Chris Wesseling

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Dynasty Ranks: Running Backs

Thursday, January 13, 2011




Tier Six

36. Ryan Torain, Redskins
37. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins / Free Agent
38. Joseph Addai, Colts / Free Agent
39. Donald Brown, Colts
40. Bernard Scott, Bengals
41. Danny Woodhead, Patriots
42. Toby Gerhart, Vikings
43. Mike Tolbert, Chargers
44. Rashad Jennings, Jaguars
45. Reggie Bush, Saints

I have no confidence in Torain staying healthy and productive for a full season. … Brown could enjoy a bounce-back season getting out from behind the Dolphins' anemic offensive line. … The Colts almost have to bring Addai back because Brown has given them no reason to trust him. "Damnit Donald" is a negative play waiting to happen.

Scott will be paired with a bigger back if Benson signs elsewhere. … Gerhart, Tolbert, and Jennings are the best of the backups. … Bush is a brittle passing-down specialist.

Tier Seven

46. Ben Tate, Texans
47. Montario Hardesty, Browns
48. Mike Goodson, Panthers
49. Willis McGahee, Ravens / Free Agent*
50. Brandon Jacobs, Giants / Free Agent
51. Tim Hightower, Cardinals
52. Marion Barber, Cowboys / Free Agent*
53. LaDainian Tomlinson, Jets
54. Deji Karim, Jaguars
55. Anthony Dixon, 49ers
56. Brian Westbrook, 49ers / Free Agent

Tate and Hardesty lost out on prime opportunities last summer. They'll enter the 2011 season as handcuffs, though Hardesty could work his way into a committee attack with Peyton Hillis. … McGahee won't be back with the Ravens. There's a slim chance he or Jacobs could fall into a starting job for a season or two. … Hightower is a middling talent best used as a role player. ... Tomlinson and Westbrook could each have another season of flex value.

Tier Eight

57. Jerome Harrison, Eagles / Free Agent
58. Darren Sproles, Chargers / Free Agent
59. Jason Snelling, Falcons / Free Agent
60. Justin Forsett, Seahawks
61. Joe McKnight, Jets
62. Steve Slaton, Texans
63. Kevin Smith, Lions / Restricted Free Agent
64. Ricky Williams, Dolphins / Free Agent*
65. Derrick Ward, Texans / Free Agent
66. Clinton Portis, Redskins / Free Agent*
67. Thomas Jones, Chiefs
68. Jerious Norwood, Falcons / Free Agent
69. Leon Washington, Seahawks / Free Agent
70. Laurence Maroney, Broncos / Free Agent

Most of the free agents will remain pure backups or change-of-pace options in 2011, though one or two could hit the lottery behind an injury-prone starter in a dynamic offense.

Tier Nine

71. Javon Ringer, Titans
72. Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers
73. Marcel Reece, Raiders
74. Cadillac Williams, Buccaneers / Free Agent
75. Tyrell Sutton, Panthers
76. Isaac Redman, Steelers
77. Le'Ron McClain, Ravens
78. Jalen Parmele, Ravens
79. Chester Taylor, Bears
80. Danny Ware, Giants / Free Agent
81. Mike Bell, Browns / Free Agent
82. Kareem Huggins, Buccaneers
83. Mike Hart, Colts
84. Joique Bell, Saints
85. Julius Jones, Saints / Free Agent
86. James Davis, Redskins
87. Keiland Williams, Redskins
88. Maurice Morris, Lions
89. Brandon Jackson, Packers
90. LaRod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals

Handcuffs, tweeners, and stiffs. Reece is an interesting case if the Raiders move him into the Michael Bush role in 2011. He's the most athletically gifted fullback I've ever seen.

* Not scheduled for free agency, but likely to be released this offseason.

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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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