Week 12 Fantasy Rankings: Cedric Benson and Sleeper RBs with Great Matchups

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2017

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06:  Cedric Benson #32  of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 6, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Bengals won 24-17.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson is one of several NFL running backs with favorable matchups in Week 12.

Looking at matchups is very important when you are deciding who to start on your fantasy football team each week. With the fantasy playoffs quickly approaching, failing to make the right roster decisions could have severe consequences for your team's chances at a league title.

Let's look at three sleeper running backs with great matchups this week.


Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart has a great matchup on Sunday versus the Indianapolis Colts, who have the second-worst rushing defense in football.

The Colts allow 146.5 rushing yards per game, and allow more red zone touchdowns than any team in the NFL.

Stewart over 100 total yards last week including six catches for 87 yards, proving he can be valuable in PPR fantasy leagues.

You would be foolish not to start Stewart this week against the worst team in the NFL.


Mike Tolbert

With San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews regularly battling injuries, Mike Tolbert is always a good start.

Tolbert is a very good pass-catching running back, which makes him valuable in PPR fantasy leagues. His size and strength also make him a threat for goal-line carries.

Denver has allowed some running backs to explode this season, and although they have been playing well defensively in recent weeks, the Broncos allow just over 114 rushing yards per game.


Cedric Benson

Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson has a fantastic matchup against the Cleveland Browns this week, who he destroyed in Week 1 with 125 rushing yards and a touchdown.

The Browns have allowed 657 rushing yards and five touchdowns in their last four games, which is good news for Benson owners who have been upset with his mediocre play this season.

Benson will not have a better matchup for the rest of the season so if you are wondering about trading him or dropping him to the waiver wire, hold off on that and start him this week and trade him after a good performance against the Browns.