Very Early 2011 Fantasy Football Running Back Ranks 26-50

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26 – Brandon Jacobs, NYG – While Bradshaw may be the back the Giants use more Jacobs will still get some work, especially near the end zone.

27 – Fred Jackson, BUF – Jackson remains ahead of Spiller in the ranks because of Spiller’s inability to stay healthy.

28 – Marshawn Lynch, SEA – Lynch looked pretty good in the playoffs and he may carry that into next season as he will get the majority of the carries.

29 – Cedric Benson, CIN – Benson had another 1,000 yard season in 2010, but it wasn’t nearly as pretty as in 2010. He may not be back in Cincinnati in 2011 and that could hurt his fantasy value.

30 – Ryan Torain, WAS – Portis is old and injury prone so now its Torain’s time as the number one in Washington.

31- Ronnie Brown, MIA – He was not nearly as effective in 2010 as he was in prior years and managed only 734 yards and 5 TD’s, but on the positive side of things he managed to play a full season.

32 – Chris “Beanie” Wells, ARI – Horrible QB play and injuries hurt his 2010 season, but he has the potential to be the number one back for Arizona.

33 – Pierre Thomas, NO – I’m hesitant to rank him any higher because he is so injury prone and the Saints may split the carries between Reggie Bush and Chris Ivory as well. Thomas has the most upside of this group though.

34 – C.J. Spiller, BUF – He has all of the potential to be a sleeper, but with Fred Jackson splitting carries as well it will be tough for him to be an every week starter.

35 – Danny Woodhead, NE – The third down back for the Patriots will get his work in every week and will score more touchdowns than you expect.

36 – Joseph Addai, IND – The Colts need to get their run game back and Addai will be the lead guy.

37 – LaDainian Tomlinson, NYJ – Started 2010 out hot and then his age started to show and he slowed down in the second half. We may have seen the last of LT.

38 – Mike Tolbert, SD – If Matthews goes down again he will have relevance and if not he will be primarily a goal line back.

39 – James Starks, GB – Solid performance in the playoffs puts him ahead of Brandon Jackson on the depth chart.

40 – Reggie Bush, NO – Will get most of the catches between all the Saints Running Backs, but won’t get much else.

41 – Donald Brown, IND – Addai’s backup who could put up decent numbers if Addai were to go down.

42 – Michael Bush, OAK – Although McFadden is now the star in Oakland Bush will still get the carries that count…in the red zone.

43 – Marion Barber, DAL – Felix Jones is now the number one in Dallas and Barber will have to compete with Tashard Choice for the rest of the carries.

44 – Ricky Williams, MIA – Getting older each year and Brown will get more carries than him.

45 – Chris Ivory, NO – Played well when Thomas and Bush were out with injuries and if they get hurt again then Ivory could be a great fill in.

46 – Brandon Jackson, GB – Played decent when Grant got injured, but James Starks has passed him on the depth chart and he looks like he will be stuck as the third down back.

47 – Tim Hightower, ARI – Not a bad pick in PPR leagues, but his fumbling problems will cause him to lose touches.

48 – Thomas Jones, KC – Will be fighting for touches next year with Charles becoming a superstar.

49 – Tashard Choice, DAL – If Barber gets hurt again he could be the goal-line back in Dallas.

50 – Bernard Scott, CIN – The Bengals might not keep Benson and if they don’t Scott may have a chance at the starting job. 

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