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RB Player Rankings – Week 16
(BYE: Majority of the Games Are Played On Saturday, Dec. 24th)
Running Backs (Updated: Saturday, Dec. 24 - 11:54AM CT)
1. Arian Foster (@ Ind – Thursday Night) – Due to injury, Foster didn’t get to play against Indianapolis in the Texans first game of the season—but backup Ben Tate did and racked up 116 rushing yards along with a goal-line TD. In 2010, however, Arian faced the Colts twice averaging 202.5 total yards (166.5 rushing) and two touchdowns in their two hard-fought matchups. Things have changed quite a bit this season with Peyton Manning sidelined for the year, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the atrocity that IS the Colts rush defense. 10 different running backs have put up 100-plus total yards against them this year as the Colts have allowed the third-most fantasy points to RBs this season. I fully expect a monster game out of last year’s fantasy MVP this Thursday.
2. Ray Rice (vs. Cle) – With the way Ray Rice ate the Browns alive in their first matchup, it was very tough not to put him in my one-spot this week. However, for those of you keeping track, you might as well call Rice the 1B of Week 16 because he should be able to do some serious fantasy damage once again on Saturday. Part of the reason he’s not on top is because the Browns have played much tighter against the run since Rice’s first outburst allowing just 76 yards to Rashard Mendenhall two weeks ago and only 51 to Beanie Wells last weekend. Neither of those two have Ray’s make-you-miss capabilities, though, so I still believe Rice will come out golden in this one. But you better believe Cleveland will be bearing down on him all game long…I’m just not sure it will make a difference. Not after his 204-yard performance the first time around.
3. LeSean McCoy (@ Dal) – Once thought to be too small to be an every-down back in this league, the 5’11”, 208-pound LeSean McCoy continues to proves the haters wrong on weekly basis as he now leads the NFL with 20 touchdowns (17 Rush, 3 Rec), four more than the next guy on the list (Rob Gronkowski). This week he’ll be facing a Cowboys team he absolutely tore apart back in Week 8 to the tune of 200 total yards (185 rushing) and two TDs. It will be different this time with both teams playing for their playoff lives and this one coming down in Dallas, but McCoy seems to have their number there too as he put up 149 rushing yards on 16 carries when they played there in 2010. There’s only been one week this year when LeSean didn’t score a TD and in that game, he ran for 113 yards. Basically, I can all but guarantee he does something for your fantasy team this weekend.
4. Maurice Jones–Drew (@ Ten) – Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jaguars faced the Titans back in Week 1 and came up with one of their four wins on the season, 16-14. Jones-Drew was a big part of that win scoring the Jags only touchdown while rushing for 97 yards on 24 carries and quite frankly, the kid hasn’t slowed down since. Only once in 14 games this year has MJD been held to less than 84 yards rushing and he still scored a touchdown in that game. You also might think that because the Jaguars are almost always playing from behind on the road that he might not get the carries necessary to do well but the fact is, three of his four 100-yard games have come away from home. Basically, against a Titans defense that has allowed six 100-yard rushers this season (most recently last weekend when Donald Brown went off for 161 yards) along with the tenth-most fantasy points to opposing RBs, you can bet on a nice fantasy performance out of the Wrecking Ball this Saturday.
5. Michael Bush (@ KC) – Ever since Darren McFadden went out with an injury in Week 7, Michael Bush has quietly amassed 985 total yards (703 rushing) in eight games while crossing the goal-line on five different occasions. He also has four games with 96 or more yards (two 100-yard games) and now sits just outside the top-10 for fantasy RBs in a standard scoring system. Basically, he’s been awesome. The first time these two teams hooked up happened to be the game Run DMC went down and Bush came in to rush for 99 yards on just 17 carries. In fact, of Bush’s three 100-yard games from 2009-10, two of them came against these same Kansas City Chiefs. Considering the Chiefs have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season, I think fantasy owners will be very happy starting him this weekend when all is said and done.
6. Ryan Mathews (@ Det)
7. Adrian Peterson (@ Was)
8. Chris Johnson (vs. Jax)
9. Reggie Bush (@ NE)
10. Willis McGahee (@ Buf)
11. Rashard Mendenhall (vs. StL)
12. C.J. Spiller (vs. Den)
13. Michael Turner (@ NO – Monday Night)
14. Frank Gore (@ Sea)
15. DeAngelo Williams (vs. TB) – TOP-5 SLEEPER CANDIDATE
16. Kevin Smith (vs. SD)
17. Ahmad Bradshaw (@ NYJ)
18. Evan Royster (vs. Min)
19. LeGarrette Blount (@ Car)
20. Shonn Greene (vs. NYG)
21. Felix Jones (vs. Phi) – QUESTIONABLE TO PLAY
22. Cedric Benson (vs. Ari)
23. Jonathan Stewart (vs. TB)
24. Marshawn Lynch (vs. SF)
25. Beanie Wells (@ Cin)
26. Kahlil Bell (@ GB – Sunday Night, Christmas)
27. Steven Jackson (@ Pit)
28. Ben Tate (@ Ind – Thursday Night)
29. Darren Sproles (vs. Atl – Monday Night)
30. Donald Brown (vs. Hou – Thursday Night)
31. Peyton Hillis (@ Bal)
32. Danny Woodhead (vs. Mia)
33. Pierre Thomas (vs. Atl – Monday Night)
34. Jackie Battle (vs. Oak)
35. Mike Tolbert (@ Det)
36. Lance Ball (@ Buf)
37. Chris Ivory (vs. Atl – Monday Night)
38. BenJarvus Green–Ellis (vs. Mia)
39. Brandon Jacobs (@ NYJ)
40. James Starks (vs. Chi – Sunday Night, Christmas)
41. Ricky Williams (vs. Cle)
42. John Kuhn (vs. Chi – Sunday Night, Christmas)
43. Sammy Morris (vs. Phi)
44. Thomas Jones (vs. Oak)
45. Stevan Ridley (vs. Mia)
46. Jacquizz Rodgers (@ NO – Monday Night)
47. LaDainian Tomlinson (vs. NYG)
48. Ryan Grant (vs. Chi – Sunday Night, Christmas)
49. Toby Gerhart (@ Was)
50. Kregg Lumpkin (@ Car)
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