By Derek Lofland.
Note: These rankings are for seasonal leagues and will be updated each month throughout the offseason.
1) Chris Johnson (Tennessee Titans) – He and Adrian Peterson are the two best backs in football, and Johnson had the better year with 2,006 yards rushing and 14 rushing touchdowns. He also added 503 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
2) Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings) – Pretty amazing the bar he has set that 1,383 yards rushing, 436 yards receiving and 18 rushing touchdowns would be considered disappointing. He was the second highest scoring player in fantasy football.
3) Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens) – I am sure many people thought he would be the third highest scoring back in fantasy football. He does it all with 1,339 yards rushing, 78 receptions, 702 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. The only downer is that backup RB Willis McGahee took away 14 touchdowns.
4) Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars) – He finally had his breakout rushing year with his first 1,000-yard-plus season (1,391 yards), plus 53 receptions, 374 yards and 16 touchdowns.
5) Michael Turner (Atlanta Falcons) – He was limited by injuries in ‘09; had he played a full 16-game schedule, he would have produced 1,267 yards. He still scored 10 touchdowns in 11 games. There was nothing career-threatening about his injury, so I expect him to bounce back.
6) Frank Gore (San Francisco 49ers) – I am finally not a Gore hater. After ranking him out of the top 10 the last couple of years, he showed me what I wanted to see: 13 touchdowns to go with those 1,120 yards rushing, 52 receptions and 406 receiving yards...