2012 Fantasy Football RB Rankings – Week 8
With an exciting seventh week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 8 fantasy football running back rankings.
1. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
At the risk of being burned badly, I’m putting CJ1K in the top spot. He’s averaging 124.6 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns over the past four games. His yards per carry during the stretch is a robust 5.9. He’s taking on the Colts, who are giving up 141.7 yards per game.
2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
All Day is back. He rumbled for 153 yards against the Cardinals. He’s averaging 128.3 total yards and 5.4 yards per carry in his past four games.
3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Lynch is averaging 105.0 total yards per game. Detroit will have a hard time containing him.
4. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Mathews is coming off a bye and has averaged 116.0 total yards the past two games. Cleveland is giving up 133.7 yards per game on the ground.
5. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Carolina is giving up 120.3 yards per game. The dual threat Forte should dominate.
6. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore ran wild on Seattle. Now he faces Arizona, who has been carved up the past two weeks by Buffalo and Minnesota.
7. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Pittsburgh is a stingy run defense, but Morris has been lights out this year, averaging 99.0 total yards per game.
8. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
It’s maddening how frequent the Eagles and Ravens go away from Rice and McCoy. Hopefully coming out of a bye the Eagles will get McCoy more involved in an expected shootout with Atlanta.
9. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos
Brees and Peyton will be on display, but McGahee should carve up the Saints’ 160.3 ypg run defense.
10. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles is coming off a bye and his fresh legs should help. He’s also playing at home, where he has averaged 119.7 total yards. Oakland is giving up 102.2 ypg.
11. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
Run DMC has been disappointing, but the Chiefs are giving up 125.0 ypg and 4.7 ypc. He could be in line for a big day.
12. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Bye week came at a good time for Bush to get closer to full strength. He should bounce back against the Jets, who are averaging 147.7 ypg allowed on the ground.
13. Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots
Ridley has slowed in recent weeks, but is still averaging 91.4 total yards per game. The Rams are giving up 98.9 ypg on the ground. The focus on Brady could open things up for Ridley.
14. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
The Giants were able to limit his carries to twelve last week. He scored and had 65 total yards. He shouldn’t see 25+ carries any time soon, but he should be more action against the Cowboys.
15. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vikings can be tough on the ground, but Martin can do damage in the passing game as well.
16. Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
Jones had a decent showing last week (74 total yards). The Giants are giving up 126.4 ypg. He should have a decent yardage day.
17. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
Richardson’s rib injury concerns me. As does San Diego’s run defense only yielding 71.2 ypg.
18. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
Turner should turn in about 60 yards with a 50/50 shot at a touchdown.
19. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints
Had 59 total yards, but bailed his owners out with a touchdown. He generally doesn’t get many carries so unless he scores his ceiling is low. He does get pretty steady yardage though, so his floor is fairly high. Takes on Denver.
20. Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars
He’ll get the nod with Mojo out, but I don’t love him against Green Bay. He’ll likely do more in the passing game than on the ground.
21. Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers
Mendy’s return would shake things up, but until he proves that he’s healthy I’ll roll with Dwyer against Washington.
22. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Shockingly caught six passes last week, finishing with 88 total yards and a score. Tough test this week against Miami, who is giving up 78.2 ypg.
23. Alex Green, Green Bay Packers
He hasn’t had more than 73 total yards as Rodgers has been on fire. He could have a solid effort against Jacksonville, who is giving up 147.3 ypg.
24. Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions
LeShoure has a tough draw against Seattle, but remains a borderline RB2.
25. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
In a full time share with Richardson. Isn’t very active in the passing game and only has one touchdown. Not a great play against the Pats, who are solid against the run (86.0 ypg allowed).
26. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
He was far more productive than DeAngelo Williams, but still not a RB2 option facing Chicago.
27.LaRod Stephens-Howling, Arizona Cardinals
Coming off a great game, but it was William Powell the week before. Hard to figure out the Cardinals right now. Plus, he is facing a tough San Fran defense.
28. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Denver is giving up 115.2 ypg. PT23 doesn’t get a ton of carries, but he could have a decent day.
29. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts
Looks like Donald Brown will return, which hinders Ballard’s value. He’s a flex at best against the Titans, who are giving up 134.7 ypg.
30. Danny Woodhead, New England Patriots
Averaging 63.0 total yards the past three games. Faces the Rams.
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