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Week 12 Running Back Rankings- PPR Leagues

Armando dives into his Week 12 PPR running back rankings to help you down the stretch in your fantasy football leagues.

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It is the first time since Week 3 that every NFL team will play in a week as we are officially done with bye weeks. That being said, there are still several running backs that were available at that point in the season that are no longer available due to injuries. In most fantasy leagues, there are two games left in regular seasons before the playoffs begin. Some of you have clinched a playoff spot, some of you are unfortunately out of the playoff picture, and some are still waiting for the outcome of the next two games to determine their fate. With that said, let's waste no time and jump right into this week's top 50 PPR running backs.

RUNNING BACKS

Team

OPP

1

Adrian Peterson MIN

Minnesota Vikings

@ATL

2

Doug Martin TB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

@IND

3

DeMarco Murray PHI

Philadelphia Eagles

@DET

4

Todd Gurley STL

St. Louis Rams

@CIN

5

Thomas Rawls SEA

Seattle Seahawks

PIT

6

Mark Ingram NO

New Orleans Saints

@HOU

7

LeSean McCoy BUF

Buffalo Bills

@KC

8

Matt Forte CHI

Chicago Bears

@GB

9

Darren McFadden DAL

Dallas Cowboys

CAR

10

Spencer Ware KC

Kansas City Chiefs

BUF

11

Jonathan Stewart CAR

Carolina Panthers

@DAL

12

Chris Ivory NYJ

New York Jets

MIA

13

T.J. Yeldon JAC

Jacksonville Jaguars

SD

14

DeAngelo Williams PIT

Pittsburgh Steelers

@SEA

15

Javorius Allen BAL

Baltimore Ravens

@CLE

16

Lamar Miller MIA

Miami Dolphins

@NYJ

17

Giovani Bernard CIN

Cincinnati Bengals

STL

18

Eddie Lacy GB

Green Bay Packers

CHI

19

Latavius Murray OAK

Oakland Raiders

@TEN

20

Danny Woodhead SD

San Diego Chargers

@JAC

21

Ronnie Hillman DEN

Denver Broncos

NE

22

Frank Gore IND

Indianapolis Colts

TB

23

Darren Sproles PHI

Philadelphia Eagles

@DET

24

Shane Vereen NYG

New York Giants

@WAS

25

Chris Johnson ARI

Arizona Cardinals

@SF

26

LeGarrette Blount NE

New England Patriots

@DEN

27

Karlos Williams BUF

Buffalo Bills

@KC

28

Theo Riddick DET

Detroit Lions

PHI

29

Antonio Andrews TEN

Tennessee Titans

OAK

30

Tevin Coleman ATL

Atlanta Falcons

MIN

31

Matt Jones WAS

Washington Redskins

NYG

32

Alfred Blue HOU

Houston Texans

NO

33

Bilal Powell NYJ

New York Jets

MIA

34

Charles Sims TB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

@IND

35

Chris Thompson WAS

Washington Redskins

NYG

36

Ahmad Bradshaw IND

Indianapolis Colts

TB

37

Jeremy Hill CIN

Cincinnati Bengals

STL

38

Rashad Jennings NYG

New York Giants

@WAS

39

James Starks GB

Green Bay Packers

CHI

40

Melvin Gordon SD

San Diego Chargers

@JAC

41

Shaun Draughn SF

San Francisco 49ers

ARI

42

Jeremy Langford CHI

Chicago Bears

@GB

43

Ameer Abdullah DET

Detroit Lions

PHI

44

Duke Johnson CLE

Cleveland Browns

BAL

45

Jonathan Grimes HOU

Houston Texans

NO

46

James White NE

New England Patriots

@DEN

47

C.J. Spiller NO

New Orleans Saints

@HOU

48

Andre Ellington ARI

Arizona Cardinals

@SF

49

Jay Ajayi MIA

Miami Dolphins

@NYJ

50

Kyle Juszczyk BAL

Baltimore Ravens

@CLE

Adrian Peterson sits atop the rankings this week. He leads the league in rushing yards and carries. He has scored a touchdown in three consecutive games and has rushed for over 100 yards in three of his last four games. Next on the schedule are the Falcons who have surrendered 13 touchdowns to running backs this season. They've surrendered the most receptions to running backs this season (75) and are allowing 60.1 receiving yards per game to backs. Opposing backs are averaging over 19 fantasy points per game against the Falcons. Peterson is in a great spot to continue to play well.

After a slow start to the season, DeMarco Murray has picked it up and has played well in recent games. In his last six games he's topped 90 total yards in all but one game and has three touchdowns. He's averaging 4.6 receptions and 123.7 total yards per game in the month of November. The Eagles play the Lions who are yielding 96.3 rushing yards per game, 4.01 rushing yards per carry, and have allowed 12 rushing touchdowns. They're also allowing four receptions per game to running backs. Murray is averaging 5.3 targets per game and has been targeted 20 times in the last three. He has been one of the few bright spots of this Eagles offense and should have another productive game on Thanksgiving.

Another back that should be in for a good week is Mark Ingram. After a week's of rest, he should be well rested and ready to go. He plays the Texans who are allowing 94.9 rushing yards per game and 4.31 rushing yards per carry. They're also allowing opposing backs five receptions per game and 46.7 receiving yards per game. Running backs have scored nine touchdowns against the Texans. Ingram averages 4.6 targets per game and prior to his last game he had 20 touches in three of his four previous games. This would be a great opportunity for Ingram get back on track after a subpar performance in Week 10.

A couple of backs outside of the top 10 that are in good spots are Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon. Ivory is not heavily involved in the passing game as he receives just 2.4 targets per game, but draws a wonderful matchup against the Dolphins. Opposing backs are averaging 120.8 rushing yards per game, 4.3 rushing yards per carry, and have scored 11 touchdowns against the Dolphins. They're also yielding over 20 fantasy points per game to backs. Ivory has struggled as of late, but a matchup against the Dolphins might be all he needs. The last time these two teams met, he rushed for 166 yards and scored a touchdown. Yeldon plays against the league's worst run defense, the Chargers. Opposing running backs are averaging 116 rushing yards, 5.1 rushing yards per carry, 5.4 receptions, 57.3 receiving yards per game, and have scored 13 touchdowns against the Chargers defense. They're also averaging over 22 fantasy points per game. Yeldon is averaging four targets per game and has been the team's workhorse for most of the season. He's topped 100 rushing yards just twice and has scored two touchdowns. If he's going to have a huge game, it would be this week as the matchup doesn't get any better than this.

Best of luck to all this week!