Sep 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) celebrates his touchdown during the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Running Back Rankings-Week 2-Who to Start in Fantasy Football

The running back landscape shifts as we head into week two of the 2012 NFL season. Adrian Peterson and Maurice Jones-Drew are back in their usual places in the top ten while Fred Jackson’s injury may have opened the door for a new talent to emerge as C.J. Spiller showed off his skills in a dominant week one performance while his team was getting crushed.

Our panel was divided on what to do with Spiller as you can see in the rankings below, but we weren’t divided on #1 as Arian Foster received all five first-place votes as he and the Texans head to Jacksonville in week two. Check out the rest of our starter rankings below.

In these rankings, my picks (ZT) are averaged with Matthew Tuckness (MT), Matthew Bonini (MB), Steve Copps (SC), and Jeffrey Littrell (JL).  The rankings are averaged together to come up with a solid composite ranking which should give you an idea of what defense will step up this week. NR stands for not rated and counts as a 35th ranking in the composite.

ZT MT MB SC JL
1 Arian Foster Hou at Jac 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Ray Rice Bal at Phi 2.4 4 2 2 2 2
3 LeSean McCoy Phi Bal 4.2 5 5 4 3 4
4 Adrian Peterson Min at Ind 5.4 3 8 9 4 3
5 Matt Forte Chi at GB 5.8 7 3 8 5 6
6 Darren McFadden Oak at Mia 6.8 2 4 12 6 10
7 Chris Johnson Ten at SD 10 9 21 6 9 5
8 C.J. Spiller Buf KC 10.2 6 18 3 8 16
9 DeMarco Murray Dal at Sea 11.2 8 7 10 13 18
10 Maurice Jones-Drew Jac Hou 11.4 11 10 17 7 12
11 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG TB 12.4 16 16 5 17 8
12 Marshawn Lynch Sea Dal 12.8 14 6 19 11 14
13 Jamaal Charles KC at Buf 13 13 14 13 14 11
14 Frank Gore SF Det 13.2 18 9 11 19 9
15 Steven Jackson STL Was 15 10 19 15 24 7
16 Darren Sproles NO at Car 17.8 19 13 18 18 21
17 BenJarvis Green-Ellis Cin at Cle 18.2 21 24 7 16 23
18 Reggie Bush Mia Oak 19.8 25 12 30 15 17
19 Doug Martin TB at NYG 20.2 17 28 16 20 20
20 Michael Turner Atl Den 20.4 27 20 24 12 19
21 Stevan Ridley NE Ari 21.2 12 NR 14 10 NR
22 Trent Richardson Cle Cin 22.8 26 22 21 21 24
23 Alfred Morris Was at StL 23.8 22 NR 22 25 15
24 Willis McGahee Den at Atl 24.4 20 17 28 22 NR
25 Shonn Greene NYJ at Pit 24.6 28 11 NR 23 26
26 Ryan Mathews SD Ten 27 15 15 NR NR NR
27 Jonathan Dwyer Pit NYJ 28.4 26 NR 26 30 25
28 DeAngelo Williams Car NO 29.4 NR 26 25 26 NR
29 Cedric Benson GB Chi 29.6 24 NR NR 27 27
30 Michael Bush Chi at GB 30 NR 25 20 NR NR

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