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Buffone Fantasy Football Guide RBs 6-10: MoJo Falls to #9

Posted By John Buffone On Jul 19 2011 @ 11:26 am In Fantasy Football | No Comments

Yesterday proved that Adrian Peterson is still tops among fantasy options and that LeSean McCoy could be headed for a monster 2011 season. Today however, will show some newcomers in the top 10 and a once-coveted running back falling to the bottom of the Top 10.


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#6 Ray Rice:RB- Baltimore Ravens


Rice will continue to carry your fantasy team.


Age: 24

Height: 5’8

Weight: 212

Bye Week: 5

Keeper Status: Great


2010 Stats:

Rushing: 1220            yards            5 TD

Receiving: 63 Rec.            556 yards            1 TD



2011 Projected Stats:

Rushing: 1350 yards            8 TD           

Receiving: 55 Rec.             510 yards            3 TD


There was no sophomore slump for Rice last year as he continued to be the centerpiece in the run game as well as playing a vital role in the receiving game. For now, Willis McGahee is still there to vulture some goal line scores. However, unless McGahee is willing to take a pay cut, he could be gone from Baltimore. Le’Ron McClain is also rumored to be leaving the Charm City so Rice could see himself in an even more increased role. Rice will continue to put up big numbers for your fantasy team.


#7- Darren McFadden:RB-Oakland Raiders


McFadden is coming off his best season yet and still has room to grow.


Age: 23

Height: 6’2

Weight: 2010

Bye Week: 8

Keeper Status: Great

 2010 Stats:

Rushing: 1157 yards            7 TD

Receiving: 47 Rec.   507 yards    3 TD




2011 Projected Stats:

Rushing: 1280 yards            7 TD

Receiving: 51 Rec.            545 yards            4 TD


As stated earlier, I’m not big on running backs after just one successful season. However, McFadden owners have reason to be excited in 2011. Run DMC finally showed the power and explosion that Al Davis and company saw in him back in 2008 when they drafted him #4 overall. With a very young receiving core and questionable quarterback situation around him, McFadden is going to see a high percentage of plays designed for him.




#8- Frank Gore:RB- San Francisco 49ers


Gore's bruising style of running could land him on the sidelines at some point.


Age: 28

Height: 5’9

Weight: 217

Bye Week:7

Keeper Status: Good


2010 Stats:

Rushing: 853 yards            3 TD

Receiving: 46 Rec.            452 yards            2 TD



2011 Projected Stats:

Rushing: 1150 yards            8 TD

Receiving: 55 Rec.             501 yards            3 TD


Gore was having another great season in 2011 until he broke his hip in week 12 and was done for the season. Gore’s health is always a concern for his owners seeing that he hasn’t played a full season since 2006. If all of his rehab has goes accordingly however, Gore is once again going to be the centerpiece of the San Fran offense. Whether its rookie Colin Kaepernick or Alex Smith taking snaps for the 49ers in 2011, Gore will act as the safety blanket in both the running and receiving game.


#9- Maurice Jones-Drew:RB-Jacksonville Jaguars


MJD is still a very solid option in the first round but don't be hesitant to handcuff him.


Age: 26

Height: 5’7

Weight: 208

Bye Week: 9

Keeper Status: Good


2010 Stats:

Rushing: 1324 yards            5 TD

Receiving: 34 Rec.            317 yards            2 TD


2011 Projected Stats:

Rushing: 1250 yards            7 TD           

Receiving: 45 Rec.             415 yards            3 TD


MJD has been a regular among the fantasy elite for the past several years due in large part to his workhorse ability for the Jacksonville offense (averaging 305.5 carries over the past two seasons). While MJD’s durability may be a question late in the season, he’s still a serious offensive threat worth taking in the first round.




#10- Rashard Mendenhall:RB-Pittsburgh Steelers


Mendenhall will continue to put up solid numbers in Pittsburgh's offense.


Age: 23

Height: 5’10


Bye Week:11

Keeper Status: Great




2010 Stats:

Rushing: 1273                        13 TD

Receiving: 23 Rec.            167 yards            0 TD


2011 Projected Stats:

Rushing: 1325 yards            12 TD

Receiving: 21 Rec.            141 yards            1 TD


Mendenhall has done a good job of establishing himself as the future of the Steelers run game and is continuing to get better. Mendenhall has seen his attempts skyrocket (324 in 2010) throughout the years but may not get as many this year due to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger not having to serve a four game suspension to start this year. Mendenhall’s numbers should keep stride or moderately improve in 2011.

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