2012 PPR Fantasy Football Week 4: Running Backs (RB) Rankings

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIISeptember 26, 2012

Sept 23, 2012; Landover,MD, USA; Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) runs the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at FedEx Field.  Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-US PRESSWIRE
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It appears the running back carousel is starting to slow down in Washington. Alfred Morris has run the football well over the first three weeks and just recently the team signed Ryan Grant because of injuries to Roy Helu and Evan Royster.

Today, we find out that Helu is done for the season with turf toe and his prolonged problems with his Achilles.

For my money, Helu was the biggest threat to Morris and he was certainly painted as the top runner to select on this team before training camp began and we started to learn more about his health.

What impressed me last week was the Redskins' willingness to stick with the running game after they fell behind to the Bengals early on. While the Redskins ended up losing to the Rams the week before, they had done a good job of getting off to a fast start through the first two weeks and it was easy to keep Morris active playing with a lead.

Heading down to Tampa Bay, Washington will be in a dogfight of a game—but we should expect at least 75 yards on the ground and another score from Morris, even if the team falls behind.

Willis McGahee At Practice On Wednesday

Just look to Antonio Gates as an example of why it’s important that we see a veteran in practice after a rib injury. McGahee suffered a rib injury against the Texans, and the fact that he was back in practice on Wednesday is a very good sign he will play this week.

The Raiders are likely to finish at the bottom of the division, but the Broncos have dropped two games in a row and every division game is important. The veteran proved to us last year he will play through injury, and if he continues to practice I like him as an RB2 this week.

1 Ray Rice Browns
2 Arian Foster Titans
3 Maurice Jones-Drew Bengals
4 Darren McFadden @ Broncos
5 Jamaal Charles Chargers
6 Adrian Peterson @ Lions
7 LeSean McCoy Giants
8 DeMarco Murray Bears
9 Marshawn Lynch Rams
10 Darren Sproles @ Packers
11 Alfred Morris @ Bucs
12 Trent Richardson @ Ravens
13 BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Jaguars
14 Ryan Mathews @ Chiefs
15 Willis McGahee (I) Raiders
16 Frank Gore @ Jets
17 Doug Martin Redskins
18 Mikel Leshoure Vikings
19 Stevan Ridley @ Bills
20 Ben Tate Titans
21 Michael Bush @ Cowboys
22 Cedric Benson Saints
23 Andre Brown @ Eagles
24 Tashard Choice Patriots
25 Michael Turner Panthers
26 Ryan Williams Dolphins
27 Ahmad Bradshaw (I) @ Eagles
28 Steven Jackson (I) Seahawks
29 Jonathan Stewart @ Falcons
30 Chris Johnson @ Texans
31 Daniel Thomas @ Cardinals
32 DeAngelo Williams @ Falcons
33 Fred Jackson (I) Patriots
34 Jacquizz Rodgers Panthers
35 Danny Woodhead @ Bills
36 Kendall Hunter @ Jets
37 Mark Ingram @ Packers
38 Shonn Greene (I) 49ers
39 Lamar Miller @ Cardinals
40 Lance Ball Raiders

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