Fantasy Football 2012 Week 1 PPR Running Backs (RB) Rankings and Projections

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIISeptember 4, 2012

What Would We Do Without A Little Shanahanigans Each Year?
What Would We Do Without A Little Shanahanigans Each Year?Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Mike Shanahan has a way of keeping us off track in the world of fantasy football. Before training camp, it was widely thought that Roy Helu would be the starter in Washington.

Then Shanahan told us that Tim Hightower could be first on the depth chart if he were healthy, only afterwards to find out Evan Royster was running with the first team at the start of camp, not Helu.

Helu would see time in Washington’s first preseason game, but he soon after missed a few weeks because of tendonitis in both Achilles.

Royster also went down with an knee injury, paving the way for rookie Alfred Morris to get a start against the Colts. Morris went on to run for more than 100 yards and a touchdown, and it appeared he had the inside track to start Week 1.

Then Royster and Helu returned to practice, and both played well in the team's fourth preseason game against the Buccaneers.

Shortly after that, the Redskins cut Hightower, even though he was healthy enough to work in third-down packages in preseason Week 3, filling in for Morris.

Today we see the current depth chart, and Royster is on top, Helu second and Morris is now third. Whew!

Only a Shanahan-run team could be this crazy, and we haven’t even kicked off Week 1.


What’s A Fantasy Owner To Do?

I still like Helu as the top fantasy back for the long haul on this roster. The Redskins should be somewhat concerned with his Achilles problems, so expect them to use him in some type of committee all year.

For PPR leagues, he has added value and will eventually be worth a flex-play start as we trudge through the first few weeks of the season and Royster falls out of favor, for whatever reason.

Morris and Royster are worth holding for now, and Royster could be a flex start for you this week against the Saints.


Sean’s Prediction

Scratch everything above. Shanahan is likely to grow frustrated with all three backs, cut them all by October and convince Clinton Portis, Brian Westbrook and a no-talent, never-has-been to join the team and lead the league in rushing. In Shanahan we trust.

1 LeSean McCoy @ Browns
2 Darren McFadden Chargers
3 Arian Foster Dolphins
4 Ray Rice Bengals
5 Matt Forte Colts
6 Chris Johnson Patriots
7 Jamaal Charles Falcons
8 Steven Jackson @ Lions
9 DeMarco Murray @ Giants
10 Fred Jackson @ Jets
11 Doug Martin Panthers
12 DeAngelo Williams @ Bucs
13 Ahmad Bradshaw Cowboys
14 Peyton Hillis Falcons
15 Frank Gore @ Packers
16 Willis McGahee Steelers
17 Darren Sproles (I) Redskins
18 Marshawn Lynch (I) @ Cardinals
19 Rashad Jennings @ Vikings
20 Reggie Bush @ Texans
21 Michael Turner @ Chiefs
22 Stevan Ridley @ Titans
23 Shonn Greene Bills
24 Kevin Smith (I) Rams
25 Donald Brown @ Bears
26 Mark Ingram Redskins
27 Trent Richardson (I) Eagles
28 Cedric Benson 49ers
29 Toby Gerhart Jaguars
30 Michael Bush Colts
31 Ronnie Brown @ Raiders
32 Jonathan Dwyer @ Broncos
33 Evan Royster @ Saints
34 Isaac Redman (I) @ Broncos
35 Ryan Williams Seahawks
36 BenJarvus Green-Ellis (I) @ Ravens
37 Beanie Wells (I) Seahawks
38 Roy Helu @ Saints
39 Jacquizz Rodgers @ Chiefs
40 Dexter McCluster Falcons

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