Fantasy Football Final – 2012 Running Backs rankings based on total fantasy points (standard scoring)

2012 had its share of ups and downs for fantasy football owners, and one of the more volatile positions was running back.  Here are the final rankings from 2012 based on total fantasy points scored at running back.  I will have my booms and busts at the bottom of the article.

These points are from Yahoo standard scoring leagues.(Non-PPR)

2012 Fantasy Football Running Backs

RankRunning BackTeam2012 PTS
1Adrian PetersonMIN307.40
2Doug MartinTB262.60
3Arian FosterHOU262.10
4Marshawn LynchSEA246.60
5Alfred MorrisWAS240.70
6Ray RiceBAL222.10
7C.J. SpillerBUF212.30
8Jamaal CharlesKC204.50
9Trent RichardsonCLE203.70
10Frank GoreSF202.60
11Stevan RidleyNE199.40
12Matt ForteCHI177.40
13Chris JohnsonTEN175.50
14Reggie BushMIA171.80
15Shonn GreeneNYJ167.40
16Steven JacksonSTL162.30
17Michael TurnerATL157.10
18Ahmad BradshawNYG156.00
19BenJarvus Green-EllisCIN151.80
20Mikel LeshoureDET149.20
21LeSean McCoyPHI145.30
22Darren SprolesNO141.10
23DeAngelo WilliamsCAR130.40
24Danny WoodheadNE116.70
25Vick BallardIND114.60
26Willis McGaheeDEN113.20
27DeMarco MurrayDAL111.00
28Darren McFaddenOAK110.50
29Joique BellDET103.90
30Ryan MathewsSD97.90
31Andre BrownNYG97.10
32Pierre ThomasNO94.70
33Mark IngramNO93.10
34Felix JonesDAL92.80
35Knowshon MorenoDEN91.50
36Jacquizz RodgersATL88.40
37Mike TolbertCAR87.10
38Marcel ReeceOAK82.70
39Bilal PowellNYJ81.70
40Fred JacksonBUF81.40
41Jonathan DwyerPIT80.90
42Bryce BrownPHI80.00
43Michael BushCHI77.40
44David WilsonNYG73.20
45Isaac RedmanPIT71.40
46LaRod Stephens-HowlingARI70.30
47Daniel ThomasMIA68.10
48Jackie BattleSD65.90
49Bernard PierceBAL63.90
50Shane VereenNE62.00

Best picks at RB in 2012 fantasy football

Adrian Peterson

Who expected Peterson to return from an ACL/MCL injury with a 2,000+ rushing yard season?  AP should be the consensus #1 pick in 2013 fantasy football drafts.

Doug Martin

As our head NFL writer Mike Sherman predicted, Doug Martin was a workhorse back for the Tampa Bay Bucs, finishing with the 2nd most fantasy points in standard scoring leagues, narrowly ahead of Arian Foster

Alfred Morris

Morris was half of the 2 headed rushing attack for the Redskins, and along with RG3 will be competing for rookie of the year honors.  It was a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners as the Redskins had used 3 RB’s in 2011, but went with a workhorse in Morris for 2012.

Stevan Ridley

Ridley was another pleasant surprise this season as the Patriots turned to a more balanced offense, leading to more looks for Ridley.

Bust picks at RB in 2012 fantasy football

LeSean McCoy

McCoy was supposed to be one of the top 3 RB’s in fantasy football for 2012, but an ineffective offense and injuries caused him to finish outside the top 20.  With the emergence of Bryce Brown it will be interesting to see where McCoy ends up being drafted in 2013.

Darren Sproles

As you would expect with a fill in head coach, the Saints offense changed drastically, and there were a number of weeks where Sproles didn’t even register a carry.  The Saints backfield will likely be a situation to avoid in 2013 as both Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram were mixed in heavily.

Darren McFadden/ DeMarco Murray/ Ryan Mathews

All 3 backs suffered injuries and were poor rushing options when healthy this season.  Chances are if you drafted any of these backs that hurt your fantasy team in a big way in 2012.

English: Darren McFadden, a player on the Oakl...

English: Darren McFadden, a player on the Oakland Raiders American football team. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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