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2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Week 4

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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.

Indianapolis and Pittsburgh are on bye.

2012 NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

Rk

Player

Team

OPPONENT

Notes

1

Arian Foster

HOU

vs. TEN

Titans 29th in rushing defense.

2

Ray Rice

BAL

vs. CLE (Thurs.)

 

3

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

vs. CIN

MJD already back in top 5 among RBs.

4

LeSean McCoy

PHI

vs. NYG

Hoping to back up trash talk against G-Men.

5

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

at STL

Beast mode could be in full effect vs. Rams.

6

Adrian Peterson

MIN

at DET

 

7

Jamaal Charles

KC

vs. SD

Back in charge after 233-yard effort.

8

Darren McFadden

OAK

at DEN

 

9

Ryan Mathews

SD

at KC

Should see even more touches against Chiefs.

10

Frank Gore

SF

at NYJ

Jets allowing 150 yards rushing per game.

11

Doug Martin

TB

vs. WAS

 

12

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

CIN

at JAC

BJGE should have success vs. Jags.

13

DeMarco Murray

DAL

vs. CHI (Mon.)

Bears will be tough test.

14

Trent Richardson

CLE

at BAL (Thurs.)

Rookie could be in for long night.

15

Michael Bush

CHI

at DAL (Mon.)

Forte's status for this week uknown.

16

Stevan Ridley

NE

at BUF

Hope Week 3 (13 att) is exception, not rule.

17

Reggie Bush

MIA

at ARI

Knee checked out OK, but watch status closely.

18

Michael Turner

ATL

vs. CAR

 

19

Darren Sproles

NO

at GB

 

20

Cedric Benson

GB

vs. NO

Saints giving up most fantasy points to RBs.

21

Alfred Morris

WAS

at TB

Looks to be entrenched as No. 1 back.

22

Mikel Leshoure

DET

vs. MIN

Can he top 100-yard debut?

23

Steven Jackson

STL

vs. SEA

 

24

Andre Brown

NYG

at PHI

No longer the starter, but has earned a role.

25

Ahmad Bradshaw

NYG

at PHI

Named the starter, but will share with Brown.

26

Chris Johnson

TEN

vs. HOU

Texans not what struggling CJ needs.

27

Ryan Williams

ARI

vs. MIA

Now the starter with Beanie Wells on IR.

28

Tashard Choice

BUF

vs. NE

Less appealing if injured Bills return.

29

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

at ATL

Hoping toe/ankle issues are over with.

30

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

at ATL

 

31

Ben Tate

HOU

vs. TEN

Solid flex option vs. Titans.

32

Shonn Greene

NYJ

vs. SF

Powell breathing down his neck.

33

Willis McGahee

DEN

vs. OAK

Rib injury could limit/sideline him.

34

Daniel Thomas

MIA

at ARI

If Reggie sits, Thomas gets the start.

35

Jacquizz Rodgers

ATL

vs. CAR

 

36

Pierre Thomas

NO

at GB

 

37

Mark Ingram

NO

at GB

 

38

Fred Jackson

BUF

vs. NE

Even if he plays, expect limited impact.

39

Lance Ball

DEN

vs. OAK

Should start if McGahee doesn't play.

40

Bilal Powell

NYJ

vs. SF

Time to shine with Greene struggling.

41

Shaun Draughn

KC

vs. SD

Peyton Hillis (ankle) questionable.

42

Danny Woodhead

NE

at BUF

 

43

Daryl Richardson

STL

vs. SEA

 

44

Lamar Miller

MIA

at ARI

 

45

Kendall Hunter

SF

at NYJ

 

46

Toby Gerhart

MIN

at DET

 

47

Jackie Battle

SD

at KC

Chargers' goal-line back?

48

Kevin Smith

DET

vs. MIN

 

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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 4 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 4 Start or Sit