2011-2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings
The bread and butter of a Fantasy Football team. Laying the proper foundation at running back is still one of the most important aspects of the game. With more teams going to committees, injuries more prevalent, and fewer franchise backs it is important to have a gameplan going into the draft of who you want and who you don’t. Here’s my Top 30 RBs with my take on em all.
1. Adrian “AD” Peterson: The most dominant running back in the NFL who combines speed and power with ease. Impossible not to put the #1 next to “All Day”.
2. Ray Rice: Fantasy meets reality this year for Rice. Willis is no longer there to vulture his touchdowns and Vonte Leach will be paving the way for him in a big, big year. Very close to #1 in PPR leagues.
3. Arian Foster: Last season wasn’t a fluke, but it will be hard to repeat. His offense line is solid, he runs like a deer, and he caught a bunch of passes as well.
4. Jamaal Charles: Haley promises more carries for Charles, but that should be a no-brainer. An electrifying player who could take it to the house on any given touch.
5. LeSean McCoy: Reid will use him early and often like the days of Westbrook. Would be a little concerned about Brown vulturing, but should be plenty to go around.
6. Chris Johnson: Hasn’t reported, waiting to be paid. Even if comes back soon, worried about performance in the beginning of season and line struggled last year.
7. Rashard Mendenhall: Does not look any worse for the wear, if not better.
8. Maurice Jones-Drew: A beast when healthy, an iffy question but, still young and a TD machine.
9. Darren McFadden: Capable of putting up huge numbers in the right situation, but a risky play that will require drafting Michael Bush earlier than you probably want, but definitely worth it.
10. Steven Jackson: Has carried huge loads the last two years, risky pick who I’ll probably avoid despite great opportunity.
11. Peyton Hillis: Hard to replicate last season and beat the Madden curse but is the spearhead for the offense. Great OL and added big rookie Marecic to block.
12. Michael Turner: Production dropped at the end of last year, but he scores a ton of TDs and can be handcuffed pretty easily with Snelling.
13. Matt Forte: Ran the ball more than I even thought in a Mike Martz offense, OL and field holding him back this year and Barber looks fresh.
14. Frank Gore: Always hurt, will avoid, but you must get Hunter if you draft him.
15. LaGarrette Blount: Expecting another big season for him who doesn’t have any real competition. Don’t be afraid to go for him.
16. Shonn Greene: Figures to get the bulk of the work for the Jets. Looked ready on MNF.
17. Felix Jones: Garret used him well at the end of last year and has the speed to thrive with defenses focused on Miles and Dez. Choice a wise handcuff.
18. Ahmad Bradshaw: Took the lead and ran well with it last year. Should be dependable again.
19. Mark Ingram: Should get the most carries, but Payton doesn’t like to favor one back, nevertheless 1000 and 10 TDs is achievable.
20. Knowshon Moreno: He should probably be higher but he’s disappointed me since coming into the league and I think Willis will really push him for PT, if he stays healthy.
21. Cedric Benson: Their offense for as long as the wheels stay on.
22. Jahvid Best: Big questions about his durability, but if he were to stay healthy, he would get a ton of touches and chances to put up big scores.
23. Marshawn Lynch: Beast-mode has been recharging all off-season.
24. DeAngelo Williams + Stewart: Once again I don’t want any part of these two, although Cam, new O, and reunited OL should revive run game.
25. Mike Tolbert: Great value.
26. Joseph Addai: Under-valued, like the idea of getting him and Carter in a draft.
27. Tim Hightower: Redskins OL has opened up huge holes and Hightower is a solid all-around back..
28. Fred Jackson: Solid Freddy, never gets his full-time opportunity, but I’d expect his best season yet.
29. Reggie Bush: Great PPR player, as Captain Checkdown will feed him early and often. Probably won’t get many TDs inside the 20s.
30. Ryan Matthews: No thanks, injuries and Tolbert shy me away.
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