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Rest Of Season Player Rankings: Running Backs - Week 15
Michael Courter
December 11, 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 LaDainian Tomlinson SDC 7
  2 Brian Westbrook PHI 5
3 Joseph Addai IND 6
  4 Steven Jackson STL 9
5 Adrian Peterson MIN 5
  6 Clinton Portis WAS 10
7 Jamal Lewis CLE 7
8 Earnest Graham TB 10
9 Marion Barber DAL 8
10 Chester Taylor MIN 5
11 Willis McGahee BAL 8
12 Ryan Grant GB 7
13 Willie Parker PIT 6
14 Fred Taylor JAX 6
15 Marshawn Lynch BUF 6
  16 Frank Gore SFF 6
  17 Justin Fargas OAK 5
18 Maurice Jones-Drew JAX 6
  19 Thomas Jones NYJ 10
20 Lendale White TEN 4
  21 Rudi Johnson CIN 5
  22 Adrian Peterson CHI 9
23 Selvin Young DEN 6
  24 Kenny Watson CIN 5
  25 Reggie Bush NOS 4
26 Kevin Jones DET 6
  27 Edgerrin James ARZ 8
  28 Brandon Jacobs NYG 9
  29 Maurice Morris SEA 8
  30 Larry Johnson KCC 8
  31 Ron Dayne HOU 10
  32 Travis Henry DEN 6
  33 Laurence Maroney NEP 10
  34 Warrick Dunn ATL 8
  35 Julius Jones DAL 8
  36 Kolby Smith KCC 8
  37 Shaun Alexander SEA 8
  38 Fred Jackson BUF 6
39 Samkon Gado MIA 9
  40 Deshaun Foster CAR 7
  41 Leon Washington NYJ 10
  42 Reuben Droughns NYG 9
  43 Jerrious Norwood ATL 8
  44 Ladell Betts WAS 4
  45 Kenton Keith IND 6
  46 DeAngelo Williams CAR 7
  47 De De Dorsey CIN 5
  48 Anthony Thomas BUF 6
  49 Garrett Wolfe CHI 9
  50 Jesse Chatman MIA 9

Joseph Addai, Colts – Moving Down 
Addai’s yardage totals were modest, but effective (32 rushing, 49 receiving) in the Colts 44-20 rout of the Ravens in the Battle of Baltimore, but his three scores (two rushing, one receiving) helped make him a fantastic fantasy contributor in week fourteen.

Adrian Peterson, Vikings – Moving Down
Peterson, in a rare quiet week, humbly gained only three yards on 14 carries while stepping aside to let Chester Taylor grab the spotlight with his 84-yard touchdown run en route to 101 rushing yards on eight carries in the Vikings 27-7 rout of the 49ers in San Francisco.

Jamal Lewis, Browns – Moving Up
Lewis is sitting in the proverbial catbird seat as the 2007 season winds down, feasting on a generous schedule of week defenses down the stretch, as evidenced by his 118 yards rushing and 19 yards receiving with two touchdowns in Cleveland’s 24-18 road win over the New York Jets.

Earnest Graham, Buccaneers – Moving Up
Graham has been outstanding and consistent since taking over the starting RB job in Tampa Bay.  He continued to carry the Bucs by himself in week fourteen, though his 61 yards and two touchdowns on the ground with six receptions for 45 yards in the air were not enough in Tampa’s 28-14 road loss to the Texans.

Marion Barber, Cowboys – Moving Up
Barber continues to shine in his breakout 2007 season, this time scoring twice as a rusher and then surprising everyone with 10 receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys thrilling 28-27 road comeback win over Detroit.

Chester Taylor, Vikings – Moving Up
In week fourteen, Taylor showed he could be the dominant back in the Minnesota backfield even when rookie Adrian Peterson is healthy, snapping off an 84-yard touchdown run that put him over 100 yards rushing in the game (101) and capped off an impressive 27-7 road victory for the Vikes in San Francisco.

Willis McGahee, Ravens – Moving Down
McGahee was limited (45 yards on 17 carries) by his team letting the game get away from them in the Ravens embarrassing 44-20 home loss to the Colts on Sunday night.  With so many running backs having outstanding performances in week fourteen, McGahee slips a few notches this week.

Ryan Grant, Packers – Moving Up
Talk about the Pack not having a running game should finally cease after Grant continues to post increasingly impressive numbers each week.  In week fourteen, Grant took full advantage of a shabby Raiders run defense, gaining 156 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries in the Packers 38-7 home win over Oakland.

Willie Parker, Steelers – Moving Up
Parker put together a fine effort under difficult circumstances on the road facing an angry group of Patriots after Steelers safety Anthony Smith made his ill-fated victory guarantee. In Pittsburgh’s 34-12 loss,  Parker recorded 124 yards on the ground on 21 carries and added 23 yards on four receptions to produce one of his better games in an otherwise disappointing fantasy season for him.

Fred Taylor, Jaguars – Moving Up  
What’s gotten into Fred, lately? The old dog has ascended past the young, spry legs of Maurice Jones-Drew to become the top back on a playoff-contending Jacksonville squad.  Taylor paced the Jags with 132 yards and a score on 18 carries in their 37-6 trouncing of the Panthers last Sunday.

Marshawn Lynch, Bills – Moving Up
Picking a week fourteen home date against the league-worst Dolphins proved to be an opportune game for Lynch to return from his three-week absence due to a severely sprained ankle.  The rookie back ran hard, gaining 107 yards on 23 carries, despite the fact that teammate Fred Jackson also recorded a 100-yard rushing game (115 on 15 carries) in the Bills 38-17 laugher at home last Sunday.

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars – Moving Down
MJD is falling down the ROS RB rankings as fast as teammate Fred Taylor is climbing them.  Jones-Drew’s eleven carries for 24 yards and two receptions for 21 yards isn’t going to cut it in a home blowout win against a reeling Panthers team in week fourteen.

Lendale White, Titans – Moving Up
White played valiantly in the Titans heart-wrenching 23-17 overtime home loss to San Diego last Sunday, cranking out 113 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries.

Selvin Young, Broncos – Moving Up
In the Broncos 41-7 throttling of Kansas City, Young hopefully put to rest any threat from Travis Henry staking a claim as the Broncos No.1 carrier, running wild for 156 yards on only 17 carries, despite Travis Henry’s annoying presence (10 carries for 24 yards and a touchdown) in the backfield.

Kevin Jones, Lions – Moving Up
Jones was instrumental in the Lions near upset of the Cowboys last weekend, rushing for 92 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, this despite an almost equally impressive effort from backfield teammate T.J. Duckett who ripped off 60 yards and a score on nine carries.

Samkon Gado, Dolphins – Moving Up
Gado was a week fourteen emergency fill-in for the Dolphins against Buffalo and despite being on the wrong end of a 38-17 loss, put forward a admirable stat line (52 yards rushing, 41 receiving and two TDs) for shrewd fantasy owners that were quick-acting enough to swap him into their lineups.

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