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Marion Barber on the rise

Posted on: June 23, 2008 5:16 pm

Here is your job: Rank these running backs in order.

Washington's Clinton Portis, San Francisco's Frank Gore, Buffalo's Marshawn Lynch, Kansas City's Larry Johnson, Green Bay's Ryan Grant, Buffalo's Willis McGahee and Dallas' Marion Barber.

Here is my order: Barber, Gore, Portis, Johnson, Lynch, McGahee and Grant.

Just looking at what Barber did last year in a limited role -- 975 yards and 10 touchdowns and 44 catches for 282 yards and two touchdowns -- allowed him to finish as the No. 7 Fantasy RB in a standard scoring league. And now, Julius Jones is gone to Seattle.

Barber only had 204 carries in 2007, which ranked No. 21 in the NFL. If he can approach 300 carries and continue his 4.8-yards per carry average, he could be among the Top 5 or better this year. Because of his upside, he tops this list and makes him the No. 6 Fantasy RB in my mind right now.

Category: NFL

Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2008 4:34 pm

Marion Barber on the rise

Even though were 2 weeks into the season, I would've had this ranking  before the season started:

1) Barber - Stud runningback on a great offense. Tough schedule in the playoffs though (weeks 14,15, 16).

2) Gore - Stud runningback on developing offense. Will have some spectacular games and some mediocre games.

3) Lynch - Has a very good offensive line and will be the centerpiece of the offense.

4) Portis - Solid runningback on a new offense. Difficult to judge how the new scheme will affect his production.

5) Grant - Needs to show that last season wasn't a fluke. Has a real high upside on this team full of offensive weapons.

6) McGahee - If he stays healthy he's very solid. Not too flashy, just productive.

7) Johnson - Good runningback on a bad team. Having no qb and a weak offensive line will damage his full potential.


Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2008 12:53 am

Marion Barber on the rise

From top to bottom:

1. Marshawn Lynch. He will not be suspended from the NFL and will be a true featured RB this year. I think the sky is the limit for Lynch this year and he will easily be a top 5 RB.

2. Frank Gore. He is a do-it-all back in Mike Martz's offence. Gore will have a great year but I feel he has a bit less potential than Lynch. Top 7 RB.

3. Marion Barber III. Great commitee back who will start this year. He has incredible potential and it wouldn't be a strech to say 15 TDs. But Barber's running style prevents him from being a 3-down, 4-quarter back, plus the presence of Felix Jones to steal 10-15 touches makes Barber a top 10 RB.

4. Clinton Portis. Could have a great year. Oh wait, we say that every year about Portis. Portis is injury-prone but if he stays healthy, who knows what he can do. In a good offence with a good line. Top 10 RB.

5. Willis McGahee. The model of consistency. I'm not 100% sure about this stat, but last year, didn't he have 100 yards or a TD in every game? Won't be spectacular, but will probably be the most consistent of all these RBs. Maybe the safest pick in the draft. Top 10 RB.

6. Larry Johnson. Should have a bounce-back year. I know he has a bad QB, but Tony Gonzalez and Dwayne Bowe will take some attention away from him. KC improved their o-line by adding Branden Albert to play LT, and people seem to forget they still have Brian Waters. I don't like LJ as an RB for some reason so I say top 15 RB.

7. Ryan Grant. No more Favre, started 7 games last year. He has great potential but he is a prime 1-year-wonder candidate. Defensive coaches will have had an entire offseason and preseason to  gameplan for Grant, who by the way will not maintain a 5-yard-per-carry average. Huge upside and huge downside. Top 15 RB but is a huge risk.

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2008 11:14 pm

Marion Barber on the rise

Well actually Marshawn is due in court tommorow so he technically did not "plead guilty" yet, but is expected to plead guilty to a traffic infraction, oh nooooo!. Did Randy Moss get suspended when he bumped that cop with his vehicle?   I would be VERY surprised to see a suspension from the NFL.

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2008 11:43 am

Marion Barber on the rise

Bradlee, you do know that Lynch pleaded guilty, base on him being behind the wheel right??  Hitting a woman with your car and fleeing the scene, and her requiring 7 stitches (meaning he didn't just graze her), and him admitting he was driving and him pleading guilty?  You think this will be thrown out of court?  Under the NFL's personal conduct policy, guys have been suspended 4 games for doing less than that, so I'm not sure why some people think that he won't be suspended...

Anyway, they are tough to rank, but I would rank as follows:

Barber:  Just too good of a knack for scoring.  Only issue is whether he can carry the load, but worst-case he can't and splits with Felix Jones, in which case I would expect at least similar production to the last couple of seasons.

Portis:  Not the biggest Portis fan, but he gets it done, has a solid o-line, and is a great fit with Zorn's offense.  Very little downside.

LJ:  Again, not the biggest LJ fan, but he is in his prime, is the centerpiece of the run-first offense, and is a stud talent although he has dogged it sometimes.  There is quite a bit of downside, but there is definitely some upside.

Gore:  Somewhat similar to LJ in that he is a stud talent, focal point of a bad offense.  Better O-line, but even less weapons on offense to take the pressure off Gore.  He should pile up yards though, because who else will?  But will he score?

McGahee:  Quietly productive last year, very little downside or upside, but solid choice.

Lynch:  Should be suspended at least 1-2 games, if not 4.  Aside from that, very little downside and some upside for sure, but I'm not convinced that his ceiling is very high.

Grant:  I loved Grant last year, but he's holding out and the fact is that he has a smaller margin of error than the other backs listed here, as he is unproven, and there are other backs here that are actually participating.  He also has only 7 career starts.  If Grant reports to training camp on time and looks good, I will shoot him up my rank list.  Otherwise, I will be cautious with him.  At this point, I would rather take the backs above.

Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2008 11:58 am

Marion Barber on the rise

From worst to first:

7. Ryan Grant - No Favre, possible RBBC, value drops.

6. Larry Johnson - No QB, completely overused, awful offense

5. Marshawn Lynch -  Legal issues

4. Willis McGahee - losing carries to Ray Rice, rookie QB or worse, Kyle Boller

3. Frank Gore - ask anyone who owned Kevin Jones how Mike Martz helped his career, still more talented than Jones, better hands, could be an animal if his QB didn't blow

2. Marion Barber - studly, could put up top 5 numbers playing in the Cowboys offense not splitting carries with Thomas Jones's brother

1. Clinton Portis - with a QB about to break out, one of the best o-lines in the game, best of the bunch 

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2008 11:14 am

Marion Barber on the rise

Frank Gore

Marion Barber III

Larry Johnson

Clinton Portis

Ryan Grant

Willis McGahee

Marshawn Lynch


Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2008 9:03 am

Marion Barber on the rise

Well first of all Marshawn Lynch will not be getting suspended for a little misdemeanor that got blown out of proportion and will most likely be thrown out of court.

Here is my order: Marshawn Lynch (With BEAST MODE activated is quite unstoppable), Barber, I can only see improvement on the numbers with Jones gone and he too runs with no holds barred. Frank Gore, Explosive, catches passes, if that offense can improve as will Gore.  Clinton Portis, if he can stay healthy he can put up top 5 stats.  Marshawn Lynch (With BEAST MODE deactivated returns to human form), Ryan Grant, sure surprised me last year, came out of nowhere and performed week in an week out. Larry Johnson, think maybe he was hiding behind a stellar offensive line, kinda like Sean Alexander and don't crucify me here but, Emmit Smith, yeah i said it.  And last but not least Willis McGahee only thing Willis has got going for him is a badass stiff arm, I'm from Buffalo, I witnessed the mistake that was McGahee.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2008 6:26 pm

Marion Barber on the rise

OK,  I would rank them  Gore, Portis, Barber, McGahee, Lynch, Johnson and Grant.  Grant may be part of a RBBC as I hear they are very high on Brandon Jackson so far in camp.  Barber also may share carries with Felix Jones.  Johnson is getting older and the Chiefs are rebuilding their O line and have a weak QB.  I know you will say why all the love for Frank Gore.  He was still productive last year with San Fran's abysmal offense.  Martz likes to throw to the backs and Gore is a good receiver.  He is the best of this bunch.

Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2008 6:04 pm

Marion Barber on the rise

I agree with Barber at 6, but then I'm a Cowboys fan, so that shouldn't surprise. I would move Grant up that list. I know Favre is gone, but Rodgers should be able to perform well enough to keep defenses honest. I would rank them: Barber,Gore,Lynch(if not suspended),Grant, Portis, LJ, McGahee.


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