Gary Gramling

Fantasy Football 2010 Rankings: Running Backs

In our top 10 fantasy running backs, you'll find record-setting runners and a couple of little big men. But who's Number 1? Read on to find out...

1. Chris Johnson, Titans
Johnson may not match his 2009 statistics, but who could? In his second NFL season, Johnson set the single-season record for yards from scrimmage (2,509 yards) and became the sixth player to ever rush for 2,000-plus yards in a season.

2. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
Jones-Drew will continue to carry a huge load for the Jags—only Chris Johnson and Steven Jackson had more touches last season. MJD is not only one of the best pass-catching backs in the NFL, but also amazing in short yardage. He has a great chance at leading the league in touchdowns.

3. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
The good news is that, if Brett Favre doesn’t come back, the Vikings should go to the ground game even more often. The bad news is that good Peterson is still battling fumbling problems, and Minnesota drafted Toby Gerhart to take some of his workload. Good ‘ol Stinky Pete will still be great, but I’m not sure if he can take the top spot.

4. Ray Rice, Ravens
He’s the best pass-catching back in the NFL, and Rice will continue to break off a ton of big plays. There are two problems though: Because Rice is on the small side (5’ 8”, 205 pounds), the Ravens don’t want to give him the same giant workload of the other top running backs. And they often give goal line carries to Willis McGahee instead of Rice, costing him touchdowns.

5. Frank Gore, 49ers
Gore was banged up a bit last season, but the Niners are set to rely heavily on their star runner anyway. They play a very soft schedule, so Gore could put up huge numbers if he can stay healthy this season.

6. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers
Mendenhall lit it up after taking the starting job from Willie Parker last October. During his 13 games as Pittsburgh’s starter, he was sixth in the NFL in scrimmage yards per game. He’ll also get tons of carries while quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is suspended for the first part of the season. The big question is whether he gets the goal line carries for the Steelers. If he does, Mendenhall could end up being one of fantasy football’s top five backs.

7. Cedric Benson, Bengals
The Bengals pumped of their receiving corps with Terrell Owens and Antonio Bryant. So how does that help Benson? Because now defenses will be back on their heels to stop the Cincy passing game, allowing Benson more room to run. Benson had 1,251 rushing yards last year, eighth most in the NFL, despite missing three games with a knee injury. In fact, only Chris Johnson averaged more rushing yards per game than Benson.

8. Steven Jackson, Rams
Jackson is always among the league leaders in yards from scrimmage, as the Rams use him as a receiver as well as a runner. The problem is that teams will continue to focus on stopping Jackson, especially if rookie Sam Bradford is the St. Louis quarterback. And the Rams often don’t move the ball into scoring position often enough for Jackson to get a lot of touchdowns.

9. Michael Turner, Falcons
Turner was hampered by a serious ankle injury for most of last season, but he’s 100 percent healthy again and ready to run over defenders like he did in 2008 (when he was second in the NFL with 1,699 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns). However, the problem with Turner is that he almost never gets catches, which keeps his total yards a bit lower.

10. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
Charles blew up in the second half of last season. The speedster tore through defenses for 1,126 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns over his final eight games, including 259 rushing yards in Denver in the season finale. Charles might end up splitting time with Thomas Jones early in the season, but expect him to eventually take over as K.C.’s No. 1 runner. Considering the Chiefs have the NFL’s easiest schedule as far as opposing run defenses, Charles could end up challenging for the top spot on this list.

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Here's my top 10:
1. Adrian peterson
2. Arian Foster
3. Ray Rice
4. M.J.D
5. Frank Gore
6. Chris Johnson
7. Jamaal charles
8. Steven Jackson
9. Fred Jackson
10. Rashard Mendenhall


my rankings 1.chris johnson 2.maurice jones-drew 3.adrian peterson 4.leasean mccoy 5.arian foster 6.michael turner 7.frank gore 8.steven jackson 9.cedric benson 10.ray rice

Cedric Benson is an overrated stinker. I would rank him somewhere between 25 and 30. definatley not 9.

These are my fair rankings:
1) Chris Johnson
2) Adrian Peterson
3) Maurice Jones- Drew
4) Ray Rice
5) Steven Jackson
6) Cedric Benson
7) Frank Gore
8) Michael Turner
9) Jamaal Charles
10) Rashard Mendenhall

Here's my top ten:
1. Chris Johnson
2. Adrian Peterson
3. Ray Rice
4. Thomas Jones
5. Jamaal Charles
6. Matt Forte
7. Michael Turner
8. Frank Gore
9. Rashard Mendenhall
10. Cedric Benson

2500 yards???? AP is good, but not that good!!!

ap is gonna be the mvp. my prediction 2500yds 15td. he should be number 1. cj is young and OVERATED. he is good but not ap good.

Jamaal Charles is more like,the 20th best RB in the NFL,not 10th.


adrian is the best you guys. mjd isn't even as good as chris johnson. jamaal charles shudn't be on the list

petrson's going down the charts

Johnson wont have two amazing years in a row go ap also got big espn draft today

1. johnson
2. peterson- bears fan right here!
3. Jackson
4. Jones-drew
5. turner

Forte is awful. I can tell you that from choking down 16 bears games.

Steven Jackson is a very good running back, and can also catch passes from either Feeley or Bradford. Great pick for the top ten. LT who? I think that Ryan Matthews is set for a great year with an OL that is used to run blocking. With a balanced offense, defenses will have to cover SDs WRs and will give Matthews more room. Matthews should have been in the top ten despite being a rookie. Jamaal Charles is a diamond in the rough in KC. Did you see him at the end of last season? Watch him tear up his easy run schedule. Overall, nice list wizard.

I'll be watching for first round pick Ryan Matthews this year. He is replacing an NFL great, but he will be placed into an offense that is used to running the ball. Since Rivers has targets in Jackson and Gates, CBs and Safeties will be making sure they don't get open and that will give Matthews plenty of room to run. Since the Chargers have such a balanced offense, the Defense won't expect the run all the time which also helps Matthews. Knowshon Moreno is a speedy RB for Denver and has a nice OL to block. Orton and Demaryius Thomas will balance the offense to help him. I think Cedric Benson will have another strong season will Cincy.

Chris Johnson will continue to be a number 1 RB Adrian Peterson Has the 4th hardest run schedule in the league, and MJD has the 4th easiest run schedule. So I think this actually makes sense. Although the Jaguars dont have no Tom Brady so MJD will be a very affective fantasy RB. But honestly who has the most running yards in a single game???????

Yeah that was way back in like 2008 DUHHHHHHHHHHH and by the way AP has Brett Favre so They wont run the ball a lot. So MJD is better. GO Colts!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Forte, Addai.
take charles out and you can't be sure gore will be able to play a whole season due to injury. jackson doesn't have a good enough offensive line.
i also expect good things out of CJ Spiller in Buffalo with Lynch and Jackson sidelined. Benson will not have the same year as last. Mendenhall is overrated.

mendenhall is wayyy overrated

AP should be first then MJD

Chris Johnson rushed for over 2000 yards on a team that stunk. AP had less yards than MJD last year and you think AP is the best. CRAZY


Why are you replying to all of my quotes master running back. By the way for now on AP will have 1,300 yards a year around that number. And by the way Brett Favre has retired FOUR times and came back so he has retired

In a Galaxy far far away.... Yes thank you Chris Johnson got 2000 yards on a team that stunk. Yeah because there QB is no good so all they really have is Chris Johnson! And the Vikings have Favre an amazing Qb so AP didnt need to be used that much. When Favre retires (who knows when) AP really will be Amazing. Yeah Yeah sure MJD is also good...... BBBBBBBUUUUUUUTTTTTTT AP is also Amazing!
END OF DISCUSSION!!!! For now......

A.P.! Hes the best. I picked him for my team! (Adrian Peterson)

AP is amazing hes the best in the league hands down!

Not as good as Michael Turner.

Ryan Grant is better than at least 4 of those.

Your'e kidding right

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