2010 Fantasy Football RB Rankings – Week 12

Nov 23, 2010

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Here’s my Week 12 running back rankings.

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1. Rashard Mendenhall @ Buffalo
2. Adrian Peterson @ Washington
3. Chris Johnson @ Houston
4. Arian Foster vs. Tennessee
5. Peyton Hillis vs. Carolina
6. Frank Gore @ Arizona (Monday)
7. Ray Rice vs. Tampa Bay
8.  Michael Turner vs. Green Bay
9. Jamaal Charles @ Seattle
10. Knowshon Moreno vs. St. Louis
11. Maurice Jones-Drew @ New York Giants
12. LeSean McCoy @ Chicago
13. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Jacksonville
14. Darren McFadden vs. Miami
15. Steven Jackson @ Denver
16. Ronnie Brown @ Oakland
17. Thomas Jones @ Seattle
18. Matt Forte vs. Philadelphia
19. LaDainian Tomlinson vs. Cincinnati (Thursday)
20. Cedric Benson @ New York Jets (Thursday)
21. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Detroit (Thursday)
22. Fred Jackson vs. Pittsburgh
23. Mike Goodson @ Cleveland
24. Mike Tolbert @ Indianapolis
25. LeGarrette Blount @ Baltimore
26. Christopher Ivory @ Dallas (Thursday)
27. Felix Jones vs. New Orleans (Thursday)
28. Danny Woodhead @ Detroit (Thursday)
29. Brandon Jacobs vs. Jacksonville
30. Maurice Morris vs. New England (Thursday)
31. Keiland Williams vs. Minnesota
32. Shonn Greene vs. Cincinnati (Thursday)
33. Brandon Jackson @ Atlanta
34. Tim Hightower vs. San Francisco (Monday)
35. Ricky Williams @ Oakland

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Inside the numbers:

  • The Raiders did a decent job slowing Rashard Mendenhall, but I’ll take a shot on him in the number one slot again as he takes on Buffalo’s league-worst run defense (163.5 yards allowed per game).
  • Washington is giving up 131 yards per game on the ground. Adrian Peterson should find plenty of running lanes against them.
  • Peyton Hillis’ magical season continues with a juicy match-up against Carolina, who is yielding 128.4 rushing yards per game. Hillis has ten combined TDs and 1125 total yards.
  • Frank Gore failed to capitalize against Tampa’s previously porous run defense, but he should bounce back against Arizona.
  • Both BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead are borderline RB2s against Detroit.
  • Reggie Bush may be able to go against Dallas, but Christopher Ivory is still the RB to use for New Orleans.
  • Mike Goodson will likely get another start, but he’s not a sure RB2 going up against Cleveland.
  • Brandon Jacobs will get the start for the Giants, which moves him up a few spots. Ahmad Bradshaw should still be used heavily so I only bumped him down a few.
  • I have been burned by Knowshon Moreno in the past, which made me back off a little on my rankings. I’m taking a leap with him. He’s been great in the past two games and has a good match-up.

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10 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. skittrbrain
    November 23rd, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    Not a big Knowshon Moreno fan? Ive got him along with Steven Jackson and Matt Forte. Was wondering what makes Forte a pick over Moreno? I’m in a PPR leauge so maybe that’s where my bias occurs.

    I’m also about to trade Fred Jackson for Darren Mcfadden. Is this a)a great deal or b) the greatest deal?

  2. LestersLegends
    November 23rd, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    I’ve been burned by Moreno since last year so maybe I’m just slow to react to his two big games. I should make an adjustment.

    As for the trade, it looks like a great one, but Jackson has been great of late. We’ll find out after the year how good it was, but I would have made the deal as well.

  3. skittrbrain
    November 23rd, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    I’m throughly impressed with F Jackson and he definately won this past week for me, I think his initial undervalue had alot to do with some great running defences. I think I have the same stigma with Forte as you do with Moreno, I don’t trust him to do anything outside of warming my bench for the moment. It’s looking like a McFadden/S. Jackson weekend for me but I’m also really tempted to throw Moreno in Jacksons place. Denver will be feeling the sting of a bad offensive outing and S Jackson just doesn’t get the ball as much as he should.

  4. LestersLegends
    November 23rd, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    @skitt – I wouldn’t be opposed to that. I bumped Moreno up to 15. He better not ruin my new, shaky confidence.

  5. Lofty
    November 23rd, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    Thanks as always. Realizing you provide rankings, humor me and fill in the blanks. I’ve just lost Nicks, so gotta go RB for my flex in my PPR.

    RB Turner
    RB _____________
    RB/WR __________

    L Blount
    K. Moreno
    F. Jackson

    QB___________

    R. Fitzy
    J. Freeman

  6. LestersLegends
    November 23rd, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    Moreno for sure. He’s been outstanding. Since Blount and Jackson both have tough match-ups, I’d lean towards Jackson because he’s better at catching the ball. Same deal with Fitzy and Freeman. I like Freeman a little more in this one. Mainly a gut thing.

  7. Dave
    November 24th, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    Do you think BJGE against the Detroit D is a better start than Bradshaw’s fumbelitis against the Jag’s D?

  8. LestersLegends
    November 24th, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    I still like Bradshaw, but I wouldn’t fault you for using BJGE.

  9. Dan
    November 24th, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    Need 1 of the following RB’s to start in PPR league:

    L. Blount, F. Jackson, D. Brown?

  10. LestersLegends
    November 24th, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    Fred Jackson. He and Blount have tough match-ups, but Jackson is catching far more balls out of the backfield.

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