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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!


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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.

 

 

  1. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Hey Jay,

    Love reading your rankings compared to these other BS articles! (espn, yahoo, etc.)

    Just need some input on strategy in my upcoming draft. 12 team, $200 budget. (QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1 FLX, 1 D, NO KICKER). 3 Keepers. We get to keep players for 1 year after drafting them.
    Here are my keepers – Odell ($1), Hopkins ($9), and Charles Johnson ($1)

    Go heavy on RBs? thats my initial thought. Stack the starting lineup with 2-3 $40-$50 guys and try to find some other gems late in the draft. Do you think im set at WR to start the draft?

    Thanks for the advice!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: Thanks! We take a lot of pride having better accuracy with our rankings than both those sites. Yeah, with those keepers and the lack of depth at RB, I think your strat can fit. Though, I’d probably take one sure thing at a 40-50 tag and then try and get a risk/reward type of guy for some value.

      • Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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        @Jay:

        What are your favorite late round fliers on RB’s this year??

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Bryce Krispie Treats: Late round? I’m really liking Danny Woodhead right now. I think the Chargers will use him a lot, and while he still might be a PPR play, he could sneak into the flex conversation… maybe. I also like Denard Robinson.

  2. Scott says:
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    Wow. You nailed it on Eddie Lacy. I can’t believe his ADP is 2!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Scott: I love Eddie Lacy and stood with him during his slow start last season. That being said, I can’t justify him at #2 right now, I was completely surprised at that.

  3. Clint says:
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    So I take it you don’t believe some of the rumblings out of Chicago that Forte may be getting pushed aside for Langford?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Clint: It sounds eerily similar to the Christine Michael and Marshawn Lynch. These rankings aren’t set in stone, but I’d like to see how it continues to play it out. I’m a big Forte fan in general regardless.

  4. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Jay –

    Are you at all concerned with Ball hindering CJ Anderson’s spot as the lead back in DEN?

    Additionally, what is your opinion on my current keeper choices. 12 team H2H, keep 3:
    Russell Wilson, Shady McCoy, Alshon, Hyde, Randle, Ellington, McKinnon, Cooks

    The more I consider that list it makes me want to keep less and roll the dice for Gordon/Yeldon/Gurley/Coleman early…

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Not really. Never been a Ball guy.

      I’d go McCoy, Alshon, and Hyde. I would try and roll the dice on Gordon, but with the options you have, I think holding is safe there.

  5. S>H says:
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    Jay do you deal your E.Sanders for M.Lynch in a head to head and ppr.?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @S>H: I would, yes. RB depth is kind of suspect right now.

  6. El Boss says:
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    Jay,
    What’s up with some blurbs about the players and their situation, your on each of them. We need more depth!!

    • El Boss says:
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      @El Boss: by the way, thank you for all the posts you do, and your podcast appearances. Your a good man Jay!!

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        Thanks! We appreciate you being a regular Bossman!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I hear ya, there will be more coverage over all the rankings after the top-200 (and the tiers) are released. We’ll go over comparisons with other rankings, and go over many specific players in other series. And, as always, you can ask me something specific.

  7. suarez says:
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    what’s your input on Joe Randle? One of the more mystifying RB battles, but I just cant see how he’s not the most valuable RB. I may be on my own, but I see a very high upside relative to draft day cost that you just cant pass up (if you get the low draft day cost)

    are you just avoiding Tampa RB’s at all cost? I feel like it will be a mess again.

    last thing. will you have extrapolated $ values for auction leagues in a standard espn league per se? I don’t know how all the fantasy sites still base their podcasts/analysis on first round, second round, etc. I’m a true believer in auction drafts. lets the best drafter have the best edge.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @suarez: Yeah, the thing is, I don’t think it’s going to be a battle. Like you, I think it’s Randle’s to lose. I like him, but it’s measured. He doesn’t impress me, but that offensive line does. I think he’ll do slightly above average, and as the offseason progresses, I he might move up.

      Sorta. I think there’s a buy-low there with Martin and Sims, but it’s still messy.

      And we’ll have general auction values for 10, 12, and I believe 14-team formats. I’ll have to double check that one. That’s a good idea, I think we’ll dedicate a podcast to auction leagues coming up…

  8. steelcity says:
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    have to keep 5.
    its a 2qb 4wr 3rb 2te ppr league:
    Cam Newton, Matt Ryan, Leveon Bell, CJ Anderson, Jeremy hill, kelvin Benjamin, Brandon cooks

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @steelcity: I’d go Ryan, Bell, Anderson, and Hill. I love Benjamin and Cooks, but running backs are really scarce this season.

  9. 1st pick overall... says:
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    12 team dynasty…qb, 2 rb, 2wr, te, 1 flex.. .5ppr

    Keeping brady, lynch, hyde, jordy, TY, cooks, Mason, Crowell, Latavius, C. Michael, Torrey, Quick, ASJ,

    I have pick 1.01 in the rookie draft..Do I take Gurley, do I trade, do I take Cooper? If I were to trade, I think I’d want to target Lacy. What’s fair there with what I have? Thanks Jay, always appreciate the help!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @1st pick overall…: I’d actually hold and take Cooper with your lineup… though, I think that firist rounder and hyde might be enough to get Lacy. (I’d actually hold though.)

      • Phoenix Rising says:
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        @Jay:

        Thanks Jay, appreciate it! Any other advice on the team? Had a solid year, but always looking to improve the team…

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          Honestly, I think it’s a solid team. You should do fine.

  10. Johan Barleycorn says:
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    Jay,

    Great rankings. Pick two keepers for a 12-team standard league, please:

    AP
    Lesean McCoy
    Calvin Johnson

    I am also likely to get the first pick, so whomever I drop I will be able to draft, but which two would you go with just in case? Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I’d go AP and Megatron there.

  11. PD says:
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    I have a 3 round rookie draft coming up (dynasty league). Any chance you’ll do any kid of “rookies only” ranking? Its easy for the first 5-10, but after that I’ll admit I know close to nothing…

    I have the 6th pick and would be interested in your thoughts on your top 6 rookies in terms of not only this year, but dynasty value as well.

    thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I’ll check and see if FantasyPros offers that presentation. If not, I’ll rank my six here later on. Gordon, Cooper and then Gurley top that list.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @PD: They do, but I don’t think I’ll release rookie rankings until next week. When is your draft?

      • PD says:
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        For some reason we’re having it Sunday. I’m not sure why we’re so anxious to have it, but what can you do?

        I’m super high on Cooper but doubt he’ll be around at 6. A guy can hope though, right?

        @Jay:

        • Jay

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          @PD: Totally. Anyhow, here’s my top-10 rookies right now: Gordon, Gurley, Cooper, Kevin White, Devante Parker, Nelson Agholor, T.J. Yeldon, Abdullah, and then Perriman.

          Good luck!

          • PD says:
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            @Jay:

            Many thanks good sir!

            You have a couple guys up there that I didn’t (Parker and Agholor).

            I also hate that STL took Gurley as I’m already the proud owner of the Mason/Stacy/Cunningham platter and have no shot at collecting the whole set as I don’t pick until 6.

            Any chance that STL would trade Stacy at some point?

            Thanks again. The responses are much appreciated.

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @PD: Well, Stacy might do something with the Jets… (I believe he got traded there a while ago)… it’s a stretch, but I like him more there than St. Louis.

              • PD says:
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                @Jay:

                Gah! I didn’t see that he got traded. Whoops.

          • PD says:
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            @Jay:

            And I’m also way too nice a guy to point out that your Top 10 only included 9 guys.

            :)

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @PD: You saw nothing! I’d say the last spot is between Green-Beckham and Coleman… though Winston seems intriguing.

              • PD says:
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                @Jay:

                You’re right, I didn’t see anything. :)

                Would you bump Winston or Mariotta up at all knowing that my qbs (again, dynasty league) were Romo and Cutler?

                My core rbs are Forte, Bernard and Mason. My core WRs are Matthews, Edelman, and Torrey Smith. Losing Gordon for the year hurts as did Hill overtaking Bernard in Cincy. So I’m pretty much in rebuild mode at this point. Wasn’t sure if that would impact your top 10 rankings.

                Thanks again.

                • Jay

                  Jay says:
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                  Not necessarily. I actually think Romo and Cutler are very serviceable here.

  12. Kutty says:
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    Ummmm……G.Jennings is on the Dolphins.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Ah, good catch.

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