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1billsC.J. Spiller

C.J. Spiller

102 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 46 rec yards

The Bills' coaching staff promised more work for Spiller and it delivered, handing him 25 touches in last Thursday's game. Fantasy owners can count on more of the same this week, as the Colts rank near the bottom of the league in yards allowed per game and per carry.

2texansArian Foster

Arian Foster

101 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 42 rec yards

The touchdown streak may be over, but the legend lives on. Foster is still the best fantasy back on the board, and he will mash a Lions defense that got bullied by Adrian Peterson two weeks ago for 171 yards.

349ersFrank Gore

Frank Gore

110 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 32 rec yards

The Saints are allowing a league-worst 157 rushing yards per game, and teams are picking up more than five yards per carry against them. Gore will be one of the top fantasy running backs this week, once again.

4titansChris Johnson

Chris Johnson

114 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 25 rec yards

There has not been a more reliable rusher over the past month. Go ahead, read that again. Johnson is no longer the guy who had fantasy owners crying in their beers in September.

5chiefsJamaal Charles

Jamaal Charles

95 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 35 rec yards

Charles carried the ball 17 times for 87 yards against the Bengals, and he was tied for the team lead in catches, with four for 31 yards. He has 226 rushing yards over his past three games and he remains a good fantasy starter against Denver.

6raidersMarcel Reece

Marcel Reece

82 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 48 rec yards

Nothing suggests Darren McFadden or Mike Goodson will be able to return to the lineup this week, and Oakland's coaching staff is less worried about its backfield after seeing Reece gain 193 yards from scrimmage on 23 touches last week. The Bengals provide Reece with another favorable matchup.

7buccaneersDoug Martin

Doug Martin

105 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 24 rec yards

Martin's good day could have been great in Week 11, but his touchdown run was erased when he fumbled it away. He still finished with 138 rushing yards in an overtime win over Carolina. Week 12's opponent, the Falcons, are allowing more than 130 rushing yards per game, which bodes well for the rookie.

8seahawksMarshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

110 rush yards, rush TD, 1 rec, 12 rec yards

Lynch surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark in Week 10 for the fourth time this season and is on pace for 1,600 rushing yards. The Dolphins have improved against the run, but Lynch is still a must-start running back.

9ravensRay Rice

Ray Rice

55 rush yards, rush TD, 6 rec, 60 rec yards

Rice was bottled up in Week 11 by Pittsburgh's run defense, which held him to 40 yards on 20 carries. Still, he was able to catch five passes for 53 yards. The Chargers are solid against the run, but Rice will produce in multiple ways.

10broncosRonnie Hillman

Ronnie Hillman

85 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 24 rec yards

With Willis McGahee (knee) injured, Hillman will likely start the Broncos' Week 12 game at Kansas City. He rushed 12 times for 43 yards against the Chargers last week and he is also adept at catching passes out of the backfield. The Chiefs are allowing more than 120 rushing yards per game, which could make for a nice breakout game for Hillman.

11brownsTrent Richardson

Trent Richardson

90 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 17 rec yards

Based on the numbers, the Steelers' run defense matches up fairly evenly with San Diego in terms of yards allowed per game and per carry, and touchdowns allowed. Of course, Richardson had his best game against the Chargers only a few weeks ago.

12bearsMatt Forte

Matt Forte

68 rush yards, 3 rec, 38 rec yards, rec TD

Forte's last score in this series came on a two-yard toss from Kyle Orton during the back's rookie season. He is long overdue, but considering how well Minnesota defends the run (3.9 yards per carry), we're predicting Forte will strike via the passing game again.

13vikingsAdrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

77 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 23 rec yards

Peterson has as much reason to fear the Bears as Christian Ponder does. AP has averaged 3.1 yards per carry in his last two games against Chicago, and has not reached the 100-yard mark in his last four. He can make up for fewer rushing yards with more receiving yards and a score, though.

14ramsSteven Jackson

Steven Jackson

75 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 14 rec yards

Jackson had 13 carries for 81 yards against the Jets, and he looked good doing it. Over his past two games, Jackson has 182 rushing yards and is getting two touches for every one touch backup Daryl Richardson sees.

15cardinalsLaRod Stephens-Howlin

LaRod Stephens-Howlin

55 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 30 rec yards

LSH was the only bright spot for the Cardinals' offense in Week 11, as he ran for 127 yards and a touchdown at Atlanta. Beanie Wells (toe) is expected to return in Week 12, however, which will likely hurt Stephens-Howling's fantasy prospects for now.

16eaglesBryce Brown

Bryce Brown

65 rush yards, rush TD, 1 rec, 13 rec yards

The rookie could be in for a big Week 12 against Carolina, as LeSean McCoy (concussion) might be unable to play. Brown rushed for 35 yards in Week 11, averaging seven yards per carry. All McCoy owners would do well to grab him as insurance.

17redskinsAlfred Morris

Alfred Morris

77 rush yards, rush TD

The Redskins' surprise rookie is only a couple games away from reaching 1,000 yards, which is a very nice accomplishment for a player no one saw coming. Yards could be hard to come by this week, however; Dallas has kept the likes of LeSean McCoy, Ahmad Bradshaw and Ray Rice well below 100 yards in recent weeks.

18cowboysFelix Jones

Felix Jones

76 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 10 rec yards

Jones played the second half against Cleveland with a bum knee. Lance Dunbar finished up the game but early signs suggest Jones should be fine for Thursday's contest. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Jones' health and DeMarco Murray's status.

19patriotsStevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley

75 rush yards, rush TD

While Ridley had the most carries (13) for the Patriots in Week 11, he averaged just more than two yards per carry. However, he did score for the third consecutive game and remains a solid fantasy starter. He had 65 rushing yards in Week 7 against the Jets.

20giantsAhmad Bradshaw

Ahmad Bradshaw

68 rush yards, rush TD, 1 rec, 4 rec yards

All of the medical tests came back clean, and Bradshaw was back at work Monday. He has averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry in three of the team's last four games, and could be passed over in a game that has "shootout" written all over it. If he scores, though, he'll salvage a mediocre showing.

21steelersRashard Mendenhall

Rashard Mendenhall

52 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 14 rec yards

Mendenhall was a bit sluggish in Week 11, but that's to be expected coming back from an Achilles injury. Fantasy owners must be patient with his recovery; it's going to be tough to count on him for another week or two.

22falconsMichael Turner

Michael Turner

60 rush yards, rush TD

Turner scored his fifth touchdown of the season and he rushed for 46 yards against the Cardinals. The Buccaneers are tough against the run, but Turner should still be considered a decent RB2 in Week 12.

23broncosLance Ball

Lance Ball

28 rush yards, 4 rec, 30 rec yards, rec TD

Ball had six carries for 35 yards against the Chargers, mostly because Willis McGahee went down with a knee injury. Ball should see backup carries in Week 12 at Kansas City, with Ronnie Hillman seeing the starter's workload.

24panthersJonathan Stewart

Jonathan Stewart

55 rush yards, rush TD

Stewart rushed 15 times for 43 yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay in Week 11 -- his first rushing touchdown of the year. While DeAngelo Williams isn't as big of a threat to steal touches as he once was, quarterback Cam Newton still is.

25coltsVick Ballard

Vick Ballard

86 rush yards, 2 rec, 17 rec yards

This could be the week in which fantasy owners move Ballard from the flex to one of their two running back slots. He will see the bulk of Indianapolis' carries against the league's 32nd-ranked run defense.

26chargersRyan Mathews

Ryan Mathews

65 rush yards, 3 rec, 34 rec yards

Once again, Mathews was a fantasy disappointment in Week 11. He rushed for 47 yards and caught four passes for 36 yards, but he still has just one touchdown this season. The Ravens aren't great against the run, however, as they have allowed 10 rushing touchdowns this season.

27jetsBilal Powell

Bilal Powell

35 rush yards, rush TD

Powell had his best fantasy game of the season, scoring twice on 11 carries for 42 yards against the Rams. He shook off a concussion suffered a few weeks ago, and he's looking like a possible flex play in Week 12 against the Patriots.

28dolphinsReggie Bush

Reggie Bush

70 rush yards, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

Bush's fantasy owners must be annoyed, to put it nicely, by how the veteran has suddenly lost his swagger. Over the past four games, Bush has just 141 rushing yards and one touchdown. The Seahawks are better than average against the run, so don't look for Bush to explode.

29jaguarsJalen Parmele

Jalen Parmele

72 rush yards, 2 rec, 9 rec yards

Next man up. With Maurice Jones-Drew out and Rashad Jennings struggling, Parmele rose to the challenge and gained 80 yards against a stout Texans defense. Tennessee should give Parmele the opportunity to flash everything in his bag of tricks.

30falconsJacquizz Rodgers

Jacquizz Rodgers

25 rush yards, 5 rec, 40 rec yards

Rodgers totaled 51 yards in Week 11 and he continues to serve as Michael Turner's caddy in the Falcons' offense. Rodgers has just one touchdown on the season so far.

31packersJames Starks

James Starks

63 rush yards

Starks only averaged 3.0 yards per carry against Detroit, but he pushed piles and ran with purpose. The Packers seem prepared to have him handle the bulk of their carries moving forward, although fantasy owners probably cannot justify putting him in their lineups at this point.

32lionsMikel Leshoure

Mikel Leshoure

62 rush yards, 1 rec, 4 rec yards

Leshoure has not carried the ball enough to approach the 100-yard mark in recent weeks. Houston won't do him any favors. The Texans have allowed an average of 21.7 carries per game, among the fewest in the league.

33jetsShonn Greene

Shonn Greene

60 rush yards

Greene ran 18 times for 64 yards against the Rams, but he was unable to score a touchdown. That's basically what he's averaging over his past three games, too. Bilal Powell scored twice for the Jets on the ground, so Greene's owners should be green with envy.

34bengalsBenJarvus Green-Ellis

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

59 rush yards, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

Green-Ellis' first 100-yard game of the season was borderline charity. After gaining an early lead, Cincinnati was able to continue to run the ball on the Chiefs' 25th-ranked run defense. That game does not represent Green-Ellis' fantasy value, nor is it what fantasy owners can expect from him in Week 12.

35saintsMark Ingram

Mark Ingram

55 rush yards, 2 rec, 10 rec yards

Ingram is finally starting to show some life after being drafted in the first round last year. He has 67 rushing yards in his past two games, along with one touchdown. As long as Darren Sproles (hand) is sidelined, Ingram is worth using as a flex player.

36ramsDaryl Richardson

Daryl Richardson

30 rush yards, 2 rec, 22 rec yards

Richardson had a respectable day for a backup running back, rushing six times for 26 yards against the Jets. Richardson has a better fantasy future than fantasy present.

37billsFred Jackson

Fred Jackson

32 rush yards, 1 rec, 13 rec yards

Jackson will reportedly suit up for Week 12, but fantasy owners should expect to see limited action. He is not far removed from his concussion, plus the coaching staff may not wish to disrupt C.J. Spiller's rhythm.

38dolphinsDaniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas

30 rush yards, 2 rec, 12 rec yards

Thomas continues to produce in a limited role for the Dolphins, and he has 38 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown in his past four games. Even so, for now he's only a recommended fantasy starter as a flex in larger leagues.

39saintsPierre Thomas

Pierre Thomas

20 rush yards, 3 rec, 22 rec yards

Thomas totaled 58 yards against the Raiders in Week 11, and he continues to do just enough to ruin the other running backs' fantasy value. There are too many cooks in the kitchen in New Orleans' backfield, and Thomas is the odd man out.

40steelersJonathan Dwyer

Jonathan Dwyer

41 rush yards, 2 rec, 9 rec yards

Dwyer out-performed Rashard Mendenhall last week, but it was only one game -- and Mendenhall's first game back, no less. Over time the balance will shift, beginning this week.

41cardinalsBeanie Wells

Beanie Wells

40 rush yards, 1 rec, 8 rec yards

Against the Rams, Wells (toe) is finally expected to return to the field for the first time since Week 3. LaRod Stephens-Howling has performed well in his place, so these two players could end up splitting carries, making neither a great fantasy start.

4249ersKendall Hunter

Kendall Hunter

24 rush yards, 1 rec, 12 rec yards

Hunter's touches have been different each week, but the 49ers should lean on their running game against the league's worst rushing defense. Hunter is still Frank Gore's backup, however, which limits his fantasy appeal.

43ravensBernard Pierce

Bernard Pierce

12 rush yards, 2 rec, 20 rec yards

The rookie had three touches for a total of 19 yards at Pittsburgh Sunday night. He's still a better handcuff than fantasy starter.

44chiefsPeyton Hillis

Peyton Hillis

30 rush yards

Hillis had just three carries for nine yards against Cincinnati and he coughed the ball up for a turnover. The Chiefs are among the league leaders in turnovers, and Hillis is not worth a look in fantasy play against Denver.

45saintsChris Ivory

Chris Ivory

30 rush yards, 1 rec, 7 rec yards

Ivory rushed eight times for 37 yards against the Raiders in Week 11, and now he faces the 49ers, the other team across the Bay. With Darren Sproles (hand) close to returning and Ingram playing well, Ivory's fantasy value is dimming.

46panthersDeAngelo Williams

DeAngelo Williams

30 rush yards, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

Williams had just seven carries for 18 yards against the Buccaneers in Week 11 and he now has just 24 rushing yards in his past two games. Jonathan Stewart is getting the bulk of the action at tailback now, which limits Williams' upside.

47coltsDonald Brown

Donald Brown

28 rush yards, 1 rec, 9 rec yards

Brown's inability to get healthy or stay healthy has opened the door for Vick Ballard to show what he could do. Now Brown is on the outside looking in.

48giantsAndre Brown

Andre Brown

27 rush yards

Brown's worth all depends on Ahmad Bradshaw. If the Giants' top back is healthy, Brown's role will be minimal (three-five carries). If Bradshaw is sluggish, Brown could pick up where he left off before the Giants' bye: as the team's short-yardage back getting 10 or more touches.

49seahawksRobert Turbin

Robert Turbin

23 rush yards, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

The rookie has 167 rushing yards so far this season, ranking him third on the Seahawks behind Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks are starting to give Turbin more touches, but he's still merely a fantasy handcuff for Lynch.

50buccaneersD.J. Ware

D.J. Ware

5 rush yards, 2 rec, 22 rec yards

Ware appears to have overtaken LeGarrette Blount as Doug Martin's backup. Even so, he's not worth picking up in fantasy play unless Martin gets injured.

51texansJustin Forsett

Justin Forsett

21 rush yards, 1 rec, 4 rec yards

Forsett is keeping Ben Tate's seat warm while the injured back tends to his bum hamstring. Last week Forsett looked sharp, averaging 8.4 yards on seven carries. He's a good change of pace rusher, but not a fantasy prospect or even a real handcuff option.

52patriotsShane Vereen

Shane Vereen

20 rush yards, 1 rec, 8 rec yards

Vereen had 11 carries for 40 yards and a touchdown against the Colts in Week 11. It was his best fantasy day of the season, but it was mostly because the Patriots were blowing out Indianapolis. Vereen should return to his average numbers this week.

53cowboysLance Dunbar

Lance Dunbar

20 rush yards

Dunbar isn't a reliable play, but he could see a bump in carries if Jones proves less healthy than anticipated.

54brownsMontario Hardesty

Montario Hardesty

19 rush yards

Hardesty is good for a carry here or there, but nothing more. He has just 29 carries for the season, and that includes a game in which he was Cleveland's designated starter.

55giantsDavid Wilson

David Wilson

18 rush yards, 1 rec, 7 rec yards

Is this the week Wilson breaks free from Tom Coughlin's chains and sees extensive action? He'll see more reps than he has been getting, but probably not enough work to grab the attention of fantasy owners. His development will be slow.

56lionsJoique Bell

Joique Bell

9 rush yards, 2 rec, 17 rec yards

Bell remains a non-factor in the Lions' rushing attack, having received just one carry in each of the past two weeks and barely being used as a receiver against Green Bay. Detroit gave some time to Kevin Smith, and Mikel Leshoure performed well. Looks like Bell is back to square one.

57chargersJackie Battle

Jackie Battle

15 rush yards, 1 rec, 8 rec yards

Battle totaled minus-two yards on four touches in Week 11 against the Broncos. Until Ryan Mathews is knocked out of a game again, Battle's fantasy value is limited.

58bearsMichael Bush

Michael Bush

13 rush yards

Bush continues to see spot time, depending on the game situation and how well Matt Forte is performing. Usually there is no reason for Chicago to call Bush's name, giving fantasy owners no reason to keep tabs on the backup.

59eaglesChris Polk

Chris Polk

12 rush yards

With LeSean McCoy possibly sidelined with a concussion, the Eagles may turn to Polk to back up rookie spot-starter Bryce Brown.

60steelersIsaac Redman

Isaac Redman

11 rush yards

There's a strong possibility Redman will sit this game out due to the concussion he suffered in the Sunday night loss to Baltimore. Even if he plays, fantasy owners shouldn't bother with him; the Steelers' backfield is plenty full already with Jonathan Dwyer and Rashard Mendenhall sharing the load.

61saintsDarren Sproles

Darren Sproles

0 rush yards

Sproles missed his third game in a row with a hand injury, but he continues to get closer to a return. The 49ers' defense is formidable, so even if Sproles comes back this week, he's just a flex option in standard leagues and an RB2 in PPR leagues.

62eaglesLeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

0 rush yards

McCoy suffered a concussion in Week 11, and his status for Week 12 is up in the air. Before leaving the game, he rushed for 45 yards and caught a team-high six passes for 67 yards against Washington.

63vikingsToby Gerhart

Toby Gerhart

4 rush yards, 1 rec, 8 rec yards

In the past five games Gerhart has more receptions (seven) than carries (four). The Vikings are getting more mileage from Christian Ponder's legs these days.

64jaguarsRashad Jennings

Rashad Jennings

6 rush yards

Jennings couldn't keep the starting job with Maurice Jones-Drew on the sideline. His name no longer carries weight in fantasy circles (not that it ever carried much).

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