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PPR Running Backs

Saturday, August 22, 2009


The point-per-reception (PPR) format is becoming a more and more popular way to play college fantasy football.  Running backs that catch a lot of balls out of the backfield will be helped, while the 25 carry per game workhorses will be a little bit less valuable. We've dug through the stats to find you the biggest winners and losers in a PPR league. The numbers below are based on our statistical projections for this year. To calculate the rank change, players were ranked by the projected total fantasy points by our standard scoring system.  The players were then re-ranked by projected point totals using a PPR scoring system. The difference is listed below as the rank change. We look at the top 50 rated running backs.  Notre Dames's Armando Allen makes a big jump, but does not project into the top 50 RBs in a PPR league.

Biggest Winners -- RB

Name, Team, Rank Change

  1. Mikell Simpson, Virginia, +14
  2. Atiyyah Henderson, San Diego State, +13
  3. Derrick Locke, Kentucky, +11
  4. C.J. Spiller, Clemson, +10
  5. Damion Fletcher, Southern Miss, +10
  6. Brandon West, Western Michigan, +9
  7. Noel Devine, West Virginia, +9
  8. Baron Batch, Texas Tech, +8 *injured
  9. Josh Adams, Wake Forest, +8
  10. Harvey Unga, BYU, +6

Biggest Losers -- RB

  1. John Clay, Wisconsin, -13
  2. Ryan Mathews, Fresno State, -10
  3. Charles Scott, LSU, -9
  4. LeGarrette Blount, Oregon, -7
  5. Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech, -7
  6. Joseph Turner, TCU, -7
  7. Daniel Porter, Louisiana Tech, -7
  8. Jewel Hampton, Iowa, -6
  9. Brandon Minor, Michigan, -6
  10. Toby Gerhart, Stanford, -6



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