Week 16 RB Player Rankings
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1. Arian Foster (@ Den)
Foster got himself a bit banged up last weekend, but the word is he’s just fine.
To be honest, against this Denver defense, I would have had him as my top-ranked RB if he came out there with one leg and a live donkey strapped to his back.
2. Rashard Mendenhall (vs Car)
Mendenhall has been dependable all year, as he comes into this game as a top-eight RB in yards, attempts and TDs. Against a bottom-feeding rush D like the Panthers have, I’d be shocked if he doesn’t put up over 100 yards and a TD or two.
3. Darren McFadden (vs Ind)
The kid has a great game combining size, speed and power into one fluid body.
The Colts can be beat on the ground and I expect a ton out of Run DMC this game, but, as was shown last week, Bush still has a hold of the goal-line carries.
4. Michael Turner (vs NO)
“The Centaur” has been a mythical beast during the second half of the season and he absolutely loves playing against these pesky Saints.
In fact, since he joined the Falcons back in 2008, he’s averaged 105.5 rushing yards against them and hasn’t seen a game go by where he didn’t rush for a TD (four games).
5. Chris Johnson (@ KC)
CJ2K has been coming on lately averaging 120.5 yards and one TD over the last couple of games. The return of Kenny Britt seems to have really opened up the running lanes for the Titans, so with Britt and Collins playing well, expect Johnson to keep producing at a high level.
6. Ray Rice (@ Cle)
Rice is coming off of his best game this season and has a prime match-up to continue his roll. The Ravens are starting to increase his touches as they approach the playoffs, so look for Rice to have another nice set of numbers when this one is over.
7. Jamaal Charles (vs Ten)
Tennessee has been pretty stingy against the run this year, so I’m not expecting one The Ostrich to put up one of those monster efforts here. The good thing is he’s relatively fresh at this point of the season, so he’s likely to get a bunch of touches and end up with some real nice numbers.
8. Rashad Jennings (vs Was)
Jennings was beginning to see a healthy amount of touches over recent weeks, and he’s about to get a whole lot more. MJD missed practice for a third straight day on Friday and is now listed as ‘doubtful’ for the game on Sunday, which means there’s basically no chance of him playing.
Rashad has looked good enough to be a starter this season, but wasn’t ever going to get the chance unless Jones-Drew fell to injury. Now’s his chance. With a match-up against one of the bottom-tier defenses in the league, it wouldn’t surprise me to see numbers close to what MJD was sure to put up this Sunday.
9. Peyton Hillis (vs Bal)
The Big Twinkie has definitely slowed down over the course of the season, but this is also the team Hillis first broke out against when he went for 144 yards and a TD during their first contest.
He won’t repeat those numbers, but at least you know he has the potential to.
10. Adrian Peterson (@ Phi)
Purple Jesus sat out last game to rest up his various leg ailments, but my guess is he’ll give it a go this weekend. He’s a warrior in the truest sense of the word and I can’t believe that he’ll let another game go by as he sits on the bench.
The Eagles rush D is pretty good, but if AP plays, he should be able to rattle off some nice fantasy numbers.
11. Ryan Torain (@ Jax)
After his 172-yard outburst in Week 14, Torain came out to put up 101 total yards and a TD last weekend against the Cowboys. The Jaguars have about as bad of a defense as Dallas does, so to expect any less would be uncivilized.
12. LeGarrette Blount (vs Sea)
What a great find this monster RB (6’0”, 247 pounds) has been for the Bucs this season. Blount averages 5.7 yards/carry at home, so have confidence playing him as an RB2 with upside on your fantasy team this week.
13. LeSean McCoy (vs Min)
McCoy has a variety of skills that he uses throughout a game and all he needs are enough touches to make them work for your fantasy team. If he gets 20 touches in this one, which he should, you can expect a fine day from your RB2.
14. BenJarvus Green-Ellis (@ Buf)
Buffalo has the worst rush D in the league, so expect some real nice numbers this week out of the Law Firm. In their last match, Green-Ellis had one TD with 98 yards on 16 carries (6.1 YPC) if that’s any sort of gauge for you.
Danny Woodhead also had a TD in the game.
15. Knowshon Moreno (vs Hou)
If Moreno’s rib injury is minor and he plays this weekend, he’ll do just fine as an RB2 for your fantasy team. Be sure to check the news throughout the week to be sure though, as you don’t want to be caught with him in your lineup while sitting on the Donkeys bench.
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