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2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Week 2

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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.

Even though both were questionable headed into their teams' respective owners, Adrian Peterson and Maurice Jones-Drew got enough carries in Week 1 to be relevant for those owners who decided to stick with them. This week there's no uncertainty about whether you should start either, although Jones-Drew appears to be in for a tougher time as he will face off against Houston, while Peterson will get his crack at Indianapolis. The marquee running back showcase is in Philadelphia as Ray Rice and LeSean McCoy will be on the same field and have tough assignments against the respective defenses. Darren McFadden caught 13 passes on Monday night, but his owners are hoping for considerably more than the 32 yards rushing he had against the Chargers as the Raiders go cross-country to play the Dolphins. All eyes also will be on Chris Johnson to see if he can bounce back against San Diego from a miserable four-yard effort on the grond in Week 1, while C.J. Spiller looks to prove to everyone he is ready to be a No. 1 option following his 169 yards against the Jets and with Fred Jackson sidelined for at least a month. Spiller will get his chance against a Kansas City defense that gave up 40 points to the Falcons in Week 1, although most of that damage came via the pass.

2012 NFL Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

Rk

Player

Team

OPPONENT

1

Arian Foster

HOU

at JAC

2

Ray Rice

BAL

at PHI

3

LeSean McCoy

PHI

vs. BAL

4

Matt Forte

CHI

at GB (Thurs.)

5

Darren McFadden

OAK

at MIA

6

Jamaal Charles

KC

at BUF

7

DeMarco Murray

DAL

at SEA

8

Adrian Peterson

MIN

at IND

9

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

vs. HOU

10

Chris Johnson

TEN

at SD

11

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

vs. DAL

12

Frank Gore

SF

vs. DET

13

Steven Jackson

STL

vs. WAS

14

C.J. Spiller

BUF

vs. KC

15

Reggie Bush

MIA

vs. OAK

16

Stevan Ridley

NE

vs. ARI

17

Ahmad Bradshaw

NYG

vs. TB

18

Doug Martin

TB

at NYG

19

Willis McGahee

DEN

at ATL (Mon.)

20

Shonn Greene

NYJ

at PIT

21

Michael Turner

ATL

vs. DEN (Mon.)

22

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

CIN

vs. CLE

23

Darren Sproles

NO

at CAR

24

Trent Richardson

CLE

at CIN

25

Donald Brown

IND

vs. MIN

26

Alfred Morris

WAS

at STL

27

Kevin Smith

DET

at SF

28

Jonathan Dwyer

PIT

vs. NYJ

29

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

vs. NO

30

Mark Ingram

NO

at CAR

31

Beanie Wells

ARI

at NE

32

Michael Bush

CHI

at GB (Thurs.)

33

Cedric Benson

GB

vs. CHI (Thurs.)

34

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

vs. NO

35

Ben Tate

HOU

at JAC

36

Ryan Williams

ARI

at NE

37

Ronnie Brown

SD

vs. TEN

38

Kendall Hunter

SF

vs. DET

39

Peyton Hillis

KC

at BUF

40

Jacquizz Rodgers

ATL

vs. DEN (Mon.)

41

Toby Gerhart

MIN

at IND

42

Curtis Brinkley

SD

vs. TEN

43

Isaac Redman

PIT

vs. NYJ

44

Pierre Thomas

NO

at CAR

45

Felix Jones

DAL

at SEA

46

Knowshon Moreno

DEN

at ATL (Mon.)

47

David Wilson

NYG

vs. TB

48

Brandon Jackson

CLE

at CIN

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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 2 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

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