2012 Early Fantasy Football RB Rankings

Apr 11, 2012

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Here’s an early look at 2012 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans:  Closed the season averaging 169.3 total yards with five TDs in his past four games. With 1841 total yards and 12 total TDs in 13 games, he’s clearly still the top back in the game.
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2.  LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles:  Turned in a beast of a year with 1624 total yards and 20 TDs. I don’t see him putting up those numbers again, but he is clearly elite.
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3.  Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens:  2068 total yards and 15 TDs. He’s as electric as they come.
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4.  Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers:  Had 1546 total yards in 14 games. With Mike Tolbert in Carolina, look for a surge in TDs and a serious breakout for Mathews. Assuming he can stay healthy of course.
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5. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: Knee seems to be checking out. The dude is unreal.
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6.  Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars:  Year in and year out he continues to produce. Led NFL last year with 1606 yards (1980 total). He also scored 11 touchdowns.
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7.  Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans:  He definitely wasn’t his normal self last year, and I don’t expect him to return to the 2009 level, but 1800 total yards and double-digit touchdowns wouldn’t be a stretch.
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8.  Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks:  Beast mode was back in a big way. It seems like he’s been in the league forever, but he’ll turn just 26 later this month.
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9.  Matt Forte, Chicago Bears:  He’s upset with his contract, but when he’s healthy he does it all.  Michael Bush will cut into his value, but it should also keep him fresh.
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10.  Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons:  Continues to put up big numbers. Many thought he’d slide last year and he had 1508 total yards and 11 TDs.
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11.  Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders:  He could put up monster numbers with Michael Bush gone, but he’ll have to stay on the field.
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12.  Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs:  Peyton Hillis will get the tough yards, but Charles should still get a ton of carries between the 20s.
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13.  Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers:  He’s still the lead back, and while Brandon Jacobs’ arrival could take some TDs away, it will also keep him fresh.
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14.  DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys:  He was a beast midseason, but slowed down the stretch. He still has big time potential.
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15.  Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams:  There is a lot of mileage on the tires, but he can still get it done. He had 1478 total yards last year.
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16.  Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins:  Am I “all in” with Reggie? Not exactly. I did think he’d have a nice run in Miami and he didn’t disappoint.  He was more of a running back than I imagined and less of a receiver. I think he can be even more productive when Miami utilizes him better in the passing game.
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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. tslim
    May 10th, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Matt forte…?

  2. LestersLegends
    May 10th, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    To me, Michael Bush’s presence could hurt his value. That said, I would take him over Reggie and S-Jax. Good call.

  3. matt
    May 18th, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    you have forte listed twice…

  4. LestersLegends
    May 18th, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Thanks Matt. I thought I overlooked him when tslim wrote Matt Forte…?

  5. Anonymous
    June 3rd, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    fred jackson???

  6. LestersLegends
    June 3rd, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    Worried about the injury and a time share with spiller.

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