2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: NFL Week 4

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer ISeptember 24, 2012

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans rushes is with the ball against strong safety Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 23, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Texans defeated the Broncos 31-25.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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With an exciting third week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 4 fantasy football running back rankings.

1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

He didn’t run one in, but Foster had 108 total yards and a receiving score. Dating back to last year, he has scored in five straight games and eleven of his past twelve. Faces Tennessee, who has yielded 150.3 ypg on the ground.

2. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

He is averaging 131.6 total yards and a score each game. Cleveland has allowed 122.7 ypg on the ground. The last time he faced them, Rice had a touchdown and 135 total yards.

3. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

The rust is off following his 177-yard explosion against the Colts. Next up is Cincinnati, which has allowed 155.0 rushing ypg and five scores.

4. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles


McCoy has to be more involved in the game plan, if not to save Michael Vick, but also to cut down on the turnovers.


5. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

He ran well against San Francisco (86 yards). He has eight TDs in nine career games against the Lions.

6. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

The Rams are improved against the run, but they are still allowing 120.7 ypg and five scores. They will struggle to stop Beast Mode.

7. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Answered any questions about his knee with 288 total yards against the Saints. The Chargers will present a stiffer test, but he’s an explosive player.

8. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders


Run DMC answered doubters by dropping 113 yards and a touchdown on Pittsburgh. He dropped 150 on the Broncos in their last meeting.

9. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins


Morris is averaging 87.7 yards per game. Tampa has been solid against the run thus far, but the way RG3 is moving the offense, Morris should turn in a nice effort.

10. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos

McGahee ran for 163 yards and two scores in his last meeting with Oakland. I’m expecting a big game against a team that has allowed four rushing TDs and 116.3 ypg.

11. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

The Niners will look to rebound against the Jets, who are yielding 148.7 ypg on the ground.

12. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals


The Firm scored a TD last week to salvage his week and quietly produce for a third straight week. He gets Jacksonville, who has allowed 154.3 rushing ypg and five scores.

13. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

Richardson came back to Earth with 51 total yards against the Bills, but managed to score. Baltimore has allowed four rushing touchdowns and 111.7 ypg.


14. Cedric Benson, Green Bay Packers

Benson gets to feast on a Saints run defense that ranks dead last with 215.0 ypg and six rushing TDs allowed.

15. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

He isn’t sexy, but he has scored in consecutive weeks. Carolina has allowed four rushing TDs and 139.3 ypg. Turner has eleven TDs in eight career meetings.

16. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers


He survived his first game. Things should start to get easier beginning this week against Kansas City, who is allowing 122.7 ypg.

17. Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions

Emerged as a beast, debuting with 134 total yards and a score. Takes on the Vikings.

18. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Locks horns with the Redskins. Averaging 86.0 total yards per game.

19. Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots

Has been slowed by two good defenses (Arizona, Baltimore), but should be back on his game against the Bills.

20. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

The Bears will be a tough test. Murray can move the ball and has little competition. He’s just been quiet since his strong opener.


21. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints

He’ll be an active part of the Saints game plan against the Packers. Surprisingly, didn’t catch any passes last week, but that will be rectified.

22. Michael Bush, Chicago Bears

Matt Forte could practice this week, but I don’t see him suiting up against the Cowboys.

23. Andre Brown, New York Giants


The Eagles will put up a better fight than Carolina did, but Brown sure looked decisive.

24. Tashard Choice, Buffalo Bills

Fred Jackson could practice this week, but I think it’s Choice’s turn to carry the load against New England.

25. Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins


Reggie Bush avoided serious injury, but he’ll likely be out against a tough Arizona defense.

26. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

After missing last week and having the long layoff, J-Stew should be ready against the Falcons, who are yielding 128.7 ypg.

27. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

S-Jax is as tough as they come. That won’t help him dig out of the funk, as the Rams face Seattle.

28. Ryan Williams, Arizona Cardinals


Williams ran well last week, but could struggle against a Miami team allowing just 64.7 ypg.

29. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans


Perhaps, one of these weeks, he’ll wake up and show a pulse. I doubt that happens against Houston, though.

30. Ben Tate, Houston Texans

Tennessee is a mess. This feels like a week where both Houston RBs can get loose.

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