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Rest Of Season Player Rankings: Running Backs - Week 12
Michael Courter
November 20, 2007
Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends | Kickers | Team Defenses
These player rankings track a player's value for the remainder of the season.
RUNNING BACKS
Mv Rank Player Team Bye
  1 Brian Westbrook PHI 5
  2 LaDainian Tomlinson SDC 7
  3 Joseph Addai IND 6
4 Reggie Bush NOS 4
  5 Adrian Peterson MIN 5
6 Willis McGahee BAL 8
  7 Clinton Portis WAS 10
  8 Willie Parker PIT 6
  9 Marshawn Lynch BUF 6
  10 Maurice Jones-Drew JAX 6
11 Steven Jackson STL 9
  12 Marion Barber DAL 8
  13 Lendale White  TEN 4
14 Thomas Jones NYJ 10
15 Kenny Watson CIN 5
  16 Larry Johnson KCC 8
  17 Edgerrin James ARZ 8
18 Brandon Jacobs NYG 9
  19 Selvin Young DEN 6
20 Chester Taylor MIN 5
  21 Jamal Lewis CLE 7
  22 Cedric Benson CHI 10
23 Earnest Graham TB 10
  24 Rudi Johnson CIN 5
  25 Warrick Dunn ATL 8
26 Maurice Morris SEA 8
  27 Shaun Alexander SEA 8
  28 Kevin Jones DET 6
  29 Ryan Grant GB 7
  30 Laurence Maroney NEP 10
  31 Justin Fargas OAK 5
  32 Travis Henry DEN 6
  33 Jesse Chatman MIA 9
  34 Deshaun Foster CAR 7
35 Frank Gore SFF 6
36 Ron Dayne HOU 10
  37 Julius Jones DAL 8
  38 Fred Taylor JAX 6
  39 Leon Washington NYJ 10
  40 Reuben Droughns NYG 9
  41 Jerrious Norwood ATL 8
  42 Ladell Betts WAS 4
  43 Kenton Keith IND 6
  44 Derrick Ward NYG 9
  45 DeAngelo Williams CAR 7
  46 Michael Bennett TB 7
  47 Adrian Peterson CHI 9
  48 Priest Holmes KCC 8
  49 Michael Robinson SFO 6
  50 Anthony Thomas BUF 6

Reggie Bush, Saints - Moving Up
Primarily on the strength of his 67 receptions this season, Bush moves up the list, especially in PPR leagues where his lack of touchdowns has been mitigated by his high weekly reception totals.  In a losing effort against the Texans in week eleven, Bush piled up 12 catches for 70 yards while playing through a handful of annoying bumps and bruises.           
Willis McGahee, Ravens - Moving Up
In a down year for running backs across the board, McGahee continues to inch up the chart with good, not great performances.  In week eleven against a poor Cleveland run defense, he cobbled together a nice game of 102 yards rushing and a touchdown with two receptions for 24 yards.  He’s been the steady tortoise in the season-long 2007 race.

Steven Jackson, Rams - Moving Up
Jackson is starting to slowly build some positive momentum over the last couple of weeks.  His hard-fought 92 yards rushing on 23 carries and four receptions for 20 yards against San Francisco last Sunday added up to an honorable effort as the Rams offense continues to climb uphill behind a patchwork offensive line.

Thomas Jones, Jets - Moving Up
Thanks to a yeoman’s work from Jets center Nick Mangold on dominating Steelers beefy NT Casey Hampton, Jones enjoyed a rare, enjoyable Sunday in what has been a difficult first year as the Jets franchise back.  Jones carried 30 times for 117 clock-chewing yards in the Jets improbable 19-16 home win over the favored Steelers.

Kenny Watson, Bengals - Moving Up
In the Bengals 35-27 home loss to Arizona, Watson outperformed a healthy Rudi Johnson that he now shares a backfield with and was an effective dual threat for QB Carson Palmer, gaining 45 rushing yards (on eight carries) and 50 yards on eight catches.

Brandon Jacobs, Giants - Moving Down
After helping the Giants grind out an important 16-10 road win in the Motor City with 54 yards on the ground, and four receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown, Jacobs left the game prematurely after incurring a severe hamstring pull, one that required numerous tests on Monday.  Early reports this week have backup Reuben Droughns starting in New York’s week twelve against the Vikings.

Chester Taylor, Vikings - Moving Up
Rarely does a player wildly exceed pre-game expectations in fantasy football, but Taylor did just that in week eleven’s mastery of the Oakland Raiders defense.  Fortunate Taylor owners would have been happy with 100+ rushing yards and a touchdown, throw in a handful of receptions for PPR leagues, and we’re good-to-go (I had Taylor in two of my leagues).  Taylor blew their doors off with his Adrian Peterson-like 164 yards and THREE touchdowns on the ground and 38 yards from three receptions. And it appears Peterson will not be ready for week twelve’s game against the Giants, stretching the party into a second consecutive week.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Earnest Graham, Buccaneers - Moving Up
Graham continues to answer the bell for the surprising 6-4 Buccaneers, taking advantage of a downtrodden Falcons defense to the tune of 102 yards rushing and a touchdown on only 17 carries.  With Cadillac Williams removed due to injury for the season, Graham will be a valuable, unsung cog for fantasy teams as the season enters the playoff stretch.

Maurice Morris, Seahawks - Moving Up
Mo has played very well filling in for the brittle Shaun Alexander, in fact, he deserves to keep the starting job once Alexander is deemed healthy enough to return to full-time duty, but that probably won’t happen.  So Morris owners should enjoy afternoon’s like last Sunday (18 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown, one catch for 19 yards) while they can, although with Alexander’s recent history of injuries, this could last awhile.

Frank Gore, 49ers - Moving Down
Fantasy football’s inconvenient truth is that the Humpback whales of the Pacific Ocean stand a better chance against the Japanese whaling fleet that just received their “kill 50 whales” marching orders than Gore resurrecting his 2007 season.  To not be able to generate more than nine points at home against the Rams soft defense last Sunday shows how far the once proud San Francisco offense has sunk.

Ron Dayne, HOU - Moving Up
Dayne played well in the Texans 23-10 win over New Orleans in week eleven, gaining 89 yards on the ground, and catching three passes for 26 yards.  Now it appears that starter Ahman Green (knee) could end the year on Injured Reserve, placing ol’ “No Gain” in the catbird seat of an offense that’s just starting to come to life with the return of No.1 WR Andre Johnson (six catches for 120 yards and one touchdown).

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