2012 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs

The NFL has turned into a pass-first league. The trend has caused a drastic change in fantasy football drafting strategy. The old method was to draft two running backs with your first two selections. They were the most valuable position on your fantasy football team. That is still the case, but the gap is closing.

Teams have went away from having one feature back and most have opted for a two-headed rushing attack. Quarterbacks and wide receivers are gaining value and thanks to Rob Gronkowski, tight ends are creeping into the first two rounds as well.

Our original running back rankings have changed due to injuries and holdouts. Ryan Mathews and Trent Richardson both suffered injuries and Maurice Jones-Drew is still holding out. All three running backs dropped in our rankings, but not significantly.

Here is our Top 50 running back rankings for the 2012 NFL fantasy football season.

  1. Arian Foster – Houston Texans
  2. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles
  3. Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens
  4. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans
  5. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears
  6. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs
  7. Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers
  8. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars
  9. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
  10. DeMarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys
  11. Darren McFadden – Oakland Raiders
  12. Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams
  13. Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons
  14. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks
  15. Fred Jackson – Buffalo Bills
  16. Willis McGahee – Denver Broncos
  17. Roy Helu – Washington Redskins
  18. Darren Sproles – New Orleans Saints
  19. Shonn Greene – New York Jets
  20. Trent Richardson – Cleveland Browns
  21. Ryan Mathews – San Diego Chargers
  22. Ahmad Bradshaw – New York Giants
  23. Reggie Bush – Miami Dolphins
  24. BenJarvus Green-Ellis – Cincinnati Bengals
  25. Stevan Ridley – New England Patriots
  26. Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers
  27. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  28. Beanie Wells – Arizona Cardinals
  29. Jahvid Best – Detroit Lions
  30. Isaac Redman – Pittsburgh Steelers
  31. Donald Brown – Indianapolis Colts
  32. Ben Tate – Houston Texans
  33. Toby Gerhart – Minnesota Vikings
  34. Peyton Hillis – Kansas City Chiefs
  35. DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers
  36. Felix Jones – Dallas Cowboys
  37. Cedric Benson – Green Bay Packers
  38. Michael Bush – Chicago Bears
  39. Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints
  40. LeGarrette Blount – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  41. C.J. Spiller – Buffalo Bills
  42. Mike Goodson – Oakland Raiders
  43. David Wilson – New York Giants
  44. Shane Vereen – New England Patriots
  45. James Starks – Green Bay Packers
  46. Bernard Scott – Cincinnati Bengals
  47. Delone Carter – Indianapolis Colts
  48. Ronnie Brown – San Diego Chargers
  49. Ryan Williams – Arizona Cardinals
  50. Isaiah Pead – St. Louis Rams
Next Five Out: Daniel Thomas (Miami), Pierre Thomas (New Orleans), Kevin Smith (Detroit), Jonathan Dwyer (Pittsburgh) and Taiwan Jones (Oakland).

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