So we’ve finally arrived at what many consider the Cadillac of rankings– the running back position. Though, I don’t really get the car association, seeing as how there are several other makes I’d rather own. I’d even consider some KIA’s, but that might be my half-Koreaness (is that a thing?) coming into play. Which might make it raycess. Who knows? What I do know is that KIA stands for Keeping It Awesome, and that’s all that matters. Because you should, in fact, keep it awesome. How the car company has gone so long without using this in their P.R. campaign boggles the mind. Regardless, here we are, ranking the running backs, and the first thing that I think of is a new and innovative marketing strategy for a car manufacturer. Why this is the first thing that came to mind is the more interesting subject, but I have no idea how to tackle it. So this whole thing will have to stand on it’s own. Yeah, I have no clue either. Rankings forward!
There was a time when I had Le’Veon Bell ranked number one overall. That was, of course, before he was suspended for three games. True, he is appealing the suspension, so for now, I’ll dock him three spots for three games, because that sounds proportional and easy to remember. And in this life, you always go easy. Whatever that means. I’ll of course be open to moving him up, but not until we get an exact time of suspension. Until then…
There was also a time when I had Matt Forte ranked number one overall. (Though, ending up at numero two-oh is a good consolation prize.) I think it’s pretty obvious that he’ll be ranked first in our PPR Rankings, but being a consistent top-5 production year-in-and-year-out was something I valued heavily in my reasoning. It’s hard gauging which top-10 running back will have that stellar year (I.E. 2014 DeMarco Murray) and be the number one back overall by the time the season ends, but you’d be hard pressed in crippling your team in the first round by going with a guy that rushes for 1,000 yards as easy as I can take a nap. And let me tell you, I’m always nappy. Is that a word?
But in the end, I’d regret (depending on Bell’s appeal) not making Adrian Peterson the number one overall back. Despite him looking for a switch, sticking with the Vikings isn’t such a terrible thing. You know my feelings on Teddy Bridgewater, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Vikings found themselves in the hunt for a playoff spot. There is certainly some risk here, he is thirty afterall, but the time off should mitigate some of that and with a huge chip (I could have gone with another switch joke here, but I want to let the one above breathe a little) on his shoulder, it’s not hard to believe he has one more elite year in him. On top of that, there are finally some other weapons on the Vikings roster. I’m not a huge Mike Wallace guy, but combine him with Charles Johson,
Greg Jennings the ghost of Cordarrelle Patterson, and Jarius Wright, there’s less motivation for other teams to stack eight in the box.