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NFL Fantasy Football: Target RB with your 1st-round pick

TOP 50 RANKINGS

1. RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings

2. RB Arian Foster, Texans

3. RB Doug Martin, Buccaneers

4. RB C.J. Spiller, Bills

5. RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs

6. RB Ray Rice, Ravens

7. RB LeSean McCoy, Eagles

8. RB Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks

9. RB Alfred Morris, Redskins

10. RB Trent Richardson, Browns

11. RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars

12. RB Steven Jackson, Falcons

13. RB Stevan Ridley, Patriots

14. WR Calvin Johnson, Lions

15. RB Matt Forte, Bears

16. QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers

17. QB Drew Brees, Saints

18. QB Peyton Manning, Broncos

19. WR Dez Bryant, Cowboys

20. WR A.J. Green, Bengals

21. WR Brandon Marshall, Bears

22. RB Chris Johnson, Titans

23. TE Jimmy Graham, Saints

24. WR Randall Cobb, Packers

25. WR Julio Jones, Falcons

26. WR Roddy White, Falcons

27. QB Cam Newton, Panthers

28. QB Tom Brady, Patriots

29. RB Frank Gore, 49ers

30. RB Reggie Bush, Lions

31. WR Demaryius Thomas, Broncos

32. WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

33. QB Matt Ryan, Falcons

34. RB Eddie Lacy, Packers

35. RB David Wilson, Giants

36. RB Lamar Miller, Dolphins

37. WR Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers

38. WR Andre Johnson, Texans

39. WR Victor Cruz, Giants

40. QB Russell Wilson, Seahawks

41. QB Matthew Stafford, Lions

42. RB Darren Sproles, Saints

43. WR Wes Welker, Broncos

44. WR Marques Colston, Saints

45. WR Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs

46. WR Reggie Wayne, Colts

47. RB Montee Ball, Broncos

48. WR Danny Amendola, Patriots

49. WR Hakeem Nicks, Giants

50. WR Jordy Nelson, Packers

Updated: August 30, 2013 10:03AM



I’m in the prediction business, and if you’re in a standard 10- or 12-team re-draft league, I predict you’ll take a running back in the first round.

You’d be foolish not to. Overall, running back is the scarcest position on the board, but it’s loaded at the top. In fact, the run on running backs might last into the second round.

You might be tempted to take a quarterback. There are players at the top capable of throwing 40 touchdown passes, but there are several more capable of throwing for 30. Quarterback is deep, so load up elsewhere first.

Here’s an example, using my top-50 ranking. Let’s say you’re picking eighth in a 10-team league, and your first pick is quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Your second pick (No. 13) could be running back Steven Jackson, your third pick (No. 28) running back Reggie Bush and your fourth pick (No. 33) wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Not bad.

If your first pick is running back Marshawn Lynch, your second could be wide receiver Calvin Johnson, your third could be Bush and your fourth could be quarterback Matt Ryan. That team has more firepower, with three players ranked among the top eight at their position.

You could wait even longer for a quarterback. They’re outside my top 50, but (in ranking order) Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick, Tony Romo and Andrew Luck might be available with your fifth pick, if not later. That could give you a third running back to use as a flex play or a second wide receiver.

Don’t sleep on . . .

QB Matthew Stafford, Lions: He had a huge drop in scoring last season, but he figures to make a huge leap back this season. Stafford will throw a ton again, and his arsenal received an upgrade with pass-catching running back Reggie Bush.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars: By all accounts, including his own, Jones-Drew is in fine form after a foot injury limited him to six games last season. He wasn’t exactly injury-prone before then, missing three games in six seasons. A big season is ahead.

Let ’em go

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals: Clearly not sold on Green-Ellis’ impressive second half, the Bengals drafted Giovani Bernard in the second round. Green-Ellis figures to get the short-yardage work, but Bernard is the future of this backfield.

WR Mike Wallace, Dolphins: This team hasn’t been kind to wide receivers. The last Dolphins wideout with double-digit touchdowns was Chris Chambers, who had 11 in 2005. The Ryan Tannehill-Wallace connection doesn’t figure to be as prolific.

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