2012 Fantasy Football Week 10: Running Backs (RB) Rankings/Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 5, 2012

Nov 4, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) fights off Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) while carrying the ball during the 2nd half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Minnesota 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

For the third straight week, Marshawn Lynch went over the century mark in the Seahawks' victory over the Vikings. With almost 900 yards on the season, Lynch is one of the league leaders and is primed to win the rushing title by year's end.

Why not, as the Seahawks will constantly rely on their running game until their rookie quarterback Russel Wilson becomes acclimated to the speed of the NFL.  

The Seahawks will stay at home this week and Lynch should be a lock for over 100 yards and a score against the Jets. Just keep an eye on Robert Turbin to see if he’s still available on the waiver wire. He’s flashed enough potential to earn a heavy role should Lynch go down with an injury. 


What Did We Learn From Week 9?

Adrian Peterson is on fire this season. What looked like a tough matchup in Seattle turned into one of the better performances of his career with 184 yards rushing on only 17 carries. After five straight weeks of failing to find the end zone, Peterson has scored four touchdowns in the past three weeks.

Doug Martin showed the Raiders how to Dougie to the tune of 251 yards and four touchdowns. An impressive day for sure, and historic when you consider no running back has ever had three rushing touchdowns from over 40 yards in a game, in the entire history of the NFL!

Then when you factor in that all four of Martin’s touchdowns came in the second half, we now can say Martin’s not only explosive, but he’s a player who can truly strike big at any moment. Simply put, the future is now.

Chan Gailey is going to drive fantasy owners nuts with this usage of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Both are talented enough to be RB1 options. Together they are hurting each other, but Gailey needs to find a way to get Spiller on the field more often than 29 times, which was the case last week.


Sean’s Week 10 Watch List

Both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson suffered apparent high ankle sprains against the Buccaneers. If both are out this week (which is likely), it will be interesting to see the workload of both Taiwan Jones and full back Marcel Reese. For now, we should like Reese as the better option to pick up off the waiver wire. He will be in on passing downs, and the coaching staff has expressed concern over Jones’s ball-handling skills.

Vick Ballard continued to see the majority of work in the Colts'  backfield last week. Playing against a Jaguars defense that gave up four rushing touchdowns to the Lions last week, Ballard is worth a flex play.

Rashad Jennings has struggled to run the football, but he's a good bet for over 100 yards rushing this week against the Colts.

Isaac Redman stepped up and put together the performance I was hoping to see from him throughout this season against the Giants. If Jonathan Dwyer and Rashard Mendenhall are out again, Redman is a worthy RB2 play against the Chiefs.

1 Adrian Peterson Lions
2 Ray Rice Raiders
3 Doug Martin Chargers
4 Marshawn Lynch Jets
5 Arian Foster @ Bears
6 Matt Forte Texans
7 Stevan Ridley Bills
8 Frank Gore Rams
9 LeSean McCoy Cowboys
10 Willis McGahee @ Panthers
11 Mikel Leshoure @ Vikings
12 Michael Turner @ Saints
13 Chris Johnson @ Dolphins
14 Jamaal Charles @ Steelers
15 Ryan Mathews @ Buccaneers
16 Rashad Jennings Colts
17 C.J. Spiller @ Patriots
18 Fred Jackson @ Patriots
19 Reggie Bush Titans
20 Isaac Redman Chiefs
21 Shonn Greene @ Seahawks
22 Ahmad Bradshaw (I) @ Bengals
23 Mike Goodson (I) @ Ravens
24 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Giants
25 Vick Ballard @ Jaguars
26 Pierre Thomas Falcons
27 Steven Jackson @ 49ers
28 Shane Vereen Bills
29 Jonathan Stewart Broncos
30 Joique Bell @ Vikings
31 Andre Brown @ Bengals
32 Marcel Reece @ Ravens
33 Donald Brown @ Jaguars
34 Danny Woodhead Bills
35 Felix Jones @ Eagles
36 Mark Ingram Falcons
37 DeAngelo Williams Broncos
38 Kendall Hunter Rams
39 Ronnie Hillman @ Panthers
40 Lance Dunbar @ Eagles

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