2011 NFL Fantasy Football Week 12: Running Backs (RB) Rankings and Projections

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIINovember 21, 2011

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 03: Running back LeGarrette Blount #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts at Raymond James Stadium on October 3, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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LeGarrette Blount @ Titans—

The Buccaneers haven’t been the same since LeGarrette Blount suffered a knee injury against the 49ers, but with his first 100-yard performance against the Packers, since his injury, the Buccaneers played a close game in Green Bay. It’s hard to know what to expect from the Titans as they look good one week and then bad the next, but expect Blount to perform like a RB-2 this week.

Last week's performance was just a nice stat line, but the second-year tailback out of Oregon flashed his trademark physical running when he broke six tackles on his way to a 54-yard touchdown run. Look for anther head cracking performance from Blount this week.

Jonathan Stewart / DeAngelo Williams @ Colts—

The Panthers backfield has been a disappointment this year, as Cam Newton has been the star of the offense. Look for Williams and Stewart to be start-worthy options this week as the Panthers should have no problems rolling up a big lead in Indianapolis, and they will run the football most of the game.

Stewart should be considered a worthy RB-2 play, and Williams is a flex-play option after both posted over 100 yards from scrimmage last week against the Lions.

Chris Johnson vs. Buccaneers—

After a breakout game of sorts for Chris Johnson against the Panthers, he looked horrible against the Falcons running the football 12 times for only 13 yards. Johnson will be an up and down player down the stretch, but he should have a respectable RB-2 performance against a bad Tampa Bay run defense.

More WK 12 Rankings – QB | RB | WR | TE | Flex | K/D| Waivers | Start/Sit |

1 Arian Foster @ Jaguars
2 LeSean McCoy Patriots
3 Matt Forte @ Raiders
4 Rashard Mendenhall Chiefs
5 DeMarco Murray Dolphins
6 Maurice Jones-Drew Texans
7 Steven Jackson Cardinals
8 Ray Rice 49ers
9 Michael Bush Bears
10 Marshawn Lynch Redskins
11 Michael Turner Vikings
12 Chris Johnson Buccaneers
13 Kevin Smith Packers
14 Fred Jackson (I) @ Jets
15 Jonathan Stewart @ Colts
16 LeGarrette Blount @ Titans
17 Reggie Bush @ Cowboys
18 Willis McGahee (I) @ Chargers
19 Ryan Mathews Broncos
20 Frank Gore (I) @ Ravens
21 Cedric Benson Browns
22 Ben Tate @ Jaguars
23 Brandon Jacobs @ Saints
24 Chris Ogbonnaya @ Bengals
25 Mike Tolbert Broncos
26 Shonn Greene (I) Bills
27 Toby Gerhart @ Falcons
28 Darren Sproles Giants
29 Beanie Wells (I) @ Rams
30 BenJarvus Green-Ellis (I) @ Eagles
31 DeAngelo Williams @ Colts
32 Mark Ingram Giants
33 C.J. Spiller @ Jets
34 Roy Helu @ Seahawks
35 Jackie Battle Steelers
36 Ryan Grant @ Lions
37 Steven Ridley @ Eagles
38 Kendall Hunter @ Ravens
39 Ryan Torain @ Seahawks
40 Pierre Thomas Giants
41 Donald Brown Panthers
42 Delone Carter Panthers
43 Daniel Thomas @ Cowboys
44 Maurice Morris Packers