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Preseason Fantasy Tidbits - Running Back Position

Fantasy tidbits - individual game basis (since the 1999 NFL season)

1 pt every 10 rushing yards; 1 pt every 10 receiving yards; 6 pts per touchdown, 1 pt per reception

Running Back Tidbits (per game)

  • Least fantasy points (minimum 20 carries):
    • Leonard Henry (Mia) 4.1 FP against the Steelers in 2004. He ran for 41 yards on 20 carries and didn't catch a pass

  • Top five fantasy points:
    • Clinton Portis (Den): 57.4 FP against the Chiefs in 2003
    • LaDainian Tomlinson (SD): 56.1 FP against the Broncos in 2002
    • Shaun Alexander (Sea): 56.1 FP against the Vikings in 2002
    • Priest Holmes (KC): 55.7 FP against the Seahawks in 2002
    • Marshall Faulk (StL): 54.5 FP against the Seahawks in 2002

  • Top five rushing yards performances:
    • Jamal Lewis, (Bal) with 295 rushing yards against the Browns in 2003
    • Corey Dillon, (Cin) with 278 rushing yards against the Broncos in 2000
    • Shaun Alexander, (Sea) with 266 rushing yards against the Raiders in 2001
    • Mike Anderson, (Den) with 251 rushing yards against the Saints in 2000
    • LaDainian Tomlinson, (SD) with 243 rushing yards against the Raiders in 2003

  • Most touchdowns:
    • Shaun Alexander (Sea) scored five touchdowns against the Vikings in 2002
    • Clinton Portis (Den) scored five touchdowns against the Chiefs in 2003
  • Most carries:
    • Rudi Johnson (Cin) carried 43 times (for 182 yards) against the Texans last year

  • Most receptions:
    • Marshall Faulk (StL) caught 14 passes (for 91 yards) against the Broncos in 2002

  • Most receiving yards:
    • Marshall Faulk (StL) blew away the field with 204 receiving yards against the Bears in 1999

  • Best rushing YPC (minimum 15 carries):
    • Corey Dillon (Cin) carried the ball 22 times for 278 yards (12.6 YPC) against the Broncos in 2000

  • Worst rushing YPC (minimum 15 carries):
    • Curtis Martin (NYJ) carried the ball 17 times for 11 yards (0.6 YPC) against the Raiders in 2000

  • Running backs have scored 40.0+ fantasy points in a game 46 times under this scoring system
    • 20 different running backs have hit that production mark
    • Marshall Faulk leads the way here by hitting that mark 11 times in the past five years
    • Priest Holmes is second, hitting it 9 times

  • Surprising Tidbits (from 2004):
    • Tied for most carries in one game last season are Reuben Droughns and Lee Suggs with 38 carries
    • RB Maurice Hicks of the 49ers carried the ball 34 times vs. the Cardinals in week fourteen last season
    • RB Clinton Portis had 34+ carries in three games last season
    • Against the 49ers, Portis had only 110 rushing yards on 35 carries

  • Surprise 150+ yard rushing performances in 2005:
    • RB Derrick Blaylock carried the ball 33 times for 186 yards against the Saints in week ten
    • RB Najeh Davenport carried the ball 19 times for 178 yards against the Rams in week twelve
    • RB DeShaun Foster carried the ball 32 times for 174 yards against the Chiefs in week two
    • RB Quentin Griffin carried the ball 23 times for 156 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Chiefs in week one
    • RB Jamal Lewis had 30 carries against the Jets but managed a miserable 71 yards and couldn't score
    • RB Jamal Lewis gained a league best (amongst RB) 232 total yards against the Bengals in week three on only 19 touches (12.2 yards per touch)

  • Even the Best have bad games (2004):
    • LaDainian Tomlinson (vs. Broncos): He managed only 70-total yards on 25 touches and didn't score
    • Edgerrin James (vs. Packers): He carried the ball 21 times for only 62 yards
    • Rudi Johnson: In the first two weeks of the year, Johnson carried the ball 45 times but gained only 134 rushing yards
    • Jamal Lewis had 33 touches against the Jets for 91 yards and couldn't score
    • Julius Jones carried the ball 30 times for only 81 yards against the Ravens

Most 200-yard rushing games? (27 times) (Best to worst)

  • LaDainian Tomlinson - 4 times
  • Marshall Faulk - 3 times
  • Edgerrin James - 2 times
  • Jamal Lewis - 2 times
  • Clinton Portis - 2 times
  • Ricky Williams - 2 times
  • Corey Dillon - 2 times
  • Shaun Alexander - 1 time
  • Mike Anderson - 1 time
  • Tiki Barber - 1 time
  • Warrick Dunn - 1 time
  • Charlie Garner - 1 time
  • Ahman Green - 1 time
  • Rudi Johnson - 1 time
  • Curtis Martin - 1 time
  • Duce Staley - 1 time
  • Fred Taylor - 1 time

Most 100-yard rushing games (Best to Worst - minimum 6 times)

  • Edgerrin James - 40 times
  • Curtis Martin - 34 times
  • Fred Taylor - 29 times
  • Corey Dillon - 29 times
  • Ricky Williams - 29 times
  • Ahman Green - 28 times
  • Marshall Faulk - 27 times
  • Priest Holmes - 26 times
  • Jamal Lewis - 26 times
  • Stephen Davis - 25 times
  • Clinton Portis - 23 times
  • Jerome Bettis - 23 times
  • LaDainian Tomlinson - 23 times
  • Deuce McAllister - 22 times
  • Shaun Alexander - 22 times
  • Emmitt Smith - 21 times
  • Tiki Barber - 21 times
  • Duce Staley - 16 times
  • Warrick Dunn - 13 times
  • Travis Henry - 13 times
  • Anthony Thomas -, 10 times
  • Rudi Johnson - 9 times
  • Domanick Davis - 8 times
  • Mike Anderson, 8 times
  • Michael Bennett, 8 times
  • Michael Pittman, 8 times
  • Willis McGahee, 7 times
  • Thomas Jones - 7 times
  • Chris Brown - 6 times
  • Reuben Droughns - 6 times
  • William Green - 6 times

Part Two: Fantasy Tidbits - entire regular season (since the 2001 season)

Running Backs: Top-12 in Fantasy Points
(based on 1 pt every 10 rushing yards; 1 pt every 10 receiving yards; 6 pts per touchdown)

  • Marshall Faulk - 374.9 FP during the 2000 season
  • Priest Holmes - 373.0 FP during the 2003 season
  • Priest Holmes - 372.7 FP during the 2002 season
  • Ahman Green - 345.0 FP during the 2003 season
  • Marshall Faulk - 340.7 FP during the 2001 season
  • LaDainian Tomlinson - 339.0 FP during the 2003 season
  • Edgerrin James - 338.3 FP during the 2000 season
  • Ricky Williams - 323.6 FP during the 2002 season with the Miami Dolphins
  • Jamal Lewis - 311.1 FP during the 2003 season
  • LaDainian Tomlinson - 307.2 FP during the 2002 season
  • Shaun Alexander - 306.6 FP during the 2004 season
  • Tiki Barber - 299.6 FP during the 2004 season

Running Backs: Top-12 in Fantasy Points
(based on 1 pt every 10 rushing yards; 1 pt every 10 receiving yards; 6 pts per touchdown; 1 PT per reception)

  • Marshall Faulk - 455.9 FP during the 2000 season
  • Priest Holmes - 447.0 FP during the 2003 season
  • Priest Holmes - 442.7 FP during the 2002 season
  • LaDainian Tomlinson - 439.0 FP during the 2003 season
  • Marshall Faulk - 423.7 FP during the 2001 season
  • Edgerrin James - 401.3 FP during the 2000 season
  • Ahman Green - 395.0 FP during the 2003 season
  • LaDainian Tomlinson - 386.2 FP during the 2002 season
  • Ricky Williams - 370.6 FP during the 2002 season with the Dolphins
  • Tiki Barber - 351.6 FP during the 2004 season
  • Charlie Garner - 347.2 FP during the 2002 season with the Raiders
  • Eddie George - 342.2 FP during the 2000 season with the Titans

Running Backs: Top-12 in Touchdowns Scored In One Season

  • Priest Holmes - 27 touchdowns in 2003
  • Marshall Faulk - 26 touchdowns in 2000
  • Priest Holmes - 24 touchdowns in 2002
  • Marshall Faulk - 21 touchdowns in 2001
  • Shaun Alexander - 20 touchdowns in 2004
  • Ahman Green - 20 touchdowns in 2003
  • Shaun Alexander - 18 touchdowns in 2002
  • Edgerrin James - 18 touchdowns in 2000
  • LaDainian Tomlinson - 18 touchdowns in 2004
  • Clinton Portis - 17 touchdowns in 2002 with the Broncos
  • LaDainian Tomlinson - 17 touchdowns in 2003
  • Ricky Williams - 17 touchdowns in 2002 with the Dolphins

Running Backs: Top-12 in Receptions, One Season

  • LaDainian Tomlinson - 100 receptions in 2003
  • Charlie Garner - 91 receptions in 2002 for the Raiders
  • Marshall Faulk - 83 receptions in 2001
  • Marshall Faulk - 81 receptions in 2000
  • Marshall Faulk - 80 receptions in 2002
  • LaDainian Tomlinson - 79 receptions in 2002
  • Michael Pittman - 75 receptions in 2003 for the Buccaneers
  • Priest Holmes - 74 receptions in 2003
  • Ahman Green - 73 receptions
  • Michael Pittman - 73 receptions in 2000 with the Cardinals
  • Brian Westbrook - 73 receptions in 2004
  • Tiki Barber - 72 receptions in 2001
  • Charlie Garner - 72 receptions in 2001 with the Raiders

Running Backs: Top-12 in Carries, One Season

  • Eddie George - 403 carries in 2000 with the Titans
  • Ricky Williams - 392 carries in 2003 with the Dolphins
  • Edgerrin James - 387 carries in 2000
  • Jamal Lewis - 387 carries in 2003
  • Ricky Williams - 383 carries in 2002 with the Dolphins
  • LaDainian Tomlinson - 372 carries in 2002
  • Curtis Martin - 371 carries in 2004
  • Rudi Johnson - 361 carries in 2004
  • Stephen Davis - 356 carries in 2001
  • Jerome Bettis - 355 carries in 2000
  • Ahman Green - 355 carries in 2003
  • Shaun Alexander - 353 carries in 2004

Running Backs: Top-12 in Rushing Yardage, One Season

  • Jamal Lewis - 2,066 rushing yards in 2003
  • Ahman Green - 1,883 rushing yards in 2003
  • Ricky Williams - 1,853 rushing yards in 2002
  • Edgerrin James - 1,709 rushing yards in 2000
  • Curtis Martin - 1,697 rushing yards in 2004
  • Shaun Alexander - 1,696 rushing yards in 2004
  • LaDainian Tomlinson - 1,683 rushing yards in 2002
  • LaDainian Tomlinson - 1,645 rushing yards in 2003
  • Deuce McAllister - 1,641 rushing yards in 2003
  • Corey Dillon - 1,635 rushing yards in 2004 with the Patriots
  • Priest Holmes - 1,615 rushing yards in 2002
  • Clinton Portis - 1,591 rushing yards in 2003 with the Broncos

Running Backs: # of times with at least 230 Fantasy Points
(based on 1 pt every 10 rushing yards; 1 pt every 10 receiving yards; 6 pts per touchdown)

  • Shaun Alexander, 4 times
  • Priest Holmes - 3 times
  • LaDainian Tomlinson - 3 times
  • Curtis Martin - 3 times
  • Ahman Green - 3 times
  • 9 running backs - 2 times
    • Tiki Barber
    • Corey Dillon
    • Marshall Faulk
    • Charlie Garner
    • Edgerrin James
    • Deuce McAllister
    • Clinton Portis
    • Fred Taylor
    • Ricky Williams
  • 5 running backs - 1 time
    • Mike Anderson
    • Domanick Davis
    • Eddie George
    • Travis Henry
    • Jamal Lewis
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