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Fantasy Football 2014 Running Back Rankings: Week 12

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DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray

The NFL’s leading rusher is back from bye so it’s only fitting that he regains his position atop Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings for Week 12. DeMarco Murray is ahead of Arian Foster by nearly 300 yards for the league lead and is coming off a bye ready to face a Giants defense that’s given up nearly 500 yards on the ground in the last two games. As good as Murray has been this season, no running back’s been better fantasy-wise the last four weeks than Jamaal Charles. Following last week’s 159-yard, two-touchdown effort against Seattle, Charles has 402 yards rushing and six touchdowns in his last four games. His strong play should continue this week, as the Chiefs take on the Raiders Thursday night. Oakland is giving up the eighth-most fantasy points to RBs. Another thing to watch in Week 12 is the possible returns of both Arian Foster (groin) and Giovani Bernard (hip/clavicle). Alfred Blue (156 yards vs. CLE) and Jeremy Hill (152 vs. NO) both filled in admirably last week, but their Week 12 value is directly tied to whether or not they get another start.

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.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

2014 NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

Teams on bye: Carolina, Pittsburgh

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Rank

Player

Team

Opp

1

DeMarco Murray

DAL

at NYG

2

Jamaal Charles

KC

at OAK (Thurs.)

3

Matt Forte

CHI

vs. TB

4

Arian Foster

HOU

vs. CIN

5

Eddie Lacy

GB

at MIN

6

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

vs. ARI

7

LeSean McCoy

PHI

vs. TEN

8

Justin Forsett

BAL

at NO (Mon.)

9

Mark Ingram

NO

vs. BAL (Mon.)

10

Denard Robinson

JAC

at IND

11

Rashad Jennings

NYG

vs. DAL

12

Jeremy Hill

CIN

at HOU

13

Andre Ellington

ARI

at SEA

14

C.J. Anderson

DEN

vs. MIA

15

Alfred Morris

WAS

at SF

16

Frank Gore

SF

vs. WAS

17

Ryan Mathews

SD

vs. STL

18

Isaiah Crowell

CLE

at ATL

19

Tre Mason

STL

at SD

20

Lamar Miller

MIA

at DEN

21

Joique Bell

DET

at NE

22

Steven Jackson

ATL

vs. CLE

23

Trent Richardson

IND

vs. JAC

24

Chris Ivory

NYJ

vs. BUF (Detroit)

25

Jonas Gray

NE

vs. DET

26

Shane Vereen

NE

vs. DET

27

Giovani Bernard

CIN

at HOU

28

Jerick McKinnon

MIN

vs. GB

29

Fred Jackson

BUF

vs. NYJ (Detroit)

30

Bishop Sankey

TEN

at PHI

31

Terrance West

CLE

at ATL

32

Charles Sims

TB

at CHI

33

Darren Sproles

PHI

vs. TEN

34

Reggie Bush

DET

at NE

35

Branden Oliver

SD

vs. STL

36

Bryce Brown

BUF

vs. NYJ (Detroit)

37

Darren McFadden

OAK

vs. KC (Thurs.)

38

Latavius Murray

OAK

vs. KC (Thurs.)

39

Alfred Blue

HOU

vs. CIN

40

Daniel Herron

IND

vs. JAC

41

Juwan Thompson

DEN

vs. MIA

42

Bobby Rainey

TB

at CHI

43

Roy Helu

WAS

at SF

44

Chris Johnson

NYJ

vs. BUF (Detroit)

45

Knile Davis

KC

at OAK (Thurs.)

46

Carlos Hyde

SF

vs. WAS

47

Andre Williams

NYG

vs. DAL

48

Ben Tate

MIN

vs. GB

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

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