Fantasy Football Rankings Update|Redraft Running Backs

Lee Johnson@FantasyFBSchemeSenior Analyst IAugust 18, 2010

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 13:  Running back Arian Foster #37 of the Houston Texans runs against safety Jordan Babineaux #27 of the Seattle Seahawks at Reliant Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The NFL preseason is underway, and with that, it is time for another Fantasy Football Rankings update.

First stop is the running back rankings for redraft leagues and injuries are causing some movement in the rankings. When some fall, some rise. Let’s have a look at a couple on the rise.

Arian Foster (No. 42 to No. 26)

While Foster was expected to be the lead back in the Texans backfield in 2010, it was expected to be a little more of a muddled mess.

With Ben Tate’s ankle injury needing surgery, there is one less back to take carries. Steve Slaton will see his stock rise a little as well, but he should not be much of a threat to steal the lead role from Foster because fumbling issues have been a concern.

Foster’s ADP is around 9.04 right now, but you can be certain that is going to shoot up. Not rock star like, but Foster will make a decent second back that people will take in the fourth or fifth round.

C.J. Spiller (No. 36 to No. 27)

All of a sudden, the running back situation in Buffalo has taken shape, at least for the rest of the preseason and maybe into the regular season.

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Injuries to Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch have shot Spiller up to the No. 1 back role in Buffalo, at least for the time being. He will certainly get his shot with carries in the rest of the preseason.

His ADP is currently at pick 7.08. Some owners were already picking Spiller higher than they should, but you can see him continue to rise, especially if his play warrants it and there is a possibility of keeping the No. 1 or No. 2 job.

Here are the top five of our Top 50 Redraft Running Back rankings with average draft position with the highest they were picked in mock drafts as well as the latest they went.

Rank Player Bye ADP HIGH LOW
1Chris Johnson, TEN91.011.011.06
2Adrian Peterson, MIN41.021.011.06
3Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC91.031.011.07
4Ray Rice, BAL81.041.011.08
5Frank Gore, SF91.061.021.12
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