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The NFL is in full swing and there's been many surprises this year at the RB position. As we all know, RB's are extremely important to a team because it keeps the clock moving, and first downs can pile up. In a now passing league, the run game is a complimentary piece to the arial attack. Teams have also added a secondary complimentary back to the offensive gameplan which makes individual performances go down just a bit. Here's my power rankings for the guys that have really stepped up their game.
CJ Spiller has been a very solid surprise this year. Almost 500 total yards and 3 TDs is no joke, and I expect him to continue putting up some good numbers. I can see him jumping this board at some point.
Trent Richardson is what we all thought he was. He can catch out of the backfield and is extremely quick for a bigger RB. The guy needs some help offensively so teams stop throwing 19 guys in the box plus the refs- but I think we can all see he's special.
Matt Forte has been a staple for the Bears in not just the running game- but the passing attack. He's been a little banged up this year, but has still put up a decent line of 400 total yards and a TD. However, if he doesn't start finding the endzone, he might find his way off my list.
MJD hurt himself by holding out. The Jacksonville Jaguars hurt him even more. Their offense is pathetic and hilarious to watch. The fact MJD has 408 yards and a TD is nothing short of a miracle.
Alfred Morris (WHO?!?!) has come out of nowhere to put up some decent numbers in a very crowded Washington Redskins backfield. Putting up 490 yards and 4 scores is certainly impressive. Why is he so low? Well- I want to make sure he can do it through 10 games before I'm a firm believer. Here's to hoping (for my fantasy team) he keeps on trucking!
Frank Gore is what I like to call- consistent. He shows up and gets the tough yards. He's a multi threat guy and he is showing no signs of slowing down. 432 and a few scores for a dominant team is very solid. I can see him moving up before the year is over.
Reggie Bush kills me. I passed him up in every fantasy draft because I just didn't think he could do it again. Well- oops....Bush has over 500 total yards and 3 scores. My bad bro.
This guy is a machine. The fact he came back in week 1 from a brutal knee injury is incredible. The fact he's still doing some good things on the ground not 100%? I love it. 499 and 2 scores is not the Peterson we're used to seeing- but he's a special guy and deserves a top 10 spot.
Thank you fantasy sleeper! Over 500 yards and 3 TDs and I'm a happy camper. Similar numbers to Morris so why the difference in rankings? He's a "Dirty Fozzy"- that's why. Boom.
LeSean McCoy is so interesting to me because I didn't want to put him this high because I think guys are outperforming him. However, I think he's so talented and the Eagles will HAVE to give him the ball more in the redzone. This is the only week I'm going to bat for him- so if he continues to be outperformed- he will fall on my list.
The DUI hurts a little bit but it doesn't seem like it's hurt him on the field. 400 yards and 3 TD's for an undefeated 5-0 team counts more than 450 yards and 4 TD's for a team that blows. Turner is also a "Dirty Fozzy" so props to me.
Marshawn Lynch is a bruising back and the Seahawks are playing much better this year. Lynch is a big part of that and if he continues to pound defenses, he could end up with 1400 yards. Love that.
Jamaal Charles is so huge. He continues to run through defenses like it's no big deal EVEN when those defenses are crushing the box. He's current number 1 in the race for a rushing title, but I don't think he'll hang on. None the less- he's been incredible and I'm glad he's returned healthy.
In my opinion, Rice is the most complete back in the NFL. He can catch, he's got speed, and he can go through a tackler. It drives me nuts that the Ravens don't give him 28 touches a game, and I think that'll change. I wanted to flip him and Charles but....we'll see what happens when he gets the appropriate touches.
Arian Foster is the 2nd best RB in the NFL when it comes to doing it all. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and is insanely good in the redzone. That's why he's number 1. He's got the TD's and Total yards. He's got a few guys going up his back, so we'll see if he can hang on to the number 1 spot over the coming weeks.
NFL Power Rankings: The Top 15 Running Backs Through Week 5
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#15: CJ Spiller- Buffalo Bills
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#14: Trent Richardson- Cleveland Browns
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#13: Matt Forte- Chicago Bears
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#12: Maurice Jones-Drew- Jacksonville Jaguars
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#11: Alfred Morris- Washington Redskins
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#10: Frank Gore- San Francisco 49ers
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#9: Reggie Bush- Miami Dolphins
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#8: Adrian Peterson- Minnesota Vikings
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#7: Stevan Ridley- New England Patriots
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#6: LeSean McCoy- Phladelphia Eagles
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#5: Michael Turner- Atlanta Falcons
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#4: Marshawn Lynch- Seattle Seahawks
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#3: Jamaal Charles- Kansas City Chiefs
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#2: Ray Rice- Baltimore Ravens
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