True stud running backs are difficult to find in fantasy football.
It's not easy to just draft a couple of great RBs and then plug them in every week. You need to draft many running backs, scour the waiver wire, watch for injuries and play the matchups.
And with most leagues requiring you to start two, three or even four running backs, it means that you have to be smart and dig deep at the position.
To help you out, I put together this summary of our top 10 ranked running backs for week 12.
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1. Austin Ekeler - RB (LAC)
Austin Ekeler faces the Arizona Cardinals this week. Our system projects him for 13.8 carries, 62.8 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. Against the Chiefs last week, Ekeler ran for 19 carries, 83 yards and 1 touchdown.
2. Christian McCaffrey - RB (SF)
We're projecting 12.4 carries, 62.1 yards and 0.6 touchdowns for Christian McCaffrey this week as he faces the Broncos. Against the Ravens last week, McCaffrey ran for 7 carries, 39 yards and zero touchdowns.
3. Derrick Henry - RB (TEN)
Derrick Henry is playing against the Cincinnati Bengals this week. He is projected for 23.2 carries, 99.8 yards and 0.9 touchdowns. Against the Packers last week, Henry ran for 28 carries, 87 yards and 1 touchdown.
4. Saquon Barkley - RB (NYG)
Our system projects Saquon Barkley for 19.3 carries, 76.9 yards and 0.6 touchdowns versus the Cowboys this week. Last week, Barkley faced the Lions. He ran for 15 carries, 22 yards and zero touchdowns.
5. Jonathan Taylor - RB (IND)
Jonathan Taylor ran for 22 carries, 84 yards and 1 touchdown versus the Philadelphia Eagles last week. He faces the Pittsburgh Steelers this week. Our system projects him for 18.9 carries, 81.0 yards and 0.5 touchdowns.
6. Alvin Kamara - RB (NO)
Our system projects Alvin Kamara for 13.3 carries, 55.9 yards and 0.4 touchdowns versus the 49ers this week. Kamara ran for 12 carries, 42 yards and zero touchdowns versus the Los Angeles Rams last week.
7. Dalvin Cook - RB (MIN)
8. Kenneth Walker III - RB (SEA)
Kenneth Walker III is up against the Raiders this week. We're projecting him for 16.1 carries, 77.4 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. Walker III was on bye last week.
9. Travis Etienne - RB (JAX)
Travis Etienne was off last week with a bye. We're projecting 16.5 carries, 69.1 yards and 0.4 touchdowns for Travis Etienne this week as he faces the Ravens.
10. James Conner - RB (ARI)
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