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Week 10 Rest of Season Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Depleted Chargers Push Woodhead to Top-10

Up to date rankings of NFL RBs for the remainder of the 2015 fantasy football season before Week 10.

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Nothing makes the NFL more fun than fantasy football and few things make fantasy sports more fun than rankings, rankings, and more rankings. RBs are ranked in this post with the ESPN and Yahoo! standard fractional scoring.

Players who receive point-per-reception (PPR) bumps are noted with the asterisk. Consult my weekly Depth Charts and Volatility post, where we analyze all of the timeshares where multiple backs are involved for teams. The top of these ranks generally favor backs involved in the receiving game, as it is, because the bellcow RBs who largely are involved in the passing game are largely unaffected when their respective teams abandon the run.

Rank Player Team Last Week
1 Todd Gurley Rams 1
2 Devonta Freeman* Falcons 2
3 Adrian Peterson Vikings 5
4 Chris Ivory Jets 3
5 DeAngelo Williams* Steelers 7
6 DeMarco Murray* Eagles 14
7 Mark Ingram* Saints 4
8 Darren McFadden* Cowboys 13
9 Lamar Miller* Dolphins 21
10 Danny Woodhead* Chargers 12
11 Doug Martin Buccaneers 8
12 Chris Johnson Cardinals 9
13 Latavius Murray Raiders 6
14 LeGarrette Blount Patriots 19
15 Marshawn Lynch Seahawks 10
16 Justin Forsett* Ravens 11
17 Charcandrick West* Chiefs 18
18 LeSean McCoy* Bills 25
19 Matt Forte* Bears 16
20 Jonathan Stewart Falcons 23
21 Karlos Williams Bills 30
22 Ronnie Hillman Broncos 20
23 Giovani Bernard* Bengals 22
24 T.J. Yeldon Jaguars 24
25 Jeremy Langford* Bears 29
26 Antonio Andrews Titans 32
27 Frank Gore Colts 26
28 Jeremy Hill Bengals 27
29 James Starks Patriots 43
30 Eddie Lacy Packers 17
31 Duke Johnson* Browns 31
32 Carlos Hyde 49ers 28
33 Ryan Mathews Eagles 41
34 Marcel Reece Raiders ---
35 Charles Sims* Buccaneers 36
36 David Cobb Titans 39
37 Shane Vereen* Giants 35
38 Matt Jones Washington 33
39 Melvin Gordon* Chargers 37
40 Orleans Darkwa Giants 40
41 Rashad Jennings Giants 42
42 Theo Riddick* Lions 45
43 C.J. Anderson Broncos 34
44 Ameer Abdullah Lions 46
45 Alfred Blue Texans 44
46 C.J. Spiller* Saints 38
47 Chris Polk* Texans 47
48 Shaun Draughn* 49ers ---
49 Zac Stacy Jets 54
50 Thomas Rawls Seahawks ---

Notes:

  • There is a special bump for the RBs who have already had their bye weeks, as they have eight games remaining in their regular seasons against everyone else's seven.

  • James Starks is reportedly the new starter in Green Bay. He is ranked at his floor for caution. The upside is definitely top-20.

  • Taiwan Jones and James White are not ranked because there are too many swings in their possibilities. We should probably be holding the handcuffs at the bottom of the ranks over them. Otherwise, they are somewhere in the bottom-15. White maybe top-40 in PPR, but ranking them is a complete guessing game with which I was uncomfortable.

  • As we go down the rankings, there is an increase in the weight of strength of schedule. And the better matchups sooner than later because there is sell-high value to come. These are not weekly rankings, but the idea of these rankings is to measure whom we should be owning now over whom.

  • These rankings devalue the messiest backfield situations noted in the Depth Charts and Volatility post. I don't care how talented a guy is if he doesn't get the ball.

  • Bellcows always get the edge. There aren't many of them, so the value in scarcity increases for those backs with lesser variance. As we go down the rankings, the bad bellcows who we can never trust in our lineup lose value to receiving backups with more upside in whom we can reasonably instill hope. The bad bellcows are not only unstartable, but untradeable, and that is a recipe for a wasted roster spot. This is the reasoning for the huge shakeup in the top-10, as volume trends are setting in.

  • Do your research and use rankings cautiously, as they are always a work-in-progress. Rankings are a bad tools to tell us what to do. They are conversation starters, tier setters, value mirrors, and a combination of the scientific explanations of what has happened with the art of predicting what will happen. Feel free to supply contrary evidence to me on Twitter at @AlexSontySBN or in the comments. They will help me help you.