2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: NFL Week 13

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer INovember 26, 2012

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22: Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs for a first down as Stephen Tulloch #55 of the Detroit Lions gives chase during the game at Ford Field on November 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Texans defeated the Lions 34-31. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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With an exciting 12th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 13 fantasy football running back rankings.

1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Foster got back on track with two touchdowns and 117 total yards on Thanksgiving. This week he gets the Tennessee Titans. They have allowed 129.8 rushing yards per game and 10 touchdowns.

2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Peterson continues to shine despite inadequate quarterback play. He had 138 total yards against the Chicago Bears. The Green Bay Packers have allowed 103.8 yards per game and nine rushing scores.

3. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

T-Rich had 112 total yards and a touchdown against the stingy Pittsburgh Steelers. He should have a field day against the Oakland Raiders.

They have allowed 131.2 yards per game and 15 rushing scores.

4. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers



Martin has a tough matchup against the Denver Broncos. Still, he is averaging 158.5 total yards with nine touchdowns in his past six games.




5. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Charles is averaging 108.3 yards in his past three games against three tough defenses (Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, Broncos).

I like his chances against the mediocre Carolina Panthers.

6. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

Spiller had just 14 carries, but managed 107 yards against the Indianapolis Colts. He should be a monster against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jags have allowed 136 yards per game and 14 rushing scores.

7. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

Rice is averaging 108.9 total yards. He had 93 total yards in the first meeting with Pittsburgh.



This time he gets to play them at home, where he has scored six of his seven touchdowns.

8. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

CJ has averaged 137.2 total yards with four touchdowns in the past six games.

He could have tough sledding against the Texans, although he did run for 141 yards in the first meeting.



9. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks


Beast Mode was held in check by the Miami Dolphins. He has another tough matchup against the Chicago Bears.

He’s a power runner like Peterson, so I still expect a solid outing.

10. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

Morris continued his solid season with 113 yards and a touchdown on Thanksgiving.



The New York Giants have allowed 114 yards per game, including 120 to Morris in the first meeting.

11. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

Bradshaw gets a boost with Andre Brown on the shelf with a broken leg. He should be active on the ground and in the passing game against the Redskins.

12. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

Gore continues to provide steady fantasy numbers. He’s averaging 97.4 total yards per game with six touchdowns. He takes on the St. Louis Rams. They have allowed 111.4 yards per game with 14 rushing scores.


13. Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles


It looks like LeSean McCoy will miss this one so Brown is a borderline RB1 against Dallas. If you watched him on Monday Night Football, you know he has some upside.




14. Michael Bush, Chicago Bears

Bush will likely be the lead back against the Seahawks. They have a solid defense, but Bush has five touchdowns in the four games he has had at least 12 carries.

15. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

Ridley has scored in the past four games while averaging 87.5 yards. The Dolphins are tough against the run, but it will be hard to key in against Ridley with Tom Brady at the helm.

16. Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions

LeShoure has scored in back-to-back weeks and has five touchdowns in his past four games. The Colts have allowed 121.2 yards per game with 11 rushing scores.

17. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

The Law Firm is averaging 89.3 total yards with three touchdowns in his past four games. He is unlikely to crack the 100-yard mark for the third straight week, but he should be solid against the San Diego Chargers.



18. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers



Mathews continues to be held out of the end zone, but is averaging 90.3 total yards per game. The Bengals have allowed 116.1 yards per game and 10 rushing scores.

19. Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders


I am not confident that Darren McFadden will play this week so it will likely be Reece’s gig again. He has averaged 133.3 total yards the past three games.

The Browns have allowed 118.4 yards and nine rushing scores.

20. Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals

Beanie scored two touchdowns in his return. He gets a solid matchup in his second game back. The New York Jets have allowed 142.8 yards and 12 rushing scores.

21. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos

Moreno was the surprising winner in the Willis McGahee injury sweepstakes, compiling 111 total yards. Tampa Bay has the league’s stingiest run defense, allowing just 81.5 yards per game.


They have allowed nine rushing touchdowns, and Peyton Manning should open things up for Moreno.



22. Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys


Like Run DMC, I am not expecting DeMarco Murray to play this week. Jones has scored a touchdown the past three weeks. If he gets the start, he should produce against the lifeless Eagles.

23. Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars

I don't expect Maurice Jones-Drew to be ready either. Jennings is back in the mix against Buffalo. The Bills have allowed 147.3 yards and a league-high 16 rushing scores.


The Bills have allowed 147.3 yards and a league-high 16 rushing scores.

24. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

Turner was stuffed in the first meeting against the New Orleans Saints. This time he gets them at home. Turner has scored in three of his past four games.


The Saints have allowed 156.5 yards and 10 rushing scores.

25. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins


Bush rebounded with 87 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks. Daniel Thomas continues to play a prominent role, limiting Bush’s value against the Patriots.


26. Shonn Greene, New York Jets

Greene is averaging 93.7 total yards the past six games. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed 124.2 yards per game.

27.  Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers

Dwyer gets the latest crack at the starting gig in the revolving door that is the Steelers' running back scene. He's a solid option against a Baltimore team allowing 128.5 rushing yards per game.

28. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

S-Jax ripped the Niners for 127 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting. I expect they will do a better job bottling him up in this one.

29. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

It looks like Jonathan Stewart (ankle) will be out of action. D-Will should be a solid option against Kansas City. They Chiefs are yielding 126.1 rushing yards per game.



30. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints

I don’t expect Sproles to be active in the running game, but he should be busy catching the football. I get the feeling he’ll find a way to score in this one.

31. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts

Ballard has a decent matchup against the Detroit Lions, but he’s sharing the load with Donald Brown. The Lions are giving up 122.4 yards per game.

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