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Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings – 2012 Preseason Rankings

With 2012 fantasy draft preparation taking place all over the world, Fantasy Football Life presents its preseason 2012 Running Back Rankings. No surprise as the big 3, Arian Foster, Ray Rice and LeSean McCoy sit perched at the top of the charts. Another thing to notice is the lack of depth at the position this year as it may be wise to draft your RBs early this year as it could take quite some time for other teams to decide who emerges as their top back. Keep checking back as we’ll update our rankings periodically.


Rank Kevin Nelson Tm Cameron Sparks Team
1 Arian Foster HOU Arian Foster HOU
2 Ray Rice BAL Ray Rice BAL
3 LeSean McCoy PHI LeSean McCoy PHI
4 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC Maurice Jones-Drew JAC
5 Marshawn Lynch SEA Ryan Mathews SD
6 Chris Johnson TEN Adrian Peterson MIN
7 Adrian Peterson MIN Chris Johnson TEN
8 Ryan Mathews SD Darren McFadden OAK
9 Darren McFadden OAK Marshawn Lynch SEA
10 DeMarco Murray DAL Matt Forte CHI


Rank Kevin Nelson Tm Cameron Sparks Team
11 Trent Richardson CLE Frank Gore SF
12 Steven Jackson STL DeMarco Murray DAL
13 Michael Turner ATL Jamaal Charles KC
14 Jamaal Charles KC Steven Jackson STL
15 Roy Helu WAS Michael Turner ATL
16 Matt Forte CHI Roy Helu WAS
17 Fred Jackson BUF Trent Richardson CLE
18 Frank Gore SF Fred Jackson BUF
19 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN
20 Darren Sproles NO Willis McGahee DEN
21 Shonn Greene NYJ Darren Sproles NO
22 Mikel Leshoure DET Shonn Greene NYJ
23 Isaac Redmond PIT Isaac Redmond PIT
24 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG Ahmad Bradshaw NYG
25 Steven Ridley NE Beanie Wells ARI
26 Willis McGahee DEN Doug Martin TB
27 Doug Martin TB Reggie Bush MIA
28 Reggie Bush MIA DeAngelo Williams CAR
29 Beanie Wells ARI Michael Bush CHI
30 DeAngelo Williams CAR Mark Ingram NO
31 Michael Bush CHI CJ Spiller BUF
32 Mark Ingram NO LaGarrette Blount TB
33 CJ Spiller BUF Donald Brown IND
34 Donald Brown IND Kevin Smith DET
35 James Starks GB Jonathan Stewart CAR
36 Daniel Thomas MIA James Starks GB
37 Jonathan Stewart CAR Daniel Thomas MIA
38 Ben Tate HOU Ben Tate HOU
39 Felix Jones DAL Joseph Addai FA
40 Ryan Williams ARI Felix Jones DAL
41 LaGarrette Blount TB Ryan Williams ARI
42 Peyton Hillis KC Peyton Hillis KC
43 Toby Gerhart MIN Toby Gerhart MIN
44 Jahvid Best DET Steven Ridley NE
45 David Wilson NYG David Wilson NYG
46 Ronnie Hillman DEN Jahvid Best DET
47 Chris Polk PHI Ronnie Hillman DEN
48 Shane Vareen NE Shane Vareen NE
49 Taiwan Jones OAK Robert Turbin SEA
50 Robert Turbin SEA Mikel Leshoure DET