2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings – NFL Week 9

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IOctober 29, 2012

HOUSTON,TX - OCTOBER 21: Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans races down the sidelines against Dannell Ellerbe #59 of the Baltimore Ravens at Reliant Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 43-13. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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With an exciting eighth week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 9 fantasy football running back rankings.

1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Averaging 105.1 total yards with ten touchdowns. He’s as good as it gets and he gets to face a Bills defense that is giving up 176.9 yards per game on the ground.

2. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

McCoy scored via the run and the pass last week. He should be dominant again against a bad Saints defense. They are giving up 170.1 rushing yards per game.

3. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

The Browns have improved against the pass, but they are still a mess against the run, giving up 131.6 yards per game. Rice should feast.

4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings 

Seattle is tough, but the way All Day is running I’ll throw him in there against anybody. He’s averaging 114.3 total yards per game.

5. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears




Forte is averaging 107.0 total yards the past three games. He’s taking on the Titans, who are giving up 139.3 ypg.

6. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

I expect the Ravens to be tougher out of the bye, but they are still yielding 142.9 ypg. Richardson is a monster.

7. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

Lynch has two straight 100-plus yard games. Doug Martin just dominated the Vikings. They will struggle to contain Beast Mode.

8. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

He had his first unimpressive game, but still managed 59 yards on 4.5 yards per carry. He played a tough Steelers team and would likely have had more yardage if his receivers didn’t have so many drops. Plays Carolina, who is giving up 114.4 ypg.

9. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers


Had 20-plus touches again. He didn’t score, but he’s averaging 98.5 total yards the past two games. Faces the Chiefs, who are giving up 126.4 ypg.



10. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ripped the Vikings and had extra time to get ready for the Raiders. He’s averaging 155.7 total yards the past three games.

11. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos

Had 155 total yards and a touchdown against the Saints. Should do well against Cincinnati, who has allowed nine rushing touchdowns and 124.0 yards per game.

12. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins 

Bush has put up mediocre numbers the past few games, but his speed should be on display against the Colts in Indy. They are giving up 137.4 ypg.

13. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans


The Bears will be tough, but CJ is averaging 143.0 total yards the past three games.

14. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders 


The Bucs are solid against the run, but DMC is averaging 105.3 total yards the past three weeks.


15. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs 

Charles has been painfully ignored the past few games. The Chargers are only yielding 80.0 yards per game, but Charles is always a threat to break one.

16. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

Averaging 96.8 total yards per game, but Pittsburgh is a tough test.

17. Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars

Had 115 total yards against the Pack. Should be solid against the Lions.

18. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers


J-Stew had a decent game with 80 total yards against the Bears. Life should be easier against the Skins.

19. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills


Sharing the load is tough enough. Add in facing Houston and he is an RB2 option.

20. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints


Only averaging 49.2 total yards the past four games, but has three TDs. If he doesn’t score though, you’re in trouble.

21. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

He’ll get his touches, but I’m not expecting a big day against Dallas.

22. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

Hasn’t scored the past four weeks while averaging 62.3 total yards. Takes on Denver.

23. Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers


If Mendenhall is out again, Dwyer becomes top 15 back against the Giants.

24. Alex Green, Green Bay Packers 

He’s not dazzling, but he’s averaging 70.6 total yards the past four games.


25. Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions

The Lions don’t run often. Bell is stealing carries. LeShoure could be solid against Jacksonville, who is giving up 135.7 ypg, but he’s risky as an RB2. Solid flex choice.


26. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts

Will likely share the load with Ballard, but I prefer Brown against the Dolphins. Neither are strong plays this week.

27. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills

Like Spiller, he’s sharing the load and facing Houston. Not a pretty outlook.

28.LaRod Stephens-Howling, Arizona Cardinals


They Cardinals are going to have to throw plenty against Green Bay, which should work into LSH’s favor.

29. Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys ground game is fluid. It all depends on Felix and Murray’s health how they’ll stack up against Atlanta.

30. Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins

Has scored in three of the past four games. Should continue to see double-digit carries against the Colts.


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