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Week 16 Player Fantasy Rankings - Running Backs

By Thomas J. Harrigan, Fantasy Sports Writer

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anytime the NFL's leading rusher gets to face the worst run defense in the league, it's a joyous occasion for fantasy owners.

It's even better when it happens during fantasy championship week.

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy should have some huge holes to gallop through Sunday night against the Chicago Bears. Chicago has permitted 1,622 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on 301 carries (5.4 ypc) since Week 4.

The Bears only gave up 46 rushing yards to running backs in Week 15, snapping an eight-game streak in which they allowed at least 123 yards to the position, but that's because they played the Cleveland Browns, who were trotting out Edwin Baker, Fozzy Whittaker and Chris Ogbonnaya.

Baker was making his NFL debut after being signed off the Houston Texans' practice squad just five days before the game and he managed to run for 38 yards and a touchdown on eight carries (4.8 ypc) versus the Bears.

Minnesota's Adrian Peterson is expected to return after missing Week 15 with a sprained foot. With both Peterson and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) out, Matt Asiata stepped in and rushed 30 times for just 51 yards but with three touchdowns against Philadelphia.

Fantasy owners shouldn't expect Houston's Dennis Johnson to be this week's Asiata even though the third-stringer will start after Ben Tate (ribs) was placed on injured reserve.

The Denver Broncos are likely to blow out the Texans, forcing Houston to abandon the run. Johnson will have to get many of his touches via the passing game.

Jacksonville's Jordan Todman could be the backup that swings championships if Maurice Jones-Drew has to miss a second straight game with a hamstring injury. Todman had 153 yards from scrimmage (109 rushing) on 29 touches (25 carries) in Week 15 against Buffalo and Tennessee, Jacksonville's Week 16 opponent, has allowed 25.2 fantasy points per game to opposing tailbacks over the last nine games.

Top-50 Running Back Rankings

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1) LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia

2) Jamaal Charles, Kansas City

3) Matt Forte, Chicago

4) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay

5) Marshawn Lynch, Seattle

6) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota

7) DeMarco Murray, Dallas

8) Rashad Jennings, Oakland

9) Alfred Morris, Washington

10) Zac Stacy, St. Louis

11) Knowshon Moreno, Denver

12) Reggie Bush, Detroit

13) Ryan Mathews, San Diego

14) Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh

15) Chris Johnson, Tennessee

16) Frank Gore, San Francisco

17) Shane Vereen, New England

18) Maurice Jones-Drew/Jordan Todman, Jacksonville

19) Andre Brown, New York Giants

20) Steven Jackson, Atlanta

21) Fred Jackson, Buffalo

22) DeAngelo Williams, Carolina

23) Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati

24) Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay

25) Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona

26) Chris Ivory, New York Jets

27) Dennis Johnson, Houston

28) C.J. Spiller, Buffalo

29) Ray Rice, Baltimore

30) Donald Brown, Indianapolis

31) Joique Bell, Detroit

32) Andre Ellington, Arizona

33) Pierre Thomas, New Orleans

34) Danny Woodhead, San Diego

35) Lamar Miller, Miami

36) Trent Richardson, Indianapolis

37) Darren Sproles, New Orleans

38) Stevan Ridley, New England

39) BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati

40) Montee Ball, Denver

41) Mike Tolbert, Carolina

42) Knile Davis, Kansas City

43) James Starks, Green Bay

44) Marcel Reece, Oakland

45) Michael Bush, Chicago

46) Shonn Greene, Tennessee

47) LeGarrette Blount, New England

48) Willis McGahee, Cleveland

49) Kendall Hunter, San Francisco

50) Bilal Powell, New York Jets

12/19 09:42:32 ET


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