Week 12 RB Fantasy Football Rankings
The Week 12 RB Fantasy Football Rankings gets a shake up this week after news broke Monday that Willis McGahee will miss the next 6-8 weeks with a torn MCL and a broken leg. Those who held onto Ronnie Hillman as McGahee’s handcuff, or those who took Hillman in this year’s Dynasty League rookie draft, got an unexpected boost of fantasy value going forward. Hillman has the Chiefs coming up in Week 11, but where did I rank him this week?
Aside from the Denver backfield news. there is another running back I’d like to discuss for this week:
Don’t Expect Reggie Bush Back In Miami In 2013After having been nothing more than a complimentary back in New Orleans, I was just as surprised as everyone else when Bush notched his first 1000-yard season in his debut as a Dolphin in 2011. And on a mere 216 carries to boot. That all changed once the 2012 season began, however, as Bush seems to have reverted back to his old change-of-pace lifestyle. Outside of his 172 rushing yards against the Raiders back in Week 2, Bush hasn’t exactly been able to find the steam he had last year. If you take that game out, he has yet to reach 70 rushing yards in any of the other games and has scored just 2 rushing touchdowns in 9 games overall (minus the Raiders game). Having gone from an RB2 earlier in the year, Bush can’t even find himself as a flex option after putting up a mere 41 total rushing yards against the Bills and the Titans the past 2 weeks, both of whom have running defenses that rank last and next to last against fantasy running backs on the year. This is a good indication that Bush will not be re-signed once the season is up. It also shows me that teams will wind up viewing Bush as the type of player he was with the Saints: A guy who might give you 1-2 good starts, but is nothing more than a backup and a guy who will help you on passing downs. This isn’t good news for those owners who have been holding him in Dynasty Leagues. I doubt we’ll see Bush reach RB2 status again for the rest of the year. He’s also only 1 more fumble away from matching his season high of 3 in his rookie year.
Also, make sure to check the rankings again between now and Friday to see if anyone has moved up or down due to latest news and injuries.
RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT NOTES
1. Arian Foster Houston @ Detroit 2. Doug Martin Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta 3. Adrian Peterson Minnesota @ Chicago 4. Chris Johnson Tennessee @ Jacksonville No reason to think he can't have another huge game this week.
5. C.J. Spiller Buffalo @ Indianapolis
Chan Gailey expects Fred Jackson back this week, but Spiller is too hot to put back into a timeshare.
6. Frank Gore San Francisco @ New Orleans 7. Marshawn Lynch Seattle @ Miami Lynch has played great even worse matchups.
8. Stevan Ridley New England @ New York Jets Stats from last week were bad simply due to the fact that the Pats were up so much so quickly.
9. Matt Forte Chicago vs. Minnesota 10. Alfred Morris Washington @ Dallas As the new third-down back over Evan Royster, Morris value has gone up even more.
11. Jamaal Charles Kansas City vs. Denver 12. Ray Rice Baltimore @ San Diego Rice has really fallen hard lately. 75 rushing yards in the past 2 weeks with a bad matchup coming up.
13. Trent Richardson Cleveland @ Pittsburgh 14. Ryan Mathews San Diego vs. Baltimore 15. BenJarvus Green-Ellis Cincinnati vs, Oakland BGE could be valued as an RB1 with this week's matchup.
16. Steven Jackson St. Louis @ Arizona 17. Mikel Leshoure Detroit vs. Houston 18. Marcel Reece Oakland @ Cincinnati It's not known if Darren McFadden will be back or not, but Reece has shown he deserves more work.
19. Ronnie Hillman Denver @ Kansas City This is Hillman's time to shine.
20. Ahmad Bradshaw New York Giants vs. Green Bay Was pretty close to ranking Bradshaw much lower due to Andre Brown, but I will give him the benefit of the doubt this week.
21. Jalen Parmele Jacksonville vs. Tennessee Looked a hell of a lot better than Rashad Jennings against the Texans. Matchup is a good one, but he only has one more week until MJD comes back.
22. Michael Turner Atlanta @ Tampa Bay Just doesn't have the legs to get the job done, but the Falcons aren't giving Jacquizz Rodgers any chances either.
23. Vick Ballard Indianapolis vs. Buffalo 24. Beanie Wells Arizona vs. St. Louis First game back in weeks. The matchup isn't too shabby, but this is the Cardinals we are talking about. More of a flex than an RB2.
25. Shonn Greene New York Jets vs. New England 26. Bryce Brown Philadelphia vs. Carolina Too soon to say whether LeSean McCoy will start after suffering a concussion against the Redskins. But I believe Brown should get the start for at least one week.
27. Reggie Bush Miami vs. Seattle There is no reason to think the Dolphins will be bringing Bush back after the season. Awful matchup.
28. Andre Brown New York Giants vs. Green Bay If he continues to get scoring opportunities over Ahmad Bradshaw, he will go up for Week 13.
29. Rashard Mendenhall Pittsburgh @ Cleveland I like the matchup, but the fact that the quarterback situation is a mess does Mendy no favors. Plus it's an RBBC I would try and avoid.
30. Jonathan Stewart Carolina @ Philadelphia Not a bad flex option against an Eagles Defense that has given up.
31. James Starks Green Bay @ New York Giants 32. Felix Jones Dallas vs. Washington 33. Darren Sproles New Orleans vs. San Francisco Was a very late-minute scratch last week. Matchup isn't too good if he does play.
34. Donald Brown Indianapolis vs. Buffalo 35. Mark Ingram New Orleans vs. San Francisco Would leave him on the bench.
36. Jonathan Dwyer Pittsburgh @ Cleveland I would rather stay way from this entire mess if possible.
37. Bilal Powell New York Jets vs. New England 38. Lance Ball Denver @ Kansas CIty Will get some looks, but not enough to make him a viable fantasy option.
39. Jacquizz Rodgers Atlanta @ Tampa Bay 40. Daniel Thomas Miami vs. Seattle