2012 Fantasy PPR Week 4 Running Back Rankings: Top 40

Maurice Jones-Drew has proven once again this season that he is good enough to carry a fantasy team.


A key to success in fantasy football has always been and will always be having good running back depth. That could never be more true than right now where depth at the running back position is going to be the key to having success in the 2012 season because even though we are just a few weeks into the season, the postion has been absolutely hammered with injuries.

First it was Fred Jackson. Then Matt Forte, then C.J. Spiller, Reggie Bush and Beanie Wells (Big Surprise). A few pleasant surprises have come along like Alfred Morris and Mikel Leshoure.

Leshoure carried the ball 26 times for 100 yards a week ago against the Tennessee Titans and has the look of a solid RB2 or at least a flex play in the coming weeks, except he is facing the Minnesota Vikings this week, which is far from an ideal matchup for a running back.

To make things even worse at the running back position, a top draft pick in every fantasy league Chris Johnson has once again let us all down. To describe his play as beyond pathetic is being nice. It has gotten so bad its laughable, 45 yards on 33 carries, barely over a yard per carry is just astounding. I have him ranked at 23 this week but that is really just because I expect him to get some carries and some catches but seriously, something needs to be done there, how is god’s name has the coaching staff not found a way to utilize his strengths. He is too talented to be producing this way.

I think there are 16 sure fire producers this week and those players are: Arian Foster, Ray Rice, MJD, LeSean McCoy, Marshawn Lynch, Adrian Peterson, DeMarco Murray, Frank Gore, Jamal Charles, Ryan Matthews, Stephan Ridley, Alfred Morris, Doug Martin, Michael Bush, Benjarvus Green-Ellis and Darren Sproles in point per reception formats. Beyond that there are questions about most players, whether because they have a difficult match, injury concerns or splitting carries.

So if the guy is not one of those 16 running backs, then beware because the running back position is a bit scary this week. But here are the rankings:

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