2012 Fantasy Football Week 2 Rankings: Running Backs

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer ISeptember 12, 2012

With an exciting first week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 2 fantasy football running back rankings.

1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

He gave owners a little scare before giving owners their typical two-touchdown game. He should have no problems against Jacksonville.

2. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

Has a tough matchup against Philly, but the versatile back should still get his.

3. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

Shady is in the same boat as Rice in their head-to-head matchup.

4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Forget Shaq or Dwight Howard, All Day is Superman. He showed no effects of his knee injury and should slay the Colts.

5. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

He caught a ridiculous 13 passes in the opener. Despite only gaining 32 yards on the ground, his 118 total yards were solid. He should destroy Miami.

6. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

With Fred Jackson out, Spiller should continue to shine as he torches the Chiefs. He has scored five TDs in his past four games dating back to last year.

7. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

Am I jumping the gun on Morris? Possibly, but he had a big game last week and gets to follow it up against the Rams.

8. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

Michael Bush is going to steal his short touchdowns. It’s that simple. He should still put up a big game against the Packers.

9. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

He put on a show in the opener with 140 total yards. This week is a tough draw against Seattle, but he remains a solid RB1.

10. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

He had 95 total yards and a score in the opener and gets a nice matchup with Cleveland making him a viable RB1 option.

11. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

So much for David Wilson taking his job. Bradshaw had 93 total yards and a score with a juicy matchup ahead against Tampa Bay.

12. Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots

With 152 total yards and a score he quickly staked his claim as the best value back. He should continue to excel against Arizona.

13. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

He didn’t return quite as triumphantly as AP, but 87 yards at 5.4 yards per carry is solid. He should have a big day against Buffalo.

14. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

He was very active against the Panthers and if the way the Giants looked against Murray is any indication, he should do well again.

15. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

MoJo will get back to where he was (or close), but it won’t start this week against Houston.

16. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

There is still life in his legs. He got loose against the Packers for 112 yards and a TD and should do well against Detroit.

17. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

He scared owners with his back, but still managed 97 total yards. Now he takes on Dallas.

18. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

He had a nasty first game and not in a good way, though the Titans should fare better against San Diego.

19. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins are a mess, but Bush had 115 total yards and was very active in the passing game. Now he faces Oakland.

20. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

He turned in a decent 84-yard performance, doesn’t have much competition for touches and faces Washington.

21. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers

I am a little cautious with Mathews, but the potential for a big game is there against Tennessee, who was destroyed by Ridley last week.

22. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

Cincinnati will be tough, but Richardson will get a heavy workload and the chance to do some damage.

23. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints

He had 35 yards, a score and a two-point conversion. Brees will continue to look to him.

24. Kevin Smith, Detroit Lions

The Niners are ridiculously tough, but Smith is a dual threat that should put up a safe RB2 score.

25. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos

Had a respectable 64 yards against Pittsburgh. It should be easier to get going against Atlanta.

26. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

He is definitely further down on the food chain this year. I’ll give him a pass on his 32 yards in Week 1. If he has another disaster, his RB2 status will be in question.

27. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

DeAngelo Williams couldn’t have been more underwhelming. J-Stew should get a chance against the Saints.

28. Cedric Benson, Green Bay Packers

Not exactly what we expected after glowing reports out of Packers’ camp, but they did take on the Niners. Things should improve against Chicago.

29. Shonn Greene, New York Jets

He had a nice showing against the Bills (94 yards, TD) but Pittsburgh will present a bigger challenge.

30. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts

He had 48 yards and a score against the Bears. He will need more touches, but he should do well against the Purple.


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