Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin finished the 2014 season strong.
Insight: Martin didn't run well last week, but Martin did run for 96 yards two weeks ago, and finished the season with 108 yards on the ground against the Saints. That was Martin's first 100-yard game since Week 2 of 2013.
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram had 14 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Ingram had a 1-yard touchdown run at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Ingram had a very good season, finishing just shy of 1,000 yards with 964 yards and nine touchdowns. Let's hope he can stay healthy next season.
Description: Bills running back Fred Jackson rushed 18 times for 58 yards versus the Patriots.
Insight: It was pretty amazing to see Jackson do what he did as a 33-year-old running back. He didn't wow anybody with his numbers, but he was pretty reliable in big spots for the Bills and fantasy owners. Jackson gained 964 yards from scrimmage on 188 touches this season.
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte set a new NFL record for catches by a running back in a single-season with 102 in 2014.
Insight: Forte caught eight passes for 23 yards to reach the record. He also had 17 carries for 51 yards to surpass the 1,000-yard mark on the ground. Forte gained over 1,800 yards from scrimmage this season and was a PPR monster.
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata rushed for 91 yards on 19 carries against the Bears.
Insight: Asiata has been an average replacement for Adrian Peterson. Asiata finished 2014 with 570 yards and nine touchdowns. With the nice touchdown numbers and low yardage totals, it appears Asiata would be better suited for a goal line role down the road.
Description: Dolphins running back Lamar Miller ended 2014 on a high note.
Insight: Miller rushed for 178 yards on 19 carries, including a 97-yard touchdown run. Miller had his injury issues this season, but he rushed for 270 yards in the final two weeks and ended the year with over 1,000 rushing yards.
Description: Chiefs running back De'Anthony Thomas was extremely productive in all phases of the game.
Insight: Thomas had a 18-yard rush, 28 receiving yards on three catches and 69 return yards versus the Chargers. Unfortunately, he wasn't a great start unless owners are in a league that count return yards.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles disappointed again in Week 17.
Insight: Charles is a top-five back, so for him to only have 13 carries for 54 yards, especially with a backup quarterback, is a big disappointment. Perhaps Charles didn't end the season 100 percent because it seemed like Andy Reid shied away from using his best offensive player,but that is just speculation on our part. Charles still eclipsed the 1,000 rushing yard mark with nine touchdowns this season.
Description: Fantasy owners should forget about Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart.
Insight: Gerhart was the opening day starter for Jacksonville this season, yet only rushed for 326 rushing yards in 2014. Gerhart only averaged 3.2 yards per carry this year. Jacksonville will likely find a better running back even if he is an ex-collegiate quarterback.
Description: Jacksonville finally realized Jordan Todman is better than Toby Gerhart.
Insight: That's not really saying much because Gerhart has been about as good as a piece of trash this season. Todman carried the ball seven times for 52 yards against the Texans. He also caught a touchdown pass.
Description: Cowboys backup running back Joseph Randle will be the top handcuff in fantasy next season.
Insight: That's, of course, assuming the Cowboys resign DeMarco Murray. Randle had just four carries versus Washington but gained 69 yards, rushing for a 65-yard touchdown. Randle finished with 51 carries and 343 rushing yards this season.
Description: Washington running back Alfred Morris had his worst game of the season with Robert Griffin III under center.
Insight: Morris has struggled with other quarterbacks playing beside Griffin this season, but this is only the second time Morris really didn't do well with Griffin starting. Morris gained 43 yards on 12 carries, but it was enough to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
Description: Ravens running back Justin Forsett ended up with decent numbers in Week 17.
Insight: Forsett had 17 carries and 199 yards, which totaled an average of 7.0 yard per carry. Forsett didn't run that well as it took several big runs, including a 32-yarder, in the fourth quarter to get to that total. Even still, fantasy owners don't really care. Forsett finished with 1,266 rushing yards and an average of over 5.3 yards per carry.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster left Sunday's game towards the end of the first quarter with a hamstring injury.
Insight: Foster missed the final series of the quarter as he went to the locker room. Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes will share the backfield duties while Foster is out. Blue already scored a rushing touchdown in the second quarter.
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (hand) is active for Week 17 and is expected to work a normal game.
Insight: Murray rushed 22 times for 58 yards and a touchdown last weekend and could play an entire game if things fall right on the scoreboard. he could also sit it they have no chance to get a first-round bye.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is questionable for Week 17.
Insight: Charles has been limited in practice for some time now with ankle and hamstring issues. With Kansas City needing to win to make the playoffs though, we expect Charles to still play and be a major factor without Alex Smith.
Description: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to start at running back with Stephen Jackson injured.
Insight: Rodgers is a better pass blocker than Devonta Freeman, so Rodgers will start and play a majority of the snaps. Freeman will rotate in and see a decent amount of opportunities. Rodgers had 11 carries and 29 yards last week, but Freeman was more explosive as he ran for a 36 yards on five rushes, including a 31-yard touchdown.
Description: Running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) did not play on Sunday, but was on the practice field Werdnesday.
Insight: Blount could play Sunday, but with nothing to play for the Pats are more likely to hold him out for the playoffs. Jonas Gray and Shane Vereen are the other options. Good luck trying to figure out what Coach Bill Belichick is going to do.
Description: The Minnesota Vikings have waived running back Ben Tate.
Insight: It wasn't that long ago that fantasy owners we excited about Ben Tate leading the Cleveland running attack (preseason ADP 58.6 at fantasyfootballcalculator). That was an epic fail as was his time in Minnesota.
Description: Bengals running back Jeremy Hill put the Bengals on his back and carries them to a key victory Monday night.
Insight: Hill led Cincinnati with 22 carries and 147 yards and a touchdown, including an 85-yard run to get them going. If not for Odell Beckham Jr., Hill would be the 2014 NFL Rookie of the Year. Hill has 395 yards rushing and three scores over the past two weekends.
Description: Giants running back Andre Williams rushed for 110 yards on 26 carries.
Insight: That's his second 100-yard game in the last three contests. If he can somehow start to get involved in the passing game he could be a more consistent performance, but we like what we see of his running ability.
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore is expected to play on Saturday against the Chargers according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Insight: Gore practiced limitedly due to a concussion this week, but doctors have cleared him to play. Backup running back Carlos Hyde is out, so Gore might actually play a lot. He should be started in most situations.
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (hand) will make the decision to play or sit, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: If that's the deciding factor, you can expect Murray to play. That also means you have to start him, given he's been the best running back in the league all season, and hope he gives you a full 60 minutes.
Description: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy admitted to CSN Philadelphia that backup running back Chris Polk is taking over as the team's goal-line runner.
Insight: Polk played just three snaps versus the Cowboys in Week 15, but he scored on two of them. Another goal-line carry went to Darren Sproles who scored. McCoy will continue to lead the team in rushing, but the emergence of Polk and the addition of Sproles as significantly hurt McCoy's value.
Description: 49ers rookie running back Carlos Hyde told CSN Bay Area that he recieved good news on his MRI but is still not expected to play on Saturday.
Insight: Not only did Hyde say he is not expected to play, he flat out stated he would need a miracle to suit up. The timing couldn't have been worse as Frank Gore is doubtful because of his concussion. Alfonso Smith or Phillip Tanner could be the starting running back on Saturday versus the Chargers.
Description: Ravens tailback Lorenzo Taliaferro, inactive for Week 15 against the Jaguars, has now been placed on the injured reserve list thereby ending his season.
Insight: Taliaferro made a little noise back in Week 3 when he rushed 18 times for 91 yards and a touchdown, but since Week 5 has given the Ravens and fantasy owners very little as Justin Forsett grabbed the workhorse role.
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray underwent surgery on Monday to repair a broken band in his left hand, but the feeling in Dallas is he can play in Week 16, according to an Ed Werder report.
Insight: Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would likely form a committee if Murray is unable to play against the Colts, but obviously neither would produce at Murray's level.
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray underwent surgery on Monday to repair a broken band in his left hand.
Insight: Wow. This seemingly came out of nowhere, however Murray's status is still unknown for the Week 16. The injury is being reported as minor, and may he may only need to miss one game, if any. Yet, this is not what owners want to hear heading into the Championship round. Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would likely form a committee if Murray is unable to play against the Colts.
Description: Jets running back Chris Johnson rushed for a team-high 55 yards.
Insight: Johnson has been getting the work in the past three games, but hasn't produced big numbers. Ivory rushed 12 times for 25 yards and a touchdown, Johnson rushed 10 times for 55 yards and neither guy holds great upside right now with this 50-50 split of the workload.
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata led the team with 11 carries for 36 yards in Week 15.
Insight: At least he found the end zone and caught seven balls for 50 yards to crack into double-digit fantasy points. Asiata is a low end value only because Jerick McKinnon is done for the season. We don't expect him to be a viable fantasy option in 2015.
Description: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch rushed 21 times for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: The 49ers defense played well, particularly in the first half, but Lynch still managed to help fantasy owners. It will be a tough game again in Week 16 against an Arizona Cardinals defense that is No. 6 against the run and has yielded just six rushing touchdowns this season.
Description: Eagles backup running back Chris Polk appears to be the goal line back.
Insight: Polk scored twice inside the 5-yard line. He's not going to get any significant yards based on current usage, but he could be a consistent touchdown maker. At the moment he's just a pain in the side of LeSean McCoy owners.
Description: Patriots running back Jonas Gray is apparently out of the doghouse.
Insight: Gray led the team with 11 carries versus the Dolphins and gained a team-high 62 yards. LeGarrette Blount and Shane Vereen, however, scored the rushing touchdowns, so the Patriots backfield remains a mystery.
Description: Running back LeGarrette Blount gave way to Jonas Gray a bit in Week 15, but Blount did score a touchdown.
Insight: Blount had just eight carries and 17 yards while only supplying seven more yards receiving, but he avoided the fantasy dud finding the end zone on the goal line. Blount, along with every other Patriots running back, has risk invovled every week because owners just don't know who will get the ball.
Description: Chiefs running back Knile Davis remains fantasy relevant.
Insight: Davis has remained relevant in fantasy because of his big play ability. Davis can make noise on special teams and on Sunday, he made a big splash in the passing game. Davis caught one pass for a 70-yard touchdown.
Description: Raiders running back Latavius Murray continues to be a decent fantasy play.
Insight: That's saying a lot considering he plays for the Raiders. Murray had 12 carries for 59 yards and 17 more yards receiving. Murray is a FLEX option just based on the fact he should get lots of carries, though, when Oakland falls behind, there's always a chance Derek Carr gets more than 50 pass attempts.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles had a disappointing day for his standards, rushing for 12 carries for 52 yards versus the Raiders.
Insight: Not a good time for him to lay an egg. The Raiders were able to slow him down, and then with a big lead, Andy Reid didn't use him much late in the game. Charles will be a RB1 again next week against the Steelers.
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson should probably not be in fantasy starting lineups anymore.
Insight: Richardson has been given every opportunity to prove he can be "the guy" in Indianapolis, but now he is losing playing time to Daniel Herron. Richardson had 32 yards on nine carries while Herron gained 60 yards on 11 attempts. Sit Richardson if you haven't already.
Description: Texans running back Alfred Blue had eight carries for 26 yards versus the Colts.
Insight: After Ryan Fitzpatrick left the game, Houston ran the ball a lot. With backup quarterback Tom Savage also hurt, there is a big question mark at quarterback, which means even with Arian Foster healthy, Blue could get more work.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster just missed the 100-yard rushing bonus versus the Colts.
Insight: Foster had 99 rushing yards on 26 carries. He had plenty of opportunities with starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick leaving the game with a leg injury. Foster is still a RB1 no matter who plays quarterback for Houston.
Description: Colts running back Dan Herron had another decent day at the office.
Insight: Herron rushed for 60 yards on 11 carries as he again outproduced the former first-round pick Trent Richardson. Herron added two catches and 12 yards in the passing game. He is a decent FLEX play moving forward.
Description: Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart was sort of the workhorse back for Jacksonville versus the Ravens on Sunday.
Insight: We sort of give him the workhorse label because he did lead the team in carries, doubling every other Jaguar running back, but he still had just 13 carries and 54 yards. If owners have to go with someone in the Jacksonville backfield, Gerhart is the guy.
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy was awesome again and should have received more opportunities against the Bills.
Insight: Lacy had 15 carries and gained 97 yards with a touchdown. He, however, had five of those carries on one drive which ended with his score, the only touchdown for the Packers on the day. The only reason we can think of as to why Lacy did not get more work is that he was hurt, which is a possibility since he came into the week with a hip injury.
Description: Bengals running back Giovani Bernard was fantasy relevant in garbage time in Week 15.
Insight: Bernard had 79 yards on 15 carries and gained 24 more yards on three catches, but nearly all of that came in the second half with Cincinnati ahead by more than 20. Owners shouldn't count on Bernard repeating that performance versus the tough Broncos next week.
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell may have hit the rookie wall.
Insight: Crowell hasn't rushed for over 60 yards since Week 12 and has just two games with over a 4.0 yards per carry average since Week 5. Against the Bengals in Week 15, Crowell gained 17 yards on seven carries.
Description: Bengals running back Jeremy Hill has seized his opportunity to be the Bengals starter.
Insight: Hill led Cincinnati with 25 carries and 148 yards with two touchdowns on Sunday. The Bengals ripped apart the Browns run defense for 244 yards on the ground. Hill is a low-end RB1 moving forward.
Description: Falcons running back Steven Jackson had an alright fantasy day with 11 carries and 46 yards.
Insight: Atlanta turned to Matt Ryan and the passing game as they trailed the Steelers, 20-7, at halftime. Jackson had a decent average, but without a touchdown, he didn't help many owners advance to the championship.
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell used all his skills to put up another great fantasy day.
Insight: Bell only averaged 2.4 yards per carry but still managed 119 total yards as he gained 72 yards on five catches. Bell also had two rushing touchdowns. He also broke the Steelers single-season record for total yards on offense.
Description: Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart should see the bulk of the carries with Denard Robinson out for the season.
Insight: If owners really need running back help, Gerhart should touch the ball the most of all the Jaguars runners in Week 15. That isn't saying much, though, and Gerhart should only be used in emergencies against the tough Ravens.