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

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIDecember 13, 2011

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 12:  Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams scores against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field December 12, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images)
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Steven Jackson vs. Bengals

If you look at the numbers, the odds of Steven Jackson being a trust-worthy option this week aren’t promising, as the Rams are one of the worst teams in football, and they will be matched up against a top-10 run defense.

In Jackson’s defense, the Rams offensive line showed flashes of better run-blocking than I’ve seen on film since they played the Browns, five weeks ago.

While the Bengals have a nice ranking for the year against the run, their three worst performances in stopping the run have come in the last three weeks against the Browns, Steelers and Texans. If the Browns weren’t a part of that trio, I wouldn’t have much optimism, as the Steelers are capable of running the football and the Texans are one of the better running teams in the league.

Fact is the Browns did run for over 130 yards against Cincinnati, and while Sam Bradford nursing a high ankle sprain, even OC Josh McDaniels had to settle for a heavy does of running the football and trying to get the short-passing game involved in Seattle.

Going back and watching the film from last night's game, Jackson still looks good and maybe the Rams will actually wise up and use as the primary red zone option going forward, after an embarrassing five-play series at the goal-line, until they finally gave the ball to Jackson, and he converted the touchdown.

Like Matt Forte with the Bears, and Maurice Jones-Drew with the Jaguars, Jackson accounts for a high percentage of his teams overall offense, and this should be a week that Jackson can help you. Because he does play for the Rams, even optimistic fantasy owners like myself, have to look at Jackson as a roll-of-the-dice flex play option, but this analyst will be playing him with the Super Bowl in sight.

More WK 15 PPR Rankings – QB | WR | Flex | Waivers | Start/Sit |

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