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Week 4 Fantasy Football Defensive Matchup Exploitation: RB

There’s nothing worse than having to sit one of your top running backs but sometimes, the matchup just doesn’t look good.

Adrian Peterson
Adrian Peterson

Sep 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Bears won 31-30. Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

There’s nothing worse than having to sit one of your top running backs but sometimes, the matchup just doesn’t look good. Last week, we saw the Jets shut down C.J. Spiller, the Ravens contain Arian Foster, and the Seahawks cancel out Maurice Jones-Drew. This week, Foster faces an even tougher matchup in Seattle while Alfred Morris, Chris Johnson, and David Wilson will also have incredibly tough front lines to battle with.

On the other hand, expect big things from Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, and Jamaal Charles this week. Unfortunately, some of the most favorable matchups this week have been wasted on teams like the Rams, Steelers, and Colts which all have crowded backfield situations.

Let’s take a look at all of the most and least favorable matchups of the week based on how many fantasy points each defense has allowed to opposing running backs.

Browse Defensive Matchup Rankings by Position: QBRBWRTE

 Highly Unfavorable, Unfavorable, Neutral, Slightly Favorable, Favorable

Rank
vs
RB

RB
FPS
Allowed

Defense

Week 4 Opponents

1

13.3 Seahawks Arian Foster, Ben Tate

2

13.8 Raiders Alfred Morris

3

16.4 Jets Chris Johnson

4

17.7 Chiefs David Wilson, Brandon Jacobs

5

21.4 Bears Reggie Bush (Q), Joique Bell

6

21.6 Bengals Willis McGahee, Chris Obgonnaya, Bobby Rainey

7

21.6 Cowboys Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead

8

23 Buccaneers Rashard Mendenhall, Andre Ellington, Alfonso Smith

9

23.4 Ravens C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson

10

24.1 Browns Gio Bernard, BenJarvus Green-Ellis

11

24.1 Cardinals Doug Martin

12

24.8 Eagles Knowshon Moreno, Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman

13

27.3 Dolphins Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram

14

27.9 Falcons Stevan Ridley, Brandon Bolden, LeGarrette Blount

15

29.5 Packers BYE

16

29.9 Texans Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin

17

30 Saints Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas

18

31.1 Titans Bilal Powell, Alex Green, Chris Ivory (Q)

19

31.2 Colts Maurice Jones-Drew

20

32.8 Bills Bernard Pierce, Ray Rice (Q)

21

33.3 Chargers DeMarco Murray

22

33.4 Patriots Jacquizz Rodgers, Jason Snelling

23

35 Rams Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter

24

38.7 Giants Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis

25

39.8 Broncos LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown

26

40.4 Panthers BYE

27

43.4 Steelers Adrian Peterson

28

47.9 49ers Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead, Zac Stacy

29

48.1 Jaguars Ahmad Bradshaw, Trent Richardson

30

51.2 Redskins Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece

31

58.3 Lions Matt Forte

32

60.4 Vikings Le’Veon Bell, Felix Jones, Jonathan Dwyer

*Values based on Yahoo standard scoring.

Browse Defensive Matchup Rankings by Position: QBRBWRTE

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