2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Week 9

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.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

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

Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Week 9 Waiver Wire

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