2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: NFL Week 14

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IDecember 3, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 02:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 2, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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With an exciting 13th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 14 fantasy football running back rankings.

1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Foster had a modest day (53 total yards) against the Tennessee Titans, but he scored yet again. Foster has 15 touchdowns through 12 games. The New England Patriots are solid against the run, but Foster is so consistent.

2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Peterson is averaging 181.8 total yards in his past four games. The Chicago Bears “held” him to 138 yards in Week 12. He’s not human.

3. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

T-Rich is averaging 124.2 total yards with three touchdowns in his past five games. The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed 129.3 at 4.7 yards per carry.

4. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

Lynch is averaging 110.4 total yards with four touchdowns in his past five games. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed 128.6 yards per game.

5. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Martin is averaging 123.4 total yards with 10 touchdowns in 12 games. He’s a ball of awesomeness. This week he faces the lifeless Philadelphia Eagles.

6. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

Rice was held to 83 total yards by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he managed to score a touchdown. He should have continued success against the Washington Redskins.

7. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Charles is averaging 115.8 total yards in his past four games. The Browns are giving up 115.6 rushing yards per game.

8. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

Johnson has averaged 120 total yards in his past nine games. He had 117 total yards in his first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts. Indy has allowed 122.6 yards per game and 12 rushing scores.

9. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

Spiller continues to do serious damage with just about 15 touches per game. He’s averaging 112.1 total yards in his past four games. This week he faces the Rams. They have allowed 114.4 yards per game and 15 rushing scores.

10. Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles

If LeSean McCoy can go this week, it will shakes things up. Brown is averaging 186 total yards and a pair of touchdowns in two starts. This week will be tougher against Tampa’s league-best run defense (82.3 yards per game).

11. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

Bradshaw is a solid option against the league’s worst run defense. The New Orleans Saints have allowed 153.8 yards per game and 11 rushing scores.

12. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Ridley has a tough matchup against Houston, but Tom Brady and company will keep the Texans honest. Ridley is averaging 84.2 yards and a touchdown in his past five games.

13. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos

Moreno had a more modest game (83 total yards) against the Bucs, which was expected as they have the league’s top run defense. This week he gets the Oakland Raiders. They have allowed 130.4 yards per game and 16 rushing scores.

14. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

Forte had 96 total yards and a touchdown on a ankle that wasn’t 100 percent. The Vikings have allowed 115.1 yards per game and 10 rushing scores.

15. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

Morris has been a steady option all year. He faces the Ravens, who have allowed 125.8 yards per game and 11 rushing scores.

16. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

The Law Firm has strung together three straight 100-yard games. The Dallas Cowboys have allowed 116.5 yards per game and 11 rushing scores.

17. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

Gore is averaging 88 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past four games. The Miami Dolphins are stout against the run, but Gore averages 107 total yards per game at home.

18. Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions

LeShoure has scored in three straight games. The Green Bay Packers have allowed 115.2 yards per game and 10 rushing scores.

19. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

Jackson has averaged 117.3 total yards in his past four games. He’s a solid RB2 option against the Bills. They have allowed 139.2 yards per game and a league-high 17 rushing scores.

20. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

Murray came back with a bang, recording 102 total yards and a touchdown against the Eagles. Expect the Bengals to put up more of a fight.

21. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

Turner has now scored in three straight games. With seven touchdowns on the year, it’s possible that he could record his fifth straight double-digit touchdown season. He’s facing the Carolina Panthers, who have allowed 128.8 yards per game and 10 rushing scores. Turner had 178 total yards and a touchdown against them in Week 4.

22. Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers

Dwyer struggled against the Ravens with 49 yards on 16 carries (3.1 yards per carry), but he was able to get in the end zone. The San Diego Chargers present a tough matchup, especially if Ben Roethlisberger can’t go again.

23. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers

Mathews has yet to be spectacular this year. He has been pretty steady though. The Steelers present a tough test.

24. Shonn Greene, New York Jets

Greene has not scored in five weeks, but he has averaged 83.4 total yards during that span. He takes on the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have allowed 144.0 yards per game and 16 rushing scores.

25. DeAngelo Williams

D-Will will likely carry the full load once again. Atlanta has allowed 121.3 yards per game and 13 rushing scores.

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