2012 Fantasy Football Week 12: Running Backs (RB) Rankings / Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 20, 2012

Nov 11, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) rushes for a 61 yard touchdown against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at the Metrodome. The Vikings win 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE
Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Even before the 49ers ran all over the Bears on Monday night, Adrian Peterson was on top of my list for running backs this week. Peterson has posted some monster games in recent weeks, including against two of the better run defenses in the league this year in the Buccaneers and Seahawks.

I'm not sure if Peterson is all the way back from his knee injury, but his fantasy production suggests that is the case, and with two weeks to rest up for Chicago, we should see another big performance.


What Did We Learn From Week 11?

- Like Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville or Matt Forte in Chicago before this season, Trent Richardson is a big part of what the Browns do on offense. Last week, Richardson rushed for just under 100 yards and picked up 49 more yards in the passing game.

Both Richardson and Doug Martin (not to mention Alfred Morris) are proving to be accountable weekly options and even RB1 options in their first year. It just goes to show that it’s more about opportunity than skill at the running back position for rookies to make a big impact in fantasy leagues.

- Don’t feel too bad about Stevan Ridley's light workload last week, as it's probable that the Patriots were holding his workload back because they play on Thanksgiving against the Jets. At least Ridley added a fourth-quarter score to help his day not look as bad. Expect over 20 carries against the Jets.

- BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a 100-yard performance against the Chiefs, and we should expect more of the same against the Raiders on Sunday. No defense is playing worse than Oakland's over the past three weeks, so make sure that Green-Ellis is in your lineup as a solid RB2 this week.


Sean’s Week 12 Watch List

- Jalen Parmele will continue to start for the Jaguars until Maurice Jones-Drew returns. Rashad Jennings has been a big disappointment, which is the reason for his demotion last week, as Parmele carried the football 24 times against the Texans. Expect Parmele to exceed his 80-yard total from last week, as he has a much easier matchup against the Titans.

- If LeSean McCoy is out on Monday night because of his concussion, expect rookie Bryce Brown to start. This makes Brown a respectable, low-end RB2 to flex-play start. It remains to be seen whether Andy Reid will allow Brown to carry a full load, but he will be a valuable pickup off of the waiver wire.

- Beanie Wells is expected back this week, which is bad news for LaRod Stephens-Howling owners. Look to Wells as a decent flex-play option if he is a go, as the Cardinals would be wise to lean on the running game if Ryan Lindley is starting at quarterback.

1 Adrian Peterson @ Bears
2 Doug Martin Falcons
3 Chris Johnson @ Jaguars
4 Arian Foster @ Lions
5 Frank Gore @ Saints
6 Marshawn Lynch @ Dolphins
7 C.J. Spiller @ Colts
8 Matt Forte Vikings
9 Ray Rice @ Chargers
10 Trent Richardson Steelers
11 Jamaal Charles Broncos
12 Alfred Morris @ Cowboys
13 Stevan Ridley @ Jets
14 Steven Jackson @ Cardinals
15 Ronnie Hillman @ Chiefs
16 Mikel Leshoure Texans
17 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Raiders
18 Marcel Reece @ Bengals
19 Ryan Mathews Ravens
20 Michael Turner @ Buccaneers
21 Bryce Brown Panthers
22 Jalen Parmele Titans
23 Darren Sproles (I) 49ers
24 Beanie Wells (I) Rams
25 Jonathan Dwyer @ Browns
26 Reggie Bush Seahawks
27 Vick Ballard Bills
28 Felix Jones Redskins
29 Mark Ingram 49ers
30 Ahmad Bradshaw (I) Packers
31 Jonathan Stewart @ Eagles
32 James Starks @ Giants
33 Kendall Hunter @ Saints
34 Rashard Mendenhall @ Browns
35 Andre Brown Packers
36 Shonn Greene Patriots
37 Lance Ball @ Chiefs
38 Larod Stephens-Howling Rams

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