Thursday Night Football kicks off Week 16 tonight, so let's not waste any time with getting our weekly player rankings out there for any fantasy owners that need some extra advice.
Check out the top 10 running backs for this week:
1. Arian Foster HOU @ Den
Foster gets the top spot because he's an absolute beast and the Broncos defense is atrocious. The other top four backs have favorable matchups, but Foster has routinely put up great numbers in even the toughest matchups, so look for him to run all day. And don't worry about his injured leg, as he practiced Wednesday and should be fine.
2. Maurice Jones-Drew JAC vs. WAS
Look for MJD to get back on track against a bad Washington defense in a must-win game for the Jaguars.
3. Rashard Mendenhall PIT vs. CAR
Mendy shouldn't have any trouble against a bad Carolina defense at home
4. Ray Rice BAL @ CLE
Rice will continue his late-season explosion with a big game against the Browns.
5. Chris Johnson TEN @ KC
I have a weird feeling that CJ could get shutdown this week against a solid KC run defense, especially with the game being on the road. However, he's your stud, and you have to start him.
6. Darren McFadden OAK vs. IND
McFadden is a beast that cannot be tamed. He'd be higher on this list if the Colts just hadn't gotten done wrapping up Maurice Jones-Drew last week, but I still don't see how McFadden doesn't have a big day.
7. Michael Turner ATL vs. NO
It's a huge divisional game, and Turner put up 114 rushing yards and a score on them last time. Look for Turner's eight 100-plus rushing yard games this week.
8. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ BUF
The Bills can't stop the run, and Law Firm loves to tote the ball. His yards are usually only average due to the Patriots potent passing attack and the fact that he shares the rock with little Danny Woodhead. But that's nothing six touchdowns in his past four games and 12 on the season hasn't been able to cure.
9. LeSean McCoy PHI vs. MIN
Did you see what happens when teams commit to running on Minnesota? Just go back and watch the tape on the past two weeks, as Matt Forte, Ahamd Bradshaw, and Brandon Jacobs have had their way with the once proud run-stuffing defense. McCoy is explosive as a runner and should be active in the passing game, too, so he's a heck of a play with this tasty matchup.
10. Jamaal Charles KC vs. TEN
Tennessee has been inconsistent, but when they're on, they are very tough against the run. If they bring their 'A' game this week, look out. That's the only reason Charles is down to the 10 spot. With his speed and big-play ability, however, he'll probably still help you out, even if he's "contained".
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