Fantasy Football Review: Top Running Backs of 2012

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Fantasy Football 2012: Best Running Backs Review

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The 2012 fantasy football season featured plenty of big seasons by running backs. From elite players at the position who have put up big numbers week in and week out to newcomers who will likely be big stars in 2013, the running back position has been top-heavy lately, featuring several elite backs above the rest of the pack. Using a standard scoring system, here’s a look at the top running backs of the 2012 fantasy football season.

Fantasy Football 2012 Honorable Mentions at Running Back:

10. Frank Gore – 202.60 points (1,214 rushing yards, 8 rushing touchdowns, 234 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 1 fumble lost)

9. Trent Richardson – 203.70 points (950 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 367 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown)

8. Jamaal Charles – 204.50 points (1,509 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns, 236 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 3 fumbles lost)

7. C.J. Spiller – 212.30 points (1,244 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, 459 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns, 3 fumbles lost)

6. Ray Rice – 222.10 points (1,143 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns, 478 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown)

* Player statistics accurate as of the end of the 2012-13 regular season. Fantasy point totals determined through standard Yahoo! fantasy football scoring structure. Passing Yards - 25 yards per point, Passing Touchdowns - 4, Interceptions - minus-1, Rushing Yards - 10 yards per point, Rushing Touchdowns - 6, Reception Yards - 10 yards per point, Reception Touchdowns - 6, Return Touchdowns - 6, 2-Point Conversions - 2, Fumbles Lost - minus-2, Offensive Fumble Return TD - 6.

Austin Chang is a featured columnist and fantasy sports expert at Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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5. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

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5. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins – 240.70 points

Season statistics: 1,613 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, 77 receiving yards, 3 fumbles lost

In just his rookie season, Morris, a sixth-round pick, made huge waves as soon as he was named starting running back by coach Mike Shanahan. Playing alongside fellow rookie Robert Griffin III, he saw major work (335 carries) and really served as a dominant back in a thriving run game. He was certainly one of the greatest free agent pickup of the season for fantasy owners.

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4. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

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4. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks – 246.60 points

Season statistics: 1,590 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 196 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 2 fumbles lost

The second-leading rusher in the league this season, Lynch once again put up huge numbers for the Seahawks. In the first half of the season, he was largely depended on because of the presence of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. Even with the expansion of the passing game later in the season, he still put up reliable numbers. Year in and year out, Lynch is always among the top performing backs in the league.

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3. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

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3. Arian Foster, Houston Texans – 262.10 points

Season statistics: 1,424 rushing yards, 15 rushing touchdowns, 217 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns, 2 fumbles lost

The top pick in many leagues this year, Foster did not disappoint. Still a major focal point of the Texans offense, he finished the year with over 1,600 total yards and averaged more than a touchdown per game. That being said, Foster has now probably been passed by a few backs for 2013.

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2. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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2. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 262.60 points

Season statistics: 1,454 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 472 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 1 fumble lost

Expected to have a heavy workload for the Buccaneers in his rookie season, Martin lived up to his high billing with an excellent campaign. Mediocre to start the year, his big break out game came in Week 9 against the Oakland Raiders with 251 rushing yards and four touchdowns. While he did have underwhelming performances in the fantasy football playoff weeks, Martin still had one of the top seasons on the year.

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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings – 307.40 points

Season statistics: 2,097 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 217 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 1 2-point conversion, 2 fumbles lost

What is there not to be said about Peterson’s miraculous season. Coming back from a major surgery, he wowed the entire league and finished just nine yards shy of the single-season rushing record. With his astonishing overall performance, Peterson is the MVP of many fantasy squads and may end up being the MVP of the entire league as well.

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Fantasy Football 2012: Best Running Backs Review

Fantasy
Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The 2012 fantasy football season featured plenty of big seasons by running backs. From elite players at the position who have put up big numbers week in and week out to newcomers who will likely be big stars in 2013, the running back position has been top-heavy lately, featuring several elite backs above the rest of the pack. Using a standard scoring system, here’s a look at the top running backs of the 2012 fantasy football season.

Fantasy Football 2012 Honorable Mentions at Running Back:

10. Frank Gore – 202.60 points (1,214 rushing yards, 8 rushing touchdowns, 234 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 1 fumble lost)

9. Trent Richardson – 203.70 points (950 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 367 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown)

8. Jamaal Charles – 204.50 points (1,509 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns, 236 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 3 fumbles lost)

7. C.J. Spiller – 212.30 points (1,244 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, 459 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns, 3 fumbles lost)

6. Ray Rice – 222.10 points (1,143 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns, 478 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown)

* Player statistics accurate as of the end of the 2012-13 regular season. Fantasy point totals determined through standard Yahoo! fantasy football scoring structure. Passing Yards - 25 yards per point, Passing Touchdowns - 4, Interceptions - minus-1, Rushing Yards - 10 yards per point, Rushing Touchdowns - 6, Reception Yards - 10 yards per point, Reception Touchdowns - 6, Return Touchdowns - 6, 2-Point Conversions - 2, Fumbles Lost - minus-2, Offensive Fumble Return TD - 6.

Austin Chang is a featured columnist and fantasy sports expert at Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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5. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

Morris
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

5. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins – 240.70 points

Season statistics: 1,613 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, 77 receiving yards, 3 fumbles lost

In just his rookie season, Morris, a sixth-round pick, made huge waves as soon as he was named starting running back by coach Mike Shanahan. Playing alongside fellow rookie Robert Griffin III, he saw major work (335 carries) and really served as a dominant back in a thriving run game. He was certainly one of the greatest free agent pickup of the season for fantasy owners.

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4. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

Lynch
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

4. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks – 246.60 points

Season statistics: 1,590 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 196 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 2 fumbles lost

The second-leading rusher in the league this season, Lynch once again put up huge numbers for the Seahawks. In the first half of the season, he was largely depended on because of the presence of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. Even with the expansion of the passing game later in the season, he still put up reliable numbers. Year in and year out, Lynch is always among the top performing backs in the league.

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3. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Foster
Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

3. Arian Foster, Houston Texans – 262.10 points

Season statistics: 1,424 rushing yards, 15 rushing touchdowns, 217 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns, 2 fumbles lost

The top pick in many leagues this year, Foster did not disappoint. Still a major focal point of the Texans offense, he finished the year with over 1,600 total yards and averaged more than a touchdown per game. That being said, Foster has now probably been passed by a few backs for 2013.

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2. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Martin
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

2. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 262.60 points

Season statistics: 1,454 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 472 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 1 fumble lost

Expected to have a heavy workload for the Buccaneers in his rookie season, Martin lived up to his high billing with an excellent campaign. Mediocre to start the year, his big break out game came in Week 9 against the Oakland Raiders with 251 rushing yards and four touchdowns. While he did have underwhelming performances in the fantasy football playoff weeks, Martin still had one of the top seasons on the year.

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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Peterson
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings – 307.40 points

Season statistics: 2,097 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 217 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 1 2-point conversion, 2 fumbles lost

What is there not to be said about Peterson’s miraculous season. Coming back from a major surgery, he wowed the entire league and finished just nine yards shy of the single-season rushing record. With his astonishing overall performance, Peterson is the MVP of many fantasy squads and may end up being the MVP of the entire league as well.


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