With an exciting ninth week in the NFL under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 10 fantasy football running back rankings.
1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Peterson is averaging the highest total yards per game (123.0) of his brilliant career. He has four touchdowns in the past three games, and that's with a brutal passing attack. He gashed the Seattle Seahawks last week and should do the same against the Detroit Lions.
2. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Beast Mode has had three straight 100-yard games and five on the year. The New York Jets are giving up 141.4 rushing yards per game. They are in trouble.
3. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Rice is averaging 109.2 total yards and 0.75 touchdowns per game. The Oakland Raiders have allowed 10 rushing touchdowns and 124.1 rushing yards per game.
4. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
The matchup with the Chicago Bears is tough, but Foster has scored in 10 straight games dating back to last year. In fact, he has scored in 16 of his past 17 games.
5. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin has 486 total yards and six touchdowns in the past two games. The San Diego Chargers have a solid run defense, but this dude is on fire.
6. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore comes out of the bye averaging 97.1 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He’s a great play against St. Louis.
7. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Shady is starting to be more active in the passing game again. He’s a strong play against the Dallas Cowboys.
8. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Bush had a beautiful touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts. He should blow up against Tennessee. The Titans have allowed 141.6 rushing yards per game and nine touchdowns.
9. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte has a tough draw against Houston. It has not allowed a rushing touchdown all year. He’s averaging 117.3 total yards in his past four games, though.
10. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos
McGahee is averaging 98.8 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. The Carolina Panthers are yielding 119.0 rushing yards per game.
11. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Ridley bounced back from two sub-par games with 127 yards and a touchdown prior to last week’s bye. The Buffalo Bills have allowed 169.5 rushing yards per game and 14 rushing touchdowns. Ridley scored twice in their first meeting.
12. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Miami is only giving up 83.9 rushing yards per game, but Johnson is averaging 143.5 total yards in his past four games.
13. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Tampa Bay has a stout run defense, but Mathews is a threat in the passing game as well.
14. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
The Firm found his way into the end zone against the Denver Broncos. The New York Giants got gashed by the Pittsburgh Steelers last week and have allowed 118.0 rushing yards per game.
15. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
Bradshaw had a quiet game against Pittsburgh. He should be better against Cincinnati. The Bengals have allowed 117.0 rushing yards per game and nine rushing touchdowns.
16. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
The New Orleans Saints have been brutal against the run. Turner is coming off a strong game against Dallas.
17. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
I don’t expect Spiller to do his damage on the ground, but he should be very productive in the passing game.
18. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts
Ballard dominated the touches with Donald Brown hurting. I expect him to do the same against Jacksonville. The Jags have allowed 137.4 rushing yards per game.
19. Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions
LeShoure ran for three touchdowns in the first half. The Vikings have been brutal to watch the past two games, as Doug Martin and Lynch ripped them apart.
20. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
He hasn’t been able to get anything going, averaging 41.0 total yards the past three games. Taking on Pittsburgh won’t help.
21. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Thomas is a decent RB2 against Atlanta. The Falcons have allowed 127.5 rushing yards per game.
22. Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers
If Dwyer is healthy, I’d expect him to reclaim the lead back job. If he’s unable to play and it’s Redman’s gig again, I would expect a top-15 performance against Kansas City. The Chiefs are giving up 126.0 yards per game on the ground.
23. Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jennings didn’t get a chance to get many carries as the Jags got blitzed by Detroit. He wasn’t able to get it going in the passing game, either. He should be better against the Colts. They are giving up 130.8 rushing yards per game.
24. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Despite what Adrian Peterson did to them, the Seahawks are a tough run defense. Greene will have his work cut out for him.
25. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
He led the team in carries against the Washington Redskins, but it was Cam Newton and DeAngelo Williams to score. He’s only a borderline RB2 against Denver.
26. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills
Jackson should also have a decent day, mostly in receiving yards, against New England.
27. Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
I still don’t expect DeMarco Murray back. Jones had a decent game against Atlanta, but a lot of it came in garbage time. Not a great play against Philly.
28. Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins
He didn’t see double-digit carries against Indy, but he finished with 62 total yards. Should be solid against Tennessee.
29. Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders
Reece should get extra touches against Baltimore due to the Raiders’ injury situation at running back.
30. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
He’s sharing the load with Richardson and facing a stout 49ers defense. Look for another option if possible.
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