Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/2/12

Are you sitting at a computer screen wondering who you should be starting or sitting? We’re here to help! Here’s our Running Back Rankings for week 1 of 2012 fantasy football. This article will cover the top 40 Running Backs, and of course takes into account match ups.

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Favorable match ups against teams that gave up more points to RB in 2011 are in red

Unfavorable match ups against teams that restricted points to RB in 2011 are in blue

Rank Running Back Points YTD Status Team Week 1 1 Arian   Foster     HOU vs MIA 2 Ray   Rice     BAL vs CIN 3 Darren   McFadden     OAK vs SD 4 LeSean   McCoy     PHI at CLE 5 Chris   Johnson     TEN vs NE 6 DeMarco   Murray     DAL at NYG 7 Matt   Forte     CHI vs IND 8 Marshawn   Lynch     SEA at ARI 9 Doug   Martin     TB vs CAR 10 Rashad   Jennings     JAC at MIN 11 Steven   Jackson     STL at DET 12 Jamaal   Charles     KC vs ATL 13 Fred   Jackson     BUF at NYJ 14 Kevin   Smith     DET vs STL 15 Michael   Turner     ATL at KC 16 Ahmad   Bradshaw     NYG vs DAL 17 Shonn   Greene     NYJ vs BUF 18 Darren   Sproles     NO vs WAS 19 Trent Richardson     CLE vs PHI 20 Reggie   Bush     MIA at HOU 21 Donald   Brown     IND at CHI 22 Isaac   Redman     PIT at DEN 23 Frank   Gore     SF at GB 24 BenJarvus   Green-Ellis     CIN at BAL 25 Willis   McGahee     DEN vs PIT 26 Cedric   Benson     GB vs SF 27 DeAngelo   Williams     CAR at TB 28 Stevan   Ridley     NE at TEN 29 Toby   Gerhart     MIN vs JAX 30 Peyton   Hills     KC vs ATL 31 Ronnie   Brown     SD at OAK 32 Spiller,   C.J.     BUF at NYJ 33 Evan   Royster     WAS at NO 34 Roy   Helu     WAS at NO 35 Ryan   Williams     ARI vs SEA 36 Beanie   Wells     ARI vs SEA 37 Mark   Ingram     NO vs WAS 38 Michael   Bush     CHI vs IND 39 Adrian   Peterson     MIN vs JAX 40 Montario   Hardesty     CLE vs PHI


On the outside looking in- Alfred Morris, Jonathon Stewart, Ben Tate, Mike Tolbert, David Wilson, Jacquizz Rodgers, Alex Green, Pierre Thomas, Bilal Powell, Shane Vereen

Injured/Holdout- Ryan Mathews; Maurice Jones-Drew- Don’t buy into whatever Ryan Mathews says, he’s not going to play in week 1. I expect a lot out of Mathews in the season as a whole, but nothing in the first couple of weeks.

MJD’s holdout is looking more and more likely to extend into the regular season by the day. It has the potential to go well into the season, but is very likely going to prohibit him from playing week 1.

News and notes about matchups

- With no MJD in the picture and what I expect to be a very poor Minnesota defense, Rashad Jennings becomes a low-end RB1 in his first game. Jennings has been extremely productive when he has had a chance in the Jaguars offense, and expect that to continue with more playing time. If you do draft MJD(not recommended) definitely get Jennings as a handcuff, you will need him.

-  Toby Gerhart is ranked higher than Peterson for the first week. It was announced that Peterson will be a gametime decision for his game since tearing his ACL. Expect Peterson to suit up and even start but not play nearly as much as Gerhart. Even if Peterson were to play the full game, I wouldn’t expect him to be the Adrian Peterson of old in his first game back.

- Expect Doug Martin to start off his career strong as he faces a very weak Panther defense. Now there are talks of Blount possibly being moved to the trading talks, which would make Martin one of the very few three down backs in the NFL.

Those were my Running Back rankings for week 1 of 2012 fantasy football. Hope you enjoyed the article, look out for the week 1 Wide Receiver article which will be coming soon. Also, don’t forget to check out the week 1 Tight End and Quarterback rankings.


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