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SIPLAYER RANKINGS FOR 2010 WITH 2009 STATS (*ROOKIE, COLLEGE STATS)

RUSHING YARDS

100-YARD GAMES

RECEPTIONS

RECEIVING YARDS

TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS

BYE WEEK

1.

Chris Johnson,Titans

2,006

12

50

503

16

9

2.

Ray Rice,Ravens

1,339

4

78

702

8

8

3.

Maurice Jones-Drew,Jaguars

1,391

5

53

374

16

9

4.

Adrian Peterson,Vikings

1,383

3

43

436

18

4

5.

Frank Gore,49ers

1,120

5

52

406

13

9

6.

Steven Jackson,Rams

1,416

7

51

322

4

9

7.

Michael Turner,Falcons

871

4

5

35

10

8

8.

Rashard Mendenhall,Steelers

1,108

3

25

261

8

5

9.

Jonathan Stewart,Panthers

1,133

4

18

139

11

6

10.

Shonn Greene,Jets

540

1

0

0

2

7

11.

Cedric Benson,Bengals

1,251

6

17

111

6

6

12.

Beanie Wells,Cardinals

793

1

12

143

7

6

13.

Jamaal Charles,Chiefs

1,120

5

40

297

8

4

14.

Ryan Mathews,Chargers*

1,808

11

11

122

19

10

15.

Matt Forte,Bears

929

2

57

471

4

8

16.

DeAngelo Williams,Panthers

1,117

4

29

252

7

6

17.

Jahvid Best,Lions*

867

5

22

213

16

7

18.

LeSean McCoy,Eagles

637

0

40

308

4

8

19.

Ronnie Brown,Dolphins

648

2

14

98

8

5

20.

Ryan Grant,Packers

1,253

3

25

197

11

10

21.

Thomas Jones,Chiefs

1,402

7

10

58

14

4

22.

Tim Hightower,Cardinals

598

1

63

428

8

6

23.

Knowshon Moreno,Broncos

947

0

28

213

9

9

24.

Pierre Thomas,Saints

793

1

39

302

8

10

25.

Jerome Harrison,Browns

862

4

34

220

7

8

26.

Ricky Williams,Dolphins

1,121

4

35

264

13

5

27.

Joseph Addai,Colts

828

0

51

336

13

7

28.

Fred Jackson,Bills

1,062

2

46

371

4

6

29.

Justin Forsett,Seahawks

619

2

41

350

5

5

30.

Brandon Jacobs,Giants

835

0

18

184

6

8

31.

Clinton Portis,Redskins

494

1

9

57

2

9

32.

Michael Bush,Raiders

589

2

17

105

3

10

33.

Felix Jones,Cowboys

685

0

19

119

3

4

34.

Ahmad Bradshaw,Giants

778

2

21

207

7

8

35.

Marion Barber III,Cowboys

932

1

26

221

7

4

36.

Cadillac Williams,Buccaneers

823

1

28

217

7

4

37.

Steve Slaton,Texans

437

0

44

417

7

7

38.

Willis McGahee,Ravens

544

1

15

85

14

8

39.

Chester Taylor,Bears

338

0

44

389

2

8

40.

Mike Bell,Eagles

654

1

4

12

5

8

41.

Ben Tate,Texans*

1,362

7

20

105

10

7

42.

Darren McFadden,Raiders

357

0

21

245

1

10

43.

LaDainian Tomlinson,Jets

730

0

20

154

12

7

44.

Reggie Bush,Saints

390

0

47

335

8

10

45.

C.J. Spiller,Bills*

1,212

4

36

503

16

6

46.

Montario Hardesty,Browns*

1,345

5

25

302

14

8

47.

Donald Brown,Colts

281

0

11

169

3

7

48.

Arian Foster,Texans

257

1

8

93

3

7

49.

Laurence Maroney,Patriots

757

1

14

99

9

5

50.

Darren Sproles,Chargers

343

0

45

497

7

10

51.

Jason Snelling,Falcons

613

1

30

259

5

8

52.

Correll Buckhalter,Broncos

642

2

31

240

1

9

53.

Leon Washington,Seahawks

331

0

15

131

0

5

54.

Larry Johnson,Redskins

581

1

15

80

0

9

• The Chargers dropped from 20th in rushing in '08 to 31st last season because they tried to conserve LaDainian Tomlinson for the playoffs. This season fresh-legged rookie Ryan Mathews(above), the nation's second leading ground gainer while at Fresno State last year, will be the workhorse, allowing 5' 6" Darren Sproles to return to the third-down, change-of-pace role in which he'd previously excelled. Either of them would be a smart pick in the top half of the draft.

• Last year Texans back Steve Slaton(left) ran for only 437 yards in 11 games before being sidelined with a neck injury. But he also had 44 receptions, four of them for TDs. He's healthy again and still a pass-catching threat, so despite the increased competition for playing time from Arian Foster and rookie Ben Tate, Slaton's a solid late pick in points-per-reception leagues.

• Take a chance on Michael Bush(above). The Raiders' rushing leader in '09 has yet to fully harness his power and speed in two seasons. But Darren McFadden clearly hasn't lived up to expectations, and Oakland released Justin Fargas during the off-season, leaving the field wide-open for Bush, who's averaged 103.7 yards in games in which he had at least 14 carries.

PHOTO

CHRISTOPHER HANEWINCKEL/US PRESSWIRE (MATHEWS)

PHOTO

JOHN BIEVER (SLATON)

PHOTO

PETER READ MILLER (BUSH)