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What’s in a Top RB? | NFL Fan Poll

What’s in a Top RB?

Updated: August 23, 2012

Source: On The Buzzer


Who are the top running backs in the league? That depends on who wants to know and why they want to know it. In this era of pass, pass, pass, sometimes the most talented running back in the NFL will actually spend as much time as a receiver than a back. If you are talking pure running back then you look at one type of player. If however, like us, you want to know who the best for fantasy draft picks are, you have more to consider. Let’s look at what they say.

As usual there are several opinions on the top five RB picks. ESPN’s Matt Williamson has Adrian Peterson at the top of the rankings despite the fact that he is coming off of a terrible knee injury. He has Maurice Jones-Drew in the five hole even though he still isn’t with the team. Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, and Ray Rice seem to be right towards the top with little or no drama involved. Ryan Mathews of San Diego and Chris Johnson of Tennessee also are fairly consistent members of the top few RBs.  But who is the best? Someone who isn’t with his team? Or is it someone who doesn’t quite know how that knee will come back?

To sum things up, it’s possible for anyone to jump to the forefront of this category just because they are decent and get most of the carries. You do like to keep a finger on someone who historically doesn’t fumble.  And someone who can pound those goal line TD’s home with a physical pounding or a steep dive over the linemen is cool too. The Running Backs that top this draft list will be able to run sure handedly and will likely wind up catching tons of balls as well. That said; someone who has all of the tools but a lot of risk like a Peterson or Jones-Drew could be so worth the risk in the end.

Here are our picks:

  1. Arian Foster
  2. LeSean McCoy
  3. Ryan Matthews
  4. Adrian Peterson
  5. Chris Johnson

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