Dark Horse Candidates That Can Win 2019 NFL Rushing Title

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 07: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball in the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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At the unofficial halfway mark of the NFL season, nothing is decided. While Dalvin Cook currently has the most rushing yards in the NFL (823), there's plenty of time for some dark horse candidates to shoot up the standings and win the 2019 rushing title.

With that in mind, here are three long shots that have a real chance to lead the NFL in rushing yards this season.

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1. Chris Carson (+1300), Seattle Seahawks

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 20:  Running back Chris Carson #32 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the Baltimore Ravens at CenturyLink Field on October 20, 2019 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks are coached by Pete Carroll, who loves to run the ball, and Chris Carson is the only player getting consistent touches in their backfield. Carson has the third-most carries in the league, and his total would likely be even higher had he not lost three fumbles in his first three games. Since then, however, Carson has been piling up stats. Over his last four weeks he's averaging 23.5 carries and 102.8 rushing yards per game. Assuming Carson can keep his fumbling issues in check, he's likely going to see a ton of carries over Seattle's final nine games of the season and has a chance to rack up rushing yards.

2. Lamar Jackson (+1800), Baltimore Ravens

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 20: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during their game at CenturyLink Field on October 20, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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You may be rolling your eyes thinking this is just a gimmick pick, but much like Lamar Jackson on the field, this is for real. He's currently on a 16-game pace to amass 1,317 rushing yards, and that figure jumps to 1,520 yards if we eliminate Week 1, when Jackson only carried the ball three times. Jackson is currently sixth in the NFL in rushing yards, but he's trending in the right direction, averaging 112.7 yards on the ground over his last three games. If this trend continues, Jackson absolutely has a chance to lead the league in rushing when all is said and done.

3. Le'Veon Bell (+6000), New York Jets

Now this is a long shot. If you have watched Le'Veon Bell play this season, you may think this is a ridiculous pick, but some of his lack of production can be attributed to the elite run defenses he's faced thus far. Three of the New York Jets' five opponents currently rank in the top 10 in terms of opposing rushing yards allowed per game, and four rank in the top 15. The Jets' schedule gets significantly easier soon, with remaining matchups against the Miami Dolphins (twice), Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins, three of the NFL's six worst rushing defenses on a per-game basis. With Bell's schedule set to lighten up, he could start shooting up the NFL's rushing leaderboard in the coming weeks.

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Stuart Easton is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Stuart Easton also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username stueast13. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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