Week 4 Running Back Crag Index

Shortly before kickoff of week 5 – here are your Crag Rankings for Running Backs through 4 weeks.  Here are the 46 backs with a rushing touchdown thus far with their previous weeks ranking in parentheses:

  1. A. Foster – 48.002   (4)
  2. A. Brown – 41.98   (3)
  3. F. Gore – 41.68    (5)
  4. R. Rice – 38.51   (2)
  5. M. Lynch – 37.11   (6)
  6. C.J. Spiller – 34.32   (1)
  7. M. Turner – 30.70   (7)
  8. W. McGahee 25.41   (12)
  9. T. Richardson – 24.43   (13)
  10. J. Battle – 23.11   (11)
  11. S. Ridley – 18.49   (28)
  12. A. Morris – 16.33   (15)
  13. J. Charles – 16.18   (30)
  14. A. Peterson – 16.05   (10)
  15. R. Bush – 13.50   (9)
  16. M. Jones-Drew III – 13.44   (21)
  17. B. Green-Ellis – 13.08   (16)
  18. M. Bush – 12.59   (14)
  19. A. Bradshaw – 8.79   (27)
  20. C. Benson – 8.33   (24)
  21. D. Sproles – 8.27   (33)
  22. D. Brown – 6.73   (22)
  23. M. LeShoure – 6.71   (18)
  24. B. Tate – 6.42   (19)
  25. D. Martin – 6.39   (26)
  26. D. Murray – 6.39   (21)
  27. D. Williams – 6.16   (34)
  28. K. Smith – 6.14   (17)
  29. S. Greene – 5.68   (23)
  30. L. McCoy – 5.64    (25)
  31. K. Hunter – 5.32   (NR)
  32. J. Rodgers – 5.16   (20)
  33. D. McFadden – 5.13   (29)
  34. M. Forte – 4.38   (32)
  35. M. Ingram – 3.60   (31)
  36. D. Woodhead – 3.44   (39)
  37. J. Stewart – 2.60   (36)
  38. J. Bell – 2.57   (35)
  39. I. Redman – 2.40   (38 – week 4 bye)
  40. L. Miller – 2.13   (37)
  41. S. Draughn – 1.81   (40)
  42. L. Blount – 1.13   (NR)
  43. M. Tolbert – .93   (41)
  44. K. Moreno – .66   (43)
  45. V. Leach – .60   (44)
  46. L. Stephens-Howling – .36   (42)

Jackie Battle is quietly bringing in the best TD rate on the list, hitting pay dirt once for every nine touches.  LeSean McCoy on the other hand has the worst ratio with 95 touches and only one touchdown to show for it.  Not far behind McCoy are Doug Martin with 79 touches, DeMarco Murray with 77 touches, Cedric Benson with 76 touches, McFadden with 75 touches and Shonn Green with 70 touches while all five only have one touchdown on the year as well. That’s keeping Battle in the top 10 while the other five are indexed 20 and lower.

Also interesting to note the backs with the highest percentage of their team’s carries so far are McFadden at 80%, Chris Johnson at 78%, Murray at 77%, Richardson at 75%, Jones-Drew at 73%, Benson at 73%, Green-Ellis at 72%, Martin at 70% and Foster at 69%.  These look to be the early season work horses for their respective teams and hold a good chance of gaining ground on Foster who has been in the top 5 every week.

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