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Fantasy Football Rankings 2012, Week 1: Running Backs In Standard & PPR Leagues

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Running backs are ranked in a side-by-side fashion for PPR and standard leagues. Check them out along with some news on players to watch during the week.

August 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) warms up before a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
August 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) warms up before a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Well, it's time to start throwing darts while wearing a blindfold as we head into Week 1 of the NFL season. Several teams made a ton of changes in their personnel as well as changing their identity. Players like Michael Turner were must-start backs for the past four years, but now the Falcons look to be a pass-happy O and he's no longer a player that will be started on every team. Of course, that could change.

Similarly, teams that had a Pop Warner-type defense last year spent a fortune on adding new defensive pieces. The Bills dumped one of the worst corners in the league in Drayton Florence, added an impressive rookie with Stephon Gilmore now manning the RCB spot and we all know about the massive $100 million deal they handed to Mario Williams. It should be interesting to see how teams like the Bills could transform from a favorable matchup to a team that may put the brakes on a guy that would usually be a must-start stud.

Let's take a look at some news heading into Week 1:

Ryan Mathews is back at practice. While this is encouraging to his owners, it's still almost impossible to trust him on a Monday night. Ronnie Brown is a decent flex in deeper formats for now.

Jonathan Stewart will travel with the Panthers for their game against the Buccaneers. The Bucs ranked dead last in rushing yards allowed, so this is a matchup that his owners would love to see him get double-digit carries. However, there's almost no way he should be starting until some concrete news is released. DeAngelo Williams would become a must-start back should J-Stew miss the opener.

Leslie Frazier said that Adrian Peterson will play a minimal role in the Week 1 game against the Jaguars. All Day has exceeded every expectation to this point, so there's really no reason to doubt him entirely here. He still belongs on benches in most leagues and the uncertainty takes a little allure of starting Toby Gerhart.

Kevin Smith was back at practice yesterday and it looks like he'll be good to go in a fantastic matchup against the Rams. Start him.

We have provided PPR and standard scoring rankings below, but if your league has unique scoring with things like bonuses for big plays or for hitting 100 yards, you can ask me on Twitter @MikeSGallagher.

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Standard PPR
1 Arian Foster Arian Foster
2 LeSean McCoy LeSean McCoy
3 Darren McFadden Darren McFadden
4 Chris Johnson Chris Johnson
5 Ray Rice Ray Rice
6 Steven Jackson Steven Jackson
7 Doug Martin DeMarco Murray
8 DeMarco Murray Doug Martin
9 Marshawn Lynch Matt Forte
10 Matt Forte Darren Sproles
11 Jamaal Charles Jamaal Charles
12 Kevin Smith Marshawn Lynch
13 Fred Jackson Fred Jackson
14 Darren Sproles Kevin Smith
15 DeAngelo Williams Reggie Bush
16 Stevan Ridley DeAngelo Williams
17 Ahmad Bradshaw Ahmad Bradshaw
18 Willis McGahee Willis McGahee
19 Trent Richardson Stevan Ridley
20 Cedric Benson Donald Brown
21 Reggie Bush Rashad Jennings
22 Frank Gore Trent Richardson
23 Rashad Jennings Cedric Benson
24 Donald Brown Ronnie Brown
25 Shonn Greene Frank Gore
26 Michael Turner Evan Royster
27 Evan Royster Peyton Hillis
28 Peyton Hillis Shonn Greene
29 Ronnie Brown Michael Turner
30 BenJarvus Green-Ellis BenJarvus Green-Ellis
31 Adrian Peterson Jacquizz Rodgers
32 Maurice Jones-Drew Adrian Peterson
33 Toby Gerhart Maurice Jones-Drew
34 Jacquizz Rodgers Toby Gerhart
35 Ryan Williams Ryan Williams
36 Ben Tate C.J. Spiller
37 Michael Bush Roy Helu
38 Beanie Wells Ben Tate
39 Isaac Redman Michael Bush
40 Roy Helu David Wilson
41 C.J. Spiller Beanie Wells
42 Jonathan Stewart Shane Vereen
43 Mark Ingram Mark Ingram
44 David Wilson Isaac Redman
45 Shane Vereen Kendall Hunter
46 Kendall Hunter Jonathan Stewart
47 Jonathan Dwyer Bilial Powell
48 Bilal Powell Jonathan Dwyer
49 Alfred Morris Felix Jones
50 Vick Ballard Taiwan Jones