NFL Playoffs 2012 Fantasy Football: Running Back Championship Round Rankings

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIJanuary 16, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 15:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens is tackeled by  Glover Quin #29 of the Houston Texans  during the first quarter of the AFC Divisional playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 15, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Ray Rice at Patriots

Playing against one of the better defenses in football, Ray Rice failed to put up start-worthy numbers in his first playoff game of the year.

Heading to New England, Rice will play against the team he had his best playoff performance against. That was a few years ago when he broke off an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game.

The Ravens have come close to finding the Super Bowl in recent years, and this could be Ray Lewis’s last legit chance to finally get back to the big game.

While the Ravens performance was a little disappointing against Houston, it should be an emotion game this week for Baltimore. They will need a great effort from the entire team to win in New England.

Great defense and keeping Tom Brady off the field will be key for a victory. Expect Rice to touch the football no less than 30 times this week if the Ravens are winning time of possession.


Frank Gore vs. Giants

The last time San Francisco played New York in their Week 10 matchup, Frank Gore tried to play through a leg injury but failed to gain a yard on the ground on six carries.

At halftime, the 49ers switched to Kendall Hunter. He had success on the ground, as the Giants eased up on selling out to stuff the run with Gore out of the game.

While Gore had a couple of nice runs last week, I believe it will be crucial for him to find a way to run for close to 100 yards on the ground, if the 49ers are to win this game.

San Francisco did a great job on defense throughout most of their game against the Saints, but because the 49ers failed to sustain any time-consuming drives through most of the second half. The defense was on the field a long time. That time finally led to big plays at the end of the game.

Last week, the Packers did a good job on the ground as the Giants tried to take away the deep ball from Aaron Rodgers. While that game plan probably won’t be the same this week, Gore is healthy, and should find success, on Sunday. It’s hard to contain him throughout an entire game.

1 Ray Rice @ Patriots
2 Frank Gore Giants
3 Ahmad Bradshaw @ 49ers
4 Stevan Ridley Ravens
5 Brandon Jacobs @ 49ers
6 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Ravens
7 Kendall Hunter Giants
8 Danny Woodhead Ravens

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