As a fantasy football enthusiast, I have found that there are plenty of weekly projections to help determine starters for any given week. And there are multitudes of fantasy cheat sheets, average draft position lists, and player rankings to help you with your drafts prior to the season. But there is not much help in determining which players to hold, trade for, or pickup as the season goes. As a result, I developed my QB, RB, and WR/TE Power Rankings which rank each fantasy football position as if you were drafting today. This approach looks at actual statistics earned through games played, as well as preseason expectations and future game's projections. My Power Rankings list (sort of an in-season fantasy cheat sheet) will help you with all of your roster decisions for trades, free agency, and waivers. Simply stated, try to get the highest ranked player and keep for the remaining fantasy season. The higher the ranking, the higher the expected fantasy performance.
Fantasy Running Back Power Rankings - Week 5:Fantasy points are based on standard Yahoo! fantasy football league scoring rules.
1) Arian Foster - Houston Texans:Previous Rank: #1
Fantasy points: 72.40
380 yards rushing, 4 TDs, 44 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD.
2) Ray Rice - Baltimore Ravens:Previous Rank: #2
Fantasy points: 67.10
317 yards rushing, 3 TDs, 174 yards receiving.
3) LeSean McCoy - Philadelphia Eagles:Previous Rank: #3
Fantasy points: 46.30
384 yards rushing, 1 TD, 59 yards receiving, 2 fumbles.
4) Maurice Jones-Drew - Jacksonville Jaguars:Previous Rank: #4
Fantasy points: 55.50
352 yards rushing, 1 TD, 83 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD.
5) Jamaal Charles - Kansas City Chiefs:Previous Rank: #7
Fantasy Points: 65.20
415 yards rushing, 2 TDs, 97 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD, 2 fumbles.
If you have any of these players on your fantasy team, keep them at all costs. These running backs (as well as #6- #10, for that matter) are the best of the best in fantasy football. Foster is obviously living up to the preseason hype with an impressive 18.1 fantasy points / game average. His 380 yards ranks #4 among NFL running backs, while his 5 total TDs lead the league for RBs. Rice is a dual-threat (rushing and receiving) with 491 total yards, 3 TDs, and a 16.8 fantasy point / game average. McCoy has been a little slow in the early going (primarily because of his only 1 TD), so target him with trades in any league that you can. Jones-Drew and Charles round out the top 5 with each living up to their top preseason rankings. Start each of these 5 with confidence every week regardless of the matchup.
6) Marshawn Lynch - Seattle Seahawks:Previous Rank: #6
Fantasy Points: 59.30
423 yards rushing, 2 TDs, 50 yards receiving.
7) Matt Forte - Chicago Bears:Previous Rank: #5
Fantasy Points: 30.90
163 yards rushing, 1 TD, 86 yards receiving.
8) Adrian Peterson - Minnesota Vikings:Previous Rank: #10
Fantasy Points: 51.60
332 yards rushing, 2 TDs, 64 yards receiving.
9) Darren McFadden - Oakland Raiders:Previous Rank: #9
Fantasy Points: 37.20
201 yards rushing, 1 TD, 111 yards receiving.
10) C.J. Spiller - Buffalo Bills:Previous Rank: #8
Fantasy Points: 66.00
341 yards rushing, 3 TDs, 119 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD, 2 fumbles.
Lynch has been his normal hard-hitting workhorse, but I am concerned that an injury is looming if he doesn't avoid the hits every now and then. Make sure you have some depth behind him just in case. Forte moves down 2 spots from #5 to #7. This is primarily due to his injury (which obviously was still bothering him Monday Night vs. the Cowboys). But, it also concerns me that Michael Bush appears to be stealing a lot of carries (particularly the coveted goal-line variety). Peterson looks solid and my concerns over his injuries is starting to subside. Watch for his rushing TDs to start to rise from this point on. McFadden has not yet lived up to the high first-round draft selection. But, he is the only RB in Oakland and there is tremendous upside. Trade for him if you can get him. Spiller is still producing, but a running back-by-committee with Fred Jackson is not my cup of tea. I have actually been trying to sell him high here.
Running Backs #11 - #25 (with previous rank in parentheses):
11) Trent Richardson - Cleveland Browns (#12)
12) DeMarco Murray - Dallas Cowboys (#11)
13) Reggie Bush - Miami Dolphins (#13)
14) Frank Gore - San Francisco 49ers (#14)
15) Willis McGahee - Denver Broncos (#15)
16) Stevan Ridley - New England Patriots (#19)
17) Michael Turner - Atlanta Falcons (#21)
18) Alfred Morris - Washington Redskins (#25)
19) Ryan Mathews - San Diego Chargers (#16)
20) BenJarvus Green-Ellis - Cincinnati Bengals (#22)
21) Darren Sproles - New Orleans Saints (#23)
22) Chris Johnson - Tennessee Titans (NR)
23) Doug Martin - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (#18)
24) Steven Jackson - St. Louis Rams (#17)
25) Cedric Benson - Green Bay Packers (#24)
Please make sure to watch for this list every week. Use it to guide your team through setting starting lineups, making trades, and picking up players through free agency and waivers. Other articles ranking the quarterback and wide receiver & tight end positions are also available each week and can be found by clicking on my name at the top of the article and accessing my Yahoo! profile. Also, please feel free to read my many other fantasy football articles found there as well. Good luck with your fantasy team!
Brian Music is one of five inaugural inductees to the 2011 Toyota Legends of Fantasy Football Hall of Fame on Yahoo! Sports. He has participated in fantasy football for 23 years and began playing Yahoo! fantasy football league in 2001, winning trophies in 17 of the 25 leagues that he has played.
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