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With an exciting 10th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 11 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster continued his touchdown streak, now at eleven games dating back to last season, against the Bears. He has scored in 17 or his last 18 games. He should be a monster against Jacksonville. The Jaguars have allowed 137.4 yards per game and 14 touchdowns on the ground.
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2. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Miami is tough on the run, but Spiller is very active in the passing game. With Fred Jackson out, Spiller should do damage once again.
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3. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin is averaging 128.7 total yards and 0.89 touchdowns per game. Carolina has allowed 113.0 rushing yards per game.
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4. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Shady continues to play a larger role in the offense. With Vick either out or limited, that should continue against Washington.
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5. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
Richardson has recorded back-to-back 100-yard games and should be fresh coming off a bye. Dallas has allowed 105.2 rushing yards per game.
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6. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Rice has a tough matchup against Pittsburgh, but he scored in both meetings last year while averaging 117.5 total yards.
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7. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Ridley is averaging 112.5 yards and a touchdown the past two games. The Colts have allowed 120.3 yards per game at 4.7 yards per carry.
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8. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
The Niners let Steven Jackson run wild on them. I’m not sure if that works in Forte’s favor or not. Not to mention that Jay Cutler could miss this game with a concussion. The Bears are going to lean heavily on Forte.
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9. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore has a tough draw against Chicago, but he’s averaging 99.1 total yards per game.
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10. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos
McGahee has run for 66 or fewer yards in four of the past five games with just one touchdown during the stretch. He has made up for it in the passing game, averaging 54 yards per game. He faces a tough Chargers run defense (82.9 yards per game allowed), but he should still put up solid numbers.
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11. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris has come back to Earth in the past two weeks. He hasn’t scored or caught a pass, and has averaged just 67.5 yards per game. He should rebound against a fading Eagles team.
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12. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
The Firm has only scored three times and is averaging just 66.5 total yards. He should be more effective against a bad Chiefs team.
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13. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Mathews is averaging 91.8 total yards per game, but isn’t scoring. That makes him just a borderline RB1 against Denver.
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14. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles showed burst against Pittsburgh. He’s still a small risk, but the Bengals have allowed 10 rushing scores so he may be worth the risk.
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15. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
Maybe I’m ranking him a little too high as an apology to a low ranking against the Niners. He was a workhorse against them, collecting 127 total yards and a touchdown on 31 touches. The Jets are giving up 145.0 yards per game so another solid game is probable
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16. Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders
The Saints stuffed Michael Turner, but they are still averaging 162 rushing yards allowed per game. Reece should do some damage on the ground, but even more through the air.
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17. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Bush went to the doghouse after losing a fumble. Assuming he is forgiven, he should rebound against the Bills league-worst rushing defense (163.7 yards per game).
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18. Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
Jones looked more explosive against the Eagles. I’m expecting Murray to be out yet again. Felix has averaged 101 total yards the past two games. Cleveland is giving up 132.2 rushing yards per game.
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19. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
Turner left fantasy owners high and dry in a juicy matchup with New Orleans. I expect he’ll rebound against Arizona. The Cardinals have allowed 126.1 rushing yards per game.
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20. Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions
LeShoure came back to Earth against Minnesota. He’ll likely get about 60 total yards with a 50-50 chance of scoring against Green Bay.
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21. Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers
Baltimore can be run on (132 yards per game, nine rushing touchdowns allowed) and after Redman’s fumble it looks like it’s Dwyer’s gig again.
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22. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Greene was predictably held in check by Seattle. He should fare a little better against St. Louis. The Rams have allowed 10 rushing touchdowns and 114.1 rushing yards per game.
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23. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
J-Stew has produced modest numbers despite being proclaimed the feature back. Tampa Bay is tough on the run. He’ll have to do damage in the passing game.
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24. LaRod Stephens-Howling, Arizona Cardinals
He’s averaging 82 total yards in his past three games. Atlanta may make things difficult, but I expect he’ll be active in the passing game.
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25. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints
The Saints backfield is another hard one to predict between Sproles, Ingram, Pierre Thomas, and Chris Ivory. This has become a nightmare for fantasy owners. Sproles in PPR leagues is the best bet of the bunch. Standard leagues are tougher to grade. The Raiders have allowed nine rushing touchdowns.
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