NFL Fantasy Football 2012: Where Have All of the Stud Running Backs Gone?

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NFL Fantasy Football 2012: Where Have All of the Stud Running Backs Gone?
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Marshall Faulk was a true "stud" fantasy RB who you could always count on.

There isn't a single running back who is a lockdown, sure-thing, stud fantasy player going into 2012 drafts.

Sure, there are three guys that everybody feels comfortable with:

  • Arian Foster
  • Ray Rice
  • LeSean McCoy

And I agree that these should be the first three players off of the board in almost every fantasy draft.

But even they have questions.

Foster could see Ben Tate eat into his workload. Rice is currently holding out, and rookie Bernard Pierce could steal some of his goal-line carries. If Michael Vick finds the end zone 10 times this season on the ground, some of these touchdowns will be at McCoy's expense.

So there you go: We have three consensus "stud" fantasy running backs, and even they have their question marks.

The real question is, how many running backs are there that you will feel comfortable starting as your No. 1 RB?

Lets take a look at the running backs after Foster, Rice and McCoy who could be your RB1. I will list each player's Expert Consensus Ranking from Fantasy Pros.

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