Fantasy Football Running Backs – Fourth Tier
We’ve done the Big Dog RBs, Second Tier RBs, and Third Tier RBs, now it’s time to look at the next wave of RBs. We’re getting into #2 RBs if you have stacked your team elsewhere and/or your bench RBs.
LenDale White - LenDale silenced his critics last year by running for 1110 yards and 7 TDs. He had either a TD or 100 yards in six games during a seven-game stretch last year. Then he ran for 81 yards combined the next three weeks before four straight weeks of 95+ yards or a TD. That middle stretch is what keeps him out of the third tier.
Reggie Bush- I think the best thing that can happen for Reggie Bush and New Orleans is for Deuce McAllister to return healthy. The 1-2 punch was ideal for Bush and the Saints. Bush doesn’t have to pound it between the tackles so frequently. He is free to be able to get to the outside as well as become a bigger factor in the passing game.
Thomas Jones – The Jets made some nice moves in the offseason, mainly to improve their Offensive Line. The acquisitions of Alan Faneca and Damien Woody (along with FB Tony Richardson) should open the running lanes for Jones. He had a decent amount of yards last year (1119 rushing, 1336 total), but needs to score more than 2 TDs.
Michael Turner – I hesitate to put him in a higher bracket because he doesn’t have a track record to prove he can hold up to a full load. He’s also going to a team that will likely be behind in most games, and may have to abandon the run. It’s also unclear if he was a product of the system (San Diego) or if he can bring his explosiveness to Atlanta. Oh, and he was mainly used after LT wore the defenses down. How is he going to do against a fresh defensive unit? These are the questions I have, and the reason he lands in the 4th tier. That said, he is worth taking a chance on as your 3rd RB.
Earnest Graham – Tampa’s Earnest Graham falls into the category of RBs I don’t quite trust. He was a great story last year running for 898 yards (1222 total) and 10 TDs. I’m just afraid the fluke factor is high for him. Not to mention the acquisition of Warrick Dunn could cut into his digits. If Cadillac Williams makes a successful return, Tampa’s backfield is further muddied.
Julius Jones – The Seahawks parted ways with Shaun Alexander and have tabbed JJ as their replacement. He has the ability, but hasn’t really been a force since his shortened rookie season in 2004. Since then he hasn’t been much of a TD threat. We’ll see how he’s used in Seattle, who also has Maurice Morris and T.J. Duckett.