1. Frank Gore (@ WSH): 110 rush yards, 14 rec yards, 2 TDs, 24 points
2. Matt Forte (@ STL): 87 rush yards, 44 rec yards, 2 TDs, 24 points
3. Ben Tate (vs. JAX): 140 rush yards, 8 rec yards, 1 TD, 20 points
4. Adrian Peterson (@ GB): 99 rush yards, 38 rec yards, 1 TD, 18 points
5. Andre Brown (vs. DAL): 130 rush yards, 42 rec yards, 0 TD, 17 points
Until a disappointing four-point showing last week, Frank Gore had scored double-digit points in seven consecutive games. Expect him to resume that streak against a Redskins defense that has given up at least 18 points to running backs in 10 of 11 games.
Matt Forte can make an equally strong claim to the top spot against the Rams. St. Louis has been wildly inconsistent against running backs this season, holding them to single digits three times, but also giving up over 25 points four times. Forte is a steady source of yards regardless of whether or not he finds the end zone, so play him with confidence.
Ben Tate and Andre Brown are perhaps not names owners are accustomed to seeing at the very top of the fantasy charts, but both should exploit tremendously favorable matchups this week. The Jaguars and Cowboys are two of the five worst fantasy run defenses, and Tate and Brown have both established themselves as the bona fide top ball-carriers in their respective offenses.
Sandwiched in between those two is Adrian Peterson, who is a bit farther down these rankings due to a somewhat neutral matchup against the Packers. Teams have stacked the box against Minnesota all year, and Peterson has felt the effects of Minnesota’s inability to exploit that imbalance through the air. Green Bay limited Peterson to 60 yards on 13 carries in the Metrodome, but it goes without saying that you cannot bench AD.