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Week 16 Rankings: Running backs

Updated: December 19, 2008, 3:32 PM ET
By Fantasy staff | ESPN.com

These rankings are intended to rate how players will perform in Week 16 of the NFL season only and does not account for future matchups or season-long performance. They are a composite of Matthew Berry's, Christopher Harris', Eric Karabell's and Erik Kuselias' personal rankings for the week. ESPN's official fantasy projections and profiles for Week 16 can be viewed by clicking here.

Rankings were updated Friday to remove players from the Thursday Colts/Jaguars game, as well as to adjust for the latest injury news and emerging trends.

Week 16 running back rankings
Rank Name Team Opponent
Berry

Harris

Kuselias

Karabell
Average
1 Adrian Peterson Vikings Atl 4 1 1 1 1.8
2 Steve Slaton Texans @Oak 2 2 3 4 2.8
3 Matt Forte Bears GB 3 3 4 2 3.0
4 Pierre Thomas Saints @Det 1 7 2 7 4.3
5 DeAngelo Williams Panthers @NYG 7 8 7 3 6.3
6 Thomas Jones Jets @Sea 8 5 5 9 6.8
7 Marshawn Lynch Bills @Den 5 9 8 6 7.0
8 Michael Turner Falcons @Min 9 4 10 5 7.0
9 Brian Westbrook Eagles @Was 12 6 6 10 8.5
10 Steven Jackson Rams SF 6 10 9 11 9.0
11 LaDainian Tomlinson Chargers @TB 15 11 13 8 11.8
12 Kevin Smith Lions NO 10 14 18 14 14.0
13 Ryan Grant Packers @Chi 19 12 11 15 14.3
14 Clinton Portis Redskins Phi 13 17 15 13 14.5
15 Ronnie Brown Dolphins @KC 11 28 12 12 15.8
16 Sammy Morris Patriots Ari 18 15 14 16 15.8
17 Chris Johnson Titans Pit 21 13 19 18 17.8
18 Brandon Jacobs Giants Car 22 18 16 20 19.0
19 Le'Ron McClain Ravens @Dal 20 26 20 24 22.5
20 Larry Johnson Chiefs Mia 27 20 22 21 22.5
21 Derrick Ward Giants Car 14 23 35 23 23.8
22 Willie Parker Steelers @Ten 17 32 21 29 24.8
23 Frank Gore 49ers @StL 16 16 NR 17 25.0
24 Cedric Benson Bengals @Cle 24 33 23 27 26.8
25 Maurice Morris Seahawks NYJ 33 29 24 22 27.0
26 Darren McFadden Raiders Hou 25 35 25 28 28.3
27 Tashard Choice Cowboys Bal 23 21 31 39 28.5
28 Jonathan Stewart Panthers @NYG 36 19 26 34 28.8
29 DeShaun Foster 49ers @StL 30 31 17 38 29.0
30 Warrick Dunn Buccaneers SD 40 27 27 25 29.8
31 Marion Barber Cowboys Bal 41 30 33 19 30.8
32 Jamal Lewis Browns Cin 28 37 28 30 30.8
33 Justin Fargas Raiders Hou 43 25 32 26 31.5
34 Ricky Williams Dolphins @KC 26 39 37 31 33.3
35 Chester Taylor Vikings Atl 31 22 44 36 33.3
36 LenDale White Titans Pit 45 34 29 35 35.8
37 Leon Washington Jets @Sea 29 42 36 37 36.0
38 Carnell Williams Buccaneers SD 38 43 30 33 36.0
39 Tim Hightower Cardinals @NE 44 38 34 32 37.0
40 Kevin Faulk Patriots Ari 42 24 40 42 37.0
41 Fred Jackson Bills @Den 34 36 43 40 38.3
42 Mewelde Moore Steelers @Ten 32 41 39 43 38.8
43 P.J. Pope Broncos Buf 35 46 38 50 42.3
44 Tatum Bell NONE Buf 39 40 50 41 42.5
45 Ahmad Bradshaw Giants Car 37 49 48 44 44.5
46 Selvin Young Broncos Buf 46 NR 41 47 46.3
47 Darren Sproles Chargers @TB NR 44 42 49 46.5
48 Jerious Norwood Falcons @Min NR 45 46 46 47.0
49 Willis McGahee Ravens @Dal 48 48 47 45 47.0
50 LaMont Jordan Patriots Ari NR 47 45 NR 48.5

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