These are the top running backs in the whole wide world.  And we have them all here just for you!  At the low, low price of zero dollars!  Especially if you are looking at this in a library or stealing wifi from your neighbor.  I will take money under the table, or over, or even your table if it’s nice.

I will continue to tweak as training camp and preseason commence and then again at the end of the season so it looks like I was 100% correct.  Anyway, here these are.

  1. Chris Johnson: Projection: 1550/14 — 50/550/3
  2. Adrian Peterson: Projection: 1400/17 — 40/375/2
  3. Maurice Jones-Drew: Projection: 1250/14 — 55/500/2
  4. Ray Rice: Projection: 1300/10 — 70/675/2
  5. Frank Gore: Projection: 1275/11 — 55/450/2
  6. Michael Turner: Projection: 1350/15 — 8/60/0
  7. Steven Jackson: Projection: 1325/7 — 45/350/1
  8. Rashard Mendenhall: Projection: 1250/10 — 40/300/1
  9. Jamaal Charles: Projection: 1175/7 — 60/475/2
  10. Ryan Grant: Projection: 1250/11 — 35/250/0
  11. Shonn Greene: Projection: 1275/12 — 25/200/0
  12. Ryan Matthews: Projection: 1250/12 — 20/125/1
  13. Beanie Wells: Projection: 1200/9 — 40/275/1
  14. Cedric Benson: Projection: 1275/9 — 25/175/1
  15. DeAngelo Williams: Projection: 1200/8 — 35/250/1
  16. Knowshon Moreno: Projection: 1200/8 — 30/200/2
  17. Pierre Thomas: Projection: 1100/7 — 40/325/2
  18. Lesean McCoy: Projection: 1000/6 — 50/450/2
  19. Jahvid Best: Projection: 1050/7 — 45/325/1
  20. Ronnie Brown: Projection: 1050/7 — 30/250/1
  21. Felix Jones: Projection: 950/6 — 45/425/2
  22. Matt Forte: Projection: 950/6 — 45/300/2
  23. Justin Forsett: Projection: 950/6 — 45/275/2
  24. Joseph Addai: Projection: 900/7 — 40/225/2
  25. Jonathan Stewart: Projection: 1000/8 — 15/125/0
  26. Ahmad Bradshaw: Projection: 900/5 — 35/250/1
  27. Brandon Jacobs: Projection: 950/8 — 15/100/0
  28. Arian Foster: Projection: 900/6 — 8/50/0
  29. Michael Bush: Projection: 950/6 — 20/125/1
  30. Donald Brown: Projection: 850/6 — 25/175/1
  31. Marion Barber: Projection: 850/7 — 25/150/0
  32. Ricky Williams: Projection: 850/6 — 25/150/1
  33. Fred Jackson: Projection: 900/4 — 35/250/1
  34. Jerome Harrison: Projection: 725/4 — 35/250/1
  35. Laurence Maroney: Projection: 900/6 — 10/50/0
  36. Cadillac Williams: Projection: 850/4 — 25/150/0
  37. C.J. Spiller: Projection: 750/3 — 40/350/1
  38. Montario Hardesty: Projection: 800/5 — 20/125/1
  39. Larry Johnson: Projection: 750/6 — 17/125/0
  40. Darren McFadden: Projection: 500/3 — 55/450/2
  41. Tim Hightower: Projection: 575/4 — 35/250/2
  42. Derrick Ward: Projection: 650/3 — 35/225/1
  43. Reggie Bush: Projection: 450/3 — 45/400/2
  44. Marshawn Lynch: Projection: 550/4 — 30/200/1
  45. Darren Sproles: Projection: 300/2 — 55/500/3
  46. Clinton Portis: Projection: 700/3 — 35/200/1
  47. LaDanian Tomlinson: Projection: 400/4 — 35/275/2
  48. Steve Slaton: Projection: 425/2 — 50/400/2
  49. Thomas Jones: Projection: 550/6 — 10/75/0
  50. Chester Taylor: Projection: 350/1 — 40/325/2
  51. Willis McGahee: Projection: 450/5 — 20/100/0
  52. Mike Bell: Projection: 550/5
  53. Correll Buckhalter: Projection: 375/1 — 40/300/1
  54. Leon Washington: Projection: 400/2 — 35/200/1
  55. Kevin Faulk: Projection: 200/1 — 40/350/2
  56. Julius Jones: Projection: 350/2 — 20/150/1
  57. Tashard Choice: Projection: 350/1 — 30/200/0
  58. Kareem Huggins: Projection: 450/3 — 10/30/0
  59. Kevin Smith: Projection: 300/2 — 25/150/0
  60. Sammy Morris: Projection: 300/3 — 10/75/0
  61. Bernard Scott: Projection: 250/1 — 20/150/0
  62. Anthony Dixon: Projection: 250/1 — 15/125/0
  63. Toby Gerhart: Projection: 300/2 — 15/100/0
  64. Jerious Norwood: Projection: 150/2 — 20/175/0
  65. Joe McNight: Projection: 200/1 — 25/175/1
  66. Jason Snelling: Projection: 250/3 — 5/25/0
  67. Fred Taylor: Projection: 350/2
  68. Mewelde Moore: Projection: 150/0 — 30/200/1
  69. Le’Ron McClain: Projection: 250/1 — 15/100/0
  70. Deji Karim: Projection: 175/0 — 15/125/1
  71. Lex Hilliard: Projection: 175/1 — 17/100/0
  72. Brandon Jackson: Projection: 175/0 — 15/100/0
  73. Javon Ringer: Projection: 200/2 — 5/25/0
  74. Chris Ogbonnaya: Projection: 150/0 — 17/100/1
  75. Earnest Graham: Projection: 200/2
  76. Rashad Jennings: Projection: 100/1 — 5/25/0
  77. Tyrell Sutton: Projection: 100/1 — 5/30/0
  78. LenDale White: Projection: 100/1
  79. Ryan Torain: Projection: 100/1
  80. Jonathon Dwyer: Projection: 50/0


  1. KVC

    cleaver596 says:
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    It feels good to have 7 of the top 30 RB’s all on one team. I was able to trade Addai and Big Ben for Kolb and J. Stewart. The guy has Brees at QB, so I guess he is hoping Big Ben will be up to snuff when Brees has his bye week. Either way, I would rather have both Stewart and Kolb over Roethlisberger and Addai. I still need a TE, but I should be able to get a top level TE with all my RB’s. My team is currently lookin like so
    QB – Kolb
    RB – AP and Charles
    RB/WR – Wells
    WR- Sydney Rice and Derrick mason
    TE – John Carlson
    D – SD
    K – Longwell

    Bench – Stewart, Best, Donal Brown, Jerome Harrison, Garcon, Dez Bryant

    I could probably send two RB’s and get a top level TE and WR. We’ll see.

    I only wish my money league could look like this after the draft.

  2. KVC

    cleaver596 says:
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    Also micheal Bush is on my team.

    By the way, do you think Ricky Williams will eclipse 10K yards in his career? I think he needs right around 1100 more.

  3. aaron says:
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    I’ve been seeing Shone Green going way higher in the RB pecking order and I have to agree with them. I think I could get my excess gut over the goal line several times with that offensive line. He’s this year’s CJ. A back to be had in the second round or even late first that will be top 5.

    Good list nonetheless!!!

    Aaron

  4. Frank Rizzo says:
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    I totally disagree about Deangelo. Arguably the best rushing OL and rushing team in the NFL, still young with little wear/tear, a top 5 talentwise, and only a year removed from being the #1 RB overall in FF.

  5. Dominic says:
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    I like this list and you can always argue projections, what I am scared of is taking Chris Johnson #1 and then having him hold out. Pay the man so us in fantasy land can sleep!

  6. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @cleaver596: Looks good. I like the trade as well. It all depends on if Ricky plays another year, which depends on his health this season. I think he has a good shot.

    @aaron: I like Greene a lot. Just wish he got more work receiving to make him a top 5 back. I think LT is done, but if he gets any goal line looks at all it hurts Greene since TDs will be where most of his value comes from.

    @Frank Rizzo: JStew is top 10 talent wise.

    @I don’t see him holding out since he needs the accrued time to become a free agent and really get paid.

  7. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Doc: I completely agree about J-Stew, and know there’s plenty to go around for both guys. I could easily see Deangelo ending in the top 5 and J-Stew ending in the top 10. I see a 60-40 split with Deangelo getting 275 carries and 225 for Stewart barring injuries for either. Both will have over 1,000 yards based on their ypc history and I see them sharing about 25 td’s rushing. Carolina’s OL will be healthy and they will do what they do best…..run.

  8. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Williams’ 18 TD’s was an aberration. Last year’s 7 was closer to what we should expect. Stewart will see the ball near the end zone. He had 17 carries to DW’s 11 inside the 5. They will both get theirs, but with such a good backup (for either) it is really tough to know what will happen from week to week.

  9. Dominic says:
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    Chris Johnson is only due $550K next year as the leagues #1 RB, he has made it clear (like Vincent Jackson) that he will hold out until he gets paid. He even said it to a reporter yesterday at the ESPYS.

  10. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Dominic: They’ll work something out. I’m much more worried about VJax.

  11. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Doc: Sure, 18 td’s may not happen again for Deangelo but aberration seems pretty strong since he hasn’t even had the starting job a full 2 years worth yet. Deangelo has proven himself to be quite effective near the goal line as well. And when the 2 of them play together, Deangelo always gets the bulk of the carries. Stewart may be the more bruising of the 2 guys, but Deangelo will have plenty of chances to hit the endzone and he’s definitely the more explosive of the 2 RB’s. Agree to disagree on rankings. Personally, I’d have Deangelo 7th overall on your list, right after Turner and right ahead of S Jackson.

  12. al koholic says:
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    ha,nice roundup,with all the timeshare situations going on and the young waiting in the wings guys,its really hard to predict some of these guys,deangelo/stewart upside is tremendous if one gets hurt,i think ill try to snag 1 of them

  13. Hey Doc – KEEPER LEAGUE

    Shonn Greene or Ryan Matthews

    ALSO who do you like best in a keeper league between these three

    Ben Tate or Jahvid Best or C.J. Spiller

  14. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @mrfootball: Greene and Best

  15. Isles Guru says:
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    I am assuming this is a non-PPR league. In PPR-league Wells and Greene’s value plummet.

  16. Ian says:
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    Doc, if you had to choose in a PPR league, who would you take:

    Mendy vs. Charles.
    Mendenhall seems safer (no Thomas Jones looking over his shoulder), but Charles seems like a potential top 5 player if things go right.

    Wells vs. Moreno vs. McCoy
    All 3 are projected similarly in PPR formats, but do different things. Taking in durability, health, opportunity and skills who do you like?

  17. Long list! Love it!

    I was surprised how high Beanie Wells was ranked and how low Joseph Addai went. Beanie still isn’t the official starter in Arizona. Now I think he will finish the season as the starter, but that doesn’t mean Hightower won’t get a bunch of carries in 2010. Addai finished the 2009 season as a top ten fantasy back. Being the starting runningback on one of the league’s best offenses is usually fantasy gold. He should be in the top 15.

  18. TomTom says:
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    Just trade down (or up) to the 7th pick, take the best RB left. It’ll depend on if any QB’s are taken, but those top 7 are in a tier by themselves.

    Maybe try and draft a top 7, and then get both of the Carolina guys too. Then get the hot QB, and laugh at your opponents. Probably won’t get away with it, but you can always get a WR instead.

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