My 2009 Rankings: Top 25 RB’s
Written By: g-men79
After doing a list of QB Rankings, I am now ranking the runningbacks. To make sure it is clear, I am ranking these runningbacks in terms of how I believe they will do this upcoming season. I’ve decided to look at the top 25 starting RB’s for this upcoming season. Anyone that is a backup like Jonathan Stewart or Ahmad Bradshaw are not included.
25. Jamaal Lewis. Cleveland Browns. 2008 stats- 279 car, 1,002 yds, 4 TD’s.
Lewis is getting old. There is no other way to look at it. He is far from his 2,000 yard season in 2003, and even though he had 1,002 yards last year, I don’t see him reaching that 1,000 this year.
24. Lary Johnston. Kansas City Cheifs. 2008 stats- 193 car, 874 yds, 5 TD’s.
We all remember the days of anticipating the LT vs. LJ match-ups between Johnston and LaDainian Tomlinson. Now LJ’s great days are over. He has had two consecutive sub-par seasons and thats what he’ll have again this year.
23. Reggie Bush. New Orleans Saints. 2008 stats- 106 car, 404 yds, 2 TD’s.
Reggie Bush no longer has Deuce McAllister playing starting runningback, and now he is the starter there. Pierre Thomas will be getting carries this year, but I think Reggie Bush will start to improve this year. Around 800 yards.
22. Knowshon Moreno. Denver Broncos. 2008 stats- N/A
After last year with the year of rookie runningbacks, Moreno is the only one I can see having a big impact as a starter. I know at the moment that he hasn’t been named the starter, but I think he will become the starter during the season.
21. Derrick Ward. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 2008 stats- 182 car, 1,025 yds, 2 TD’s.
I will personally be watching Derrick Ward closely this year. As a former Giant, I hope Ward does well but I don’t know if he will be good on his own this year, without Brandon Jacobs.
20. Frank Gore. San Fransisco 49′ers. 2008 stats- 240 car, 1,036 yds, 6 TD’s.
Only playing in 14 games last year, Gore racked up 1,036 yards and 6 TD’s. If Gore can stay healthy this year he can rush for around 1,100 but I could also see him ending the season with 800 yards.
19. Ronnie Brown. Miami Dolphins. 20008 stats- 214 car, 916 yds, 10 TD’s
Ronnie Brown’s stats have gone up and down since coming into the league in 2005. He has only rushed for 1,000 yards once in his career in 2006. He can go for 1,000 yards or 600. He is going to be a questionable RB going into this season, and I’m thinking he will have an average season.
18. Joseph Addai. Indianapolis Colts. 2008 stats- 155 car, 544 yds, 5 TD’s.
Joseph Addai is a good RB, but I am not sure how he will do this season. Only rushing for 544 yards and 5 TD’s in 12 games last season, Addai is a big question mark for me this year.
17. Maurice Jones-Drew. Jacksonville Jaguars. 2008 stats- 197 car, 824 yds, 12 TD’s.
It is going to be interesting to see what Maurice Jones-Drew can do this season. He will either be a better RB, because Fred Taylor is gone to New England. Or he could do worse without Fred Taylor there. I think Jones-Drew will have a good season though, probably a little better than last year.
16. Thomas Jones. New York Jets. 2008 stats- 290 car, 1,312 yds, 12 TD’s.
Thomas Jones could be the main focus point for the Jets offense this upcoming season with the QB situation still in question. While Leon Washington will be taking some of the carries from Jones, this season could be a very good one for him.
15. Marshawn Lynch. Buffalo Bills. 2008 stats- 250 car, 1,036 yds, 8 TD’s.
Marshawn Lynch would probably be higher on this list if he wasn’t suspended for the first three games. That being said, Lynch probably won’t rush for 1,000 yards this season because of that. He is still among the leagues best though.
14. Brian Westbrook. Philadelphia Eagles. 2008 stats- 233 car, 936 yds, 9 TD’s.
Westbrook is going to be an interesting RB in the first couple weeks. He had surgery in the off-season and we will have to see how he responds to that. Westbrook will most likely also be losing some carries to rookie RB LeSean McCoy.
13. Ryan Grant. Green Bay Packers. 2008 stats- 312 car, 1,203 yds, 4 TD’s.
Since coming into the NFL, Ryan Grant has been a good RB. From 956 yards in 07, to 1,203 yards in 08, Grant will most likely make another improvement in his game.
12. Matt Forte. Chicago Bears. 2008 stats- 316 car, 1,238 yds, 8 TD’s
Yet another breakout rookie, Forte was one of the main parts of this offense from last season. This year, with the addition of Jay Cutler, these Bears are going to be dangerous. Expect another great year from Matt Forte. Something around the stats he had last year.
11. LaDainian Tomlinson. San Diego Chargers. 2008 stats- 292 car, 1,110 yds, 11 TD’s.
I don’t understand the hating on LaDainian Tomlinson. A couple of years ago he could do no wrong. He has never missed a regular season game and has rushed for 1,000 yards every year he has been in the NFL. Now everyone wants to take a shot at a guy for missing the postseason, who is still one of the best in the league. He has Now he will be splitting time with Darren Sproles, but I still think this will be a big year for LT.
10. Steven Jackson. St Louis Rams. 2008 stats- 253 car, 1,042 yds, 7 TD’s.
Like Willie Parker, last season Jackson only started 11 games due to injury. We have all seen what Jackson can do when healthy though, and I think he is on his way to returning to form this season.
9. Willie Parker. Pittsburgh Steelers. 2008 stats- 210 car, 791 yds, 5 TD’s.
Last season Parker only played 11 games due to a knee injury bringing backup Rashard Mendenhall into the role. But if Parker can stay healthy, then this could be a very productive season for Willie Parker. I would say that, if healthy, he could rush for around 1,200 yards and 8 TD’s.
8. Brandon Jacobs. New York Giants. 2008 stats- 219 car, 1,089 yds, 15 TD’s.
Now that Derrick Ward is gone to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brandon Jacobs will be sharing carries with Ahmad Bradshaw. While I think Bradshaw will have success, he won’t be as good as Ward was and I think Jacobs will get more carries. He is one of the most dominant RB’s in the league, with the way that he punishes defenders. I see Jacobs piling up 1,250 yards and 15 TD’s.
7. Clinton Portis. Washington Redskins. 2008 stats- 342 car, 1,487 yds, 9 TD’s
Clinton Portis was considered to be one of the candidates for MVP during last season. Portis is still one of the top runningbacks in the league and is probably the biggest key of the Washington Redskins offense. I think his stats will pretty much be the same as last year.
6. DeAngelo Williams. Carolina Panthers. 2008 stats- 273 car, 1,515 yds, 18 TD’s.
In his first season as a starter last year Williams had great success along with 2nd string RB and rookie Jonathan Stewart. This year he will most likely have the same amount of success. I see him having the same stats as last year, maybe a few less TD’s.
5 . Marion Barber. Dallas Cowboys. 2008 stats- 238 car, 885 yds, 7 TD’s.
Another RB that will be sharing carries, with possibly two other guys, I think Marion Barber is going to have great success this season. Even though the Cowboys running game will be like the New York Giants last year with Barber, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice all getting a good share of carries. He will probably have around 1,200 yards and 10 TD’s.
4. Steve Slaton. Houston Texans. 2008 stats- 268 car, 1,282 yds, 9 TD’s.
Just like Tennesse’s Chris Johnston and Carolina’s Jonathan Stewart, Steve Slaton was a breakout rookie from last year. The only difference is that Slaton is the starter in Houston and has no one to share carries with. Slaton could be one of the best runningbacks in the next couple of years. This year, I believe his production will be around 1,300 to 1,400 yards.
3. Michael Turner. Atlanta Falcons. 2008 stats- 376 car, 1,699 yds, 17 TD’s.
One year after becoming the Falcons starter, after playing behind LaDainian Tomlinson, Michael “Burner” Turner had a great season. 1,700 carries and 17 TD’s. This year will be interesting to see what he can do. I am thinking Turner could either go down to around 1,500 yards, but has the potential to rush for 2,000.
2. Chris Johnston. Tennessee Titans. 2008 stats- 251 car, 1,228 yds, 9 TD’s.
One of the breakout rookies last year, Chris Johnston looks to continue his success this season. Even though he will be sharing carries with LenDale White, I think Johnston is going to have loads of success this year. I’m guessing he’ll have somewhere around 1,400 yards and 14 TD’s.
1. Adrian Peterson. Minnesota Vikings. 2008 stats- 363 car, 1,760, 10 TD’s.
Adrian Peterson is the unanimous #1. He is the best RB in the league, and could pile up 2,000 yards and 15-17 TD’s on his way to an MVP season. We are all expecting alot from Peterson this year, and I doubt he will disappoint.
Well there you go, there are my top 25 RB’s for the 2009 season. I will be looking into the WR’s next. If you missed my QB edition you can read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/212045-my-2009-nfl-rankings-qb-edition