Brian Westbrook, Eagles – Moving Up
Everyone’s selfless hero after sacrificing a late-game touchdown against the Cowboys on the altar of team success, Westbrook, despite piling up 81 yards rushing and 63 yards receiving (on nine catches), drove a dagger through his fantasy owners’ hearts, who needed that aborted score to win their week fifteen playoff game.
Steven Jackson, Vikings – Moving Up
Jackson has spent the last few weeks of the season making up for lost time after squandering the first two-thirds of the year. In week fifteen’s 33-14 loss to Green Bay, Jackson pounded out 143 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries while netting 27 yards on four receptions.
Joseph Addai, Colts – Moving Down
Addai whiffed on his week fifteen golden opportunity facing one of the league’s worst run defenses in the Oakland Raiders, gaining only 44 yards on the ground on 15 carries with no touchdowns, though he did manage 33 yards on five catches.
Clinton Portis, Redskins – Moving Up
Portis gained 126 yards and a score against the Giants in Washington’s crucial 22-13 road win last Sunday. With the Redskins leaning on rusty journeyman QB Todd Collins the rest of the way, Portis has assumed a major role in the offense as Washington scrapes and claws for an NFC playoff berth.
Jamal Lewis, Browns – Moving Up
With a blizzard as the backdrop, Lewis was once again dominant in week fifteen, stomping through snow and the Buffalo defense for 163 yards on 33 carries in Cleveland’s 8-0 home win.
Earnest Graham, Buccaneers – Moving Up
In the Buccaneers NFC South-clinching 37-3 home win over Atlanta last weekend, Graham registered 79 yards and a touchdown on the ground and 40 yards on five catches.
Frank Gore, 49ers, Moving Up
Gore helped San Francisco capture a rare home win this season by gaining 138 yards on 29 carries in the 49ers 20-13 victory last Thursday night.
Fred Taylor, Jaguars – Moving Up
Maurice Jones- Who? Either Taylor made some sort of deal with the devil or he discovered the fountain of youth in north Florida, whatever the reason, once-fragile Fred has been nothing short of superb lately. Not even the once formidable Steelers defense could slow him down in week fifteen, as Pittsburgh allowed Taylor to gain 147 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in Jacksonville’s pivotal 29-22 road win over the Steelers.
Willis McGahee, Ravens – Moving Down
McGahee should have produced more than 104 yards on 29 carries for Baltimore against a lowly Dolphins defense. A case could be made that his meager yards per carry contributed to the Ravens giving previously winless Miami their first win of the season.
Willie Parker, Steelers – Moving Down
Yeah he gained 100 yards on 14 carries against the Jaguars last Sunday, but once again, he acts as if the end zone is outlined with lead paint. Two touchdowns in fifteen games has absolutely killed those fantasy teams who selected Parker with a top eight pick in their draft.
Chester Taylor, Vikings – Moving Down
With Peterson 100% healthy, the opportunities for Taylor are shrinking, as evidenced by his five carries for 31 yards and one catch for seven yards in the Vikings 20-13 Monday night home win.
Marion Barber, Cowboys – Moving Down
In an excruciating 10-6 home loss to division rival Philadelphia, Barber received a head-scratching seven carries (totaling 31 yards) and no receptions. Tony Romo’s sprained thumb, and, of course, Jessica Simpson being at the game definitely had something to do with it.
Justin Fargas, Oakland – Injured
Well, the fact that Fargas made it through fourteen games this year meant his fantasy owner’s were playing with house money for quite some time this season. In week fifteen’s loss to the Colts, Fargas played well again, rushing for 89 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, but the injury bug finally came to pay him a visit in 2007, resulting in a season-ending PCL injury to his right knee.
Brandon Jacobs, Giants – Moving Up
Jacobs performance was one of the few bright spots in the Giants dismal 22-10 home loss last Sunday night, rushing for 130 yards on 25 carries and 30 yards on three catches.
Laurence Maroney, Patriots – Moving Up
Maroney’s week fifteen performance in the Patriots 20-10 home win over the Jets was a sight for sore eyes after a tremendously disappointing season, rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.
Selvin Young, Broncos – Moving Down
Young’s disappearing act (34 yards on eight carries) in Thursday night’s 31-13 loss to Houston showed he still has a lot of room for improvement in his quest to be a feature back in the Broncos offense.
Aaron Stecker, Saints – Moving Up
In the Saints 31-24 week fifteen win, Stecker, starting in place of the injured Reggie Bush, gained 95 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, while adding six receptions for 46 yards, actually performing the type of multi-purpose back role that the Saints had envisioned Bush executing this year.
Thomas Jones, Jets – Moving Down
In the Spygate showdown game, Jones, the supposed big-ticket franchise back obtained via free agency this off season, played small, rushing for 19 yards on nine carries while adding two catches for 13 yards.
Kevin Jones, Lions – Moving Down
I would hate owning this guy, or worse yet being force to play him in my lineup in a crucial spot. Jones’ has been random all season. With Jon Kitna struggling in the Lions embarrassing 51-14 defeat in San Diego, Jones offered no help, rushing for 16 yards on five carries as the Lions season and faint playoff hopes went up in flames.
Darren Sproles, Chargers – Moving Up
The super-fast Sproles outshone LT’s usual backup, Michael Turner, rushing for 122 yards and two scores in the Chargers rout of visiting Detroit, establishing San Diego’s RB depth chart as the deepest in the NFL.