NFL Week 12 Fantasy Rankings: Matt Forte and RBs Who Will Trample Opponents

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 26, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 20:  Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs against the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field on November 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Chargers 31-20.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Bye weeks are finally over as we edge closer to the end of the 2011 NFL season.

That means that the finishing touches should be already made or in the process of being made on your fantasy football rosters.

This means it's not as much about finding sleepers anymore, as it is about sitting back and looking at matchups.

What players are in favorable matchups in these closing weeks?

Here is a closer look at the running back position, and three guys poised for huge games this weekend.


Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

Matt Forte has carried this Bears offense all season long.

Now, with Jay Cutler out due to injury, the pressure will be on him to perform at an even higher level than before.

Forte is not only dominating opponents on the ground with his 926 yards rushing this year, but he also has accumulated 465 receiving yards.

This weekend the Bears will have to adjust to not having Cutler. Forte could even see a high number of touches.

They will be coming against a team in Oakland that is allowing a league-worst 5.2 yards per carry to opposing running backs.

Forte is coming off back-to-back weeks where he struggled. This is going to be a big rebound game for him.


LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

LeSean McCoy is another guy who has dominated the league this year, and will likely see an increase in number of touches today.

With Vick out with broken ribs, McCoy received 22 carries last week against the New York Giants.

Expect more of the same with Vick out again against the Patriots. Not to mention, it's probably a good idea to keep Tom Brady off the field as much as possible.

McCoy currently leads the league in rushing. His 1,019 rushing yards makes him the only player to pass the 1,000-yard mark so far.

The Eagles may see their season come to a close with a loss this weekend, but McCoy will do his part in putting up the numbers.


Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

Steven Jackson has quietly put together the best season of his career.

After missing time early in the year due to injury, he has really put together a string of dominant games before stumbling last week.

Before the Seahawks game, Jackson had three consecutive 100-yard games.

His 4.8 yards-per-carry average this season marks the best average of his career.

The Seahawks' rushing defense is vastly underrated. Only the Ravens and Bengals allow a lower yards-per-carry average.

Jackson will rebound this week against the Cardinals. They don't have nearly the same firepower on defense.