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Running Back ADP’s – PPR Leagues

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When it comes to PPR leagues, the ADP trends around the web have six running backs as the clear top options to target on draft day as the first options off the board. Those backs are Arian Foster, Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, Chris Johnson, Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy. While I had a hard time warming up to the idea of LeSean McCoy and Ray Rice as a possible option for the first overall pick, I can’t deny that they are in the type of situations that can provide top notch performance, especially when in Rice’s case as he was given the goal-line job over the past week, in-spite of the addition of Ricky Williams.

Both McCoy and Rice will likely start out as true feature backs to begin the season, but might see a decrease in goal-line opportunities should they struggle early in the season.

In the case of Jamaal Charles, he has great concerns about losing goal-line work, but he is clear a more explosive option that Rice and McCoy to select. If you feel he will break through for a touchdown total of ten or more, he’s a better fit to consider with your first pick over Rice and McCoy, because of his play-making ability.

Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson have the credentials, to be options for the top two selections overall, but both have their baggage. Peterson has arguably the worst offensive line in football, and the loss of left tackle Bryant McKinnie (released after coming to camp overweight) didn’t help matters.

In my humble opinion, Johnson is the best play-maker in all of football, but the Titans are going through a re-building phase and Johnson is still mired in a holdout. If his holdout continues into September (or by the time you draft) I would recommend that you at least move him down to the bottom of the top six option mentioned in this post.

Finally, you have the man who sites atop this mid August running back ADP listing from Fantasy Football Calculator, and that is no other than Arian Foster. Throughout the off-season I’ve had Foster as the number one player to draft, but an early camp hamstring injury has put doubt to if he will have recurring issues.

Luckily Foster’s hamstring ailment is considered to be of the grade one variety and that is the easiest grade to come back from. For my money, I don’t even need to see Foster participate in a preseason game, as long as he can return to full practices a couple of weeks before the season starts.

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Data from 665 mock drafts between August 12, 2011 and August 13, 2011

Player

POS

ADP

High

Low

1

Arian Foster

RB

1.9

1.01

1.07

2

Adrian Peterson

RB

2.2

1.01

1.06

3

Ray Rice

RB

3.1

1.01

1.09

4

Chris Johnson

RB

4.2

1.01

1.09

5

Jamaal Charles

RB

5.0

1.01

1.10

6

LeSean McCoy

RB

6.1

1.02

1.12

7

Rashard Mendenhall

RB

12.5

1.03

2.10

8

Maurice Jones-Drew

RB

12.5

1.06

2.11

9

Darren McFadden

RB

12.6

1.04

2.10

10

Frank Gore

RB

15.9

1.08

3.01

11

Matt Forte

RB

18.0

1.08

3.05

12

Steven Jackson

RB

20.0

1.11

3.07

13

Michael Turner

RB

20.9

1.10

3.09

14

Peyton Hillis

RB

24.0

1.10

4.07

15

Ahmad Bradshaw

RB

29.7

2.06

4.09

16

LeGarrette Blount

RB

30.2

2.05

4.10

17

Jahvid Best

RB

32.7

2.05

4.10

18

Shonn Greene

RB

38.9

2.10

6.08

19

Ryan Mathews

RB

40.4

2.08

6.08

20

DeAngelo Williams

RB

45.2

3.01

6.02

21

Knowshon Moreno

RB

45.8

2.12

6.06

22

Felix Jones

RB

46.6

3.01

6.10

23

Mark Ingram

RB

53.9

3.06

7.05

24

Ryan Grant

RB

55.5

3.10

7.06

25

Cedric Benson

RB

62.8

4.04

8.07

26

Daniel Thomas

RB

64.1

4.07

8.04

27

Fred Jackson

RB

67.9

5.02

8.03

28

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

RB

69.5

4.06

8.09

29

Marshawn Lynch

RB

70.7

5.01

8.08

30

Joseph Addai

RB

73.2

5.04

8.09

31

Beanie Wells

RB

79.6

5.07

9.08

32

Jonathan Stewart

RB

79.8

6.01

9.09

33

Reggie Bush

RB

84.0

5.11

10.01

34

Pierre Thomas

RB

85.5

6.01

10.02

35

Mike Tolbert

RB

85.7

6.02

10.02

36

Brandon Jacobs

RB

90.8

6.03

11.05

37

C.J. Spiller

RB

93.4

6.06

11.10

38

Ryan Williams

RB

97.6

6.06

12.06

39

LaDainian Tomlinson

RB

98.3

6.07

12.03

40

Ryan Torain

RB

99.2

6.02

11.12

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