Week 12 Running Back Rankings

The Week 12 Running Back Rankings are here to help you make tough decisions this week. Whether it is deciding which of your options to start, or who you should be looking to pick up this week to cover your byes and injuries. Our team will be here the rest of the year ranking the offensive positions, defensive positions, and team defenses to try and help you win your fantasy football leagues.

Below the table, I’ll be highlighting some pick ups for this week (if they are still available) and sneaky-starts for your bye-week needs.

RankRUNNING BACKSOPP
1Saquon Barkley   NYG  at PHI
2Alvin Kamara   NO  vs. ATL
3Melvin Gordon   LAC  vs. ARI
4Ezekiel Elliott   DAL  vs. WAS
5James Conner   PIT  at DEN
6Christian McCaffrey   CAR  vs. SEA
7Nick Chubb   CLE  at CIN
8David Johnson   ARI  at LAC
9Leonard Fournette   JAC  at BUF
10Joe Mixon   CIN  vs. CLE
11Marlon Mack   IND  vs. MIA
12Dalvin Cook   MIN  vs. GB
13Mark Ingram   NO  vs. ATL
14Aaron Jones   GB  at MIN
15Matt Breida   SF  at TB
16James White   NE  at NYJ
17Sony Michel   NE  at NYJ
18Tevin Coleman   ATL  at NO
19Tarik Cohen   CHI  at DET
20Phillip Lindsay   DEN  vs. PIT
21Gus Edwards   BAL  vs. OAK
22Jordan Howard   CHI  at DET
23Dion Lewis   TEN  at HOU
24Chris Carson   SEA  at CAR
25Lamar Miller   HOU  vs. TEN
26Adrian Peterson   WAS  at DAL
27Josh Adams   PHI  vs. NYG
28Peyton Barber   TB  vs. SF
29LeSean McCoy   BUF  vs. JAC
30Duke Johnson   CLE  at CIN
31Alex Collins   BAL  vs. OAK
32Kenyan Drake   MIA  at IND
33Theo Riddick   DET  vs. CHI
34Frank Gore   MIA  at IND
35Elijah McGuire   NYJ  vs. NE
36Derrick Henry   TEN  at HOU
37Isaiah Crowell   NYJ  vs. NE
38LeGarrette Blount   DET  vs. CHI
39Ito Smith   ATL  at NO
40Jalen Richard   OAK  at BAL
41Rashaad Penny   SEA  at CAR
42Austin Ekeler   LAC  vs. ARI
43Nyheim Hines   IND  vs. MIA
44Doug Martin   OAK  at BAL
45Royce Freeman   DEN  vs. PIT
46Corey Clement   PHI  vs. NYG
47Mike Davis   SEA  at CAR
48Latavius Murray   MIN  vs. GB
49Giovani Bernard   CIN  vs. CLE
50Trenton Cannon   NYJ  vs. NE

Jalen Richard, OAK at BAL

Week 12 represents the last week for byes. If you are fighting for a playoff spot in a deeper league, and are considering the Raiders backfield, Richard is your guy. Last week, rushes were about an even split with “starter” Doug Martin, and DeAndre Washington. Why is that significant?

Because, Richard is already Derek Carr‘s leading receiver on the season in terms of catches, and second on the team in targets and yards. I know that’s not saying a ton, but if he can mix in 10-12 carries along with his pass catching ability, Richard’s fantasy ceiling would see a slight bump this week, and beyond.

Going a bit higher up the ranks, Theo Riddick continues to receive a healthy share of targets. With Kerryon Johnson unlikely to play, Riddick and Blount’s touches should increase.

Elijah McGuire, NYJ vs NE

Sandwiched in between the two, coming in at 35 for the week is Jets second year runner, Elijah McGuire. Similar to Richard, his team’s offense will limit his upside, but he is the preferred option to Isaiah Crowell, when the Jets are in catch up mode.

As almost double digit underdogs to a Patriots team that is coming out of a bye week, it’s likely there will be plenty game flow opportunities for McGuire to produce this week. Furthermore, it’s reasonable think, the Jets want to see as much as possible from their sixth round pick from last season, in order to gauge a crowded position group heading into the off-season.

If you’re considering that range of running backs, I think McGuire has a 12-15 touch floor this week.

Good luck for Week 12! Follow me on twitter @realBobbyAdcock compliments and insults are greatly appreciated.

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