Running Backs The Top NFL Running Backs 2012

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List Rules Please vote for the running backs based only on their 2012 season. No college or Arena League running backs

The top running backs of the 2012 NFL season are the rushers who will be taken first overall in fantasy football drafts and likely lead the league in rushing statistics. These 2012 best running backs include Heisman Trophy winners, Super Bowl champions plus a few up-and-coming NFL rookies looking to make their mark on the league. If the ball isn't in the air care of one of the top 2012 NFL quarterbacks, there's a good chance it's on the ground with one of these rushers.

Those playing fantasy football can tell you, selecting a star running back as the first pick in the first round is very common. A few years ago, names like Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings and Reggie Bush, now of the Miami Dolphins, would fill those first-overall draft spots but there's a whole new crop of running backs that are earning the first-picked honor in 2012.

Arian Foster of the Houston Texans, Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens, LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles and Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans are regarded as the elite group of running backs in the NFL for the 2012 season.

So whether they are picked first overall or in the fifth round, these top 2012 NFL running backs will all be handling the ball carrying duties during the 2012 National Football League season. Vote for the rushers you think are the best, add any not listed or re-rank this list your way, all below!

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Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Adrian Peterson Running back

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Arian Foster is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Arian Foster Running back

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Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Marshawn Lynch Running back

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Ray Rice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Ray Rice Running back

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Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Frank Gore Running back

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LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
LeSean McCoy Running back

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Matt Forté is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Matt Forté Running back

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Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Jamaal Charles Running back

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Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Reggie Bush Running back

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Maurice Jones-Drew is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Maurice Jones-Drew Running back, Return specialist

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Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Trent Richardson Running back

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DeMarco Murray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
DeMarco Murray Running back

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Darren McFadden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Darren McFadden Running back

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C. J. Spiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
C. J. Spiller Running back

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Alfred Morris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Alfred Morris Running back

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Steven Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Steven Jackson Running back

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Ahmad Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Ahmad Bradshaw Running back

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Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Darren Sproles Running back, Return specialist

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Doug Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Doug Martin Defensive end

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Chris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Chris Johnson Running back, Return specialist

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BenJarvus Green-Ellis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
BenJarvus Green-Ellis Running back

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Willis McGahee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Willis McGahee Running back

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Stevan Ridley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Stevan Ridley Running back

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Michael Turner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Michael Turner Running back, Return specialist

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Fred Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Fred Jackson Running back

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Arian Foster is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Arian Foster

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Shonn Greene is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Shonn Greene Running back

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DeAngelo Williams is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
DeAngelo Williams Running back

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Michael Bush is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Michael Bush Running back

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Cedric Benson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Cedric Benson Running back

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Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Mark Ingram, Jr. Running back

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Ryan Mathews is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Ryan Mathews Running back

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Jonathan Stewart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Jonathan Stewart Running back

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Danny Woodhead is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Danny Woodhead Running back

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Isaac Redman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Isaac Redman Running back

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Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Kevin Smith Running back

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Steve Slaton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Steve Slaton Running back

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Kendall Hunter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Kendall Hunter Running back

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Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012

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Lance Ball is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Lance Ball Running back

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Bernard Scott is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Bernard Scott Running back

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Phillip Tanner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Phillip Tanner Running back

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Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Toby Gerhart Running back

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Rashad Jennings is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Rashad Jennings Running back

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Jacquizz Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Jacquizz Rodgers Running back

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Justin Forsett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Justin Forsett Running back, Punt returner

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James Starks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
James Starks Running back

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Isaiah Pead is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Isaiah Pead Running back

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Jerome Harrison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Jerome Harrison Running back

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Mike Goodson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Mike Goodson Running back