Monday, June 21, 2010

Position Review: Running Backs

The following article was written by Bob Lung who has written for Fanball.com and now runs his own site called www.bigguyfantasysports.com. He is a fantasy football veteran who has developed a unique system that eliminates much of the luck factor in fantasy football. This site will be featuring periodic guest posts by Bob. They are well worth your time. - Jon

As always we will start with the first tier running backs ranked by their Quality Game Success Rate.

TIER ONE

Player Name

Total Points

Pts Rank

Total QG

Total GP

QG Success Rate

Adrian Peterson

284.50

2

15

16

94%

Chris Johnson

343.90

1

13

16

81%

Ray Rice

249.10

4

13

16

81%

Thomas Jones

230.00

5

13

16

81%

Ryan Grant

210.00

8

13

16

81%

Joseph Addai

198.50

9

12

15

80%


The top tier of consistent running backs for 2009 consists of running backs that had an 8o percent or higher QGSR (Quality Game Success Rate). What surprises many fantasy players who are new to the Quality Game Scores is the fact that the top six running backs are not also the top six overall fantasy points scorers. Ryan Grant and Joseph Addai ranked eighth and ninth overall, in at least 80 percent of their games they scored over the Quality Game Factor (9.34 fantasy points per game), they both averaged over 13 points per game played.


THE EXPECTED

Adrian Peterson was Mr. Consistency this season with a 94 percent QGSR. Now, here’s the funny part of this. Many fantasy experts called Peterson’s year a disappointment because of Favre “stealing” so many Red Zone touchdowns from Peterson this season.


Chris Johnson is the man that everyone was talking during the 2009 season. His No. 1 overall points victory by a 60 point margin over Peterson was the “water cooler” talk of the year. Johnson was a perfect 10 for 10 Quality Games over the last weeks of the season including the fantasy playoffs. He was expected to be a very good back but did anyone see him as the number one overall running back?


THE UNEXPECTED

Ray Rice was a highly touted running back out of college. However, there are always great college running backs coming into the league, but most do not end their first year as the No. 4 running back in overall points and with an 80 percent QGSR. Add the 12 rushing touchdowns that Willis McGahee “vultured” away from him, it’s almost scary how good he could be.


Thomas Jones was expected to step aside for the new era in the Jets running game. Instead, Leon Washington got hurt and Shonn Greene did little to move Thomas Jones out of the starting role. The off-season question will remain, “Is Jones done in New York?” (It is a different question since this article was written -- Jon) If he does move on to another club and it would not surprise me to see him flourish.


TIER TWO

Player Name

Total Points

Pts

Rank

Total QG

Total GP

QG Success

Rate

Frank Gore

228.60

6

11

14

79%

Ronnie Brown

125.65

33

7

9

78%

Cedric Benson

172.20

15

10

13

77%

Maurice Jones-Drew

271.50

3

12

16

75%

Steven Jackson

195.80

10

11

15

73%

Michael Turner

148.60

22

8

11

73%

Ladainian Tomlinson

158.40

19

10

14

71%

DeAngelo Williams

175.90

14

9

13

69%

Ricky Williams

214.50

7

11

16

69%


THE EXPECTED


Frank Gore was all over the fantasy experts’ boards ranking from sixth to fifteenth. Gore proved he belongs on the higher end by ranking sixth overall (even missing two games). He had an excellent 79 percent QGSR.


Maurice Jones-Drew ended third overall, which was not unexpected by most fantasy experts. His consistency was marginal at a 75 percent. This was his first full season without Fred Taylor, so we will give him a break. He should continue to be a stud for years to come.


While many would say that they did not expect Steven Jackson to end the season ranked tenth overall, I can honestly say that I did. With no other offensive weapons on the Rams team, even with love for Jackson as a player, I felt opposing defenses would key on him and there was no way he could end up in the top five or six as many projected. That said, if he is undervalued in your draft this year and you can get him as your No. 2 running back, do it!


THE UNEXPECTED

Injuries to Ronnie Brown, Michael Turner and DeAngelo Williams caused all three of these projected studs to disappoint their fantasy teams. The good news was that when they played their Success Rate was close to 70 percent or higher. Don’t hesitate to draft these players in 2010. All three should be undervalued due to their injury history.


Cedric Benson was barely even a quip on the radar prior to the fantasy drafts, but Benson exploded onto the fantasy world with seven out of eight Quality Games until an injury slowed him the rest of the season. He missed three games but was still ranked fifteenth overall and had a 77 percent QGSR. (He's top ten in 2010 -- Jon)


Ricky Williams was grossly undervalued in the preseason and for good reason. He has Ronnie Brown in front of him. However, Ricky proved his worth when he shared the field with Brown and even more so after Brown got hurt. He ended the season ranked seventh overall.


There were high expectations for LaDainian Tomlinson by myself and many others. However, after Week Nine, Tomlinson had only earned three Quality Games for the year and looked pretty bad doing it. But, something clicked in Week Ten and he earned seven Quality Games over the next eight weeks to end the season with a 71% QGSR. Not what was expected of him, but a nice comeback after such a horrible start.


TIER THREE

Player Name

Total Points

Pts Rank

Total QG

Total GP

QG Success Rate

Steve Slaton

122.40

35

7

11

64%

Marion Barber

155.30

21

9

15

60%

Pierre Thomas

156.50

20

8

14

57%

Rashard Mendenhall

181.90

13

9

16

56%

Knowshon Moreno

166.00

17

9

16

56%

Tim Hightower

146.60

24

9

16

56%

Carnell Williams

145.50

26

9

16

56%

Kevin Smith

143.60

27

7

13

54%

Jamaal Charles

186.70

12

8

15

53%

Laurence Maroney

135.60

30

8

15

53%

Jonathan Stewart

191.20

11

8

16

50%

Fred Jackson

170.65

16

8

16

50%

Matt Forte

161.00

18

7

16

44%


Tier Three consists of several different scenarios. We have Steve Slaton and Marion Barber at the top of this tier and Matt Forte at the bottom of this tier. These players were ranked in the top 15 during the preseason. However, injuries and perhaps the sophomore jinx, these two just could not get going.


Another group in this tier could very well be the future stars at the running back position. Pierre Thomas, Rashard Mendenhall, Knowshon Moreno, Jonathan Stewart, Jamaal Charles and Fred Jackson are all players to keep an eye on leading into the 2010 season.


Also in this tier are washed-up players like Laurence Maroney and Carnell Williams. They may have a few good games left, but they’re too inconsistent to want on a fantasy roster.


If you have any questions about the Quality Game Scores, you can email me your questions to bob@bigguyfantasysports.com or just visit the website (www.bigguyfantasysports.com) and check out all of the great consistency analysis.

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