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2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Week 8

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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.

Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Houston are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

Rk

Player

Team

OPPONENT

Notes

1

LeSean McCoy

PHI

vs. ATL

Falcons allowing 143.8 rushing yards per game.

2

Jamaal Charles

KC

vs. OAK

Had just 40 yards rushing vs. Bucs in last game.

3

Matt Forte

CHI

vs. CAR

Has 203 yards rushing in past two games combined.

4

Ryan Mathews

SD

at CLE

Browns are 27th against run.

5

Adrian Peterson

MIN

vs. TB (Thurs.)

Bucs have allowed only one 100-yard rusher so far.

6

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

at DET

Ran for 103 on the road vs. 49ers last week.

7

Darren McFadden

OAK

at KC

Has only one game with more than 70 yards rushing.

8

Chris Johnson

TEN

vs. IND

After slow start, CJ averaging 112.8 ypg over last four.

9

Willis McGahee

DEN

vs. NO

Saints allowing most fantasy points to RBs.

10

Frank Gore

SF

at ARI (Mon.)

Ran roughshod (131 yds.) vs. Seahawks, ribs OK?

11

Alfred Morris

WAS

at PIT

No. 2 rusher vs. No. 5 rush defense.

12

Reggie Bush

MIA

at NYJ

Only had 61 yds. last game vs. Jets (injured knee).

13

Ahmad Bradshaw

NYG

at DAL

Producing on Sundays, but foot remains an issue.

14

Doug Martin

TB

at MIN (Thurs.)

Averaging 125+ total yards over last two games.

15

Michael Turner

ATL

at PHI

Eagles have allowed only 2 rushing TDs.

16

Stevan Ridley

NE

vs. STL (London)

Still lead back, but getting fewer carries.

17

Darren Sproles

NO

at DEN

Still looking for first rushing TD of season.

18

Rashad Jennings

JAC

at GB

His time to shine with MJD sidelined (sprained foot).

19

Steven Jackson

STL

vs. NE (London)

Patriots are ninth against the run.

20

Trent Richardson

CLE

vs. SD

Rib injury clearly worse than he let on, timeshare coming?

21

Shonn Greene

NYJ

vs. MIA

Held to just 40 yards vs. Dolphins in Week 3.

22

Vick Ballard

IND

at TEN

Titans are 28th against run.

23

Mikel Leshoure

DET

vs. SEA

Last week Bears (No. 2 vs. run), this week 'Hawks (No. 7).

24

Felix Jones

DAL

vs. NYG

Expected to start despite bruised knee.

25

Jonathan Dwyer

PIT

vs. WAS

May keep starting job even after others are healthy.

26

Alex Green

GB

vs. JAC

Packers just not running the ball a lot right now.

27

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

at CHI

Reports are he could become Panthers' lead back.

28

LaRod Stephens-Howling

ARI

vs. SF (Mon.)

Busted out (159 total yds.) last week, but 49ers on tap.

29

Pierre Thomas

NO

at DEN

 

30

Montario Hardesty

CLE

vs. SD

Keep eye on Richardson's status/rib injury.

31

Michael Bush

CHI

vs. CAR

Not getting as many opportunities with Forte back.

32

Daryl Richardson

STL

vs. NE (London)

Averaging nearly 10 carries per over last three games.

33

Rashard Mendenhall

PIT

vs. WAS

Has chance (Achilles) to play this week.

34

Kendall Hunter

SF

at ARI (Mon.)

 

35

Danny Woodhead

NE

vs. STL (London)

 

36

Jacquizz Rodgers

ATL

at PHI

Hasn't seen many opportunities last two games.

37

Phillip Tanner

DAL

vs. NYG

Should get his carries even with Jones expected to start.

38

Andre Brown

NYG

at DAL

Resumed backup role to Bradshaw in first game back.

39

Shane Vereen

NE

vs. STL (London)

Got start last week vs. Jets, Patriots like to use all RBs.

40

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

at CHI

Only eight carries in last two games combined.

41

Jamie Harper

TEN

vs. IND

Been used in goal-line situations recently.

42

Mark Ingram

NO

at DEN

 

43

William Powell

ARI

vs. SF (Mon.)

LSH appears to have taken control of Cards' No. 1 job.

44

Joique Bell

DET

vs. SEA

 

45

Ronnie Hillman

DEN

vs. NO

 

46

Daniel Thomas

MIA

at NYJ

 

47

LeGarrette Blount

TB

at MIN (Thurs.)

 

48

Isaac Redman

PIT

vs. WAS

Chance he (ankle) could play. Monitor status.

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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 8 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

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