2010-11 Divisional Round Fantasy RB Rankings

Jan 11, 2011

Michael Turner running
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Marshawn Lynch’s mad dash shook things up in the Wild Card round. We know longer have to worry about the Colts or Saints RB situations. Unfortunately exciting players like LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles will be watching from home. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the divisional round rankings.
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1.  Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons:  Turner had 11 touchdowns in the Falcons last ten games. Atlanta was 9-1 during that stretch. I expect a heavy dose of Turner to keep Aaron Rodgers on the sideline.
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2.  Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers:  This has the makings of being an epic battle. I don’t know that he has a lot of yards in this one, but I think he scores on a short run.
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3.  BenJarvus Green-Ellis, New England Patriots:  BJGE ran for 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Jets in Week 13. The sledding will be tougher, but I think he’ll still turn in a solid performance.
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4.  Matt Forte, Chicago Bears:  Forte averaged 117.4 total yards in the Bears final seven games. He should be a huge factor against the Seahawks.
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5.  Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens:  Pittsburgh kept him in check in both meetings, but it’s hard to keep a runner like Rice down three times in a season. I’m thinking solid total yardage, but a small likelihood of a score.
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6.  LaDainian Tomlinson, New York Jets:  LT played a big role in the Jets win over the Colts, and should be leaned on against the Pats too. He gets the slight edge over Greene because he’ll get the carries near the stripe.
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7.  Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks:  Lynch had one of the best runs in recent NFL playoffs history, but I just can’t endorse him against the Bears’ #2 run defense.
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8.  Shonn Greene, New York Jets:  Greene will get plenty of looks as well to slow the Pats’ attack.
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9.  James Starks, Green Bay Packers:  The Falcons will be better prepared and more capable of slowing Starks. He’ll get his looks, but don’t expect a repeat performance.
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10.  Danny Woodhead, New England Patriots:  Woodhead will cause his former team fits, but is hard to rely on. Look for him to do most of his damage catching the ball.
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11.  Brandon Jackson, Green Bay Packers:  I think he’ll play a larger role this week as the Packers will focus more on the passing attack this week.
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12.  Willis McGahee, Baltimore Ravens:  He’ll need to score to be a fantasy factor. Unfortunately the Steelers only allowed five rushing touchdowns this year.
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