The Revolution of the ‘Stud’ Running Back

by Jim Coventry

Five weeks hardly makes a season, especially in fantasy football, but it allows us to take a good, long look at things so we can make informed decisions. Did you have a top-4 pick? If you did, unless you stepped out of the box, you probably have LaDainian Tomlinson, Larry Johnson, Steven Jackson, or Frank Gore on your team, and unless you really did well with the rest of the draft, you’re probably not in the best spot possible right now. Here are a couple of charts for you to get some information from (scoring based on PPR league with standard scoring):
Weekly RB rank of the ‘big 4’

Player
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

Tomlinson
2
31
11
2
10

Johnson
15
25
51
8
33

Gore
16
6
44
11
24

Jackson
42
20
13
DNP
DNP

I have been playing fantasy football for fifteen years, and I cannot remember a group of clear-cut top RBs playing so poorly for this long of a stretch of time.

Tomlinson has been OK and he is the only one that can still be deemed as a player that can still earn his lofty draft status.

Larry Johnson has had an inexcusable run of poor play and the week he ranked # 8 was too little to make much of a difference.

Frank Gore has not been any type [...]

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