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2012 Playoff NFL Fantasy Football: Running Back (RB) Divisional Round Rankings

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08:  (L-R) Brandon Jacobs #27 and Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants celebrates after the GIants won 24-2 against the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIJanuary 11, 2012

Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs at Packers

Hopefully, you watched the Giants play against the Falcons on Sunday, because Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs put together one of the better games I’ve seen from them in years.

When this duo is at its best, you can see them feeding off the other's play, running tough and fighting for every last yard. This was the type of effort that has NFL experts talking about the possibility of the Giants making a Super Bowl run.

Why not, as the Packers have struggled to stop the run this year, and if the Giants defense can build off its late-season play, keeping the game close, I have all the confidence in the world in New York’s running game to play ball control and win a close contest in Green Bay.

Bradshaw is the top running back to start in this contest, as the Giants will use him in the passing game, and if this should turn into a pass heavy game, he would stay on the field. Both are respectable plays this week, but obviously beating the Packers will be no small task, so if you receive bonus points for players who advance, keep that in mind.

Stevan Ridley vs. Broncos

In recent weeks Stevan Ridley has been the Patriots' top running back, and Ridley should be the back drawing the start and leading the team in carries this week.

Fellow running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead have their roles in the offense, and because BGE will get looks at the goal-line and Woodhead racks up most of the reception opportunities, Ridley is more valuable in ESPN leagues if you’re looking to buy low on your RB-2, as his price is four dollars and eighty cents this week.

Last week, the Steelers found success in the running game, particularly on the right side of the offensive line as Isaac Redman broke off a few big runs on his way to 121 yards on the ground on 17 carries. Ridley had success against the Broncos in Week 15 with 65 yards on 11 carries, so expect New England to keep Ridley active throughout the game.

1 Ray Rice Texans
2 Arian Foster @ Ravens
3 Frank Gore Saints
4 Ahmad Bradshaw @ Packers
5 Darren Sproles @ 49ers
6 Willis McGahee @ Patriots
7 Stevan Ridley Broncos
8 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Broncos
9 Brandon Jacobs @ Packers
10 James Starks Giants
11 Ryan Grant Giants
12 Danny Woodhead Broncos
13 Pierre Thomas @ 49ers
14 Chris Ivory @ 49ers
15 Ben Tate @ Ravens
16 Kendall Hunter Saints
17 Lance Ball @ Patriots

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