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Shuffle Up and Run: Partnering with the Law Firm

Scott Pianowski
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Sticking with the new rules of Shuffle Up 2011, we'll tackle the running backs today, along with the kickers and defenses. Next week (and all odd-numbered weeks), we'll do the passing positions (QBs, WRs, TEs). Maybe in Week 17 we'll do the offensive and defensive coordinators (I've already got Juan Castillo slotted at the bottom).

The lists below are how I'd attack a fresh draft if I had one tonight. What's happened to this point is merely an audition; if you want the list of top-scoring players through five weeks, go somewhere else. Use this post for trades, pickups, to scout and gauge your team, fresh drafting purposes, that's up to you. Your respectful disagreement is always welcome, but back it up with a reason. All together now: further the conversation, gamer.

I'll add comments shortly, and I reserve the right to tweak this list during the night. And no, players don't rise 20 percent in value just because they're on your roster. {YSP:MORE}

Running Back
1. Adrian Peterson
2. Ray Rice
3. LeSean McCoy
4. Fred Jackson
5. Arian Foster
6. Darren McFadden
7. Matt Forte
8. Ryan Mathews
9. Chris Johnson
10. Michael Turner
11. Maurice Jones-Drew
12. Ahmad Bradshaw
13. Beanie Wells
14. Jahvid Best
15. Frank Gore
16. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
17. Peyton Hillis
18. Felix Jones
19. Rashard Mendenhall
20. Darren Sproles
21. Daniel Thomas
22. LeGarrette Blount
23. Steven Jackson
24. Ryan Torain
25. Shonn Greene
26. Marshawn Lynch
27. James Starks
28. Willis McGahee
29. Mike Tolbert
30. Jonathan Stewart
31. Mark Ingram
32. *Cedric Benson
33. DeAngelo Williams
34. Brandon Jacobs
35. Ryan Grant
36. Montario Hardesty
37. Jackie Battle
38. Stevan Ridley
39. Pierre Thomas
40. Bernard Scott
41. Michael Bush
42. Thomas Jones
43. Delone Carter
44. Tim Hightower
45. Earnest Graham
46. Ben Tate
47. Joseph Addai
48. Reggie Bush
49. Kendall Hunter
50. Marion Barber
51. Knowshon Moreno
52. DeMarco Murray
53. Isaac Redman
54. Roy Helu
55. Carnell Williams
56. Dexter McCluster
57. Deji Karim
58. LaDainian Tomlinson
59. C.J. Spiller
60. Tashard Choice
61. Jonathan Dwyer
62. Ricky Williams

Comments: You could rank any of the Top 6 in the pole position and I wouldn't have a beef with you. Peterson's floor gets the call, but that's a pretty solid group . . . Everyone knows the Bears can't run block at all, but give Mike Martz credit: he's finding creative ways to keep Forte useful . . . Mathews is an interesting case, a versatile run-catch threat who's tied to a good offense and a RB-friendly coach. But we also have to remember the extensive injury history with Mathews, and he's not the automatic option at the goal . . . Green-Ellis was just about kicked to the curb by a lot of people a few weeks ago, but I think it's time we gave this guy a second look. The juggernaut Patriots are a scoring machine - they're gone for 30 points or more in 13 straight regular-season games - and Green-Ellis has 12 touchdowns over that span. The Pats love Green-Ellis as their clock-killing back, in part because he's never fumbled as a pro (a remarkable stat). If you want to keep your coach happy, take care of the ball . . . No one knows when, or even if, the Benson suspension is going to kick in. Victor Sifuentes is earning his money . . . McGahee would have slotted in the low 20s if not for the quarterback shift in Denver. We've already said enough about that story.

Kicker
1. Sebastian Janikowski
2. Jason Hanson
3. Mason Crosby
4. John Kasay
5. Neil Rackers
6. Stephen Gostkowski

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7. Nick Novak
8. Robbie Gould
9. David Akers
10. Billy Cundiff
11. Dan Bailey
12. Rian Lindell
13. Alex Henery
14. Mike Nugent
15. Nick Folk
16. Graham Gano
17. Matt Bryant
18. Rob Bironas
19. Olindo Mare
20. Connor Barth
21. Shaun Suisham
22. Ryan Longwell
23. Adam Vinatieri
24. Jay Feely
25. Lawrence Tynes
26. Matt Prater
27. Josh Scobee
28. Steven Hauschka
29. Dan Carpenter
30. Ryan Succop
31. Phil Dawson
32. Josh Brown

Comments: Long-kick chances come and go, but it's silly that Janikowski already has five boots over 50 yards this year . . . Conversely, the timing lottery hasn't been nice to Tynes. He has just three field-goal attempts for the season . . . It's amazing how accurate the league-wide kickers are these days. No one has more than three field-goal misses on the year.

Defense
1. Baltimore Ravens
2. Green Bay Packers
3. San Francisco 49ers
4. New York Giants
5. Detroit Lions
6. Chicago Bears
7. Pittsburgh Steelers

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8. Dallas Cowboys
9. Cincinnati Bengals
10. New York Jets
11. Minnesota Vikings
12. Washington Redskins
13. Tennessee Titans
14. New Orleans Saints
15. Buffalo Bills
16. Houston Texans
17. San Diego Chargers
18. Philadelphia Eagles
19. Denver Broncos
20. Seattle Seahawks
21. Atlanta Falcons
22. New England Patriots
23. Arizona Cardinals
24. Oakland Raiders
25. Cleveland Browns
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
27. Indianapolis Colts
28. Carolina Panthers
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Kansas City Chiefs
31. Miami Dolphins
32. St. Louis Rams

Comments: For the most part you want to get winning teams for your fantasy defense, and when in doubt, follow the sacks. I'll never stream a defense from a non-favored team if I can avoid it. Pick on the weak quarterbacks whenever possible (and steer away from the elite ones, the guys who negotiate the pocket smartly and can put a hurting on you).

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