Updated Early 2010 Fantasy Football RB Rankings

Mar 31, 2010

We’ve had some player movement that shook up my initial rankings. Here’s my second look at early 2010 fantasy football Running Back rankings.

1.  Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
They said Peterson would have a hard time staying healthy. He has. They said he couldn’t catch the ball out of the backfield. He more than doubled his reception total last year with 43. They say he fumbles too much. Adrian Peterson is a tireless worker. Look for him to improve his ball security in 2010.

2.  Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
The dude is a complete beast. I think he’ll get less work in 2010, which is why I have him pegged as the #2 fantasy RB. I just imagine that teams will have a better answer for him next year.

3.  Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
If you speak fantasian, you already know that MJD stands for PPR stud. He’s a total yardage, reception, and TD machine. He has the quickness to run by you and the power to run over you. Catch him if you can.

4.  Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
If MJD stands for PPR stud, Michael Turner stands for Man of the End Zone. Even injuries couldn’t keep Burner from reaching double-digits in TDs. If he can remain healthy, he’ll dominate once again.

5.  Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
I just love watching Rice play. He’s so quick that sometimes I throw my TiVo in slow motion so I can watch his wiggle. I can’t fathom how people even tackle him.

6.  Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
If the Niners draft C.J. Spiller I may have to bump him down a notch or two. Either way, I’d love to have him as my RB1.

7.  Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
Jackson could get some help as the Rams appear to be zeroed in on Sam Bradford. He’ll experience some growing pains, but Jackson will help the cause. He’ll be leaned on heavily.

8.  Ryan Grant, Green Bay Packers
Grant slips under the radar because of Aaron Rodgers, but he’s a very capable RB. Back-to-back 1200+ yard seasons and a return to the end zone (11 TDs) have me optimistic for 2010.

9.  Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers
My first change. I moved Mendenhall up a notch. I think the Steelers will improve their offensive line, which should allow them to be less reliant on the pass.

10.  Cedric Benson, Cincinnati Bengals
Benson clearly has made the most of his second chance. He runs with so much determination, I can’t help but pull for him. Antonio Bryant was brought in to help the passing game, which should open things up for Benson.
11.  Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Moreno is a versatile back that I feel will step forward in 2010. The Broncos did a nice job of not handing him too much too early, which will pay dividends this year.

12.  Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
D-Will and J-Stew embrace the RBBC the Panthers are utilizing. It will keep both runners fresh and allow them to each have 1000+ yards and 1o+ TDs.

13.  DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
Ditto.

14.  Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Thomas Jones’ arrival not only knocks Charles to RB2 status in my book, but it could signify the end of his Chris Johnson Lite moniker.

15.  LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Philly’s decision to compliment McCoy with Mike Bell allows McCoy’s value to continue the upward climb.

16.  Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
Jones is a little risky as an RB2 simply because he’s part of a crowded backfield. However, talent will prevail and Jones will be the Cowboys’ top rushing threat.

17.  Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals
Arizona will make the transition from pass-happy to a balanced attack. Wells will be the primary beneficiary.

18.  Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants
Hopefully Jacobs can’t even see 2009 in his rear-view mirror. He’s shown he can score double-digit TDs before. All he has to do is prove it again.

19.  Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Unfortunately for Greene enthusiasts the Jets brought in LT. The starting gig is Greene’s to lose though. As long as he’s productive he’ll be the primary ball carrier, and the better fantasy play.

20.  Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Chester Taylor’s signing should have lit a fire under Forte. If not look for Forte to fall out of the top 25 in a hurry.

21.  Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints
I’m still a PT fan. There’s one less mouth to feed following Bell’s departure. Reggie Bush has settled into his role. As long as he’s healthy Thomas makes a solid RB2.

22.  Ronnie Brown, Miami Dolphins
If Ronnie can avoid a suspension for his DWI, he should have a nice year. He’ll be playing for a new contract so Brown is a guy that could shoot up this list.

23.  Jerome Harrison, Cleveland Browns
Personally I wouldn’t want him as my RB2, but I can appreciate the way he finished the season. The Brownies brought Peyton Hillis in for short-yardage duties, but Harrison should still get ample of opportunities to pile up the yardage.

24.  Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills
The only thing that keeps him from being higher on the list is Marshawn Lynch’s presence.

25.  Joseph Addai, Indianapolis Colts
For some reason Addai seems older than he actually is (27 in May). Perhaps it’s because the Colts drafted Donald Brown last year. Addai has the Colts’ system down and will have another productive season. I do think Brown improves this year, stealing more of the pie from Addai, but not enough to replace him.

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