Fantasy Football Rankings 2011: Top 30 RB and Transactions
All the running backs have not signed quite yet (Ahmad Bradshaw remains unsigned at this point), though the moves that have been made have definitely changed the landscape a bit. Let’s take a look at where everyone currently stands:
- Arian Foster—Houston Texans
- Adrian Peterson— Minnesota Vikings
- Chris Johnson—Tennessee Titans
- Jamaal Charles—Kansas City Chiefs
- Ray Rice—Baltimore Ravens
- LeSean McCoy—Philadelphia Eagles
- Darren McFadden—Oakland Raiders
- Michael Turner—Atlanta Falcons
- Rashard Mendenhall—Pittsburgh Steelers
- Frank Gore—San Francisco 49ers
- Maurice Jones-Drew—Jacksonville Jaguars
- Steven Jackson—St. Louis Rams
- Matt Forte—Chicago Bears
- Shonn Greene—New York Jets
- LeGarrette Blount—Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Ahmad Bradshaw—New York Giants
- Peyton Hillis—Cleveland Browns
- DeAngelo Williams—Carolina Panthers
- Ryan Grant—Green Bay Packers
- Cedric Benson—Cincinnati Bengals
- Knowshon Moreno—Denver Broncos
- Jonathan Stewart—Carolina Panthers
- Ryan Mathews—San Diego Chargers
- Daniel Thomas—Miami Dolphins
- Mark Ingram—New Orleans Saints
- Fred Jackson—Buffalo Bills
- Jahvid Best—Detroit Lions
- Felix Jones—Dallas Cowboys
- Joseph Addai—Indianapolis Colts
- BenJarvus Green-Ellis—New England Patriots
- This was supposed to be the year that Jonathan Stewart stepped in as the every-down back for the Panthers. Instead, they opted to resign DeAngelo Williams and now we are back to the two-headed monster system. While we’ve seen both players pile up the yards in the past, the presence of Cam Newton now adds another wrinkle to the mix. Neither are now RB1 and more likely mid-range RB2, at best. Either could emerge by year’s end as great selections, but it is a huge risk.
- People may look at the acquisition of Reggie Bush as a reason to shy away from Daniel Thomas, but I would significantly disagree with that theory. Bush has proven to be a change-of-pace back who plays in passing downs, but his name value is a lot greater than his fantasy appeal. Thomas should get the bulk of the carries and produce.
- I know Mathews was a disappointment in his rookie year, but injuries did play a role (played in 12 games, started nine). Still, don’t discount his year of experience. He still has the same upside that he did heading into 2010, so it’s hard to take a rookie (i.e. Thomas or Ingram) ahead of him.
- The presence of C.J. Spiller is going to continue to cause some to be concerned about Jackson’s potential. He rushed for 927 yards in 2010, a year after picking up 1,062 yards. He should continue to receive the bulk of the carries in Buffalo, making him a solid FLEX in all formats.
- While Jahvid Best may start the year getting the bulk of the carries, does anyone believe that Mikel Leshoure can’t quickly start stealing touches and relegating Best to more of a change-of-pace option? It makes it tough to depend on him as anything more than a depth option.
- The Broncos didn’t bring in a main back to compete with Moreno, but don’t discount the addition of Will McGahee, who could steal some touches. Still, it appears like Moreno will get another chance to live up to the hype. He did improve his yards per carry in his second year (4.3, up from 3.8), and was a receiving threat (37 receptions, 372 yards, three TDs in just 13 games). He should be considered a low-end RB2, but one with tremendous upside. While I’d much rather have him as a FLEX, he’s worth the gamble.
- While Ahmad Bradshaw has not yet resigned with the Giants, does he really have any other option at this point? It just feels like a matter of time before he re-ups.
- Can Mark Ingram be a viable fantasy option in the New Orleans’ backfield? Take a look at my thoughts and why I would be concerned by clicking here.
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