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Fantasy Football Focus: Running Back 2012 Season Review

Expert Advice from Brian Music - 2011 Inaugural Toyota Legends of Fantasy Football Hall of Fame Inductee

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Winning your fantasy football league this season without a stud running back would have almost been impossible. While many fantasy managers primarily focus on their quarterbacks, running backs may very well be the most important position on your fantasy football team. And now that the fantasy season has come to a close, many experienced managers (or maybe those just suffering from fantasy withdrawal) are already looking over statistics to get a jump start on next season. To help these managers, here are the primary statistics for the Running Back position. (Please make sure to check out my other articles with statistics for quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends.)

Fantasy Points Scored (Full Season) - based upon Yahoo! standard fantasy leagues:

1) Adrian Peterson MIN (307.40 fantasy points); 2) Doug Martin TB (262.60); 3) Arian Foster HOU (262.10); 4) Marshawn Lynch SEA (246.60); 5) Alfred Morris WAS (240.70); 6) Ray Rice BAL (222.10); 7) C.J. Spiller BUF (212.30); 8) Jamaal Charles KC (204.50); 9) Trent Richardson CLE (203.70); 10) Frank Gore SF (202.60); 11) Stevan Ridley NE (199.40); 12) Matt Forte CHI (177.40); 13) Chris Johnson TEN (175.50); 14) Reggie Bush MIA (171.80); and 15) Shonn Greene NYJ (167.40).

Fantasy Points / Game Average (Full Season):

1) Adrian Peterson MIN (19.21 fantasy points / game); 2) Doug Martin TB (16.41); 3) Arian Foster HOU (16.38); 4) Marshawn Lynch SEA (15.41); 5) Alfred Morris WAS (15.04); 6) Ray Rice BAL (13.88); 7) Trent Richardson CLE (13.58 - played in only 15 games); 8) C.J. Spiller BUF (13.27); 9) Jamaal Charles KC (12.78); 10) Frank Gore SF (12.66); 11) Stevan Ridley NE (12.46); 12) LeSean McCoy PHI (12.11 - played in only 12 games); 13) Matt Forte CHI (11.83); 14) Knowshon Moreno DEN (11.44 - played in only 8 games); and 15) Willis McGahee DEN (11.32 - played in only 10 games).

Fantasy Points Scored (Last 4 Weeks):

1) Adrian Peterson MIN (125.30 fantasy points); 2) Alfred Morris WAS (104.30); 3) Marshawn Lynch SEA (99.70); 4) DeAngelo Williams CAR (80.50); 5) Matt Forte CHI (74.70); 6) Knowshon Moreno DEN (73.70); 7) Jamaal Charles KC (72.80); 8) C.J. Spiller BUF (70.10); 9) Doug Martin TB (66.40); 10) Darren Sproles NO (64.60); 11) Steven Jackson STL (63.00); 12) Frank Gore SF (61.70); 13) Arian Foster HOU (61.50); 14) Reggie Bush MIA (60.70); and 15) Ray Rice BAL (60.30).

Rushing Yards (Full Season):

1) Adrian Peterson MIN (2,097 yards rushing); 2) Alfred Morris WAS (1,613); 3) Marshawn Lynch SEA (1,590); 4) Jamaal Charles KC (1,509); 5) Doug Martin TB (1,454); 6) Arian Foster HOU (1,424); 7) Stevan Ridley NE (1,263); 8) C.J.Spiller BUF (1,244); 9) Chris Johnson TEN (1,243); and 10) Frank Gore SF (1,214).

Rushing TDs (Full Season):

1) Arian Foster HOU (15 TDs); 2) Alfred Morris WAS (13); 3) Adrian Peterson MIN and Stevan Ridley NE (12); 5) Trent Richardson CLE, Doug Martin TB, and Marshawn Lynch SEA (11); 8) Michael Turner ATL (10); 9) Ray Rice BAL and Mikel Leshoure DET (9).

Receiving Yards (Full Season):

1) Darren Sproles NO (667 yards receiving); 2) Marcel Reece OAK (496); 3) Joique Bell DET (485); 4) Ray Rice BAL (478); 5) Doug Martin TB (472); 6) C.J. Spiller BUF (459); 7) Dexter McCluster KC (452 - Yahoo! has him listed as a RB/WR); 8) Danny Woodhead NE (446); 9) Jacquizz Rodgers ATL (402); and LeSean McCoy PHI (373).

Receiving TDs (Full Season):

1) Darren Sproles NO (7 TDs); 2) LeSean McCoy PHI, Danny Woodhead NE, and James Casey HOU (3); 5) 9 players with 2.

Total Yardage (Rushing and Receiving) (Full Season):

1) Adrian Peterson MIN (2,314 yards); 2) Doug Martin TB (1,926); 3) Marshawn Lynch SEA (1,786); 4) Jamaal Charles KC (1,745); 5) C.J. Spiller BUF (1,703); 6) Alfred Morris WAS (1,690); 7) Arian Foster HOU (1,641); 8) Ray Rice BAL (1,621); 9) Chris Johnson TEN (1,475); 10) Frank Gore SF (1,448); 11) Matt Forte CHI (1,434); 12) Steven Jackson STL (1,363); 13) Trent Richardson CLE (1,317); 14) Stevan Ridley NE (1,314); and 15) Reggie Bush MIA (1,278).

Brian Music is one of five inaugural inductees to the 2011 Toyota Legends of Fantasy Football Hall of Fame on Yahoo! Sports. He has participated in fantasy football for 23 years and began playing Yahoo! fantasy football in 2001, winning trophies in 20 of the 29 leagues that he has played (including 10 League Championships), and placing in the Top 3 in Fantasy Points in 27 of the 29 leagues.

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