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Week 17 Rankings

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Week 17 Running Backs

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


Sunday Update: Ray Rice down, Bernard Pierce up. Montell Owens inactive, Keith Toston up. BenJarvus Green-Ellis down, Chris Johnson up, Chris Ivory up.

RB Notes: How dominant was O.J. Simpson's record-setting 1973 season? Adrian Peterson is averaging an eye-popping 126.5 rushing yards through 16 weeks. The Juice averaged 143.1 per game en route to 2,003 rushing yards in a 14-game season. Peterson is 208 yards shy of Eric Dickerson's single-season record. He burned the Packers for 210 yards five weeks ago. If he does it again, All Day will also tie Earl Campbell's record of seven games with 150+ yards. 

Arian Foster is averaging 164 rushing yards in four career games versus the Colts, who sport a defense allowing 5.1 YPC this season. ... C.J. Spiller trails Foster by 143 rushing this season -- on 152 fewer carries. ... A model of consistency, Marshawn Lynch has been held under 85 rushing yards just twice all season. ... Alfred Morris needs 104 yards versus the Cowboys' waning run defense to break Clinton Portis' single-season franchise record. Portis is pulling for the humble rookie. ... A legit RB1 since taking over for Willis McGahee, Knowshon Moreno is sixth in fantasy points over the past five weeks while averaging 27 touches per game as a starter. ... None of us knows how much playing time Ray Rice will receiver this week. If you don't believe he makes it past the first quarter, move him down at least 10 spots in your personal rankings. 

The Broncos have the NFL's best run defense since their Week 7 bye. Over that stretch, Jamaal Charles is the only back to top 100 yards against Von Miller & Co. Charles had 165 yards in the third quarter alone last week. ... DeMarco Murray's fantasy value has been stabilized by touchdowns and consistent work in the passing game. ... Shonn Greene is 12th in fantasy points over the past three weeks, 16th over the past five weeks, and 14th on the season. ... Seattle's run defense has been spotty in the second half of the season. Don't let the matchup scare you off of Steven Jackson, who is fifth in yards from scrimmage over the past five weeks. 

Chris Johnson, on the other hand, is hard to trust even in an attractive matchup against a Jags defense allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing backs. While Johnson has scored three touchdowns of 80+ yards this season, he's also been held under 30 rushing yards in five games this season. He's topped 55 rushing yards just once in the past four weeks. ... Stevan Ridley has a tough matchup and may not get in a full four quarters if the Pats jump out to an early lead. ... Darren Sproles has been on fire in the passing game, posting 111 more receiving yards than the next-closest back over the past five weeks.

Matt Forte is tentatively expected to play in a must-win game, but his lack of practice work is an ominous sign for his fantasy value. ... Ahmad Bradshaw can't be trusted to touch the ball 15+ times in what may end up a meaningless game for the G-Men. ... Rashard Mendenhall was clearly superior to Jonathan Dwyer last week. ... Don't be surprised if Jacquizz Rodgers or Jason Snelling leads the Atlanta backfield in carries and yards this week. ... Montario Hardesty is fully expected to draw the start at Pittsburgh with Trent Richardson in spot duty -- if he manages to suit up. ... The Packers are going with the dreaded hot hand approach. ... David Wilson, Ben Tate, Lamar Miller, LaMichael James, Bernard Pierce, and Ronnie Hillman are the best candidates to pull a 2004 Willie Parker and tally 100 yards in the ultimate garbage time. 

Top 10 RBs for 2013:

1. Adrian Peterson, Vikings

2. Arian Foster, Texans

3. Ray Rice, Ravens

4. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks

5. Trent Richardson, Browns

6. C.J. Spiller, Bills

7. Doug Martin, Buccaneers

8. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs 

9. LeSean McCoy, Eagles

10. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars


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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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