Chris Wesseling

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Dynasty Rankings: RBs

Thursday, March 08, 2012


Tier Five

30. Mikel Leshoure Lions 22_6 NR NR
31. Kendall Hunter 49ers 24_0 NR NR
32. Peyton Hillis Free Agent 26_8 19 NR
33. Ben Tate Texans 24_1 46 NR
34. Fred Jackson Bills 31_7 28 30
35. Stevan Ridley Patriots 23_8 NR NR
36. DeAngelo Williams  Panthers 29_5 16 8
37. Daniel Thomas Dolphins 24_11 NR NR
38. Shonn Greene Jets 27_1 24 18
39. Pierre Thomas Saints 27_9 27 19
40. Felix Jones Cowboys 25_4 20 14
41. Shane Vereen Patriots 23_6 NR NR
42. Michael Turner Falcons 30_7 22 13
43. LeGarrette Blount Buccaneers 25_9 21 NR
44. Ryan Williams Cardinals 22_5 NR NR
45. James Starks Packers 26_7 34 NR
46. Isaiah Pead Broncos 22_9 49 34
47. Willis McGahee Broncos 30_11 49 34
48. Chris Polk Rookie 22_9 NR NR

 

DLFMock: Leshoure 9.09, Hunter 8.02, Hillis 8.05, Tate 9.06, F. Jackson 9.04, Ridley 11.02, D. Williams 5.06, D. Thomas 8.07, Greene 11.05, P. Thomas 12.11, F. Jones 9.08, Vereen 11.03, Turner 9.07, Blount 7.05, R. Williams 8.04, Starks 13.12, McGahee 13.08

 

Have advancements in Achilles surgery finally reached the point where a skill-position player can expect to resume a productive career? We know of no NFL running back to successfully return from a ruptured Achilles, though Demaryius Thomas' late-season dominance provides more than just a sliver of hope for Leshoure owners. The Lions realize Jahvid Best's role must be scaled back substantially, perhaps leaving Leshoure as the committee leader. ... Hunter flashed game-breaking ability as a rookie change-up to Frank Gore. The question is whether he's more of a complementary piece or a poor man's Ray Rice. ... Increasingly injury-prone with a fumbling problem and dwindling per-carry average, Hillis is a three-down volume back who can't withstand a three-down volume workload. ... Just shy of reliable flex status, talented Tate is stuck behind Arian Foster for two more years. ... A first-half fantasy stud last season, F-Jax is now 31 years old and set to share the rock with Spiller

 

Possessing three-down skills of his own, Ridley is the favorite to lead the Patriots backfield in touches if BenJarvus Green-Ellis exits via free agency. He may be the favorite regardless. ... DeAngelo Williams will spend his age-29 season playing second fiddle to a better player in Jonathan Stewart, and the Panthers may cut him loose in 2013. ... Thomas may need only a Reggie Bush injury to stake his claim to the starting job. ... Greene is a mediocre talent masquerading as a volume runner. Expect the Jets to find a backfield partner in the next couple of months. ... This stat sums up Pierre's game perfectly: He's never had a run of 50+ yards, yet still boasts a gaudy per-carry average of 4.8 yards -- on par with Adrian Peterson and Jonathan Stewart. ... Felix is one of only three active backs to exceed Thomas' per-carry average, which is fitting since he's going to have a similar role going forward. ... Hamstring injuries killed Vereen's rookie season, but it wouldn't be a major upset if he ended up bypassing Ridley in the pecking order. 

 

The patron saint of volume runners, Turner is line for a significantly reduced role after petering out down the stretch last season. At age 30, he's going to be a roster albatross without the consistently high carry totals. Ditto McGahee. ... Blount is a destitute man's Turner about to be saddled with a more talented committee partner. ... Williams has a long road back from patella tendon surgery, which derailed the careers of Cadillac Williams and Mark Clayton. ... Older than Marshawn Lynch, Starks is a committee back without a role in the red zone. ... Pead is one of my favorite rookie sleepers. 

 

Tier Six

49. Mike Tolbert Free Agent 26_10 43 NR
50. Toby Gerhart Vikings 25_6 42 NR
51. Bernard Scott Bengals 28_7 40 47
52. LaMichael James Rookie 22_11 NR NR
53. Bernard Pierce Rookie 22_4 NR NR
54. Kevin Smith Free Agent 25_9 63 50
55. Cedric Benson Free Agent 29_9 31 17
56. Donald Brown Colts 25_4 39 20
57. Taiwan Jones Raiders 24_2 NR NR
58. Jacquizz Rodgers Falcons 22_7 NR NR
59. Robert Turbin Rookie 22_9 NR NR
60. BenJarvus Green-Ellis Free Agent 27_2 26 NR
61. Tim Hightower Free Agent 26_4 51 55
62. Chris Ivory Saints 24_6 33 NR
63. Dexter McCluster Chiefs 24_1 NR NR
64. Delone Carter Colts 25_3 NR NR
65. Montario Hardesty Browns 25_7 43 NR

 

DLFMock: Tolbert 10.01, Gerhart 13.02, Scott 19.12, K. Smith 14.12, Benson 19.01, D. Brown 12.06, T. Jones 21.07, J. Rodgers 9.10, Green-Ellis 13.04, Hightower 17.05, Ivory 20.05, McCluster 18.03, Carter 15.10, Hardesty 13.10

 

Expect Tolbert to be wearing a new uniform this year, though he remains a borderline flex option in Dynasty terms. ... Gerhart is a must-own for Adrian Peterson owners, and practically useless to everyone else. ... Scott's role is set to finally increase in his age-28 season; unfortunately, it will come as a tandem back rather than a feature back. ... James draws lofty comparisons to Darren Sproles. No back is that dominant as a receiver. ... Playing the best ball of his career, when healthy, late last season, Kevin Smith is an intriguing roster stash. ... I'd wager that Benson will have to accept a backup job on the open market. ... Donald Brown finally showed glimpes of first-round talent last year, but he's a poor fit for the Colts' new physical attack on offense.

 

Taiwan and Jacquizz are change-of-pace backs. Rodgers is more skilled, Jones more explosive. ... Green-Ellis didn't have a run over 18 yards last season. His role will be scaled back no matter where he lands. ... Hightower is a committee back coming off of reconstructive surgery. ... Ivory is a talented but injury-prone runner stuck at No. 4 on the depth chart. ... McCluster has done nothing to justify his second-round selection two years ago. ... Though he's a mediocre talent with very little wiggle, Carter may be better suited than Brown to the Colts' Pittsburgh style rushing attack. ... Hardesty can't stay healthy -- or top 3.0 yards per carry.

 

Tier Seven 

66. Rashad Jennings Jaguars 27_6 44 52
67. Kahlil Bell Bears 25_9 NR NR
68. Isaac Redman Steelers 27_10 76 NR
69. Knowshon Moreno Broncos 25_2 12 12
70. Joseph Addai Colts 29_4 38 22
71. Jonathan Dwyer Steelers 23_2 72 NR
72. Brandon Jacobs Giants 30_2 50 32
73. Dion Lewis Eagles 22_0 NR NR
74. Ryan Grant Free Agent 29_9 29 16
75. Joe McKnight Jets 24_5 61 NR
76. Bilal Powell Jets 23_11 NR NR
77. Evan Royster Redskins 24_10 NR NR
78. Mike Goodson Panthers 25_4 48 NR
79. Alex Green Packers 24_3 NR NR
80. Jason Snelling Free Agent 28_9 59 57
81. Justin Forsett Free Agent 26_11 60 40
82. Da'Rel Scott Giants 24_4 NR NR
83. Danny Woodhead Patriots 27_8 41 NR
84. Javon Ringer Titans 25_7 71 NR
85. Steve Slaton Free Agent 26_8 62 35
86. Johnny White Bills 24_7 NR NR
87. Cadillac Williams Free Agent 30_5 74 49
88. Anthon Allen Ravens 24_1 NR NR
89. Ryan Torain Free Agent 26_1 36 NR
90. Tashard Choice Free Agent 27_10 35 33
91. Ronnie Brown Free Agent 30_9 37 21
92. Chris Ogbonnaya Browns 26_4 NR NR
93. Anthony Dixon 49ers 25_0 55 NR
94. Deji Karim Jaguars 25_10 54 NR
95. Leon Washington Seahawks 30_1 69 42
96. Brandon Jackson Browns 26_11 89 62
97. Le'Ron McClain Free Agent 27_9 77 NR
98. Marcel Reece Raiders 27_3 73 NR
99. LaRod Stephens-Howling Cardinals 25_5 90 NR
100. Marion Barber Bears 29_3 52 24
101. Lance Ball Broncos 27_3 NR NR
102. Derrick Ward Texans 32_1 65 51
103. LaDainian Tomlinson Free Agent 33_3 53 44
104. Maurice Morris Free Agent 32_9 88 NR
105. Danny Ware Giants 27_7 80 NR

 

DLFMock: Jennings 14.02, K. Bell 22.12, Redman 12.09, Moreno 19.06, Addai 23.06, Dwyer 17.07, Jacobs 20.02, D. Lewis 19.10, R. Grant 20.10, McKnight 17.03, Powell 16.03, Royster 16.07, Goodson ND, A. Green 18.04, Snelling 21.12, Forsett 23.12, D. Scott 19.05, Woodhead ND, Ringer 19.08, Slaton ND, J. White ND, C. Williams ND, A. Allen ND, Torain ND, Choice ND, R. Brown ND, Ogbonnaya ND, Dixon ND, Karim ND, L. Washington ND, B. Jackson ND, McClain ND, Reece ND, Stephens-Howling ND, Barber ND, L. Ball ND, D. Ward ND, Tomlinson ND, M. Morris ND, Ware ND 



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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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