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My Tier 4 running backs are the better RB2s you’ll have a chance to draft. None of these guys are dependable RB1 material, although if you use your first round pick on a QB or a WR then you’ll probably end up with one of these guys as your top RB. That has either a little risk or a lot of risk, depending on where you’re drafting. In alphabetical order:
Ronnie Brown, Mia – Before Brown went out with a season-ending injury, it was possible he was the best running back in fantasy, depending on your league scoring. With 991 total yards and 5 total touchdowns through only seven games, he was well on his way to a Westbrook-esque season. Let’s not forget that he put up those stats on a team that lost all seven of those games. The only thing stopping me from putting him in Tier 3 is the screwed up QB situation, which could be anybody from rookie Chad Henne to Josh McCown. I want to believe that Ronnie Brown is a fantasy stud, but I can’t just yet.
Jamal Lewis, Cle – Lewis has always been a problem for me, I'll go into that later.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jax – Jones-Drew couldn’t top his spectacular rookie season, but 768 rushing yards and 9 rushing TDs isn’t too bad no matter how you look at it. The only reason he’s put in Tier 4 is that he’s sharing time with Fred Taylor and that prevents him from fully breaking out. Then again,
Willie Parker, Pit – Poor Willie Parker. He was a top five pick in last season’s fantasy drafts and to justify the confidence he rushes for 1316 yards including eight games with 100+ rushing yards. So what happens? The Steelers draft a RB in the first round and Parker drops to Tier 4. Wow. Parker averaged over 20 carries a game in 2007 and there’s no way we’ll see that with Rashard Mendenhall hanging around. In fact, with the Steelers now having three better-than-average WRs (Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes and rookie Limas Sweed) , the entire