2010 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | PDFicon Cheatsheet | Sleepers | Busts | Deep Sleepers

2010 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings Outlook

With the increasing trend of NFL teams using committee backfields, the list of true running back workhorses continues to shrink. As a result, running backs are likely to fill the first and second rounds of most fantasy drafts making it more important than ever to snag one of these guys early.

Chris Johnson will likely be the No. 1 overall pick in your draft this year. Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones-Drew and Ray Rice round out our top tier and are all early first-round picks.

Our second tier consists of Frank Gore, Michael Turner, Steven Jackson, and DeAngelo Williams. All of these players will be gone before the end of the second round, further stressing the importance of snagging at least one of these guys with your first or second pick.

The third tier consists of quality backs that will likely see the bulk of the workload on a week-to-week basis, including Rashard Mendenhall, Shonn Greene, Ryan Grant, Cedric Benson, and Rookie of the Year candidate Ryan Matthews. Beyond this tier, there are very few options remaining that will not be in some kind of backfield timeshare.

Draft Day Advice

While the days of drafting running backs with your first and second pick are gone, the position is still critical to the success of your fantasy team. Having running back depth puts you at an advantage throughout the season since they are great trade bait and it’s difficult to find productive backs on the waiver wire.

RankTierNameTeamGamesYardsAvgTDRecRec YdsRec TD
11Chris JohnsonTEN1620065.614505032
21Adrian PetersonMIN1613834.418434360
31Maurice Jones-DrewJAC1613914.515533741
41Ray RiceBAL1613395.37787021
52Frank GoreSFO1411204.910524063
62Michael TurnerATL118714.9105350
72Steven JacksonSTL1514164.44513220
82DeAngelo WilliamsCAR1311175.27292520
93Rashard MendenhallPIT1611084.67252611
103Shonn GreeneNYJ1454052000
113Ryan GrantGNB1612534.411251970
123Cedric BensonCIN1312514.26171110
133Ryan MatthewsSD0000000
144Jamaal CharlesKAN1511205.97402971
154Beanie WellsARI167934.57121430
164Knowshon MorenoDEN169473.87282132
174LeSean McCoyPHI166374.14403080
185Pierre ThomasNOR147935.46393022
195Felix JonesDAL146855.93191190
205Joseph AddaiIND158283.810513363
216Jonathan StewartCAR1611335.110181391
226Matt ForteCHI169293.64574710
236Ronnie BrownMIA96484.4814980
246Brandon JacobsNYG158353.75181841
256 Arian FosterHOU62574.838930
266Jahvid BestDET0000000
276Ahmad BradshawNYG157784.87212070
287Fred JacksonBUF1610624.52463712
297Jerome HarrisonCLE148624.45342202
307Ricky WilliamsMIA1611214.711352642
317Michael BushOAK165894.83171050
327Clinton PortisWAS8494419571
337Carnell WilliamsTAM168213.94292193
347Marion BarberDAL159324.47262210
358Justin ForsettSEA166195.44413501
368C.J. SpillerBUF0000000
378Montario HardestyCLE0000000
388Tim HightowerARI165984.28634280
399Reggie BushNOR143905.65473353
409Laurence MaroneyNWE157573.9914990
419Thomas JonesKC1614024.21410580
429LaDainian TomlinsonNYJ147303.312201540
439Donald BrownIND112813.63111690
4410Chester TaylorCHI163383.61443891
4510Darren McFaddenOAK123573.41212450
4610Steve SlatonHOU114373.33444174
4710Darren SprolesSDG163433.73454974
4810Leon WashingtonSEA73314.60151310
4910Marshawn LynchBUF134503.82281790

If you have any questions for our fantasy experts, or you’re ready to start talking some football, sign up to join our free Fantasy Football Forum.