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Week 16 Rankings

Friday, December 21, 2012

Week 16 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Adrian Peterson at HOU Probable (abdomen)
2 Arian Foster vs. MIN -
3 Ray Rice vs. NYG -
4 C.J. Spiller at MIA -
5 Doug Martin vs. STL -
6 Matt Forte at ARZ -
7 Alfred Morris at PHI -
8 Stevan Ridley at JAC -
9 Jamaal Charles vs. IND -
10 Marshawn Lynch vs. SF Probable (back)
11 Knowshon Moreno vs. CLE Probable (ribs)
12 DeMarco Murray vs. NO Probable (foot)
13 Frank Gore at SEA -
14 Trent Richardson at DEN -
15 Darren McFadden at CAR -
16 Vick Ballard at KC -
17 Reggie Bush vs. BUF -
18 Chris Johnson at GB -
19 Steven Jackson at TB Probable (illness)
20 BenJarvus Green-Ellis at PIT -
21 Mikel Leshoure vs. ATL Probable (calf)
22 Shonn Greene vs. SD -
23 LeSean McCoy vs. WAS Probable (concussion)
24 Ahmad Bradshaw at BAL Questionable (knee)
25 Michael Turner at DET -
26 Darren Sproles at DAL -
27 Jonathan Dwyer vs. CIN -
28 DeAngelo Williams vs. OAK -
29 David Wilson at BAL -
30 Beanie Wells vs. CHI -
31 Montell Owens vs. NE -
32 Mark Ingram at DAL -
33 Jonathan Stewart vs. OAK Questionable (ankle)
34 Jackie Battle at NYJ -
35 Bryce Brown vs. WAS -
36 Alex Green vs. TEN Questionable (concussion)
37 Joique Bell vs. ATL -
38 Bilal Powell vs. SD -
39 Jacquizz Rodgers at DET -
40 Ben Tate vs. MIN -
41 Pierre Thomas at DAL Questionable (knee)
42 Danny Woodhead at JAC -
43 Ronnie Brown at NYJ Probable (hamstring)
44 Shane Vereen at JAC -
45 Isaac Redman vs. CIN Questionable (ankle)
46 Mike Goodson at CAR -
47 Ronnie Hillman vs. CLE -
48 LaMichael James at SEA -
49 Ryan Grant vs. TEN -
50 Robert Turbin vs. SF -
51 DuJuan Harris vs. TEN -
52 Mike Tolbert vs. OAK -
53 Jason Snelling at DET Sidelined (leg)
54 Montario Hardesty at DEN -
55 Curtis Brinkley at NYJ -
56 Cedric Peerman at PIT Questionable (ankle)
57 Kahlil Bell at ARZ -
58 Felix Jones vs. NO -
59 Daryl Richardson at TB -
60 Peyton Hillis vs. IND -
61 Lamar Miller vs. BUF -
62 Tashard Choice at MIA -
63 John Kuhn vs. TEN Probable (hamstring)
64 Kregg Lumpkin at BAL -
65 Bernard Pierce vs. NYG Questionable (concussion)

RB Notes: Adrian Peterson has the same number of rushing yards (1,313) since Week 7 as Arian Foster has for the entire season. Peterson has had 75 more rushing yards than the Vikings have had passing yards in five games this season. Only O.J. Simpson in 1973 had more such games.

C.J. Spiller leads all running backs with 11.3 yards after the catch this season. He totaled 130 yards on 25 touches in Week 11 versus the Dolphins. … No running back does a better job of avoiding negative plays than Marshawn Lynch, who rushed for 103 yards in the previous meeting with the 49ers. … Matt Forte has an excellent matchup against a Cardinals defense that has allowed 160+ rushing yards in six of the past nine games. The Bears are talking Kahlil Bell as a goal-line horse with Michael Bush out of the lineup.

Jamaal Charles gets a mulligan for last week’s goose egg versus the Raiders. It was his first game under 100 yards from scrimmage in the past six weeks. … Knowshon Moreno is fourth in fantasy points over the past three weeks. … Frank Gore had a season-high 182 yards from scrimmage in his previous meeting with the Seahawks. … Trent Richardson is averaging just 2.9 YPC over the past three weeks but is fifth in fantasy points over that span thanks to a handful of touchdowns.

Darren McFadden’s ankle is no longer a concern after taking a career-high 30 carries against the Chiefs last week. … Vick Ballard is a good bet for 20+ touches and 100+ yards against that same Kansas City defense. …. Reggie Bush is coming off his most carries and rushing yards since Week 2, and timeshare back Daniel Thomas is out for the season. … Chris Johnson would have been held under 30 yards versus the Jets if not for the 94-yard jailbreak touchdown. If you start him at Green Bay, it’s with the belief that he can break off another long run.

Steven Jackson and BenJarvus Green-Ellis are two of the hottest backs in the league, but they both have forbidding matchups against stout front sevens. … Mikel Leshoure is averaging a touchdown per over his last seven games. … LeSean McCoy will get the start versus the Redskins, but coach Andy Reid will not give him a full workload. A true boom-or-bust runner, Bryce Brown has 17 of 87 carries for 10+ yards and 22 totes for zero or negative yards. With McCoy back in the lineup, Brown is a mere flex option versus the Redskins.

We suspect Ahmad Bradshaw will successfully convince coach Tom Coughlin that his knee is healthy enough to play this week, but he’s not a good bet for 15+ touches against the Ravens. … Forcing five missed tackles and averaging 4.8 yards after contact per attempt against the league’s No. 1 run defense, Mark Ingram is coming off his best game of the season.

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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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