It seems like the perfect storm. The Colts' disastrous run defense, the Texans perfect running game, this could be ugly on Thursday Night Football. My least favorite nickname, "Shady" McCoy continues to rack up the TDs as he remains at the top of the list as well. What do you expect from Chris Johnson this week? Is now when Adrian Peterson gets back to normal? Can Ryan Mathews keep his hot streak going? It is likely for all the marbles this week so be sure before you set your lineups to come back and view the Week 16 running back rankings.
It is a popular player from 2011 at the top of the list, but it is the number one guy from 2009-2010 who is right back towards the top of the list. That would be Chris Johnson who has one of the juiciest matchups against the Colts. I would also like to point out that my ranking of Felix Jones this week is merely due to his matchup. I hate Felix Jones and I don't think he is a viable every week fantasy player, but damn the Buccaneers are awful. Hell, they gave up 41 points to the JAGUARS! We will welcome back Adrian Peterson be back this week, and it is time to find out if he will go right back to the roll he was on before the injury. Will Rashard Mendenhall be able to run against San Francisco? What about rookie Roy Helu? Will his dominance continue? This and so much more is answered right here in your Fantasy Alarm running back rankings.
I guess twelve weeks was enough of a preseason for Chris Johnson, huh? After holding out most of the exhibition season, Johnson got off to a horrendous, but all of a sudden he is the hottest running back in fantasy football. What can we expect from him this week against the Saints? Did you notice who else got carries for the Redskins last week outside of Roy Helu? The answer is no one! Finally, it appears that Mike Shanahan has pulled his head out of his ass and is going to give this kid the chance to start for the rest of the season and he is must start in fantasy regardless of the matchup, especially in PPR leagues. Can the two biggest running back surprises, Marshawn Lynch and Willis McGahee, continue this tear that they are on now that they have led you to the fantasy playoffs? Or are they going to remember who they are and abandon you when you need them most? How many fantasy points will Ray Rice rack up against Indy? Can DeMarco Murray bounce back? How will Shonn Greene follow up his hat trick of touchdowns? The answers are all below in the running back rankings.
The big running back news of the week is the Bills loss of Fred Jackson for the season, so now we will see what former first round pick C.J. Spiller is made out of. And what about the chances of Tashard Choice now that he is on his third team this season. What are the chances of Adrian Peterson playing this week? I'm telling you to forget about it now, but who carries the ball in Minnesota, you might be suprised who is on these rankings from the Vikings because it certainly won't be Toby Gerhart people. Before you carve out that Thanksgiving turkey, be sure to have all of your lineups set for this week and don't miss the Week 12 running back rankings.
The Texans have just been opening gaping holes for their running backs, and that is why you will find Arian Foster at the top of the list this week. Fantasy players also welcome back Adrian Peterson with open arms from his bye week as that was quite a hole for you to fill on your roster. Don't forget that there is a game this Thursday night, but unfortunately for you Darren McFadden owners, your guy won't be back this week either. However, his opponent, the Chargers will be welcoming their starter Ryan Mathews back, although who knows what to expect from him. Can Frank Gore continue his amazing season? Will DeMarco Murray further cement himself as the starter in Dallas? Will Roy Helu take the bull by the horns and establish himself the starter in Washington? We all know how hard that is these days. There is no team on a bye this week so you all have your full complement on backs, so you all probably have decisions to make on who to start, so it is so important for you to check out the running back rankings.
The cream of the crop is rising in fantasy football running backs, and I have to say that we didn't expect some of these guys to be here. You might find it surprising to see a guy playing the New York Jets to be at the top of the rankings, but Fred Jackson has been among the elite this season at the position, and the Jets have given up far more yards on the ground than we ever anticipated. Frank Gore looks like he has turned back the clock as the surprising 49ers continue to dominate their schedule, although I am not 100% sure that this will last the rest of the season. Will he run against the Redskins? Can Matt Forte continue his dominating season? How will Ray Rice follow up his three touchdown performance? Check out all of the answers in the Week 9 running back rankings.
Who was that running back for Houston last week who looked like Arian Foster? Oh wait, it was ARIAN FOSTER! He looked like the guy lots of you drafted as the number one overall pick as the offensive line was just opening up gaping holes for both Foster and Tate to run through. This season's biggest surprise, Fred Jackson, will be back on the field, and should have another great game against the Redskins. The biggest performer of Week 7, DeMarco Murray, finds his way into the top dozen. Who will run the ball for the suspended Cedric Benson this week? Has Montario Hardesty completely taken over in Cleveland? With Willis McGahee out how high can Knowshon Moreno go? All of that and stay tuned to Fantasy Alarm for upcoming pictures of my big Twitter bet win in which Steven Jackson outperformed Jackie Battle. Looking forward to the pics Allen Sarvinas! And of course, don't forget the Week 8 rankings.
Ray Rice comes off of the bye and goes right to the top of the running back rankings as the Ravens have been absolutely rushing through the NFL and the Texans' defense hasn't been exactly stellar. As far as the rest of the league is concerned, we also have to realize that Fred Jackson is going to be a top ranked running back for most of the football season, as well as Ryan Torain being a top flight start for Week 6. I have also gained more respect for Maurice Jones-Drew than I had before the season started, as well as Jonathan Stewart. How will the absences of Brandon Jacobs, Joseph Addai and LaGarrette Blount effect your fantasy team? Running back starters are always hard to figure out while the bye weeks are in full effect so now more than ever you need to check out the Week 6 rankings.
He might be questionable on the injury report, but I think that Beanie Wells will not only play, but put up big numbers in Week 5. These rankings might look a little thinner than they have in previous weeks, but with the start of the byes, your depth just became a lot more important. Will this be the week that Chris Johnson gets it going? Will Arian Foster duplicate last week's performance and put a stranglehold on the job in Houston? Can Fred Jackson's magical season continue? Who carries the load in Denver this week? Be sure to check out this week's running back rankings before submitting your lineups.
Injuries and slow starts have blurred the pictures of the fantasy football running backs early on, as owners of Chris Johnson, Jamaal Charles, and Arian Foster are left wondering how their top picks went so wrong so quickly. Well, hopefully they drafted some depth and went with Beanie Wells, Ryan Mathews, and Fred Jackson. So, now the questions become what to expect from Daniel Thomas, Ben Tate, DeMarco Murray, and Roy Helu going forward? Which of these guys are the next to be in the top ten of these rankings? I guess you will have to read below to find out the answers to those questions.