Fantasy Football: Top 75 Running Backs in Points-Per-Reception Leagues

Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterAugust 21, 2012

Titans running back Chris Johnson (1,465 total yards, 4 TD) posted career highs in catches (57) and targets (79) last season.
Titans running back Chris Johnson (1,465 total yards, 4 TD) posted career highs in catches (57) and targets (79) last season.Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Here's an updated listing of my top 75 running backs in Points-Per-Reception leagues.

This countdown will likely undergo a few changes before September. But right now, it's a reasonably accurate profile of my preseason rationale.

This week's major alteration: Redskins tailback Roy Helu, one of my favorite fantasy backs, is experiencing Achilles soreness with both feet. As a result, Evan Royster (312 total yards in Weeks 16/17 last year) earns a big battlefield promotion to the No. 27 spot.

For a listing of my top 75 standard-scoring tailbacks, click here.

Part I—1-25

1. Ray Rice, Ravens
2. Arian Foster, Texans
3. LeSean McCoy, Eagles
4. Chris Johnson, Titans
5. Matt Forte, Bears
6. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
7. Fred Jackson, Bills
8. Darren McFadden, Raiders
9. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
10. Steven Jackson, Rams
11. Darren Sproles, Saints
12. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants
13. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks
14. Frank Gore, 49ers
15. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys
16. Reggie Bush, Dolphins
17. Ryan Mathews, Chargers
18. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
19. Shonn Greene, Jets
20. Michael Turner, Falcons
21. Trent Richardson, Browns
22. C.J. Spiller, Bills
23. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers
24. Doug Martin, Buccaneers
25. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals

Part II—26-50

26. Toby Gerhart, Vikings
27. Evan Royster, Redskins
28. Donald Brown, Colts
29. Beanie Wells, Cardinals
30. Peyton Hillis, Chiefs
31. Stevan Ridley, Patriots
32. Isaac Redman, Steelers
33. Mikel Leshoure, Lions
34. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers
35. Willis McGahee, Broncos
36. James Starks, Packers
37. Ben Tate, Texans
38. Roy Helu, Redskins
39. Tim Hightower, Redskins
40. Michael Bush, Bears
41. Ronnie Hillman, Broncos
42. Daniel Thomas, Dolphins
43. Pierre Thomas, Saints
44. Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons
45. Jahvid Best, Lions
46. Ryan Williams, Cardinals
47. Mark Ingram, Saints
48. Rashad Jennings, Jaguars
49. Felix Jones, Cowboys
50. Isaiah Pead, Rams

Part III—51-75

51. Mike Tolbert, Panthers
52. Dexter McCluster, Chiefs
53. LeGarrette Blount, Buccaneers
54. Ronnie Brown, Chargers
55. David Wilson, Giants
56. Kevin Smith, Lions
57. Montario Hardesty, Browns
58. Robert Turbin, Seahawks
59. Alex Green, Packers
60. Kendall Hunter, 49ers
61. Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers
62. D.J. Ware, Giants
63. Delone Carter, Colts
64. LaRod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals
65. Brandon Saine, Packers
66. Mike Goodson, Raiders
67. Taiwan Jones, Raiders
68. Bernard Scott, Bengals
69. LaMichael James, 49ers
70. Knowshon Moreno, Broncos
71. Cedric Benson, Packers
72. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers
73. Javon Ringer, Titans
74. Keiland Williams, Lions
75. Bernard Pierce, Ravens


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