Top 5 Fantasy Running Backs
The NFL preseason is only six weeks away so its time to start looking at the players that will bring your team to the fantasy promised land. Here is a look at the top 5 Running backs:
1. Ladanian Tomlinson
Still the best RB in the NFL, even though he will soon hit his 30th birthday, which always is a concern for running backs. L.T. should still be the first overall pick in most drafts, with the exception of some keeper leagues. The Chargers have parted ways with longtime fullback Lorenzo Neal, but don’t worry because LSU rookie Jacob Hester will step right in and fill the void.
2. Adrian Peterson
A.P. is a great player on a team with a solid offensive line and his numbers should be huge this year. He is everything Reggie Bush was supposed to be and more. Peterson is the most physical runner in the league, he is fast and he can jump cut away from defenders. He had a shot at 2000 yards last year but was hampered by a late season injury.
3. Brian Westbrook
With the exception of L.T., he’s the best dual threat running back in the NFL. He should post monster numbers this year as Philadelphia continues to run the offense through him. Few players in the league have as big of an impact on their teams offense as Westy does, which is why he will be drafted early in every league.
4. Joseph Addai
Addai is the starting running back from one of the best offenses in the entire league. He will continue to be a dual threat in the running and passing game and should post solid T.D. numbers. The return of Dominic Rhodes should not hurt his stock at all, as he will continue to be a work horse for the Colts.
5. Marion Barber
The loss of Julius Jones will mean more touches for MB3. Even though Dallas drafted Felix Jones, this should not hurt Barber that much. He is one of the most physical runners in the NFL who has a nose for the end zone. Dallas is set for another stellar offensive season, which is why you want him on your team.
Honorable Mention: Steven Jackson, Clinton Portis, Frank Gore