The Top 10 Fantasy Running Backs in 2009

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The Top 10 Fantasy Running Backs in 2009
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So what makes this and different from all the other top 10 fantasy rankings out there? Good question. I think it is important when preparing for your fantasy draft that you try and disregard some factors.

Never mind who your favorite team is, or who your favorite player might be. Do not just focus on who the “best” player was last year.

I’ve seen a lot of people draft a team that would have been awesome based on last year’s numbers. Granted history matters, but it can not be the sole factor in your draft philosophy.

So I have come up with five key factors to my top 10 rankings. These rankings are based on the team’s offensive balance, its offensive system, the player’s versatility, the team’s strength of schedule, and the biggest factors—does the player score touchdowns?

Offensive balance looks at what other weapons does the team have to relieve some of the pressure on the running game. How many eight or nine fronts will he face?

Offensive system takes into account the dreaded two-back system. Does he share his workload? Does he get taken out when the offensive gets close to the goal line?

Versatility addresses the all-around skills of the player. Is he a threat to add to his production catching the ball out of the backfield. Or does he come out on third downs?

Strength of schedule looks at what kind of match-up problems his team will encounter. As well as, how many games will be played in cold weather late in the season or inside domes on fast turf?

Touchdowns are pretty self-explanatory. Since most fantasy scoring systems put a premium on touchdowns, this is a huge factor in where running backs land in the rankings.

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