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PvP: Week 15 running backs

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The fantasy story of the week was Cleveland running back Jerome Harrison, who ran for 286 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-34 victory over Kansas City. Harrison broke Jim Brown's franchise record for rushing yards in a game, but more important for Harrison owners, he accounted for 47 points in most standard scoring leagues.

Meantime, none of the heralded fantasy running backs had especially noteworthy weeks, with all but two of the projected top 10 underperforming. Here's how the top 10 according to Fantasy Football Nerd fared, with six points for a touchdown and one point per 10 yards rushing and receiving.

1. Chris Johnson: 22.4 projected points/15 fantasy points
2 Ray Rice: 18.8/9
3. Adrian Peterson: 17.6/16
4. Maurice Jones-Drew: 17.5/25
5. Jamaal Charles: 16.8/22
6. Thomas Jones: 16.7/5
7. Ricky Williams: 15.9/14
8. Knowshon Moreno: 14.7/7
9. Frank Gore: 14/11
10. Steven Jackson: 13.4/12

Harrison has another favorable matchup at home against Oakland in Week 16, which is the fantasy Super Bowl in many leagues. The Raiders really struggle against the run, yielding 149 yards per game (28th). They also have allowed a league-high 20 rushing touchdowns.

Harrison was the best among several lesser-known running backs whose production far exceeded their projection. The Raiders' Michael Bush (2.9/20) ran for 137 yards and a touchdown and caught one pass for 11 yards, and Detroit's Maurice Morris (5.9/21) had 126 rushing yards with a touchdown and 35 receiving yards.

By Gene Wang  |  December 22, 2009; 2:29 PM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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