It’s never too early to look at next year. Here’s a look at early 2010 fantasy football Running Back rankings.

1.  Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
I know Chris Johnson ran wild last year, but in his “down year” he had 18 TDs and 1819 total yards. He made great strides in the passing game last year. All he needs to do is get the fumbling in check. If Favre comes back they can’t stack the box against him. If he doesn’t come back, AP becomes the focal point of the offense again.

2.  Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
After putting up over 2500 total yards, including reaching the 2000 yard mark, I can’t see how Chris Johnson can’t be anything less than two. The track record of players who touch the ball as many times as he did (358 carries, 50 receptions) is what keeps him out of my top slot.

3.  Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
MJD showed that he can handle the full load. He’s a machine.

4.  Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
He was limited by injuries in 2009, but still managed to reach 10 TDs. He showed his toughness by trying to play through the pain. He’s shown enough in two seasons with Atlanta to merit the fourth slot in fantasy drafts. In PPR leagues, he slides down a couple of notches.

5.  Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
What a season for Rice. He’s so electric. He can run and catch, and is a threat to take the ball to the house every time he touches it. If Willis McGahee isn’t brought back, he could rack up even more TDs.

6.  Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Health is a constant concern for Gore, but when he plays, he’s clearly one of the best. He’s also a dual threat and plays in an up-and-coming offense.

7.  Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
Nobody impressed me more than S-Jax last year. He fought through injuries to put up 1738 total yards. Considering the lack of talent around him last year, he has to be commended. He’ll need to increase his TD total (4), which I think will happen as they put more talent around him.

8.  Ryan Grant, Green Bay Packers
Often overlooked because of their passing attack, Grant was a force down the stretch. He should continue to put up big number for the Pack.

9.  Cedric Benson, Cincinnati Bengals
Safe to say this guy is for real. I loved the way he played against he Jets despite little help from the other key talent.

10.  Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers
The passing game will take the pressure off of Mendenhall, and he should build on his somewhat surprising 2009 success.

11.  Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Speaking of surprising success. Charles, who I like to call Chris Johnson Lite, was a machine down the stretch. I don’t think he can keep up that pace, but he should be a solid fantasy contributor. I caution you though. I get a little Steve Slaton vibe from him.

12.  Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Moreno had a solid rookie campaign. I see him taking a step forward in 2010.

13.  DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
If D-Will or J-Stew leave, they will both move up the chart. As it is, their ceilings are lowered a touch because of the timeshare.

14.  Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
Ditto.

15.  Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
After struggling early, the Bears figured out he needs to be more involved in the passing game. I expect him to bounce back in 2010. He should be a nice value pick.

16.  LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Brian Westbrook’s return is unlikely meaning the keys will be handed over to McCoy. I don’t see him scoring TDs like Westy, but he should still be a yardage machine.

17.  Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
I believe Felix passed his audition to become the Cowboys’ next feature back. He’ll have to share the load, but should still be quite productive.

18.  Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Replace Marion Barber III with Thomas Jones and you have the same scenario with the Jets as you have with the Cowboys.

19.  Jerome Harrison, Cleveland Browns
He finished with a flurry, but I’m not convinced he can repeat.

20.  Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills
Jackson proved he’s Buffalo’s best RB. Lynch will steal, but Jackson is the back you want.

21.  Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals
He’ll have to share with Hightower, but he should be the feature back in 2010.

22.  Joseph Addai, Indianapolis Colts
I’m not ready to write Addai off yet, and I doubt the Colts are either.

23.  Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants
It’s hard to forget a player of his size, but that’s what his 2009 season was…forgettable. Look for him to bounce back.

24.  Ronnie Brown, Miami Dolphins
I’m an admitted Ronnie Brown fan. If he can stay healthy, he’s a beast. That if keeps him at the bottom of this list rather than near the top.

25.  Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Health was an issue with Thomas, as was consistency. He has a ton of talent, and in that offense is worthy of a top 25 ranking.


Also check out:
Early 2010 Fantasy Football QB Rankings
Early 2010 Fantasy Football WR Rankings
Early 2010 Fantasy Football TE Rankings

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Here’s a breakdown of playoff  fantasy rankings for the Conference Finals. You can also check out my Conference Finals Picks.

Quarterbacks
1. Drew Brees
2. Brett Favre
3. Peyton Manning
4. Mark Sanchez

Running Backs
1. Adrian Peterson
2. Shonn Greene
3. Joseph Addai
4. Thomas Jones
5. Reggie Bush
6. Pierre Thomas
7. Donald Brown
8. Chester Taylor

Wide Receivers
1.  Sidney Rice
2. Marques Colston
3. Reggie Wayne
4. Austin Collie
5. Devery Henderson
6. Robert Meachem
7. Percy Harvin
8. Pierre Garcon

Tight Ends
1. Dallas Clark
2. Visanthe Shiancoe
3. Dustin Keller
4. Jeremy Shockey

Kickers
1. Garrett Hartley
2. Ryan Longwell
3. Matt Stover
4. Jay Feely

Defenses
1. Indianapolis Colts
2. Minnesota Vikings
3. New York Jets
4. New Orleans Saints

I know we haven’t declared a Super Bowl winner, but it’s never too early to look at next year. Here’s a look at early 2010 fantasy football QB rankings.


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1.  Aaron Rodgers – His rushing totals put him on top.

2.  Drew Brees – Brees is playing at such a high level.

3.  Peyton Manning – Only the Colts’ success can slow him down.

4.  Philip Rivers – Truly his team. So many big weapons.

5.  Tom Brady – This is the year he supposed to be fully recovered from the knee injury. Scary. Wes Welker’s status has him down at five.

6.  Tony Romo – Love him or hate him, he puts up numbers.

7.  Matt Schaub – If Owen Daniels is healthy, look out.

8.  Brett Favre – If he returns, he should have another fine season with his assortment of weapons.

9.  Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh has become a passing team and Big Ben has plenty of weapons.

10.  Donovan McNabb – If he’s back in Philly with his young skill position players, McNabb should be a top ten QB.

11.  Eli Manning – The Giants’ young playmakers made great strides in 2009 and should be even better next year.

12.  Jay Cutler – I expect the Bears will get more weapons for Cutler.

13.  Matt Ryan – A bounceback year is in order.

14.  Alex Smith – Smith took the job and ran with it. He should have the job the whole offseason and have Michael Crabtree along with him.

15.  Carson Palmer – Gone are the days of Palmer being a fantasy starter. He’s a great backup though.

16.  Joe Flacco – All he needs is some more weapons in the passing game.

17.  Matt Leinart – Now that Warner has retired, Leinart gets his shot. He has great weapons with or without Anquan Boldin. He should be a solid #2 QB.

18.  Vince Young – His rushing ability as well as his improved passing game make him a nice fantasy backup.

19.  Matt Hasselbeck – We’ll see if Pete Carroll can get Hasselbeck fantasy relevant again. Of course, he’ll have to stay healthy.

20.  Kyle Orton – If they don’t bring Brandon Marshall back, he won’t be on this list.

Also check out:
Early 2010 Fantasy Football RB Rankings
Early 2010 Fantasy Football WR Rankings
Early 2010 Fantasy Football TE Rankings

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Here’s a breakdown of playoff  fantasy rankings for the divisional round. You can also check out my Divisional Round Picks.

Quarterbacks
1. Kurt Warner
2. Drew Brees
3. Philip Rivers
4. Peyton Manning
5. Tony Romo
6. Brett Favre
7.  Joe Flacco
8. Mark Sanchez

Running Backs
1. Adrian Peterson
2. Ray Rice
3. Thomas Jones
4. Joseph Addai
5. Felix Jones
6. LaDainian Tomlinson
7. Beanie Wells
8. Marion Barber III
9. Willis McGahee
10. Pierre Thomas
11. Tim Hightower
12. Darren Sproles

Wide Receivers
1.Larry Fitzgerald
2. Miles Austin
3. Sidney Rice
4. Marques Colston
5. Reggie Wayne
6. Vincent Jackson
7. Jerricho Cotchery
8. Austin Collie
9. Early Doucet
10. Derrick Mason
11. Roy Williams
12. Steve Breaston

Tight Ends
1. Dallas Clark
2. Antonio Gates
3. Visanthe Shiancoe
4. Jason Witten
5. Dustin Keller

Kickers
1. Nate Kaeding
2. Ryan Longwell
3. Matt Stover
4. Neil Rackers
5. Shaun Suisham

Defenses
1. San Diego Chargers
2. Minnesota Vikings
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Baltimore Ravens
5. Dallas Cowboys
6. New York Jets
7. Arizona Cardinals
8. New Orleans Saints

Here’s a breakdown of fantasy rankings for the Wild Card round. Click here for my complete 2009-10 NFL Playoffs fantasy football rankings.

Quarterbacks
1.  Tom Brady
2.  Donovan McNabb
3.  Aaron Rodgers
4.  Tony Romo
5.  Joe Flacco
6.  Kurt Warner
7.  Carson Palmer
8.  Mark Sanchez

Running Backs

1.  Cedric Benson
2.  Ray Rice
3.  Thomas Jones
4.  LeSean McCoy
5.  Ryan Grant
6.  Marion Barber III
7.  Sammy Morris
8.  Beanie Wells
9.  Brian Westbrook
10.  Tim Hightower
11.  Laurence Maroney
12.  Felix Jones

Wide Receivers
1.  Randy Moss
2.  Larry Fitzgerald
3.  DeSean Jackson
4.  Greg Jennings
5.  Miles Austin
6.  Derrick Mason
7.  Julian Edelman
8.  Donald Driver
9.  Chad Ochocinco
10.  Jeremy Maclin
11.  Roy Williams
12.  Steve Breaston

Tight Ends
1.  Brent Celek
2.  Jermichael Finley
3. Jason Witten
4.  Todd Heap
5.  Benjamin Watson

Kickers
1.  Steven Gostowski
2.  David Akers
3.  Mason Crosby
4.  Shayne Graham
5.  Jay Feely

Defenses
1.  Cincinnati Bengals
2.  Philadelphia Eagles
3.  New England Patriots
4.  Baltimore Ravens
5.  Green Bay Packers
6.  New York Jets
7.  Dallas Cowboys
8.  Green Bay Packers

Yesterday we took a look at the revised fantasy RB rankings through eight weeks (click here for article). Today we look at the RB rankings for the rest of the year.

1. Dallas Clark
2. Antonio Gates
3. Vernon Davis
4. Jason Witten
5. Tony Gonzalez
6.  Brent Celek
7. Visanthe Shiancoe
8.  Greg Olsen
9.  Heath Miller
10. Dustin Keller continue reading »

Yesterday we took a look at the revised fantasy RB rankings through eight weeks (click here for article). Today we look at the RB rankings for the rest of the year.

1. Reggie Wayne
2. Larry Fitzgerald
3. Andre Johnson
4. Vincent Jackson
5. Marques Colston
6. DeSean Jackson
7. Roddy White
8. Wes Welker
9. Randy Moss
10.  Greg Jennings continue reading »

Yesterday we took a look at the revised fantasy RB rankings through eight weeks (click here for article). Today we look at the RB rankings for the rest of the year.

1. Adrian Peterson
2. Maurice Jones-Drew
3. DeAngelo Williams
4. Michael Turner
5. Frank Gore
6.  Steven Jackson
7. Chris Johnson
8. Cedric Benson
9. Ray Rice
10. Thomas Jones continue reading »

Yesterday, we took a look at the revised fantasy QB rankings after eight weeks (click here for article). Here’s the rankings for the rest of the way.

1. Peyton Manning
2. Philip Rivers
3. Drew Brees
4. Tom Brady
5. Aaron Rodgers
6. Ben Roethlisberger
7. Tony Romo
8. Matt Schaub
9. Donovan McNabb
10. Kurt Warner continue reading »


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