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Updated Fantasy Football Rankings: RB - 3 comments

By R.J. White

Thanks go out to bungle613, joejlitz, Dan Lambskin, dream_017, flux, and bazzy_51 for submitting the initial rankings that were averaged with my own to give you these rankings.

Updated Running Back Rankings

1. Chris Johnson
2. Adrian Peterson
3. Maurice Jones-Drew
4. Ray Rice

In most drafts, this will be your top four picks, in order. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with any of these guys — don’t expect me to say anything different.

5. Frank Gore
6. Michael Turner
7. Steven Jackson
8. Rashard Mendenhall
9. DeAngelo Williams
10. Ryan Mathews
11. Ryan Grant
12. Shonn Greene
13. Cedric Benson
14. Jamaal Charles

I’m going to leave this ranking as it is. Williams and Grant are high for me, and I’m not that big on Shonn Greene, especially early in the second round. But this group represents the likeliest guys to join the top four and claim top-10 status by the end of the year.

15. Jonathan Stewart
16. Beanie Wells
17. Knowshon Moreno
18. Pierre Thomas
19. Ronnie Brown
20. LeSean McCoy
21. Jahvid Best
22. Matt Forte
23. Joseph Addai (-6)

Indianapolis sported the league’s worst rushing attack last year. I mean, would you call a lot of running plays if you had the league’s best QB under center? Moreno went super late in my recent draft — it seems people are just too worried about an injury that should be cleared up by Week 1.

24. Brandon Jacobs (-3)
25. Felix Jones (-3)
26. Marion Barber
27. Ahmad Bradshaw (+8)
28. Arian Foster (+26)
29. Ricky Williams
30. Michael Bush
31. Jerome Harrison
32. Justin Forsett
33. Reggie Bush
34. C.J. Spiller

Jacobs and Felix Jones get knocked down a tier because of the time they share with running backs that, in each case, could have better stats by the end of the year. In Bradshaw’s case, he makes a huge leap to join his counterpart at the top of this tier. Having cemented lead-back status in Houston, we also welcome Foster to the RB3 party.

35. Fred Jackson (-8)
36. Thomas Jones
37. Clinton Portis (-5)
38. Carnell Williams
39. LaDainian Tomlinson
40. Darren McFadden
41. Donald Brown
42. Laurence Maroney
43. Montario Hardesty
44. Steve Slaton

Fred Jackson is dealing with his own injury, one that’s allowing C.J. Spiller to prove he can be the man in Buffalo. Expect Jackson to come back to less carries than he would have had when he left. Portis was just a tier too high before he slid into the spot vacated by Ben Tate, who’s now out for the year. I’m leaving the rest of the tier as is, and yes, I’m drafting Tomlinson over McFadden. That’s definitely one the Cafe rankers got right in June.

45. Tim Hightower
46. Willis McGahee
47. Chester Taylor
48. Leon Washington (+6)
49. Darren Sproles
50. Bernard Scott (+12)
51. Correll Buckhalter
52. Fred Taylor (+11)
53. Larry Johnson

Washington is looking healthy in Seattle, and he could see a significant amount of touches in Seattle. He has sleeper written all over his jersey (except the section that says “Washington”). Bernard Scott is looking like a must-own breakthrough back, and if the unfortunate and seemingly inevitable should befall Benson, Scott will be an every-week fantasy starter. Taylor could be the Patriots starter, which is enough to at least get him ranked above Larry Johnson

54. Kareem Huggins (NEW)
55. Marshawn Lynch (-6)
56. Tashard Choice
57. Julius Jones
58. Sammy Morris
59. Kevin Smith
60. Brian Westbrook
61. Mike Bell
62. Toby Gerhart
63. Derrick Ward (-13)
64. Willie Parker
65. Jason Snelling
66. Kevin Faulk
67. Maurice Morris
68. LenDale White
69. Dexter McCluster
70. Jerious Norwood

Kareem Huggins may have supplanted Ward in the No. 2 role in Tampa Bay, and the unknown quantity has a real shot at getting a significant look in the regular season. He’s my favorite late-round running back target. Make him your No. 5 at the position, just in case. On the flip side, Ward’s value takes a nosedive. Lynch is dealing with injury, and with being third on the depth chart of a poor offense.

R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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3 Responses to “Updated Fantasy Football Rankings: RB”

  1. User avatar LMack says:

    Good work guys. Can’t wait to see the updated WR list and where Malcolm Floyd falls.

  2. RenPastana says:

    Thanks for the hard work, however, being a noob, why is Gore going before Turner just about everywhere?

  3. User avatar daullaz says:

    Gore has been healthier than Turner, has a better fantasy schedule for RBs than Turner, and catches way more passes than Turner. Those are three reasons I would draft Gore before Turner.


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