2011 NFL Fantasy Football Week 15: Running Backs (RB) Rankings and Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIDecember 13, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 11:  Shonn Greene #23 of the New York Jets scores a touchdown infront of Reshard Langford #48 of the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium on December 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Shonn Greene @ Eagles:

If you happened to read my preseason writeup for Shonn Greene, you probably know I wasn’t a big believer in the young tailbacks’ odds to deliver on his coach's promises (two years running) on being the teams “bell cow” in the offense.

For those fantasy owners that bought into the idea that Greene would perform this way, you’re likely disappointed, as Greene has looked soft, well, until recently anyway.

Two weeks ago, we saw Greene score three times against the Redskins as he put the game out of reach with his final 25-yard sprint to the end zone. While it was nice to see Greene finally look like a RB-2, no one could blame you if you had your doubts about him delivering the following week against the Chiefs.

Right off the bat, Greene burst through the A-gap for a 31-yard run, and he never looked back, consistently barreling over defenders—like when he ran straight through free-safety Kendrick Lewis on his way to a 7-yard touchdown.

Not only did Greene get it done on the ground with his second consecutive game over 20 carries for 129 yards, but he added three receptions for 58 in the passing game.

Greene’s highlight play of the game could’ve been his 36-yard reception on a dump off; he used his blockers well, going down the sidelines and finishing his run before just missing a touchdown.

It’s these performances that actually have me excited about a player I’ve recommended fantasy owners leave for dead over a year ago.


Finally, Greene looks to be putting things together, and with a matchup against the Eagles defense, you better believe I’m serious about ranking him as the No. 2 running back to start this week. If you happened to make the playoffs and Greene is still on your squad, get him in the lineup as a legit (finally) RB-1 option.

More WK 15 Rankings – QB | WR | TE | K/D | Flex | Waivers | Start/Sit |

1 Arian Foster Panthers
2 Shonn Greene @ Eagles
3 Ray Rice @ Chargers
4 Marshawn Lynch @ Bears
5 Maurice Jones-Drew @ Falcons
6 Reggie Bush @ Bills
7 LeSean McCoy Jets
8 Chris Johnson @ Colts
9 Felix Jones @ Buccaneers
10 Roy Helu @ Giants
11 Adrian Peterson (I) Saints
12 Cedric Benson @ Rams
13 Michael Turner Jaguars
14 Michael Bush Lions
15 Ryan Mathews Ravens
16 Beanie Wells Browns
17 Marion Barber Seahawks
18 Brandon Jacobs (I) Redskins
19 Ryan Grant @ Chiefs
20 Frank Gore Steelers
21 LeGarrette Blount Cowboys
22 Willis McGahee (I) Patriots
23 DeAngelo Williams @ Texans
24 Steven Jackson Bengals
25 C.J. Spiller Dolphins
26 Ben Tate Panthers
27 BenJarvus Green-Ellis (I) @ Broncos
28 Jonathan Stewart @ Texans
29 Rashard Mendenhall @ 49ers
30 Peyton Hillis (I) @ Cardinals
31 Donald Brown Titans
32 Darren Sproles @ Vikings
33 Toby Gerhart Saints
34 LaDainian Tomlinson @ Eagles
35 Ahmad Bradshaw (I) Redskins
36 Keiland Williams @ Raiders
37 Mike Tolbert Ravens
38 Danny Woodhead @ Broncos
39 Pierre Thomas @ Vikings
40 Daniel Thomas @ Bills
41 Ricky Williams @ Chargers
42 Lance Ball Patriots