Updated Fantasy Football Rankings Week 12: Top 70 RBs for the Rest of 2010

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Updated Fantasy Football Rankings Week 12: Top 70 RBs for the Rest of 2010
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Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson has moved back up to the top of the running back rankings after what some would consider a disappointing start to the season.

Johnson has rushed for over 100 yards in two straight games and has been surprisingly consistent at getting into the end zone this season—something that many were critical of him on early in his career.

The Titans will be without Vince Young for the remainder of the season, which should mean an increased number of touches for the league’s most explosive player.

While his yards per carry may drop, we have to love that he’ll be given more chances now though the end of the season.

Not to mention, his remaining schedule is pretty nice with games left against Houston (twice), Jacksonville, Indianapolis (twice) and Kansas City—none of whom rank in the top half in the league at stopping opposing running backs.

The running back situation for the New York Giants has become a lot cloudier this week after Tom Coughlin publicly took away the starting job from running back Ahmad Bradshaw.

Bradshaw, who won the job early in the season, has had problems fumbling the ball this season and was struggling to find any running room prior to his most recent fumble against the Eagles last week.

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The Giants will turn to Brandon Jacobs to start once again, and while Bradshaw may still end up getting the majority of the carries, the lack of confidence that the coaching staff has in him is very troubling.

Bradshaw moves down nine spots this week while Jacobs jumps up 10 spots himself.

Another running back committee that is difficult to understand is the one in San Diego.

Rookie back Ryan Mathews, who was the top pick in almost all fantasy dynasty drafts this offseason, has been injured throughout most of the season leading to Mike Tolbert and Darren Sproles touching the ball much more than we would have expected going into the year.

Tolbert has been so good, in fact, that he now ranks second in the league in total touchdowns at the running back position with 10 on the year and hit 100 yards rushing for the second time this season last week.

With Mathews still nursing an injury, Mike Tolbert may have supplanted him as the team’s top back as we reach the end of the 2010 season.

With Clinton Portis being placed on injured reserve, he has been dropped from the rankings this week. Ryan Torain is still hurt and while he is expected to be back soon, we may be seeing increased touches from Keiland Williams, who moves up eight spots this week.

Williams has had a few very nice fantasy performances in relief of Torain and Portis, so he may actually be the best back going forward, but we have to assume that Torain will be given every opportunity to keep the job when he gets back from injury.

The question is if he will stay healthy, which he has not done at any point during his short NFL career.

Thanksgiving Day gave us BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ fourth double-digit fantasy effort in his past five games. Despite largely splitting touches with Danny Woodhead (ranked 36th), Green-Ellis has been the Patriots’ goal-line back this season and continues to be a productive fantasy running back—something we haven’t seen in New England in quite some time.

Green-Ellis’ nine rushing touchdowns is an impressive number for a guy who has only received 20 carries once this season.

He remains fresh and while he has a difficult schedule coming up, his fantasy value is still on the rise—up four spots this week—due to the Patriots’ high-powered offense.

View all of the Week 12 rankings for the rest of 2010:

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

1 Chris Johnson TEN 2 1
2 Adrian Peterson MIN 1 -1
3 Arian Foster HOU 4 1
4 Rashard Mendenhall PIT 5 1
5 Michael Turner ATL 6 1
6 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 9 3
7 Frank Gore SF 3 -4
8 Peyton Hillis CLE 11 3
9 Jamaal Charles KC 10 1
10 LeSean McCoy PHI 13 3
11 Steven Jackson STL 7 -4
12 Ray Rice BAL 12 0
13 Knowshon Moreno DEN 16 3
14 Thomas Jones KC 17 3
15 Matt Forte CHI 15 0
16 Darren McFadden OAK 14 -2
17 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG 8 -9
18 BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE 22 4
19 Fred Jackson BUF 21 2
20 LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ 19 -1
21 Cedric Benson CIN 20 -1
22 Shonn Greene NYJ 24 2
23 LaGarrette Blount TB 26 3
24 Brandon Jacobs NYG 34 10
25 Felix Jones DAL 28 3
26 Beanie Wells ARI 25 -1
27 Mike Tolbert SD 38 11
28 Jahvid Best DET 23 -5
29 Marshawn Lynch SEA 30 1
30 Joseph Addai IND 32 2
31 Ryan Torain WAS 29 -2
32 Ryan Mathews SD 18 -14
33 Ronnie Brown MIA 27 -6
34 Donald Brown IND 33 -1
35 Keiland Williams WAS 43 8
36 Danny Woodhead NE 37 1
37 Reggie Bush NO 31 -6
38 Pierre Thomas NO 35 -3
39 Michael Bush OAK 36 -3
40 Mike Goodson CAR 39 -1
41 Ricky Williams MIA 41 0
42 Brandon Jackson GB 42 0
43 Cadillac Williams TB 48 5
44 Jonathan Stewart CAR 44 0
45 Tim Hightower ARI 46 1
46 Willis McGahee BAL 45 -1
47 Chris Ivory NO 57 10
48 Justin Forsett SEA 47 -1
49 Darren Sproles SD 49 0
50 Mike Hart IND 50 0
51 Marion Barber DAL 52 1
52 Chester Taylor CHI 51 -1
53 Jason Snelling ATL 53 0
54 C.J. Spiller BUF 54 0
55 Derrick Ward HOU 55 0
56 Kevin Smith DET 56 0
57 Rashad Jennings JAC 58 1
58 Bernard Scott CIN 59 1
59 Javon Ringer TEN 60 1
60 John Kuhn GB 61 1
61 Javarris James IND 62 1
62 Toby Gerhart MIN 63 1
63 Ladell Betts NO 64 1
64 Jerome Harrison PHI 65 1
65 Laurence Maroney DEN 66 1
66 Julius Jones NO 67 1
67 Tashard Choice DAL 68 1
68 Mike Bell PHI 69 1
69 Leon Washington SEA 70 1
70 Correll Buckhalter DEN 71 1

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