Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Week 4 - Running Backs

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I love the RB tiers this week.  They are extremely intuitive and inline with most experts feelings thus far. Anyone in tier 1 or 3 is capable of RB1 numbers. Tier 4 backs you can probably count on to produce RB2 numbers and should not be benched.

Tier 5 is by far the most interesting group to me. Bernard, Moreno, Miller, Powell, Sproles, Bell and Pierce now are exact equals going into Wednesday. This is the "boom or bust" tier. Notice that most the backs here are in time shares and our algorithm groups them together.

Ridley continues to drop. Powell comes out of nowhere filling for an injured Ivory on the 2-1 Jets.

Experts are giving CJ Spiller another week, where as the ship has sailed on David Wilson who has dropped into tier 5 this week.  edit: Wilson is on the same tier as Fred Jackson now, and if you asked me I'd take Jackson over Wilson this week.

A couple injuries still hang from last week: Reggie Bush and Ray Rice.  Check as the week goes on to see their solidify one way or the other. Looks like both Bush and Rice will be playing this week, and they're set in tiers 4, but don't expect Rice to get his normal work load.

Tier 1: Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy
Tier 2: Matt Forte, Doug Martin, Alfred Morris, Marshawn Lynch, DeMarco Murray
Tier 3: Darren McFadden, Frank Gore, Trent Richardson, Arian Foster
Tier 4: Chris Johnson, Reggie Bush, C.J. Spiller, Maurice Jones-Drew, Bilal Powell, Ray Rice
Tier 5: Darren Sproles, Giovani Bernard, Lamar Miller, Bernard Pierce, Knowshon Moreno, Stevan Ridley, Joique Bell
Tier 6: Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson, Ryan Mathews, Daryl Richardson, Fred Jackson, Jason Snelling, Jacquizz Rodgers, Rashard Mendenhall, Le'Veon Bell
Tier 7: Pierre Thomas, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Ben Tate
Tier 8: Danny Woodhead, Brandon Bolden, Willis McGahee



  1. I currently need a player for my FLEX position. What are your thoughts on MJD? Do you think I can finally count on him to produce reasonable numbers (~10pts, standard)?

    1. MJD is really high on the flex charts this week. if you have him as a flex option you're in GREAT shape.

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  3. How high does Pierce rise if Rice doesn't suit up?

    1. i would guess tier 3 - i can't see him going above foster. but once news hits, experts will update their ranks, and i'll update these charts.

  4. .5 point ppr who would you flex? MJD/Sproles/ Julius Thomas? Thank you!!

    1. hey sorry didn't get to this... but, i'm putting up charts for 0.5 ppr next week!