2011 Fantasy Football RB Rankings – Week 1

Sep 4, 2011

Here’s my Week 1 2001 fantasy football running back rankings.
1.  Jamaal Charles vs. Buffalo:  Buffalo was dreadful against the run last year. They don’t have the horses to slow down Charles.
2.  Darren McFadden @ Denver:  John Fox will rebuild Denver’s defense, but it’s going to take some time. Run DMC goes off.
3.  LeSean McCoy @ St. Louis:  The Birds are going to lean on Shady this week to keep the pressure off of Vick.
4.  Adrian Peterson @ San Diego:  Expect a heavy dose of All Day.
5.  Frank Gore vs. Seattle:  Hopefully he’s still hungry after getting paid.
6.  Chris Johnson @ Jacksonville:  Rusty? Maybe, but he’s still CJ2K.
7.  Peyton Hillis vs. Cincinnati:  Madden Curse shouldn’t start against the pathetic Bengals.
8.  Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Tennessee:  Mojo averaged 121.5 yards per game against Tennessee last year.
9.  Ray Rice vs. Pittsburgh:  Tough draw, but Rice will be active running and catching the ball.
10.  Shonn Greene vs. Dallas:  Let the breakout season begin.
11.  Ahmad Bradshaw @ Washington:  Bradshaw’s speed will be too much for Washington.
12.  Rashard Mendenhall @ Baltimore:  Averaged 75.5 yards and a score against Baltimore last year.
13.  Matt Forte vs. Atlanta:  Should be active in ground game and air attack.
14.  Michael Turner @ Chicago:  The Falcons are going to pass more, but there is still plenty of work for Turner to do.
15.  LeGarrette Blount vs. Detroit:  I like that he’s playing at home (+31.6 ypg last year), but Detroit’s defense looks tough.
16.  Beanie Wells vs. Carolina:  I’m giving Beanie another chance. I hope he doesn’t let me down again.
17.  Steven Jackson vs. Philadelphia:  Gets an early test against the new look Eagles.
18.  Ben Tate vs. Indianapolis:  I’m not sure Arian Foster will be ready to go or if Houston would want to take that risk this early.
19.  Mark Ingram @ Green Bay Packers:  Could struggle to accumulate yards, but a touchdown seems likely.
20.  DeAngelo Williams @ Arizona:  D-Will gets to start earning that big contract.
21.  Tim  Hightower vs. New York Giants:  G-Men are banged up on defense.
22.  Reggie Bush vs. New England:  Gets his shot at redemption.
23.  Knowshon Moreno vs. Oakland:  Moreno better get going quickly or he could fall behind McGahee.
24.  Joseph Addai @ Houston:  Peyton won’t be 100 percent so the Colts may have to lean on Addai a little more.
25.  Felix Jones @ New York Jets:  Tough Week 1 draw.
26.  Cedric Benson @ Cleveland:  From jail to the Dog Pound.
27.  Fred Jackson @ Kansas City:  Spiller will play a bigger role than last year, but Jackson is still a viable RB2.
28.  Ryan Mathews vs. Minnesota:  Should be a pretty even split with Tolbert.
29.  Brandon Jacobs @ Washington:  Has looked good this summer. Will it carry over into the regular season?
30.  Jahvid Best @ Tampa Bay:  I’m just not sure he can stay healthy.
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7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. KJ
    September 4th, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    ummm, Matt Forte???

  2. Goose
    September 4th, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    FYI, you have 31 ranked here, two #22.

  3. LestersLegends
    September 4th, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    Got him in there now KJ. Thanks. Goose, must be working out the week 1 glitches. Thanks.

  4. Tega
    September 5th, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    WOW…Arian Foster not even on the list…

  5. LestersLegends
    September 5th, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Tega – When I’m confident that he’ll play I will put him on the list. We’ll have to see him practice this week.

  6. ROG
    September 10th, 2011 at 12:50 am #


    You’ve never let me down. I’ve got RBs McCoy, Rice, and Bradshaw. I know I’m going with McCoy week 1, but Rice’s past performances vs Pitt scare me. Should I play Bradshaw or Rice this weekend? (12 team, PPR League)


  7. LestersLegends
    September 10th, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    PPR I would have a hard time benching Rice. He may not get a ton of yardage, but he could catch six or seven passes. Hard to leave that on the bench. He’s probably the number one player in PPR leagues.

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