2012 Fantasy Football RB Rankings

Jun 6, 2012

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Here’s another look at the LestersLegends 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. 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. With questions marks surrounding several backs, he jumped to the four hole.
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5. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: Knee seems to be checking out. The dude is unreal. You know his resume. If he’s good to go, he’s really good.
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6. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears:  He got paid, and while Michael Bush will cut into his value, but it should also keep him fresh. Another one who benefited from question marks.
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7. 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. His injury came at a good time, so his value didn’t go down that much. His health is a serious concern though.
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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. He will likely avoid suspension this year for his DUI so his value remains high.
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9. 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. Contract situation beginning to make me nervous.
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10. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys: He was a beast midseason, but slowed down the stretch. He still has big time potential.
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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. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns: The Browns have a solid offensive line and they will lean heavily on Richardson,who is one of the top running back prospects to come into the league in years. Knee concerns me, but it was early enough and not serious.
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14. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills: Mr. Underappreciated. Coming off a pretty serious injury, plus C.J. Spiller threatens his value. Still can’t count him out.
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15. 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. I am finally giving in to the fact that his decline is here.
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16. 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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17. 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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18. 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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19.  Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants:  He’ll have to prove he can stay healthy. With Brandon Jacobs gone, Bradshaw should see his touches.
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20.  Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints:  Sproles was tailor made to play with Drew Brees.
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7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. chris
    August 6th, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    Of the redskins rb’s, carolina’s rbs, saints rbs (no sproles), Donald Brown and James Starks who do you think has the best value. Sadly one will be my #2 rb behind McCoy but really I’m looking for a replacement for the week 7 bye philly has.

  2. LestersLegends
    August 6th, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    I am getting the feeling to trust Mark INgram. I know that’s a risky proposition. If not him, then I’d probably go J-Stew.

  3. GloriousMullet
    August 22nd, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Not a fan of Shonn Greene Lester?

  4. GloriousMullet
    August 22nd, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Not a fan of Shonn Greene Lester?

  5. LestersLegends
    August 22nd, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    I’ve been a fan of him for years, but came to the conclusion that he’s just not that good. He’s not fast, elusive, or powerful and the Jets’ offense isn’t great.

  6. rozay
    August 28th, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    Is it worth picking up ronnie brown? I believe h will be reborn in san diego. I currently have frank gore and beanie wells starting with cj spiller on the bench. I have a lot of depth at receiver (jennings, boldin, britt, blackmon, michael floyd, greg little) and was wondering if you would drop little or floyd for ronnie given that gore and wells have health concerns week to week. Thanks!

  7. LestersLegends
    August 28th, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    Not a bad early plan

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