Fantasy Football Week 16: Running Backs Who Will Put Up Huge Points This Week

Jason MarcumCorrespondent IIIDecember 20, 2013

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In fantasy football, many leagues set their scoring settings to make running back the most important position. With two RB spots along with a possible flex slot to play a third RB, it is important to find the backs who will score big in Week 16, as this is likely the championship round in your league.

With that being said, here's a look at three backs who will put up huge numbers this week and ultimately win you a fantasy football championship.


Jordan Todman, Jacksonville Jaguars

Todman rarely saw the field for the first 14 weeks of the 2013 NFL season, but in Week 15, he got the start when Maurice Jones-Drew had to deal with a hamstring injury.

Against the Buffalo Bills last week, he carried the ball 25 times for 109 yards and added 44 receiving yards on four receptions. If Jones-Drew misses again this week, Todman is in line to start vs. the Tennessee Titans.

This is a great matchup for Todman, as the Titans are allowing 20.5 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. The fact that he'll be a starting RB against a bad run defense makes him a great play, even in a week as important as this one for your fantasy football team. 

When you watch highlights of him from earlier in the preseason and even his brief stint with the Minnesota Vikings, it is easy to see why he is performing well.

He could be the player who goes from being on the waiver wire for most of the year to winning you a championship in fantasy football.  


Montee BallDenver Broncos

The rookie got off to a rough start this year due to fumbling issues and Knowshon Moreno getting the majority of touches, but Denver has given him more touches as the season has progressed.

While Ball had just three carries and five receptions in Week 15 against the San Diego Chargers, that can be attributed to the Chargers jumping out to a 24-10 lead and dominating the time of possession.

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 5:  Running back Montee Ball #28 of the Denver Broncos rushes against the Baltimore Ravens during the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 5, 2013 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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He's poised to have a bounce-back game this week against the 2-12 Houston Texans. The Broncos should jump out to an early lead this time, which will allow Ball to pound the rock for the majority of the second half. 

The Broncos want to rest Moreno for the playoffs, and Ball is the only other back who's earned carries, which means he's in line to get 20-30 touches this week. 

According to, the Texans have allowed the ninth-most points to running backs over the past five weeks. Their defense is playing with no inspiration and looks ready for the season to end now.

Expect Ball to see a season high in touches this week and be one of the highest-scoring backs. 


Frank GoreSan Francisco 49ers

The 49ers are among the league's best in running the ball at 137 rush yards per game, and Frank Gore has been getting most of those yards over the past two weeks.

In games against the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers—two of the better defenses in the NFLhe rushed for 196 yards on 39 carries.

Those are decent numbers, but it shows the 49ers are willing to ride him to a playoff berth in the most critical stretch of the season. 

Against an Atlanta Falcons defense that gives up 134 rushing yards per game, Gore must be licking his chops at the thought of facing them. 

And according to, the Falcons have surrendered the fifth-most points to running backs over the past five weeks. 

In the final game of Week 16, Gore may have the best performance of any back in the week when most fantasy football championships are played.