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Running Backs – 2012 Projected Stats

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Believe me, I tried to find a legitimate reason for trending against Ryan Mathews as a top five fantasy option at running back but couldn’t justify it. Sure, Mathews has had problems staying on the field in his first two seasons in the pros, but this will be his first full offseason to workout with this trainers.

At the end of the day, how can we fault a guy for possible conditioning problems, when stars like Miles Austin and Justin Tuck have admitted they weren’t conditioned properly because of the lockout?

Yes, Mathews could continue to have health problems and maybe LeRon McClain, Curtis Brinkley and Edwin Baker will get a few looks, but Mathews is the workhorse in this offense.

Just look at the track record Norv Turner has for bell cow, foundation backs in his past with names like Emmitt Smith, Frank Gore, Stephen Davis, Ricky Williams and of course LaDainian Tomlinson. All of those players had there productive years under Turner, and I expect Mathews to have a fine season.

With Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Rashard Medenhall coming off ACL tears, Chris Johnson had a horrible season where effort was questionable and Matt Forte and Maurice Jones-Drew are mired in nasty contract holdouts.

All of those running backs listed were legit top ten running backs in fantasy drafts a year ago, so it’s no surprise that Mathews has bumped up to fourth on the board, not to mention I have Trent Richardson and Doug Martin both in my top ten this year!

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2012 Projected Stats Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
  Attempts Yards TD Rec Yards TD
Adrian Peterson 222 934 7 10 79 0
Ahmad Bradshaw 235 1,009 7 32 284 0
Alex Green 145 632 3 17 121 0
Arian Foster 312 1,510 14 59 554 2
Beanie Wells 175 789 7 13 78 0
Ben Tate 155 802 4 12 103 0
Benard Scott 136 544 3 19 72 0
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 255 994 8 10 73 0
Bernard Pierce 62 278 2 7 38 0
Boom Herron 19 88 0 0 0 0
C.J. Spiller 144 752 4 53 371 2
Chris Ivory 34 105 1 3 11 0
Chris Johnson 279 1,066 7 36 344 1
Chris Polk 44 189 1 14 119 0
Chris Rainey 56 302 1 44 412 2
Cyrus Gray 29 130 0 7 48 0
Da’Rel Scott 28 133 0 5 33 0
Daniel Thomas 112 379 1 8 48 0
Danny Woodhead 39 188 0 31 256 1
Darren McFadden 252 1,260 9 42 357 2
Darren Sproles 92 620 2 81 644 5
David Wilson 142 795 4 16 109 0
DeAngelo Williams 176 898 5 9 69 0
Delone Carter 147 623 4 7 33 0
DeMarco Murray 244 1,112 5 42 364 1
Dion Lewis 40 171 0 5 22 0
Donald Brown 166 758 4 21 217 0
Doug Martin 270 1,180 8 33 212 1
Edwin Baker 55 219 2 9 44 0
Evan Royster 122 477 2 12 72 0
Felix Jones 115 552 1 28 224 0
Frank Gore 202 909 5 14 109 0
Fred Jackson 240 1,104 7 43 396 1
Isaac Redman 250 1,022 7 22 124 0
Isaiah Pead 122 586 2 26 195 1
Jacquizz Rodgers 133 508 2 28 231 1
Jahvid Best 32 122 0 18 132 0
Jamaal Charles 210 1,134 5 42 378 2
James Starks 144 604 3 26 189 0
Jonathan Stewart 164 856 4 40 352 1
Kahlil Bell 44 149 0 10 61 0
Kendall Hunter 110 451 2 12 88 0
Kevin Smith 165 693 4 40 313 1
Lamar Miller 77 377 1 21 157 0
LaMichael James 91 399 2 38 349 2
LeGarrette Blount 70 305 2 7 31 0
LeSean McCoy 250 1,275 11 58 417 3
Mark Ingram 171 752 6 15 73 0
Marshawn Lynch 288 1,188 9 33 247 0
Matt Forte 275 1,254 5 54 511 2
Maurice Jones-Drew 279 1,183 8 40 321 1
Michael Bush 82 288 4 14 108 0
Michael Smith 41 246 1 5 41 0
Michael Turner 255 1,055 9 8 71 0
Mike Goodson 87 365 1 14 105 0
Mike Tolbert 61 264 5 18 116 0
Mikel Leshoure 166 601 5 14 83 0
Peyton Hillis 222 1,022 7 38 288 1
Pierre Thomas 72 291 2 24 192 0
Rashad Jennings 138 731 4 18 144 0
Rashard Mendenhall 132 477 2 9 53 0
Ray Rice 302 1,321 10 66 612 2
Reggie Bush 188 846 5 42 366 2
Robert Turbin 81 307 2 4 12 0
Ronnie Hillman 154 766 5 34 303 1
Roy Helu 184 813 3 41 316 1
Ryan Mathews 305 1,372 10 62 465 1
Ryan Williams 142 588 4 21 166 0
Shane Vereen 138 603 2 12 87 0
Shonn Greene 222 932 4 17 119 0
Stevan Ridley 198 877 5 15 66 0
Steven Jackson 280 1,120 5 33 231 1
Taiwan Jones 77 423 1 18 162 0
Toby Gerhart 196 823 5 30 270 0
Trent Richardson 329 1,447 9 43 387 1
Vick Ballard 64 243 2 12 48 0
Willis McGahee 157 626 3 15 81 0

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