Fantasy Football Week 15: 3 RBs Who Will Take Advantage of Great Matchups

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 9: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears on December 9, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Whether Week 15 is the semifinals or the championship for your fantasy football league, running back play is key.

It doesn't matter if you're playing for the Shiva or bragging rights in the consolation ladder with a buddy, here are three RBs who will shine in Week 15.


Adrian Peterson

The freak of nature that is Adrian Peterson is at it again in 2012.

Peterson is on pace to rush for the most yards of his career this season and has a more than favorable matchup in Week 15 against the St. Louis Rams.

Why do I say this is a great matchup for A.P.?

That's because the Rams have allowed 15 rushing TDs this season, which ranks No. 29 in the NFL.

The Rams have done a great job of not allowing too many yards (No. 13 in the NFL), but against a back like Peterson who has eight 100-plus rushing yard days this season (seven in a row), you have to like All Day's chances against St. Louis in Week 15.

Coming off 154 yards and two TDs against the Chicago Bears, I'm expecting another big day from A.P. in Week 15.

Marshawn Lynch

Lynch now has back-to-back seasons of 1,000 yards rushing, making him an obvious start in your lineup.

After rushing for 128 yards and three scores in Week 14, Lynch is ready to lead Seattle's rushing attack in Week 15.

But more importantly, the Seattle Seahawks play the Buffalo Bills in Week 15—a Bills defense that has given up the 28th-most rushing yards and 18 TDs on the ground, which ties for dead last among all NFL defenses.

Lynch has been the beneficiary of the success from rookie QB Russell Wilson, as Seattle has found a nice balance of rush and pass, leading to six Lynch TDs and 261 attempts, which ranks fourth in the NFL.

Rushing for the second-most yards in the NFL and facing a terrible rushing D in Week 15, Lynch is your man to help you advance in your league.

Doug Martin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie running back Doug Martin has been a fantasy beast this season, as he ranks third in the NFL with 1,234 rushing yards and is coming off another 100-yard day against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Nothing stands out more than his gaudy week against the Oakland Raiders when he rushed for 251 yards and four TDs.

Overall, Martin has 10 rushing TDs on the season and will be up against a New Orleans Saints defense that has surrendered the most rushing yards in the NFL (1,981).

Martin went for 85 yards and a score against the Saints in Week 7 and I think you can expect an even better performance in Week 15.


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