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2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Week 9

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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.

New England, New York Jets, St. Louis and San Francisco are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

Rk

Player

Team

OPPONENT

Notes

1

Arian Foster

HOU

vs. BUF

Rested Foster gets worst rushing defense.

2

Ray Rice

BAL

at CLE

Rice held to just 43 yards in Week 4 vs. Browns.

3

LeSean McCoy

PHI

at NO (Mon.)

Saints allowing most fantasy pts. to RBs.

4

Matt Forte

CHI

at TEN

Titans are No. 28 against run.

5

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

vs. MIN

Posted second straight 100-yard game last week.

6

Adrian Peterson

MIN

at SEA

No. 1 rusher vs. No. 5 rush defense.

7

Alfred Morris

WAS

vs. CAR

Held to just 59 yds. vs. Steelers.

8

Trent Richardson

CLE

vs. BAL

Coming off of season-high 122 yds. vs. Chargers.

9

Willis McGahee

DEN

at CIN

Posted season-high 122 yards vs. Saints.

10

Ryan Mathews

SD

vs. KC (Thurs.)

Had 61 yards on the ground vs. Chiefs in Week 4.

11

Darren McFadden

OAK

vs. TB

Bucs are No. 6 in rush defense.

12

Jamaal Charles

KC

at SD (Thurs.)

Pretty sure he'll get more than 5 carries this week.

13

Doug Martin

TB

at OAK

Rookie exploded for 214 total yds., 2 TDs last week.

14

Reggie Bush

MIA

at IND

Has only one game with 70+ rushing yards.

15

Ahmad Bradshaw

NYG

vs. PIT

Steelers are ninth in rush defense.

16

Rashad Jennings

JAC

vs. DET

Lions have allowed only two rushing TDs.

17

Darren Sproles

NO

vs. PHI (Mon.)

Has three TD catches in last four games.

18

C.J. Spiller

BUF

at HOU

Averaging 7.3 yards per rush attempt.

19

Chris Johnson

TEN

vs. CHI

Bears bring No. 1 rushing defense to Music City.

20

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

at WAS

Second game as Panthers' lead back.

21

Michael Turner

ATL

vs. DAL

Season-high 24 att., but only 58 yds. last week.

22

Mikel Leshoure

DET

at JAC

Left last week's game with leg injury, monitor status.

23

Jonathan Dwyer

PIT

at NYG

Dealing with injured quad, monitor status.

24

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

CIN

vs. DEN

Had 24 att. Last two games after just 9 in Week 5.

25

Fred Jackson

BUF

at HOU

Texans No. 4 against run.

26

Donald Brown

IND

vs. MIA

Had 80 yards in return from knee surgery.

27

Alex Green

GB

vs. ARI

Averaging 2.4 ypc over last three games.

28

LaRod Stephens-Howling

ARI

at GB

Followed up 104-yd game with just 4 yds. vs. 49ers.

29

Felix Jones

DAL

at ATL

TD salvaged otherwise poor game vs. Giants.

30

Pierre Thomas

NO

vs. PHI (Mon.)

 

31

Michael Bush

CHI

at TEN

 

32

Daniel Thomas

MIA

at IND

 

33

Vick Ballard

IND

vs. MIA

Probably get less work with Donald Brown back.

34

Andre Brown

NYG

vs. PIT

Ready to step in if Bradshaw struggles or gets hurt.

35

Joique Bell

DET

at JAC

Could see more work if Leshoure is limited/out.

36

Jacquizz Rodgers

ATL

vs. DAL

Had team- and season-high 60 yards (7.5 ypc) last week.

37

Peyton Hillis

KC

at SD (Thurs.)

Returned from ankle injury last week.

38

Ronnie Hillman

DEN

at CIN

Rookie rushed for 86 yds. last week vs. Saints.

39

Justin Forsett

HOU

vs. BUF

Ben Tate out with hamstring injury.

40

Ronnie Brown

SD

vs. KC (Thurs.)

Led Chargers in receiving last week.

41

Dexter McCluster

KC

at SD (Thurs.)

 

42

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

at WAS

Could be in danger of dropping to No. 3 in depth chart.

43

Phillip Tanner

DAL

at ATL

If Jones struggles, Tanner will get more carries.

44

Montario Hardesty

CLE

vs. BAL

 

45

Robert Turbin

SEA

vs. MIN

 

46

Mark Ingram

NO

vs. PHI (Mon.)

Has almost reached irrelevant status in Saints' offense.

47

Isaac Redman

PIT

at NYG

Could be back on field this week (ankle).

48

DeMarco Murray

DAL

at ATL

Not likely he returns this week, but 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 9 Positional Rankings

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Kickers
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