The running back tiers are beautiful this week. Tier 1 and 2 RB’s have all had consistent fantasy production for several weeks running.
The drop off to tier 3 is substantial. We have Eddie Lacy, DeAngelo Williams, and Giovani Bernard, none of whom were elite running backs at the start of the season, but have impressed more and more experts recently. Trent Richardson finally started to show some life on his new team last week, and it’s only a matter of time until he learns the Colts’ playbook.
The algorithm finds another large drop off to tier 4. Lamar Miller and Brandon Jacobs still have much to prove. Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller continue to split carries and points. Same with Danny Woodhead and Ryan Matthews. Stevan Ridley and Le’Veon Bell have been either hot or cold, and both face solid run defenses this week (Jets and Baltimore).
Tier 1: Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte
Tier 2: Marshawn Lynch, Arian Foster, Knowshon Moreno, Doug Martin, Frank Gore, Alfred Morris, Reggie Bush, Ray Rice
Tier 3: Eddie Lacy, DeAngelo Williams, Giovani Bernard, Trent Richardson
Tier 4: Lamar Miller, Brandon Jacobs, Fred Jackson, Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, Maurice Jones-Drew, C.J. Spiller, Le'Veon Bell, Stevan Ridley
Tier 5: Joseph Randle, Bilal Powell, Chris Johnson, Zac Stacy
Tier 6: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Jacquizz Rodgers, Andre Ellington, Willis McGahee, Steven Jackson
Tier 7: Joique Bell, Rashard Mendenhall, Jason Snelling, Chris Ogbonnaya, Ben Tate, Ronnie Hillman