Week 12 Top 10 Running Backs

1 - Adrian Peterson - MIN @ JAC – Peterson has reclaimed his throne atop the NFL rushing hierarchy. Not even the Jaguars, who have given up over 90 yards to such fantasy studs as Kevin Smith (DET), Cedric Benson (CIN) and Mewelde Moore (PIT) can stop his return to form.
2 – Clinton Portis - WAS @ SEA – It's hard to bet against Portis in any week. Against a struggling Seahawks team with no real offense and a rushing defense ranked 21st in the league, look for Portis to put up strong numbers.

3 – Marshawn Lynch - BUF @ KC – Coming off his first 100 yard rushing effort of the year, Lynch lines up against the 31st ranked Chiefs rush defense. Add the fact that Edwards is using Lynch as his security blanket and Lynch is a must play this week.

4 – Matt Forte - CHI @ STL – Forte put up over a hundred yards from scrimmage against the 16th ranked Packers defense and the Titans 6th ranked defense. This week he goes against a Rams defense that ranks 29th against the run, and 30th overall. That means big numbers for the Bears running back who ranks fourth in yards from scrimmage.

5 – Steve Slaton - HOU @ CLE – Slaton is coming on strong in the second half of the season and rapidly adding himself to the list of fantasy studs from this years draft. Facing off against the 28th ranked Browns run defense will only add to it.

6 – LaDanian Tomlinson - IND @ SD – The Colts gave up over 150 yards to Slaton and the Houston offense last week. The Colts will give up an equally large number to Tomlinson and the Chargers this week on the ground.

7 – Justin Fargas - OAK @ DEN – Fargas ran for 109 yards from scrimmage in week one against the Broncos. Look for a repeat performance this week as the Broncos will score or punt quickly with and rookie Fulback lining up in the backfield and Cutler trying to throw it all over the field again his week.

8 – Willie Parker - CIN @ PIT – The Cincinnatti Bengels roll into Pittsburgh, fresh off their tie with Philadelphia? Parker will take more of the carries from Moore as Coach Tomlin gains confidence in Parker's shoulder. Parker is also likely to pick up more of the goal line carries this week.

9 – Warrick Dunn - TB @ DET – With Earnest Graham on the shelf and the Cadillac just out of the body shop, look for big things out of the veteran Dunn. The lions give up 5.1 yards per carry and over 170 yards per game on the ground. Dunn will put up the majority of those 170 yards for Tampa this week.

10 – Michael Turner - CAR @ ATL – Turner has become a beast on the ground in Atlanta, but faces a Panthers defense giving up just over 100 yards per game. Splitting carries with Norwood will eat into his value against a decent run defense.

Author: Derrick Brauhn
Email: staleys1920@hattywaiverwireguru.com

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