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Week 17 Rankings: Running backs

Updated: December 26, 2008, 11:33 AM ET
By Fantasy staff | ESPN.com

These rankings are intended to rate how players will perform in Week 17 of the NFL season only and does not account for 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 17 can be viewed by clicking here.

Rankings were updated Friday to adjust for the latest injury news and emerging trends.

Week 17 running back rankings
Rank Name Team Opponent
Berry

Harris

Kuselias

Karabell
Average
1 DeAngelo Williams Panthers @NO 1 3 2 1 1.8
2 Michael Turner Falcons StL 2 1 3 2 2.0
3 Matt Forte Bears @Hou 3 2 4 3 3.0
4 Adrian Peterson Vikings NYG 6 5 1 7 4.8
5 Ryan Grant Packers Det 5 4 7 9 6.3
6 LaDainian Tomlinson Chargers Den 8 6 5 10 7.3
7 Steve Slaton Texans Chi 9 10 8 5 8.0
8 Thomas Jones Jets Mia 11 7 10 4 8.0
9 Brian Westbrook Eagles Dal 7 8 6 11 8.0
10 Kevin Smith Lions @GB 4 12 12 8 9.0
11 Steven Jackson Rams @Atl 13 9 9 16 11.8
12 Pierre Thomas Saints Car 22 11 13 6 13.0
13 Cedric Benson Bengals KC 10 19 16 12 14.3
14 Clinton Portis Redskins @SF 18 13 11 17 14.8
15 Sammy Morris Patriots @Buf 12 23 17 18 17.5
16 Larry Johnson Chiefs @Cin 17 26 15 14 18.0
17 Le'Ron McClain Ravens Jac 16 15 14 34 19.8
18 Derrick Ward Giants @Min 21 22 23 15 20.3
19 Maurice Jones-Drew Jaguars @Bal 23 20 19 20 20.5
20 Tashard Choice Cowboys @Phi 14 16 18 36 21.0
21 Maurice Morris Seahawks @Ari 25 21 22 19 21.8
22 Ronnie Brown Dolphins @NYJ 19 27 24 26 24.0
23 Frank Gore 49ers Was 24 14 20 NR 27.3
24 Fred Jackson Bills NE 35 33 30 22 30.0
25 Marshawn Lynch Bills NE 20 17 33 NR 30.3
26 Justin Fargas Raiders @TB 50 18 31 24 30.8
27 Warrick Dunn Buccaneers Oak 32 37 21 33 30.8
28 LenDale White Titans @Ind 27 30 25 42 31.0
29 Carnell Williams Buccaneers Oak 29 40 27 29 31.3
30 Jonathan Stewart Panthers @NO 49 25 26 27 31.8
31 Tatum Bell NONE @SD 28 36 32 31 31.8
32 Ricky Williams Dolphins @NYJ 31 34 35 30 32.5
33 Gary Russell Steelers Cle 26 24 34 NR 33.8
34 Darren McFadden Raiders @TB 46 29 37 25 34.3
35 Marion Barber Cowboys @Phi 43 44 39 13 34.8
36 Kevin Faulk Patriots @Buf 33 28 48 37 36.5
37 Chris Johnson Titans @Ind NR 43 29 23 36.5
38 Jamal Lewis Browns @Pit 36 46 28 38 37.0
39 Ahmad Bradshaw Giants @Min 34 31 47 41 38.3
40 Mewelde Moore Steelers Cle 47 35 50 21 38.3
41 Leon Washington Jets Mia 30 47 42 35 38.5
42 Tim Hightower Cardinals Sea 40 45 36 40 40.3
43 Chester Taylor Vikings NYG 39 39 43 43 41.0
44 Brandon Jacobs Giants @Min 45 NR 44 32 43.0
45 Willis McGahee Ravens Jac 44 32 46 50 43.0
46 LaMont Jordan Patriots @Buf NR 49 45 28 43.3
47 Deuce McAllister Saints Car 42 38 NR 44 43.8
48 Darren Sproles Chargers Den 37 41 NR NR 45.0
49 Jerious Norwood Falcons StL 41 42 NR 48 45.5
50 DeShaun Foster 49ers Was NR 48 49 39 46.8