The running back position is one that requires great strategic awareness in Fantasy Football. Most NFL players in this position, with the exception of a few elites, can be extremely inconsistent from week to week of a Fantasy Football season. They are often capable of putting up massive fantasy scores in the right matchups. Most also possess bust potential in unfavorable situations.
It's always important to pay attention to direct weekly matchups and recent individual performances when analyzing which running backs to target each week.
This becomes even more important in Week 14. A maximum of six NFL teams are on a bye week, reducing the field of potential options. It's also the last week before the fantasy playoffs in most leagues, making everything even more crucial.
NFL Week 14 Fantasy Football Running backs: Start 'Em
Jeff Wilson Jr. - Miami Dolphins vs. Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers have struggled to slow down running backs all year so far. They allow the third-most fantasy points per game to running backs, while also allowing the most yards per carry in the NFL.
This is great news for Jeff Wilson Jr. He has surpassed Raheem Mostert as the top running back for the Miami Dolphins and should be in line for a big day in Week 14.
Tony Pollard - Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Texans
Tony Pollard has exploded in Fantasy Football over the last few weeks. He has finished inside the top eight running backs in four of his last five games, including two RB1 finishes in the last three weeks.
He faces off against the Houston Texans in Week 14. They allow the most fantasy points per game to running backs. He and starter Ezekiel Elliot are both solid fantasy options in Week 14.
D'Onta Foreman - Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks
D'Onta Foreman has officially taken over as the top running back for the Carolina Panthers, beating out Chuba Hubbard after Christian McCaffrey was traded to the San Francisco 49ers.
He has responded by exceeding 100 rushing yards in five of his last seven games. The Seattle Seahawks are one of only five teams allowing 25 or more fantasy points per game to running backs. This gives Foreman a great shot to keep things rolling.
NFL Week 14 Fantasy Football Running Backs: Sit 'Em
Najee Harris - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
While Najee Harris ranks among the top 20 running backs in total fantasy points this year, he's having a disappointing 2022 season.
He has finished inside the top 25 running backs in PPR points just four times this year. Week 14 presents a challenging situation to turn things around.
The Baltimore Ravens have been stout against the rush, especially since acquiring Roquan Smith from the Chicago Bears. They rank inside the top eight in fantasy points allowed to running backs.
Leonard Fournette - Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. San Francisco 49ers
Leonard Fournette appears to have been surpassed by rookie Rachaad White on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' depth chart for running backs. While he still holds value as a veteran backfield option for Tom Brady, he's better off avoided in Week 14 against the elite San Francisco 49ers' defense. They allow at least 2.5 fantasy points per game less to running backs than any other NFL team.
Dameon Pierce - Houston Texans vs. Dallas Cowboys
While Dameon Pierce has scored the 15th most total fantasy points among running backs during the 2022 Fantasy Football season, he has struggled in recent weeks. He has finished outside the top 20 in each of the last three weeks, while failing to record a top-10 finish since Week 4.
It won't get any easier in Week 14 against the Dallas Cowboys. They allow fifth-fewest fanatsy points per game to running backs.
Top 10 Fantasy Football RBs in NFL Week 14
- Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins
- Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
- Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions
- Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals
- Saquon Barkley, New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
- Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Texans
- Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots vs. Arizona Cardinals
- Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns