2012 Fantasy Football RB Rankings – Week 12

Nov 19, 2012


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With an exciting 11th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 12 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster had a respectable 92 total yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he failed to score for the first time of the year. It had to be frustrating for Foster owners, considering the Texans scored 43 points and amassed 640 total yards. He’ll celebrate Thanksgiving with 100+ total yards and a score or two.
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2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
All Day faces Da Bears in Chicago. Not ideal, but Peterson has been on fire averaging 157.3 yards with five touchdowns in his last four games.
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3. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In his last four games Martin has averaged 191.5 total yards with five touchdowns. The Atlanta Falcons are allowing 130.5 yards and a touchdown per game.
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4. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
The Miami Dolphins are tough against the run allowing 96.8 yards per game. I don’t care. Lynch has recorded four straight 100-yard games with a touchdown in his past three. Beast Mode hits South Beach.
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5. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
T-Rich has a tough matchup against Pittsburgh, but he is averaging 138 total yards in his past three games. The Browns are not afraid of giving him 25+ touches.
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6. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Rice has combined for just 75 rushing yards the past two games, but he makes up for it in the passing game. He’s averaging 103.4 total yards with seven touchdowns. The San Diego Chargers play good run defense, but Rice is so consistent.
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7. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
The Saints are giving up 157.8 rushing yards and 0.9 rushing touchdowns per game. The Niners will try to be run-heavy to slow down Drew Brees and company. Gore should do big things.
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8. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
With Gronk out the Patriots could turn more to the running game against the New York Jets. Ridley has scored in three straight games. The Jets have allowed 141.9 yards and a touchdown per game.
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9. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
I expect Fred Jackson to return for the game against the Indianapolis Colts. If he doesn’t Spiller is a top five option. Even with F-Jax in the mix, Spiller should be highly productive. The Colts have allowed 119.8 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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10. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
CJ is averaging 142.8 total yards with four touchdowns in his past five games. He should continue to roll coming out of his bye against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 137.3 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game.
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11. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte has averaged 99.7 total yards in his last three meeting with the Minnesota Vikings.
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12. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Mathews had 83 total yards against a tough Denver Broncos team. He should have more success against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have allowed 132.2 yards and a touchdown per game.
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13. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
The Firm had a favorable matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs and he responded with a touchdown and his first 100-yard game of the year. He should keep rolling against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have allowed 122.4 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game.
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14. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles has 218 total yards in his past two games despite facing the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati. Denver is tough, but Charles is explosive and the Chiefs are feeding him the ball.
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15. Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders
I’m not counting on Darren McFadden to return. Reece should have a solid game against the Bengals. They have allowed 117.8 yard and a touchdown per game. Reece is very active in the passing game as well.
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16. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris hasn’t score since Week 6, but he continues to put up solid numbers. This week he faces the Dallas Cowboys. The ‘Boys have allowed 106.6 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.
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17. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos
Hillman will get the ball against the 1-9 Chiefs. They are giving up 129.2 yards per game.
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18. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts’ backfield is a bit tricky, but they are facing the Buffalo Bills so perhaps Ballard and Donald Brown could both have some use this week. Ballard appears to be in the lead. Buffalo has allowed 153.3 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game.
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19. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
Jackson has had a revival following his bye. He has averaged 106.5 total yards the past two games. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed 119.3 yards per game.
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20. Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
I still don’t think DeMarco Murray will make it back to play the Redskins on Thanksgiving. Jones has quietly averaged 75.8 total yards with four touchdowns in the past six games.
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21. Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy (concussion) will likely miss this one. Brown should get a shot, but temper your expectations against the Carolina Panthers based on how the Eagles have been playing.
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22. Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions
The Texans have yet to allow a rushing touchdown making LeShoure a mediocre RB2 this week.
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23. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
Bradshaw and the Giants offense should benefit from their bye week when the take on the Green Bay Packers.
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24. Jalen Parmele, Jacksonville Jaguars
Parmele had 80 yards taking over for the ineffective Rashad Jennings. The Titans have allowed 132.8 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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25. James Starks, Green Bay Packers
Starks has 141 total yards in his past two games as he’s taking on a larger role. Aaron Rodgers commands so much attention that Starks should be able to produce against the Giants’ middle-of-the-road run defense.
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26. Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers
Mendy shared the load last week, and will likely continue to do so against Cleveland. The Browns are giving up 125.3 yards per game so there should be enough to go around.
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27. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
J-Stew had 73 total yards and his first rushing touchdown against a tough Tampa team. Things should be easier against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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28. Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals
Beanie should reclaim his starting job against the Rams, but LaRod Stephens-Howling has earned a decent role averaging 95.3 total yards the past four games. The Rams have allowed 115.1 yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game. You’ll want to monitor Beanie closely before inserting him into your lineup.
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29. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Greene had a decent game, but Bilal Powell managed to score two touchdowns. The Patriots are giving up just 99 yards per game so a shared load could hamper Greene’s chances.
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30. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
Turner scored last week to bail out a mediocre effort. Mediocre is how his season can be summed up. This week he faces the Bucs. They have allowed the fewest yards (81.8 per game) in the league.
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29 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Somewhere over Dwayne Bowe
    November 20th, 2012 at 4:32 am #

    Sup Les, Barely escaped w/ a win last week to go to 8-3 first place tie, but leading in points.

    Is Big Ben worth holding onto? Hoping he’s better by playoff time. No one that great to snag on WW. Flacco, Cutler, Fitz, Smith, and the usual other suspect QB’s. Hold onto Ben or snag one of those guys? I gotta start Palmer @ Cincy this week. My individual matchups look tough this week….

    QB- Palmer @ Cincy
    RB- Rice @ SD
    WR- Colston vs. SF
    TE- Graham vs. SF
    F- Charles vs. Den
    F- Ridley @ NYJ
    D/ST- Bears vs. Minn

    Kinda limited at WR with Julio ailing and Wallace’s value being reduced to nothing. Probably can’t flex either one. Witten has a nice matchup Thanksgiving vs. Wash. He gets 12pts or so a game PPR, but never gets in the endzone. Can’t justify playing him over Charles or Ridley in the flex, despite their kinda tough matchups, but i am worried Manning and the Broncs will be up like 21-3 in a heartbeat, and Charles will get shelved.

    Lastly, Bears D home vs. Minny, or Texans D @ Det on Turkey day? I don’t love either matchup, leaning Bears.

    Thanks bro…

  2. Somewhere over Dwayne Bowe
    November 20th, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    Part 2…
    Gonna drop RJennings for a flavor of the week RB. Parmale, Wells, Mendy, Hillman, Brown, Reece. Hope MJD comes back soon. Who should i grab? Gimme a couple in case i dont get the other.

    Antonio Brown is doing nothing on my bench. Drop him for Shorts, DAlexander, DHB, Wright, Hilton, BLloyd, Boldin??? Gimme a couple here as well please.

  3. Tony
    November 20th, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    Lester,
    Who do I start at RB this week….1 pt PPR league. It is between Shonn Greene and Jaq Rodgers?

  4. LestersLegends
    November 20th, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    Somewhere – lot to digest there. your lineup looks good. I hear you about charles and ridley. Just a nice problem to have with them and witten. I’d use CHI D. I’d go Hillman, mendy, wells.
    Drop him for Shorts, DX, or DHB
    Tony – rodgers is probably the better PPR option this week.

  5. Rudy
    November 20th, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Bryce Brown, are you expecting him to do that well?

  6. LestersLegends
    November 20th, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    I’m lukewarm on Brown. The Eagles are such a mess. That said, he is going to get his touches.

  7. Nico
    November 20th, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    ok i when i picked up Mendy i expected him to come back in time for the playoffs…is it too early to bank on that?
    which two rb’s should i start this week?
    Lynch(definetely), R bush (50/50), Felix Jones (ugh), Mendy (skeptical)

  8. LestersLegends
    November 20th, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Felix

  9. Somewhere over Dwayne Bowe
    November 20th, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Les,

    Can’t snag a WW RB. They updated MJD to doubtful and i had to outright drop RJennings, and move MJD out of my IR slot. Question- Do you expect MJD to contribute like he normally would when he’s healthy? His schedule is’nt that great, and the Jags stink. Would you rather have him or one of the WW RB’s you told me to snag for the playoffs? Would Hillman or Mendy or Beanie be of greater value, or Jones-Drew?

  10. Somewhere over Dwayne Bowe
    November 20th, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    Les,

    Can’t snag a WW RB. They updated MJD to doubtful and i had to outright drop RJennings, and move MJD out of my IR slot. Question- Do you expect MJD to contribute like he normally would when he’s healthy? His schedule is’nt that great, and the Jags stink. Would you rather have him or one of the WW RB’s you told me to snag, for the playoffs? Would Hillman or Mendy or Beanie be of greater value, or Jones-Drew?

  11. LestersLegends
    November 20th, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    Mojo has way more upside. You know what he is. Beanie is coming back from injury too. LSH will likely share. Hillman is a solid pickup, but how much will Ball factor in the mix? Mendy is sharing in Pitt. I just couldn’t drop MJD.

  12. Somewhere over Dwayne Bowe
    November 20th, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    No doubt. Too much upside because…well…he’s Maurice Jones-Drew.

  13. Dr Mel
    November 21st, 2012 at 3:07 am #

    If I play Reece, am I better off playing Hillman as my RB2 or Morris? Morris hasn’t seen the end zone in a while thanks to RGIII. Witten or Hernandez Thursday? Thanks!

  14. LestersLegends
    November 21st, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    Morris is the known commodity. He’s steady. Hillman is the bigger risk rewared play.

    I’d have to go Witten. Hernandez has upside, but again Witten is steady. Only Wayne has more catches.

  15. Somewhere over Dwayne Bowe
    November 21st, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    Les,
    Anyway you would sub Witten in for either Colston, Ridley, or Charles? PPR? Can you rank them 1-4 this week based on matchup. I know the ‘play your studs’ rule, but it’s not like Witten is’nt, If i did’nt have Graham, he would start every week. Plus i seen how the Skins are like 31st in fantasy points to the TE. I’m nerous that Manning is gonna put KC in a deep hole early, also nervous about Colston not getting any targets anymore, Moore seems to be getting them.

  16. LestersLegends
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Ridley
    Colston
    Witten
    Charles

    To me Witten is a safer play and hard to sit in PPR.

  17. Dan
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Who do you think I should start in the flex spot: Steve Smith or Vick Ballard?

  18. LestersLegends
    November 21st, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    I would lean towards Smith.

  19. Dan
    November 21st, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Thank you

  20. Trav
    November 21st, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Standard league:

    RB(choose two): Palmere, Reece, Charles

  21. LestersLegends
    November 21st, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    NP Dan.
    Trav – Palmere is odd man out.

  22. Anonymous
    November 21st, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    Hey RL…I’m clinched into the playoffs in my league (14-16). But…two questions below as a checkup.

    RB Chris Johnson
    RB CJ Spiller
    WR Demariyus Thomas
    WR Randall Cobb
    FLEX Percy Harvin

    If Percy can’t go, here’s my bench order for Flex..pls agree/disagree, perhaps Hillman over Percy anyway due to match ups/injured ankle concern?

    Hillman
    Leshoure
    Torrey
    Cecil Shorts
    Demarco*

    * hoping for a week 15 strong showing but… just to sit Cobb?

    Thanks as always.

  23. LestersLegends
    November 21st, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    I’d go Hillman over Percy regardless because of the injury.

  24. Anonymous
    November 21st, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    Ridley or Gore?

  25. Ryan
    November 21st, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    Choose one… Ridley or Gore?

  26. Ryan
    November 21st, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    Ridley or Gore?

  27. LestersLegends
    November 22nd, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    Toss up. I have Gore one notch higher. They are same tier imo and it’s a matter of preference.

  28. sal
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Reece, Bryce Brown, Fred Jackson, Sproles or T-Rich for RB2?

  29. LestersLegends
    November 23rd, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    trich

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