RankingsAugust 31, 2010

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PPR Rankings: Running Back

By Michael Hawes

How invaluable would a set of fantasy football rankings be if it was based on 96 veterans from some of the most popular and knowledgeable FF boards around. Well, we have it! Here are the results for the Quarterbacks.

The Cafe has 12 members participating in a 96 team league called the IBL, The Inter Board League, a rival league between eight of the most popular fantasy football boards on the Internet. Eight separate drafts were conducted under the following scoring rules: one point per 25 yards and four points per TD for quarterbacks; one point per 10 yards and six points per TD for skill position, with all players getting a full point per reception. Over 350 trades were made during these drafts, with owners chasing the players they wanted to draft. These rankings are as accurate as we can get.

Here are the results, in a tiered ranking, from 96 seasoned fantasy football veterans. A special thanks goes out to aaawall91 for the original spreadsheet that was transformed into these rankings, as well as Cowboys 4 Life and all the other league members who helped keep the spreadsheets updated.

This ranking is strictly from the draft results. No variations were made, although notations have been made based on recent news.


(inj) – injured
(S) – sleeper, may outperform his position


Chris Johnson, TEN
Adrian Peterson, MIN
Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX
Ray Rice, BAL


Frank Gore, SF
Michael Turner, ATL
Steven Jackson, STL


DeAngelo Williams, CAR
Rashard Mendenhall, PIT
Jamaal Charles, KC


Ryan Mathews, SD
Ryan Grant, GB
Shonn Greene, NYJ
LeSean McCoy, PHI
Pierre Thomas, NO


Cedric Benson, CIN
Chris Wells, ARI
Knowshon Moreno, DEN (inj) – move down to bottom of Tier 5 due to injury
Jahvid Best, DET
Jonathan Stewart, CAR
Matt Forte, CHI – move up slightly as word is out that he will be the RB1 in Chicago
Joseph Addai, IND


Ronnie Brown, MIA
Reggie Bush, NO
Felix Jones, DAL
Ahman Bradshaw, NYG – move to top of Tier 6, outplaying Jacobs for starting job


Justin Forsett, SEA
Marion Barber, DAL – Move into Tier 6 with announced RB1 status
Ricky Williams, MIA
Michael Bush, OAK
Tim Hightower, ARI


Arian Foster, HOU – move into Tier 5 with new RB1 role in Houston
Clinton Portis, WAS
CJ Spiller, BUF
Fred Jackson, BUF (inj) – move down slightly due to injury
Jerome Harrison, CLE
Steve Slaton, HOU
Cadillac Williams, TB
Brandon Jacobs, NYG


Donald Brown, IND
Chester Taylor, CHI
Darren McFadden, OAK
Montario Hardesty, CLE (S) – still a very good shot to get the most carries in Cleveland
Darren Sproles, SD
Thomas Jones, KC 
LaDainian Tomlinson, NYJ
Ben Tate, HOU (inj) – on IR, out for season, do not draft.
Laurence Maroney, NE 


Willis McGahee, BAL
Derrick Ward, TB
Leon Washington, SEA (S) - possible RB1 in Seattle, watch closely; may move well up the list
Toby Gerhart, MIN
Mike Bell, PHI
Kevin Smith, DET
Tashard Choice, DAL
Bernard Scott, CIN
Kareem Huggins, TB


Brian Westbrook, SF
Larry Johnson, WAS
Rashard Jennings, JAX
Javon Ringer, TEN
Julius Jones, SEA
Jason Snelling, ATL
Jerious Norwood, ATL
Marshawn Lynch, BUF
Correll Buckhalter, DEN
Brandon Jackson, GB
Jonathan Dwyer, PIT

Michael Hawes is one of a growing number of fantasy experts who write for the Cafe. Nearly 20 years of FF, had to have learned something in that time. You can catch up with Michael in the Cafe's forums where he posts under the name of bungle613.
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