2010 Fantasy Football – RB Keeper Rankings

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2010 RB Keeper Rankings are based on a 3-year outlook for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 fantasy football seasons. Players age for the 2010 season is listed after their name.

2010 RB Keeper Rankings are established for a standard fantasy football scoring system, with scoring categories and points including:

Passing Yards: 1 point / 20 passing yards

Rushing Yards: 1 point / 10 rushing yards

Receiving Yards: 1 point / 10 receiving yards

Passing Touchdown: 4 points

Rushing/Receiving Touchdown: 6 points

Interceptions: -2 points

Fumbles Lost: -2 points

Rankings Updated: January 13, 2010

1. Chris Johnson – Ten (25)

*updated 1/13/10 – Simply put, Chris Johnson has deserved this ranking. He is the #1 RB keeper for fantasy teams heading into the 2010 season.

After Jones-Drew and Peterson, Chris Johnson comes in at #3. Johnson offers more receiving yard potential than Peterson, but simply not as much as Jones-Drew. However, if your league includes PPR scoring, then I would rank Johnson above Peterson at the #2 spot. And in leagues that offer bonus points for reaching yardage marks, such as 100 rushing yards and/or 150 total yards, I would also go with Johnson over Peterson at the #2 spot.

2. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jac (25)

This #1 spot can be widely debated, as the big three of Maurice Jones-Drew, Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson are all worthy recipients. All are the same age, and all are proven and reliable fantasy football RB options, which means none have a greater advantage in any of those abstract categories. So based on the standard scoring settings, Jones-Drew gets this #1 spot based on his ability to tally overall yardage numbers, both rushing and receiving, and his high potential for TDs. In PPR scoring leagues, Jones-Drew is even more deserving of this #1 RB ranking.

3. Adrian Peterson – Min (25)

Peterson get the #2 ranking here because of his outstanding TD potential. He doesn’t offer much in terms of receiving yards or receptions, but the rushing yards and touchdowns are a guarantee. If your league scores touchdowns extremely high rather than yardage points, then I would go with Peterson over Chris Johnson.

4. Ray Rice – Bal (23)

Most won’t put Ray Rice this high in the rankings, but I see a potential Chris Johnson ‘esqu breakout in store for Rice in 2010. At just age 23, and with no major injury history or missing games problem, I envision Rice putting up Brian Westbrook type numbers when Westbrook was in his prime. As an outstanding rushing and receiving combo, it isn’t that far fetched to think Rice could tally 1,300 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards with a total of 10 touchdowns during the 2010 season. After the big three of Maurice Jones-Drew, Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson, I’ll gladly take a chance on Ray Rice as the best fantasy football RB in keeper leagues entering the 2010 season.

5. Michael Turner – Atl (28)

In a close call with Frank Gore, Michael Turner get this #5 ranking. Based on the standard scoring categories I have listed above, Turner is the better fantasy RB because of his extremely high potential for TDs as well as excellent rushing yard numbers.

6. Frank Gore – SF (27)

Placing just a notch behind Michael Turner, Frank Gore would easily be worthy of the #5 ranking in PPR scoring leagues. However in non-PPR leagues, Gore deserves being ranked after Turner because of his injury history and his odd lack of TD ability over his career.

7. Steven Jackson – StL (27)

Watching Steven Jackson put up his great numbers with virtually zero QB play, should make many wonder at just the type of stats he could put up if he had a QB that could keep defenses at least halfway honest. As a classic every down running back who will be just 27 for the 2010 season, Jackson is a no doubt top 10 RB keeper option.

8. Rashard Mendenhall – Pit (23)

Finally taking over the full time RB job midway through the season, there doesn’t seem to be even a slight chance that Willie Parker will factor into Mendenhall’s playing time next season. Offering the perfect size to be an every down RB as well as outstanding goal line ability, Mendenhall will enter the 2010 season as an excellent sleeper who is worthy of being drafted among the top 10 RBs in 2010 fantasy football leagues. At just age 23, Mendenhall offers a huge upside in keeper leagues.

9. Ryan Grant – GB (27)

Entering the prime of his career at age 27, Grant has turned into a proven and reliable fantasy RB who will be surrounded by a very potent offense in Green Bay over the next several years. 1,000 plus rushing yards and 8-10 touchdowns is about as steady of a stat line that fantasy teams can want out of their top RB.

10. DeAngelo Williams – Car (27)

After another injury plagued season for fellow RB Jonathan Stewart, it doesn’t look like DeAngelo Williams will be fazed out of the Panthers rushing attack anytime soon. Entering the prime of his career at age 27, Williams is a much more reliable RB option for both fantasy football teams and the Carolina Panthers.

11. Cedric Benson – Cin (27)

Deserving of a top 10 ranking because of his age, ability to be an every down back, TD potential, and his role on a solid Cincinnati offense with a Pro-Bowl caliber QB in Carson Palmer keeping defenses honest. Benson clearly isn’t a ‘safe’ RB keeper, but the potential for him to be a top 15 fantasy RB over the next three seasons is definitely there.

12. Knowshon Moreno – Den

13. Beanie Wells – Ari

14. Jamaal Charles – KC

15. Matt Forte – Chi

16. Pierre Thomas – NO

17. Ronnie Brown – Mia (injury – but it looks like he will be 100% to start the 2010 season)

18. Jonathan Stewart – Car

19. LeSean McCoy – Phi

20. Marion Barber – Dal

21. Steve Slaton – Hou

22. Ahmad Bradshaw – NYG

23. Joseph Addai – Ind

24. Thomas Jones – NYJ

25. Darren McFadden – Oak

26. Donald Brown – Ind

27. Fred Jackson – Buf

28. Jerome Harrison – Cle

29. Marshawn Lynch – Buf

30. Brandon Jacobs – NYG

31. LaDainian Tomlinson – SD

32. Willis McGahee – Bal

33. Justin Forsett – Sea

34. Shonn Greene – NYJ

35. Brian Westbrook – Phi

36. Carnell Williams – TB

37. Felix Jones – Dal

38. Kevin Smith – Det (knee injury)

39. Leon Washington – NYJ (leg injury)

40. Darren Sproles – SD

41. Tim Hightower – Ari

42. Ricky Williams – Mia

43. Laurence Maroney – NE

44. Arian Foster – Hou

45. Michael Bush – Oak

46. Larry Johnson – Cin

47. Reggie Bush – NO

48. Clinton Portis – Was (head injury – retiring ?)

49. LenDale White – Ten

50. Willie Parker – Pit

51. Sammy Morris – NE

52. Julius Jones – Sea

53. Quinton Ganther – Was

54. Tashard Choice – Dal

55. Derrick Ward – TB

56. Jerious Norwood – Atl

57. Chris Jennings – Cle

58. Justin Fargas – Oak

59. Ladell Betts – Was

60. James Davis – Cle

61. Glen Coffee – SF

62. Bernard Scott – Cin

63. Rashad Jennings – Jac

64. Chester Taylor – Min

65. BenJarvus Green-Ellis – NE

66. Le’Ron McClain – Bal

67. Brandon Jackson – GB

68. Ryan Moats – Hou

69. Mike Bell – NO

70. Correll Buckhalter – Den

71. Chris Brown – Hou

72. Kolby Smith – KC

73. Fred Taylor – NE

74. Jamal Lewis – Cle (retiring ?)

75. Kevin Faulk – NE

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