2012 Fantasy Football Rankings (With Podcast): Running Backs

(If you’re feeling lonely, play this podcast from a boom box underneath your crush’s bedroom window; it’s a proven strategy)

This is what every fantasy league comes down to – running backs. Whether you like it or not, your league is going to be won by the owner who correctly predicts which of the second-tier players is going to succeed. Is that why this podcast is extra-long? Yes. Did we just get on a roll and there was no way to stop it? Yes again.

Seriously, there’s more to it than that. This podcast is girthy  because the position matters the most and there’s a great shot that the fourth through sixteenth running backs will determine the winners of most leagues. You should listen to all of it. But if you are in a hurry, you can always just cut to the chase and read our

2012 SpreeGoogs Fantasy Rankings – Running Backs:

Elite (First three picks of any draft)

Arian Foster isn’t as scary when he’s out of his pads.

1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
2. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
3. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

Boom or Bust (mid-first to mid-second)

4. Maurice Jones Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars (for now…)
5. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
6. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
7. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
8. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

Boring Picks that Could Win You Championships (late second to early fourth)

9. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
10. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
11. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
12. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills
13. Isaac Redman, Pittsburgh Steelers
14. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos
15. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
16. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

Tiddlywinks (fourth to fifth)

17. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
18. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
19. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
20. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
21. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins

Too Bad They Have to Share (fifth to sixth)

22. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints
23. Michael Bush, Chicago Bears
24. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
25. BenJarvus Green Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

Maybe Touch with an Eight Foot Pole (sixth to eighth)

26. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
27.   David Wilson, New York Giants
28.   Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
29.   Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts
30.   Roy Helu, Washington Redskins

Check out more of our 2012 fantasy football podcasts:

Wide Receivers
Tight Ends, Defenses, Kickers