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First off, I would like to sincerely apologize for the lateness of the rest of my Fantasy Football Rankings for running backs 21-40. The summer weather has finally hit the great area of Northeastern Pennsylvania and I had to take advantage of it when I can.
Oh BTW, did anyone ever tell you that beer and fireworks don't mix? I must have missed that meeting.
Lions Jahvid Best cracks the latter half of the top 40 at No. 21. I think he will have a bounce-back season, but how could he not after dealing with turf toes last year? One thing I worry about, however, is how rookie Mikel Leshoure (36) is going to fit into the equation. He's a bruiser who can easily steal goal-line touches. That would make him an excellent option in touchdown-heavy leagues.
One of the biggest problems I had was what to do with the situation in Green Bay. Ryan Grant (25) was knocked out for almost all of last season and has been rumored to either be on the cutting block, trade block or will eventually take a backseat to James Starks (35). I can see either claiming the featured-back role by midseason.
Another thing you will notice is the number of No. 2 backs I have listed. Brandon Jacobs, CJ Spiller and Michael Bush are all one injury away from making a major fantasy impact this year. Bush was reportedly supposed to be eligible for unrestricted free agency once the lockout ended. But because he was rehabbing from a broken leg and didn't play in his rookie season, he will sit in Raiderland for another year on a restricted free agent tender behind Darren McFadden.
I put a question mark by Ronnie Brown because we really don't know what is going to happen to him. There is talk that he could re-sign with Miami, but it sounds more like the Dolphins want to move on. Cedric Benson is in the same boat, but I think he'll stay put in Cincy.[table “32” not found /]