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Fantasy Football: 2010-11 Season RB Rankings (Top 25)

Biggest RB Shocks Of The 2010-11 Fantasy Football Season

#1. Arian Foster (Hou - RB) Out of the top 25 running backs, Arian Foster had the most unexpected season, by far. Who would have guessed that Arian Foster would end up being the top fantasy back of the 2010-11 season? He had more rushing yards (1436) and receiving yards (594)  than any other back in the league. In addition to this, he ended with 14 rushing TDs, which was also more than any other running back this season. Coming in as close seconds, were Adrian Peterson and Benjarvus Green-Ellis, each of which had 12 rushing TDs this season. At the start of the fantasy football season, Foster was taken in most drafts in about the 7th or 8th round. It is very likely that you made it to the playoffs in your league if you drafted this guy. If you didn't make the playoffs, then either everybody else on your team was horrible, or you never checked your team. Arian Foster will likely be the number one fantasy RB going into the 2011- 2012 fantasy football season.

#2. Peyton Hillis (Cle - RB) When it comes to big season performances, it would be a crime if this guy wasn't mentioned. At the start of the season, it looked like Jerome Harrison was probably going to get the starting gig, but his early case of fumbilitis made the Browns second guess their decision. By the time Week 3 rolled around Harrison was shipped to Philadelphia and Hillis was given the starting job. Many of you may remember Week 3 when Hillis ran all over the Ravens defense, rushing for 144 yards and a TD. This is about the time, the majority of fantasy owners and fans alike took notice of this bulldozer. If you were smart enough to pick him up in weeks 1 or 2, kudos to you. On the other hand, if you waited too long, it is more than likely someone else picked him up immediately. Peyton Hillis was drafted in only a smaller percentage of deeper leagues, but by the end of the season he was the 3rd best fantasy running back. Hillis was also be a top 5 fantasy RB going into the 2011-12 fantasy football season.

#3. Darren McFadden (Oak - RB) The second biggest running back surprise this year has to be McFadden. This guy managed to overtake the fifth best overall fantasy 2010-11 RB spot on the Oakland Raiders. Who knew that this guy was going to be as good as he was this season? The scary thing was that he missed three games (including week 17) during the season, yet he was still able to rush for 1100+ yards and gain 500+ receiving yards. The guy was a monster this season and if he didn't miss weeks 5 and 6, he would have been the #2 best fantasy RB this season. In most fantasy leagues, he was drafted in rounds 14-16, where he would have been a steal in even the second or third round. He will definitely be a top 5 fantasy RB going into next year's fantasy football season.

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