Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings: RBs That Will Win You a Championship

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2012

At this point in the fantasy football season, you cannot afford one bad performance from any player. This list will help make sure that does not happen with your season on the line. 

Running backs are generally the steadiest position in fantasy. The best players will continue to perform regardless of who they are playing. This means that Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch should be expected to have big days despite poor matchups.

In the most important fantasy week of the season, do not try to get clever by choosing good opponents. Pay attention to the matchup, but make sure you pick the best player on your team and hope for the best.

Here are some running backs that should be started even if they are questionable in your mind.

Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

Over the course of the year, Stevan Ridley has been great. However, the inconsistency can drive a fantasy owner crazy.

Last week was a prime example, as he finished with only 23 rushing yards and a fumble. This equaled zero points in standard leagues.

However, he is not the first running back to have a bad game against the San Francisco 49ers. In addition, the Patriots essentially stopped running the football after falling behind early.

Ridley will not have to deal with either of those issues next week as his team faces the Jackonsville Jaguars, who have allowed the most rushing yards in the NFL this year.

If you survived the poor performance last week, he should make up for it with a good game next week. 

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

It is always scary facing the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. The veteran team is solid against both the run and the pass, and it is usually leads to a bad game for opposing players.

However, BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been too good to bench.

In the last five games, the running back is averaging 108.6 yards per game with three scores in that time. He is also averaging 21.2 attempts, which gives him plenty of opportunity for production.

When a player is on this type of hot streak, it does not matter who he is playing. He will have another solid game. 

DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

Although the Oakland Raiders did shut down Jamaal Charles this week for 10 yards on nine carries, it is still one of the worst run defenses in the NFL.

The team allowed nine rushing touchdowns in the last six games, including a four-touchdown performance by Doug Martin.

DeAngelo Williams played very well in his last game against the San Diego Chargers, totaling 144 yards from scrimmage with a receiving touchdown.

If he can get close to the 22 carries that he received in Week 15, he will have a huge day against the Raiders. 

Full Running Back Rankings

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Adrian Peterson Vikings HOU
2 Arian Foster Texans MIN
3 C.J. Spiller Bills MIA
4 Doug Martin Buccaneers STL
5 Marshawn Lynch Seahawks SF
6 Alfred Morris Redskins PHI
7 Ray Rice Ravens NYG
8 DeMarco Murray Cowboys NO
9 Jamaal Charles Chiefs IND
10 Stevan Ridley Patriots JAC
11 Trent Richardson Browns DEN
12 Frank Gore 49ers SEA
13 Matt Forte Bears ARI
14 Knowshon Moreno Broncos CLE
15 Chris Johnson Titans GB
16 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Bengals PIT
17 DeAngelo Williams Panthers OAK
18 Steven Jackson Rams TB
19 Darren Sproles Saints DAL
20 Darren McFadden Raiders CAR
21 Beanie Wells Cardinals CHI
22 Reggie Bush Dolphins BUF
23 Mikel Leshoure Lions ATL
24 Vick Ballard Colts KC
25 Ahmad Bradshaw Giants BAL
26 Jonathan Dwyer Steelers CIN
27 Shonn Greene Jets SD
28 Bryce Brown Eagles WAS
29 Mark Ingram Saints DAL
30Mike TolbertPanthersOAK

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