Pre-Season Ranks, Running backs

I'm continuing my ranks countdown with one of the most difficult positions to handicap, running back.

Top 50 RBs:
1. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
3. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
4. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
5. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
6. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
7. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
8. Devante Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
9. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
11. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
12. Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
13. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
14. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
15. CJ Anderson, Denver Broncos
16. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
17. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
18. Matt Forte, New York Jets
19. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
20. Ryan Matthew, Philadelphia Eagles
21. Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
22. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
23. Duke Johnson, Jr., Cleveland Browns
24. Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears
25. Matt Jones, Washington Redskins
26. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
27. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers
28. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
29. Gio Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
30. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
31. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
32. Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars
33. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
34. T.J. Weldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
35. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
36. Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens
37. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
38. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
39. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
40. Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills
41. Paul Perkins, New York Giants
42. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
43. LeGarrett Blount, New England Patriots
44. Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys
45. DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers
46. DeAndre Washington, Oakland Raiders
47. Jerrick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
48. C.J. Prosise, Seattle Seahawks
49. Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos
50. Arian Foster, FA

* The top tier is pretty standard. If Bell approaches his 2014 output, he'll easily be No.1. The biggest surprise is probably Elliott. Here's the thing, there aren't usually rookies like Elliott, and in that offense. I think he could explode.
* Some would argue I have Rawls too low at 12. Perhaps. But that was a big injury, and we have a small sample size for him. I am a little cautious.
* Rebound kings: I have Anderson 15, Murray 16 and Hill 19. All three were great in 2014 and struggled in 2015. But I like all three to be better in 2016, returning to form. Murray won't reach those heights, but if things break right I think Anderson could be top 10.
* Slippers: Hyde at 22, Langford at 23 and Murray at 26 might seem low. But I am cautious. Hyde's whole rep is built on one great game and a lot of potential. I'm not sold. Langford was inefficient despite a lot of reps and Murray seems to be out of favor with the Raiders. Let's just say I'm using caution.
* Time shares: I have Ivory 32 and Yeldon at 34 for the Jaguars and Riddick and Abdullah back-to-back at 38-39 for the Lions. Those are backfields that are very murky.
* Handcuffs: Williams at 45, McKinnon at 47, Prosise at 48, and Booker ar 49 are valuable handcuffs that could have relevance on their own.


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