The Composite Re-Draft RB Rankings


Perhaps the central theme that has been and will be playing out at the RB position is the slow disappearance of the workhorse RBs that came up between 2007 and 2009. While the 2008 draft class was really the richest in terms of RB talent, it was sandwiched on either end by draft classes that have given us some multi-year fantasy studs.

But as Axl Rose famously sang, nothing lasts forever even cold November Rain1.

Here’s a graph which shows the career direction of a number of the backs that came into the league from 2007 to 2009.

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It’s worth thinking about whether some of the more disappointing names on the list might act as canaries in the mine to get us away from the names on the list that are still performing. At this point that’s really just a thought that I’m having and that I plan to look into more over the summer. If you’re worried about a player dropping off a cliff then the first thing you would think about would be an injury that might act as a catalyst. You might also be worried about the player’s team bringing in a competent backup. I also wonder whether having to grind for all of their yards might affect some players. For instance, if you can get relatively easy yards in the passing game and avoid getting gang tackled every play, does that make a player more likely to have longevity.

These are mostly just tentative thoughts but I do think that they’re important ones considering that several of the top 5 RBs in re-draft leagues are players that have seen their contemporaries fall by the wayside.

Without further ado I give your our June re-draft rankings for RBs. This list will be updated at least one time before August.

The rankers are: FD = Fantasy Douche, DM = Davis Mattek, MF = Matthew Freedman, SS = Shawn Siegele, SS2 = Scott Smith,JK = Jim Kloet, BF = Bryan Fontaine, AM = Aaron Messing, JB = Justin Bailey,  CR = the Composite Ranking

*Note that like most coverage on RotoViz, these rankings are implicitly PPR as that is the format that the writers play and also is the most common in online money contests.

Charles, Jamaal KCC RB1111211111
McCoy, LeSean PHI RB2222122222
Peterson, Adrian MIN RB4643343343
Forte, Matt CHI RB3535434454
Lacy, Eddie GBP RB5396685635
Bell, Le'Veon PIT RB64599561266
Lynch, Marshawn SEA RB814747127587
Murray, DeMarco DAL RB7881010610898
Ball, Montee DEN RB9912711987139
Martin, Doug TBB RB13761281014101010
Bernard, Giovani CIN RB1415118131111111111
Stacy, Zac STL RB1111101116712131612
Foster, Arian HOU RB12211313512179713
Morris, Alfred WAS RB1013151412159141214
Spiller, C.J. BUF RB15101422191313161815
Ellington, Andre ARI RB17221823142015151716
Mathews, Ryan SDC RB18171618201623172017
Bush, Reggie DET RB26122117181416182418
Vereen, Shane NEP RB16161719262219231419
Tate, Ben CLE RB20182524151718282320
Sankey, Bishop TEN RB22192716391820211521
Richardson, Trent IND RB23232615212129312122
Bell, Joique DET RB24262026272522251923
Gore, Frank SFO RB25272820172627203024
Moreno, Knowshon MIA RB28251927282425262825
Gerhart, Toby JAC RB27203228361921222626
Ridley, Stevan NEP RB19343021253028272227
Rice, Ray BAL RB29332334222324302928
Johnson, Chris NYJ RB30312929243126242328
Jennings, Rashad NYG RB21302245372732192530
Thomas, Pierre NOS RB31363831292830322731
Jackson, Steven ATL RB32295925302935293232
Jones-Drew, Maurice OAK RB34533133383333343633
Woodhead, Danny SDC RB35274330493237383734
Hill, Jeremy CIN RB33243532573436443334
Jackson, Fred BUF RB36393339443740334136
Michael, Christine SEA RB37312443505031633137
Williams, DeAngelo CAR RB39603640333843373538
Ivory, Chris NYJ RB38434453313641414239
McFadden, Darren OAK RB40553748404646394040
Miller, Lamar MIA RB41374169413447423940
Sproles, Darren PHI RB42544247515138363842
Pierce, Bernard BAL RB43563949424248354743
Robinson, Khiry NOS RB44575551453539473444
Ingram, Mark NOS RB45585437324452434345
Freeman, Devonta ATL RB46593454564742465046
Hyde, Carlos SFO RB49526044544534594647
Davis, Knile KCC RB48414555465344575447
West, Terrance CLE RB47614641993945404449
Wilson, David NYG RB50385870434349535850
Brown, Andre HOU RB51405356594954505551
Mason, Tre STL RB52445652606151584852
Stewart, Jonathan CAR RB53745036346761486053
Greene, Shonn TEN RB57507068475460455154
Carey, Ka'Deem CHI RB55455750995250694955
Murray, Latavius OAK RB60426638994853685956
Helu, Roy WAS RB59647142484199496257
Sims, Charles TBB RB61474757996558605358
Brown, Donald SDC RB62624874556459525659
Blount, LeGarrette PIT RB63466771716256555260
Williams, Andre NYG RB65635235995599676161
Brown, Bryce BUF RB66486973794057815762
Anderson, C.J. DEN RB67495176726862547663
Dunbar, Lance DAL RB99686260585867756564
Rodgers, Jacquizz ATL RB68734975756670519965
Taliaferro, Lorenzo BAL RB54757258995699996366
McCluster, Dexter TEN RB75657499359971996467
Lattimore, Marcus SFO RB56999946539999997468
Bradshaw, Ahmad IND RB99799999615768569969
Taylor, Stepfan ARI RB99994099999974626670
Todman, Jordan JAC RB71517377809963767771
Starks, James GBP RB99996564657799667172
Polk, Chris PHI RB99716499527599806973
Tolbert, Mike CAR RB99999961697199646774
Turbin, Robert SEA RB99707962627299996874
Crowell, Isaiah CLE RB64996872996371827576
Franklin, Johnathan GBP RB77667578747069717977
Rainey, Bobby TBB RB99729999647664787078
Hunter, Kendall SFO RB74996199816999707879
Cunningham, Benny STL RB99697799995966999979
Bolden, Brandon NEP RB99999965677899747281
Gaffney, Tyler CAR RB99999966996099997382
Green-Ellis, BenJarvus CIN RB78999999739972619983
Archer, Dri PIT RB99999963769965999984
Johnson, Storm JAC RB70999959999999999985
Reece, Marcel OAK RB79769979709973999986
McKinnon, Jerick MIN RB99677680999999739986
Seastrunk, Lache WAS RB58999999999999999988
Ballard, Vick IND RB99998099827499659988
Johnson, Dennis HOU RB99999999639999999990
Powell, Bilal NYJ RB99999999689999779991
Robinson, Denard JAC RB99999999669999999992
Williams, Damien MIA RB99999967999999999993
Wilder, James CIN RB69999999999999999994
Sheets, Kory OAK RB72999999999999999995
Hillman, Ronnie DEN RB99999999999999729995
Mendenhall, Rashard FA RB73999999999999999997
Williams, Ryan DAL RB99999999997399999997
Cadet, Travaris NOS RB99999999777999999999
Josey, Henry PHI RB769999999999999999100
Grice, Marion SDC RB997799999999999999101
James, Mike TBB RB999999997880999999101
Lewis, Dion CLE RB997899999999999999103
Thomas, De'Anthony KCC RB809999999999999980104
White, James NEP RB998078998399999999104
Dwyer, Jonathan ARI RB999999999999997999104
Baker, Edwin CLE RB999999999999999999107
Leshoure, Mikel DET RB999999999999999999107
Randle, Joseph DAL RB999999999999999999107
Ogbonnaya, Chris CLE RB999999999999999999107
Richardson, Daryl NYJ RB999999999999999999107
Ford, Michael CHI RB999999999999999999107
Asiata, Matt MIN RB999999999999999999107
Blue, Alfred HOU RB999999999999999999107

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