DeMarco Murray and Overrated Fantasy RBs in Week 14

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2012

Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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For most fantasy football players, Week 14 of the NFL season is the first round of the fantasy playoffs.

Running backs are goldmines in fantasy football—they're dual threats, racking up the points on the ground and in the passing game—but often their projected point values for the week fall well short of expectation.

If you have one of the following RBs in your lineup, you may want to re-think starting them this weekend.

Here are three overrated RBs who will disappoint in Week 14.

*All fantasy scoring via ESPN standard leagues


Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson goes up against the Indianapolis Colts on the road this weekend. Although the Colts rank in the lower-third of the league against the run, I still don't like Johnson's chances for a big weekend.

It's been two weeks since he rushed for more than 100 yards and one of those weeks was against a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that has surrendered the second-most rushing yards in the NFL.

Even if he goes for more than 100 yards in Week 14, Johnson has scored only four touchdowns on the ground this year and hasn't been as productive in the receiving game as we've seen in the past.

In his last two games combined, C.J. has just 15 fantasy points, and against a Colts team that plays exceptionally well at home, I think Johnson has an average day.


Steven Jackson

Buffalo's defense has allowed the most rushing touchdowns in the NFL this season, but I still don't like Steven Jackson to have a big day on Sunday.

Though he's only 29, Jackson has been running like he's in his mid-to-late 30s, posting only two games of 100-plus rushing yards and scoring a mere two touchdowns this season.

I'd be surprised if fantasy owners hung onto Jackson long enough to where they're still utilizing him as a No. 2 RB in their lineup, but if they are, don't expect a big week from Jackson against the Bills.

In their last three games, Buffalo's defense has held its opponent under 100 yards rushing, making for a rough day for Jackson owners.

DeMarco Murray

Facing one of the better rushing defenses in Week 14, Murray will have a tough time finding running room against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

The Bengals defense ranks No. 11 in rushing yards allowed, and with Murray recently recovering from a sprained left foot, he may have some carries taken away from him by Felix Jones.

Murray saw a season-high 23 carries in Week 13 and still only amassed 83 yards and a score, which amounts to a poor 3.6 YPC mark.

My guess is that Murray doesn't see that many carries again against a good running defense in the Bengals, meaning that fantasy owners should be wary about Murray's stock in Week 14. 


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