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
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