2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Week 7

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IOctober 15, 2012

With an exciting sixth week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 7 fantasy football running back rankings.


1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Foster scores every week—eight straight and 14 of his past 15 games. Not to mention his yardage. He’s averaging 105.5 total yards per game. Baltimore just lost Ray Lewis and is allowing 136.5 yards per game on the ground.


2. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

Houston has a stout run defense, but Rice is dynamic player in both the running and passing game. He’s averaging 119.1 total yards per game.


3. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

Coming off the bye, Mojo should bowl over Oakland’s run defense that is allowing 111.8 yards per game.


4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

All Day continues to put up solid numbers on the ground and has been more involved in the passing game. Arizona, with 113.3 rushing YPG allowed, can be run on. Perhaps Peterson snaps his five-game streak of not getting into the end zone.



5. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

He will be at the mercy of his injury. If he can go, he should have his way with a Colts run defense that is yielding 159.0 rushing yards per game.


6. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

Run DMC had a strong showing (98 total yards, TD) against Atlanta. He’s been up and down this year, but he should be up against the Jaguars, who are allowing 163.0 yards per game.


7. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

He destroyed the Browns, which isn’t that impressive, but really made his mark by running for 116 yards and a score against the Niners. The Skins have been tough against the run, but it’s hard to bet against the Giants offense right now.


8. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

Forte was in from, collecting 127 total yards against the Jags prior to last week’s bye. The Lions have a decent run defense, but he has never had a bad game against them. In fact, he’s averaging 121.9 total yards and 0.9 TDs against them in eight career games.


9. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

The Giants are tough, but Morris keeps getting the job done. He was held to 56 total yards against the Vikings, but he managed to get in the end zone.


10. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Martin has to share with Blount, but he should get the bulk of the carries and the work in the passing game. The Saints are giving up 172.8 YPG on the ground.


11. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

Gore was limited to 56 total yards, but he averaged 4.5 yards per carry. The Giants offense took him out of the game. Seattle has a tough defense, but their offense won’t force the Niners to abandon the run.


12. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

Tough draw for Lynch, but he had 131 total yards and a score in their second meeting last year. He dipped last week against the Patriots, but he had been steady all year prior.


13. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

The Bills are giving up 173.5 YPG. CJ has run well in two of the past three games. He should have success against the Bills.



14. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

If only he did not have to share with Fred Jackson. He had 110 yards and a score in 16 touches. Tennessee is giving up 129.5 YPG.


15. Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots

Ridley was held in check by the Seahawks. He should be able to produce against the Jets, who are yielding 150.5 rushing yards per game.


16. Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys

I’m expecting DeMarco Murray to miss this juicy game against Carolina, which has allowed 127.4 YPG. Jones filled in admirably last week and should be a nice fill-in.


17. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts

He only managed 42 total yards against the Jets, but they were busy getting thumped. He should fare better against Cleveland, which is allowing 131.3 YPG.


18. Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers

Monitor his ability to practice, but playing last Thursday helps his cause. The Bengals have allowed eight rushing scores and 116.8 YPG. If he can play, he should be solid.



19. Alex Green, Green Bay Packers

He only managed 73 total yards, but Houston is tough against the run and Rodgers was on fire. He should be a better play against the Rams.


20. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

He’s sharing the load with Richardson so he’s only a low-level RB2 this week against the Packers.


21. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

The Firm has a tough draw against Pittsburgh, but their injuries should help. He’s only a RB2 this week because of the byes.


22. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills

Jackson has the same nice matchup as Spiller. He is less explosive than Spiller, but he's still getting his share of touches.


23. Shonn Greene, New York Jets

He ran extremely well against the Colts, running for 161 yards and three TDs. He’s a low-end RB2 against the Patriots and a guy I’d try to sell high on.



24. William Powell, Arizona Cardinals

He did well with his opportunity, picking up 78 total yards on 14 touches. Minnesota will be a tough draw.


25. Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions

The Bears will be tough to run on. They are giving up 65.8 YPG. Thanks to the bye weeks, you may not have a better option though for your RB2.

26.  Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints
Sproles has only had one good yardage game, but has been bailed out by two games with a score. He's a low-end RB2 against the Bucs.  


27. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints

He hasn’t scored a TD all year but has averaged 73.1 total yards over the past four games.


28. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

Hopefully the bye week came at a good time. He’s not getting a lot of action, but he may start seeing more of the load. Dallas presents a tough test.


29. LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Blount has scored in the past two games, and the Saints have allowed seven rushing scores. If you’re in a bye-week bind, Blount could be your guy.



30. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

He was dreadful in Week 5, but he averaged 63.7 total yards per game Weeks 2-4.


31. Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams

He’s working his way into a full timeshare with S-Jax. He’s averaging 5.2 YPC. Jackson is at 3.6. Richardson’s role could continue to grow.


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