2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: NFL Week 15

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IDecember 10, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 09:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field on December 9, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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With an exciting Week 14 under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 15 fantasy football running back rankings.

1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson is on a tear. He’s averaging 157.3 yards over the past seven games. The St. Louis Rams have allowed a mediocre 110.3 rushing yards per game, but are one of four teams that have allowed 15 or more rushing touchdowns.

2. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

Beast Mode was in full force as Lynch dropped 128 yards and three touchdowns on the Arizona Cardinals on just 11 carries. Next up is the Buffalo Bills, who have allowed 134.5 yards per game and a league-high 18 rushing scores.

3. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Foster should be in for a big day as the Indianapolis Colts have allowed 120.6 yards per game and a dozen rushing scores.

4. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Martin continues to dominate. He is averaging 124 total yards per game with 11 touchdowns. The New Orleans Saints rank last in the NFL with 152.4 rushing yards allowed per game. In the first meeting Martin had 122 total yards and a score.

5. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Charles, like Peterson, is dominating despite inadequate quarterback play. He’s averaging 117.2 yards in his past five games. The Oakland Raiders have allowed 131.2 yards per game and 17 rushing scores.

6. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

T-Rich is averaging 93.6 total yards with 10 touchdowns in 13 games. The Washington Redskins are decent against the run, but Richardson is a dual.

7. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

Morris is averaging 119.7 yards with two touchdowns in his last three games. He will likely be leaned on more heavily with Robert Griffin III likely out. The Browns have allowed 120.5 yards per game and 10 rushing scores.

8. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

Rice got a little banged up (hip), but managed to deliver his first 100-yard game since Week 5. I’m more concerned about his matchup with the Denver Broncos than his hip.

9. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

CJ has had two quiet games in a row, but one of them came against the Texans. He should rebound nicely against the New York Jets, who have allowed 136.5 yards per game and 13 rushing scores.

10. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

Spiller will have the backfield to his own, but his matchup with Seattle tempers the expectations.

11. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

Run DMC had 64 total yards and a touchdown on Thursday Night Football against the Broncos. Thankfully, he had extra time to rest because he tweaked his ankle (big shock). If he’s good to go, he should fare well against the Chiefs. They have allowed 131.2 yards per game and nine rushing scores.

12. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

The Law Firm is averaging 120.1 total yards in his past four games. The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed 119.3 yards per game.

13. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos

Moreno is averaging 120.3 total yards in his three games since taking over the starting gig. The Ravens have allowed 129.3 yards per game and 12 rushing scores.

14. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

Forte was more effective in the passing game in the first meeting with the Green Bay Packers. He should have more success running this time, while still doing some damage through the air. The Packers have allowed 116.7 yards per game and 11 rushing scores.

15. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

Ridley has a tough matchup against the 49ers, but Tom Brady and the passing game should open things up for him.

16. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

The New England Patriots play the run well, but Gore has a good nose around the end zone. He can also do damage in the passing game.

17. Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions

LeShoure was quiet against the Packers despite having conditions that were more suited for the ground game. He should have no trouble getting his footing and delivering against the Cardinals. They have allowed 140.5 yards per game and nine rushing touchdowns.

18. Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles

Brown took a backseat to Nick Foles last week because the Bucs are really good against the run and terrible against the pass. He’s worth considering because of what he did in Weeks 12 & 13, but there is obviously more risk associated with him against the Bengals after last week’s dud.

19. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

Jackson is averaging 108.4 total yards in his past five games. The Vikings will try to control the clock with Adrian Peterson, which could limit Jackson’s touches.

20. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

Murray has scored in both games since returning, but the Steelers will provide a stiff test. They are giving up just 93.2 yards per game.

21. Shonn Greene, New York Jets

Green has been sharing the load with Bilal Powell, but there has been enough to feed both backs. The Titans have allowed 127 yards per game and 12 rushing scores.

22. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins

Bush is quietly averaging 83 yards the past three games. The Jacksonville Jaguars have allowed 145.7 yards per game and a league-high 18 rushing scores.

23. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints

Sproles scored on the ground and through the air. He had 59 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with Tampa Bay. He should be active in this one too.

24. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers

Mathews continues to get plenty of looks. He just hasn’t been very productive. That could change this week against the Carolina Panthers. They have allowed 121.6 yards per game and 11 rushing scores.

25. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

He is banged up and David Wilson certainly made an impression. I’m expecting a shared load at best for Bradshaw against the Atlanta Falcons.

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