Top Five Running Back Performances During the Fantasy Playoffs

In 2000 and 2001, Marshall Faulk showed fantasy editors the touchdown impact of a big three-down back with an explosive ceiling. He scored 47 times in 28 games with the St. Louis Rams while averaging 155 yards and 5.9 catches per game. Over the next five years, LaDainian Tomlinson (31), Shaun Alexander (28) and Priest Holmes (27) set the all-time NFL record for touchdowns, but only one running back (Alvin Kamara – 2020) scored more than 20 times since 2006.

Faulk had an impressive three-game hitting streak in 2001 from Weeks 14 to 16, when he gained 522 yards with seven touchdowns and 18 catches. In that span, Faulk averaged 37.4 fantasy points in PPR formats. Clinton Portis posted two games of difference in the fantasy postseason in 2002 (21/130/3 with three catches for 75 yards and a score) and 2003 (254 combined yards with five touchdowns and two catches).

Here’s a look at the top five running backs over the past 20 seasons in the fantasy postseason (Week 14 through Week 16 – Week 15 through 17 starting in 2021):

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