2012 Fantasy Football RB Rankings – Week 8

Oct 22, 2012

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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41 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dave
    October 22nd, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Lester… rolled with Gore last week… i’m sure you know the rest of that story :)

    This week… Gore and Ridley? Flex = Alex Green or Rashad Jennings? Let me know your thoughts.

  2. LestersLegends
    October 22nd, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    Nice. I got jennings rated a little higher. Both solid flex options.

  3. L
    October 23rd, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    I’m not liking Deangelo Williams on my roster but not many options for RBs in my league. I was graced in drafting Arian Foster but hes on a bye this week and I’m desperate for a decent RB. What do you think Rashad Jennings to replace Deangelo Williams?

  4. LestersLegends
    October 23rd, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    honestly that’s not a bad gamble. mojo could be down for the count.

  5. Nico
    October 23rd, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    felix jones.mendy.lynch.bush
    who do i play?
    bush and lynch?

  6. Brandon
    October 23rd, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Hey Lester,

    I have Chris Johnson, Jamaal Charles, Willis McGahee, and Alfred Morris as my running backs. Of the 4 which 3 would you play? You have them all placed within the top which is a good thing for me, but I’m hoping to play the right guys. I feel Johnson, Charles, and McGahee have the better plays over Morris with Pitt?


  7. LestersLegends
    October 23rd, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Nico – lynch and r bush. if it’s m bush i rather go with felix
    Brandon – they are all top ten options this week imo. it’s a matter of preference. pitt isn’t the same team they used to be and morris has been a machine. gard to bench him, but all four of them are top notch plays so go with gut

  8. Nico
    October 23rd, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    yeah sorry it is r. bush

  9. LestersLegends
    October 23rd, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    no problem. i like bush then.

  10. Manny
    October 23rd, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    A bunch of decent RBs are on the waiver wire as I am hit with injuries. For the long term would you like Shonn Greene, Leshoure, Mendenhall, or Rashad Jennings (I have MJD btw)

  11. LestersLegends
    October 23rd, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    mendy, greene, leshoure, jennings. jennings is top for the next coupld of weeks though.

  12. Roger
    October 24th, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Hey Lester,

    Is it time to bail on dmc? I have him lynch sproles and now Rashad Jennings. Prob could trade DMC and Jennings for like an AP, frank gore type, or should I try and push jennings for a wr. I have decker, julio, desean jackson. 10 team ppr

  13. LestersLegends
    October 24th, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    i would entertain dmc and jennings for ap or gore. i would make sure i got good value for him. i like your wrs and the depth jennings gives you at rb. that said if you can package him and one of the wrs for a wr upgrade, that woudl be nice too.

  14. Dave
    October 24th, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    Alright time for a little zinger… would you ever sit Ridley for Alex Green this week?

  15. LestersLegends
    October 24th, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    I wouldn’t do that Dave, but I don’t think that decision is out of bounds.

  16. P
    October 24th, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Got a tough trade decision. .25 ppr

    I’d give Marshall and Sproles

    I’d get Matthews and Decker

    I LOVE Marshall and I’m not sure Mathews is worth the deal. I’m really trying to upgrade Sproles, and originally tried a package with Torrey Smith, but it didn’t work out

  17. LestersLegends
    October 24th, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    I’d have a hard time trading Marshall the way he’s playing. That said, You are getting a pretty good bounty.

  18. P
    October 24th, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Projections say i’d come out ahead, but only by about 2 points a game. Matthews burned me as a rookie but it looks like he is on pace to do well this season.

    Something about Sproles just bothers me. Maybe its that he isn’t guaranteed much more than a dozen plays a game.

  19. LestersLegends
    October 24th, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    i hear ya. it’s a fair package but mathews comes with a risk.

  20. Taylor
    October 24th, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    There’s a guy in my league who owns both Spiller and Fred Jackson. He is willing to trade me either one of them for Mendenhall. Which one do you think holds more value? I’m leaning towards Jackson because he gets the goal line carries but Spiller is more explosive. Help me out :(

  21. LestersLegends
    October 24th, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    probably spiller. though mendenhall could prove to have the most value of all three

  22. JC
    October 25th, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Big match-up in my PPR league where I am 4-3 and making a play off push. I have I have Sproles and McGahee in the RB position and Vick Ballard in the flex. I am concerned with Brown practicing today about Ballard’s value. Will Ballard be the starter and get the bulk of the work load? How do you like him this week since things have changed a bit since your weekly ratings?


  23. LestersLegends
    October 25th, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    i think you better find alternative plans for the flex. Haven’t changed the rankings yet, but if Brown has no setbacks and practices tomorrow I will be forced to bump ballard down.

  24. Dr Mel
    October 25th, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Can you please take a look at my roster & my opponent’s & make any suggestions. Not playing Gordon last week & playing Smith cost me 10pts. Thankfully the Vikings D saved me.

    Me. Opponent’s
    QB: Brady. QB: Rodgers
    RB: Bush, Morris. RB: J. Stewart, M. Bush, F. Gore
    WR: Julio Jones, Cruz, J Gordon. WR: J. Nelson, W. Welker
    TE: Witten. TE: A. Gates
    DEF: Vikings. D: Steelers
    A.Luck,James Jones, T, Smith RB: D.Murray, M, Turner
    D. Amendola, G, Zuerlein. WR: M. Floyd, R. Meachem

    Also, with both kickers being on a bye next week should I drop Big Greg? I can pickup Dan Bailey to cover me…good move? Will Luck be the guy to get me through next week?

  25. Dr Mel
    October 25th, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Sorry my new cell stinks! I tried to put it in column form. Opponent’s roster is next to mine, his bench is marked RB & WR, mine is made up of Luck, Smith, Jones, Amendola & Big Greg. THANKS!

  26. LestersLegends
    October 25th, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    I’d play james jones for gordon.

  27. Dr Mel
    October 25th, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    That’s how I originally had it, but he let me down last week. Is he a better match up now that Jennings is out? Should I drop big Greg & pickup Bailey? Who will be my best kicker going forward? Thanks!

  28. LestersLegends
    October 25th, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    kickers are so hard to judge. jenning likely won’t be heard from until week 13 or so. though i wouldn’t carry two kickers.

  29. Dr Mel
    October 25th, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Trying to ask again which one to drop for good? Both on byes next week need to make move to get Bailey to have kicker in wk. 9 will pick up another TE.

  30. LestersLegends
    October 26th, 2012 at 5:44 am #

    i only see one kicker on your roster, i would drop one if you’re carrying two. bailey is fine

  31. scotty
    October 26th, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    Originally I had vick ballard at RB2 this week, but not if he’s sharing with donald brown. Who is the best alternative? Larod stephens howling, andre brown or phillip tanner. Thanks

  32. LestersLegends
    October 26th, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    i think LSH will get the most touches so he’d be my choice. Of course I’d monitor Bradshaw and Felix.

  33. scotty
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    Thanks. Definitely not liking the 49ers matchup for LSH.

  34. LestersLegends
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    Right but Brown only got six touches last week. Was bailed out by the TD. Tanner has received some decent touches the past two games but hasn’t done anything with them.

  35. Anon
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Tough call this week. I have two rb slots, two wr slots and 1 flex slot. Who should I start between LeSean, CJ2K, McGahee, Ryan Mathews, Larry Fitz, Victor Cruz and Miles Austin? Seems like a good problem to have, but it’s a big problem regardless. Can you help?

  36. LestersLegends
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Very good problem to have.

    I’d sit Fitz and Miles.

  37. Dr Mel
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    My fault after a long day I had Grostokwski & Zuerlien to get me through bye but that bite me & both on bye so dropped Big Greg, right choice? -3.0 pts after Vikings D last night compared to 18.0 last wk.

  38. LestersLegends
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    brutal by Vikes. Simply didn’t show up.

    I rather have Gost. Their attempting more FGs this year and he’s on pace to score more.

  39. Dan
    October 26th, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Who would you recommend I start in the flex spot: Rashad Jennings, Felix Jones, or Steve Smith (CAR).

  40. LestersLegends
    October 26th, 2012 at 6:09 pm #


  41. Rob
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    Dwyer or Shonn Greene this week?

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