Week 10 Crag Index

This week’s bye teams were Green Bay, Arizona, Cleveland and Washington. While those backs slept Arian Foster topped 100 in the Crag and still holds the reigns on this years charge to the finish line. Here’s how the running backs rank after ten weeks of play with last week’s rank in parenthesis:

  1. Arian Foster – 107.03         (1)
  2. Doug Martin – 85.14             (2)
  3. Ray Rice – 71.83                    (3)
  4. Marshawn Lynch – 63.21    (8)
  5. Adrian Peterson – 62.01       (4)
  6. Frank Gore – 58.40                (6)
  7. Trent Richardson – 51.11      (7)
  8. Ahmad Bradshaw – 50.93     (5)
  9. Willis McGahee – 50.43           (9)
  10. Shonn Greene – 45.67             (10)
  11. Andre Brown – 45.64              (13)
  12. Stevan Ridley – 44.26             (14)
  13. Mike Turner – 36.09                (11)
  14. Mikel LeShoure – 33.99         (12)
  15. C.J. Spiller – 31.75                  (16)
  16. Chris Johnson – 30.16           (21)
  17. Reggie Bush – 28.88               (15)
  18. Alfred Morris – 27.03           (17)
  19. Matt Forte – 24.40               (18)
  20. BenJarvus Green-Ellis – 22.29  (19)
  21. LeSean McCoy – 21.64           (20)
  22. Jamaal Charles – 18.86           (22)
  23. Felix Jones – 14.24                  (29)
  24. Fred Jackson – 13.95             (36)
  25. Chris Ivory – 13.30                 (38)
  26. Mike Bush – 12.73                   (23)
  27. Darren Sproles – 10.84          (24)
  28. Danny Woodhead – 10.21     (39)
  29. Jackie Battle – 9.91                  (25)
  30. Isaac Redman – 9.39                (28)
  31. Steve Jackson – 8.63               (46)
  32. Joique Bell – 8.25                    (27)
  33. Maurice Jones-Drew – 8.19    (31)
  34. Larod Stephens-Howling – 8.16    (32)
  35. Darren McFadden – 8.16              (26)
  36. DeAngelo Williams – 7.16            (30)
  37. Ryan Mathews – 6.52                    (33)
  38. Daniel Thomas – 6.38                      (49)
  39. Pierre Thomas – 5.87                      (34)
  40. Don Brown – 5.38                         (41)
  41. Vick Ballard – 5.11                      (43)
  42. Kendall Hunter – 4.93                (35)
  43. Demarco Murray – 4.28               (37)
  44. Kevin Smith – 4.15                      (40)
  45. Brandon Bolden – 4.13               (42)
  46. Jacquizz Rodgers – 3.77           (44)
  47. Mark Ingram – 3.66                   (51)
  48. Cedric Benson – 3.52                   (48)
  49. Ben Tate – 3.49                               (45)
  50. Jonathan Stewart – 3.16             (47)

If you drafted early on Darren McFadden, Demarco Murray or Maurice Jones-Drew it is distressing that this late in the season they are ranked among back up running backs on the index. You might get the ink ready for the official ‘BUST’ stamp.  The top seven have proved recession proof  with production against even some of the hardest match-ups. You’ve probably figured out by now they are must starts every week. The next group from 8-22 are solid second options for running backs and are consistent performers. Although they lack the big game that might win your whole week, like Doug Martin putting up over 50 in week 9, they should be started every week as well.  In the fortunate situation that you have three running backs with a Crag Index over 20, you might be in for some tough start/sit decisions. If your backs are all under 22, well you probably just missed the deadline for a trade and there’s nothing I can say that will help you now. Picking up a backup for a running back over 29 and hoping for the injury at this point might be your only hope.

Good luck in week 11!

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Week 7 Crag Index

Re-inventing the way we evaluate fantasy football running backs – the innovative Crag Index. This was a big week for byes as Atlanta, KC, Denver, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego rested 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. A. Foster – 184.50   (1)
  2. A. Bradshaw – 62.53   (4)
  3. F. Gore – 59.07      (3)
  4. R. Rice – 53.70      (2)
  5. S. Greene – 41.78   (6)
  6. M. Turner – 38.60   (5)
  7. A. Peterson – 31.70   (15)
  8. T. Richardson – 31.64   (8)
  9. C.J. Spiller – 30.29     (7)
  10. A. Brown – 30.02      (13)
  11. M. Lynch – 28.40     (10)
  12. W. McGahee – 27.85    (9)
  13. A. Morris – 25.87      (14)
  14. S. Ridley – 24.26     (11)
  15. R. Bush – 23.67      (12)
  16. B. Green-Ellis – 19.04     (16)
  17. M. Bush – 16.88       (17)
  18. D. Martin – 16.49     (22)
  19. J. Charles – 14.10     (18)
  20. L. McCoy – 13.83      (19)
  21. C. Johnson – 12.66    (NR)
  22. J. Battle – 12.27     (20)
  23. D. McFadden – 10.95   (23)
  24. D. Sproles – 10.58       (26)
  25. M. Jones-Drew III – 9.15    (21)
  26. M. Forte – 8.66       (25)
  27. M. LeShoure – 7.80    (27)
  28. R. Mathews – 6.69      (24)
  29. K. Hunter – 6.41         (30)
  30. F. Jackson – 6.19       (46)
  31. P. Thomas – 6.18       (NR)
  32. D. Murray – 5.98     (29)
  33. D. Williams – 5.85     (28)
  34. K. Smith – 4.89      (34)
  35. D. Brown – 4.82     (31)
  36. L. Stephens-Howling – 4.80    (53)
  37. B. Bolden – 4.63      (33)
  38. D. Woodhead – 4.63     (36)
  39. S. Jackson – 4.62      (NR)
  40. B. Tate – 4.34    (40)
  41. F. Jones – 4.08     (41)
  42. J. Rodgers – 4.03    (39)
  43. C. Benson – 3.84     (35)
  44. I. Redman – 3.77    (38)
  45. L. Blount – 3.49      (32)
  46. J. Stewart – 3.15      (44)
  47. J. Bell – 3.08         (43)
  48. R. Mendenhall – 3.05     (37)
  49. D. Thomas – 2.47    (49)
  50. D. Wilson – 2.42    (45)

As usual just the stats but I will follow up with a breakdown of player movement up and down the ladder.  At first look though one thing is obvious, if you drafted Arian Foster you are a happy owner.