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  • Brandon 11:12 pm on July 30, 2009 Permalink
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    Running back rankings for 2009 

    Following my wide receiver rankings, here is the list for running backs. Keep in mind that this is primarily for non-PPR leagues, but I’ve mentioned in my comments the tailbacks that will be valued higher in leagues that award points for receptions.

    You can check out the rest of our positional cheat sheets here.

    1. Adrian Peterson, MIN – Unless you’re in a PPR league, A-Pete is top dog and Favre should distract defenses a bit and open more holes.
    2. Michael Turner, ATL – As with Peterson, he is spectacular as long as you’re not in a PPR league, and he’s only slightly less than spectacular then.
    3. DeAngelo Williams, CAR – Jonathan Stewart continues to show durability issues, meaning plenty of carries again this year for D-Williams!
    4. Matt Forte, CHI – I’m digging Forte this season with Cutler in town.
    5. Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX – Finally mini-me becomes the feature back…I expect it to pay some dividends
    6. Steven Jackson, STL – UPGRADE! The Rams offense scares me…and S-Jax has trouble staying healthy. He is a beast though.
    7. LaDainian Tomlinson, SD – He didn’t go from the best in the league to Average Joe over night. Expect LT to surprise the quick-to-be-haters this year.
    8. Frank Gore, SF – Taking a leadership role on the team, hopefully it equates to some leader-like stats.
    9. Brian Westbrook, PHI – He’s never played a full 16 game season and there are already injury worries. He’s a monster when he plays (especially in PPR leagues), but he’ll be 30 in a few weeks and this could be the year he starts slowing down, LT-style.
    10. Ryan Grant, GB – UPGRADE! As long as he stays healthy, Grant should put up decent numbers.
    11. Brandon Jacobs, NYG – He’s a beast when not injured, just hope he can stay on his two feet the whole season.
    12. Chris Johnson, TEN – He hasn’t been impressing this preseason, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt at this point.
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    • Matt 8:31 am on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m with you at least 90% on this list, nice work. My only significant point of contention is MJD at #4. I think Peterson, MJD and Turner are pretty much interchangeable in the top tier.

    • Sean 12:16 pm on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I think when you do RB rankings, you need to not only note leagues that award points for receptions, but also leagues that award points for kick return yardage and touchdowns. If you did that, players like Sproles, Leon Washington, and Norwood would have to be top 10 considerations.

      And how does Portis not crack your top ten? Zorn’s 2nd year with the offense and nobody to steal goal line carries (Betts having ONE TD last year)?

      • Sean 12:20 pm on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Forgot to include their catching out of the backfield qualities.

      • Brandon 12:22 pm on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        My rankings are based on standard league formats, with a special mention for those that reward for PPR. If your league awards points for return yards as well, then by all means, rank the players you mention higher. Maybe with my next round of updates I’ll make a note on those guys…thanks for the suggestion!

      • rick 3:12 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        What about jacobs? if he can stay healthy i think he cracks the top then

        • Brandon 9:59 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah I like Jacobs a lot this year and there is a great chance that he’ll be in the top 10 by the year’s end. I’d have no problems with him being my RB1, I just like the other guys ahead him a little bit better right now.

        • Trevor 12:59 pm on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I agree with Jacobs. How come no mention of Gore… is it possibly due to his age/being prone to injury? I’m in a tough spot with my fantasy draft this year having to keep 2 players. I’ve got Brees, Gore and Steve Smith in my debate. This is a ppr league…

        • Brandon 1:34 pm on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          In all honesty, I was just too lazy to comment on every player on the cheat sheets, so I left out some of the guys I feel were slightly boring in terms of current news, etc. It looks like he should be ready to go though when the season begins, so don’t hesitate to make him one of your keepers. He catches the ball a fair amount out of the backfield, so that should help in your league.

    • iamjack 4:27 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Why Lynch at 24? You have him behind several guys who are splitting time.

      • Brandon 10:02 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        You’re probably right about Lynch and when I do my next update of the list you could see him a bit higher. I’m a little worried that the team will go to Fred Jackson a lot to spell Lynch, since Jackson played very well when given the chance last year.

      • Brandon 1:35 pm on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Scratch that whole thought about moving him up the rankings with his three game suspension…that’s 20% of the fantasy season or so.

    • Jeff 11:16 am on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Even with so many teams having RB’s by committee, I’m not so sure about MJD, he wasn’t a great producer last year. He might have a few great games, but J-ville has no passing game.

      • Brandon 1:28 pm on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Last year the Jacksonville offensive line was in shambles due to injuries (same reason David Garrard struggled), plus Fred Taylor was splitting time with MJD. I expect the O-line to be improved and with no Taylor in the mix, Jones-Drew should be a bigger part of an improved offense. The addition of Torry Holt should boost the reliability of the receiving corps as well.

      • Matt 5:39 pm on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        MJD’s a beast of a RB, he’s featured now, and he’s got a coach who loves running the ball. He’s a good receiver and he’s a goal line monster. I think there’s a case to be made for taking him #1 overall. He’s at least in the discussion.

      • Brandon 11:46 am on August 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Looks like Yahoo’s Andy Behrens is on the MJD bandwagon, picking him as the #1 overall selection over A-Pete.

    • W Leung 9:33 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Pierre Thomas is going to have a great year. Bush’s knee is already acting up. I think PT has to be a little higher than 17.

      • Brandon 10:06 am on August 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah I’m starting to get worried as well about Bush’s knee issue, even if they’re claiming that it’s nothing to worry about at this point. Even with a healthy Bush, the PT Cruiser will get the bulk of the carries anyways, so he should put up some good numbers. I’ll consider moving him up next time I update the list. Thanks for the input!

    • MJ 1:49 am on August 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Great site. Great blog. I have Ryan Grant, Forte & Lynch as possible keepers. Plan to free Lynch because of suspension & Fred factor. Kudos on your analysis.

  • Matt 5:15 pm on July 30, 2009 Permalink
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    Just registered for the forums over at our FantasyPlayers partner site, FFToday. If you’re a regular there, you can find me at FFGeekBlog_Matt.

  • Brandon 8:59 am on July 30, 2009 Permalink
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    Not a fan of this guy predicting Tom Brady to get hurt and then Brett Favre coming to play for the Patriots mid-season. Okay, I guess he’s not quite predicting that exact scenario, but he brings it up, which is bad enough for New England fans. On the topic of Favre (even though I’m completely sick of hearing about him), you obviously shouldn’t draft him at this point, but he’ll be someone to watch if he goes all Roger Clemens and signs with a contender looking for quarterback help late in the season.

    • Matt 9:01 am on July 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds pretty plausible, actually. Sorry Brandon.

      • Brandon 11:09 am on July 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Maybe this is Favre’s master plan to begin with, but when Brady is out there week 16 leading the team into the playoffs after another record-setting season, Favre is going to be mightily disappointed!

        • Jeff 11:13 am on July 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Watch for Brady to make decent comeback, only to be wounded by a sniper on the roof of Gillette Stadium around week 4. Get it? 4?

          • Brandon 11:20 am on July 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            @Jeff: I think Favre would want to wait till Brady had already got the Patriots into the playoffs (week 10 or so?) before doing something like that…he knows he’s not good enough to get them in on his own accord.

    • Brad 3:20 pm on July 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I think Matt Dana has a better chance of being an impact player on the Patriots than Favre does.

  • Brandon 8:49 am on July 30, 2009 Permalink
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    Looks like the Ravens might be gunnin' for disgruntled Broncos wide receiver Brandon Mars… 

    Looks like the Ravens might be gunnin’ for disgruntled Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall. While Joe Flacco hasn’t yet proven himself to be a dominant quarterback (at least in terms of fantasy football), I like him throwing Marshall the ball a heck of a lot more than Kyle Orton! However, it will obsolete my Brandon Marshall Bronco’s jersey I already have…so maybe he should stay in Denver.

  • Matt 8:34 am on July 30, 2009 Permalink
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    LaDainian Tomlinson: "There's not a lo… 

    LaDainian Tomlinson: “There’s not a lot of pressure on me… Now I can just kind of be that sleeper.” Sounds about right.

    • Brandon 11:42 am on July 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I guess his sleeper status will only apply to maybe dropping him a few spots in the first round, as I don’t see him going into round 2…unless you work for Sportsline maybe.

    • Brandon 1:53 pm on July 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This guy puts LT as the 13th best RB, so I guess that would be late second round, early third round or something. he also puts Brian Westbrook at 14, right behind LT, so maybe he’s smoking something.

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