Fantasy Football Running Backs – Second Tier

Jul 17, 2008

We’ve done the Big Dog RBs so let’s continue with the Second Tier Running Backs.  These are guys that will go in the first couple of rounds.  They aren’t quite of the Big Dog ilk, but if you’re in the back end of a snake draft you can pick up a pair of these 2TRBs.

Marion Barber III - So MB3 can’t the chance to shine on his own.  Well, not exactly.  The Cowboys replaced Julius Jones with rookie Felix Jones.  Marion the Barbarian will still be your TD man, but the other Jones will cut into his yardage.

Clinton Portis – Portis will still only be 27 when the season kicks off.  He seems so much older than that.  I guess that’s what success will do to you.  Will he be like Emmitt Smith and just keep turning it out?  I think so.  I don’t see 1500  yards in him, but 1200 & 10 is attainable.

Frank Gore – Here’s a guy I love.  Everyone was HUGE on him last year and he failed miserably by his draft postion standards.  However, he still had over 1500 total yards.  If that’s a “down year”, I’d be glad to grab him and see what he can do in a good year.

Larry Johnson – Maybe because I own him I am wishful thinking, but I see a rebound for LJ.  He’s still a beast.  He hasn’t reached the 30 mark.  He doesn’t have a lot of mileage considering his age.  He is a year removed from back-to-back 1700 yard 17+ TD seasons.  I know Shaun Alexander dropped like a elevator with the cable cut, but I see a different story for LJ.  As long as he has some burst and he gets a decent showing from the passing game, LJ will be solid.  I don’t see another monster year, but if he can turn out 1400 yards and 12 TDs, I’d be stoked.

Marshawn Lynch – Here’s another guy I own.  I was huge on him before his little hit-and-run drama.  I hope that was a one-time slip-up and not a sign of things to come.  He was the Bills’ offense last year.  He wasn’t a contender for the ROY last year as All Day was unbelievable, but for a while he was at least a part of the conversation.

Willis McGahee – Here’s another guy who was his team’s offense last year.  Willis has over 1400 yards and 8 TDs in his first year in Baltimore.  All of that despite only having five carries the past two weeks.  He should be fully recovered from his rib injury that finished his season a little early last year.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dom
    July 17th, 2008 at 10:02 am #

    I’m surprised that I haven’t seen Ryan Grant yet.

    Nice job though, Lesters.

  2. LestersLegends
    July 17th, 2008 at 10:03 am #

    Dom – He’ll be in the next batch. I’m not that sold on him w/o Favre.

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