2012 CFL Fantasy Football Rankings: RB
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2012 CFL Fantasy Football Rankings: RB

Running Back Rankings

Running Back will be a hard position to draft as there will be new faces on most teams this coming season. Watch closely as the battle for starting back goes on through camp. In some cases which ever player starts the season as lead back might not end the season that way.

  1. Brandon Whitaker – Montreal Alouettes
    Whitaker is the cream of the crop after leading the CFL in rushing (1,381 yards) to go along with 72 receptions for another 638 yards and scoring a total of 10 touchdowns. Look for similar numbers this season.
  2. Avon Cobourne – Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    Cobourne was released in the off season and replaced by Martell Mallett, who went down for the season in training camp and Cobourne was re-signed. In this new high powered offense Cobourne should be good for between 1,300 and 1,500 total yards. If for some reason Cobourne gets injured or has lost it, look out for Chevon Walker
  3. John Cornish – Calgary Stampeders
    Cornish took over as lead back from Joffrey Reynolds last season and will go into the 2012 season in the same position. He is a multi-purpose back and plays in a high powered offense. Look for at least 1,200 total yards and around 10 total touchdowns.
  4. Corey Boyd – Toronto Argonauts
    Over his two CFL seasons, Boyd has been the only constant in the Argos offense. While Ricky Ray was brought in to help the sputtering offense, look for Boyd to keep up similar stats from the past two years. With so many changes in the league, Boyd will be one of the only sure starting backs as the season begins.
  5. Hugh Charles – Edmonton Eskimos
    With Canadian stud Jerome Messam signed to play with the Miami Dolphins, look for Edmonton to give Hugh Charles the chance to be the lead back. This is far from set in stone and Charles isn't the biggest back and might have trouble staying healthy through the long grueling season. Don't expect much from Edmonton this season.
  6. Andrew Harris – BC Lions
    Harris led the BC Lions with a mere 458 yards rushing last season. While you can expect that number to rise, I wouldn't expect it to rise that much. Look for another running back with higher upside.
  7. Brandon West – Saskatchewan Roughriders
    With Wes Cates gone, look for Brandon West to take over the full time reigns. Saskatchewan should be a better overall team and West should see plenty of opportunity now that he doesn't have Cates looking over his shoulder.
  8. Hugh Charles – Edmonton Eskimos
    With Canadian stud Jerome Messam signed to play with the Miami Dolphins, look for Edmonton to give Hugh Charles the chance to be the lead back. This is far from set in stone and Charles isn't the biggest back and might have trouble staying healthy through the long grueling season. Don't expect much from Edmonton this season.
  9. Chris Garrett/Chad Simpson – Winnipeg Blue Bombers
    Garrett got his chance late in 2011 season replacing the injured Fred Reid. Now Reid is gone and the Blue Bombers have brought in former NFLer Chad Simpson. Look for this battle to go right until the end and maybe into the start of the season. - UPDATE - Garrett suffered a season ending injury. Chad Simpson isnt 100% so the ball might be split between 3 guys. Simpson along with Anthony Woodson and Bloi-Dei Dorzon, with Dorzon possibly having a leg up
Fantasy football projections based on the following scoring system:
Pass Yards: 25/1pt, Pass TD: 4pts, Pass INT: -1pt,
Rush/Rec Yards: 10/1pt, Rush/Rec TD: 6pts

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