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2007 Rankings Movement - Running Backs
Updated: September 3, 2007
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RUNNING BACKS
Mv Rank Player Team Bye
Tier One
  1LaDainian TomlinsonFAx
  2Steven JacksonATL8
  3Larry JohnsonFAx
Tier Two
  4Frank GoreSFO6
  5Joseph AddaiFAx
  6Shaun AlexanderFAx
  7Willie ParkerFAx
  8Rudi JohnsonFAx
  9Travis HenryFA*
  10Brian WestbrookFAx
Tier Three
  11Cedric BensonFAx
  12Laurence MaroneyFAx
  13Reggie BushDET6
  14Edgerrin JamesFAx
  15Ronnie BrownFAx
  16Maurice Jones-DrewOAK5
  17Willis McGaheeFAx
  18Brandon JacobsFAx
  19Thomas JonesFAx
  20Clinton PortisFAx
  21Marshawn LynchSEA8
  22Adrian PetersonMIN5
Tier Four
  23Deuce McAllisterFA*
  24Ahman GreenFAx
  25Carnell WilliamsFA*
  26Jerious NorwoodFAx
  27Jamal LewisFAx
  28Marion BarberFAx
  29DeAngelo WilliamsCAR7
  30Lamont JordanFAx
  31Ladell BettsFAx
  32Fred TaylorFAx
  33Chester TaylorFAx
  34De'shaun FosterFA*
  35Julius JonesFAx
  36Brandon JacksonFAx
  37Tatum BellFAx
  38Warrick DunnFA*
Tier Five
  39Leon WashingtonTEN4
  40LenDale WhiteFAx
  41Vernand MorencyFAx
  42Sammy MorrisFAx
  43Tony HuntFAx
  44Kevin JonesFAx
  45Michael PittmanFAx
  46Ron DayneFAx
  47Garrett WolfeFAx
  48Chris BrownFAx
  49Brian LeonardFAx
  50Reuben DroughnsFAx
  51Najeh DavenportFAx
  52Ahmad BradshawIND6
  53Jesse ChatmanFA*
  54Michael TurnerFAx
  55Michael BennettFAx
56Kenton KeithFAx
  57Dominic RhodesFAx
  58Kenny WatsonFAx
59Selvin YoungFAx
  60Jerome HarrisonDET6
  61Ovie MughelliFAx
  62Kevin FaulkFAx
  63Adrian PetersonFAx
  64Michael RobinsonFAx
  65T.J. DuckettFA*
  66Maurice MorrisFAx
  67Chris HenryFAx
  68Lorenzo BookerFAx
69Mike BellFAx
  70Musa SmithFAx
  71Anthony ThomasFAx
72Michael BushFAx
  73Kolby SmithFAx
  74Correll BuckhalterFAx
  75Noah HerronFAx
  76Marcel ShippFAx
  77Greg JonesFAx
  78Mewelde MooreFAx
  79Jason WrightFAx
  81Mike AndersonFAx
  82J.J. ArringtonFAx
  83Tyson ThompsonFAx
 
Player Change Now Date
Quincy Wilson   NR 09-03-07
Wilson was released by the Bengals and removed from the rankings.
Player Change Now Date
Antonio Pittman   NR 09-01-07
Pittman was released by the Saints and removed from the rankings.
Player Change Now Date
Verron Haynes   NR 09-01-07
Haynes was released by the Steelers and removed from the rankings.
Player Change Now Date
Michael Bush   72 09-01-07
Bush has been placed on the PUP list and cannot play until week six at the earliest.
Player Change Now Date
Kenton Keith   56 09-01-07
Keith takes over the primary back-up role to Joseph Addai and DeDe Dorsey was released by the Colts. Dorsey was removed from the rankings.
Player Change Now Date
Selvin Young   59 09-01-07
Young has been named the back-up running back in Denver over Mike Bell and shoots up the rankings. Young is just an undrafted rookie free agent but has been very impressive over the last two preseason games.
Player Change Now Date
Waly Lundy   NR 09-01-07
Lundy was released by the Texans as a part of the 53 man roster purge.
Player Change Now Date
Garrett Wolfe   47 08-31-07
While still only worthy of fantasy depth, Garrett has been impressive as a receiver and could figure in with some third down work. If Benson gets injured during the season, Wolfe could be very interesting.
Player Change Now Date
Ahmad Bradshaw   52 08-31-07
The rookie has shown some intriguing flashes in preseason though mostly against opposing scrubs. But on a team that is looking to re-establish the backfield after Tiki left, Bradshaw is worth a fantasy roster spot and could end up with some third down duty.
Player Change Now Date
Kevin Jones   44 08-31-07
Jones is strongly speculated to be placed on the PUP list to start the season which would have him miss the first five games. Once returned, he could be a surprise until he gets hurt again. But his risk is so big he should only be RB depth for you and even then not one to rely on to cover a bye week.
Player Change Now Date
Jesse Chatman   51 08-30-07
Despite Chatman only having 428 rushing yards over six years in the NFL, Cam Cameron continues to state that Chatman as a shot as a starter. It seems highy unlikely he will be the primary but he's becoming a mandatory handcuff for Brown owners. Lorenzo Booker will still figure in as well but Cameron is insisting that the 28 year old player with almost no NFL game experience matters.
Player Change Now Date
Ronnie Brown   15 08-30-07
Brown is taken down a few notches because the Miami coaches continue to talk about mixing in Jesse Chatman into the backfield as dumbfounding as that seems. While Brown remains a strong play this year, he carries a little more risk of sharing if only in the initial weeks. The apparent indecision by Cam Cameron is surprising but undeniable as to risk.
Player Change Now Date
Najeh Davenport   50 08-28-07
Davenport gets a slight nudge up with the departure of Kevan Barlow and solid play in preseason games.
Player Change Now Date
Kevan Barlow   NR 08-28-07
Barlow was released by the Steelers and removed from the rankings.
Player Change Now Date
Tennessee RB's   NA 08-27-07
Chris Henry has a minor hamstring strain and has missed practice and the week three game. LenDale White (11-51) and Chris Brown (6-42) both had success against the Bills this week and HC Jeff Fisher says he intends on using both White and Brown in teh backfield this year. The Titans didn't look like an offensive force this year already and splitting carries further diilutes what fantasy value is here.
Player Change Now Date
Sammy Morris   43 08-27-07
Morris looked strong against the Panthers this week and he had two nice catches for 23 yards as well. If Maroney needs any relief or replacement, Morris is looking better as someone to fall back on and he still could see use in all games depending on how much Belichick wants to mix up the backfield or give Maroney a breather.
Player Change Now Date
Michael Turner   50 08-27-07
Turner drops a couple of notches from getting a high ankle sprain that will extend into the start of the season. He's still mandatory insurance for Tomlinson owners but is a little less attractive to teams wanting to "steal" him in their draft.
Player Change Now Date
Reggie Bush   14 08-24-07
Bush moves up a few spots not only because he looked great against the Chiefs, but mostly because the entire Saints offense has looked very sharp in the preseason and the more success the Saints have in other areas of the offense, the more running room that Bush will get this year.
Player Change Now Date
Clinton Portis   20 08-24-07
The longer Portis is bothered by his knee, the more risk he presents. He's already in a potential sharing situation with Ladell Betts and throwing in a knee condition makes him even less attractive.
Player Change Now Date
Thomas Jones   19 08-24-07
Jones drops a couple of spots from his calf injury which has kept him off the field. The team still contends that he will be ready for week one but HC Mangini has been livid that anyone has mentioned anything about Jones injury because he wants the New England model of "I ain't saying" when it comes to injuries. That makes Jones a higher risk each week to rely on.
Player Change Now Date
Rudi Johnson   8 08-24-07
Moves up a nudge to respect his consistency and lack of risk each season. Johnson has looked sharp in camp and without rookie Kenny Irons around he is even safer.
Player Change Now Date
Larry Johnson   3 08-21-07
Johnson has signed a six-year deal worth $43.2 million. He is due in camp today and since the offense has not changed, he really hasn't missed anything. LJ is safe once again to draft.
Player Change Now Date
Lamont Jordan   30 08-20-07
Jordan gets a small bump up from looking surprisingly effective against the 49ers when he ran eight times for 67 yards and a score. There's still the specter of Rhodes returning in week five, but Jordan looks a little safer now.
Player Change Now Date
Assorted Players   NA 08-17-07
Continued incremental changes stemming from training camp news and the first week of preseason games. Mostly just shifting around of the running back depth for teams.
Player Change Now Date
Joseph Addai 5 08-15-07
Bumps up one spot. The Colts look strong offensively and their defense does not. Addai should have more receiving yardage than initially projected.
Player Change Now Date
Clinton Portis 17 08-15-07
Drops with the lingering knee injury that could bleed into the season. If you take him, you must get LaDell Betts.
Player Change Now Date
Carnell Williams 25 08-15-07
Gets a small bump up because he is a lesser risk thanks to not sharing much and a nice schedule.
Player Change Now Date
Kenny Watson 57 08-10-07
With Irons missing the 2007 season and Chris Perry still on the PUP list and never reliable when he is not, Watson stands to benefit the most with Irons out of the picture. The Bengals will use Watson as a speedy change of pace back and he should figure in as a back-up for Rudi Johnson if he is injured.
Player Change Now Date
Quincy Wilson 84 08-10-07
Wilson is a Rudi Johnson clone and could be called upon in the event that Rudi is injured this season. There is no real clear back-up for Rudi Johnson with the injury to Kenny Irons and the continuing health problems of Chris Perry, so Wilson could figure in if the Bengals do not acquire another back by the start of the season.
Player Change Now Date
Kenny Irons NR 08-10-07
Irons suffered a torn ACL during the exhibition game in Detroit and will miss the 2007 season. He is expected to be ready for training camp next year.
Player Change Now Date
Carnell Williams 27 08-10-07
Williams gets a minor bump with Mike Alstott being placed on injured reserve. Williams has the very best rushing schedule this year that he has ever had in the NFL and the removal of the couple of touchdowns by Alstott can only help.
Player Change Now Date
Mike Alstott NR 08-10-07
Alstott was placed on injured reserve due to the discovery of a new neck injury. This will likely end his career as it was questioned if he would return this season.
Player Change Now Date
Brandon Jackson 36 08-05-07
Jackson has looked sharp in training camp and in the preseason scrimmage. WIth Morency out for at least a few weeks, Jackson is making the most of his chance to show that he deserves more playing time this year. He's also showing some surprisingly good hands as a receiver as well.
Player Change Now Date
Vernand Morency 39 08-05-07
Morency injured his knee in training camp and later reports are that it is more serious than initially thought. Morency is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks and this could extend to the end of training camp. That only gives the rookie Brandon Jackson more opportunity with the first team to merit playing time.
Player Change Now Date
Larry Johnson 4 07-27-07
Johnson drops two spots out of tier one because of his continuing contract situation. He has already not shown up for camp and somehow Priest Holmes has been cleared to play and could be in the mix here. This is the worst of all situations - a potential #1 fantasy football player that may not even play this year. There are rumors of potential trades. Johnson is adamant that he is worthy of Tomlinson money and the Chiefs are adamant that he is not. This could get worse before it gets better. Johnson's potential if great, obviously, but his risk now makes him very hard to draft and yet hard to pass by. Expect him to move more in the rankings.
Player Change Now Date
Michael Bennett 41 07-27-07
Bennett has to be viewed more favorably with the contract situation of Larry Johnson. Priest Holmes is not being added to the rankings yet because his true situation has yet to proven. If Holmes does appear "back" and Johnson continues to hold out, this too will be moving.
Player Change Now Date
Jerious Norwood 27 07-27-07
Norwood only bumps up a spot but he is looking great in camp and just as importantly, Warrick Dunn is not there as he recuperates from back surgery. This is a new offense and Norwood is doing the right things at the right time.
Player Change Now Date
Warrick Dunn 37 07-27-07
Dunn injured his back this week and needed surgery. He will miss three to four weeks which makes him miss most if not all of training camp - the one that he really needed to attend as the new offense is installed. Dunn is still expected back for the start of the season but he could be watching Norwood take the primary spot earlier than anticipated.
Player Change Now Date
LaMont Jordan 33 07-03-07
Gets a bump due to the Rhodes four game suspension. If nothing else, it means the first four games should be almost nothing but Jordan running the ball but all bets are off after that.
Player Change Now Date
Dominic Rhodes 57 07-03-07
Takes a hit thanks to his four game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

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