Week 15 Fantasy Football: Top 40 Tailbacks in Standard-Scoring Leagues

Jay Clemons@ATL_JayClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterDecember 12, 2012

Texans tailback Arian Foster (1,324 total yards, 16 TD) has absurdly averaged 193 total yards and 1.7 touchdowns in his last three games against the Colts.
Texans tailback Arian Foster (1,324 total yards, 16 TD) has absurdly averaged 193 total yards and 1.7 touchdowns in his last three games against the Colts.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Here are my top 40 running backs for Week 15 (standard-scoring leagues).

This countdown doesn't lean on a particular stat. It's merely an educated guess of which rushers will tally the best combination of total yards and touchdowns this weekend.

On the injury front, Ahmad Bradshaw (knee) shall remain off the board for now.

Top 40 Backs For Week 15

1. Arian Foster vs. Indianapolis
2. Adrian Peterson @ St. Louis
3. Doug Martin @ New Orleans
4. Marshawn Lynch @ Buffalo
5. Ray Rice vs. Denver
6. C.J. Spiller vs. Seattle
7. Trent Richardson vs. Washington
8. Jamaal Charles @ Oakland
9. Chris Johnson vs. N.Y. Jets
10. Alfred Morris @ Cleveland
11. Bryce Brown vs. Cincinnati
12. Frank Gore @ New England
13. Darren McFadden vs. Kansas City
14. David Wilson @ Atlanta
15. Matt Forte vs. Green Bay
16. Steven Jackson vs. Minnesota
17. Knowshon Moreno @ Baltimore
18. Darren Sproles vs. Tampa Bay
19. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Philadelphia
20. DeMarco Murray vs. Pittsburgh
21. Mikel Leshoure @ Arizona
22. Shonn Greene @ Tennessee
23. Stevan Ridley vs. San Francisco
24. Reggie Bush vs. Jacksonville
25. DeAngelo Williams @ San Diego
26. Montell Owens @ Miami
27. Ryan Mathews vs. Carolina
28. Michael Turner vs. N.Y. Giants
29. Jonathan Dwyer @ Dallas
30. Bilal Powell @ Tennessee
31. Alex Green @ Chicago
32. Beanie Wells vs. Detroit
33. Vick Ballard @ Houston
34. Daniel Thomas vs. Jacksonville
35. Jacquizz Rodgers vs. N.Y. Giants
36. Michael Bush vs. Green Bay
37. Joique Bell @ Arizona
38. Ben Tate vs. Indianapolis
39. Ronnie Hillman @ Baltimore
40. Pierre Thomas vs. Tampa Bay
40a. Mark Ingram vs. Tampa Bay
40b. Marcel Reece vs. Kansas City
40c. Shane Vereen vs. San Francisco
40d. Peyton Hillis @ Oakland

Quick Hitters

1. Arian Foster (1,324 total yards, 16 TDs) may no longer be the lead dog for running back MVP—hello, Adrian Peterson—but he's still on pace for 1,632 total yards and 19.7 touchdowns. Oh by the way, in his last three outings against the Colts, Foster boasts absurd averages of 193 total yards and 1.7 TDs.

2. There's no perfect way to justify Marshawn Lynch's elite-level ranking, since he has never faced the Bills. But when you're coming off a three-touchdown demolition of the Cardinals, and may have a vendetta against your former club (Buffalo), it's easy to roll the dice on No. 4 overall.

3. Doug Martin (1,612 total yards, 11 TDs) claims per-outing averages of 148 total yards and 1.3 TDs since Week 7. But to reach the hallowed 2,000-yard mark, he must average 130 total yards over the next three weeks. First up, a Sunday encounter with the Saints, the NFL's worst rushing defense.

4. Matt Forte has averaged 93.8 total yards in nine lifetime clashes with the hated Packers. Unfortunately, he only has one touchdown against Green Bay.

5. For what it's worth, Adrian Peterson (seven straight outings of 100-plus rushing yards) rolled for 69 total yards and two scores in his only career meeting with the Rams (2009).

Jay Clemons
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