While many of the top running backs are solid in any format, some running backs particularly improve their value in PPR formats. These players may be worth bumping up a bit in the draft order in PPR leagues:
Top Flight Backs
LeSean McCoy – 78 Receptions – McCoy was far and away the reception leader for running backs last year. Philadelphia has two of the best deep threat receivers around and needs players like McCoy to step up in the short passing game as a quick outlet for Vick. McCoy certainly did this admirably last year and should continue to do so even if he loses some rushing attempts this year.
Arian Foster – 66 Receptions – Foster had a breakout year both rushing and receiving. If he is able to heal up and pull things back together this season, he will continue to be a force in PPR leagues.
Ray Rice – 63 Receptions – Rice has been rising up boards in standard leagues and is even more valuable in PPR leagues. With Todd Heap gone, there should be more opportunities for Rice in the short passing game this year.
Peyton Hillis – 61 Receptions – Hidden in Hillis’ impressive breakout season were 61 receptions. With the receiving skills to play TE part-time in both college and the NFL, Hillis is a solid option in PPR leagues.
Matt Forte – 51 Receptions – Forte has been labeled a disappointment, after his failure to fulfill the promise of his rookie season. However, in PPR leagues he has been averaging about 55 receptions per year throughout his career. While I probably would not go after him in standard leagues, he could be a great value pick after the top flight running backs are off the board in PPR leagues.
Shot in the Dark
Jahvid Best – 58 Receptions – Best failed to live up to rushing expectations as a rookie, but he did not disappoint in the receiving department. If he sees an increased workload this year on the rushing side, he could be a valuable late pickup in PPR leagues.