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Fantasy Football Playoffs 2013 Update - Week 17 Picks - Top 20 running backs

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This is one of those playoff weekends where the depth of your fantasy football team can be the difference between being the league champion or the runner-up.

A great example is Kansas City head coach Andy Reid’s decision to rest his starters in the regular season finale against San Diego this Sunday. Why take a chance of fantasy football’s No. 1 running back, Jamaal Charles, getting hurt?

So Charles will sit on the fantasy football bench for week #17 and his backup, Knile Davis, rises to No. 13 on our top 20 list of running backs. In fact, only teams battling for a playoff spot are leaning heavily on their leading rushers to produce in the NFL’s regular season finales.

LeSean McCoy of the Eagles has ascended to the No. 1 spot among running backs, because he and his teammates are battling for the NFC East division title with the Dallas Cowboys. The winner of this game is in the playoffs and the loser goes home to prepare for the 2014 season. McCoy should score 21 important fantasy football points in week 17.

On the opposing sideline will be DeMarco Murray and he is projected to score 18 points. Murray and his Dallas teammates face a tough situation with their starting quarterback, Tony Romo, out for the season due to back surgery performed Friday morning, December 27th.

Two other running backs who square off in a game that will decide a division title and a playoff spot for an NFC North team are Eddie Lacy of Green Bay and Matt Forte of Chicago. Lacy is listed as “questionable”, but don’t believe it given the critical nature of the game. He is listed as No. 2 in our top 20 list and Forte is listed as No. 3.

The list provided by the Michigan Gnome and me gives you the player's name and NFL team, projected fantasy football production in week 17 and whether the running back has been "rising", "on par" or "falling" in value over the last four games.

  1. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles (21 fantasy football points, rising)
  2. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (20.5 points, rising)
  3. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (19, rising)
  4. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys (18, on par)
  5. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos (17, rising)
  6. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks (17, rising)
  7. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers (15.5, rising)
  8. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (15.5, on par)
  9. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions (14, on par)
  10. Andre Brown, New York Giants (14, falling)
  11. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (14, falling)
  12. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills (13.5, rising)
  13. Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs (13, rising)
  14. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers (13, rising)
  15. Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders (13, rising)
  16. Edwin Baker, Cleveland Browns (13, rising)
  17. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans (13, falling)
  18. Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12.5, falling)
  19. Jonathan Grimes, Houston Texans (12.5, rising)
  20. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (12, on par)

Feel free to share your feedback, insights, suggestions or questions by commenting on this article, tweeting me @denimartin, or by sending an email to deni-martin@att.net.

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