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2008 Rankings Movement - Running Backs
Updated: September 2, 2008
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RUNNING BACKS
Mv Rank Player Team Bye
Tier One
  1Ladainian TomlinsonSDC9
  2Adrian PetersonMIN8
  3Joseph AddaiIND4
Tier Two
  4Steven JacksonSTL5
  5Brian WestbrookPHI7
  6Marshawn LynchBUF6
  7Frank GoreSFO9
  8Clinton PortisWAS10
  9Jamal LewisCLE5
  10Ryan GrantGBP8
Tier Three
  11Marion BarberDAL10
  12Larry JohnsonKCC6
  13Maurice Jones-DrewJAC7
  14Brandon JacobsNYG4
  15Earnest GrahamTBB10
  16Thomas JonesNYJ5
  17Darren McFaddenOAK5
  18Reggie BushNOS9
  19Julius JonesSEA4
  20Jonathan StewartCAR9
  21Michael TurnerATL7
  22Willis McGaheeBAL10
  23Laurence MaroneyNEP4
  24Edgerrin JamesARI7
  25Kevin SmithDET4
Tier Four
  26LenDale WhiteTEN6
  27Selvin YoungDEN8
  28Willie ParkerPIT6
  29Fred TaylorJAC7
  30Matt ForteCHI8
  31Chris JohnsonTEN6
  32Ray RiceBAL10
  33Felix JonesDAL10
  34Ricky WilliamsMIA4
  35Rashard MendenhallPIT6
  36DeAngelo WilliamsCAR9
  37Chris PerryCIN8
  38Ronnie BrownMIA4
  39Maurice MorrisSEA4
  40Warrick DunnTBB10
  41Ahman GreenHOU8
  42Deuce McAllisterNOS9
  43Steve SlatonHOU8
Tier Five
  44Chester TaylorMIN8
  45Kenny WatsonCIN8
  46Ahmad BradshawNYG4
  47Chris TaylorFAx
  48Kevin JonesCHI8
  49Andre HallDEN8
  50Pierre ThomasNOS9
  51Dominic RhodesIND4
  52Jamaal CharlesKCC6
  53Leon WashingtonNYJ5
  54Tim HightowerARI7
  55Rudi JohnsonDET4
  56Justin FargasOAK5
  57Derrick WardNYG4
  58Adrian PetersonCHI8
  59Sammy MorrisNEP4
  60Michael BushOAK5
  61Correll BuckhalterPHI7
  62T.J. DuckettSEA4
  63Kevin FaulkNEP4
  64Lorenzo BookerPHI7
  65Jerious NorwoodATL7
  66Greg JonesJAC7
  67Jacob HesterSDC9
  68Ladell BettsWAS10
  69Brandon JacksonGBP8
  70Fred JacksonBUF6
  71Lamont JordanNEP4
  72De'shaun FosterSFO9
  73Garrett WolfeCHI8
  74Michael PittmanDEN8
  75Brian LeonardSTL5
  76Jesse ChatmanNYJ5
  77J.J. ArringtonARI7
  78Mike HartIND4
  79Michael RobinsonSFO9
  80Jerome HarrisonCLE5
  81Maurice HicksMIN8
  82Chris HenryTEN6
  83Kolby SmithKCC6
  84Aaron SteckerNOS9
  85Michael BennettSDC9
  86Tashard ChoiceDAL10
  87Reuben DroughnsNYG4
  88Darren SprolesSDC9
  89Ryan TorainDEN8
  90Antonio PittmanSTL5
  91Thomas BrownATL7
  92DeDe DorseyCIN8
  93Patrick CobbsMIA4
  94Tony HuntFAx
  95Cedric BensonCIN8
  96Shaun AlexanderFAx
  97Tatum BellDEN8
  98Carnell WilliamsTBB10
 
Player Change Now Date
Multiple RBs NA 08-30-08
Many changes were made to the rankings due to the roster purge to 53 on Saturday. The most notable were Chris Brown going on IR and Rudi Johnson being released.
Player Change Now Date
Clinton Portis 8 08-29-08
The Redskins have looked horrible installing the new offense this summer so while Portis will get plenty of work, he drops a few notches since it is questionable how much help he is going to get.
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Chris Brown 68 08-25-08
Brown still has not played and hardly practiced thanks to his back injury. He will do well enough to make the team and falls in the rankings.
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Bengals RBs NA 08-22-08
Rudi Johnson is having hamstring problems again and Chris Perry could start the season. But Kenny Watson also is available and the Bengals will be facing a brutal rushing schedule with a backfield that is almost certain to change as the season progresses.
Player Change Now Date
Ravens RBs NA 08-21-08
McGahee continues to recover from knee surgery and while he says he'll be ready for the start of the year, that is an obvious risk. Ray Rice has been so thoroughly impressive that it makes more sense to wait and grab Rice later in your draft or auction for a much cheaper price to see what happens than it is to rely on McGahee. Let someone else assume his risk.
Player Change Now Date
Miami RBs NA 08-21-08
Ricky Williams will enter the season as the primary back and that could remain for much of the year. Ronnie Brown continues to come along from his ACL injury last year but Williams is healthy now. It would be a risk to expect the same level of production from either to last the whole season, it will depend on how well Brown progresses and in all cases will be part of a tandem backfield.
Player Change Now Date
Andre Hall 68 08-17-08
It currently looks like Hall will be sharing the load with Selvin Young in Denver but as always, it's not worth more than a very late draft pick on the risk that nothing happens.
Player Change Now Date
Steven Jackson 4 08-11-08
Jackson drops just one spot but his continued holdout is fast becoming an issue that will affect his 2008 season. Regardless of fines and bad will, he is not there learning the new offense or getting into playing shape. His prospects in this offense are great but he has to be there to realize them.
Player Change Now Date
Chris Johnson 32 08-11-08
Johnson couldn't have asked for a better debut in TEN. He ran five times for 11 yards and one other run for 66 yards a touchdown. He was there, then he was way down there. Johnson also added one catch for 13 yards. Granted it came against the Rams in a preseason game, but Johnson looked every bit as explosive and dangerous as hoped.
Player Change Now Date
Felix Jones 34 08-11-08
Jones gets a minor bump after looking sharp in the preseason game against the Chargers. Jones ran for 32 yards on six carries and added 29 yards on two catches. No worries about him displacing Barber but he is definitely earning playing time.
Player Change Now Date
Ryan Torain 97 08-07-08
Torain suffered a broken elbow and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. That places him around mid-season but there is some speculation that he may end up on IR. Only take Torain if you have a spot to spare with no expectations this year.
Player Change Now Date
NY Jets RBs NA 08-07-08
The addition of Brett Favre is hardly a magic bullet but should have at least a minor positive effect on the rushing game with a chance that it could have a major one. Secondaries will back up more for Favre than Pennington.
Player Change Now Date
Rudi Johnson 23 08-03-08
Johnson has reported to camp at 230 pounds instead of 212 like last year and yet his body fat percentage has decreased. He looks and feels better than he has in recent seasons and should rebound from an injury plagued 2007.
Player Change Now Date
Ravens RBs NA 07-21-08
Made a small adjustment to reflect just how good Ray Rice has been in camp and in the minds of the coaching staff and how McGahee could be on slightly shakier ground than he may think. The stated plan is to involve Rice more and the shorter (5'8") Rice is being likened to Maurice Jones-Drew in his ability to run. That's far too optimistic at this point, but the situation merited a small change in the rankings.
Player Change Now Date
Chicago RBs NA 07-16-08
The addition of Kevin Jones to the Bears only makes a mildly bad situation even worse. The Bears like their committee backfield and the addition of Jones means that Forte will have to share carries at least to some degree. Jones is healed from his foot injury of last year and will want to show up big on his one year contract.
Player Change Now Date
Travis Henry 105 07-15-08
Henry has finally bottomed out with his one year suspension for marijuana which means he will not be eligible for any playing or practice time this year with any team. Most likely his career is over and he only deserves a roster space in the deepest of all dynasty leagues, right next to Michael Vick and Emmitt Smith.
Player Change Now Date
Matt Forte 26 06-09-08
With the release of Benson the path has been cleared for the talented rookie to become the feature back for the Bears this season. This will likely shake out with him splitting the workload with likely backup Peterson, but odds are good that Forte will end up with the lion's share.
Player Change Now Date
Adrian Peterson 40 06-09-08
With Cedric Benson hitting the road Peterson will again find himself as the backup and change-of-pace back for the Bears in 2008.
Player Change Now Date
Cedric Benson 81 06-09-08
Benson was released by the Bears after three under-productive seasons. The former #4 draft pick from 2005 has had two recent run-ins with law enforcement involving the abuse of alcohol and the operation of a boat and automobile. It remains possible for Benson to end up with another team this pre-season if an NFL team has a sudden need.

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