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Rest Of Season Player Rankings: Running Backs - Week 2
John Tuvey
September 15, 2010
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These player rankings track a player's value for the remainder of the season.

RUNNING BACKS
Mv Rank Player Team Bye
  1 Chris Johnson TEN 9
  2 Adrian Peterson MIN 4
  3 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 9
  4 Ray Rice BAL 8
  5 Frank Gore SFO 9
  6 Michael Turner ATL 8
  7 DeAngelo Williams CAR 6
  8 Rashard Mendenhall PIT 5
  9 Pierre Thomas NOS 10
  10 Ryan Mathews SDC 10
  11 Cedric Benson CIN 6
Moving Up 12 Arian Foster HOU 7
  13 Steven Jackson STL 9
  14 Jamaal Charles KCC 4
  15 Knowshon Moreno DEN 9
  16 LeSean McCoy PHI 8
  17 Joseph Addai IND 7
Moving Up 18 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG 8
  19 Ronnie Brown MIA 5
  20 Jahvid Best DET 7
  21 Jonathan Stewart CAR 6
Moving Down 22 Shonn Greene NYJ 7
  23 Matt Forte CHI 8
  24 Chris Wells ARI 6
  25 Carnell Williams TBB 4
  26 Clinton Portis WAS 9
Moving Up 27 LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ 7
  28 Jerome Harrison CLE 8
  29 Brandon Jacobs NYG 8
Moving Up 30 Darren McFadden OAK 10
  31 Reggie Bush NOS 10
  32 Ricky Williams MIA 5
  33 Thomas Jones KCC 4
Moving Up 34 Brandon Jackson GBP 10
Moving Up 35 Fred Taylor NEP 5
  36 Tim Hightower ARI 6
  37 Felix Jones DAL 4
Moving Down 38 C.J. Spiller BUF 6
  39 Marion Barber DAL 4
  40 Michael Bush OAK 10
  41 Willis McGahee BAL 8
Moving Down 42 Justin Forsett SEA 5
Moving Up 43 Peyton Hillis CLE 8
  44 Fred Jackson BUF 6
  45 Correll Buckhalter DEN 9
  46 Kevin Faulk NEP 5
  47 Bernard Scott CIN 6
  48 Chester Taylor CHI 8
  49 Leon Washington SEA 5
  50 Javon Ringer TEN 9

Arian Foster, Texans – Moving Up
There's a line from Pulp Fiction that's not suitable for a family website but is entirely appropriate here; if you know the film, it's what The Wolf says right after Jimmy exclaims, "I can't believe this is the same car!" Foster will get to see the Colts again, but more 33-carry days against a defense that loses its run-stopping strong safety in the first quarter are unlikely. And then there's Gary Kubiak's quick hook. Foster looked great, yes, but let's not start... um, getting overly excited just yet.

Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants – Moving Up
Bradshaw looked pretty good as the Giants' new go-to back. Especially noticeable was his presence (and subsequent TD run) in the goal line offense. Brandon Jacobs lurks, but so long as Bradshaw stays healthy and productive he's going to be a very nice fantasy contributor.

Shonn Greene, Jets – Moving Down
So much for that 20-carry a game starting gig; Greene struggled against the Ravens and put the ball on the ground as well, leading to a whole lot of LaDainian Tomlinson. Greene will bounce back, but he's on a significantly shorter leash now.

LaDainian Tomlinson, Jets – Moving Up
LT stepped in and delivered 78 combo yards against the Ravens; with Greene struggling with ball security issues, Tomlinson's role in the Jets' offense will only increase.

Darren McFadden, Raiders – Moving Up
Run DMc produced his best effort since the second game of his rookie season—against the Titans, no less. At minimum he's secured a share of the workload even after Michael Bush returns; at best, he's finally delivering on the hype.

Brandon Jackson, Packers – Moving Up
With Ryan Grant out for the year, Jackson takes over as Green Bay's feature back. He looked okay against Philly and since he's the third-down back anyway there is cautious optimism he can handle the gig seeing as the Pack is primarily a passing team. However, don't be surprised if John Kuhn steals some more goal line looks.

Fred Taylor, Patriots – Moving Up
The Patriots can run the football; their problem, from a fantasy perspective, is that they generally use four or five guys a game to do so. Taylor was far and away the most effective member of New England's RBBC; until he fumbles or Bill Belichick changes his mind, Freddy has some fantasy value.

C.J. Spiller, Bills – Moving Down
Spiller was supposed to be the focal point of a bad Bills offense; the "bad" part was correct, but "focal point" should result in more than 11 touches—and should definitely lead to more than 14 combo yards. It's back to wait-and-see mode for Spiller.

Justin Forsett, Seahawks – Moving Down
We knew Forsett was in a committee; we just figured his superior productivity (60 yards on 10 touches) would lead to a larger share of the workload. Instead, Pete Carroll managed to work not one, not two, but three other ineffective backs into the rotation. Forsett slides until Carroll sees the light.

Peyton Hillis, Browns – Moving Up
If he hadn't put the ball on the ground, Hillis might have carved out a larger share of the workload and earned an even bigger jump in the rankings. As it stands, if he can hang on to the football he looks to be the Browns' choice at the stripe.


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