Top 10 Fantasy Football Backup RBs

August 27, 2011 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

This season I’m a firm believer in handcuffing your top running back at whatever the cost.  Sometimes it doesn’t work out that way, someone else wants the handcuff more than the primary ball carrier’s owner.  Sometimes in a draft you need a RB to contribute and no starters are available, while handcuffs are a few rounds away.  Here is how I would rank the top 10 backups available in the ninth round or later, for independent owning:

  1. Mike Tolbert: Split share with Ryan Matthews and he get’s redzone carries.  Tolbert solid, Matthews shaky.
  2. James Starks: Like him to eventually beat out Grant, or at least get the same work and more TDs.
  3. Pierre Thomas: Will split, both backs injury prone.  Could have some good weeks.
  4. Jason Snelling: High upside backup.  Could get more of a split and Turner is on the decline.
  5. Michael Bush: Smaller split, Run DMc high chance of injury.
  6. C.J. Spiller: Competing for RB1, not ready but could get the ball to justify pick.
  7. Willis McGahee: Great fit and opportunity.
  8. Thomas Jones: Not going away.
  9. Delone Carter: Could be big. SLEEPER.
  10. Stevan Ridley: Possible TD machine and clock killer.

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