Patrick Daugherty

Goal Line Stand

print article archives RSS

Week 12 Rankings

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Week 12 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jamaal Charles vs. SD -
2 Matt Forte at STL -
3 Adrian Peterson at GB -
4 Zac Stacy vs. CHI -
5 Reggie Bush vs. TB Probable (knee)
6 Frank Gore at WAS Probable (ankle)
7 Alfred Morris vs. SF -
8 Eddie Lacy vs. MIN -
9 Knowshon Moreno at NE -
10 Andre Brown vs. DAL -
11 Rashad Jennings vs. TEN -
12 DeMarco Murray at NYG -
13 Chris Johnson at OAK -
14 Ben Tate vs. JAC Probable (ribs)
15 Stevan Ridley vs. DEN -
16 Bobby Rainey at DET -
17 Pierre Thomas at ATL -
18 Le'Veon Bell at CLE -
19 Chris Ivory at BAL Probable (knee)
20 Ryan Mathews at KC Probable (hamstring)
21 Maurice Jones-Drew at HOU Probable (knee)
22 Ray Rice vs. NYJ -
23 Shane Vereen vs. DEN Probable (wrist)
24 Andre Ellington vs. IND -
25 Danny Woodhead at KC -
26 Donald Brown at ARZ -
27 Steven Jackson vs. NO Probable (toe)
28 Chris Ogbonnaya vs. PIT -
29 Rashard Mendenhall vs. IND Probable (toe)
30 Trent Richardson at ARZ Questionable (calf)
31 Montee Ball at NE -
32 Joique Bell vs. TB Questionable (foot)
33 Mike Tolbert at MIA -
34 Lamar Miller vs. CAR -
35 DeAngelo Williams at MIA -
36 Jacquizz Rodgers vs. NO Probable (ankle)
37 Mark Ingram at ATL -
38 Daniel Thomas vs. CAR Probable (ankle)
39 Brian Leonard at DET -
40 Jonathan Stewart at MIA -
41 Bilal Powell at BAL -
42 Fozzy Whittaker vs. PIT Probable (ankle)
43 Willis McGahee vs. PIT Probable (knee)
44 Shonn Greene at OAK -
45 LeGarrette Blount vs. DEN -
46 Brandon Jacobs vs. DAL Questionable (knee)
47 Roy Helu vs. SF -
48 Bernard Pierce vs. NYJ -
49 Toby Gerhart at GB -
50 James Starks vs. MIN -
51 Dennis Johnson vs. JAC -
52 Kendall Hunter at WAS -
53 Marcel Reece vs. TEN -
54 Michael Bush at STL -
55 Antone Smith vs. NO -
56 Jason Snelling vs. NO -
57 Jordan Todman at HOU -
58 Knile Davis vs. SD -
59 Brandon Bolden vs. DEN -
60 LaMichael James at WAS -
61 Benny Cunningham vs. CHI Questionable (ankle)
62 Khiry Robinson at ATL -
63 Jonathan Dwyer at CLE -
64 Felix Jones at CLE -
65 Ronnie Brown at KC -
66 Isaiah Pead vs. CHI -

RB Notes: Jamaal Charles has finally hit a lull in his all-conquering 2013, failing to notch a score in three consecutive games. He’s still averaged 98 yards from scrimmage in the process, however, and is the clear-cut RB1 overall in a week where Adrian Peterson (groin) is hobbled and LeSean McCoy is on bye. … Mired in a major slump by his standards, AD has tallied just 140 yards over his past 41 carries (3.4 YPC), and was bothered “a lot” by his groin injury in Week 11. Even a gimpy Peterson is a top-five Peterson, but his injury status is worth monitoring. … Matt Forte has gained fewer than 90 yards from scrimmage only once in 10 games. He should have little trouble going 10-for-11 against a Rams defense allowing the third most fantasy points to opposing running backs. … Reggie Bush’s Week 11 benching was an inane moment in an otherwise stellar season. Whatever coach Jim Schwartz’s motivations were, they were dumb, but it’s not a mistake he’s going to make twice. Bush is averaging 145 yards from scrimmage at Ford Field, ergo he’s a top-five option for Week 12.

Sunday’s loss to the Saints was the first time since Week 3 that Frank Gore didn’t manage at least 70 yards on the ground. Now he gets the Redskins, who have been getting smoked by opposing runners (among other positions), allowing an average of 23.1 fantasy points per game. Gore is a strong bet for a touchdown. … Matchups don’t really matter for Alfred Morris, who has cleared 90 yards rushing in five straight games, and averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry every week since Week 2. A guarantee for yards, he’s 50-50 for a touchdown. … Eddie Lacy has managed just 100 yards on 38 carries (2.63 YPC) in the two games since opposing defenses could start game-planning for him as the focal point of the Packers’ offense, but the matchup is right in the Vikings. Minnesota has allowed 11 rushing scores on the year. Provided he gets them, Lacy should be able to punch in his goal-line looks. … What appeared to be a possibility in Week 8 looked like a done deal in Week 11: Knowshon Moreno is losing goal-line work to Montee Ball. Regardless, his zero-catch night against the Chiefs was a fluke, while the Patriots are allowing the ninth most yards per carry (4.3) and sixth most yards per game (125.7) to opposing backs. Playing in the league’s best offense, Moreno remains an RB1.      


Stopping the run is going to be a lot harder for the Cowboys without Sean Lee. That’s a problem, as Big D was already allowing the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Andre Brown is averaging just 3.77 yards over his first 48 carries, but has the workload and matchup of a low-end RB1 for Week 12. … Rashad Jennings is averaging 3.4 yards after first contact. That’s compared to 2.0 for Darren McFadden. It’s one of the reasons revolution is in the air in Oakland’s backfield, and why Jennings can be trusted as an RB2 against a Titans defense allowing the sixth most fantasy points to running backs. … Picking up steam with each passing week, Ben Tate is a legit RB2 as he moves further away from his rib injury. It looks like he has an impressive contract drive in him, after all. … If you know which Chris Johnson is going to show up for Week 12, could you let us know? … Stevan Ridley can’t stop fumbling, but was never outright benched in Monday’s loss. He’d be higher on this list if not for the Sha-nanigans potential in New England on Sunday. Either way, a player with seven touchdowns in his past five games cannot be benched.


Brian Leonard was the favorite to lead Tampa’s “ham and egg” running-back committee going into Week 11. Then Bobby Rainey’s 30-carry, 163-yard, two-touchdown afternoon happened. Six of Rainey’s carries went for at least 10 yards — including his first three — while three more went for at least eight. How did he do it? First off, he received some excellent blocking from his offensive line. As Rotoworld’s Evan Silva put it, Tampa essentially blocked out the sun against the Falcons. They were that dominant up front. But Rainey didn’t just get what was blocked. A man who played behind Ray Rice last season had some vintage Rice to his game, fitting himself into small holes and coming out with extra yards. Rainey finished off his runs with burst, most impressively on his 43-yard touchdown. Rainey also used patience and exceptional quickness to shed all sorts of tackles, eight by Pro Football Focus’ count. It’s the kind of thing that’s easy to say in hindsight, but Rainey looked so good, it’s hard to believe that both the Ravens and Browns let him go. Maybe Rainey will be a one-week wonder. It wouldn’t be the first time it’s happened. All we know is, Tampa’s ham-and-egg committee has found its chairman, and he has a solid Week 12 matchup in a Lions defense allowing 4.1 yards per carry. Rainey is worth RB2 consideration.       

Pierre Thomas has cleared 80 yards from scrimmage in six consecutive games, and averaged 5.3 catches in the process. It appears he’s passed up Darren Sproles as the FLEX du jour in New Orleans’ backfield. … Even if it was for only one week, it was nice to see Ray Rice look like Ray Rice again. With the Bears swapped out for the Jets’ league-leading run defense, Rice’s resurgence shouldn’t produce an encore. Sell while you still can. … Is Shane Vereen going to catch eight passes every week? No. Is he a massive upgrade on Brandon Bolden, who isn’t even that bad of a player? Yes. Even the most casual of observers should be able to spot Vereen’s playmaking ability, and why he’s very much worth the FLEX plunge in fantasy leagues. … Donald Brown has an extremely tough matchup in the Cardinals, but here’s guessing the Colts — who continue to sing Trent Richardson’s praises publicly — have deemed Brown their “hot hand” privately. … Chris Ogbonnaya has risen to the top of the Browns’ running back scrap heap. He’s a spare part you can start in a pinch. … The Dolphins think Daniel Thomas is better than Lamar Miller. The Dolphins are stupid.

continue story »
Patrick Daugherty is a football and baseball writer for He can be found on Twitter .
Email :Patrick Daugherty

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Video Center

    NASCAR Fantasy: Michigan

    NASCAR Fantasy: Michigan
    MLB Waiver Wire Options

    MLB Waiver Wire Options
    NASCAR Fantasy: Pocono

    NASCAR Fantasy: Pocono
    Waiver wire: Nimmo an option

    Waiver wire: Nimmo an option
    NASCAR Fantasy: Coke 600

    NASCAR Fantasy: Coke 600
    MLB: Buy, hold or sell?

    MLB: Buy, hold or sell?
    Waiver Wire: Need saves?

    Waiver Wire: Need saves?
    Baseball: Buy, hold, sell

    Baseball: Buy, hold, sell