Ranking the RBs (or RB duos) for fantasy football playoff weeks

      November 21, 2013 @ 11:01:04 PDT

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Note: Points per game versus opponents (PPG vs) are for PPR leagues.

Forget all these running backs. They don't get a ranking.

Jamaal Charles? Fantasy postseason gold. LeSean McCoy? Ditto.

Adrian Peterson? His schedule doesn't look so good, but no one will be able to convince you to sit the 2012 MVP. Probably not a bad idea -- assuming that he's not dealing with another nagging affliction, like this groin thing.

Similar story for Marshawn Lynch. Besides, he went Beast Mode on two of his three fantasy playoff opponents. And Matt Forte gets to explode on the Dallas Cowboys before he settles in for a couple of semi-toughies.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum. ...

The Carolina Panthers' tricky troika? Don't do this to yourself. The New Orleans Saints' duo of appearances on the team's docket could easily yield a TD or three -- but to whom? -- and the New York Jets should rob them of hope.

Wk
Opp
Y/A vs
PPG vs
14
@GB
4.1
19.4
15
WAS
4.2
26.5
16
@SF
4.0
22.3

26) Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta must consider a cut of S-Jax after this lost season, even though they'd take a decent cap hit for two years. If they do, they could run him into the ground. If they don't, they may try to preserve him. Either way, Week 15 looks like Jackson's -- or any Falcons rusher's -- only reasonable opp to assist in the fantasy postseason.

Wk
Opp
Y/A vs
PPG vs
14
@PIT
4.0
23.1
15
NE
4.0
20.3
16
@BUF
4.2
17.9

25) Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins

If the Fins stick with the ground game and utilize Miller, he'll produce. But at this stage, Daniel Thomas appears to be just as viable of a start as Miller. That isn't a good sign. It's harder to swallow a pill from one of your starters in a big week because of coaching decisions than it is to watch one of your bench dogs post an expectedly good number.

Wk
Opp
Y/A vs
PPG vs
14
@CIN
3.9
18.8
15
HOU
4.2
18.8
16
KC
4.2
17.8

24) Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts

You have no intention to rely upon Trent Richardson at this juncture, right? OK, good. Brown can do enough for you, even on limited touches against tough opponents. Indy wants to make the playoffs slightly more than they want to be right about T-Rich, who's nevertheless in the mix.

Wk
Opp
Y/A vs
PPG vs
14
@NYJ
2.9
15.9
15
KC
4.2
17.8
16
@SD
4.6
18.3

23) Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders

Getting to Week 16 with Jennings will likely be a bigger problem than winning with him then. He's been so good that Darren McFadden will reportedly split the work when (if?) the latter returns from a hammy strain. If DMC is healthy, though, the problem is compounded, even if you can't trust DMC. If not, Jennings shoots up several spots.

Wk
Opp
Y/A vs
PPG vs
14
MIN
3.7
26.9
15
@DET
3.6
19.2
16
NE
4.0
20.3

22) Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

Rice doesn't have to worry about Bernard Pierce. His owners have to worry about the Nevermores' sub-par O-line, however. The docket may look good from a distance, but the opponents' listings for "Y/A vs" tell a story. At least Rice should pile up receptions versus the Vikes.

Wk
Opp
Y/A vs
PPG vs
14
OAK
3.8
19.8
15
@CAR
4.0
20.0
16
CLE
3.4
20.9

21) Chris Ivory, New York Jets

Ivory has earned his paycheck lately. Will he keep it up? As long as he avoids the kind of soft-tissue injury that has derailed him in the past, he has a good shot in a couple of these tilts. Any sniff of one, and he should make you nervous.

Next up: Nos. 20 through 11

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Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

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