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So while I was working on my top 25 RB rankings for the 2014 season I got to thinking…How right are we(Industry Insiders)
and it turns out not really.. This is data from a site we all LOVE.. So much so fans have a blind devotion to the ranks and the talent. On draft day dont be a slave to the rankings.
Over the last 3 years between 6-7 RB that have been pre-ranked in the top 15 at the start of the year was NOT in the top 15 when the smoke settled . Here a look at the top 15 for the 2011,2012 and 2013 season (Not Ranked in the top 15)
2011 RB Pts (Pre-Ranked)
1.Ray Rice 300pts (5th)
2.LeSean McCoy 282pts (6th)
3.MJD 264pts (7th)
4.Arian Foster 256pts (4th)
5.Marshawn Lynch 219pts (Not Ranked)
6.Michael Turner 216pts (9th)
7.Ryan Mathews 190pts (Not Ranked)
8.Michael Bush 187pts (Not Ranked)
9.Darren Sproles 185pts (Not Ranked)
10.Steven Jackson 183pts (11th)
11.Frank Gore 180pts (10th)
12.Reggie Bush 180pts (Not Ranked)
13.Adrian Peterson 178pts (1st)
14.Fred Jackson 172pts (Not Ranked)
15.Matt Forte 170pts (14th)
—-2012 RB Pts (Pre-Rank)—-
1.Adrian Peterson 307pts (10th)
2.Doug Martin 263pts (Not Ranked)
3.Arian Foster 262pts (1st)
4. Marshwn Lynch 247pts (6th)
5.Alferd Morris 241pts (Not Ranked)
6.Ray Rice 222pts (2nd)
7.CJ Spiller 212pts (Not Ranked)
8.Jamaal Charles 205pts (9th)
9.Trent Richerson 204pts (14)
10.Frank Gore 203pts (Not Ranked)
11.Steven Ridley 199pts (Not Ranked)
12.Matt Forte 177pts (7th)
13.Chris Johnson 176pts (4th)
14.Reggie Bush 172pts (Not Ranked)
15.Shonn Greene 167pts (Not Ranked)
As you can tell its a crap shoot as to how they finish year by year.
Let take a look at the 2013 season before we get to my rankings .
—–2013 RB. Pts. (Pre-Rank)
1.Jamaal Charles 295pts (6th)
2.LeSean McCoy 262 (10th)
4.Marshawn Lynch 224pts (3rd)
5.Knowshon Moreno220pts (Not Ranked)
6.Eddie Lacy 198pts (Not Ranked)
7.Adrian Peterson 194pt (1st)
8. Chris Johnson 189pt (15th)
9.Demarco Murry 189pt (Not Ranked)
10.Fred Jackson 178pts(Not Ranked)
11.Ryan Mathews 175pts(Not Ranked)
12.Reggie Bush 174pts(Not Ranked)
13.Frank Gore 166pts (14th)
14.Alfred Morris 160pts (9th)
15.Leveon Bell 160pts (Not Ranked)
So my point is the top 15-25 has just as much value and chance to break the top 10 as guys being ranked in the top 10.
I will update my list as the days and the weeks leading up to camp so check back. (Are the ranking from two other sites)
—-2014 RB rankings—-
1.Jamaal Charles (1st,3rd)
3.LeSean McCoy (2nd,2nd)
5.Marshawn Lynch (4th,5th)
6.Eddie Lacy (5th,6th)
8.Zac Stacy (9th,9th)
9.Doug Martin (10th,7th)
10.Alfred Morris (14th,12th)
14.Reggie Bush (15th,15th)
15.Demarco Murry (12th,10th)
16.CJ Spiller (16th,18th)
17.Ryan Mathews (15th,17th)
18.Ben Tate (21st,16th)
19.Andre Ellington (17th,20th)
20.Trent Richarson (21st,32nd)
21.Reshad Jennings (25th,19th)
22.Shane Vereen (22nd,26th)
23.Bishop Sankey (24th,29th)
24.Knowshon Moreno (33rd,31st)
25.Joique Bell (23rd,27th)
So keep a eye on 16-25th I have a feeling one maybe two guys sneak into my top 15.
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This weeks adds Dennis covers fantasy baseball top waiver wire pickups
With stars dropping like flys and in some leagues the waiver wire is thin.
Here a new list of guys you might be able to plug and play for a week or so.
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Seth Smith 38% SD OF
Season- .333 R-18 HR-5 and 17-RBI
I still think he hits 15/20HR so to be 38% own is a steal. He has hits in 11 of his last 12 games and multi hits in 6 of them with stats of 10-RBI runs-8 and 3-HR.
Juan Francisco 61% Tor 1B/3B
Season – .292 18-R HR-8 and 19-RBI
Juan is a repeat offender on this list and I won’t stop until he owned in 62% of leagues .After going 0-10 Juan bounced back nicely with 7 hit in 6 games that includes 3HR and 7RBI.
George Springer 66% HOU OF
I hate tossing out guys who are owned over 60% but this guy was a much hyped prospect who has under whelmed . If this kid is sitting on your waver wire you must jump on him..Springer has shown life as of late with hits in 9 of 12 games 14 total and 7 runs with 9Rbi .
Gerardo Parra 40% AZ OF
Season – .273 23-Runs 4-HR 3-SB and 14Rbi
Parra has a 8game hit streak with and hit safely 12 time in that 8game span.
Going 0-4 on 5/14 Ol’ Gerardo has 5 hits and the last 4 games.
James Loney 57% TB 1B
Alright not the most sexy name on this or any list.. No power no speed…
Buuuut .306 18-Runs and 25-RBI he producing .
Kolten Wong 6% STL 2B
The welcome back to the Majors part has him starting in the last 3 games going 5 of 11 with 3RBI
Jedd Gyorko 46% SD 2
With his ownership dropping like a rock with a .154 BA he has teased us a few times already with signs of life. Gyorko is to good for this slump and if you have the room he could be a stud in a few weeks . The bright side is the 5HR and 20RBI already this season
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Matt Garza vs STL
Shelby Miler vs Mil
Max Scherzer vs CWS
Hector Noesi vs Det
Chris Archer vs Bos
Felix Doubront vs TB
Charlie Morton vs Bal
Chris Tillman vs Pitt
Zach McAllister vs LAA
C.J Wilson vs Cle
Roenis Elias vs NYY
David Phelps vs Sea
Bartolo Colon vs Phi
Kyle Kendrick vs Mets
Edwin Jackson vs Reds
Tony Cingrani vs Cubs
Aaron Harang vs Mia
Nate Eovaldi vs Atl
Jesse Chavez vs Tex
Robbie Ross vs A’s
Drew Hutchison vs KC
Bruce Chen vs Jays
Zack Greinke vs Minn
Kyle Gibson vs LAD
Jordan Zimmermann vs Hou
Brett Oberholtzer vs Was
Jordan Lyles vs AZ
Josh Collmenter vs Col
Robbie Erlin vs SF
Tim Hudson vs SD