2012-13 NFL Playoffs: Wild Card Round Fantasy Running Back Rankings

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IJanuary 2, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 30: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 30, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football running back rankings for the Wild Card Round.


1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Peterson fell just nine yards short of the NFL record with 2,097 yards. The Green Bay Packers rank 17th in run defense, thanks to Peterson’s 409 rushing yards. The Vikings are committed to running the football and they clearly have success against the Pack.


2. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

Beast Mode finished the year off with four straight 100-yard games. The Washington Redskins rank fifth against the run, but they did allow 11 rushing touchdowns.


3. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

Rice was able to get some rest last week. He faces the worst run defense in the NFL Playoffs. The Indianapolis Colts rank 29th in the league with 137.5 rushing yards allowed per game. They also allowed 14 scores on the ground. Rice’s yardage was virtually the same at home as it was on the road, but he scored eight of his 10 touchdowns at M&T Bank Stadium.


4. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Foster led the NFL with 17 touchdowns. It was his second time in three years leading the league in touchdowns. The Cincinnati Bengals have the 12th-ranked run defense, but they did allow 13 rushing touchdowns.


5. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

Morris rallied to finish second in the league in rushing with 1,613 yards. He also finished second with 13 rushing touchdowns. The ranking is not a slight on Morris. It just so happens that five of the top six fantasy backs, along with Doug Martin, are playing in the Wild Card Round. Plus, the Seahawks have the 10th-ranked run defense. They were also one of five teams to allow eight or fewer rushing scores.


6. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts

Ballard averaged 91.3 total yards in the last four games of the year. The Ravens have the second-worst run defense of the Wild Card teams. They were one of 10 teams to have allowed 15 or more rushing scores.


7. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

The Law Firm is banged up and had a rough finish to the season. He missed the finale with a hamstring injury and had 14 yards on 15 carries in Week 16. The Houston Texans allowed the fewest (five) rushing touchdowns and had the seventh-ranked run defense in the league.


8. DuJuan Harris, Green Bay Packers

The Packers turned to Harris in the season finale against the Vikings. He had 70 yards on 14 carries and also caught a pair of passes for 17 yards. The Vikings rank 11th in run defense and Ryan Grant and/or Alex Green could eat into Harris’ touches depending on how the game unfolds. This is easily the most fluid of the running back situations.


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