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

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 24:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the while defended by Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles at LP Field on October 24, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans won 37-19.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Nick CaronAnalyst INovember 27, 2010

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.

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

RANKPLAYERTEAMPREVIOUS RANKMOVEMENT
1Chris JohnsonTEN21
2Adrian PetersonMIN1-1
3Arian FosterHOU41
4Rashard MendenhallPIT51
5Michael TurnerATL61
6Maurice Jones-DrewJAC93
7Frank GoreSF3-4
8Peyton HillisCLE113
9Jamaal CharlesKC101
10LeSean McCoyPHI133
11Steven JacksonSTL7-4
12Ray RiceBAL120
13Knowshon MorenoDEN163
14Thomas JonesKC173
15Matt ForteCHI150
16Darren McFaddenOAK14-2
17Ahmad BradshawNYG8-9
18BenJarvus Green-EllisNE224
19Fred JacksonBUF212
20LaDainian TomlinsonNYJ19-1
21Cedric BensonCIN20-1
22Shonn GreeneNYJ242
23LaGarrette BlountTB263
24Brandon JacobsNYG3410
25Felix JonesDAL283
26Beanie WellsARI25-1
27Mike TolbertSD3811
28Jahvid BestDET23-5
29Marshawn LynchSEA301
30Joseph AddaiIND322
31Ryan TorainWAS29-2
32Ryan MathewsSD18-14
33Ronnie BrownMIA27-6
34Donald BrownIND33-1
35Keiland WilliamsWAS438
36Danny WoodheadNE371
37Reggie BushNO31-6
38Pierre ThomasNO35-3
39Michael BushOAK36-3
40Mike GoodsonCAR39-1
41Ricky WilliamsMIA410
42Brandon JacksonGB420
43Cadillac WilliamsTB485
44Jonathan StewartCAR440
45Tim HightowerARI461
46Willis McGaheeBAL45-1
47Chris IvoryNO5710
48Justin ForsettSEA47-1
49Darren SprolesSD490
50Mike HartIND500
51Marion BarberDAL521
52Chester TaylorCHI51-1
53Jason SnellingATL530
54C.J. SpillerBUF540
55Derrick WardHOU550
56Kevin SmithDET560
57Rashad JenningsJAC581
58Bernard ScottCIN591
59Javon RingerTEN601
60John KuhnGB611
61Javarris JamesIND621
62Toby GerhartMIN631
63Ladell BettsNO641
64Jerome HarrisonPHI651
65Laurence MaroneyDEN661
66Julius JonesNO671
67Tashard ChoiceDAL681
68Mike BellPHI691
69Leon WashingtonSEA701
70Correll BuckhalterDEN711

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