

 
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