2011 Updated Fantasy Football RB Rankings

Jul 29, 2011

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The DeAngelo Williams caused a shuffle. Here’s an updated and expanded look at my 2011 running back rankings. Click here for non-PPR fantasy football RB Rankings.
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1.  Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: All Day is tried and true. He’s ran for at least 1298 yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of his four seasons. Foster’s hammy moves AP to #1.
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2.  Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans: Now that he’s signed I am moving him up the big board. With improvement at QB, CJ2K should be better than last year.
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3.  Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs: Charles should get a heavier workload this year, which is scary considering he ran for 1467 yards on 230 carries (6.4 ypc). He is less likely to score a touchdown than the Arian, AP, or CJ2K, but he’s capable of being the most productive fantasy back in the league.
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4.  Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens:  With McGahee not vulturing touchdowns and Vonta Leach paving the way, Rice should be a top five fantasy back.
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5.  Arian Foster, Houston Texans:  His hamstring has me concerned. Enough where I’d consider AP, CJ2K, Charles, and Rice safer picks.

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6.  Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders:  Run DMC finally lived up to the hype, collecting 1664 total yards (1157 rushing) and ten touchdowns (seven rushing) in 13 games. If he can stay healthy, he could rank right up there with the big four.
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7.  Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers:  His tweets can stir up controversy, but when it comes to running the football, the kid is alright. 1273  yards and 11 touchdowns last year and he’ll be just 24 if and when the season starts.
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8.  LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles:  McCoy caught 78 passes for 592 yards and two touchdowns. Those are solid receiving numbers. Don’t forget about the 1080 rushing yards (5.2 ypc) and seven rushing touchdowns. He’ll be just 23.
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9.  Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons:  I still like Turner, but I moved him down a few slots. The Falcons could open it up more this year.
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10.  Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars:  Mojo showed the toughness to battle through injuries last year, but I don’t know if he could be as effective (1641 total yards, seven total touchdown) if his knee acted up again.
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11.  Shonn Greene, New York Jets:  I know he was supposed to be a beast last year, but LaDainian Tomlinson ran like a kid in the early going. This is the year Shonn puts it all together.
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12. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers:  When he’s healthy there are only a few backs that can match his production. Unfortunately he’s averaging just 13 games the past two year.
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13.  Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams:  Jackson had just 3.8 yards per carry last year and six touchdowns, but the offense should be improved in Sam Bradford’s second year. I flip-flopped S-Jax and
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14.  Matt Forte, Chicago Bears:  Forte bounced back with 1616 total yards (1069 rushing) and nine touchdowns (six rushing). He’s particularly valuable in PPR leagues.
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15.  Ahmad Bradshaw, New  York Giants:  Bradshaw is said to be healthy. If he stays with the Giants he’s a good bet to put up big numbers again.
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16.  LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Blount ran for 1000 yards in just 200 carries.  The Bucs could bring in a back to share the load, but until they do he’s a solid RB2.
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17.  Peyton Hillis, Cleveland Browns:  I rattled some cages by not having Hillis in my top 15. I have him at 18 though, which isn’t too shabby.
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18.  DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers:  Returning to Carolina minimizes his fantasy value. They paid him to play though.
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19.  Cedric Benson, Cincinnati Bengals:  Nothing sexy about Benson, but he’s steady.
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20.  Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers:  Call me a sucker, but I’m willing to give Mathews another shot. Hopefully he can remain healthy this year and deliver on his high expectations.
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21.  Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints:  First round Rookie running backs have not had a lot of success in recent years (Spiller, Mathews, Best, Moreno, Donald Brown, Beanie), but that doesn’t mean Ingram can’t produce. Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles will steal some carries, but Ingram will likely carry the main load.
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22.  Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins:  Thomas’ value will be linked to what the Dolphins do in the free agent market. Thomas is a good bet to handle led back duties.
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23. Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys:  Perhaps this is his last crack at it. DeMarco Murray scares me a little, but I think Felix will be fine.
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24.  Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks:  Lynch doesn’t have much competition for carries and the addition of Robert Gallery helps his value.
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25.  Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills:  Is there an RB in the league that is as unappreciated as Jackson is outside of Buffalo?
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26.  Jahvid Best, Detroit Lions:  With Leshoure out for the year, Best gets a boost in value.
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27.  Tim Hightower, Washington Redskins:  Shanahan is unpredictable, especially with running backs, but Hightower is well-equipped to be on the field in passing situations…and he is looking like the best runner on the team too.
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28.  Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos:  Willis McGahee limits his value, but at least he doesn’t have to share with D-Will.
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29.   Joseph Addai, Indianapolis Colts:  Unless the Colts bring somebody in, Addai is the non-sexy option that Peyton counts on.
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30.  Ryan Grant, Green Bay Packers:  Coming back from injury and in the midst of the dreaded RBBC with James Starks.
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  3. rob
    September 2nd, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    Hi Lester! I would like to see what would you do if you had number one pick in your fantasy league. My league is an 8 team and When it comes back to me i get two picks. So tell me what 2 QB you would get, What three wide reciever you get? What three RB you would get?, What defense and kicker would you do. I won with you two years ago and came in 4th last year and won overall in playoffs I have to admit ou are good at your picks. Rob

  4. LestersLegends
    September 2nd, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Rob, Hard to say how it will play out. I’d start with AP personally, but if you felt strongly about CJ2K or RIce I wouldn’t argue. I probably wouldn’t be too in a rush to get your QBs unless it was a too QB league. I like the value of Matt Ryan, Big Ben, Schaub, Romo. I like Pitt and Balt because of schedule. Giants are banged up but have an easy early schedule. WRs depends on who is there. I been getting Holmes as my WR2/WR3. I like Percy. MSW is a good value late I think.

  5. rob
    September 16th, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    This week who you think I should play I am starting T. Romo, L. Mccoy, A Foster and this is where I am confuse on I definately starting R. Wayne, S. Holmes but I am conflicted on P. Harvin, or J. Nelson who do you think I should start out of those two. Rob

  6. Ben
    September 16th, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    I was looking at your rb rankings and saw you left out M. Tolbert. I need your input on these 3 rb’s. M.Tolbert, Benjarvis Green Ellis “The LaW Firm”, R. Grant. Which one out of these 3 would you start? I get 1pt for every rushing and recieving yds plus bonus pts for td’s over 25yds. I Know most rankers have Tolbert over BJE but its close and San Diego lost Luis Castiollo.

  7. LestersLegends
    September 16th, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    homes is kind of banged up so that may make your decision for you rob.
    @ Ben – i’m conflicted on tolbert. if he doesn’t score a TD you’re in trouble. same with the law firm. i think i may go with the firm. pats went off through the air and i could see an entirely new game plan this week.

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