Fantasy Football Composite Staff Rankings: Running Back


Next up on the staff rankings is the most volatile position in the NFL, the Running Back.  Outside of the top 5,  we have so many discrepancies in the ranks.  This is due to the dreaded two-headed committee craze that has taken over in the NFL.  The top 18 backs on our list have little to no competition for carries (unless injuries arise), while the rest of the field is surrounded by question marks.

Rankings after the jump compiled by the best of the best: TJ Mahoney (mahoney1213), Evan Levine (eklevine), Scott Kaliska (dukeallstar) and Kenny Stein (Humbled Fan).

If you're looking for other rankings, check out Fantasy Rundown, which provides rankings from other sources on the internet.

 

TM

EL

SK

KS

1

Chris Johnson, Titans

3

2

1

1

2

Adrian Peterson, Vikings

4

1

2

2

3

Jamaal Charles, Chiefs

1

3

4

4

4

Arian Foster, Texans

2

5

3

3

5

Ray Rice, Ravens

5

4

6

5

6

Darren McFadden, Raiders

8

6

8

8

7

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars

12

7

5

6

8

LeSean McCoy, Eagles

6

8

10

7

9

Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers

7

10

7

9

10

Michael Turner, Falcons

11

12

9

13

11

Frank Gore, 49ers

9

9

13

16

12

Matt Forte, Bears

13

11

14

12

13

Steven Jackson, Rams

14

13

12

11

14

Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants

15

15

15

14

15

Peyton Hillis, Browns

24

14

11

10

16

Knowshon Moreno, Broncos

17

16

17

17

17

LeGarrette Blount, Bucs

20

19

16

20

18

Shonn Greene, Jets

10

21

27

24

19

Ryan Mathews, Chargers

21

28

19

18

20

Felix Jones, Cowboys

22

25

23

21

21

Fred Jackson, Bills

25

17

29

25

22

Cedric Benson, Bengals

31

22

25

19

23

Mark Ingram, Saints

19

30

28

22

24

Jonathan Stewart, Panthers

23

27

20

29

25

Jahvid Best, Lions

16

32

31

23

26

Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks

29

26

22

26

27

DeAngelo Williams, Panthers

18

20

18

-

28

Joseph Addai, Colts

32

24

26

32

29

Daniel Thomas, Dolphins

27

18

-

30

30

Ryan Grant, Packers

28

23

-

27

31

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots

-

-

21

15

32

Brandon Jacobs, Giants

-

31

24

-

33

Ryan Torain, Redskins

-

-

30

28

34

Pierre Thomas, Saints

-

29

32

-

35

Beanie Wells, Cardinals

26

-

-

-

36

Roy Helu, Redskins

30

-

-

-

37

Ryan Williams, Cardinals

-

-

-

31

 

My 2 cents: As evidenced above, clearly not many backs can be trusted.  2011 is the year to own a top-5 pick.  Any of the backs in the top 5  can make a case for the # 1 overall pick.  CJ2K has a new head coach (former O-Line Coach) with a heavy focus on the run, AP is AP, Jamaal Charles becomes the lead back in K.C., Arian Foster was the # 1 player in fantasy in 2010, and Ray Rice has replaced TD-vulture Willis McGahee with top-blocking fullback Vonta Leach to create holes for him.

Outside of the top-5 picks, I'd feel comfortable with a top-flight Wide Receiver, a McFadden or a Mendenhall, and then stockpile RB's in the middle and end of the draft.

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