2012 Fantasy Football RB Rankings – Week 5

Oct 1, 2012

With an exciting fourth week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 5 fantasy football running back rankings.
1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
He has scored every game and is averaging 106.0 total yards per game. His match-up against the Jets would normally keep him out of the top slot, but they are giving up 172.8 ypg and have allowed seven scores on the ground.
2.  Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens  
He’s really 1-A this week going up against the Chiefs, who are allowing 118.0 ypg on the ground.
3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
He’s averaging 118.3 total yards per game and taking on Carolina, who has been shredded for 134.8 ypg at 4.9 ypc.
4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
All Day turned in his first 100-yard game of the year. He should dominate Tennessee, who is giving up 136.5 ypg.
5. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Bush was able to give it a go last week against Arizona. He should rip up Cincinnati, who has allowed 133.5 ypg at 5.4 ypc..
6. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
His match-up with Pittsburgh is tough, but the dual threat should still be in your lineups.
7. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars 
Mojo also has a tough match-up (Chicago), but he should also get the nod on fantasy teams.
8. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Yet another stud with a tough draw (Baltimore). The Ravens have allowed six rushing TDs though and Charles is so explosive.
9. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Buffalo is yielding 137.0 ypg at 4.9 ypc. Gore has 365 total yards and three TDs through four games.
10. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris is averaging 94.0 yards and a touchdown each game. He faces Atlanta, who is giving up 146.3 ypg at 5.2 ypc. I always get a lot of question on Morris. He should be in your lineup.
11.  Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
The match-up against Jacksonville, who is allowing 150.3 ypg is ideal. He’ll yield goal line touches to Bush, which limits his value, but this should be a solid start for Forte.
12.   Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
T-Rich should have a nice showing against the G-Men, who are giving up 118.3 at 4.5 ypc.
13.  Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
Has a nice match-up agianst the Browns, who are yielding 117.3 ypg.
14. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
The Chargers are going to start featuring Mathews more. It’s a good time against the Saints, who are giving up 186.8 ypg.
15.  Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons 
Turner scored for the third straight week. With the passing game flowing so nicely, it’s hard to key on Turner.
16. Cedric Benson, Green Bay Packers
Benson is a lot like Turner. Not flashy and supported by a high-powered passing game. Indianapolis is allowing 131.3 ypg.
17. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos
McGahee is getting the job done and should have a decent day against New England with the focus on Peyton.
18. Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots
Ridley was also should benefit from the attention his quarterback commands.
19. Ryan Williams, Arizona Cardinals
After a tough draw against Miami, Williams gets a shot to deliver against the Rams, who are allowing 135.3 ypg at 4.7 ypc.
20. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals 
As I mentioned, the Dolphins are tough (56.8 ypg at 2.4 ypc), but The Firm is a steady producer.
21. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Is all right for CJ1K after his 141-yard outburst against the Texans? Hardly, but it was very encouraging. He has another tough draw against Minnesota, who has allowed just 85.3 ypg and one rushing score.
22. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
He faces a tough Cardinals defense, but in this bye week (Dallas, Detroit, Oakland, Tampa Bay) he should be in most fantasy lineups.
23. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Tough match-up with San Francisco and he’s sharing with Fred Jackson. Not an ideal spot for Spiller owners.
24. Michael Bush, Chicago Bears  
There should be a goal line opportunity or two against Jacksonville that make him a low-end RB2.
25.  Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills
The Bills aren’t looking to part from the two-headed monster. At least while neither Spiller or Jackson are 100 percent.
26. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints
He hasn’t been as productive this year, but is still averaging 72.3 total yards per game. Like Brees he should be fired up to play his old team (Chargers).
27. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
Averaging 64.3 total yards with two TDs over the past three games. Tough match-up with Seattle.
28. Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers
I will hold off on giving Mendenhall the RB2 treatment until he shows that he’s back. Plus, Philly presents a tough test.
29. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts
Green Bay is giving up 113.0 ypg. Brown has been getting his share of touches..
30. Jackie Battle, San Diego Chargers
Sniped a couple of TDs last week. There should be something there against the Saints for desperate fantasy owners.
31. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers 
J-Stew is averaging 58.0 total yards per game and has the ability to do much more.
32. Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers
Hunter was able to turn in a nice effort in the drubbing of the Jets. He could see a fair amount of action against the Bills as well.
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28 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Tony
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Hi I’m in a 6 team league and have a little bit of trouble at RB.

    My RBs currently are: Forte, MJD, Fred Jackson, Spiller, Benson and Doug Martin.

    I am tempted to just drop Doug Martin for Mendenhall but he has some easy matchups after his bye week. Should I be patient with him?

    And is it worth keeping both Spiller and Fred Jackson to see who gets more carries or should I just drop one of them?


  2. Erik
    October 1st, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    So before this week’s games i traded CJK2Lame for CJ Spiller. Should i be feeling trader’s remorse or do you think i landed a solid deal?

  3. LestersLegends
    October 1st, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Tony – I would keep martin and probably drop jackson for Mendy.
    Erik – I’d like to see how they handle the split when they are both healthy, but it could end up being a solid trade. One great game from CJK2Lame doesn’t mean he’s back to normal.

  4. Brandon
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Hi Lester,

    As always, I have problems trying to figure out which rb’s to play each week. I have Jamaal Charles, Alfred Morris, Willis McGahee, Ryan Williams, C.J. Spiller and Chris Johnson. I can play 3 of these guys. I was thinking Charles and Morris probably then not sure of McGahee or Williams?

  5. Shane
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Hello. My team has started out 1-3 despite having what I would consider a very nice squad. My RB depth is fairly low, I have Lesean McCoy, Mcfadden and Charles. With Mike Bush and Tate on the bench. My WR’s are Nicks, Nelson, Britt, Amendola.
    Non-PPR… QB’s are Peyton and Eli

    My question for you regards a possible trade scenario. Should I trade Peyton and DMC for Lynch, Rivers, and Steve Smith? (Could make it Antonio Brown or Decker instead of Smith) DMC has a pretty easy schedule moving forward while Lynch’s is a bit tougher (9er’s D twice).

    With DMC on BYE this week and not looking all to great at the moment I’m tempted to move him. I can’t afford to start 1-4 either. Really don’t know what to do. Thanks!

  6. LestersLegends
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Brandon – I would look to trade one of them. Seems silly sitting three each non-bye week. I’d go with McGahee.
    Shane – Like that trade. You don’t lose much (if any) at QB and RB and gain a starting WR.

  7. lance
    October 2nd, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Ryan, would you trade Dwayne Bowe (who I have) for Alfred Morris? PPR league (.5) pts a reception
    Must start 3 WRs and 2Rbs… Then you have the weird QB/RB/WR/TE flex.

    My Rbs are : Leshore, D. Murray, B. Tate
    My Wrs are: Hakeem Nicks, Hankerson, Julio Jones, Hixon: Going to get Hartline tonight with a big FAAB BID


  8. LestersLegends
    October 2nd, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    i would maybe try to give him nicks instead, but you need rb and he seems to be a good one. you never know with shanahan, but as long as he stays healthy and doesn’t fumble he should get heavy load.

  9. Roger
    October 2nd, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Hey lesters,

    Need some trade advice. Sitting well in my league but not feeling terribly great. Rbs seemed all right to start the season but not so sure anymore. Rice bush and jackson with not much depth after. Think it’s worth trying to move jackson and one of my bench revievers the guy needs for Chris Johnson?

  10. LestersLegends
    October 2nd, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    not a bad deal. if cj can continue to bounce back you’re sitting on money.

  11. Jason
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:08 pm #


    I got a similar situation to dude above. Could give fjax and a bench piece for mathews or chris johnson. Which would you suggest, if either?

  12. LestersLegends
    October 3rd, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    Mathews is more of an injury risk. CJ is more a ineffectiveness risk. Of the two, I’d probably go after CJ.

  13. scotty
    October 3rd, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    So I have frank gore, d-murray(bye week), spiller (bad match up) and kendall hunter. Would it be crazy to start gore and hunter this week after watching what both patriot RB’s did to buffalo last week?

  14. LestersLegends
    October 3rd, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    It wouldn’t be that crazy. I just don’t have the guts do do it.

  15. scotty
    October 3rd, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    I’m just gonna go for it with gore and hunter at running back but as far as flex options would you go britt, spiller or rudolph this week? This is a tough week for me, thanks!

  16. LestersLegends
    October 3rd, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    there i’d go spiller.

  17. Outoftowner
    October 3rd, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    I have an option to trade Gonzalez, Harvin and Jackson for Green-Ellis, CJ(not so 2K) and fitzgerald. already have Vernon davis at TE so not weak there, just have nagging doubts about the trade! any thoughts?

  18. LestersLegends
    October 3rd, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    which jackson?

  19. JC
    October 3rd, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    For non-ppr: My RB’s are Chris Johnson and McFadden (bye) and Kevin Smith.

    options: Kendall Hunter, Isaac Redman, Jacquizz Rodgers, Lamar Miller, Shaun Draughn, Danny Woodhead, Bilal Powell, Lance Bell, Mike Tolbert, and Tashard Choice (WAIVER)

    Available to drop: Kevin Smith, DHB, Kendall Wright, Ramses Barden, Greg Little

    Thoughts? Thanks

  20. LestersLegends
    October 3rd, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Barden for hunter

  21. Dwoods
    October 3rd, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Lester need help. I own Charles,Ridley and Forte as top backs with Torrey Smith and B Lloyd as my top WRs in a 12 team standard. I am being offered Ryan Matthews and Eric Decker for Forte, should I pull the trigger? Matthews seems more hype than quality these days. Thanks

  22. LestersLegends
    October 3rd, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    i don’t know if decker is enough of an upgrade to give up forte.

  23. Anthony
    October 5th, 2012 at 5:39 am #

    12 Team 1pt-PPR league, I need to choose 1 of the following RBs to start for the week. Spiller, Tate, Greene, Jaquizze Rodgers.
    I know Spiller is the common pick but not liking it due to the time-share and playing against 49ers. Let me know.

  24. LestersLegends
    October 5th, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    Tate and Rodgers have the same time share and Greene is a dog that is facing the Texans who are every bit as tough as SF. Spiller is my pick.

  25. D
    October 5th, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    Mathews is still listed as his teams #2 and probably wont see any red zone… He is in my lineup @ FLEX now but I am starting to lean toward swapping him out for Sproles, especially if Lance Moore is out. I see more upside with the runs and passes Sproles sees in the red zone.. What do you think?

  26. LestersLegends
    October 5th, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    That’s not a bad plan. I don’t know what SD is doing using Battle so extensively.

  27. Clueless
    October 5th, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    PPR – Start 2 RB’s and 1 Flex W/R/T
    My RB’s are Lynch, Benson, Andre Brown and LeShoure.

    Available on Waivers:
    Brandon Jacobs, Kendall Hunter, Joique Bell, Brandon Bolden, Ronnie Hillman

    Do you think any of the RB’s I listed on Waivers have potential for more upside then Brown and worth picking up and dropping Brown? It seems now that Brown’s chances of doing anything will be dependent upon another Bradshaw injury.

  28. LestersLegends
    October 5th, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    I think they all are in the same boat. They’ll need an injury to be worth something. Hunter is probably the best one to plug in for a bye week assuming all starters stay healthy

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