2012 Running Back Central
The running back is the heart of most fantasy football teams. This page brings all our RB resources into one place.
Over 125 running backs ranked with projected fantasy points.
- Keeper Rankings
Top 50 RBs in terms of long term value.
The new kids on the block.
- Dynasty Rookies: RBs
Long term value of this year's crop of rookie backs.
A draft term for a NFL player that an owner believes is going to have a breakout season. These are usually players who are not rookies, but they can be. For the most part they are not well known NFL players. Usually sleepers are drafted in the middle to late rounds of a draft.
A player, usually drafted in the first three rounds of a fantasy draft, who is predicted to have a poor season. The player might be injury-prone, have a future star behind them in the depth chart, or just won't be able to live up to their hype.
A NFL player who has proved himself to be a top scoring player at his position. These players should be started each week regardless of match-up and should only be benched during bye weeks and significant injuries.
- Solid / Safe RBs
A player with good potential and low risk. Players in this category are statistically consistent from year to year.
A player with both high potential and high risk. Players in this category are usually injury-prone, have a high probability for being suspended, or are approaching the end of their career.
- Handcuff Picks
A player with good potential and high risk. Players in this category are usually backups to high profile running backs. It is unlikely that they will score a lot of points, but if the starter goes down they'll be a safe start for at least a few weeks. It is important to draft these players to hedge the bet on your starting RB getting injured.
- Contract Year Players
Money is generally considered one of the great motivators. That fact isn't lost on fantasy football owners. It's the reason players entering the final year of their contracts get a longer look than they normally would on draft day.
- Running Backs Age 29+
The following 39 running backs will be 29 or older on opening day, Thursday, September 9, 2011. Youth is a factor in long-term fantasy football performance. Older players are less valuable than normal in keeper and dynasty leagues. Older players with more than 200 rushing attempts last year could be at a higher risk for injury.
- Overused Running Backs
The following 25 running backs have rushed more than 350 times in the past two seasons. These players could be at a higher risk for injury.
- Strong Finishers
The following 40 running backs had the highest average fantasy points during weeks 12-17 of the 2010 season.
- Quality Games
A "quality game" for a Running Back is defined by FFToolbox as scoring 13 or more fantasy points in a performance scoring system. The following players had the highest percentage of quality games over the past two seasons (minimum 6 games).
- Player movement from 2010 to 2011
There have been many significant NFL player signings and trades this season.
- Drafting for the Playoffs: RB
'We have identified players whose teams are currently not considered playoff-caliber and who face a relatively easy strength of schedule over weeks 14-16. These players should perform well for you if you make it to your fantasy playoffs.