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

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 22, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 21:   Dexter McCluster #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball as  Tracy White #58 of the New England Patriots defends on November 21, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Dexter McCluster @ Steelers -

I’ve yet to warm up to using Dexter McCluster as a full time flex play in PPR leagues, but he’s close to that level in at least 12 team leagues.  The Chiefs will likely use McCluster more down the stretch as they are likely to fall behind in most games, thus relying on the passing game in garbage time.

McCluster was a lot early on against the Patriots, finishing with eight carries for 39 yards and two receptions for nine yards in the passing game.  Before McCluster can be relied upon, we need to see him total around six receptions like he did against the Broncos the week before.  At this time, McCluster is worth holding on your roster but give someone else a shot to start this week, unless you're desperate.

Beanie Wells @ Rams –

After a solid start to the season, Beanie Wells hasn’t been the same running back since suffering a knee injury about a month ago.  Watching last week against the 49ers, however, he did look like he was starting to play better; he had a couple nice runs against the league's toughest run defense, averaging over four yards per carry for the first time in a game since week four against the Giants.

The Cardinals will continue to “manage” his workload for the remainder of the year, but Wells should make for a solid flex play this week, even in PPR leagues.  St. Louis is bad against the run, and of late, they’ve regressed as a team, losing to the Seahawks by a wide margin last week.  Wells should be good for at least 70 yards on the ground and a score.

More WK 12 PPR Rankings – QB | RB | WR | 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 Chris Johnson Buccaneers
10 Kevin Smith Packers
11 Michael Bush Bears
12 Marshawn Lynch Redskins
13 Michael Turner Vikings
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 BenJarvus Green-Ellis (I) @ Eagles
24 Chris Ogbonnaya @ Bengals
25 Mike Tolbert Broncos
26 Brandon Jacobs @ Saints
27 Shonn Greene (I) Bills
28 Toby Gerhart @ Falcons
29 Darren Sproles Giants
30 Beanie Wells (I) @ Rams
31 DeAngelo Williams @ Colts
32 C.J. Spiller @ Jets
33 Mark Ingram Giants
34 Roy Helu @ Seahawks
35 Danny Woodhead @ Eagles
36 Dexter McCluster @ Steelers
37 Ryan Grant @ Lions
38 Joe McKnight Bills
39 Kendall Hunter @ Ravens
40 Pierre Thomas Giants
41 Donald Brown Panthers
42 Delone Carter Panthers
43 Daniel Thomas @ Cowboys
44 Maurice Morris Packers