- Tier 1 (Spiller, Peterson) are guaranteed studs.
- Tier 2 are PPR monsters in great situations (Coaching, O-Line, etc.).
- Tier 3 are PPR friendly RBs in good situations.
- Tier 4 contains the last tier of RBs I would like as a RB2 on my fantasy team.
- Tier 5 has solid Gore and 3 RBs with PPR upside.
- Tier 6 contains the last tier of RBs I would like as a RB3 on my fantasy team.
- Tier 7 contains the rest of the Starters (minus Tate).
- Tier 8 contains Backup RBs sharing significant time with the starter that are critical components of the team’s offense.
- Tier 9 contains Backup RBs that should have a significant number of plays on the field.
- Tier 10 contains the rest of the Backup RBs (minus Michael) that should have more playing time than the average Backup.
- Tier 11 contains RBs to ONLY draft as a handcuff for their respective Starter, and the rest of the draft-able RBs. For the handcuffs, if you have their Starter, draft them as late as you can but early enough to ensure you get them.
|1||1||C.J. Spiller||BUF||12||In 2012 averaged 6 yds/carry, Centerpiece in new HC Marrone extremely up tempo offense|
|2||Adrian Peterson||MIN||5||In 2012 averaged 6 yds/carry & almost broke NFL rushing record, Has solid cuff (Gerhart)|
|2||3||Doug Martin||TB||5||Crazy talented, everydown back in run-heavy offense, Supposed better run-blocking O-Line|
|4||Jamaal Charles||KC||10||Bellcow of new HC Reid offense, Top 3 in Talent, Could be Top 3 in NFL in receptions|
|5||LeSean McCoy||PHI||12||In new HC Kelly extremely up tempo offense, Has skills to deliver|
|6||Chris Johnson||TEN||8||Much better Run blocking O-Line, Was once called CJ2K and could be called that again|
|7||Trent Richardson||CLE||10||One of the best all-around big RBs, Doesn’t have true cuff|
|3||8||Matt Forte||CHI||8||Projected that new HC Trestman will use Forte even more in offense|
|9||Maurice Jones-Drew||JAC||9||Is a fantasy football fanatic, Feels like he’s in a for a big year, Doesn’t have true cuff|
|10||Alfred Morris||WAS||5||Perfect fit for the Shanahan offense, Supposed to catch ball more.|
|11||Reggie Bush||DET||9||Defenses have to stay honest with Lions pass attack, Could lead NFL in receptions|
|12||Ray Rice||BAL||8||Unsure how effective Ravens offense will be due to offseason moves & injuries|
|13||David Wilson||NYG||9||Crazy fast, With Brown injury will have much larger workload|
|4||14||Arian Foster||HOU||8||Is dominant in a run-focused offensive machine, Could be in RBBC, Has best cuff (Tate)|
|15||Marshawn Lynch||SEA||12||Beast Mode would be higher on the list if Seahawks threw him the ball|
|16||Stevan Ridley||NE||10||A beast, Would be higher on the list if the Patriots threw him the ball too|
|17||Steven Jackson||ATL||6||Hasn’t looked as impressive this Preseason but will still be very active in high-powered offense|
|18||Darren Sproles||NO||7||The best receiving RB in the NFL on the team that lead NFL in passing yds in 2012, Concerned he may have less of a role in offense|
|19||DeMarco Murray||DAL||11||On team with solid offense, Would be higher on list if it wasn’t for injury risk|
|5||20||Frank Gore||SF||9||Sure-fire guarantee for 20-ish carries behind one of the best run-blocking O-Lines|
|21||Eddie Lacy||GB||4||Is starter and should be workhorse, Crazy powerful RB|
|22||Ryan Mathews||SD||8||Had Awesome Preseason, Could get a ton of carries/targets, Huge injury risk|
|23||Lamar Miller||MIA||6||Fast and has hands, Coaches threatening he may not start or be in true RBBC with Thomas|
|6||24||DeAngelo Williams||CAR||4||Bonafide starter should get a ton of carries and some targets, Awful O-Line run blocking in Preseason|
|25||Ahmad Bradshaw||IND||8||New HC Hamilton West Coast Offense should mean increased targets, Recovering from foot surgery|
|26||Daryl Richardson||STL||11||Starter, Runs well in Rams offensive attack|
|27||Shane Vereen||NE||10||In a Sproles-like role in New England|
|28||Darren McFadden||OAK||7||Top 5 in talent, Huge injury-risk, Looks like the worst O-Line in NFL during Preseason|
|29||Rashard Mendenhall||ARI||9||Definitive starter that will get majority of carries, Has a ton of red flags (Injury Risk, Pass-first offense, etc.)|
|30||Christopher Ivory||NYJ||10||One of the hardest runners in NFL and should see some targets, Injury-risk|
|31||Montee Ball||DEN||9||Rookie, In RBBC in Denver, May be Starter, Fantasy Analysts predicting double digit TDs|
|32||Giovani Bernard||CIN||12||Rookie, Excellent hands and good speed, Should have quite a few plays designed for him, Had three 1 yard TDs in Preseason|
|33||LeVeon Bell||PIT||5||Rookie, Planned to be Bellcow, Just shed walking boot, Appears he may be back Week 6.|
|7||34||Mark Ingram||NO||7||Is a great RB but has never been major part of offense|
|35||Ben Tate||HOU||8||Most talented cuff, Could be in RBBC|
|36||BenJarvus Green-Ellis||CIN||12||Carries and targets will be limited but will still produce numbers each week, May be overtaken by Bernard as lead back during season|
|37||Isaac Redman||PIT||5||Is Starter with Bell sidelined, Dwyer release should mean he’s the workhorse while Bell is out|
|8||38||Bilal Powell||NYJ||10||Excellent offseason shown through impressive Preseason, In new West Coast offense|
|39||Bernard Pierce||BAL||8||Has great speed & power, Coaches stating role to increase|
|9||40||Bryce Brown||PHI||12||Runs hard, McCoy cuff|
|41||Fred Jackson||BUF||12||Savvy veteran|
|42||Michael Bush||CHI||8||Forte cuff, May get goal line carries, May have reduced role in new offense|
|43||Isaiah Pead||STL||11||Super fast RB that can break big runs|
|44||Danny Woodhead||SD||8||Extremely talented , Coaches stating will have role in offense|
|45||Joique Bell||DET||9||Did a great job in 2012|
|46||Vick Ballard||IND||8||Starter if Bradshaw can’t play, Should be involved in offense|
|10||47||Roy Helu||WAS||5||3rd down and change of pace, Excellent hands and vision|
|48||Daniel Thomas||MIA||6||Is an average power RB, May split time with Miller|
|49||Shonn Greene||TEN||8||Looks pretty good in Preseason, May have Goal Line carries|
|50||Knowshon Moreno||DEN||9||Supposedly in RBBC with Ball, In a Peyton Manning offense that should keep defense honest|
|51||Lance Dunbar||DAL||11||May miss Week 1, Should be Murray’s cuff, May have Sproles-like role|
|52||Mike Tolbert||CAR||4||Some 3rd down and Goal Line back|
|53||Christine Michael||SEA||12||Rookie, Looked like the most talented rookie RB in preseason, Unsure how involved he will be in offense|
|54||Kendall Hunter||SF||9||Projected Gore cuff, coming off injury, crazy fast & elusive|
|55||Brandon Bolden||NE||10||Appears to be Ridley’s cuff, Is solid|
|56||Andre Brown||NYG||9||3rd down, change of pace, and goal line back in solid Giants offense. Broke leg in Preseason and best case scenario back in Week 4.|
|11||57||Toby Gerhart||MIN||5||Definitive Peterson cuff|
|58||Knile Davis||KC||10||Definitive Charles cuff|
|59||Rashad Jennings||OAK||7||McFadden cuff|
|60||Ronnie Hillman||DEN||9||Had a chance for the Starter role and blew it in Preseason|
|61||Felix Jones||PIT||5||Redman cuff while Bell is out, Is better than Redman|
|62||LeGarrette Blount||NE||10||Still a bruiser, Great Preseason, High powered Patriots offense|
|63||Stepfan Taylor||ARI||9||Mendenhall cuff|
|64||Robert Turbin||SEA||12||Projected Lynch cuff|