Week 17 RB rankings

Pat Fitzmaurice
January 2, 2012
Week 17 RB rankings

Updated Jan. 1, 2012 @ 8:17 p.m. ET

Byes: none

Here are our fantasy rankings for running backs:

  1. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars vs. Colts
  2. Ray Rice, Ravens at Bengals
  3. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks at Cardinals
  4. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers at Browns
  5. LeSean McCoy, Eagles vs. Redskins — UP (INACTIVE — coach's decision)
  6. Willis McGahee, Broncos vs. Chiefs
  7. Frank Gore, 49ers at Rams
  8. C.J. Spiller, Bills at Patriots
  9. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers at Saints
  10. Michael Bush, Raiders vs. Chargers
  11. Michael Turner, Falcons vs. Buccaneers
  12. Shonn Greene, Jets at Dolphins
  13. Darren Sproles, Saints vs. Panthers
  14. Mike Tolbert, Chargers at Raiders — UP
  15. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers at Saints
  16. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants vs. Cowboys — DOWN
  17. Arian Foster, Texans vs. Titans
  18. Chris Johnson, Titans at Texans — INJ (ACTIVE)
  19. Beanie Wells, Cardinals vs. Seahawks — (INACTIVE)
  20. Daniel Thomas, Dolphins vs. Jets — UP
  21. Ryan Mathews, Chargers at Raiders — INJ, DOWN (INACTIVE)
  22. Felix Jones, Cowboys vs. Giants — INJ (ACTIVE)
  23. Toby Gerhart, Vikings vs. Bears
  24. Evan Royster, Redskins at Eagles — DOWN
  25. Roy Helu, Redskins at Eagles — INJ, UP (ACTIVE)
  26. Kahlil Bell, Bears at Vikings
  27. Kendall Hunter, 49ers at Rams
  28. Isaac Redman, Steelers at Browns
  29. Brandon Jacobs, Giants vs. Cowboys
  30. Pierre Thomas, Saints vs. Panthers
  31. Ben Tate, Texans vs. Titans
  32. Stevan Ridley, Patriots vs. Bills
  33. Steven Jackson, Rams vs. 49ers
  34. LeGarrette Blount, Buccaneers at Falcons
  35. Peyton Hillis, Browns vs. Steelers
  36. Cedric Benson, Bengals vs. Ravens
  37. Joseph Addai, Colts at Jaguars
  38. Chris Ivory, Saints vs. Panthers
  39. Kevin Smith, Lions at Packers — UP
  40. Dexter McCluster, Chiefs at Broncos — UP
  41. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots vs. Bills
  42. Dion Lewis, Eagles vs. RedskinsUP
  43. Ronnie Brown, Eagles vs. Redskins — UP
  44. Thomas Jones, Chiefs at Broncos — UP
  45. Maurice Morris, Lions at Packers
  46. Donald Brown, Colts at Jaguars
  47. Brandon Saine, Packers vs. Lions
  48. Ricky Williams, Ravens at Bengals
  49. Sammy Morris, Cowboys vs. Giants
  50. Jason Snelling, Falcons vs. Buccaneers
  51. LaDainian Tomlinson, Jets at Dolphins
  52. Danny Woodhead, Patriots vs. Bills
  53. Jamie Harper, Titans at Texans
  54. Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons vs. Buccaneers
  55. Kregg Lumpkin, Buccaneers at Falcons
  56. Lance Ball, Broncos vs. Chiefs
  57. Ryan Grant, Packers vs. Lions
  58. Tashard Choice, Bills at Patriots
  59. Marcel Reece, Raiders vs. Chargers
  60. Mossis Madu, Buccaneers at Falcons
  61. Keiland Williams, Lions at Packers
  62. Bernard Scott, Bengals vs. Ravens
  63. Armando, Allen, Bears at Vikings
  64. Justin Forsett, Seahawks at Cardinals
  65. Marion Barber, Bears at Vikings — INJ (INACTIVE)

Not listed: Matt Forté, Bears; Adrian Peterson, Vikings; Javon Ringer, Titans; Reggie Bush, Dolphins; Mewelde Moore, Steelers; James Starks, Packers; Jackie Battle, Chiefs; Mark Ingram, Saints; Darren McFadden, Raiders


The above player rankings are based on expectations for this week only, not for the entire season, taking into account this week's specific matchups and injuries. The initial rankings are compiled before the release of the NFL's early injury report and are updated Thursday to reflect the status of each player.

We base our rankings on the following scoring system: For skill-position players, one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards, one point for every 30 passing yards, six points for a TD run or catch, four points for a TD pass, two points for a two-point conversion run or catch, two points for a two-point conversion pass. For kickers, three points for FGs of 18-39 yards, four points for FGs of 40-49 yards, and five points for FGs of 50-plus yards. Defensive rankings are based primarily on points allowed, yardage allowed and sack potential.

Glossary of notations

INJ — player has an injury that may affect productivity or availability.
ILL — player has an illness that may affect productivity or availability.
UP — player was moved up on draft board after original posting.
DOWN — player was moved down on draft board after original posting.
Not listed — player is temporarily sidelined due to injury or suspension but otherwise would be ranked.
ACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated active (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).
INACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated inactive (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).

Players and/or notations added after the original posting are shown in boldface.

Note: Remember to check back for late-week and weekend updates, as well as game inactives (when available) in the 90 minutes preceding the 1 p.m. Sunday kickoffs. You'll also find regular updates in our live fantasy injury reports on Sundays.