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With an exciting 16th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 17 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
All Day is 102 yards shy of 2000 and 208 yards from the NFL record. The Packers have a mediocre run defense. AP ripped them for 210 yards in the last meeting. My gut says he gets to 2000, but comes up a little short. Prove me wrong AP.
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2. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller had 173 total yards against a solid Miami Dolphins defense. He had 194 total yards and a touchdown in the opener against the New York Jets. He’ll bookend the season by thumping them again. The Jets rank 27th in run defense.
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3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Lynch is averaging 118.6 yards with seven touchdown in his last four games. He dropped 155 total yards and a touchdown on the St. Louis Rams in the first meeting. He’ll pound them again. The Rams are one of four teams to have allowed 17 or more rushing touchdowns.
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4. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Moreno is averaging 140 total yards in his past three games. The Kansas City Chiefs rank 26th against the run. I expect the Broncos to be particularly run-heavy this week to preserve Peyton Manning for the playoffs.
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5. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
I am a little concerned with Foster’s irregular heartbeat. If he is not limited, he should run wild on the Indianapolis Colts’ 30th-ranked run defense as the Houston Texans try to secure the number one seed in the AFC. Foster had 169 total yards in the first meeting and has averaged 187 total yards with five touchdowns in four career games against the Colts.
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6. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
CJ is hit or miss, but should on against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had 109 total yards in the first meeting. The Jags rank 31st against the run.
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7. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles has a tough matchup against the Broncos, but Charles has been on a tear averaging 126.6 total yards in his past seven games. He had 107 yards against Denver in Week 12.
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8. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris has been the most consistent of the trio of stud rookie running backs. He just keeps on churning. Morris has four touchdowns in his past three games. He’s averaging nearly 100 total yards per game and has 10 touchdowns on the year. Morris had 113 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Dallas Cowboys.
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9. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin has been the most explosive of the rookie runners, averaging 117.7 total yards on the year. He should finish strong against a Falcons team that has nothing to play for.
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10. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Rice got a heavy workload (30 touches) last week against the New York Giants and responded with 158 total yards and a score. He finishes with a tough game against the Cincinnati Bengals on the road.
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11. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Murray only received 11 carries last week, but his inclusion in the passing game allowed him to finish with 91 total yards against the New Orleans Saints. He should finish strong against the Redskins.
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12. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore was an afterthought after the Seahawks ran away in Week 16. He should bounce back against the Arizona Cardinals’ 28th-ranked run defense.
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13. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
McCoy returned with 122 total yards last week against the Redskins. He had 140 total yards in the first meeting with the G-Men. Look for McCoy to finish his disappointing season on a high note.
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14. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
The Steelers shut down The Law Firm, but he should be back in business against the Ravens. They rank 24th against the run. BJGE ran for 91 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting.
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15. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Greene has three touchdowns in his past three games. He ran for 94 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with Buffalo. The Bills rank dead last against the run.
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16. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte is banged up, but I expect him to gut it out against the Detroit Lions’ mediocre run defense. Forte ran for 96 yards in the first meeting.
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17. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Bush continued his strong finish with 107 total yards and three touchdowns against the Bills. New England will be a tougher test, but he should see plenty of work in the passing game.
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18. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Ridely had 71 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Dolphins.
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19. Montell Owens, Jacksonville Jaguars
Owens did some damage against the New England Patriots, mainly in the passing game. He should finish well against Tennessee’s 23rd-ranked run defense.
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20. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
Jackson has a tough finish against the Seahawks, but has averaged 109.3 total yards the past seven games.
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With an exciting 15th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 16 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Does it even matter who AP faces? He’s averaging 164.1 yards in his past eight games. I don’t expect even a tough Houston Texans run defense to slow All Day down.
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2. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster isn’t putting up Peterson numbers, but he is averaging 106.7 total yards per game with 16 combined touchdowns. He should rise to the occasion in a showdown with Peterson and the Vikings.
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3. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin, like the rest of the Bucs, was a major letdown last week. He gets a chance to redeem himself against the St. Louis Rams. They have allowed 117.6 yards per game and 17 rushing scores.
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4. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Moreno is averaging 121.8 total yards per game since taking over the starting gig. The Cleveland Browns have allowed 120.6 yards per game and 13 rushing scores.
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5. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris is averaging 113.3 yards and a touchdown in his past four games. The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed 122.0 yards per game and nine rushing scores.
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6. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Murray has scored in all three games since his return while averaging 96.3 total yards per game. The New Orleans Saints have allowed 146.3 yards per game and 13 rushing scores.
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7. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
The San Francisco 49ers present a challenge, but Lynch and the Seahawks are flying high. He’s averaging 117.7 total yards over the past three games to go with five rushing scores. Lynch had 116 total yards in the first meeting.
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8. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
The yardage has not been there, but the scoring has. T-Rich has 83 total yards in his past two games, but scored a pair of touchdowns in both games. He has six touchdowns in his past four games and 12 on the year. The Broncos present a tough test.
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9. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Change did not do Rice or the Ravens good. Look for Rice to get back on track against the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 123.7 yards per game and eight rushing scores.
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10. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller has a tough matchup against the Miami Dolphins’ top ten run defense, but Spiller is explosive and should get plenty of touches. He’s averaging nearly 100 yards per game this year while operating in a timeshare for a good part of the year.
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11. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Ridley was taken out of the game by the Niners, but should bounce back against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 148.1 yards per game and 18 rushing scores.
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12. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte is averaging 116 total yards the past three games. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed 136.5 yards per game and 10 rushing scores.
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13. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles struck out last week against the Oakland Raiders, but has a favorable matchup against the Indianapolis Colts for a rebound. The Colts have allowed 124.7 yards per game and a dozen touchdowns.
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14. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Johnson travels to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers. The Pack have allowed 114.3 yards per game and 11 rushing scores. If weather is an issue, CJ will carry the load.
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15. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
Run DMC did his thing against the Chiefs, collecting 149 total yards. This week he faces the Carolina Panthers, who have allowed 117.9 yard per game and 11 rushing scores.
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16. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Bush is averaging 88.3 total yards in his past four games. The Bills have allowed 144.1 yards per game and 22 rushing scores.
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17. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore continues to turn in good performances. Playing the Seahawks on the road makes for a tough test though.
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18. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
The Law Firm is averaging 117.2 total yards in his past five games with three touchdowns. The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the top run defenses in the league though.
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19. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts
Ballard is averaging 104.5 total yards in his past two games. The Chiefs have allowed 136.4 yards per game and nine rushing scores.
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20. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
S-Jax is averaging 114.7 total yards in his past six games. The Bucs lead the league in run defense, but Jackson has been playing so well. Plus, he is active in the passing game.
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21. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
D-Will is averaging 128 total yards with a receiving touchdown in each of his past two games. The Raiders have allowed 122.5 yards per game and 17 rushing scores.
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22. Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions
Leshoure missed a golden opportunity against the Arizona Cardinals, but still managed 59 total yards and a touchdown. The Atlanta Falcons have allowed 124.9 yards per game and 14 rushing scores.
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23. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
Turner is averaging just 42.4 yards in his past five games, but has managed to score in each game. The Lions have allowed 119.4 yards per game and 12 rushing scores.
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24. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints
Sproles is a lot like Michael Turner when it comes to pure numbers. Neither get a ton of yards, and their fantasy value is tied to their ability to get in the end zone. Sproles has three scores in the past two weeks and will likely get his chance against the Cowboys.
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25. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Greene is not a sexy pick, but he’s steady. He’s a low-end RB2 or a solid flex play against the San Diego Chargers.
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With an exciting 14th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 15 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson is on a tear. He’s averaging 157.3 yards over the past seven games. The St. Louis Rams have allowed a mediocre 110.3 rushing yards per game, but are one of four teams that have allowed 15 or more rushing touchdowns.
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2. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Beast Mode was in full force as Lynch dropped 128 yards and three touchdowns on the Arizona Cardinals on just 11 carries. Next up is the Buffalo Bills, who have allowed 134.5 yards per game and a league-high 18 rushing scores.
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3. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster should be in for a big day as the Indianapolis Colts have allowed 120.6 yards per game and a dozen rushing scores.
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 4. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin continues to dominate. He is averaging 124 total yards per game with 11 touchdowns. The New Orleans Saints rank last in the NFL with 152.4 rushing yards allowed per game. In the first meeting Martin has 122 total yards and a score.
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5. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles, like Peterson, is dominating despite inadequate quarterback play. He’s averaging 117.2 yards in his past five games. The Oakland Raiders have allowed 131.2 yards per game and 17 rushing scores.
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6. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
T-Rich is averaging 93.6 total yards with 10 touchdowns in 13 games. The Washington Redskins are decent against the run, but Richardson is a dual.
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7. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris is averaging 119.7 yards with two touchdowns in his last three games. He will likely be leaned on more heavily with Robert Griffin III likely out. The Browns have allowed 120.5 yards per game and 10 rushing scores.
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8. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Rice got a little banged up (hip), but managed to deliver his first 100-yard game since Week 5. I’m more concerned about his matchup with the Denver Broncos than his hip.
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9. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
CJ has had two quiet games in a row, but one of them came against the Texans. He should rebound nicely against the New York Jets, who have allowed 136.5 yards per game and 13 rushing scores.
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10. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller will have the backfield to his own, but his matchup with Seattle tempers the expectations.
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11. David Wilson, New York Giants
With Ahmad Bradshaw out, Wilson gets his turn to shine. Atlanta ranks 22nd agaisnt the run with 127 yards per game allowed. They have also yielded 14 rushing scores.
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12. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
Run DMC had 64 total yards and a touchdown on Thursday Night Football against the Broncos. Thankfully, he had extra time to rest because he tweaked his ankle (big shock). If he’s good to go, he should fare well against the Chiefs. They have allowed 131.2 yards per game and nine rushing scores.
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13. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
The Law Firm is averaging 120.1 total yards in his past four games. The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed 119.3 yards per game.
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14. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Moreno is averaging 120.3 total yards in his three games since taking over the starting gig. The Ravens have allowed 129.3 yards per game and 12 rushing scores.
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15. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte was more effective in the passing game in the first meeting with the Green Bay Packers. He should have more success running this time, while still doing some damage through the air. The Packers have allowed 116.7 yards per game and 11 rushing scores.
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16. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Ridley has a tough matchup against the 49ers, but Tom Brady and the passing game should open things up for him.
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17. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
The New England Patriots play the run well, but Gore has a good nose around the end zone. He can also do damage in the passing game.
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18. Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions
Leshoure was quiet against the Packers despite having conditions that were more suited for the ground game. He should have no trouble getting his footing and delivering against the Cardinals. They have allowed 140.5 yards per game and nine rushing touchdowns.
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19. Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
Brown took a backseat to Nick Foles last week because the Bucs are really good against the run and terrible against the pass. He’s worth considering because of what he did in Weeks 12 & 13, but there is obviously more risk associated with him against the Bengals after last week’s dud.
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20. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
Jackson is averaging 108.4 total yards in his past five games. The Vikings will try to control the clock with Adrian Peterson, which could limit Jackson’s touches.
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21. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Murray has scored in both games since returning, but the Steelers will provide a stiff test. They are giving up just 93.2 yards per game.
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22. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Green has been sharing the load with Bilal Powell, but there has been enough to feed both backs. The Titans have allowed 127 yards per game and 12 rushing scores.
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23. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Bush is quietly averaging 83 yards the past three games. The Jacksonville Jaguars have allowed 145.7 yards per game and a league-high 18 rushing scores.
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24. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints
Sproles scored on the ground and through the air. He had 59 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with Tampa Bay. He should be active in this one too.
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25. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Mathews continues to get plenty of looks. He just hasn’t been very productive. That could change this week against the Carolina Panthers. They have allowed 121.6 yards per game and 11 rushing scores.
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With an exciting 13th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 14 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster had a modest day (53 total yards) against the Tennessee Titans, but he scored yet again. Foster has 15 touchdowns through 12 games. The New England Patriots are solid against the run, but Foster so consistent.
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2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Peterson is averaging 181.8 total yards in his past four games. The Chicago Bears “held” him to 138 yards in Week 12. He’s not human.
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3. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
T-Rich is averaging 124.2 total yards with three touchdowns in his past five games. The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed 129.3 at 4.7 yards per carry.
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4. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Lynch is averaging 110.4 total yards with four touchdowns in his past five games. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed 128.6 yards per game.
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5. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin is averaging 123.4 total yards with 10 touchdowns in 12 games. He’s a ball of awesomeness. This week he faces the lifeless Philadelphia Eagles.
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6. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Rice was held to 83 total yards by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he managed to score a touchdown. He should have continued success against the Washington Redskins.
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7. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles is averaging 115.8 total yards in his past four games. The Browns are giving up 115.6 rushing yards per game.
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8. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Johnson has averaged 120 total yards in his past nine games. He had 117 total yards in his first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts. Indy has allowed 122.6 yards per game and 12 rushing scores.
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9. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller continues to do serious damage with just about 15 touches per game. He’s averaging 112.1 total yards in his past four games. This week he faces the Rams. They have allowed 114.4 yards per game and 15 rushing scores.
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10. Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
If LeSean McCoy can go this week, it will shakes things up. Brown is averaging 186 total yards and a pair of touchdowns in tow starts. This week will be tougher against Tampa’s league-best run defense (82.3 yards per game).
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11. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
Bradshaw is a solid option against the league’s worst run defense. The New Orleans Saints have allowed 153.8 yards per game and 11 rushing scores.
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12. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Ridley has a tough matchup against Houston, but Tom Brady and company will keep them honest. Ridley is averaging 84.2 yards and a touchdown in his past five games.
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13. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Moreno had a more modest game (83 total yards) against the Bucs, which was expected as they have the league’s top run defense. This week he gets the Oakland Raiders. They have allowed 130.4 yards per game and 16 rushing scores.
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14. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte had 96 total yards and a touchdown on a ankle that wasn’t 100 percent. The Vikings have allowed 115.1 yards per game and 10 rushing scores.
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15. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris has been a steady option all year. He faces the Ravens, who have allowed 125.8 yards per game and 11 rushing scores.
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16. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
The Law Firm has strung together three straight 100-yard games. The Dallas Cowboys have allowed 116.5 yards per game and 11 rushing scores.
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17. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore is averaging 88 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past four games. The Miami Dolphins are stout against the run, but Gore averages 107 total yards per game at home.
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18. Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions
LeShoure has scored in three straight games. The Green Bay Packers have allowed 115.2 yards per game and 10 rushing scores.
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19. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
Jackson has averaged 117.3 total yards in his past four games. He’s a solid RB2 option against the Bills. They have allowed 139.2 yards per game and a league-high 17 rushing scores.
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20. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Murray came back with a bang, record 102 total yards and a touchdown against the Eagles. Expect the Bengals to put up more of a fight.
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21. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
Turner has now scored in three straight games. With seven touchdowns on the year, it’s possible that he could record his fifth straight double-digit touchdown season. He’s facing the Carolina Panthers, who have allowed 128.8 yards per game and 10 rushing scores. Turner had 178 total yards and a touchdown against them in Week 4.
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22. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Greene has not scored in five weeks, but he has averaged 83.4 total yards during that span. He takes on the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have allowed 144.0 yards per game and 16 rushing scores.
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23. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts
Ballard gets the benefit of playing without Donald Brown. Locking horns with the Titans, who rank 27th in run defense (129.4) also helps. Tennessee has allowed 11 rushing scores.
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24. Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers
Dwyer struggled against the Ravens with 49 yards on 16 carries (3.1 yards per carry), but he was able to get in the end zone. The San Diego Chargers present a tough matchup, especially if Ben Roethlisberger can’t go again.
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25.Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Mathews has yet to be spectacular this year. He has been pretty steady though. The Steelers present a tough test.
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26. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
D-Will will likely carry the full load once again. Atlanta has allowed 121.3 yards per game and 13 rushing scores.
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With an exciting 12th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 13 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster got back on track with two touchdowns and 117 total yards on Thanksgiving. This week he gets the Tennessee Titans. They have allowed 129.8 rushing yards per game and 10 touchdowns.
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2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Peterson continues to shine despite inadequate quarterback play. He had 138 total yards against the Chicago Bears. The Green Bay Packers have allowed 103.8 yards per game and nine rushing scores.
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3. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
T-Rich had 112 total yards and a touchdown against the stingy Pittsburgh Steelers. He should have a field day against the Oakland Raiders. They have allowed 131.2 yards per game and 15 rushing scores.
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4. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin has a tough matchup against the Denver Broncos. Still, he is averaging 158.5 total yards with nine touchdowns in his past six games.
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5. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles is averaging 108.3 yards in his past three games against three tough defenses (Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, Broncos). I like his chances against the mediocre Carolina Panthers.
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6. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller had just 14 carries, but managed 107 yards against the Indianapolis Colts. He should be a monster against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 136 yards per game and 14 rushing scores.
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7. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Rice is averaging 108.9 total yards. He had 93 total yards in the first meeting with Pittsburgh. This time he gets to play them at home, where he has scored six of his seven touchdowns.
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8. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
CJ has averaged 137.2 total yards with four touchdowns in the past six games. He could have tough sledding against the Texans, although he did run for 141 yards in the first meeting.
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9. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Beast Mode was held in check by the Miami Dolphins. He had another tough matchup against the Chicago Bears. He’s a power runner like Peterson so I still expect a solid outing.
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10. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris continued his solid season with 113 yards and a touchdown on Thanksgiving. The New York Giants have allowed 114 yards per game, including 120 to Morris in the first meeting.
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11. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
Bradshaw gets a boost with Andre Brown on the shelf with a broken leg. He should be active on the ground and in the passing game against the Redskins.
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12. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore continues to provide steady fantasy numbers. He’s averaging 97.4 total yards per game with six touchdowns. He takes on the St. Louis Rams. They have allowed 111.4 yards per game with 14 rushing scores.
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13. Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
It looks like LeSean McCoy will miss this one so Brown is a borderline RB1 against Dallas. If you watched him on Monday Night Football, you know he has some upside.
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14. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Ridley has scored in the past four games while averaging 87.5 yards. The Dolphins are tough against the run, but it will be hard to key in against Ridley with Tom Brady at the helm.
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15. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
The Law Firm is averaging 89.3 total yards with three touchdowns in his past four games. He is unlikely to crack the 100-yard mark for the third straight week, but he should be solid against the San Diego Chargers.
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16. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Mathews continues to be held out of the end zone, but is averaging 90.3 total yards per game. The Bengals have allowed 116.1 yards per game and 10 rushing scores.
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17. Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals
Beanie scored two touchdowns in his return. He gets a solid matchup in his second game back. The New York Jets have allowed 142.8 yards and 12 rushing scores.
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18. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Moreno was the surprising winner in the Willis McGahee injury sweepstakes, compiling 111 total yards. Tampa Bay has the league’s stingiest run defense, allowing just 81.5 yards per game. They have allowed nine rushing touchdowns, and Peyton Manning should open things up for Moreno.
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19. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
It looks like Forte will suit up against Seattle. They have a fierce defense and Michael Bush is a capable partner in crime, which could limit Forte’s touches. Not to mention he’ll get the work at the goal line.
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20. Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars
I don’t expect Maurice Jones-Drew to be ready to return. Jennings is back in the mix against Buffalo. The Bills have allowed 147.3 yards and a league-high 16 rushing scores.
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21. Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
I am not expecting DeMarco Murray to play this week. Jones has scored a touchdown the past three weeks. If he gets the start, he should produce against the lifeless Eagles.
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22. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
Turner was stuffed in the first meeting against the New Orleans Saints. This time he gets them at home. Turner has scored in three of his past four games. The Saints have allowed 156.5 yards and 10 rushing scores.
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23. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Bush rebounded with 87 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks. Daniel Thomas continues to play a prominent role, limiting Bush’s value against the Patriots.
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24. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Greene is averaging 93.7 total yards the past six games. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed 124.2 yards per game.
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25. Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers
Dwyer gets the latest crack at the starting gig in the revolving door that is the Steelers’ running back scene. He’s a solid option against a Baltimore team allowing 128.5 rushing yards per game.
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26. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
S-Jax ripped the Niners for 127 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting. I expect they will do a better job bottling him up in this one.
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27. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
It looks like Jonathan Stewart (ankle) will be out of action. D-Will should be a solid option against Kansas City. They Chiefs are yielding 126.1 rushing yards per game.
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28. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
It appears that Run DMC will make his return. I would expect Marcel Reece to maintain plenty of involvement, particularly on passing downs. The Browns have allowed 118.4 yards and nine rushing scores. McFadden is a high risk play.
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29. Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions
LeShoure has scored in back-to-back weeks and has five touchdowns in his past four games. The Colts have allowed 121.2 yards per game with 11 rushing scores. He is an injury concern. If he checks out, he could move up the ranks.
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30. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints
I don’t expect Sproles to be active in the running game, but he should be busy catching the football. I get the feeling he’ll find a way to score in this one.
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31. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts
Ballard has a decent matchup against the Detroit, but he’s sharing the load with Donald Brown. The Lions are giving up 122.4 yards per game.
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32. Michael Bush, Chicago Bears
It looks like Forte will play against Seattle, but I expect Bush to be involved. He has five touchdowns in the four games he has had at least 12 carries.
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With an exciting 11th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 12 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster had a respectable 92 total yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he failed to score for the first time of the year. It had to be frustrating for Foster owners, considering the Texans scored 43 points and amassed 640 total yards. He’ll celebrate Thanksgiving with 100+ total yards and a score or two.
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2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
All Day faces Da Bears in Chicago. Not ideal, but Peterson has been on fire averaging 157.3 yards with five touchdowns in his last four games.
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3. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In his last four games Martin has averaged 191.5 total yards with five touchdowns. The Atlanta Falcons are allowing 130.5 yards and a touchdown per game.
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4. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
The Miami Dolphins are tough against the run allowing 96.8 yards per game. I don’t care. Lynch has recorded four straight 100-yard games with a touchdown in his past three. Beast Mode hits South Beach.
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5. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
T-Rich has a tough matchup against Pittsburgh, but he is averaging 138 total yards in his past three games. The Browns are not afraid of giving him 25+ touches.
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6. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Rice has combined for just 75 rushing yards the past two games, but he makes up for it in the passing game. He’s averaging 103.4 total yards with seven touchdowns. The San Diego Chargers play good run defense, but Rice is so consistent.
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7. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
The Saints are giving up 157.8 rushing yards and 0.9 rushing touchdowns per game. The Niners will try to be run-heavy to slow down Drew Brees and company. Gore should do big things.
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8. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
With Gronk out the Patriots could turn more to the running game against the New York Jets. Ridley has scored in three straight games. The Jets have allowed 141.9 yards and a touchdown per game.
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9. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
I expect Fred Jackson to return for the game against the Indianapolis Colts. If he doesn’t Spiller is a top five option. Even with F-Jax in the mix, Spiller should be highly productive. The Colts have allowed 119.8 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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10. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
CJ is averaging 142.8 total yards with four touchdowns in his past five games. He should continue to roll coming out of his bye against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 137.3 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game.
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11. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte has averaged 99.7 total yards in his last three meeting with the Minnesota Vikings.
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12. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Mathews had 83 total yards against a tough Denver Broncos team. He should have more success against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have allowed 132.2 yards and a touchdown per game.
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13. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
The Firm had a favorable matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs and he responded with a touchdown and his first 100-yard game of the year. He should keep rolling against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have allowed 122.4 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game.
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14. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles has 218 total yards in his past two games despite facing the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati. Denver is tough, but Charles is explosive and the Chiefs are feeding him the ball.
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15. Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders
I’m not counting on Darren McFadden to return. Reece should have a solid game against the Bengals. They have allowed 117.8 yard and a touchdown per game. Reece is very active in the passing game as well.
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16. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris hasn’t score since Week 6, but he continues to put up solid numbers. This week he faces the Dallas Cowboys. The ‘Boys have allowed 106.6 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.
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17. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos
Hillman will get the ball against the 1-9 Chiefs. They are giving up 129.2 yards per game.
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18. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts’ backfield is a bit tricky, but they are facing the Buffalo Bills so perhaps Ballard and Donald Brown could both have some use this week. Ballard appears to be in the lead. Buffalo has allowed 153.3 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game.
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19. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
Jackson has had a revival following his bye. He has averaged 106.5 total yards the past two games. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed 119.3 yards per game.
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20. Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
I still don’t think DeMarco Murray will make it back to play the Redskins on Thanksgiving. Jones has quietly averaged 75.8 total yards with four touchdowns in the past six games.
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21. Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy (concussion) will likely miss this one. Brown should get a shot, but temper your expectations against the Carolina Panthers based on how the Eagles have been playing.
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22. Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions
The Texans have yet to allow a rushing touchdown making LeShoure a mediocre RB2 this week.
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23. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
Bradshaw and the Giants offense should benefit from their bye week when the take on the Green Bay Packers.
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24. Jalen Parmele, Jacksonville Jaguars
Parmele had 80 yards taking over for the ineffective Rashad Jennings. The Titans have allowed 132.8 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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25. James Starks, Green Bay Packers
Starks has 141 total yards in his past two games as he’s taking on a larger role. Aaron Rodgers commands so much attention that Starks should be able to produce against the Giants’ middle-of-the-road run defense.
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26. Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers
Mendy shared the load last week, and will likely continue to do so against Cleveland. The Browns are giving up 125.3 yards per game so there should be enough to go around.
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27. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
J-Stew had 73 total yards and his first rushing touchdown against a tough Tampa team. Things should be easier against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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28. Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals
Beanie should reclaim his starting job against the Rams, but LaRod Stephens-Howling has earned a decent role averaging 95.3 total yards the past four games. The Rams have allowed 115.1 yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game. You’ll want to monitor Beanie closely before inserting him into your lineup.
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29. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Greene had a decent game, but Bilal Powell managed to score two touchdowns. The Patriots are giving up just 99 yards per game so a shared load could hamper Greene’s chances.
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30. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
Turner scored last week to bail out a mediocre effort. Mediocre is how his season can be summed up. This week he faces the Bucs. They have allowed the fewest yards (81.8 per game) in the league.
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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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