Jan 22, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots in the 2011 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Ravens 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Early Fantasy Football PPR Running Back Rankings


One more set of fantasy football rankings for you GMEN HQ readers and this week the focus is put on the PPR format where I’ve ranked my PPR running backs.

If you compare them to my non-PPR rankings you won’t find much of a difference. Ray Rice goes to the top of the board over Arian Foster because of the volume of targets he should receive out of the backfield.

Last season Rice caught 76 balls compared to Foster’s 53 and LeSean McCoy’s 48 and I see that trend continuing. My love for Ryan Matthews keeps on growing and I believe he’ll be the centerpiece of the Chargers offense this year and look for Rivers to dump off to him a lot. Darren Sproles gets a big boost in my PPR RB rankings and deservedly so after watching him in the Saints’ offense last season.

On to the rankings…

Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

1.     Ray Rice
2.     Arian Foster
3.     LeSean McCoy
4.     Ryan Matthews
5.     Matt Forte
6.     Chris Johnson
7.     Maurice Jones-Drew
8.     Darren McFadden
9.     Darren Sproles
10.  Adrian Peterson
11.  Trent Richardson
12.  Marshawn Lynch
13.  Roy Helu
14.  Jamaal Charles
15.  DeMarco Murray
16.  Doug Martin
17.  Reggie Bush
18.  Steven Jackson
19.  Ahmad Bradshaw
20.  Fred Jackson
21.  C.J. Spiller
22.  Michael Turner
23.  Willis McGahee
24.  Frank Gore
25.  Donald Brown
26.  Beanie Wells
27.  Shonn Greene
28.  Mikel Leshoure
29.  Isaac Redman
30.  Jacquizz Rodgers
31.  BenJarvus Green-Ellis
32.  DeAngelo Williams
33.  Michael Bush
34.  James Starks
35.  Stevan Ridley
36.  Toby Gerhart
37.  Shane Vereen
38.  Mark Ingram
39.  Pierre Thomas
40.  Jonathan Stewart
41.  David Wilson
42.  Jahvid Best
43.  Ben Tate
44.  Kevin Smith
45.  Ronnie Hillman
46.  Tim Hightower
47.  LeGarrette Blount
48.  Isaiah Pead
49.  Ryan Williams
50.  Felix Jones
51.  Daniel Thomas
52.  Rashard Mendenhall
53.  Dexter McCluster
54.  Danny Woodhead

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