As we head down the stretch of the 2012 fantasy football campaign, this is when it all matters most. Your stars will either lead you to glory or leave you promising you will never draft them again.
So which running backs can be counted on the most in Week 15?
By now, you are probably guessing Adrian Peterson will be on this list (and you would be right), but you can still win your fantasy league if you don't have him. Several big-time running backs have become staples in fantasy football this season.
Here's a look at my top five running backs for Week 15.
5. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles has had three straight 100-yard games, including rushing for 165 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries against the Cleveland Browns last week.
Charles faces the Oakland Raiders in Week 15. The Raiders have allowed 4.5 yards per carry (25th in the NFL) and 17 rushing touchdowns (30th) this season.
4. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Arian Foster was stopped by an improved Patriots defense last week, but he faces the Indianapolis Colts in Week 15, who have allowed 4.7 yards per carry (28th in the NFL) and 12 rushing touchdowns (tied for 23rd) this season.
Foster has rushed for a combined 491 yards in his three career outings against Indy, including five touchdowns. It goes without saying that you should start him with confidence.
3. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin has not only scored the third-most fantasy points among running backs this season (ESPN standard leagues), but he rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. In Week 15, he gets the forgiving New Orleans Saints run defense.
The Saints have allowed an NFL-worst 5.1 yards per carry this season, as well as allowing 13 rushing touchdowns (tied for 26th in the league). In the 52-27 thrashing last week, the Saints allowed New York Giants rookie David Wilson to scamper for 100 yards and two touchdowns...on 13 carries.
2. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
After rushing for 128 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries against the Arizona Cardinals last week, Marshawn Lynch faces the Buffalo Bills in Week 15.
The Bills have allowed 4.8 yards per carry (30th in the NFL) and 18 rushing touchdowns (tied for worst) this season. This is a dream matchup for one of the best running backs in the league.
1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
At this point, it's hard to remove Adrian Peterson from the top spot.
He not only leads all running backs in fantasy points this season (standard leagues), he's posted 28 fantasy points in back-to-back games against the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears leading up to Week 15's clash.
His next opponent, the St. Louis Rams, have allowed 4.0 yards per carry this season (ninth in the NFL), but they've also ceded 15 rushing touchdowns (29th).
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