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
|Rank||Running Back||Team||2012 PTS|
Best picks at RB in 2012 fantasy football
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.