Okay, here are the Shuffle Up rules.
We are talking rest-of-season value. Everything to this point is an audition. If you want leaders to this point, you’ll find them elsewhere. If you want Week 10 rankings, click over here.
Today, we do running backs, and only running backs. Next week, new position.
You’ll disagree with stuff because that’s why we have a game. Try to stay grounded and rational with your players, it’s one of the most important skills in your fantasy toolbox.
The prices are unscientific and just a way to compare the players. When players are at the same price, it means they are considered even. I do not compare prices with other shuffles, and I do every shuffle from scratch.
Assume a half-point PPR scoring format. I will eventually add comment on many (perhaps most) players, but I do not promise a comment on everyone. For now, consider the prices.
If you have a constructive piece of criticism, I’ll consider it. See something out of place? Offer some reasoning. I may alter the list between initial post and the end of Wednesday.
And now we shuffle, shufflers.
$32 Todd Gurley: Floor, ceiling, speed, power, and receiving chops, too.
$31 Devonta Freeman: Game flow doesn't affect his production at all.
$27 Adrian Peterson: More B-plus than A, but still plenty good.
$26 Mark Ingram: Boatloads of touches, scoring chances will return.
$24 Lamar Miller: Since Philbin — 6.4 YPC, six touchdowns, 18 touches per week.
$22 DeAngelo Williams: Every time he's been asked to start, he goes off.
$22 Marshawn Lynch: Was solid, if unspectacular, three games prior to bye.
$20 Darren McFadden: The Jordan Reed of running backs.
$20 DeMarco Murray
Yes, Mathews is outplaying him most weeks, but Murray also has the burden of the game-opening carries, before defenses get worn down a bit. And if you take out the first two nightmare weeks, Murray is at 4.46 YPC. He's getting a bad rap. I'd roll with him anywhere.
$19 Charcandrick West: Despite size, 48 touches last two games.
$19 Doug Martin: Like rookie year, it's been a top-heavy haul.
$19 LeGarrette Blount: Might not gain ceiling without Lewis, but floor is lovely.
$19 Justin Forsett
$18 Chris Ivory
Ivory is one of the toughest players to rank in this exercise. He’s gone absolutely nowhere in his past three games (55 carries, 84 yards), he’s nothing special as a receiver, and he’s never had more than 200 carries in a season. If you still have trading open to you, he’d be a good person to shop around, or tag with another reasonable piece to get a notable upgrade. The Nick Mangold injury is also part of the problem here.
$17 Latavius Murray: With size and running style, I worry about injuries.
$17 Giovani Bernard: Threat of Hill has been overplayed for two months.
$16 T.J. Yeldon: Averaging 19 touches a week, that can't be understated.
$16 LeSean McCoy: Dinged up a bit, and Williams much better on per-play basis.
$15 Chris Johnson: A comeback that almost no one believed in; well played, Arians.
$15 Frank Gore: Sometimes age is just a number.
$14 Jonathan Stewart: Only back in town, though Newton steals a lot of the touchdowns.
$14 James Starks: If he stays healthy, solid chance to race away with job.
$14 Danny Woodhead: Fits shape of this messed-up offense, while Gordon does not.
$13 Ryan Mathews
$13 *Matt Forte: Bears don't have to rush him back.
$12 C.J. Anderson: Seems to have turned corner since bye.
$11 Jeremy Hill: Getting volume, doing very little with it.
$11 Antonio Andrews: Easier to trust now that Whisenhunt has been punted.
$11 Duke Johnson: Broad range of skills and Turbin is mercifully gone.
$9 Melvin Gordon: Doesn't fit the offense, but everything's gone wrong for him.
$9 Karlos Williams: It's not easy to average 6.6 yards a carry.
$9 Ronnie Hillman: Sure looks like Anderson has passed him again.
$8 *Carlos Hyde
$8 James White: Pats don't have to force Lewis's workload to just one guy.
$8 Matt Jones: Most talented back here, but it might not matter.
$8 Jeremy Langford: Aced his first test; now it's all up to Forte's return.
$7 Eddie Lacy: Starks hasn't always held up, so don't go dropping Lacy yet.
$7 Andre Ellington
$6 Tevin Coleman: The biggest upside of the pure handcuff guys.
$5 Alfred Blue
$5 Charles Sims: Handy during bye season, but loses value when it's all-play again.
$5 Isaiah Crowell
$5 Thomas Rawls: Automatic insurance for the Lynch crowd, now that it's handcuff season.
$5 Brandon Bolden
$4 Shane Vereen: Good luck predicting when he'll come out of hibernation.
$4 Joique Bell
$4 Theo Riddick
$4 Ameer Abdullah
$3 Rashad Jennings
$3 Alfred Morris
$3 Shaun Draughn
$3 Chris Thompson
$3 Jay Ajayi: Showed some burst in his debut.
$3 Jordan Todman
$3 Marcel Reece
$2 David Johnson
$2 Javorius Allen
$2 Dexter McCluster
$2 Darren Sproles
$2 Orleans Darkwa
$2 Ahmad Bradshaw
$2 Taiwan Jones
$2 Matt Asiata
$2 David Cobb
$1 C.J. Spiller
$1 Chris Polk
$1 Bilal Powell
$1 Mike Tolbert
$1 Fred Jackson
$1 Christine Michael
$1 Tre Mason
$1 Kendall Gaskins
$1 Zac Stacy
$1 Rod Smith
$1 Ka'Deem Carey