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

Rank Running Back Team 2012 PTS
1 Adrian Peterson MIN 307.40
2 Doug Martin TB 262.60
3 Arian Foster HOU 262.10
4 Marshawn Lynch SEA 246.60
5 Alfred Morris WAS 240.70
6 Ray Rice BAL 222.10
7 C.J. Spiller BUF 212.30
8 Jamaal Charles KC 204.50
9 Trent Richardson CLE 203.70
10 Frank Gore SF 202.60
11 Stevan Ridley NE 199.40
12 Matt Forte CHI 177.40
13 Chris Johnson TEN 175.50
14 Reggie Bush MIA 171.80
15 Shonn Greene NYJ 167.40
16 Steven Jackson STL 162.30
17 Michael Turner ATL 157.10
18 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG 156.00
19 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN 151.80
20 Mikel Leshoure DET 149.20
21 LeSean McCoy PHI 145.30
22 Darren Sproles NO 141.10
23 DeAngelo Williams CAR 130.40
24 Danny Woodhead NE 116.70
25 Vick Ballard IND 114.60
26 Willis McGahee DEN 113.20
27 DeMarco Murray DAL 111.00
28 Darren McFadden OAK 110.50
29 Joique Bell DET 103.90
30 Ryan Mathews SD 97.90
31 Andre Brown NYG 97.10
32 Pierre Thomas NO 94.70
33 Mark Ingram NO 93.10
34 Felix Jones DAL 92.80
35 Knowshon Moreno DEN 91.50
36 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL 88.40
37 Mike Tolbert CAR 87.10
38 Marcel Reece OAK 82.70
39 Bilal Powell NYJ 81.70
40 Fred Jackson BUF 81.40
41 Jonathan Dwyer PIT 80.90
42 Bryce Brown PHI 80.00
43 Michael Bush CHI 77.40
44 David Wilson NYG 73.20
45 Isaac Redman PIT 71.40
46 LaRod Stephens-Howling ARI 70.30
47 Daniel Thomas MIA 68.10
48 Jackie Battle SD 65.90
49 Bernard Pierce BAL 63.90
50 Shane Vereen NE 62.00

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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