2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: NFL Week 5

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IOctober 1, 2012

With an exciting fourth week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 5 fantasy football running back rankings.

1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

He has scored every game and is averaging 106.0 total yards per game. His matchup against the Jets would normally keep him out of the top slot, but they are giving up 172.8 ypg and have allowed seven scores on the ground.

2. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

He’s really 1-A this week going up against the Chiefs, who are allowing 118 ypg on the ground.

3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

He’s averaging 118.3 total yards per game and taking on Carolina, who has been shredded for 134.8 ypg at 4.9 ypc.

4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

All Day turned in his first 100-yard game of the year. He should dominate Tennessee, who is giving up 136.5 ypg.

5. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins

Bush was able to give it a go last week against Arizona. He should rip up Cincinnati, who has allowed 133.5 ypg at 5.4 ypc.

6. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

His matchup with Pittsburgh is tough, but the dual threat should still be in your lineups.

7. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

Mojo also has a tough matchup (Chicago), but he should also get the nod on fantasy teams.

8. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Yet another stud with a tough draw (Baltimore). The Ravens have allowed six rushing TDs, though, and Charles is so explosive.

9. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

Buffalo is yielding 137 ypg at 4.9 ypc. Gore has 365 total yards and three TDs through four games.

10. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

Morris is averaging 94.0 yards and a touchdown each game. He faces Atlanta, who is giving up 146.3 ypg at 5.2 ypc. I always get a lot of question on Morris. He should be in your lineup.

11. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

The matchup against Jacksonville, who is allowing 150.3 ypg is ideal. He’ll yield goal-line touches to Bush, which limits his value, but this should be a solid start for Forte.

12. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

T-Rich should have a nice showing against the G-Men, who are giving up 118.3 at 4.5 ypc.

13. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

Has a nice matchup against the Browns, who are yielding 117.3 ypg.

14. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers

The Chargers are going to start featuring Mathews more. It’s a good time against the Saints, who are giving up 186.8 ypg.

15. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

Turner scored for the third straight week. With the passing game flowing so nicely, it’s hard to key on Turner.

16. Cedric Benson, Green Bay Packers

Benson is a lot like Turner. Not flashy and supported by a high-powered passing game. Indianapolis is allowing 131.3 ypg.

17. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos

McGahee is getting the job done and should have a decent day against New England with the focus on Peyton.

18. Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots

Ridley was also should benefit from the attention his quarterback commands.

19. Ryan Williams, Arizona Cardinals

After a tough draw against Miami, Williams gets a shot to deliver against the Rams, who are allowing 135.3 ypg at 4.7 ypc.

20. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

As I mentioned, the Dolphins are tough (56.8 ypg at 2.4 ypc), but The Firm is a steady producer.

21. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

Is all right for CJ1K after his 141-yard outburst against the Texans? Hardly, but it was very encouraging. He has another tough draw against Minnesota, who has allowed just 85.3 ypg and one rushing score.

22. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

He faces a tough Cardinals defense, but in this bye week (Dallas, Detroit, Oakland, Tampa Bay) he should be in most fantasy lineups.

23. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

Tough matchup with San Francisco and he’s sharing with Fred Jackson. Not an ideal spot for Spiller owners.

24. Michael Bush, Chicago Bears

There should be a goal-line opportunity or two against Jacksonville that make him a low-end RB2.

25.  Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills

The Bills aren't looking to part from the two-headed monster. At least while neither Spiller or Jackson are 100 percent.

26. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints

He hasn’t been as productive this year, but is still averaging 72.3 total yards per game. Like Brees, he should be fired up to play his old team (Chargers).

27. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

Averaging 64.3 total yards with two TDs over the past three games. Tough matchup with Seattle.

28. Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers

I will hold off on giving Mendenhall the RB2 treatment until he shows that he’s back. Plus, Philly presents a tough test.

29. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts

Green Bay is giving up 113.0 ypg. Brown has been getting his share of touches..

30. Jackie Battle, San Diego Chargers

Sniped a couple of TDs last week. There should be something there against the Saints for desperate fantasy owners.

31. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

J-Stew is averaging 58.0 total yards per game and has the ability to do much more.

32. Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers

Hunter was able to turn in a nice effort in the drubbing of the Jets. He could see a fair amount of action against the Bills as well.

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