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. Christian McCaffrey - RB (CAR)
Christian McCaffrey ran for 10 carries, 59 yards and zero touchdowns versus the Washington Redskins last week. He faces the Miami Dolphins this week. We're projecting him for 18.1 carries, 80.2 yards and 0.7 touchdowns.
2. Jonathan Taylor - RB (IND)
Jonathan Taylor faces the Buccaneers this week. Our system projects him for 18.4 carries, 89.3 yards and 0.9 touchdowns. Against the Bills last week, Taylor ran for 32 carries, 185 yards and 4 touchdowns.
3. D'Andre Swift - RB (DET)
Last week, D'Andre Swift faced the Browns. He ran for 14 carries, 136 yards and 1 touchdown. He faces the Chicago Bears this week. We're projecting him for 14.8 carries, 64.0 yards and 0.6 touchdowns.
4. Austin Ekeler - RB (LAC)
Austin Ekeler ran for 11 carries, 50 yards and 2 touchdowns versus the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. Austin Ekeler is against the Broncos this week and is projected for 13.6 carries, 64.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns.
5. Najee Harris - RB (PIT)
Last week, Najee Harris faced the Chargers. He ran for 12 carries, 39 yards and 1 touchdown. Our system projects Najee Harris for 18.4 carries, 72.1 yards and 0.7 touchdowns versus the Bengals this week.
6. Dalvin Cook - RB (MIN)
Dalvin Cook is playing against the San Francisco 49ers this week. He is projected for 19.7 carries, 87.1 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. Cook ran for 22 carries, 86 yards and 1 touchdown versus the Green Bay Packers last week.
7. Ezekiel Elliott - RB (DAL)
Ezekiel Elliott played against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. He ran for 9 carries, 32 yards and zero touchdowns. He is up against the Raiders this week. Our system projects him for 14.1 carries, 67.8 yards and 0.6 touchdowns.
8. Saquon Barkley - RB (NYG)
Our system projects Saquon Barkley for 14.2 carries, 60.7 yards and 0.5 touchdowns versus the Eagles this week. Barkley played against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. He ran for 6 carries, 25 yards and zero touchdowns.
9. Darrell Henderson - RB (LAR)
Darrell Henderson was off last week with a bye. Our system projects Darrell Henderson for 15.9 carries, 75.6 yards and 0.6 touchdowns versus the Packers this week.
10. Joe Mixon - RB (CIN)
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