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Fantasy Player Projections: Week 12

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Running Backs

    1. 1
    2. Jamaal Charles
    3. Jamaal
      Charles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS92
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS56
    7. REC TD1

    After being a non-factor against the Broncos last week, Charles should have a monster game on Sunday.

    1. 2
    2. Reggie Bush
    3. Reggie
      Bush
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS86
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS68
    7. REC TD1

    Bush struggled against the Steelers, running for just 31 yards on 12 carries and catching two of his five targets. You're starting him every week, but the Buccaneers have been decent against opposing running backs, allowing the 12th-fewest fantasy points per game to the position.

    1. 3
    2. Matt Forte
    3. Matt
      Forte
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS124
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS27
    7. REC TD0

    Forte ran for 83 yards on 18 carries against the Lions and should have a big game against a St. Louis defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 4
    2. Zac Stacy
    3. Zac
      Stacy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS118
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS20
    7. REC TD0

    The Bears have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game this year, and just got torched by the struggling Ray Rice. Stacy should be started with the utmost confidence.

    1. 5
    2. Frank Gore
    3. Frank
      Gore
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS118
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS20
    7. REC TD1

    Gore picked up just 48 yards on 13 carries against the Saints, but he should have a huge day against a Washington defense allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 6
    2. Adrian Peterson
    3. Adrian
      Peterson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS107
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS26
    7. REC TD1

    The stink in Minnesota is starting to rub off on Peterson just a bit. He has rushed for 75 yards or fewer in five of his last six games as he battles a tender groin.

    1. 7
    2. Rashad Jennings
    3. Rashad
      Jennings
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS110
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS10
    7. REC TD0

    Jennings will likely start again this week and is a great play against a Tennessee defense allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 8
    2. Andre Brown
    3. Andre
      Brown
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS104
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS25
    7. REC TD0

    Brown had a bit of a down game in his second game back, but is a great play against a Dallas defense allowing the most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 9
    2. Ben Tate
    3. Ben
      Tate
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS94
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS32
    7. REC TD0

    Tate ran well again last week, picking up 88 yards on 19 carries. He should be started against a Jacksonville defense that allows the eighth-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 10
    2. Eddie Lacy
    3. Eddie
      Lacy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS89
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS18
    7. REC TD0

    Lacy appears to be the biggest loser in the wake of Aaron Rodgers' injury, as he had just 27 yards on 14 caries last week. He should still be considered a weekly starter, though. The ceiling is just too high.

    1. 11
    2. Le'Veon Bell
    3. Le'Veon
      Bell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS66
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS41
    7. REC TD0

    Bell had a rough day against the strong Detroit front four, but he was able to soften the blow by catching four passes for 52 yards. He should be started against a Cleveland team that is in the middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed to running backs.

    1. 12
    2. Shane Vereen
    3. Shane
      Vereen
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS49
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS57
    7. REC TD1

    Vereen caught eight passes for 65 yards in his first game since Week 1. He's an RB2 for the rest of the season.

    1. 13
    2. Bobby Rainey
    3. Bobby
      Rainey
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS74
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS31
    7. REC TD0

    Rainey has a tough matchup with the Lions, but he should be started in light of his 163-yard, three-touchdown game last week.

    1. 14
    2. Knowshon Moreno
    3. Knowshon
      Moreno
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS85
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS12
    7. REC TD0

    Moreno slogged for 79 yards on 27 carries against the Chiefs last week. He could be in line for a big day against a New England defense that has struggled against the run without Vince Wilfork.

    1. 15
    2. DeMarco Murray
    3. DeMarco
      Murray
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS84
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS12
    7. REC TD0

    The Giants have allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs, but that shouldn't stop you from starting Murray.

    1. 16
    2. Andre Ellington
    3. Andre
      Ellington
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS65
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS25
    7. REC TD0

    For some reason, Ellington got just eight carries last week. Without an increase in his workload, he can't be considered more than an RB3.

    1. 17
    2. Chris Johnson
    3. Chris
      Johnson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS74
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS15
    7. REC TD0

    Johnson had a monster first quarter against the Colts last week, finishing the night with 86 yards and two touchdowns. The Raiders present a neutral matchup, making him an RB2.

    1. 18
    2. Donald Brown
    3. Donald
      Brown
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS63
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS19
    7. REC TD0

    Brown likely wrested control of the running back job from Trent Richardson, running for 80 yards and two touchdowns last week. Consider him an RB3 against an Arizona defense that has allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 19
    2. Darren Sproles
    3. Darren
      Sproles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS33
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS47
    7. REC TD1

    Sproles had another down game last week, but is a strong play this week given the matchup.

    1. 20
    2. Ray Rice
    3. Ray
      Rice
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS62
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS18
    7. REC TD1

    Rice finally had a big day, picking up 131 yards and a touchdown against the Bears. The Jets present a much tougher matchup, as they've allowed the second-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 21
    2. Pierre Thomas
    3. Pierre
      Thomas
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS66
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Thomas could be in line for a big game against an Atlanta defense that has allowed the 10th-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 22
    2. Ryan Mathews
    3. Ryan
      Mathews
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS76
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS22
    7. REC TD0

    Mathews ran for 127 yards on 19 carries last week, but the Chiefs allow the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 23
    2. Alfred Morris
    3. Alfred
      Morris
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS83
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS15
    7. REC TD0

    Morris is having the best season you hear nothing about, as he has 918 yards and is averaging 5.1 yards per carry.

    1. 24
    2. Steven Jackson
    3. Steven
      Jackson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS61
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS17
    7. REC TD0

    Jackson has had an underwhelming first season in Atlanta, and don't look for him to turn it around this week, even against a New Orleans defense that allows 4.9 yards per carry.

    1. 25
    2. DeAngelo Williams
    3. DeAngelo
      Williams
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS53
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS24
    7. REC TD0

    The Dolphins allow the fourth-most fantasy points per game to running backs, but the timeshare in Carolina really hurts Williams' prospects.

    1. 26
    2. Chris Ivory
    3. Chris
      Ivory
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS59
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS14
    7. REC TD0

    Ivory had a great day against the Bills, running for 98 yards and a score on 17 carries. The Ravens are a completely different beast, though, allowing the third-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 27
    2. Chris Ogbonnaya
    3. Chris
      Ogbonnaya
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS44
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS29
    7. REC TD0

    Ogbonnaya totaled 99 yards from scrimmage last week and could be an interesting player if the coaches let him overtake Willis McGahee on the depth chart.

    1. 28
    2. Maurice Jones-Drew
    3. Maurice
      Jones-Drew
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS43
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS19
    7. REC TD0

    Jones-Drew scored again last week, but picked up just 23 yards on 14 carries. He's an RB3 this week.

    1. 29
    2. Montee Ball
    3. Montee
      Ball
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS42
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS19
    7. REC TD0

    Ball had his best game as a pro, running for 25 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. He could be a factor in fantasy leagues down the stretch.

    1. 30
    2. Lamar Miller
    3. Lamar
      Miller
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS37
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS22
    7. REC TD0

    Miller got just four carries for 17 yards last week. Meanwhile, Daniel Thomas had 10 carries for 57 yards and a score.

    1. 31
    2. Jacquizz Rodgers
    3. Jacquizz
      Rodgers
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS27
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS30
    7. REC TD0

    Rodgers got six carries and two targets last week. His role remains too small to consider him in fantasy leagues, and he could see it further marginalized by Antone Smith.

    1. 32
    2. Danny Woodhead
    3. Danny
      Woodhead
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS17
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS37
    7. REC TD0

    Woodhead should not be considered against a Kansas City defense that allows the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs and generally does a good job against receiving options out of the backfield.

    1. 33
    2. Stevan Ridley
    3. Stevan
      Ridley
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS53
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Ridley was running well last week until he fumbled deep in Carolina territory, earning a temporary benching from Bill Belichick.

    1. 34
    2. Joique Bell
    3. Joique
      Bell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS34
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS17
    7. REC TD0

    Bell outperformed Reggie Bush by a wide margin last week, but that doesn't mean he'll be in for more touches this week.

    1. 35
    2. Rashard Mendenhall
    3. Rashard
      Mendenhall
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS38
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Mendenhall had a whopping 14 yards on 13 carries last week. Keep him planted on your bench.

    1. 36
    2. Willis McGahee
    3. Willis
      McGahee
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS34
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    McGahee ran for 13 yards on six carries and should only be owned out of obligation.

    1. 37
    2. Jonathan Stewart
    3. Jonathan
      Stewart
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS33
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    While the Dolphins have been terrible against the run, it's hard to trust Stewart in a timeshare like the one in which he finds himself.

    1. 38
    2. Brian Leonard
    3. Brian
      Leonard
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS17
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS14
    7. REC TD0

    Bobby Rainey is clearly in control of the backfield. Leonard is no more than a weak handcuff.

    1. 39
    2. Bilal Powell
    3. Bilal
      Powell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS17
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS12
    7. REC TD0

    Powell got just five carries last week. At this point, it'll take an injury to Chris Ivory to make him fantasy-relevant again.

    1. 40
    2. Mark Ingram
    3. Mark
      Ingram
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS26
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Ingram was back to his old self against San Francisco, lending even more credence to the notion that his huge game against Dallas was an anomaly.

    1. 41
    2. Mike Tolbert
    3. Mike
      Tolbert
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS24
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS10
    7. REC TD0

    Tolbert got six carries last week, but there are too many mouths to feed in this backfield to consider him in fantasy leagues.

    1. 42
    2. Bernard Pierce
    3. Bernard
      Pierce
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS23
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Pierce carried the ball 10 times for 18 yards last week and remains nothing more than a handcuff.

    1. 43
    2. Daniel Thomas
    3. Daniel
      Thomas
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS22
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Thomas had 10 carries for 57 yards and a score last week, but he should not be considered against a Carolina defense allowing the seventh-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 44
    2. Trent Richardson
    3. Trent
      Richardson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS18
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Richardson ran for just 22 yards on eight carries last week and appears to have been passed by Donald Brown on the depth chart. He's the Bust of the Season for 2013.

    1. 45
    2. LeGarrette Blount
    3. LeGarrette
      Blount
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS15
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Blount got 10 carries after Stevan Ridley temporarily fumbled away his role in the offense last week.

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