Adrian Peterson running HAM towards NFL record, probably your fantasy championship

Joe Robbins

While Peterson stands alone on top, some of his fellow top backs had a bad day at the office.

First round fantasy picks showed up everywhere on my lists of Best and Worst this week. If you had the best, you're probably good. However if you had the trio of the worst, you are probably not going to collect anything better than third place money if you're lucky.

There is only one game left for most leagues, probably leaving only a handful of people that still care about what is going on in fantasy football. You may be one of those people! Congrats!

Here are the good dudes and bad dudes for Week 15:

The Great

Adrian Peterson against the Rams (A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN)

Right now AP doesn't belong on any level that includes other running backs. There is Adrian Peterson and then there are other players that are scum. I just mean, you are scum compared to Peterson. Yeah, you see how you scum.

Peterson ran for 212 yards and a touchdown against the Rams, bringing his season total to 1,812 yards and two games remaining. That's only 188 yards shy of 2,000 and 293 yards shy of Eric Dickerson's NFL record. That's a lot of yards, but Peterson has run for over 150 yards in six of his last eight games. His total over the last eight games of 1,313 yards is the most any running back has ever had in a span that long in a single season. Remember that Peterson had only one 100-yard game over his first five while easing back in after ACL surgery.

Adrian Peterson tore his ACL a year ago. What?

He is the fantasy MVP, he got you here, he probably got you to the championship, and he'll probably continue his run of HAM against the Texans next week. Damn.

The Good

Beanie Wells against the Lions (I'LL GIVE YOU A TRIPLE DIP)

Say what? The Cards, the worst offense in the NFL and a team with seven rushing touchdowns on the year, just scored 38 points on Detroit and kind of blocked for Beanie Wells. The reason that I never recommend Wells is because his scoring is "bunchy" and inconsistent. Example: Wells scored three times on Sunday after six games of being almost fantasy useless. (Bunchy, his other two touchdowns this year came in one game.)

Wells had just 67 rushing yards, but those touchdowns are pretty cool. I would not recommend starting him in the championship unless you're in a bind.

Alfred Morris against the Browns (ALFIE!)

Incredibly consistent this season, Morris is one of the steals of the 2012 draft... or just another great Mike Shanahan product such as the good old days in Denver. Morris ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday in Cleveland, giving the rookie nine touchdowns and over 1,300 yards on the season.

Morris draws the Eagles next week and is a good play in fantasy championship week.

Mike Tolbert against the Chargers (FORMER TEAM BEATUP ALERT)

Besides two touchdowns for Tolbert, who had just two on the year coming into Sunday, he gets the nod because he knows how to move.

Honorable Mentions: Danny Woodhead, Marshawn Lynch, Knowshon Moreno, C.J. Spiller

The Bad

Doug Martin against the Saints (NOT MY FAVORITE MARTIN)

Holy crap, Doug Martin had a worse game than LeGarrette Blount?!?! Martin was responsible for busting many-a-fantasy team to the playoffs, but may have just put an end to your season in Week 15. Coming into the game with 1,234 yards and 10 touchdowns, the Bucs fell behind early to the Saints and Martin was rendered useless by the Saints defense?

He finished with nine carries for 16 yards, his worst game of the season. Blount had four carries for 25 yards.

The Bucs have fallen out of the playoff race and take on the Rams in Week 16. You have to play Martin, this is likely just one unfortunate situation. But if you advanced in the playoffs, you were very fortunate to do so with Martin.


Rice is over 1,000 yards rushing this season but only barely after 38 yards in Week 15. But he did add three catches for three yards oh wait that's not good either. Rice was not used much on third downs and could be a bigger disappointment than Martin. Oh heck, they're both pretty disappointing.

If the offense gives him a chance to do so next week against the Giants, he has a good opportunity to be productive.

Jamaal Charles against the Raiders (OH CHIEFS YOU SILLY BOYS)

The Raiders have a terrible defense. You start Charles and Rice and Martin in the slot, guaranteed championship. Sorry dude.

Charles ran it nine times for ten yards and added 18 yards receiving as the Chefs had one of the worst offensive games you'll ever see. And again, this was against the Raiders? Weird things happening in Week 15 and this was one of the weirdest.

The Raiders? Charles had 14 yards on 14 carries against Oakland this season.

Honorable Mentions: David Wilson, Bryce Brown, Stevan Ridley

The Injured

Ryan Mathews broke his other clavicle on Sunday (broke the first one in the preseason) and is out for the year. He finished with 22 yards rushing in Week 15 and 707 yards in a disappointing season. Which goes for a lot of Chargers this year.

Ravens running back Bernard Pierce suffered a concussion.

Frank Gore was on the injury report this week and LaMichael James got the carries late in the game. Expect him to be limited again this week.

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