Updated Preseason RB PPR Rankings for 2014
Part 2—RBs 26-50
Labor Day weekend is Fantasy Football Draft Weekend! The following Preseason RB PPR Rankings are based on a standard 1 point PPR scoring system in a 12 team league. I can’t stress enough how important it is to fully understand your league’s scoring system, as it can have major effects on your draft preparation. View Part 1—RBs 1-25 here: http://rotowriters.com/updated-preseason-rb-ppr-rankings-2014/
26. Knowshon Moreno (MIA): OK, I’m convinced. Moreno looked not only healthy, but really good in the Dolphins 3rd preseason game; although that may be due in large part to the Cowboys’ defense. Seems to me he will get the bulk of the carries between the tackles.
27. Devonta Freeman R (ATL): Rushed for 143 yards (4.5 YPC) this preseason, and caught 11 balls for 146 out of the backfield, causing Falcons fans to take notice. Jackson is still the starter, but the rookie looks to get plenty of opportunities. He will have to prove he can protect Matt Ryan, however.
28. Frank Gore (SF): Rushed for 1100 yards last year and got more than 20% of Red Zone touches. Rookie Carlos Hyde may steal some carries, and more likely catches; but for now Gore is the starter.
29. Ray Rice (BAL): Big disappointment last season for owners, and is suspended for the first two games, but the OL has improved. Look for a bounce back into fantasy relevancy this season.
30. Danny Woodhead (SD): Had 600+ yards receiving last year, and is another target for Rivers, but will share time with Mathews.
31. Jeremy Hill R (CIN): The rookie from LSU impressed the Bengals coaching staff enough that they released the Law Firm, making Hill “option 1b” in Cincinnati. I’m giving him 1000 combined yards this season.
32. Carlos Hyde R (SF): The top-rated RB in this year’s draft, Hyde will start behind Gore; but is generating a lot of discussion heading into the season. My guess is he has more receptions but less rushing yards than Gore out of the backfield.
33. Maurice Jones-Drew (OAK): Probably RBBC in Oakland, but my guess is MJD will be used more in the passing attack, with 40 catches a possibility depending on his ability to stay healthy.
34. Darren Sproles (PHI): Sproles landed in perhaps the best place possible for him in Philly. There is plenty of room for both Sproles and McCoy in Chip Kelly’s offense. 50-60 receptions is definitely a possibility.
35. Bishop Sankey R (TEN): The Titans went all-in with their 2nd round pick this year after taking 6’ 7” Taylor Lewan in the first round to help shore up the offensive line. Shonn Greene will start, but Sankey will get his opportunities as well.
36. Steven Jackson (ATL): Will begin the season as the starter in Atlanta, but there is mounting talk about the rookie Devonta Freeman, and Jackson has spent training camp nursing a hamstring injury.
37. Terrance West R (CLE): Drafted as the RB of the future in Cleveland, will have to prove himself once the QB situation is straightened out. Will back up Tate to start the season.
38. Fred Jackson (BUF): Still sharing touches with Spiller…Jackson is more consistent but Spiller is more explosive; both have injury concerns and Jackson will see more Red Zone touches.
39. Trent Richardson (IND): I don’t like him—and you can’t make me—but someone has to carry the ball in Indy. Bradshaw will get his chances too, but I’m avoiding this backfield entirely.
41. Andre Williams R (NYG): Another strong rookie RB, will bide his time behind Jennings to start the season.
42. Darren McFadden (OAK): The other half of the RBBC in Oakland, behind a bad OL. May technically be the starter, but McFadden always seems to be more hype than production.
43. Ahmad Bradshaw (IND): He’s a better back with a better attitude in my opinion than T-Rich when healthy, but Pagano hasn’t called me for my opinion either.
44. Lamar Miller (MIA): Now that I am convinced Moreno is healthy—at least to start the season—it looks like he will have most of the work between the tackles. Miller will get his share of catches out of the backfield, though, with new OC Bill Lazor helping to get him into space and best utilizing his speed.
45. Khiry Robinson (NO): It goes something like this: If Pierre Thomas is on the field, the Saints are going to pass. If Mark Ingram or Khiry Robinson are on the field, they are going to run. Basically. I think Robinson gets the better of this platoon by season’s end.
46. James White R (NE): If Ridley can’t hang on to the ball, or if the damage has already been done in Belichick’s mind, White has shown that he is ready to go. Being able to pass protect goes a long way when playing behind Brady.
49. Stevan Ridley (NE): It’s hard to tell how long he remains in Belichick’s doghouse, but if he can hang onto the ball he could see the bulk of Red Zone carries.
50. Shonn Greene (TEN): Will begin the season as the starter in Tennessee, but the rookie Sankey will share some of the load; I’m avoiding this backfield as well.
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