Let’s take a look at how I rank the Top 40 runnings backs for the final week of the NFL season:
- Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
- Arian Foster – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
- Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
- Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis
- Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
- Rashard Mendenhall – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
- Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
- Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – at Detroit
- Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams – at Seattle
- LeGarrette Blount – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
- LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
- Ryan Mathews – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
- Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
- Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – at Green Bay
- Shonn Greene – New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
- Ryan Torain – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
- Ahmad Bradshaw – New York Giants – at Washington
- Darren McFadden – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
- Joseph Addai – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
- Knowshon Moreno – Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego
- BenJarvus Green-Ellis – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
- Peyton Hillis – Cleveland Browns – vs. Pittsburgh
- Felix Jones – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
- Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – vs. St. Louis
- Beanie Wells – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
- Fred Jackson – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
- LaDainian Tomlinson – New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
- Ronnie Brown – Miami Dolphins – at New England
- Pierre Thomas – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
- Cedric Benson – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
- Brian Westbrook – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
- Danny Woodhead – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
- Brandon Jacobs – New York Giants – at Washington
- Darren Sproles – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
- Brandon Jackson – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
- Thomas Jones – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
- Maurice Morris – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
- Rashad Jennings – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
- Donald Brown – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
- Tim Hightower – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
- The Jets have claimed their playoff spot, but one thing they certainly need to get straightened out is their running game. Against Buffalo there is a good chance that happens. Shonn Greene is the better bet, but with Mark Sanchez hurting they will likely try to get both Greene and Tomlinson involved.
- Chris Johnson has been hit or miss for fantasy owners when they needed him most. Obviously, you have to continue running him out there, and against the Colts you have to think that maybe he’ll finally get things back on track.
- Will Maurice Jones-Drew be ready to return to the lineup in Week 17? I’m ranking him like he’s going to play, but be prepared to move him to the bench depending on the news later in the week (and push Rashad Jennings significantly up the rankings).
- Reports are that Knowshon Moreno could’ve returned to the field in Week 16 if necessary. Yes, Buckhalter had a nice game, but Moreno is still the more attractive option.
- Darren McFadden suffered an ankle or foot injury in Week 16 (depending on the report you read), putting his status for Week 17 in question. His value drops significantly for the coming week and you have to be prepared to move him to the bench, depending on the news. Monitor things closely and grab Michael Bush as a handcuff.
- With Ryan Tolbert down, Ryan Mathews will get the chance to handle lead duties in Week 17. He had 83 total yards and a touchdown in Week 16 and draws a Denver defense that is poor against the run. Look at him as a low-level RB1, but a great RB2 option.
- How much work will LeSean McCoy get? A lot will depend on tonight’s game, but, at worst, he’s a low-level RB2.
- Peyton Hillis is struggling and draws the Steelers. He’s a low-level RB2 option at this point, at best.
What are your thoughts of these rankings? Whose too high? Whose too low?
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