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

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

RANK PLAYER TEAM PREVIOUS RANK MOVEMENT
1 Arian Foster HOU 1 0
2 Adrian Peterson MIN 2 0
3 Michael Turner ATL 3 0
4 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 5 1
5 Chris Johnson TEN 4 -1
6 Peyton Hillis CLE 7 1
7 Jamaal Charles KC 8 1
8 Darren McFadden OAK 12 4
9 LeSean McCoy PHI 9 0
10 Knowshon Moreno DEN 10 0
11 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG 16 5
12 Rashard Mendenhall PIT 6 -6
13 Steven Jackson STL 14 1
14 Ray Rice BAL 11 -3
15 BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE 13 -2
16 Fred Jackson BUF 17 1
17 Jonathan Stewart CAR 27 10
18 Brandon Jacobs NYG 20 2
19 Matt Forte CHI 15 -4
20 Ryan Torain WAS 38 18
21 Mike Tolbert SD 21 0
22 LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ 22 0
23 Tim Hightower ARI 37 14
24 Ronnie Brown MIA 26 2
25 LaGarrette Blount TB 19 -6
26 Danny Woodhead NE 25 -1
27 Shonn Greene NYJ 24 -3
28 Ryan Mathews SD 33 5
29 Cedric Benson CIN 23 -6
30 Pierre Thomas NO 43 13
31 Felix Jones DAL 29 -2
32 Thomas Jones KC 18 -14
33 Donald Brown IND 30 -3
34 Marshawn Lynch SEA 31 -3
35 Michael Bush OAK 34 -1
36 Ricky Williams MIA 35 -1
37 Jahvid Best DET 36 -1
38 Chris Ivory NO 28 -10
39 Brian Westbrook SF 41 2
40 Beanie Wells ARI 39 -1
41 Keiland Williams WAS 40 -1
42 Darren Sproles SD 48 6
43 Joseph Addai IND 32 -11
44 Mike Goodson CAR 44 0
45 Rashad Jennings JAC 53 8
46 Brandon Jackson GB 45 -1
47 Anthony Dixon SF 46 -1
48 Cadillac Williams TB 47 -1
49 Javarris James IND 63 14
50 Toby Gerhart MIN 42 -8
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