2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

November 30, 2011 at 10:02 am 6 comments

The heart and soul of a Fantasy Football team.  Laying the proper foundation at running back is still one of the most important aspects of the game.  With more teams going to committees, injuries more prevalent, and fewer franchise backs it is important to have a gameplan going into the draft of who you want and who you don’t.  Here’s a super early look at the Top 20 for next season.

  1. Arian Foster
  2. LeSean McCoy
  3. Ray Rice
  4. Maurice Jones-Drew
  5. Adrian Peterson?
  6. Marshawn Lynch
  7. Darren McFadden
  8. Matt Forte
  9. Jamaal Charles
  10. Ryan Matthews
  11. Chris Johnson
  12. Frank Gore
  13. Steven Jackson
  14. Michael Turner
  15. DeMarco Murray
  16. Roy Helu
  17. Reggie Bush
  18. Ahmad Bradshaw
  19. Fred Jackson
  20. Darren Sproles

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mac  |  July 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    ESPN is sissy shit compared to what this Dude is doing!

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  • 2. Dan  |  December 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Uh… Fred Jackson?

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    • 3. whoaleckna  |  December 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      Didn’t include him because I wanted to see what Spiller could do with the opportunity. He was electric Sunday, but Jackson will probably still be the lead back and maybe in the top 20…but that’s why I didn’t include him here initially, because CJ should have a bigger role in the backfield next year.

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  • 4. Neil  |  February 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    If you are talking fantasy 2012, Michael Turner should not be top 10. It is too risky to draft a running back with: A) high injury risk B) plays for a team that is leaning more towards pass first philosophy C) Has a capable young backup trying to steal his position D) struggled 2nd half of 2011 E) Has been stopped at the goal line more than any other back in the NFL in 2011 F) Age is way above average G) Too many touches his previous two seasons

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    • 5. whoaleckna  |  February 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      You’re absolutely right. I avoided Turner at that position last year, which wasn’t smart, so there’s no way I would all of a sudden roll the dice this year. You’ve made excellent points that everyone should not. Let someone else try their luck with a guy who neither can break 20 yards and nor (as you point out) break the goalline.

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  • 6. Pash  |  March 5, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Adrian Peterson? I haven’t heard all reports, but last I heard was that he’s ahead of schedule for his return…?

    What are you thoughts on him? In a keeper league, would you dump him?

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