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2012 NFL Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs

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The 2012 NFL Fantasy Season is officially here. Mock drafts abound. Rookie round-ups are complete. Bye week cheat sheets are everywhere. The creative juices are flowing with hysterical team names. Positional rankings are popping up everywhere. And the ever-important Athlon Sports 2012 Big Board, the most accurate consensus top 150 list of fantasy footballers on the web, continues to take shape.

New to our Big Board is NFL.com's initial NFL fantasy rankings as we have expanded from seven lists to eight. We also added a "Previous" column to indicate the previous ranking. Athlon, with special help from FantasyRundown.com, will continue to broaden and deepen its trademark consensus Big Board and positional rankings all summer long.

CBS:CBSSports.com (Updated: 7/13/12)
PFF: ProFootballFocus.com (Updated: 6/26/12)
ESPN:ESPN (Updated 6/20/12)
FFT:FFToolbox.com (Updated 7/15/12)
Y!: Yahoo! Sports (Updated 6/23/12)
NFL: NFL.com (2012 Debut)
FOX: FoxSports.com (Updated 5/31/12)
AS: Athlon Sports (Updated 7/1/12)

Updated: 9:00 a.m. CT, July 18, 2012

Athlon Sports Fantasy Football Positional Rankings: Running Backs

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Rank

Previous

Top 150

Player:

Team

CBS

PFF

ESPN

FFT

Y!

NFL

FOX

AS

1.

1

1

Arian Foster

HOU

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

1

2.

2

2

Ray Rice

BAL

2

2

2

2

2

3

3

2

3.

3

3

LeSean McCoy

PHI

3

4

3

3

3

4

4

3

4.

4

6

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

6

11

5

6

7

7

7

6

5.

6

7

Ryan Mathews

SD

8

3

12

5

5

9

11

13

6.

5

9

Chris Johnson

TEN

9

7

9

10

8

11

10

9

7.

7

14

Darren McFadden

OAK

12

27

30

12

16

19

15

14

8.

9

17

Matt Forte

CHI

22

33

18

15

15

16

19

12

9.

8

18

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

11

37

17

17

18

27

14

15

10.

10

20

DeMarco Murray

DAL

18

16

21

18

22

25

18

34

11.

11

24

Trent Richardson

CLE

17

29

36

14

9

22

41

33

12.

14

25

Adrian Peterson

MIN

27

19

28

21

21

30

36

22

13.

13

26

Jamaal Charles

KC

49

23

24

16

25

29

28

17

14.

12

27

Steven Jackson

STL

20

21

31

23

37

31

25

36

15.

15

34

Fred Jackson

BUF

33

52

34

34

32

44

21

38

16.

16

37

Michael Turner

ATL

21

96

37

33

35

43

27

21

17.

17

39

Ahmad Bradshaw

NYG

25

41

44

31

45

45

40

46

18.

20

43

Darren Sproles

NO

41

56

43

35

40

47

47

44

19.

18

46

Frank Gore

SF

62

79

38

44

52

42

31

20

20.

19

47

Reggie Bush

MIA

57

47

51

38

42

56

43

45

21.

21

57

Roy Helu

WAS

67

87

42

39

61

61

57

48

22.

24

59

Shonn Greene

NYJ

66

68

58

50

70

58

63

55

23.

26

60

Doug Martin

TB

54

60

83

43

38

54

88

68

24.

23

61

Beanie Wells

ARI

43

94

62

46

77

55

61

58

25.

22

63

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

CIN

45

115

52

47

65

60

70

54

26.

25

64

Willis McGahee

DEN

70

73

50

73

79

62

54

49

27.

27

72

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

88

89

54

56

69

68

82

65

28.

28

75

Isaac Redman

PIT

77

117

72

67

73

81

75

64

29.

33

78

Jahvid Best

DET

101

75

70

91

85

64

77

69

30.

30

79

Donald Brown

IND

97

63

95

96

82

92

80

75

31.

31

81

Mark Ingram

NO

113

102

78

90

92

69

87

51

32.

29

82

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

100

-

67

74

78

80

72

66

33.

32

83

James Starks

GB

96

81

92

60

90

85

99

88

34.

34

85

C.J. Spiller

BUF

89

83

81

79

89

88

115

78

35.

36

90

Peyton Hillis

KC

86

99

88

98

88

94

107

90

36.

35

95

Michael Bush

CHI

95

-

76

84

97

87

86

93

37.

37

99

Stevan Ridley

NE

84

123

75

-

101

75

100

76

38.

39

100

Ben Tate

HOU

107

-

65

119

94

95

102

77

39.

40

104

Toby Gerhart

MIN

94

-

90

105

117

93

117

89

40.

38

105

LeGarrette Blount

TB

103

109

121

117

119

120

76

100

41.

42

111

Pierre Thomas

NO

105

107

119

132

107

108

105

130

42.

43

112

David Wilson

NYG

127

125

97

134

105

98

139

91

43.

41

113

Mikel Leshoure

DET

79

-

-

115

96

106

110

116

44.

45

118

Felix Jones

DAL

110

112

102

-

127

121

113

114

45.

44

131

Daniel Thomas

MIA

131

-

111

-

133

143

101

129

46.

46

133

Ryan Williams

ARI

115

-

-

136

112

147

128

117

47.

47

134

Shane Vereen

NE

125

-

-

114

123

131

138

133

48.

49

136

Ronnie Hillman

DEN

122

104

-

131

113

-

-

-

49.

51

137

Bernard Scott

CIN

140

121

116

-

-

137

-

115

50.

48

143

Mike Tolbert

CAR

129

-

127

-

142

-

132

131

51.

53

Rashard Mendenhall

PIT

132

-

-

-

148

127

147

135

52.

50

Tim Hightower

WAS

-

-

-

-

125

128

-

136

53.

55

Mike Goodson

OAK

120

-

143

-

141

-

-

143

54.

54

Joseph Addai

NE

-

-

100

-

-

-

-

-

55.

56

Jacquizz Rodgers

ATL

-

-

-

-

106

-

-

149

56.

62

Joe McKnight

NYJ

-

118

-

-

-

-

-

-

57.

60

Cedric Benson

FA

-

-

-

-

-

-

133

139

58.

58

Evan Royster

WAS

138

-

-

-

-

-

143

-

59.

52

Brandon Jacobs

SF

-

-

-

-

-

-

135

-

60.

57

Rashad Jennings

JAC

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

137

61.

61

Isaiah Pead

STL

-

-

-

-

150

-

-

140

62.

63

Kevin Smith

DET

-

-

141

-

149

-

-

-

63.

67

Javon Ringer

TEN

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

144

64.

UR

Jonathan Dwyer

PIT

-

-

145

-

-

-

-

-

65.

68

Kendall Hunter

SF

-

-

-

-

-

-

148

-

-by Braden Gall

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2012 Bye Week Cheat Sheet
Athlon Sports Fantasy Positional Rankings: QBs
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Athlon Sports Fantasy Positional Rankings: WRs
Athlon Sports Fantasy Positional Rankings: TEs
Athlon Sports Fantasy Positional Rankings: DLs
Athlon Sports Fantasy Positional Rankings: LBs
Athlon Sports Fantasy Positional Rankings: DBs
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