Fantasy Football: RB Tiers

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RB Tiers

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The rankings I wrote are meant to be a supplemental tool for your draft. They rank the players based on how I think they will perform and how I would have them ranked if I ran a league website.  While the top 10 is how I would draft the players, the further down you go, the more different than your stock rankings it will be. For some positions, especially TE and QB, my tiers look nothing like stock rankings. If you choose to use my rankings, know your website’s rankings and where players are generally being drafted on that website. If a player in my tiers is ranked substantially lower than your stock rankings, it means these are players I would avoid. If a player is ranked substantially higher, these are players I am targeting. If you don’t use adjunct rankings (sources outside of where your league is set up) properly, it will cause you to misfire during your draft and take players higher than they could be taken, missing on value. It requires a good deal of mock drafting and knowledge of your websites rankings to properly utilize supplemental sources properly.
Remember, let the draft fall to you, some players you will have to reach for and others you won’t. After round 9-10 I draft for upside/talent and my rankings, especially lower tiers, reflect that. For tight ends, I just flat out ranked them as I saw fit, since you should be at about round 5 TE6. I generally try to wait till later rounds for them, remember that when you wonder why I love Kyle Rudolph and have him ranked in the top 10. I’ll go over him more in my sleepers.

1. Arian Foster
2. Lesean McCoy
3. Ray Rice

4. Darren McFadden
5. Chris Johnson
6. Marshawn Lynch
7. Matt Forte
8. Steven Jackson
9. Maurice Jones-Drew
10. Demarco Murray
11. Ryan Mathews
12. Adrian Peterson
13. Jamaal Charles
14. Michael Turner
15. Frank Gore

16. Darren Sproles
17. Ahmad Bradshaw
18. Trent Richarson (R)
19. Fred Jackson
20. Doug Martin (R)
21. Reggie Bush
22. Peyton Hillis
23. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
24. Stevan Ridley
25. Donald Brown
26. Willis McGahee
27. Jonathan Stewart
28. Mark Ingram

29. Shonn Greene
30. C.J. Spiller
31. Rashad Jennings
32. Evan Royster
33. Ben Tate
34. Michael Bush
35. Beanie Wells
36. Cedric Benson
37. Jacquizz Rodgers
38. DeAngelo Williams
39. LaGarrette Blount
40. Daniel Thomas
41. Kendall Hunter

42. Jonathan Dwyer
43. Toby Gerhart
44. David Wilson
45. Montario Hardesty
46. Javon Ringer
47. Shane Vareen
48. Kevin Smith
49. Isiah Pead (R)
50. Ryan Williams (R)
51. Rashard Mendenhall
52. Mikel Leshoure (R)
53. Roy Helu

54. Ronnie Brown
55. Brandon Jacobs
56. Robert Turbin (R)
57. Isaac Redman
58. Ronnie Hillman (R)
59. Alex Green
60. Bernard Scott
61. Mike Tolbert
62. LaMichael James (R)
63. Pierre Thomas
64. Taiwan Jones
65. Bilial Powell (super sleeper)

66. Tim Hightower
67. Felix Jones
68. James Starks
69. D.J. Ware
70. Knowshon Moreno
71. Danny Woodhead
72. Delone Carter
73. John Conner
74. Mike Goodson
75. Jahvid Best

About the Author

James Rustler is a 10 year fantasy football veteran. You can follow me on twitter @JamesRustler1.