2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: NFL Week 12

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer INovember 19, 2012

HOUSTON, TX- NOVEMBER 18: Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans rushes against the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 18, 2012 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Texans won 43 to 37 in overtime. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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With an exciting 11th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 12 fantasy football running back rankings.

1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Foster had a respectable 92 total yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he failed to score for the first time this year. It had to be frustrating for Foster owners considering the Texans scored 43 points and amassed 640 total yards.

He'll celebrate Thanksgiving with 100-plus total yards and a score or two.

2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

All Day faces Da Bears in Chicago. Not ideal, but Peterson has been on fire, averaging 157.3 yards with five touchdowns in his last four games.

3. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In his last four games, Martin has averaged 191.5 total yards with five touchdowns. The Atlanta Falcons are allowing 130.5 yards and a touchdown per game.

4. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

The Miami Dolphins are tough against the run, allowing 96.8 yards per game. I don't care. Lynch has recorded four straight 100-yard games with a touchdown in his past three. Beast Mode hits South Beach.

5. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

T-Rich has a tough matchup against Pittsburgh, but he is averaging 138 total yards in his past three games. The Browns are not afraid of giving him 25-plus touches.

6. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

Rice has combined for just 75 rushing yards the past two games, but he makes up for it in the passing game. He's averaging 103.4 total yards with seven touchdowns. The San Diego Chargers play good run defense, but Rice is so consistent.

7. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

The Saints are giving up 157.8 rushing yards and 0.9 rushing touchdowns per game. The Niners will try to be run-heavy to slow down Drew Brees and company. Gore should do big things.

8. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

With Gronk out, the Patriots could turn more to the running game against the New York Jets. Ridley has scored in three straight games. The Jets have allowed 141.9 yards and a touchdown per game.

9. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

I expect Fred Jackson to return for the game against the Indianapolis Colts. If he doesn't, Spiller is a top-five option. Even with F-Jax in the mix, Spiller should be highly productive. The Colts have allowed 119.8 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.

10. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

CJ is averaging 142.8 total yards with four touchdowns in his past five games. He should continue to roll coming out of his bye against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 137.3 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game.

11. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

Forte has averaged 99.7 total yards in his last three meetings with the Minnesota Vikings.

12. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers

Mathews had 83 total yards against a tough Denver Broncos team. He should have more success against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have allowed 132.2 yards and a touchdown per game.

13. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

The Firm had a favorable matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, and he responded with a touchdown and his first 100-yard game of the year. He should keep rolling against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have allowed 122.4 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game.

14. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Charles has 218 total yards in his past two games despite facing the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati. Denver is tough, but Charles is explosive and the Chiefs are feeding him the ball.

15. Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders

I'm not counting on Darren McFadden to return. Reece should have a solid game against the Bengals. They have allowed 117.8 yards and a touchdown per game. Reece is very active in the passing game as well.

16. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

Morris hasn't score since Week 6, but he continues to put up solid numbers. This week, he faces the Dallas Cowboys. The 'Boys have allowed 106.6 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.

17. Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles

LeSean McCoy (concussion) will likely miss this one. Brown should get a shot, but temper your expectations against the Carolina Panthers based on how the Eagles have been playing.

18. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts

The Colts backfield is a bit tricky, but they are facing the Buffalo Bills, so perhaps Ballard and Donald Brown could both have some use this week. Ballard appears to be in the lead. Buffalo has allowed 153.3 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game.

19. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos

Hillman will carry the load against the 1-9 Chiefs. They are giving up 129.2 yards per game.

20. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

Jackson has had a revival following his bye. He has averaged 106.5 total yards the past two games. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed 119.3 yards per game.

21. Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys

I still don't think DeMarco Murray will make it back to play the Redskins on Thanksgiving. Jones has quietly averaged 75.8 total yards with four touchdowns in the past six games.

22. Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions

The Texans have yet to allow a rushing touchdown, making LeShoure a mediocre RB2 this week.

23. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

Bradshaw and the Giants offense should benefit from their bye week when they take on the Green Bay Packers.

24. James Starks, Green Bay Packers

Starks has 141 total yards in his past two games, as he's taking on a larger role. Aaron Rodgers commands so much attention that Starks should be able to produce against the Giants' middle-of-the-road run defense.

25. Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers

Mendy shared the load last week and will likely continue to do so against Cleveland. The Browns are giving up 125.3 yards per game, so there should be enough to go around.

26. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

J-Stew had 73 total yards and his first rushing touchdown against a tough Tampa team. Things should be easier against the Philadelphia Eagles.

27. Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals

Beanie should reclaim his starting job against the Rams, but LaRod Stephens-Howling has earned a decent role averaging 95.3 total yards the past four games. The Rams have allowed 115.1 yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game. You'll want to monitor Beanie closely before inserting him into your lineup.

28. Shonn Greene, New York Jets

Greene had a decent game, but Bilal Powell managed to score two touchdowns. The Patriots are giving up just 99 yards per game, so a shared load could hamper Greene's chances.

29. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

Turner scored last week to bail out a mediocre effort. Mediocre is how his season can be summed up. This week, he faces the Bucs. They have allowed the fewest yards (81.8 per game) in the league.

30. Jalen Parmele, Jacksonville Jaguars

Parmele had 80 yards taking over for the ineffective Rashad Jennings. The Titans have allowed 132.8 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.

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