2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings—NFL Week 6

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IOctober 8, 2012

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23: Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs with the ball against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 23, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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With an exciting fifth week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 6 fantasy football running back rankings.

1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

The Packers have allowed 114.2 yards per game. The league’s best fantasy back will help inflate that number.

2. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

The Cowboys are giving up 108.0 yards per game. Rice is averaging 121.8 total yards per game.

3. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

T-Rich is averaging 107.0 total yards over the past four games with five total TDs. Cincinnati has allowed 118.2 ypg and seven rushing scores.

4. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs are prepared to run Charles into the ground as he has had 30 carries in two of the past three games. He has 560 total yards in his past three games. Tampa Bay is giving up just 73.8 ypg, but Charles is electric and can score at any time.








5. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Washington has been fairly tough on the run (87.8 ypg), but it’s mainly because they are so brutal against the pass. Plus, they haven’t faced a back like All Day yet.

6. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

Shady is averaging 104.6 total yards per game. He should get loose against the Lions, who are giving up 102.8 ypg.

7. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers

Mathews finally got to carry the load and he looked explosive. Denver is allowing 120.2 ypg.


8. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders



Run DMC has two duds in his past three games and has been held below 35 yards rushing three times. Atlanta is giving up 142.8 ypg at 5.4 ypc so there is hope.



9. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks


Beast Mode is averaging 101.6 ypg. Seattle has the defense to at least slow Brady and company down so Lynch can see plenty of touches.


10. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

The Vikings are only giving up 78.6 ypg, but Morris has steadily produced. His low-water mark is 78 yards.


11. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins


Bush has just 176 yards in the three games since his 172-yard effort. As his knee gets stronger, he should bounce back, especially against a Rams team giving up 117.2 ypg.


12. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

Gore is averaging 94.2 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. The Giants are giving up 111.4 ypg at 4.5 ypc.



13. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons


He’s only managing 64.8 ypg on the ground, but he has scored four touchdowns. He should shred Oakland, who is giving up 128.5 ypg on the ground.

14. Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers



His short week prevents Mendenhall, who had 81 yards and a touchdown in his season debut, from being a RB1 despite facing Tennessee. The Titans are yielding 144.2 ypg.


15. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Martin has stalled out a bit the past two weeks averaging just 58.0 total yards. He should improve against Kansas City, who is giving up 121.0 ypg.

16. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

He dropped 200 yards on the Browns, but the Niners will provide a reality check.



17. Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots




Ridley has had some big games, going over 100 yards three times, but it’s his 37-yard dud against Baltimore that has me concerned. He’s facing the Seahawks, who have allowed just 66.6 ypg.

18. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

The Law Firm was closed on Sunday (nine carries for 14 yards against Miami). He faces Cleveland, whom he had 105 total yards against a couple of week ago. The Browns are giving up 142.4 ypg.


19. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos





McGahee is averaging 93.4 ypg. The Chargers are only yielding 74.0 ypg on the ground, but with eleven receptions in two games he can add to his total in the passing game.


20. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

He has had extra time to get healthy playing last Thursday. Unfortunately, he faces the Dolphins, who have allowed 61.4 ypg.

21. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys


Murray hasn’t been able to move the ball on the ground (106 yards in his past three games), but he’s supplemented it with his receiving (105 yards in his past three games). Baltimore isn’t an ideal place to get well.



22. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills


The good news is the fact that Arizona won’t have the offense to take Spiller out of the game the way New England and San Francisco did. He’s still sharing and facing a tough Arizona defense.

23.  Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts

With Donald Brown out, Ballard has an ideal match-up for his first start. The Jets are horrible against the run.



24. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

CJ0K returned to his form with 24 yards against the Vikings. Next up is Pittsburgh. Good luck.

25. Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions

Leshoure found Minnesota a lot more difficult to run on than Tennessee. He has been active in the passing game though. He’s a borderline RB2 play against Philly.


26. Shonn Greene, New York Jets

He's a dog, but he should be able to turn in a mediocre game against the Colts.

27.  Alex Green, Green Bay Packers

Not an ideal start against Houston, but he should get his chances.


28. William Powell, Arizona Cardinals


Powell takes over for Williams, who took over for Beanie. He does face Buffalo though, and they have allowed 171.8 ypg and nine touchdowns on the ground.

29. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills

He’s getting his touches as well, but hasn’t been able to do anything with them. Arizona presents a challenge.

30. Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins

He has had double-digit carries and a touchdown in two of the past three games. He’s a risky play, but he could punch one in against St. Louis.

31. Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers

I don’t expect the game to get away like the past two when the Niners have combined to win 79-3, but he should get close to 8-10 carries against the Giants.


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