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2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Week 12

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Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

2012 NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

Rk

Player

Team

OPPONENT

Notes

1

Arian Foster

HOU

at DET (Thurs.)

Held to just 2.8 ypc last week vs. Jaguars.

2

Ray Rice

BAL

at SD

Only 2 100-yard games, 7 TDs on season.

3

Adrian Peterson

MIN

at CHI

Leading rusher vs. Bears D should be fun.

4

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

at MIA

Miami: 132.2 rushing ypg allowed over last 5.

5

Chris Johnson

TEN

at JAC

Has 90+ rushing yds in 6 of last 7 games.

6

Doug Martin

TB

vs. ATL

Falcons 26th against run.

7

C.J. Spiller

BUF

at IND

Had 130 total yards vs. Dolphins last week.

8

Stevan Ridley

NE

at NYJ (Thurs.)

Only 65 yards rushing vs. Jets in Week 7.

9

Jamaal Charles

KC

vs. DEN

Broncos are No. 7 against run.

10

Frank Gore

SF

at NO

Saints allowing third-most fantasy pts. to RBs.

11

Matt Forte

CHI

vs. MIN

Only 3 TDs on season.

12

Alfred Morris

WAS

at DAL (Thurs.)

No touchdowns in last four games.

13

Trent Richardson

CLE

vs. PIT

T-Rich faces Steel Curtain for first time.

14

Ryan Mathews

SD

vs. BAL

Played through neck injury vs. Broncos.

15

Ahmad Bradshaw

NYG

vs. GB

Hoping for better health off of bye.

16

Ronnie Hillman

DEN

at KC

Should get start with McGahee (torn MCL) out.

17

Steven Jackson

STL

at ARI

Has 182 yards rushing in last two games.

18

Reggie Bush

MIA

vs. SEA

Only 20 yards on 10 carries vs. Bills.

19

Michael Turner

ATL

at TB

Bucs are No. 1 against run.

20

Mikel Leshoure

DET

vs. HOU (Thurs.)

Texans have not allowed a rushing TD.

21

Marcel Reece

OAK

at CIN

Piled up 193 total yards vs. Saints.

22

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

CIN

vs. OAK

Raiders gave up 153 yards rushing to Saints.

23

Jonathan Dwyer

PIT

at CLE

Led Steelers in carries and yards last week.

24

Felix Jones

DAL

vs. WAS (Thurs.)

Reaggravated knee injury last week, watch status.

25

Shonn Greene

NYJ

vs. NE (Thurs.)

Greene could cede more carries to Powell.

26

LaRod Stephens-Howling

ARI

vs. STL

Had season-high 127 yards vs. Falcons.

27

Jalen Parmele

JAC

vs. TEN

Earns start after gaining 80 yards vs. Texans.

28

James Starks

GB

at NYG

Picked up 74 yards as lead back last week.

29

Vick Ballard

IND

vs. BUF

Bills are second-worst against run.

30

Bryce Brown

PHI

vs. CAR (Mon.)

In line to start if McCoy (concussion) can't go.

31

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

at PHI (Mon.)

Scored first rushing TD of season last week.

32

LeSean McCoy

PHI

vs. CAR (Mon.)

Sustained concussion, watch status closely.

33

Darren Sproles

NO

vs. SF

Deactivated (hand) late last week, monitor.

34

Rashard Mendenhall

PIT

at CLE

Rushes for 33 yards in return from injury.

35

Daniel Thomas

MIA

vs. SEA

Out-gained (33 to 20) Bush last week.

36

Mark Ingram

NO

vs. SF

Has back-to-back 67-yard efforts.

37

Fred Jackson

BUF

at IND

Status (concussion) uncertain for this week.

38

Beanie Wells

ARI

vs. STL

Set to return from IR (toe) this week.

39

Jacquizz Rodgers

ATL

at TB

Bucs have allowed 60 catches by RBs.

40

Kendall Hunter

SF

at NO

Scored second TD of season vs. Bears.

41

Andre Brown

NYG

vs. GB

Has 7 TDs in nine games.

42

Danny Woodhead

NE

at NYJ (Thurs.)

No carries or receptions against Colts.

43

Pierre Thomas

NO

vs. SF

Seeing fewer carries with Ingram's emergence.

44

Lance Dunbar

DAL

vs. WAS

Could be starter if Jones (knee) can't go.

45

Lance Ball

DEN

at KC

Will either backup or share carries with Hillman.

46

Chris Ivory

NO

vs. SF

Role will be reduced once Sproles returns.

47

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

at PHI (Mon.)

Only 18 yards on 7 carries last week.

48

DeMarco Murray

DAL

vs. WAS (Thurs.)

Considered doubtful for Thanksgiving game.

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Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 12 Positional Rankings

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