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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
Running back
2
Arian Foster is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
3
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
4
Ray Rice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
5
Matt Forté is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
6
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
7
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
8
Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
9
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
10
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
11
Maurice Jones-Drew is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back, Return specialist
12
C. J. Spiller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
13
DeMarco Murray is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
14
Alfred Morris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
15
Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back, Return specialist
16
Darren McFadden is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
17
Ahmad Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
18
Steven Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
19
Doug Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
yankeesmdfan added Defensive end
20
Willis McGahee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
21
BenJarvus Green-Ellis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
22
Michael Turner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back, Return specialist
23
Fred Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
24
Stevan Ridley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back
25
Chris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NFL Running Backs 2012
Running back, Return specialist