WK 12 – RB Rankings
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Even before the 49ers ran all over the Bears early on Monday night, Adrian Peterson was on top of my list for running backs this week. Peterson has posted some monster games in recent weeks, two of those games coming against the Buccaneers and Seahawks are two of the better run defenses in the league this year.
Not sure if Peterson is all the way back from his knee injury, but his fantasy production suggests that is the case and with two weeks to rest up for Chicago with should see another big performance.
What Did We Learn From Week 11?
- Like Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville or Matt Forte in Chicago before this season, Trent Richardson is a big part of what the Browns do on offense. Last week Richardson rushed for just under 100 yards and picked up 49 more yards in the passing game.
Both Richardson and Doug Martin (not to mention Alfred Morris) are proving to be accountable weekly options and even RB1 options in their first year. Just goes to show it’s more about opportunity than skill at the running back position for rookies to make a big impact in fantasy leagues.
- Don’t feel too bad about Stevan Ridley light workload last week as its probable the Patriots were holding his workload back because they play on Thanksgiving against the Jets. At least Ridley added a fourth-quarter score to help his day not look so bad. Expect over 20 carries against the Jets.
- BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a 100-yard performance against the Chiefs and we should expect more of the same against the Raiders on Sunday. No defense is playing worse than Oakland over the past three weeks, so make sure Green-Ellis is in your lineup as a solid RB2 this week.
Sean’s Week 12 Watch List
- Jalen Parmele will continue to start for the Jaguars until Maurice Jones-Drew returns. Rashad Jennings has been a big disappointment which is the reason for his demotion last week as Parmele carried the football 24 times against the Texans. Expect bigger numbers than Parmele’s 80 yards last week as he has a much easier matchup against the Titans this week.
- If LeSean McCoy is out because of a concussion on Monday night, expect rookie Bryce Brown to start. This makes Brown a respectable low-end RB2 to flex play start. It remains to be seen whether Andy Reid will allow Brown to carry a full load, but he will be a valuable pickup off the waiver wire.
- Beanie Wells is expected back this week which is bad news for LaRod Stephens-Howling owners. Look to Wells as a decent flex play option if he is a go as the Cardinals would be wise to lean on the running game if Ryan Lindley is starting at quarterback.
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|1||Adrian Peterson||@ Bears|
|3||Chris Johnson||@ Jaguars|
|4||Arian Foster||@ Lions|
|5||Frank Gore||@ Saints|
|6||Marshawn Lynch||@ Dolphins|
|7||C.J. Spiller||@ Colts|
|9||Ray Rice||@ Chargers|
|12||Alfred Morris||@ Cowboys|
|13||Stevan Ridley||@ Jets|
|14||Steven Jackson||@ Cardinals|
|15||Ronnie Hillman||@ Chiefs|
|18||Marcel Reece||@ Bengals|
|20||Michael Turner||@ Buccaneers|
|23||Darren Sproles (I)||49ers|
|24||Beanie Wells (I)||Rams|
|25||Jonathan Dwyer||@ Browns|
|30||Ahmad Bradshaw (I)||Packers|
|31||Jonathan Stewart||@ Eagles|
|32||James Starks||@ Giants|
|33||Kendall Hunter||@ Saints|
|34||Rashard Mendenhall||@ Browns|
|37||Lance Ball||@ Chiefs|