Week 15 RB rankings

Posted Dec. 18, 2011 @ 12:27 p.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Updated Dec. 18, 2011 @ 12:27 p.m. ET

Byes: none

Here are our fantasy rankings for running backs:

  1. Ray Rice, Ravens at Chargers
  2. Arian Foster, Texans vs. Panthers
  3. Adrian Peterson, Vikings vs. Saints
  4. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars at Falcons
  5. Shonn Greene, Jets at Eagles
  6. Chris Johnson, Titans at Colts
  7. LeSean McCoy, Eagles vs. Jets
  8. Michael Turner, Falcons vs. Jaguars
  9. Cedric Benson, Bengals at Rams
  10. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks at Bears
  11. Michael Bush, Raiders vs. Lions
  12. Marion Barber, Bears vs. Seahawks
  13. Roy Helu, Redskins at Giants
  14. Felix Jones, Cowboys at Buccaneers
  15. Reggie Bush, Dolphins at Bills
  16. Beanie Wells, Cardinals vs. Browns
  17. Frank Gore, 49ers vs. Steelers
  18. Steven Jackson, Rams vs. Bengals
  19. Willis McGahee, Broncos vs. Patriots
  20. LeGarrette Blount, Buccaneers vs. Cowboys
  21. Darren Sproles, Saints at Vikings
  22. Brandon Jacobs, Giants vs. Redskins
  23. Ryan Mathews, Chargers vs. Ravens
  24. C.J. Spiller, Bills vs. Dolphins
  25. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots at Broncos
  26. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants vs. Redskins — UP
  27. Kevin Smith, Lions at Redskins — INJ, UP
  28. Ben Tate, Texans vs. Panthers
  29. Ryan Grant, Packers at Chiefs — DOWN
  30. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers at Texans
  31. Peyton Hillis, Browns at Cardinals
  32. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers at Texans
  33. Donald Brown, Colts vs. Titans
  34. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers at 49ers
  35. LaDainian Tomlinson, Jets at Eagles
  36. Pierre Thomas, Saints at Vikings
  37. Jackie Battle, Chiefs vs. Packers
  38. Mike Tolbert, Chargers vs. Ravens
  39. Chris Ivory, Saints at Vikings
  40. Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons vs. Jaguars
  41. Dexter McCluster, Chiefs vs. Packers
  42. Jamie Harper, Titans at Colts
  43. Daniel Thomas, Dolphins at Bills
  44. Danny Woodhead, Patriots at Broncos — INJ, DOWN
  45. Lance Ball, Broncos vs. Patriots
  46. Kahlil Bell, Bears vs. Seahawks
  47. John Kuhn, Packers at Chiefs — UP
  48. Chris Ogbonnaya, Browns at Cardinals
  49. Bernard Scott, Bengals at Rams
  50. Toby Gerhart, Vikings vs. Saints
  51. Delone Carter, Colts vs. Titans
  52. Marcel Reece, Raiders vs. Lions
  53. LaRod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals vs. Browns
  54. Thomas Jones, Chiefs vs. Packers
  55. Ricky Williams, Ravens at Chargers
  56. Joseph Addai, Colts vs. Titans
  57. Evan Royster, Redskins at Giants
  58. Maurice Morris, Lions at Raiders
  59. Jason Snelling, Falcons vs. Jaguars
  60. Keiland Williams, Lions at Raiders
  61. Justin Forsett, Seahawks at Bears
  62. Tashard Choice, Bills vs. Dolphins
  63. Kendall Hunter, 49ers vs. Steelers
  64. Isaac Redman, Steelers at 49ers
  65. D.J. Ware, Giants vs. Redskins
  66. Kevin Faulk, Patriots at Broncos
  67. Leon Washington, Seahawks at Bears
  68. Ronnie Brown, Eagles vs. Jets — UP
  69. Dion Lewis, Eagles vs. Jets
  70. Cadillac Williams, Rams vs. Bengals
  71. Bilal Powell, Jets at Eagles                                 
  72. Kregg Lumpkin, Buccaneers vs. Cowboys
  73. Mewelde Moore, Steelers at 49ers
  74. Sammy Morris, Cowboys at Buccaneers
  75. James Starks, Packers at Chiefs — INJ, DOWN (INACTIVE)
  76. Shane Vereen, Patriots at Broncos — INJ
  77. Montario Hardesty, Browns at Cardinals — INJ, DOWN
  78. Brandon Saine, Packers at Chiefs — INJ (INACTIVE)
  79. Taiwan Jones, Raiders vs. Lions — INJ
  80. Brian Leonard, Bengals at Rams — INJ

Not listed: Darren McFadden, Raiders; Matt Forté, Bears, DeMarco Murray (I.R.), Cowboys; Javon Ringer, Titans; Mark Ingram, Saints


The above player rankings are based on expectations for this week only, not for the entire season, taking into account this week's specific matchups and injuries. The initial rankings are compiled before the release of the NFL's early injury report and are updated Thursday to reflect the status of each player.

We base our rankings on the following scoring system: For skill-position players, one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards, one point for every 30 passing yards, six points for a TD run or catch, four points for a TD pass, two points for a two-point conversion run or catch, two points for a two-point conversion pass. For kickers, three points for FGs of 18-39 yards, four points for FGs of 40-49 yards, and five points for FGs of 50-plus yards. Defensive rankings are based primarily on points allowed, yardage allowed and sack potential.

Glossary of notations

INJ — player has an injury that may affect productivity or availability.
ILL — player has an illness that may affect productivity or availability.
UP — player was moved up on draft board after original posting.
DOWN — player was moved down on draft board after original posting.
Not listed — player is temporarily sidelined due to injury or suspension but otherwise would be ranked.
ACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated active (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).
INACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated inactive (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).

Players and/or notations added after the original posting are shown in boldface.

Note: Remember to check back for late-week and weekend updates, as well as game inactives (when available) in the 90 minutes preceding the 1 p.m. Sunday kickoffs. You'll also find regular updates in our live fantasy injury reports on Sundays.