2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: NFL Week 16

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IDecember 17, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 16: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings rushes for an 82-yard touchdown in the first half against the St. Louis Rams during the game at Edward Jones Dome on December 16, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Vikings won 36-22. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With an exciting 15th week under our belts, here are the Lester's Legends 2012 Week 16 fantasy football running back rankings.

1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Does it even matter who AP faces? He’s averaging 164.1 yards in his past eight games. I don’t expect even a tough Houston Texans run defense to slow All Day down.

2. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Foster isn’t putting up Peterson numbers, but he is averaging 106.7 total yards per game with 16 combined touchdowns. He should rise to the occasion in a showdown with Peterson and the Vikings.

3. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Martin, like the rest of the Bucs, was a major letdown last week. He gets a chance to redeem himself against the St. Louis Rams in Week 16. They have allowed 117.6 yards per game and 17 rushing scores.

4. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos

Moreno is averaging 121.8 total yards per game since taking over the starting gig. The Cleveland Browns have allowed 120.6 yards per game and 13 rushing scores.

5. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

Morris is averaging 113.3 yards and a touchdown in his past four games. The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed 122.0 yards per game and nine rushing scores.

6. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

Murray has scored in all three games since his return, while averaging 96.3 total yards per game. The New Orleans Saints have allowed 146.3 yards per game and 13 rushing scores.

7. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

The San Francisco 49ers present a challenge, but Lynch and the Seahawks are flying high. He’s averaging 117.7 total yards over the past three games to go with five rushing scores. Lynch had 116 total yards in their first meeting.

8. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

The yardage has not been there, but the scoring has. T-Rich has 83 total yards in his past two games but scored a pair of touchdowns in both games. He has six touchdowns in his past four games and 12 on the year. The Broncos present a tough test.

9. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

Change did not do Rice or the Ravens good. Look for Rice to get back on track against the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 123.7 yards per game and eight rushing scores.

10. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

Spiller has a tough matchup against the Miami Dolphins’ Top-ten run defense, but Spiller is explosive and should get plenty of touches. He’s averaging nearly 100 yards per game this year, while operating in a timeshare for a good part of the year.

11. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

Ridley was taken out of the game by the Niners but should bounce back against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 148.1 yards per game and 18 rushing scores.

12. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

Forte is averaging 116 total yards the past three games. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed 136.5 yards per game and 10 rushing scores.

13. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Charles struck out last week against the Oakland Raiders but has a favorable matchup against the Indianapolis Colts for a rebound. The Colts have allowed 124.7 yards per game and a dozen touchdowns.

14. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

Johnson travels to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers in Week 16. The Pack have allowed 114.3 yards per game and 11 rushing scores. If weather is an issue, CJ will carry the load.

15. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

Run DMC did his thing against the Chiefs, collecting 149 total yards. This week he faces the Carolina Panthers, who have allowed 117.9 yard per game and 11 rushing scores.

16. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins

Bush is averaging 88.3 total yards in his past four games. The Bills have allowed 144.1 yards per game and 22 rushing scores.

17. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

Gore continues to turn in good performances. Playing the Seahawks on the road makes for a tough test, though.

18. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

The Law Firm is averaging 117.2 total yards in his past five games with three touchdowns. The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the top run defenses in the league, though.

19. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts

Ballard is averaging 104.5 total yards in his past two games. The Chiefs have allowed 136.4 yards per game and nine rushing scores.

20. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

S-Jax is averaging 114.7 total yards in his past six games. The Bucs lead the league in run defense, but Jackson has been playing so well. Plus, he is active in the passing game.

21. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

D-Will is averaging 128 total yards with a receiving touchdown in each of his past two games. The Raiders have allowed 122.5 yards per game and 17 rushing scores.

22. Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions

Leshoure missed a golden opportunity against the Arizona Cardinals but still managed 59 total yards and a touchdown. The Atlanta Falcons have allowed 124.9 yards per game and 14 rushing scores.

23. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

Turner is averaging just 42.4 yards in his past five games but has managed to score in each game. The Lions have allowed 119.4 yards per game and 12 rushing scores.

24. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints

Sproles is a lot like Michael Turner when it comes to pure numbers. Neither get a ton of yards, and their fantasy value is tied to their ability to get in the end zone. Sproles has three scores in the past two weeks and will likely get his chance against the Cowboys.

25. Shonn Greene, New York Jets

Greene is not a sexy pick, but he’s steady. He’s a low-end RB2 or a solid flex play against the San Diego Chargers.

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