2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: NFL Week 17

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IDecember 24, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 23:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs upfield against Daniel Manning #38 of the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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With an exciting Week 16 week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 17 fantasy football running-back rankings.

1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

All Day is 102 yards shy of 2000 and 208 yards from the NFL record. The Packers have a mediocre run defense. AP ripped them for 210 yards in the last meeting. My gut says he gets to 2000, but comes up a little short. Prove me wrong, AP.

2. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

Spiller had 173 total yards against a solid Miami Dolphins defense. He had 194 total yards and a touchdown in the opener against the New York Jets. He’ll bookend the season by thumping them again. The Jets rank No. 27 in run defense.

3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

Lynch is averaging 118.6 yards with seven touchdowns in his last four games. He dropped 155 total yards and a touchdown on the St. Louis Rams in the first meeting. He’ll pound them again. The Rams are one of four teams to have allowed 17 or more rushing touchdowns.

4. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos

Moreno is averaging 140 total yards in his past three games. The Kansas City Chiefs rank No. 26 against the run. I expect the Broncos to be particularly run-heavy this week to preserve Peyton Manning for the playoffs.

5. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

I am a little concerned with Foster’s irregular heartbeat. If he is not limited, he should run wild on the Indianapolis Colts’ No. 30-ranked run defense as the Houston Texans try to secure the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Foster had 169 total yards in the first meeting and has averaged 187 total yards with five touchdowns in four career games against the Colts.

6. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

CJ is hit or miss, but should be on against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had 109 total yards in the first meeting. The Jags rank No. 31 against the run.

7. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Charles has a tough matchup against the Broncos, but Charles has been on a tear, averaging 126.6 total yards in his past seven games. He had 107 yards against Denver in Week 12.

8. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins 

Morris has been the most consistent of the trio of stud rookie running backs. He just keeps on churning. Morris has four touchdowns in his past three games. He’s averaging nearly 100 total yards per game and has 10 touchdowns on the year. Morris had 113 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Dallas Cowboys.

9. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Martin has been the most explosive of the rookie runners, averaging 117.7 total yards on the year. He should finish strong against a Falcons team that has nothing to play for.

10. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

Rice got a heavy workload (30 touches) last week against the New York Giants and responded with 158 total yards and a score. He finishes with a tough game against the Cincinnati Bengals on the road.

11. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys 

Murray only received 11 carries last week, but his inclusion in the passing game allowed him to finish with 91 total yards against the New Orleans Saints. He should finish strong against the Redskins.

12. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

Gore was an afterthought after the Seahawks ran away in Week 16. He should bounce back against the Arizona Cardinals’ No. 28-ranked run defense.

13. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

McCoy returned with 122 total yards last week against the Redskins. He had 140 total yards in the first meeting with the G-Men. Look for McCoy to finish his disappointing season on a high note.

14. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

The Steelers shut down The Law Firm, but he should be back in business against the Ravens. They rank No. 24 against the run. BJGE ran for 91 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting.

15. Shonn Greene, New York Jets

Greene has three touchdowns in his past three games. He ran for 94 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with Buffalo. The Bills rank dead last against the run.

16. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears 

Forte is banged up, but I expect him to gut it out against the Detroit Lions’ mediocre run defense. Forte ran for 96 yards in the first meeting.

17. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins

Bush continued his strong finish with 107 total yards and three touchdowns against the Bills. New England will be a tougher test, but he should see plenty of work in the passing game.

18. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

Ridely had 71 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Dolphins.

19. Montell Owens, Jacksonville Jaguars

Owens did some damage against the New England Patriots, mainly in the passing game. He should finish well against Tennessee’s No. 23-ranked run defense.

20. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams 

Jackson has a tough finish against the Seahawks, but has averaged 109.3 total yards the past seven games.

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