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Fantasy Football Week 15 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Running Backs

The 14th week of the NFL season has concluded with the Philadelphia Eagles completing a comeback over the New York Giants. Prior to taking a look at Week 15, quite a few running backs had productive outings in fantasy football in Week 14.

Despite having a limited role, Austin Ekeler made the most of his opportunities on Sunday. The Los Angeles Chargers’ versatile back contributed 213 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown as he led all running backs with 31.3 fantasy points.

Right behind Ekeler, Aaron Jones was able to get back on track for the Green Bay Packers in Week 14. Jones rushed for a season-high 134 yards and a touchdown en route to a 31.2-point performance versus the Washington Redskins.

By taking a glance at the games in the upcoming week, there are a few running backs who are in line to standout. All of the picks in this article are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.

With that being said, here are the running backs to start and sit in your fantasy football lineups in Week 15.

RBs to Start in Week 15

Seahawks’ Chris Carson (vs. Panthers): In recent weeks, Chris Carson has seen his workload slightly decreased with Rashaad Penny emerging as an offensive weapon for the Seattle Seahawks. But with Penny possibly done for the season, Seattle doesn’t really have anyone who is worthy of garnering many touches away from Carson.

Considering that, Carson has an ideal matchup with the Carolina Panthers this week. Carolina’s defense has given up an average of 30 points per game and 24 total touchdowns to RBs (both are most in the NFL).

Broncos’ Phillip Lindsay (vs. Chiefs): Phillip Lindsay is quietly having himself a solid sophomore season in the NFL this year. The undrafted running back has scored 10 or more points in eight of his 13 starts for the Denver Broncos.

With Drew Lock as the quarterback, Lindsay should have success against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15. The Chiefs’ defense has surrendered 2,310 yards from scrimmage to RBs (most in the NFL).

Patriots’ James White (vs. Bengals): Despite not being the starter for the New England Patriots, James White has been one of the most consistent running backs in fantasy football. The dual-threat back has produced 10 or more points in 10 out of the 12 games that he’s played in.

Given that, White will likely have another successful showing in Week 15 versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati’s defense has allowed an average of 26.7 points per game to RBs (eighth-most in the NFL).

Other RBs to Start: Bears’ David Montgomery (vs. Packers), Browns’ Kareem Hunt (vs. Cardinals), 49ers’ Raheem Mostert (vs. Falcons)

RBs to Sit in Week 15

Bengals’ Joe Mixon (vs. Patriots): Joe Mixon is coming off of his most productive game of the season on Sunday. Against the Cleveland Browns, Mixon was able to score a season-high 26.1 points.

Despite his recent success, he’ll struggle to get into a rhythm versus the New England Patriots in Week 15. New England’s stout defense has only given up one rushing touchdown to RBs all year (fewest in the NFL).

Falcons’ Devonta Freeman (vs. 49ers): After coming back from an injury in 2019, Devonta Freeman has shown spurts of being the running back he once was. The Atlanta Falcons’ featured back has contributed 16 or more points in five games this year.

Freeman will have a tough time recording his sixth game with that output as he takes on the San Francisco 49ers this week. The 49ers’ defense has allowed just three total touchdowns to RBs (second-fewest in the NFL).

Bills’ Devin Singletary (vs. Steelers): Devin Singletary has supplied the Buffalo Bills with plenty of big plays in his rookie campaign. In his first 10 games in the NFL, Singletary has manufactured 11 or more points in seven of them.

The Bills’ rookie rusher will face one of his toughest tests yet as he takes on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15. Pittsburgh’s defense has held RBs to only six total touchdowns (tied for third-fewest in the NFL).

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