Week 16 Fantasy Rankings: Ray Rice and RBs Who Will Run Wild

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 24, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 18:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 18, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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While NFL teams make the final push towards the playoffs, most fantasy leagues kick off postseason play this weekend.

If you are in the playoffs, it means that your team is likely solidified and not many changes will be made to the starting lineup this weekend.

At this point, there isn't much left to do but sit back and enjoy the action.

Here are predictions for the top three running back performers this week.


3. Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars)

He hasn't garnered much attention due to the lack of wins down in Jacksonville, but Maurice Jones-Drew is putting together the best season of his career.

At 1,334 rushing yards, Jones-Drew is only 57 yards away from breaking his personal record for rushing yards in a season.

Right now, he ranks first in the league in rushing yards.

The Jaguars don't do much through the air. They rely heavy on Jones-Drew to step up and carry the team.

This weekend he should have a good day against the Titans. Tennessee ranks 23rd in the league in rushing defense.

Not only is Jones-Drew poised for a big day, but he could emerge as a key player in one of the bigger upsets this weekend.

Projection: 110 rushing yards, 30 receiving yards, one touchdown


2. LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia Eagles)

The Philadelphia Eagles will need a lot of things to fall their way if they are going to squeak into the playoffs.

Although very few positives can be said about the 2011 Eagles, one that can be pointed out is the play of running back LeSean McCoy.

McCoy has emerged in his third year as an elite player in the league. He currently trails only Jones-Drew in rushing yards.

The most important thing for the Eagles to stay alive past this weekend, is to walk away from Dallas with a win.

The Cowboys defense is one of the best at stopping the run.

However, for as long as he has been in the league, McCoy has been kryptonite to the Cowboys.

Earlier this year, he ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns when the teams played. This time, Dallas will key in on him, but he will still have a solid showing.

Projection: 120 rushing yards, 20 receiving yards, two touchdowns

1. Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens)

There is a trend with the Baltimore Ravens.

When Ray Rice runs the ball, they win. When he doesn't run the ball, they lose.

If he is given the hand-offs this weekend, he is going to run wild and carry Baltimore to a win.

After playing the Cleveland Browns just a few weeks ago, the Ravens will face off against their division rivals again.

The last time the two teams played, Rice had his best game of the season rushing for 204 yards and a touchdown.

If Baltimore gets a big lead early, Rice may only see limited playing time. However, that should still be enough for him to put up some big numbers.

Projection: 140 rushing yards, two touchdowns