Early RB Ranks

If only we could fill our teams with players like Al Bundy. It’s not every Sunday that we see someone score four touchdowns in one game. Al Bundy paved the way for guys like Emmitt Smith, Priest Holmes and LaDainian Tomlinson. We should all pay homage to Al. Everyone should have at least one team in their fantasy profile named after Al Bundy or Polk High and we should all own a NO MA’AM t-shirt. The National Organization of Men Against Amazonian Masterhood is alive and well. Join MDS and the others after the jump as we drink beer, check out the latest edition of Big’uns and get into some Early RB Ranks. The tiered rankings are for PPR (0.50 points per reception) purposes.

Tier 1 Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Ray Rice
Tier 2 Frank Gore
Tier 3 Ryan Mathews, Rashard Mendenhall, Steven Jackson
You have to love a Norv Turner RB, he wants to get Ryan Mathews 250 carries and 40 receptions. Steven Jackson worries me b/c of the off season back surgery.
Tier 4 Pierre Thomas, LeSean McCoy, DeAngelo Williams
Pierre Thomas oozes potential in the Saints offense. LeSean McCoy will be a stud in PPR leagues. You have been warned. DeAngelo is great, but J.Stew may be cutting into his workload after the run he had at the end of the season.
Tier 5 Ryan Grant, Michael Turner, Shonn Greene, Jonathan Stewart
Turner, Greene and Stewart get the shaft in PPR leagues. I don’t want Michael Turner on any of my teams anyway. His excuse for last season is absurd. How much work will J.Stew get? I can see him moving down a tier here.
Tier 6 Jamaal Charles, Knowshon Moreno, Matt Forte, Cedric Benson
I’m sorry, but I don’t like Jamaal Charles. I’m not betting against Thomas Jones and I’m not investing in a late season run against bad defenses. He is yours. Knowshon Moreno enters the season healthy (knee sprain last year) and with a full camp. Matt Forte was hated by many last season, but he still finished 13th best among RB b/c of his 57 receptions. Forte was slowed by injuries (knee, hammy) last season, he looks better now. Don’t ignore Forte in PPR leagues just b/c he disappointed people last year and Chester Taylor is in town. Cedric Benson may be suspended for his assault charges, whether or not he is guilty.
Tier 7 Joseph Addai, Beanie Wells, Jahvid Best
Joesph Addai finished 8th in this set up last year, even though he only ran for 828 yards. His situation is choice. Donald Brown may eat some of his workload, but the opportunity for TD and receptions is still here. Beanie Wells won’t catch a lot of passes with Hightower around. How will the ARI offense look with Leinart at the helm? I have little hope. Jahvid Best is a fast man and he should be clear for takeoff. Kevin Smith may be back at some point to poach some goal line work though.
Tier 8 Ricky Williams, Ben Tate, Montario Hardesty, Ronnie Brown, Marion Barber, Felix Jones, CJ Spiller, Fred Jackson, Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw
Ricky Williams should be the main back by week eight. Ronnie Brown is a fragile little egg and his foot is very problematic. I will not draft Ronnie Brown, ever. I fully expect Ben Tate and Montario Hardesty to be No.1 backs at some point this year. I will not draft Felix Jones. Fred Jackson was huge in this format last season and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him do it again. Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw need to stay healthy, I don’t think either can.
Tier 9 Tim Hightower, Justin Forsett
Tim Hightower caught 63 passes in 2009 and I’m sure Leinart will need to dump off to him often. We’ll see if he can match the 8 TD though, color me skeptical. I’m guessing Justin Forsett climbs the ranks as we get closer to the season. I was expecting Marshawn Lynch to be traded to SEA…. still waiting on that one.
Tier 10 Carnell Williams, Michael Bush, Clinton Portis, Laurence Maroney, Darren Sproles, Jerome Harrison, Reggie Bush
Carnell Williams is a health risk. I do like Michael Bush as a sleeper, but his value takes a hit in PPR leagues. Clinton Portis is reunited with Shanahan. Laurence Maroney is the Patriots No.1 back, but Kevin Faulk gets the receptions. I will not draft Jerome Harrison (overrated, Hardesty) or Reggie Bush (receptions dwindling, injuries).
Tier 11 Thomas Jones, Darren McFadden, Steve Slaton, Donald Brown, Dexter McCluster, LaDainian Tomlinson, Larry Johnson
Tier 12 Arian Foster, Chester Taylor, Willis McGahee, Marshawn Lynch, Benard Scott, Tashard Choice, Correll Buckhalter, Derrick Ward, Javon Ringer
Tier 13 Kevin Smith, Leon Washington, Toby Gerhart, Mike Bell, Jason Snelling, Julius Jones, Kevin Faulk
Tier 14 Lynell Hamilton, Jonathan Dwyer, LenDale White, Brian Westbrook, Jerious Norwood, Mewelde Moore, Glen Coffee, Maurice Morris, Rashard Jennings, James Davis, Sammy Morris, Willie Parker, Leron McClain, Earnest Graham