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With an exciting 16th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 17 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
All Day is 102 yards shy of 2000 and 208 yards from the NFL record. The Packers have a mediocre run defense. AP ripped them for 210 yards in the last meeting. My gut says he gets to 2000, but comes up a little short. Prove me wrong AP.
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2. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller had 173 total yards against a solid Miami Dolphins defense. He had 194 total yards and a touchdown in the opener against the New York Jets. He’ll bookend the season by thumping them again. The Jets rank 27th in run defense.
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3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Lynch is averaging 118.6 yards with seven touchdown in his last four games. He dropped 155 total yards and a touchdown on the St. Louis Rams in the first meeting. He’ll pound them again. The Rams are one of four teams to have allowed 17 or more rushing touchdowns.
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4. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Moreno is averaging 140 total yards in his past three games. The Kansas City Chiefs rank 26th against the run. I expect the Broncos to be particularly run-heavy this week to preserve Peyton Manning for the playoffs.
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5. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
I am a little concerned with Foster’s irregular heartbeat. If he is not limited, he should run wild on the Indianapolis Colts’ 30th-ranked run defense as the Houston Texans try to secure the number one seed in the AFC. Foster had 169 total yards in the first meeting and has averaged 187 total yards with five touchdowns in four career games against the Colts.
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6. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
CJ is hit or miss, but should on against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had 109 total yards in the first meeting. The Jags rank 31st against the run.
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7. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles has a tough matchup against the Broncos, but Charles has been on a tear averaging 126.6 total yards in his past seven games. He had 107 yards against Denver in Week 12.
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8. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris has been the most consistent of the trio of stud rookie running backs. He just keeps on churning. Morris has four touchdowns in his past three games. He’s averaging nearly 100 total yards per game and has 10 touchdowns on the year. Morris had 113 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Dallas Cowboys.
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9. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin has been the most explosive of the rookie runners, averaging 117.7 total yards on the year. He should finish strong against a Falcons team that has nothing to play for.
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10. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Rice got a heavy workload (30 touches) last week against the New York Giants and responded with 158 total yards and a score. He finishes with a tough game against the Cincinnati Bengals on the road.
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11. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Murray only received 11 carries last week, but his inclusion in the passing game allowed him to finish with 91 total yards against the New Orleans Saints. He should finish strong against the Redskins.
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12. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore was an afterthought after the Seahawks ran away in Week 16. He should bounce back against the Arizona Cardinals’ 28th-ranked run defense.
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13. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
McCoy returned with 122 total yards last week against the Redskins. He had 140 total yards in the first meeting with the G-Men. Look for McCoy to finish his disappointing season on a high note.
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14. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
The Steelers shut down The Law Firm, but he should be back in business against the Ravens. They rank 24th against the run. BJGE ran for 91 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting.
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15. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Greene has three touchdowns in his past three games. He ran for 94 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with Buffalo. The Bills rank dead last against the run.
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16. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte is banged up, but I expect him to gut it out against the Detroit Lions’ mediocre run defense. Forte ran for 96 yards in the first meeting.
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17. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Bush continued his strong finish with 107 total yards and three touchdowns against the Bills. New England will be a tougher test, but he should see plenty of work in the passing game.
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18. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Ridely had 71 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Dolphins.
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19. Montell Owens, Jacksonville Jaguars
Owens did some damage against the New England Patriots, mainly in the passing game. He should finish well against Tennessee’s 23rd-ranked run defense.
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20. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
Jackson has a tough finish against the Seahawks, but has averaged 109.3 total yards the past seven games.
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