Early 2010 Fantasy Football RB Rankings

Jan 27, 2010

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

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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