Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings: Projecting Top RBs for Championship Week

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IDecember 18, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 16: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball against the St. Louis Rams during the game at Edward Jones Dome on December 16, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Vikings won 36-22 as Peterson rushed for 212 yards. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football in Week 16 is going to be dominated by some usual suspects and some late-season bloomers at the running back position. 

In this vital week setting the right lineup can be the difference between a championship and a close call. If you have any of the five following backs, make sure they are in your lineup. 

1. Adrian Peterson, Vikings

Week 16 Opponent: Texans

Let's not overthink this. AP needs to be No.1. It doesn't matter who he is playing.

Sure, the Texans boast a stout run defense, but with the kind of roll Peterson is on, it doesn't matter. In his past eight games he is averaging 164.1  yards per contest.

He will continue his amazing run this week. 

2. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Week 16 Opponent: Vikings

Peterson won't be the only back chewing up major yardage in this game. Arian Foster will have a nice day against the Vikings' 13th-ranked rush defense.

Foster has four touchdowns in his last four games, and he is coming off of a 165-yard rushing effort.

He should have solid success on the ground and receiving. Football Outsiders ranks the Vikings 30th in the league at defending running backs in the passing game.


3. Darren McFadden, Raiders

Week 16 Opponent: Panthers

McFadden looked healthy, fresh and well past the ankle injury that derailed the second half of his season as he carried 30 time for 110 yards against the Chiefs last week. 

Look for the Raiders to rely heavily on McFadden again this week. If the guy is healthy, they might as well get the most out of him, and there is no need to save him for the postseason in Oakland. 

The Raiders' offensive line has struggled this year, but it will be able to open up some holes against a Panthers' defense that is ranked 17th. 

4. Alfred Morris, Redskins 

Week 16 Opponent: Eagles

There is no hitting the rookie wall for Alfred Morris. In his last four games, he is averaging 113.3 yards and one touchdown per contest.

He got off to a slow start last week as the Browns dared Kirk Cousins to beat them over the top, but he finished strong and found the end zone twice.

Robert Griffin III should be back this week to throw the Eagles' defense into chaos, which will make life even easier on Morris.


5. Knowshon Moreno, Broncos

Week 16 Opponent: Browns

So we just talked about the Browns gearing up to stop Alfred Morris last week and still ultimately failing. They will not have the luxury of stacking the box this week. 

Moreno has looked fantastic in his latest starting stint with the Broncos. He's gotten at least 20 carries in each of the past four games, and he is averaging 121.8 total yards in that span. 

Look for the Broncos to open up a comfortable lead and let Moreno grind out the victory.