Week 8 Crag Index

The only fantasy rating to add perspective to your running back concerns – the Crag Index. Week 8’s teams on the bye were Buffalo, Cincinnati, Baltimore and Houston and their backs held at their previous index. Here are your top 50 backs through seven weeks with their rankings from last week in parenthesis:

  1. Arian Foster – 184.50       (1)
  2. A. Bradshaw – 55.47         (2)
  3. R. Rice – 53.70                     (4)
  4. F. Gore – 53.45                      (3)
  5. T. Richardson – 44.89        (8)
  6. W. McGahee – 43.79           (12)
  7. S. Greene – 43.43                  (5)
  8. D. Martin – 42.84                   (18)
  9. A. Peterson – 36.92             (7)
  10. S. Ridley – 36.50                     (14)
  11. M. Lynch – 35.68                  (11)
  12. A. Brown – 31.03                  (10)
  13. M. Turner – 30.71                (6)
  14. C.J. Spiller – 30.29              (9)
  15. A. Morris – 25.65                 (13)
  16. R. Bush – 23.77                     (15)
  17. L. McCoy – 20.90               (20)
  18. B. Green-Ellis – 19.04        (16)
  19. M. Forte – 15.91                 (26)
  20. C. Johnson – 13.64            (21)
  21. M. Bush – 13.53                 (17)
  22. D. Sproles – 13.05             (24)
  23. J. Charles – 12.94             (19)
  24. J. Battle – 11.75                  (22)
  25. D. McFadden – 11.66        (23)
  26. M. Jones-Drew – 8.77       (25)
  27. M. LeShoure – 8.55             (27)
  28. F. Jones – 8.37                     (41)
  29. R. Mathews – 7.60              (28)
  30. F. Jackson – 6.19                (30)
  31. K. Hunter – 6.12                  (29)
  32. P. Thomas – 5.82               (31)
  33. D. Thomas – 5.64              (49)
  34. D. Murray – 5.49             (32)
  35. D. Williams – 5.2              (33)
  36. D. Woodhead – 5.16       (38)
  37. D. Brown – 4.97               (35)
  38. L. Stephens-Howling – 4.88    (36)
  39. B. Bolden – 4.63                (37)
  40. B. Tate – 4.34                    (40)
  41. J. Rodgers – 4.06            (42)
  42. S. Jackson – 3.91            (39)
  43. C. Benson – 3.74            (43)
  44. L. Blount – 3.74             (45)
  45. I. Redman – 3.58           (44)
  46. J. Bell – 3.45                  (47)
  47. V. Ballard – 3.42          (NR)
  48. J. Stewart – 3.17           (46)
  49. S. Vereen – 2.70           (57)
  50. R. Mendenhall – 2.55     (48)

No one has come closer to 70 let alone nearing to Arian Foster.  Even without playing he stays a level above all the other backs.  It will be interesting to see Ray Rice come back from his bye and see if he can gain some ground with Gore going into his bye. Doug Martin had the biggest game of the week and climbed ten spots with an index increase of 26 points. When the Crag comes out early hopefully it can be followed by further analysis as the season rolls into it’s second half.  This is go time for fantasy you should be entering the final third of your fantasy season and maneuvers for playoff positioning are going to get intense.