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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - For many fantasy leagues, the season ended in Week 16, but for those still competing, it's Championship Week.

Pittsburgh Steelers' all-purpose running back Le'Veon Bell is our top choice in Week 17. He'll face a slightly below-average run defense in Cincinnati (122.3 ypg). And as always, he'll be a key component in the Pittsburgh passing game. Last Monday night, C.J. Anderson caught eight balls against the Bengals and he isn't nearly the receiver Bell has become.

Interestingly, Bell has averaged just 71.3 ypg on the ground in seven home games, but 69.1 ypg receiving. That's completely opposite of his road numbers where he rushes for over 105 yards per contest.

The Steelers and the Bengals will be playing for the AFC North division title, so Bell will be a 60-minute player.

If you were Texans head coach Bill O'Brien and you had a choice of having the outcome of the game determined by your just-signed quarterback, Case Keenum, or your star running back, Arian Foster, which would you choose?

Foster saw 26 touches against the No. 4-ranked Ravens defense last weekend. In Week 17 they face the Jacksonville Jaguars who are ranked 27th in the league yielding 127.3 ypg. If Foster doesn't see 30-plus touches, someone isn't paying enough attention to the statistics.

The "new" Denver offense isn't as exciting as last year's model, but it's paid dividends for C.J. Anderson fantasy owners. The Broncos haven't been passing the ball as often as earlier in the season, primarily because they are having trouble pass protecting. Anderson is the beneficiary of the additional running plays and short passes. He's our No. 3 choice against Oakland.

Baltimore's Justin Forsett faces the worst run defense in the NFL in Cleveland (142.4 ypg) which is the only reason he's cracked the top-10 after two sub par games. We expect him to get back on track.

C.J. Spiller did return from the Buffalo injured list last weekend, but didn't show anything for fantasy owners to get excited about while rushing for minus four yards in four carries. The Bills backfield workload still belongs to Fred Jackson.

Top-50 Running Back Rankings

1) Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh

2) Arian Foster, Houston

3) C.J. Anderson, Denver

4) Jamaal Charles, Kansas City

5) Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati

6) Marshawn Lynch, Seattle

7) Matt Forte, Chicago

8) LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia

9) DeMarco Murray, Dallas

10) Justin Forsett, Baltimore

11) Joique Bell, Detroit

12) Tre Mason, St. Louis

13) Jonathan Stewart, Carolina

14) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay

15) Lamar Miller, Miami

16) Latavius Murray, Oakland

17) Mark Ingram, New Orleans

18) Fred Jackson, Buffalo

19) Alfred Morris, Washington

20) Matt Asiata, Minnesota

21) Andre Williams, New York Giants

22) Frank Gore, San Francisco

23) Daniel Herron, Indianapolis

24) Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland

25) Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati

26) LeGarrette Blount, New England

27) Joseph Randle, Dallas

28) Kerwynn Williams, Arizona

29) Reggie Bush, Detroit

30) Doug Martin, Tampa Bay

31) Chris Johnson, New York Jets

32) Stepfan Taylor, Arizona

33) Knile Davis, Kansas City

34) Chris Ivory, New York Jets

35) Jonas Gray, New England

36) Pierre Thomas, New Orleans

37) Silas Redd, Washington

38) James Starks, Green Bay

39) Trent Richardson, Indianapolis

40) Terrance West, Cleveland

41) Steven Jackson, Atlanta

42) Bernard Pierce, Baltimore

43) Bishop Sankey, Tennessee

44) Darren Sproles, Philadelphia

45) DeAngelo Williams, Carolina

46) Alfred Blue, Houston

47) Bennie Cunningham, St. Louis

48) Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville

49) Theo Riddick, Detroit

50) C.J. Spiller, Buffalo

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