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Rest Of Season Player Rankings: Running Backs - Week 10
Michael Courter
November 6, 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 Adrian Peterson MIN 5
1A Joseph Addai IND 6
  3 LaDainian Tomlinson SDC 7
  4 Brian Westbrook PHI 5
  5 Larry Johnson KCC 8
  6 Reggie Bush NOS 4
7 Willie Parker PIT 6
8 Marshawn Lynch BUF 6
  9 Willis McGahee BAL 8
  10 Clinton Portis WAS 10
11 Marion Barber DAL 8
12 Lendale White  TEN 4
  13 Maurice Jones-Drew JAX 6
  14 Brandon Jacobs NYG 9
  15 Thomas Jones NYJ 10
  16 Kenny Watson CIN 5
17 Edgerrin James ARZ 8
18 Travis Henry DEN 6
19 Jamal Lewis CLE 7
  20 Cedric Benson CHI 10
  21 Rudi Johnson CIN 5
  22 Steven Jackson STL 9
  23 Shaun Alexander SEA 8
  24 Kevin Jones DET 6
25 Frank Gore SFF 6
  26 Laurence Maroney NEP 10
27 Justin Fargas OAK 5
  28 Selvin Young DEN 6
29 Derrick Ward NYG 9
  30 Warrick Dunn ATL 8
31 Earnest Graham TB 10
  32 Chester Taylor MIN 5
  33 Deshaun Foster CAR 7
34 Lamont Jordan OAK 5
  35 Ladell Betts  WAS 4
  36 Leon Washington NYJ 10
  37 Jerrious Norwood ATL 8
  38 Fred Taylor JAX 6
  39 Julius Jones DAL 8
  40 Kenton Keith IND 6
41 Ron Dayne HOU 10
  42 Ahman Green  HOU 8
  43 Jesse Chatman MIA 9
  44 Ryan Grant GB 7
45 DeAngelo Williams CAR 7
  46 Michael Bennett TB 7
  47 Adrian Peterson CHI 9
  48 Vernand Morency GB 7
  49 Michael Robinson SFO 6
  50 Michael Turner SDC 7

Adrian Peterson, Vikings – Moving Up 
Like one of the rookie backs up-field runs, Peterson has exploded up the ROS RB list on the back of his NFL single game rushing record of 296 yards rushing (with three TDs) on 30 carries in the Vikings 35-17 upset of the Chargers.  In a showcase game against reigning RB Big Dog LaDainian Tomlinson, Peterson made the 2006 NFL rushing champ look positively Shaun Alexander-like in his Week 9 disappearance, as LT could only muster 40 yards rushing and 37 yards receiving.  The sky’s the limit for AP, who now leads the NFL in rushing yards (1,036) and rushing touchdowns (8) and elder statesman Chester Taylor appears to be the perfect complement/change of pace component to keep the former Sooner healthy.

Joseph Addai, Colts – Moving Up 
It’s hard to knock Addai completely from the top perch, especially after his impressive all-around game against the feisty New England defense in week nine’s classic showdown game.  His 112 yards rushing and 114 yards receiving, topped by a delicious 73-yard touchdown catch-and-run, give him a well-deserved partial share of the top spot with the meteoric Peterson.

Willie Parker, Steelers – Moving Down
Tough going for Parker against the Ravens on Monday night.  The Ravens defense can’t defend the pass worth a lick, but are still formidable versus the run, holding Parker to 42 yards and no touchdowns on 23 carries.

Marshawn Lynch, Bills – Moving Up 
Lynch continues to work hard behind a sub par offensive line in a sub par offense, and his good works and example are starting to lift this Buffalo team, as evidenced in the Bills rousing 33-21 home win over Cincinnati.  Lynch just kept churning for four quarters and the final stat line read 153 yards rushing and a touchdown on 29 carries.  Easily Rookie of the Year if there was no Adrian Peterson in the way.

Marion Barber, CowboysMoving Up 
Despite a rare Julius Jones sighting (57 yards rushing and a touchdown and 22 yards receiving), Barber still delivered the goods for his fantasy owners, compiling 56 yards and a touchdown on the ground to go with three receptions for 50 yards in the Cowboys 38-17 Sunday night blowout of the Eagles in the Linc.

Lendale White, Titans – Moving Up 
White keeps producing 100-yard rushing games (100 yards and a score on 31 carries against the Panthers in week nine) and the 6-2 Titans continue to pile up the wins.  It’s nice to see White justify his high draft pick status from two years ago, but, for me, it will take many more 100-yard games from the former USC Trojan to forget that pre-Draft workout picture of White’s sagging man-breasts held in place by an ill-fitted Under Armor shirt.

Edgerrin James, Cardinals – Moving Down
With a new coaching staff and smash-mouth attitude in Arizona, the season started off on a promising note.  But, injuries, most notably at quarterback, have undermined James’ once-promising 2007 campaign, most recently illustrated by week nine’s 15 yards rushing on nine carries (though he did punch in a 3-yard TD run).

Travis Henry, Broncos – Moving Down
How fly-at-the-picnic annoying is Henry this year, for both his fantasy owners and their competitors?  After seemingly buying extra time from his pending substance-abuse suspension, which now looks like it will be postponed until after the regular season ends, he gets a decent draw against the Lions in week nine, then does little (31 yards rushing) and does not play in the fourth quarter due to injuring his left knee.  Of course, he “felt fine” after the game, charting a Week 10 course down game-time decision alley for his and Selvin Young fantasy owners alike.

Jamal Lewis, Browns – Moving Up 
Definitely feels like the Rodney Dangerfield of the 2007 fantasy season.  He’s collected a lot of haters from all the owners he’s burned over the last few seasons, but there is no doubt Lewis is putting together a strong season for the emerging, young Brownies.  Everywhere I looked he was a staple on many Sit’Em lists for the week nine game against a pretty good Seattle defense.  Lewis balled to the tune of 104 total yards (37 rush, 67 rec) and FOUR touchdowns, leading the suddenly fun-to-watch Browns to a thrilling 33-30 home win.  With Cleveland appearing to be a team that could compete for a playoff spot, Lewis will have meaningful games through the end of the regular season, keeping his value strong for the fantasy playoff weeks.

Frank Gore, 49ers – Moving Down
Gore’s last-minute, game-time scratch before kickoff against the Falcons only added insult to injury for his already-suffering fantasy owners, leaving them scrambling to guess who would be the better lineup band-aid, Maurice Hicks or Michael Robinson. Neither was great, though Hicks did manage to find the end zone.  Hopefully the week off will give Frank the much-needed break to help him start turning this season around in week ten against the Seahawks.

Justin Fargas, Oakland – Moving Up 
Fargas has wrested the starting tailback spot from Lamont Jordan over the last few games, punctuated by his 104 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders 24-17 week nine loss to Houston.  Fargas has won Lane Kiffin’s trust and he’s done a better job of protecting the ball than Jordan.  Jordan has fallen far from his blazing start to the 2007 season and the job is now Fargas' to lose for the rest of the season.

Warrick Dunn, Atlanta – Moving Up 
Can’t kill this guy off.  Arthur Blank must have distributed an internal memo stating Dunn’s playing time mandate.  The fantasy world awaits the rightful switch to the more explosive Jerrious Norwood, but it never seems to come.  Dunn kept his stranglehold on the starting position for yet another week, pacing the Falcons to a 20-16 home win over San Francisco in week nine with 100 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.  He does just enough to hold off the dogs, but is not reliable as a fantasy starter, in 12 team leagues or under.

Earnest Graham, Buccaneers – Moving Up 
Graham continues to toil in anonymity in Tampa Bay after replacing Cadillac Williams and Michael Pittman, but he continues to produce steadily.  In the Bucs week nine 17-10 snoozer over the Cardinals, Graham pounded the Arizona D for 124 yards and a score on 34 carries.  He’s shaping up to be one of those unnoticed waiver wire additions that helps win a fantasy championship.  A bye in week ten is followed by a trip to Atlanta, where Graham should continue his positive momentum.

Lamont Jordan, Raiders – Moving Down
I almost traded for this guy earlier in the year. Whew! See Justin Fargas write-up.

Ron Dayne, Texans – Moving Up 
Dayne gets a bump in appreciation of his 122 yards rushing and a touchdown in the Texans week nine victory over Oakland.  It’s just hard to figure out who will become the guy in Houston’s RB musical chairs, so I don’t know how much further he can go.

DeAngelo Williams, Panthers – Moving Down
A high draft pick is a terrible thing to waste.

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