Preseason Ranks: Running Back

Questions at the top: Foster and Johnson
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What to make of Arian Foster’s(notes) hamstring injury? The Y! fantasy experts took reports of a potential 3-4-week layoff with a grain of salt and showed only mild pessimism for the Texans back in the updated rankings, dropping him to No. 2 at RB (tied for No. 1 in the previous rankings). … The recent contract resolution between Chris Johnson and Tennessee elevated Johnson’s stock back towards the top of the RB rankings. … Where it once looked like Ryan Grant(notes) was going to return to a featured role in Green Bay, now things don’t appear so certain. With the threat of a shared workload, Grant’s stock drops significantly in the latest rankings, while backfield partner James Starks(notes) gets a bump up. … Felix Jones(notes) and Tim Hightower(notes) continue to make all the right moves for their respective NFC East squads, and both enjoyed another healthy jump up the RB board.

Note: The following list comprises the top 60 running back rankings for 2011 of each Yahoo! Sports fantasy expert. The list is ordered by the overall top 60 composite ranking of the four experts, with the remaining running backs that received votes rounding out the bottom of the list.

2011 Running Back Rankings 
    
Brandon
Funston
 
Andy
Behrens
 
Brad
Evans
 
Scott
Pianowski

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

Scoring system: Pass TD = 4; 25 Pass Yards = 1; Rush/Receive TD = 6; 10 Rush/Receive Yards = 1

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