Fantasy Football 2012 Week 1 PPR Running Backs (RB) Rankings and Projections
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.
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.
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|
|8||Steven Jackson||@ Lions|
|9||DeMarco Murray||@ Giants|
|10||Fred Jackson||@ Jets|
|12||DeAngelo Williams||@ Bucs|
|15||Frank Gore||@ Packers|
|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|
|24||Kevin Smith (I)||Rams|
|25||Donald Brown||@ Bears|
|27||Trent Richardson (I)||Eagles|
|31||Ronnie Brown||@ Raiders|
|32||Jonathan Dwyer||@ Broncos|
|33||Evan Royster||@ Saints|
|34||Isaac Redman (I)||@ Broncos|
|36||BenJarvus Green-Ellis (I)||@ Ravens|
|37||Beanie Wells (I)||Seahawks|
|38||Roy Helu||@ Saints|
|39||Jacquizz Rodgers||@ Chiefs|
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