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

      November 21, 2013 @ 11:01:04 PDT

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Wk
Opp
Y/A vs
PPG vs
14
HOU
4.2
18.8
15
BUF
4.2
17.9
16
TEN
4.0
26.2

10) Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

MJD's rate of 2.9 yards per attempt in 2013 doesn't inspire much confidence. Thankfully, his schedule is a reasonable countermeasure. You could do better than Jones-Drew in your RB2 spot, but, for sure, you could do worse.

Wk
Opp
Y/A vs
PPG vs
14
@JAX
4.2
24.5
15
@IND
4.1
17.0
16
DEN
3.4
21.9

9) Ben Tate, Houston Texans

By December, the pain that multiple broken ribs are dealing Tate will have become more tolerable. He's expected to walk after this season, so Houston won't hesitate to test his toughness with his 20-plus touches. He'll be a better bet to hit paydirt then, but by how much? The Texans should continue to school Case Keenum.

Wk
Opp
Y/A vs
PPG vs
14
@DEN
3.4
21.9
15
ARI
3.3
16.2
16
@JAX
4.2
24.5

8) Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

First, arrival at the title game looks as if it'll be a problem. And second, J-ville held CJ0K to 30 yards on 12 carries, plus five catches for 43 yards -- in Nashville. Glimmer of hope: Johnson has been more effective on the road, where the Titans haven't abandoned the run so quickly.

Wk
Opp
Y/A vs
PPG vs
14
@CHI
4.5
24.0
15
GB
4.1
19.4
16
@WAS
4.2
26.5

7) DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

He's been the kind of disappointment his pan group predicted, but all would be forgiven if he propelled his owners to a fantasy title. Week 15 reeks of abandonment of the running game, but the Bears' gorged front seven and Washington's sieve of a D smell ripe.

Wk
Opp
Y/A vs
PPG vs
14
TEN
4.0
26.2
15
SD
4.6
18.3
16
@HOU
4.2
18.8

6) Knowshon Moreno & Montee Ball, Denver Broncos

Will the rookie continue to eat into the starter's share of shots at fantasy points? Probably, given Ball's rate of development and Denver's schedule. Each player -- Moreno still much likelier -- can score a quality fantasy total come playoff time. But the distribution of touches -- and points -- could become less predictable.

Wk
Opp
Y/A vs
PPG vs
14
@ARI
3.3
16.2
15
NO
4.7
18.1
16
TB
4.2
19.3

5) Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams

Stacy slips so deftly through interior holes, and the Rams have given him more than 30 touches per game in each of his last three. He'll probably struggle to net a passing grade in Week 14. But -- because he's involved in the passing game -- he should earn a B+ or better in Week 15 and a C+ or better in Week 16.

Wk
Opp
Y/A vs
PPG vs
14
@PHI
4.0
21.7
15
BAL
3.8
15.7
16
NYG
3.3
19.1

4) Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions

No. 21 belonged in the "no-brainer" group until he grabbed pine in Week 11 because he isn't a "mudder," according to Jim Schwartz. Detroit's head coach is a bad liar and will probably try to avoid similar situations in the future. Let's hope Bush does, too; he should have at least one big total in there. Philly has improved against the run, and those other two could be rough.

Wk
Opp
Y/A vs
PPG vs
14
IND
4.1
17.0
15
@PIT
4.0
23.1
16
MIN
3.7
26.9

3) Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

This rook is a dark horse for fantasy playoff MVP. BenJarvus Green-Ellis may sneak in a TD in Week 15 or 16. But if Gio were to come away with the hardware, he'd net those clinching votes by racking up catches, along with a TD, in the fake Super Bowl.

Wk
Opp
Y/A vs
PPG vs
14
ATL
4.7
23.3
15
@DAL
4.8
32.0
16
PIT
4.0
23.1

2) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

Let's take a minute to allow Lacy owners to change their undershorts. All set? The rookie rusher won't need these D's to respect to Scott Tolzien to do damage. Plus, Aaron Rodgers (fractured left collarbone) is progressing nicely and should return sometime in this stretch. Heck, James Starks should even chip in.

Wk
Opp
Y/A vs
PPG vs
14
BUF
4.2
17.9
15
SF
4.0
22.3
16
@STL
4.3
26.2

1) Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Ravens, for whom the original Ray Rice is grinding it out, cut Rainey prior to the season. The Bucs, who had to shelf the poor man's Rice -- Doug Martin (torn shoulder labrum) -- claimed Rainey off waivers from Cleveland. Rainey, a poor man's Martin, has the look of a playoff MVP.

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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.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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