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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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1
143 46
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

2
111 47
Arian Foster is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

3
94 48
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

4
106 60
Ray Rice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

5
87 50
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

6
86 51
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

7
68 38
Matt Forté is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

8
70 39
Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

9
61 37
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

10
63 45
Maurice Jones-Drew is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back, Return specialist

11
61 38
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

12
51 40
DeMarco Murray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

13
49 45
Darren McFadden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

14
49 25
C. J. Spiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

15
30 13
Alfred Morris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

16
38 34
Steven Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

17
37 34
Ahmad Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

18
36 29
Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back, Return specialist

19
38 48
Chris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back, Return specialist

20
25 13
Doug Martin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
yankeesmdfan added Defensive end

21
38 38
BenJarvus Green-Ellis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

22
40 36
Willis McGahee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

23
26 30
Stevan Ridley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

24
34 33
Michael Turner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back, Return specialist

25
33 39
Fred Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

26
17 8
Arian Foster is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Arian Foster

27
20 31
Shonn Greene is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

28
13 19
DeAngelo Williams is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

29
17 29
Michael Bush is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

30
20 34
Cedric Benson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

31
17 32
Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

32
14 30
Ryan Mathews is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

33
13 31
Jonathan Stewart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

34
12 19
Danny Woodhead is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

35
13 34
Isaac Redman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

36
12 34
Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

37
4 3
Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012

38
3 2
Kendall Hunter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

39
3 2
Steve Slaton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

40
2 1
Lance Ball is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

41
4 4
Bernard Scott is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

42
2 1
Phillip Tanner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

43
6 7
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

44
3 3
Rashad Jennings is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

45
3 3
Jacquizz Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

46
3 3
Chris Polk is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

47
3 3
Justin Forsett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back, Punt returner

48
4 5
James Starks is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

49
2 2
Isaiah Pead is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back

50
2 2
Jerome Harrison is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back