Top 40 Running Back Rankings: ROS

The Running Back position has changed dramatically in the NFL and thus, in fantasy, over the last decade. The days of 30-carry every week backs are gone, so the split backfields have made it more difficult to find these top running backs. This has resulted in a stacked top of the rankings with 10 or so go-to backs. After that, however, it gets really shaky. Breakout runners Jackie Battle and Demarco Murray highlight the new rankings as injuries continue to pile up.

Player Schwim Cott Moe Kurz Average
Adrian Peterson 1 1 1 1 1
Arian Foster 3 2 3 2 2.5
Lesean McCoy 4 3 2 3 3
Ray Rice 2 4 4 4 3.5
Matt Forte 5 5 5 6 5.25
Fred Jackson 7 7 6 5 6.25
Darren McFadden 6 6 7 10 7.25
Maurice Jones-Drew 8 9 8 9 8.5
Frank Gore 10 8 11 7 9
Michael Turner 12 10 9 8 9.75
Ryan Matthews 9 11 12 14 11.5
Steven Jackson 13 12 10 11 11.5
Ahmad Bradshaw 11 14 13 12 12.5
Rashard Mendenhall 15 13 16 17 15.25
LeGarrete Blount 17 17 14 13 15.25
Beanie Wells 14 15 15 19 15.75
Darren Sproles 16 16 18 16 16.5
Daniel Thomas 18 20 17 20 18.75
Jackie Battle 22 21 20 18 20.25
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 21 22 23 22 22
Demarco Murray 28 24 22 15 22.25
Jahvid Best 23 19 24 25 22.75
Chris Johnson 19 18 27 28 23
Cedric Benson 29 28 19 21 24.25
Shonn Greene 20 23 32 26 25.25
Mike Tolbert 31 26 21 29 26.75
Jonathen Stewart 27 27 30 23 26.75
Willis McGahee 24 24 26 34 27
Peyton Hillis 25 31 28 36 30
James Starks 32 29 31 31 30.75
Felix Jones 30 25 25 45 31.25
Michael Bush 34 30 36 27 31.75
DeAngelo Williams 37 33 29 34 33.25
Delone Carter 33 32 45 30 35
Ryan Torain 26 40 34 40 35
Montario Hardesty 36 38 35 32 35.25
Mark Ingram 39 35 33 45 38
Javon Ringer 38 37 45 33 38.25
Brandon Jacobs 45 45 37 37 41
Roy Helu 35 45 45 39 41

Also ranked, but not top 40 overall:

Ben Tate (#36 Cott, #40 Moe)

Pierre Thomas (#40 Schwimmer, #38 Kurz)

Marshawn Lynch (#39 Cott)

Maurice Morris (#38 Moe)

Joseph Addai (#39 Moe)

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