Top 10 RBs for 2012 season

Usually drafted first on a FF team, RBs are an important factor in your game. Unlike WRs who normally don’t ever rush an entire seson, RBs can also play the WR role, and depending on your RB, he might be a strong two dimensional back who helps you when your WRs don’t do their share. Arian Foster leads off as the best back in 2012.

1. Arian Foster

Arian Foster played really well this year, posting over 1,200 YRDs, and that was with RB Ben Tate also sharing carries. He was a big factor in the Texans pass game, posting over 600 YRDs. His speed and agility are a big factor, and with Fred Jackson sharing carries with CJ Spiller, Foster is undoubtedly the best RB in the NFL.

Projected RUS YRDs: 1,390

Projected REC YRDs: 650

2. LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy was a great RB in 2011, rushing for 1,300 YRDs, but that was partly due to Michael Vick’s (who would take some of McCoy’s carries away) absence. Look for McCoy to be a top back next year. He’ll be stronger and more mature. Plus, with Fred Jackson out of the way, McCoy will have the 2nd spot.

Projected YRDs: 1,300

Projected REC: 45

3. Ray Rice

Rice was a great back and a great receiver, rushing to the tune of 1,300 YRDs, 76 REC, and 704 REC YRDs. Rice also was not injured at all this season, playing in all 17 games. He is a safe pick, one that won’t disappoint ever. And with an unstable QB in Joe Flacco, the Ravens will be forced to give the ball back to Rice

Projected  RUS YRDs: 1,200

Projected REC YRDs: 700

4. Maurice Jones-Drew

Jones-Drew was arguably the best RB in 2011, as he was the League leader in YRDs, and RUSH YPG. He wasn’t as great of a receiver as Rice, however, but that was mainly because of rookie QB Blaine Gabbert’s poor play. He still wasn’t entirely a ghost in the pass game, as he posted an normal 374 YRDs in the air. If Gabbert gets better, Jones-Drew will have a monster 2012 season.

Projected RUS YRDs: 1,550

Projected RUSH YPG: 101.5

5. Matt Forte

Forte was a nice solid back in 2011, posting 997 YRDS on the ground, 490 YRDs in the air, but sadly, Marion Barber was the TD back, and Forte only got 4 total TDs (1 REC, 3 RUS). To add to that, Forte also missed Weeks 14, 15, 16, and 17, due to a knee injury. If Forte has no setbacks, he will have a lot of YRDs.

Projected Total YRDs: 1,700

Projected REC: 60

6. Darren McFadden

McFadden was a beast in 2011, but he was lost to a foot injury in week 7. I ranked him this high because his YPC avg was 5.4, a great YPC. And Michael Bush is gone to the Bears.  If he plays in each 2012 game, he is due for a breakout season.

Projected Total TDs: 11

Projected Total YRDs: 1,350

7. Adrian Peterson

Definitely under performing, Peterson had only 970 YRDs, and also had a few weeks worth of injuries. But he should be able to jump back and maybe even catch a few passes from Ponder. Without injuries, he should one of the top RBs in the league because he has shown he can do that. But don’t get fooled; don’t pick AP too high.

Projected RUS YRDs: 1,300

Projected TDs: 14

8. Marshawn Lynch

2011 League Ranks: 7th in NFL in YDS (1,204), 10th in NFL in RUSH YPG (80.3), 3rd in NFL in TD (12). Pretty good stats, and that’s why I put him on the list. He can be a 3rd round pick if you have a lot of teams, or even a 2nd. But he is a “matchup” guy. Make sure to start him with a good matchup.

Projected ATT: 295

Projected YRDs: 1,200

9. Jamaal Charles

Charles is the guy to get if you want home run threat. Ending up in the top 5 RBs in 2010, Jamaal Charles was looked at to continue his hot streak into 2011. That didn’t happen. Instead, Charles was done after just playing 2 games. That’s why he’s questionable. My guess: Don’t ever blow your first pick, so try him in the 2nd round at the highest; probably lower.

Projected YRDs(this one is harder): 1,250

Projected YPC: 5.2

10. Ryan Mathews

After Tolbert left the Chargers, Mathews value went up. After VJax left, it went up even more. Now the Chargers are left to find a good WR, and if they don’t find one before the 2012 season, they will be forced to give Mathews the ball more often. Plus, with Rivers’ inconsistent play, they’ll have to give it to him even more.

Projected ATT: 320

Projected YRDs: 1,350

Other RBs to watch: Steven Jackson(Rams), DeMarco Murray(Cowboys), Mikel Leshoure(Lions), Reggie Bush(Dolphins), Benjarvus Green-Ellis(Bengals), and Frank Gore(49ers).

Note: This sheet does not include incoming rookie RBs.


Top 10 at Each Position


  1. Tom Brady, NE Patriots
  2. Aaron Rodgers, GB Packers
  3. Drew Brees, NO Saints
  4. Tony Romo, DAL Cowboys
  5. Eli Manning, NY Giants
  6. Michael Vick, PHI Eagles
  7. Cam Newton, CAR Panthers
  8. Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF Bills
  9. Matt Stafford, DET Lions
  10. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT Steelers


  1. LeSean Mccoy, PHI Eagles
  2. Arian Foster, HOU Texans
  3. Matt Forte, CHI Bears
  4. Fred Jackson, BUF Bills
  5. Adrian Peterson, MIN Vikings
  6. Ray Rice, BAL Ravens
  7. DeMarco Murray, DAL Cowboys
  8. Michael Turner, ATL Falcons
  9. Steven Jackson, STL Rams
  10. Beanie Wells, ARI Cardinals


  1. Calvin Johnson, DET Lions
  2. Greg Jennings, GB Packers
  3. Wes Welker, NE Patriots
  4. Mike Wallace, PIT Steelers
  5. Steve Smith, CAR Panthers
  6. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI Cardinals
  7. Dez Bryant, DAL Cowboys
  8. Dwanye Bowe, KC Chiefs
  9. Laurent Robinson, DAL Cowboys
  10. Roddy White, ATL Falcons


  1. Jimmy Graham, NO Saints
  2. Rob Gronkowski, NE Patriots
  3. Jason Witten, DAL Cowboys
  4. Tony Gonzalez, ATL Falcons
  5. Antonio Gates, SD Chargers
  6. Jermichael Finley, GB Packers
  7. Vernon Davis, SF 49ers
  8. Greg Olsen, CAR Panthers
  9. Fred Davis, WAS Redskins
  10. Aaron Hernandez, NE Patriots


  1. Mason Crosby, GB Packers
  2. John Kasay, NO Saints
  3. David Akers, SF 49ers
  4. Robbie Gould, CHI Bears
  5. Dan Bailey, DAL Cowboys
  6. Billy Cundiff, BAL Ravens
  7. Matt Bryant, ATL Falcons
  8. Sebastian Janikowski, OAK Raiders
  9. Steven Grotkowski, NE Patriots
  10. Mike Nugent, CIN Bengals

Team DEFs

  1. BAL Ravens
  2. SF 49ers
  3. DAL Cowboys
  4. DET Lions
  5. NYJ DEF
  6. GB DEF
  7. PIT Steelers
  8. HOU Texans
  9. CIN Bengals
  10. NY Giants

That’s all for today, folks. Check back in a few days for more posts!

Top 5 RBs Week 10

Here are my top ten RBs for week ten.

  1. Lesean Mccoy, Phi Eagles
  2. Ryan Matthews, SD Chargers
  3. Arian Foster, Hou Texans
  4. Fred Jackson,  Buf Bills
  5. Ray Rice, Bal Ravens