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Dynasty Rankings
Running Backs

Adrian Peterson will be turning 28 years old next month, yet you will find him perched atop my RB rankings. Because elite running backs often fall of the cliff quickly around 30 years of age, their late twenties is usually the area where I start to slowly downgrade them. However, Peterson is anything but the typical player at this position. His 2012 season was amazing for numerous reasons and I am starting to believe that ďAll DayĒ has a real shot of producing big numbers well into his thirties. Following behind Peterson in my rankings is Trent Richardson in the second spot. Richardson didnít have the breakout rookie season that many expected, but some of this can likely be chalked up to the broken ribs he dealt with for a good portion of the season. Arian Foster put up an impressive TD total in 2012, but his drop in yards per touch was the main contributor to him slipping to third on my board.

 Running Backs
Chg Rk Player Team
1 Adrian Peterson MIN
2 Trent Richardson CLE
3 Arian Foster HOU
4 Ray Rice BAL
Tier 2
5 Doug Martin TB
6 Jamaal Charles KC
7 LeSean McCoy PHI
8 C.J. Spiller BUF
9 Marshawn Lynch SEA
10 Matt Forte CHI
Tier 3
11 Chris Johnson TEN
12 Darren McFadden OAK
13 Maurice Jones-Drew JAX
14 David Wilson NYG
15 Alfred Morris WAS
16 DeMarco Murray DAL
17 Stevan Ridley NE
18 Ryan Mathews SD
19 Jonathan Stewart CAR
Tier 4
20 Darren Sproles NO
21 Mark Ingram NO
22 Lamar Miller MIA
23 Frank Gore SF
24 Steven Jackson STL
25 Mikel Leshoure DET
26 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN
Tier 5
27 Reggie Bush MIA
28 Rashard Mendenhall PIT
29 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG
30 Ryan Williams ARI
31 Ben Tate HOU
32 Vick Ballard IND
33 Bernard Pierce BAL
34 Bryce Brown PHI
35 Beanie Wells ARI
36 Shonn Greene NYJ
Tier 6
37 Ronnie Hillman DEN
38 Knowshon Moreno DEN
39 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL
40 Andre Brown NYG
41 Bilal Powell NYJ
42 Joique Bell DET
43 Shane Vereen NE
44 LaMichael James SF
45 Daniel Thomas MIA
46 Isaiah Pead STL
47 Daryl Richardson STL
48 Fred Jackson BUF
49 Robert Turbin SEA
Tier 7
50 Jonathan Dwyer PIT
51 Willis McGahee DEN
52 Kendall Hunter SF
53 DeAngelo Williams CAR
54 Felix Jones DAL
55 Chris Ivory NO
56 Pierre Thomas NO
57 DuJuan Harris GB
58 Toby Gerhart MIN
59 Michael Bush CHI
Tier 8
60 Marcel Reece OAK
61 Cedric Benson GB
62 Alex Green GB
63 Donald Brown IND
64 Michael Turner ATL
65 Isaac Redman PIT
66 Mike Tolbert CAR
67 Peyton Hillis KC
68 LeGarrette Blount TB
69 Brandon Bolden NE
70 Mike Goodson OAK

The second tier of RBs consists of guys you can largely rely on as a cornerstone for your dynasty team. Jamaal Charles was great in the clear lead role for Kansas City last season. The teamís move to Andy Reid as head coach should result in nice overall numbers for the former Longhorn. It wouldnít surprise me to see Charles post 50+ receptions this coming season. LeSean McCoy is on the other side of the equation having just lost Andy Reid as his head coach. However, he could really benefit from the high-octane system that Chip Kelly will be implementing, even if Bryce Brown gets a good handful of touches per game. Matt Forte is another second-tier RB experiencing a change in head coach and offensive system. Overall, it is unlikely that his role will change materially in the near-term. Heís the clear top back on the team and a very strong receiver out of the backfield.

The third and fourth groupings of RBs have a wide variety of players. Guys like Darren McFadden, Maurice Jones-Drew and David Wilson all could be huge, but each has significant some question marks. McFadden and Jones-Drew have injury issues and play in less-than-dynamic offenses and Wilson is largely unproven and could very well lose many of the goal line touches to Andre Brown. Lamar Miller is moving up and is in a position to greatly benefit with Reggie Bush likely done in Miami. Daniel Thomas is still in town, but it is looking more and more like the lead gig is Millerís to lose. Frank Gore is ďMr. ReliableĒ in San Francisco. Heíll be 30 years old in a few months, so the end is probably near, but he still is running hard and effectively. BenJarvus Green-Ellis posted the second 1,000-yard campaign of his career in 2012, yet because of his limitations, the Bengals are reportedly looking to bring in some help in the backfield. Green-Ellis owners can only hope that the help comes in the form of merely a 3rd down scat-back.

The fifth tier has several players that have proven capable of being effective in the lead role at RB for their teams, yet they find themselves now searching for a home. Reggie Bush, Rashard Mendenhall, Ahmad Bradshaw and Shonn Greene have a combined seven 1000-yard rushing seasons between them, but it may be a tall task for any of them to reach that mark in 2013. Any of them could climb my rankings in the coming months if they secure a clear starting gig. The sixth tier is made up mostly of committee backs with limited upsides and players that are largely unproven. Jacquizz Rodgers is currently in a nice spot in Atlanta, but if the team drafts an early RB this year, then Rodgers might not have a lot to offer his dynasty owners in the coming seasons. Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson could be fighting for touches going forward if Steven Jackson moves on from St. Louis. Richardson clearly outplayed Pead last season, but Peadís use was so limited as a rookie that Iím not yet ready to write him off.

The final two tiers at this position are littered with numerous players that are now past their prime and are seeing their fantasy stock plummet. Willis McGahee has been very good in his time in Denver, but he is 31 years old and coming off of a broken leg, so his career is potentially winding down. DeAngelo Williams has had some big moments in Carolina, and even had an impressive 200-yard game versus the Saints in Week 17 last year, but he has been largely quite the last couple of years. It seems unlikely heíll be anything more than a committee back at his stage of his career (and thatís probably a best-case scenario). Michael Turner clearly wasnít the same runner last season that he was 2-3 years ago and he now finds himself on the roster bubble for Atlanta. If the team does cut him, his best bet to retain some level of fantasy relevance could come via a role as a short-yardage specialist in a new city.

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