Originally written on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 11/16/14

Arian Foster of the Houston Texans tops the list of fantasy football running backs for 2012.

In addition to a solid Quarterback, having a top notch, versatile and durable running back is crucial to the success of any fantasy football team. A running back can make or break your team, and the following is a list of the top running backs in the NFL. Choose wisely. This may be the biggest pick of your fantasy football draft.

Top 10 Running Backs

1. Arian Foster, Texans: Last season Foster delivered 12 touchdowns in 13 games and finished with 1800 total yards. If he can stay healthy along with Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub the field will be spread for Foster to go to the races and 20 plus trips to the end zone.

2. LeSean McCoy, Eagles: Super Bowl favorites again??? The Eagles will again rely on McCoy and his complete skill set. Coming off a 20 touchdown season McCoy will be the Eagles number one weapon on offense.

3. Chris Johnson, Titans: The fantasy disappointment of 2011, Johnson will look to regain his status of 2009 and 2010. Upgrades on the offensive line give the explosive running back another shot at 2000 plus yards and a rushing title.

4. Ray Rice, Ravens: Solid and durable is what you get picking Rice with a late first round pick. After becoming the Ravens primary goal line back Rice delivered with 12 touchdowns. In three seasons Rice has not missed a game.

5. Adrian Peterson, Vikings: Taking chances is how you win FANTASY CHAMPIONSHIPS. If Peterson is on the board and you are picking late first early second round, he is your guy. Coming off major knee surgery is the only reason he is at number five. Expect a slow start and rounding into form by week four. 1700 yards and 18 touchdowns at the minimum if he remains healthy.

6. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars: Leading the NFL in rushing gets you no respect. Jones-Drew on any other team would be a first rounder, with the Jags he falls to the mid to late second round though still a starting running back. Improving from the leagues worst offense this season will require him to carry the ball again 300 plus times.

7. Ryan Mathews, Chargers: 1500 total yards and 50 receptions last season and now Mike Tolbert is gone. Remaining healthy is the task for Mathews and if he can do that, expect bigger numbers and maybe no longer being labeled a disappointment.

8. Michael Turner, Falcons: At 30, it is expected that Turner will get less reps than previous seasons where he carried the ball 300 plus times. Splitting time with second year pro Jacquizz Rodgers will bring his carries down in the low to mid 200 range. Solid number two back.

9. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys: Murray who showed up on the scene last season is now the Cowboys featured back. Explosive runner who could find plenty of running room in the pass friendly Cowboy offense. Don’t expect a ton of carries, just yards from scrimmage.

10. Darren McFadden, Raiders: Over the past two seasons McFadden has averaged over 120 yards per game from scrimmage. The only problem, McFadden only has averaged a ten game season over that span. A late/mid FIFTH rounder is all I would risk on him, if he stays healthy you will look like a genius.

10 b. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks: 1400 yards and 13 touchdowns last season Lynch emerged as Seattle’s number one offensive threat mid year last season. With a big new contract in his back pocket will he want to prove he is worth the money? Depending on who you draft and where, Lynch could go much higher.

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