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

Brian Westbrook, Eagles – Moving Up 
Westbrook swooped in on the top spot with an outstanding 100 yards rushing (on 20 carries) and two touchdowns, with another 83-yards and a score as a receiver in the Eagles 33-25 thriller over division rival Washington.  Westbrook, avoiding lengthy injury this year, has been a steady, all-around contributor this season and one of the few RBs a fantasy player can rely on this season.
     
LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers – Moving Up 
Moving up almost by default, Tomlinson benefits from the Vikings Adrian Peterson tearing his LCL ligament against Green Bay in week ten, making the rookie’s stay at the top of the rankings short-lived.  LT’s 76-yards rushing and a touchdown, along with four receptions for 21 yards was just enough for him to barely creep ahead of Joseph Addai who underperformed in the Colts Sunday night loss to San Diego.

Joseph Addai, Colts – Moving Down
Addai disappeared in the southern California mist last Sunday night, when his team could have used a productive running game to help protect an under-seige Peyton Manning who rapidly ran out of offensive linemen as the game progressed.

Willie Parker, Steelers – Moving Up 
Parker predictably used a fortuitous match-up against a friendly Browns defense to reverse his rankings decline with 105 yards rushing on 25 carries.  One big negative is how Big Ben has gone completely pass-happy the last two weeks, limiting Parker’s scoring role.

Adrian Peterson, Vikings – Moving Down
Tough break for the kid, tearing his lateral collateral ligament, apparently the best ligament to tear if one has to choose, against the Packers in week ten.  The Vikings have confirmed that the vital ligaments, the ACL, MCL and PCL, are all okay and, for now, the rookie for Oklahoma is only certain to miss week eleven’s game against Oakland.  This was the very reason savvy owners drafted Chester Taylor and held onto him all these weeks.

Clinton Portis, Redskins – Moving Up 
Portis remains on a tear through week ten, piling up 137 yards rushing (on 30 carries) while adding another 20 yards through four receptions in the Redskins home loss to Philadelphia last Sunday.  One of the surprises of 2007, Portis has contributed significantly to the Skins 5-4 record to this point in the season.

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars – Moving Up 
In week ten, MJD kept the 6-3 Jags winning ugly, churning out 101 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while also snaring three passes for 28 yards, in Jacksonville’s 28-13 road win.  Like water finding its level, we knew Jacksonville would have to eventually find Jones-Drew and make him the centerpiece of their offense.

Steven Jackson, Rams – Moving Up 
Jackson played like a gamer in week ten versus New Orleans, compiling 76 yards rushing and a touchdown, catching five passes for 24 yards, and throwing a two-yard scoring strike to tight end Randy McMichael, all while enduring a painful lower back injury.  Jackson, should he be able to play through the pain, is positioned to end the year strong and try to help save head coach Scott Linehan’s job.

LenDale White, Titans – Moving Down
White has an all-around bad week ten, leaving the Jacksonville game with a knee injury after gaining just 12 yards on eight carries.  Coach Jeff Fisher said the injury is not considered serious, but come on, we’re talking about White here, not exactly a charter member of Phil Simms All-Iron team.  Keep an eye out for Chris Henry in week eleven as should still be active while his four-game suspension is under appeal.

Selvin Young, Broncos – Moving Up 
How nice was it to see Selvin Young owners rewarded for their season-long patience when the rookie undrafted free agent finally got his chance to start after Travis Henry was a declared inactive right before kickoff due to a number of injuries?  The talented first –year player from Texas did not disappoint, recording a 100-yard rushing game (109) and a touchdown, with three receptions for 20 yards in pacing the Broncos 27-11 road win over Kansas City last weekend.  Mike Shanahan has a history of riding the hot hand, which could bode well for Young owners, even if incumbent Travis Henry is able to forestall his drug suspension ‘til the end of the year.

Warrick Dunn, ATL – Moving Up 
With Timex-like consistency, Dunn continues to show off his staying power, fueling the Falcons 20-13 road win with 89 yards and a score (on 26 carries) on the ground and three receptions for 51 yards. Too old and too slow, there’s no stopping the Falcons elder statesman, who, in the past few weeks, has made his younger and faster challenger Jerious Norwood a ball-carrying afterthought.

Ryan Grant, Packers – Moving Up 
Grant showed up the Vikings rookie superstar Adrian Peterson in week ten, racking up 119 yards and a score on the ground against a stout Minnesota run defense while also showing off his soft hands with five receptions for 20 yards, silencing, at least for now, the skeptics who had continued to harp that Green Bay was still without a running game, even after he was named starter a few weeks ago.

Chester Taylor, Vikings – Moving Up 
A still-effective Taylor gets his starting job back in week eleven as Adrian Peterson has already been declared OUT for this weekend’s game against a lowly Oakland Raiders run defense.

Jesse Chapman, Dolphins – Moving Up 
Even though it came against a less-than-stellar Bills run defense, Chapman’s week ten effort of 124 yards rushing and 25 receiving (on five catches) must be acknowledged, especially in light of  Miami’s Cleo Lemon-led passing attack.

Maurice Morris, Seahawks – Moving Up 
The very capable understudy to Shaun Alexander filled in nicely on Monday night in the Seahawks 24-0 win over San Francisco, rushing for 87 yards and a touchdown, while also netting 16 yards on three receptions.  Given Alexander’s struggles this year with a broken wrist, sprained ankle and most recently a twisted knee, it’s conceivable that Mo Morris could have some more timely contributions to fantasy lineups down the stretch.

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