NFL Fantasy Football Rankings Week 15: Top 50 RB for the Rest of 2010

Nick CaronAnalyst IDecember 18, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 12:  Jonathan Stewart #28 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Not a lot of movement at the top of the rankings this week, but Maurice Jones-Drew continues his slow climb up the rankings. The All-Pro Jacksonville running back has now rushed for 100-plus yards in an impressive six straight games.

The season started off very slow for him, but he continues to look better and better as Jacksonville inches closer to an AFC South title. He moves up a spot this week, up to fourth among running backs—the highest he has been since the beginning of the season.

The biggest faller near the top of the rankings this week is Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, who has now failed to reach double-digit fantasy points in four of his last five games.

He continues to touch the ball 20-plus times per game on average but has not been as productive as his touches might indicate. With two tough games remaining against the Jets and a surprisingly difficult to run against Browns defense, his ranking drops six spots down to 12th among running backs.

Carolina Panthers Jonathan Stewart may be the only player on the team who is truly fantasy relevant this season. While Mike Goodson had a streak of impressive games, most fantasy owners were reluctant to put a player who lacked name recognition like him in their fantasy lineups.

Stewart, however, is a name that fantasy owners remember from each of the past two seasons when he finished the season as one of the stronger fantasy plays. Stewart how now rushed for 90-plus yards in each of his past three games since returning from injury and has an excellent matchup this week against the Arizona Cardinals’ terrible run defense. Have no fear, your fantasy stud is here, and his name is Jonathan Stewart!

Another huge riser this week is Washington Redskins running back Ryan Torain who has finally made his return from the hamstring injury that held him out for over a month. Torain had a great first game back against the Buccaneers, rushing for an impressive 172 yards in a loss.

With Rex Grossman now apparently the starting quarterback in Washington for the remainder of the year, the team will likely turn to Torain even more than before. Some tough matchups against the Cowboys and Giants remain, but Torain will be given every opportunity to put smiles on his fantasy owners’ faces in the playoffs.

Thomas Jones fell the furthest of any fantasy running back this week, down 14 spots to 32nd for the rest of the year. Jones received just three carries last week in a loss to the Chargers and has now been held under double-digits in fantasy points in five of his last seven games.

His backfield partner, Jamaal Charles, has had double digit fantasy days in five of those seven games and continues his slow rise up the rankings this week despite rushing for just 40 yards last week.

View All of the Updated Fantasy Football Rankings at Week 15:

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

1Arian FosterHOU10
2Adrian PetersonMIN20
3Michael TurnerATL30
4Maurice Jones-DrewJAC51
5Chris JohnsonTEN4-1
6Peyton HillisCLE71
7Jamaal CharlesKC81
8Darren McFaddenOAK124
9LeSean McCoyPHI90
10Knowshon MorenoDEN100
11Ahmad BradshawNYG165
12Rashard MendenhallPIT6-6
13Steven JacksonSTL141
14Ray RiceBAL11-3
15BenJarvus Green-EllisNE13-2
16Fred JacksonBUF171
17Jonathan StewartCAR2710
18Brandon JacobsNYG202
19Matt ForteCHI15-4
20Ryan TorainWAS3818
21Mike TolbertSD210
22LaDainian TomlinsonNYJ220
23Tim HightowerARI3714
24Ronnie BrownMIA262
25LaGarrette BlountTB19-6
26Danny WoodheadNE25-1
27Shonn GreeneNYJ24-3
28Ryan MathewsSD335
29Cedric BensonCIN23-6
30Pierre ThomasNO4313
31Felix JonesDAL29-2
32Thomas JonesKC18-14
33Donald BrownIND30-3
34Marshawn LynchSEA31-3
35Michael BushOAK34-1
36Ricky WilliamsMIA35-1
37Jahvid BestDET36-1
38Chris IvoryNO28-10
39Brian WestbrookSF412
40Beanie WellsARI39-1
41Keiland WilliamsWAS40-1
42Darren SprolesSD486
43Joseph AddaiIND32-11
44Mike GoodsonCAR440
45Rashad JenningsJAC538
46Brandon JacksonGB45-1
47Anthony DixonSF46-1
48Cadillac WilliamsTB47-1
49Javarris JamesIND6314
50Toby GerhartMIN42-8