Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings: Updated Top 50 Running Backs
One week after setting the franchise single-game rushing record with 217 yards, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy had season lows of eight carries for 38 yards. On a positive note, he did add five catches for 68 yards as well.
That said, he is primed for a monster week when it matters the most: Championship Week!
With a league-leading and career-high 1,343 rushing yards on the season, McCoy will face a Bears rush defense that ranks last in the NFL at 152.4 yards allowed per game and 5.2 yards per carry.
Before last week, the Bears had allowed a 100-yard rusher in six consecutive games. Since Week 6, they have allowed 12 running backs to score double-digit fantasy points.
McCoy has five 100-yard rushing games, but he went over 150 yards in four of those five games this season. The only player in the league with more than one game of 150-plus rushing yards is McCoy.
Perhaps he gets his fifth such game this week.
Run, DeMarco, Run!
When given the opportunity, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has done his part.
In a heart-breaking loss in Week 15, Murray carried the ball 18 times for 134 yards and a touchdown and added four receptions for 19 yards. Despite a 23-point halftime lead, the Cowboys ran the ball only seven times in the second half.
Despite being underutilized, Murray has averaged more than seven yards per carry and rushed for more than 130 yards in back-to-back weeks.
In fact, Murray has scored double-digit fantasy points in five consecutive games. During that span, he has 83 carries for 518 yards (6.24 yards per carry) and five touchdowns plus 15 receptions for 113 yards.
Considering the Cowboys allow the most fantasy points to opposing running backs and he can't play the Cowboys, Murray has the most favorable matchup he can possibly have in Week 16 against the Redskins, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
Past 4G for Jamaal: 650 YFS and 10 TDs
There have been a lot of disappointments when it comes to first-round fantasy running backs this year.
Some of those were due to season-ending injuries like those to Houston's Arian Foster and Tampa's Doug Martin; but others have been due to performance: Ray Rice, Trent Richardson and C.J. Spiller, as examples.
As happy as the owners of Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles have been this season, they probably have not been any happier than they were in Week 15.
Against the Raiders, Charles rushed only eight times for 20 yards (and a touchdown). That said, he scored an amazing five touchdowns and 51 fantasy points. Charles had 195 yards on his eight receptions, half of which were touchdowns.
Over his past four games, Charles has scored 10 touchdowns — five rushing and five receiving. In addition, he has a total of 650 yards from scrimmage during that span.
The Chiefs will face the Colts next week, but Charles is matchup-proof. In any event, the four times that the Colts have allowed at least 20 fantasy points to a team's group of RBs have all occurred within their past six games.
Forte looking for fourth straight 100-yard rushing game
Regardless of who is under center, Bears running back Matt Forte continues to run the ball well.
For a third consecutive game, Forte surpassed 100 yards rushing. In the team's win over the Browns, Forte finished the game with 24 carries for 127 yards and a reception for four yards as well.
Not only did Forte extend his streak of 100-yard games to three games, it was the first time this season that the Browns allowed a 100-yard rusher. (That said, they allowed Patriots running back Shane Vereen to catch 12 passes for 153 yards last week.)
On the season, Forte has 1,197 rushing yards and 522 receiving yards. His career highs are 1,238 rushing yards (2008) and 547 receiving yards (2010).
In other words, it's likely that Forte will set career highs in both when he faces the Eagles on Sunday Night Football.
Stacy: 6 TDs in past 6G
Rams rookie running back Zac Stacy ran for more than 100 yards in back-to-back weeks earlier this season, but he had gone four gams without one — until now, that is.
The drought ended as Stacy rushed 28 times for 133 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' upset over the Saints. Stacy added one catch for 10 yards.
Over his past six games, Stacy has rushed for six touchdowns. In addition, Stacy has six games with double-digit fantasy points in his past eight games.
Even though he didn't become the team's featured back until Week 5, Stacy has 202 carries for 854 yards (4.23 YPC) and six touchdowns plus 21 receptions for 113 yards and a score this season.
The Rams close out the season with two relatively difficult matchups against the Bucs and Seahawks in Weeks 16 and 17, respectively.
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Here are my Week 16 fantasy running back rankings (standard scoring):
1. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. IND)
2. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. CHI)
3. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys (at WAS)
4. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (at PHI)
5. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (vs. PIT)
6. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (at CIN)
7. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (vs. DAL)
8. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (vs. TB)
9. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks (vs. ARI)
10. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos (at HOU)
11. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers (at GB)
12. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers (vs. OAK)
13. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions (vs. NYG)
14. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans (at JAX)
15. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers (vs. ATL)
16. Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders (at SD)
17. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. MIN)
18. Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at STL)
19. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots (at BAL)
20. Andre Brown, New York Giants (at DET)
21. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens (vs. NE)
22. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills (vs. MIA)
23. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills (vs. MIA)
24. Dennis Johnson, Houston Texans (vs. DEN)
25. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers (vs. NO)
26. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos (at HOU)
27. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (vs. OAK)
28. Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons (at SF)
29. Chris Ivory, New York Jets (vs. CLE)
30. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. TEN)
31. Jordan Todman, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. TEN)
32. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. MIN)
33. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins (at BUF)
34. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints (at CAR)
35. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts (at KC)
36. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions (vs. NYG)
37. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals (at SEA)
38. Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals (at SEA)
39. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts (at KC)
40. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints (at CAR)
41. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (at BAL)
42. Bilal Powell, New York Jets (vs. CLE)
43. Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers (vs. NO)
44. Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins (at BUF)
45. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots (at BAL)
46. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders (at SD)
47. Roy Helu, Washington Redskins (vs. DAL)
48. Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders (at SD)
49. Edwin Baker, Cleveland Browns (at NYJ)
50. Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns (at NYJ)
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