Top 10 Fantasy Running Backs For 2010
Running backs are certainly a make or break for any fantasy team, and make up most people’s first-round draft picks. Below are my top 10 running backs that I think will have the most success in the 2010 fantasy football season.
Ray Rice: Not only has Ray Rice emerged as the Ravens top play-maker, but he also has more than excelled in the passing game, averaging over five receptions per game in 2009, and over 2,000 total yards, including over 700 receiving to go with 78 receptions. He was 7th amongst all backs with a 5.3 yard per carry average and he finished 2009 second in total yards from scrimmage. Fans expect Rice to start where he left off and put up even more yards from scrimmage in 2010. As reported by the National Football Post, Head Coach John Harbaugh stated, “You couldn’t have a better offseason than what Ray Rice is having”.
Chris Johnson: Last year Johnson had over 2,500 yards from scrimmage with a total of 17 touchdowns and had 12 games where he rushed over 100 yards. With Johnson’s speed (clocking 4.2 for the 40 in the NFL combine in 2008), there is no doubt that he can put up incredible numbers again this season, making him a great pick for your fantasy draft. While his contract situation may scare some people off, don't be weary, as Johnson is Tennessee's only marquee back with Lendale White gone, and he's certain to see the field in week one.
Adrian Peterson: Although Peterson ended on a rough note last season in the NFL championship game, he still put up great numbers and was second in 20+ yard runs, while leading the entire league in rushing touchdowns. Peterson also had a great season gaining over 1,800 yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns rushing. Look for Peterson to be a top pick in all fantasy leagues, as his rushing totals should improve in 2010.
Jamaal Charles: Although Charles has only started six games, he’s averaged 5.2 yards per carry and has been a top factor in the passing game for Kansas City. With a closing 2009 season of gaining 658 yards over the last four games of the season, look for Charles to improve his numbers and add value to your fantasy team.
Frank Gore: In 2009, Gore was 9th in yards per game, along with 406 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns, and 52 catches. Not to mention Gore was also 7th in overall total yards from scrimmage. It is obvious that he is capable of strong performances; this was recognized when he had over seven games in which he gained over 125 yards from scrimmage last season. Gore will be a great pickup for your fantasy football team in the 2010 season.
Maurice Jones-Drew: Maurice Jones-Drew has proven to be a consistent player, and that fact has only been backed up as he gained 1,391 yards on the ground, and added another 374 yards receiving. Jones-Drew’s talent is vast; he finished 4th in the league in total yards from scrimmage, 4th in receptions amongst running backs, and 2nd in rushing touchdowns. There’s no doubt that he won’t be a great addition to your fantasy roster.
Ryan Grant: Grant has consistently posted great numbers over the past three years for the Packers. In 2007, he ran for 965 yards, in 2008 he ran for 1,203, and in 2009 he ran for 1,253. With numbers like that, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t want him as a running back pick in the first 2-3 rounds of your league's draft.
Knowshon Moreno: Last season, Moreno averaged 2.66 yards per carry and 948 rushing yards, but he is back and ready to put out bigger numbers this season. With the participation in every single voluntary workout this offseason, Moreno is ready to shift into the running scheme and is more comfortable entering his second year than he was as a rookie in 2009. Look for Moreno to turn into a solid sleeper.
DeAngelo Williams: Even with injuries and sharing the rock last season, Williams still gained 1,117 yards rushing last year, posted 4 games of over 120 yards, and added 252 yards in receptions. We know we can expect another big year from Williams in 2010, and despite sharing the ball with Jonathan Stewart, he's still a candidate for being selected in the first-round of fantasy drafts.
Steven Jackson: Jackson outshines his entire team with numbers like 1,416 yards rushing with 4 TD’s. Now averaging over 100 yards from scrimmage over his NFL career, Jackson will easily be a first round draft pick with a little help from his offense. Look for him to help your team through the season and maybe even the playoffs.