2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Week 3

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer ISeptember 18, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16:  C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates his second touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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With an exciting second week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 3 fantasy football running back rankings.

1. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

The dude is an animal. With 364 total yards and three TDs through two games, he should shred Cleveland.

2. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Foster continues to produce. He’s averaging 111 total yards and 1.5 TDs. He should continue to shine against Denver.

3. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

New England has been rock solid against the run, but it hasn't faced the likes of Rice yet. He’ll get his.

4. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

Off to a slow start based on last year’s standards, but he should be just fine against Arizona.

5. Michael Bush, Chicago Bears

He gets the full workload against the Rams. What a pleasant surprise for his owners.

6. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

Showed us why he’s the next best thing. He should destroy Buffalo.

7. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

Slowly getting his mojo back (pun intended). Should be ready to roll against Indy.

8. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

The Bucs have been solid against the run, but Murray should be able to pound away at them.

9. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins

Bush is averaging 156 total yards and has a pair of scores. Looks like he’s for real even on a bad team

10. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

Beast Mode has continued as Lynch has averaged 103.5 yards and picked up his first score last week. He should be a challenge for Green Bay.

11. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

He didn’t get in the end zone, but had his second solid game. Should keep it up against Cincinnati.

12. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs have improved on offense and Martin is a workhorse. He should produce against Dallas.

13. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

All Day had a mediocre game against Jacksonville. It’s impressive that he’s even playing. The Niners are tough, but he has the power to get in the end zone if the Vikes can move the ball.

14. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

Gore just continues to produce. The Vikings’ run defense hasn’t allowed a score yet, but that could change this week.

15. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

The Law Firm had a nice matchup last week and finished with a solid 105 total yards against Cleveland. He makes a solid RB2 against Washington.

16. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos

Tough matchup against Houston, but Peyton should open things up for him.

17. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers

OK, say maybe he’ll return this week. He should be able to move the chains against Atlanta.

18. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

I don’t know what’s up with McFadden, but Pittsburgh isn’t the team he’ll get right against. He’ll have to do his damage in the passing game.

19. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints

Sproles has yet to run the football, but he is incredible at catching the ball out of the backfield. He has a nice matchup against the Chiefs.

20. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

I’m not ready to right CJ0.8K off, but it’s bad. Will Detroit be the team he turns it around against?

21. Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots

Had a solid 95 total yards last week. Has a tough draw this time around against Baltimore D.

22. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

So I don’t know what to make of Charles. He had a nice Week 1 and fell on his face against Buffalo in what looked to be a nice matchup. It’s early so I won’t panic. He makes a solid play against the Saints.

23. Kevin Smith, Detroit Lions

Had a decent showing against San Fran (70 total yards). Solid RB2 against Tennessee.

24. Cedric Benson, Green Bay Packers

Bounced back last week. Seattle presents a tough matchup.

25. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

Will share the load with D-Will. His involvement in the passing game makes him a decent flex option against the Giants.

26. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts

He’s getting decent carries and has the ability to break one. Takes on Jacksonville.

27. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

He isn’t what he once was, but he should be able to get his yards when teams start focusing on the pass more. Faces San Diego this week.

28. Andre Brown, New York Giants

Bradshaw will likely miss this one, which means Brown could see a lot of action. David Wilson could share the load though.

29. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

His groin injury scares me. We won’t know until later in the week if he can go or not against Chicago.

30. Shonn Greene, New York Jets

Returned to his dog ways, but Pittsburgh is tough. Should bounce back against Miami.

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