The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 16 RBs

December 17, 2008 | Thyrl Nelson

Here are this week’s Fantasy Flavor Running Back Power Rankings. We’re coming down to the wire on the season, this is actually it for most leagues, and therefore every lineup decision becomes that much more important. There’s not likely to be much value at RB on the waiver wire for you at this point, but you likely haven’t gotten this far without depth in the backfield to have to try and sort through each week.

 

Keep in mind that the power rankings, listed here, are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of your best options for week 16. Just below the power rankings are match up previews advising who should be better or worse than usual this week, based on their opponents. At the bottom, are the week 16 start rankings, that’s where you should look for help with your week 16 lineup decisions.

 

Week 16 Fantasy Running Back Power Rankings

 

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(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Brian Westbrook (1) – PHI – 841 yds 9 TD & 319 yds 5 TD rec

 

2. Michael Turner (4) – ATL – 1421 yds 15 TD

 

3. DeAngelo Williams (2) – CAR – 1229 yds 14 TD & 121 yds 2 TD rec

 

4. Thomas Jones (3) – NYJ – 1222 yds 13 TD & 177 yds 2 TD rec

 

5. Matt Forte (5) – CHI – 1115 yds 7 TD & 424 yds 4 TD rec

 

6. Adrian Peterson (6) – MIN – 1581 yds 9 TD

 

7. Brandon Jacobs (7) – NYG – 1002 yds 12 TD

 

8. Steve Slaton (10) – HOU – 1124 yds 8 TD & 305 yds 1 TD rec

 

9. Chris Johnson (8) – TEN – 1159 yds 8 TD & 259 yds 1 TD rec

 

10. Maurice Jones-Drew (13) – JAX – 655 yds 12 TD & 484 yds 2 TD rec

 

11. Steven Jackson (15) – ST.L – 774 yds 5 TD & 314 yds 1 TD rec

 

12. Clinton Portis (12) – WAS – 1337 yds 7 TD

 

13. LaDanian Tomlinson (14) – SD – 924 yds 8 TD & 406 yds 1 TD rec

 

14. Marion Barber (NR) – DAL – 872 yds 7 TD & 390 yds 2 TD rec

 

15. Reggie Bush (11) – NO – 404 yds 2 TD & 440 yds 4 TD rec & 3 ret TD

 

16. Marshawn Lynch (17) – BUF – 1002 yds 7 TD & 300 yds 1 TD rec

 

17. Ronnie Brown (16) – MIA – 827 yds 10 TD & 1 TD pass

 

18. LenDale White (18) – TEN – 700 yds 14 TD

 

19. Larry Johnson (19) – KC – 748 yds 4 TD & 1 TD pass

 

20. Pierre Thomas (NR) – NO – 548 yds 8 TD & 258 yds 3 TD rec

 

Dropped From Rankings: Frank Gore – SF; Willie Parker – PIT

 

RBs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 16: Pierre Thomas & Reggie Bush @ DET; Ronnie Brown & Ricky Williams @ KC; Frank Gore @ ST.L; Steve Slaton @ OAK; Marshawn Lynch @ DEN; Matt Forte vs. GB; Maurice Jones-Drew @ IND; Adrian Peterson vs. ATL

 

RBs Who Could Be Sleepers Based On Week 16 Match Ups: DeShaun Foster @ ST.L; Justin Fargas & Darren McFadden vs. HOU; Chester Taylor vs. ATL; Cedric Benson @ CLE

 

RBs With Tough Week 16 Match Ups: Marion Barber & Tashard Choice vs. BAL; LenDale White & Chris Johnson vs. PIT; Larry Johnson vs. MIA; Clinton Portis vs. PHI; Michael Turner @ MIN; DeAngelo Williams & Jonathan Stewart @ NYG; LeRon McClain @ DAL; Warrick Dunn & Cadillac Williams vs. SD; Willie Parker & Mewelde Moore @ TEN

 

RBs You Might Want To Avoid In Week 16: Willis McGahee @ DAL; Maurice Morris & Julius Jones vs. NYJ

 

And here are the week 16 Fantasy RB start rankings; it’s my top 50 RBs in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better.

 

1. Matt Forte (16)

2. Thomas Jones (20)

3. Adrian Peterson (21)

4. Steve Slaton (22)

5. Brian Westbrook (23)

6. Frank Gore (24) *keep an eye on his injury status

7. Maurice Jones-Drew (29)

8. Michael Turner (32)

9. DeAngelo Williams (33)

10. Reggie Bush (33)

11. Steven Jackson (35)

12. Ronnie Brown (38)

13. Marshawn Lynch (39)

14. Brandon Jacobs (41)

15. Pierre Thomas (43)

16. LaDanian Tomlinson (47)

17. Chris Johnson (51)

18. Clinton Portis (55)

19. Kevin Faulk (57)

20. Marion Barber (62)

21. Kevin Smith (64)

22. Joseph Addai (64) *keep an eye on his injury status

23. Sammy Morris (67)

24. Ryan Grant (68)

25. LenDale White (69)

26. Larry Johnson (70)

27. Willie Parker (71)

28. Leon Washington (78)

29. Jamal Lewis (79)

30. LeRon McClain (82)

31. Warrick Dunn (82)

32. Dominic Rhodes (82) *bump him up about 7 spots if Addai doesn’t play

33. Mewelde Moore (83)

34. Darren McFadden (84)

35. Chester Taylor (87)

36. Ricky Williams (88)

37. Jonathan Stewart (89)

38. Tim Hightower (90)

39. Justin Fargas (90)

40. BenJarvis Green-Ellis (93)

41. Derrick Ward (94)

42. Cedric Benson (94)

43. Willis McGahee (100)

44. Julius Jones (113)

45. PJ Pope (113)

46. Fred Jackson (113)

47. Correll Buckhalter (121)

48. Cadillac Williams (126)

49. JJ Arrington (128)

50. Kenneth Darby (129)

 

You can use the links at the bottom of the page to check the other positional rankings for this week. The TEs, Ks, and D/STs will be up tomorrow in plenty of time to make your decisions before the Thursday night kickoff. As always, but especially in this championship week for most, good luck this week.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

 

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