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Rest Of Season Player Rankings: Running Backs - Week 5
Michael Courter
October 2, 2007
Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends | Kickers | Team Defenses
These player rankings track a player's value for the remainder of the season.
RUNNING BACKS
Mv Rank Player Team Bye
1 Joseph Addai IND 6
  2 LaDainian Tomlinson SDC 7
  3 Brian Westbrook PHI 5
  4 Willie Parker PIT 6
  5 Shaun Alexander SEA 8
  6 Frank Gore SF 6
7 Travis Henry DEN 6
8 Ronnie Brown MIA 9
  9 Larry Johnson KCC 8
  10 Rudi Johnson CIN 5
  11 Edgerrin James ARI 8
  12 Reggie Bush NOS 4
13 Willis McGahee BAL 8
  14 Laurence Maroney NEP 10
  15 Marshawn Lynch BUF 6
  16 Adrian Peterson MIN 5
  17 Cedric Benson CHI 9
  18 Marion Barber DAL 8
  19 Clinton Portis WAS 4
  20 Thomas Jones NYJ 10
21 Jamal Lewis CLE 7
22 Stephen Jackson STL 9
  23 Lamont Jordan OAK 5
24 Sammy Morris NEP 10
  25 Ahman Green HOU 10
  26 Derrick Ward NYG 9
  27 DeAngelo Williams CAR 7
  28 DeShaun Foster CAR 7
  29 Ladell Betts WAS 4
  30 Brian Leonard STL 9
  31 Chester Taylor MIN 5
  32 Warrick Dunn ATL 8
  33 Julius Jones DAL 8
  34 LenDale White TEN 4
  35 Leon Washington NYJ 10
36 Jerrious Norwood ATL 8
37 Justin Fargas OAK 5
  38 Brandon Jackson GBP 7
  39 Chris Brown TEN 4
  40 Maurice Jones-Drew JAX 6
41 Kevin Jones DET 6
  42 Fred Taylor JAX 6
  43 Kenny Watson CIN 5
  44 Ron Dayne HOU 10
  45 Selvin Young DEN 6
  46 Michael Pittman TB 10
  47 Brandon Jacobs NYG 9
  48 Adrian Peterson CHI 9
  49 Jesse Chatman MIA 9
  50 Reuben Droughns NYG 9

Joseph Addai, Colts - Moving Up 
In what has been a horrible year for running backs in fantasy football, Addai’s 407 yards rushing and five touchdowns, with 11 receptions for 60 yards has earned him the top spot after four weeks, making him the current leader of a slow man’s race. He did suffer a shoulder injury in the win over Denver and will be closely monitored this week in practice.

Travis Henry, Broncos - Moving Up
Big Daddy needs to improve his touchdown total (one through four games), but he has exceeded 130 yards rushing in three of his first four games, and gamely re-entered last Sunday’s game against the Colts after incurring a badly sprained ankle.  He’ll enter this week officially as questionable, but he’s already insisting he’ll suit up when the Chargers visit Mile High country in week five.

Ronnie Brown, Dolphins - Moving Up
After starting the season in a Cam Cameron-induced rut, fueled by Jesse Chatman’s touch-stealing presence (30+ yards rushing per game in the first two weeks), there has not been a hotter back in fantasy football in the last two weeks than Brown.  Sure facing the Jets and Raiders defense helps matters, but the fact that he was given a two-game stage to show his head coach that he can be the South Beach version of LT in Cameron’s offense should translate to long term returns for the rest of the season.  Gaining 134 yards rushing on 15 carries while adding six receptions for 73 yards in the midst of 34-17 blowout loss are strong growth indicators for Brown’s fantasy value.

Willis McGahee, Ravens - Moving Up
Despite the Ravens 27-13 loss, McGahee finally played the role of difference-making back, showing an escalated quickness and burst while totaling 104 yards on 14 carries and two catches for 32 yards.  The former Miami Hurricane will catch the struggling 49ers in week five, which should place him on a large number of Start ‘Em list’s this week.

Jamal Lewis, Browns - Moving Up
Though 64 yards on 23 carries is not a great day, Lewis was able to score a rushing touchdown against the much balleyhooed Ravens run defense, the first ground score yielded to an opponent this season.  The growing upside for Lewis this year, and a very pleasant surprise for Browns fans, is that the Cleveland running attack now has a young, dynamic pass offense to complement it, and the long forsaken Browns are starting to emerge as one of those dangerous upstart teams that no one will want to face down the stretch.

Stephen Jackson, Rams - Moving Down
An injured groin, especially for a back with Jackson’s abrupt cutting style, will add weeks to his return date, and the risk for re-injury will remain high throughout the remainder of the regular season.  The rest of the St. Louis offense is proving to be less than Ram tough, with Marc Bulger struggling with bruised ribs and numerous starter’s on the offensive line gone for the year, making 2007 a season to forget for Jackson, and his fantasy owners.

Sammy Morris, Patriots - Moving Up
Laurence Maroney’s misfortune of being a last-minute scratch for the Monday night game against Cincinnati, became Sammy Morris’ gain, giving the journeyman backup a full four quarters to have at the Bengals linebacker-less defense, and Morris took full advantage.  The wily veteran rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries and caught two balls for 15 yards, pacing the Patriots 34-13 win.  And given Maroney’s inability to stay healthy, Morris will provide a great complimentary piece to fantasy lineups in the flex/ part-time starter role.

Jerrious Norwood, Falcons - Moving Down
After four games of unfulfilled promise, watching the stubborn Warrick Dunn refusing to step aside and allow Norwood’s immense talents to blossom, Norwood owners are rapidly reaching the conclusion to cut bait and look for answers elsewhere.  It just doesn’t seem like things will ever break in the right direction for him.  New coach Bobby Petrino appears to be resolute about keeping the younger, faster Norwood under wraps and this equation won’t change unless Dunn incurs a lengthy injury.

Justin Fargas, Raiders - Moving Up
Huggy Bear’s kid blew the doors off his opportunity after Lamont Jordan finally surrendered to his aggravated sore back during the Raiders 35-17 win over the Dolphins, gaining 179 yards rushing on 22 carries.  No doubt, he will be the week five waiver wire flavor of the week, as Jordan has not proven to be a physically sturdy player in his career and the Raiders new zone-blocking scheme seems to fit Fargas’ fast-slashing running style to a tee.

Kevin Jones, Lions - Moving Up
Jones was largely ignored in fantasy drafts after starting the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but he quietly emerged into the Lions lineup two weeks ago, and actually found the end zone against the Bears last Sunday, while gaining 38 yards on 10 carries and added two receptions for six yards.  With the Mike Martz offense in Detroit,  Jones will start to recapture his tremendous upside if he can stay healthy long enough to continue to capture more touches in a Lions backfield that has no entrenched starter.

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