RB Player Rankings for Week 15

RB Player Rankings for Week 15

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/13/11

RB Player Rankings Large - Week 15 - Arian Foster


(Rankings will be updated throughout the week)



RB Player Rankings – Week 15





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1.           Arian Foster (vs. Car) – Ever since T.J. Yates took over at quarterback for the Texans, Foster has had a tough time finding holes to run through with opposing defenses stacking up against the run. However, that won’t be the case this Sunday against the Panthers. Not only will he be playing at home where Arian has put up ten 100-yard games and 13 rushing touchdowns in his last 13 games, but the Carolina defense also allows the second-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season. Carolina might also lay off the line a bit now after seeing Yates throw for 300 yards and two TDs against the Bengals last weekend, so it seems everything is in line for Foster to have one of those huge fantasy games of his.

2.           Ray Rice (@ SD – Sunday Night) – In Week 10, Ravens coach John Harbaugh made a monumental mistake by giving Ray Rice just five carries in a loss to the Seahawks. Since then, Rice has gone four straight games with 20 or more rushing attempts in which he put up three 100-yard games and four rushing TDs. Oh, and the Ravens also won each of those four games. Basically, at his point it’s pretty safe to say that Harbaugh clearly understands that in order for his team to win, he has to get the ball in the little guy’s hands. In a tough road game against a hot San Diego team, Rice will be needed more than ever and should end up with around 25 touches—which should be enough to get him 150-plus total yards. Two weeks ago, MJD put up 188 total yards and a touchdown with 26 touches. I expect about the same out of Rice with that sort of play.

3.           Maurice Jones–Drew (@ Atl – Thursday Night) – The Wrecking Ball still leads the league in both carries and yards at this point and doesn’t seem to be slowing down in the slightest. In fact, MJD’s two biggest fantasy days have come in the last two weeks accumulating a combined 182 rushing yards, 12 catches, 142 receiving yards and five touchdowns! Granted, Atlanta has one of the tougher defenses in the league to run on, but seeing that Maurice ran for a combined 300 yards against Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Houston, there’s no reason to believe he can’t do it against the Falcons. Since the Jaguars aren’t going stop riding him until the final snap of the season, neither should you.

4.           Adrian Peterson (vs. NO) – PROBABLE TO PLAY – Putting Peterson this high up in the rankings after missing the last three games with an ankle injury may be a bit risky, but it’s also warranted. First of all, the Vikings will be at home where AP28 absolutely loves to play. In fact, in five home games this season (actually four; Peterson left after one quarter in Week 11), not only has Peterson averaged over 100 rushing yards a game with three 100-yard games, but he’s also accumulated eight TDs on the ground. Secondly, the Saints have allowed opposing RBs to rush for over five yards a carry and let guys like DeAngelo Williams and Earnest Graham to each go for over 100 yards on them. Basically, even if he’s only 85 percent right now, Purple Jesus is still a good bet to roll on Sunday.

5.           LeSean McCoy (vs. NYJ) – The Jets rush D has been up-and-down this season, but dynamic, speedy backs like McCoy can usually get the job done against them. To be honest, with the way he’s been putting the ball in the endzone this year, I don’t think it matters too much which team LeSean faces at this point, the guy simply gets the job done. Last week against a Miami defense that had allowed only two TDs to opposing RBs on the season, McCoy decided to double that number and rush in two more of his own. Granted, the Dolphins pretty much stuffed him for the rest of the game, but I can’t see the Jets doing the same seeing as how they’ve allowed six different guys to put up over 100 total yards against them this season.

6.           Michael Bush (vs. Det)

7.           Beanie Wells (vs. Cle)

8.           Chris Johnson (@ Ind)

9.           Reggie Bush (@ Buf)

10.       Roy Helu (@ NYG)

11.       Felix Jones (@ TB – Saturday Night)

12.       Cedric Benson (@ StL)

13.       Marshawn Lynch (@ Chi)

14.       Shonn Greene (@ Phi) 

15.       Michael Turner (vs. Jax – Thursday Night)

16.       Kevin Smith (@ Oak) 

17.       Willis McGahee (vs. NE)

18.       Steven Jackson (vs. Cin)

19.       LeGarrette Blount (vs. Dal – Saturday Night)

20.       Darren Sproles (@ Min)

21.       Ryan Mathews (vs. Bal – Sunday Night) 

22.       Ahmad Bradshaw (vs. Was)

23.       C.J. Spiller (vs. Mia)

24.       Ben Tate (vs. Car)

25.       Marion Barber (vs. Sea)

26.       Brandon Jacobs (vs. Was)

27.       Donald Brown (vs. Ten)

28.       Ryan Grant (@ KC)

29.       Frank Gore (vs. Pit – Monday Night)

30.       Jonathan Stewart (@ Hou)

31.       Chris Ivory (@ Min)

32.       Peyton Hillis (@ Ari)

33.       Rashard Mendenhall (@ SF – Monday Night)

34.       DeAngelo Williams (@ Hou)

35.       Pierre Thomas (@ Min)

36.       Daniel Thomas (@ Buf)

37.       Mike Tolbert (vs. Bal – Sunday Night)

38.       John Kuhn (@ KC)

39.       BenJarvus Green–Ellis (@ Den)

40.       LaDainian Tomlinson (@ Phi)

41.       Kahlil Bell (vs. Sea)

42.       Kendall Hunter (vs. Pit – Monday Night)

43.       Jacquizz Rodgers (vs. Jax – Thursday Night)

44.       Danny Woodhead (@ Den)

45.       Marcel Reece (vs. Det)

46.       Montario Hardesty (@ Ari)

47.       Toby Gerhart (vs. NO)

48.       Keiland Williams (@ Oak)

49.       Jackie Battle (vs. GB)

50.       Maurice Morris (@ Oak)




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