Fantasy Football NFL Power Rankings: Top-10 Running Backs and Formats

Lake CruiseAnalyst IOctober 17, 2010

Fantasy Football NFL Power Rankings: Top-10 Running Backs and Formats

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    CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 03:  Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns is hit by cornerback Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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    Which NFL running backs have the best Fantasy value this week?

    I will show you who you can count on as well as advise you on which format fits best to the player.                      

10. Michael Bush: Oakland Raiders

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 3: Running back Michael Bush #29 of the Oakland Raiders drags Troy Nolan #33 and DeMeco Ryans #59 of the Houston Texans into the endzone for a touchdown during an NFL football game October 3, 2010 at The Oakland-Alameda County Colise
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    The San Francisco 49ers defense has given up around 140 total points.

    The Raiders very suspect passing game gives Bush a chance to be choosy.

    A must start in NFL.com and Yahoo! scoring priority leagues.

9. Ryan Torain: Washington Redskins

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03:  Ryan Torain #46 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Redskins defeated the Eagles 17-12.  (Photo by Jim McIsaa
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    Indianapolis' defense played its best game so far this season last week against Kansas City.

    According to team defense stats, they are still one of the worst run defense teams in the NFL. 

    Yahoo! scoring TD priority formats and NFL.com rules apply to Torain.

8. Ahmad Bradshaw: New York Giants

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    HOUSTON - OCTOBER 10:  Eli Manning #10 hands off the ball to Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giant during the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  The Giants defeated the Texans 34-10.  (Photo by Ch
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    He faces the Detroit Lions rush defense.

    Statistically near the very bottom of the NFL, the Paper Lions will get crumbled.

    The propensity for Bradshaw to fumble should be kept in consideration.

    Also Brandon Jacobs could steal at TD. 

    Bradshaw should do well in NFL.com formats.

7. LaDainian Tomlinson: New York Jets

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets looks on against the Minnesota Vikings at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 29-20. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Denver is ranked 25th against the run.

    Should be Plato-like for the Jets philosophy of ground and pound.

    PPR, NFL.com and scoring priority league must starts for him this week.

6. Michael Turner: Atlanta Falcons

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    CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 10:  Running back Michael Turner #33 of the Atlanta Falcons runs the ball as he is hit by defensive back Abram Elam #26 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sulliva
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    The Eagles are 24th against the run.

    Burner Turner has a chance to set the turf on fire in Philadelphia.

    He is a must start in all formats.

5. Ray Rice: Baltimore Ravens

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    BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 10: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Players wore pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Ravens defeate
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    Rice struck receiving yards and scoring gold against New England last season.

    The Patriots are 20th against the run this year.

    Rice will do especially well this week in PPR and NFL.com formats.

4. Rashard Mendenhall: Pittsburgh Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 03:  Charlie Batch #16 of the Pittsburgh Steelers hands the ball off to Rashard Mendenhall #34 during the game against the Baltimore Ravens on October 3, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Gett
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    Cleveland gets hit with 120 yards per game on the ground. 

    Mendenhall should be able to run all the way back to Cleveland if he so chooses.

    Must start week for Mendenhall in all formats.

3. Adrian Peterson: Minnesota Vikings

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball around C.C. Brown #39 of the Detroit Lions for a touchdown during the second half at Mall of America Field on September 26, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnes
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    His team depends on him to help them get over their passing game. 

    His opponents, Dallas, gave up two TDs and over 130 yards rushing to Chris Johnson last week.

    Peterson should do well in Yahoo! leagues that make scoring a priority.

2. Chris Johnson: Tennessee Titans

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Running back Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans dives over the line to score the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.   The Titan
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    Jacksonville is soft against the rush.

    Johnson started to go hard again last week against the Cowboys.

    Expect him to shine under the lights on Monday Night Football.

    NFL.com formats and TD scoring formats suit Chris the best this week.

1. Frank Gore: San Francisco 49ers

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 10:  Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers runs against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on October 10, 2010 in San Francisco, California.(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Oakland’s 31st-ranked rushing defense is in town.

    Hide the ladies and offspring.

    The only team ranked lower in rush defense is Buffalo.

    Frank Gore will rush for over 100 yards.

    Two or more TDs is a strong possibility.

    Gore is a must start in all formats.

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