Through six weeks of the NFL fantasy football season, lets take a look at how the running backs around the league currently stack up with a heavy emphasis on this year’s production.
1. Chris Johnson
2. Adrian Peterson
3. Arian Foster
4. Frank Gore
5. LeSean McCoy
6. Ray Rice
7. Maurice Jones-Drew
8. Rashard Mendenhall
9. Michael Turner
10. Steven Jackson
11. Ahmad Bradshaw
12. LaDainian Tomlinson
13. Joseph Addai
14. Matt Forte
15. Darren McFadden
16. Jamaal Charles
17. Peyton Hillis
18. Cedric Benson
19. Jahvid Best
20. DeAngelo Williams
21. Ryan Matthews
22. Ronnie Brown
23. Felix Jones
24. Marshawn Lynch
25. Thomas Jones
-The biggest movers were Arian Foster and LeSean McCoy who have arguably been just as good if not better than the two headed monster of Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson. When you factor in PPR leagues, both of these guys are right at the top. McCoy was looked like as a baby Brian Westbrook so the bigger surprise by far is Foster who didn’t have any type of track record to speak of.
-Maurice Jones-Drew has been a big disappointment this season. Some in the fantasy football community are even using the bust label which I think is way too harsh. Still the nagging injuries and poor offense in Jacksonville in general have hurt his production.
-After a slow start Ray Rice has really taken off the last two weeks. He is no getting goal line looks which was the only thing holding him back.
-I like the progress Rashard Mendenhall has made. In a season where fellow draft class backs like Beanie Wells and Knowshon Moreno have let down their fantasy football owners, Mendenhall has brought the goods in almost every contest.
-Its amazing what LaDainian Tomlinson is doing. If you put a Chargers uniform on him, you would swear it was 2006 all over again. He still has life in those legs but don’t get greedy next season.
-Ahmad Bradshaw is also having somewhat of a breakout season and he has a Maurice Jones-Drew type game. Unfortunately for his fantasy football owners, Brandon Jacobs is still around to swipe his touchdowns.
-Keep an eye on Felix Jones who has the chance he has been waiting for as the de facto starter for the Cowboys. Jones has the total package and can be a huge asset in the second half of the year.
-Myself and many others in the fantasy football community would have bet any amount of money that Jamaal Charles would have been a top ten runner all year. Unfortunately the presence of Thomas Jones is ruining his season.
-Jahvid Best has tremendous speed and is a big play waiting to happen but he is not running the ball well. Right now he has much more value in PPR leagues as he catches a lot of passes.
-DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart have fallen off the planet in fantasy football RB rankings. The offense is a joke in Carolina and neither guy has picked up the slack for the QB play.
-Darren McFadden would have been a top 7 guy if he didn’t get hurt. He was really putting it all together before the injury but he now has let Michael Bush back into the picture.
-Peyton Hillis has cracked the list with his solid all around play as he has rewarded those fantasy football owners who took a shot on him after his breakout game. Keep putting him out there despite how pathetic the team is.
There you have it. What do you think of the list? Who is too high? Too low? Lets hear it.