Who will be the Best Running Back in College Football in 2011?

Who will be the best tailback in college football this fall? You can get a good idea by looking at the Doak Walker Award watch list which was released yesterday.

Illinois Fighting Illini senior Jason Ford and Notre Dame Fighting Irish junior Cierre Wood were among the 51 players named to the watch list on Friday.

Ford is one of seven Big Ten running backs on the Walker watch list, alongside Edwin Baker (Michigan State Spartans), Montee Ball (Wisconsin Badgers), Duane Bennett (Minnesota Golden Gophers), Rex Burkhead (Nebraska Cornhuskers), Marcus Coker (Iowa Hawkeyes) and James White (Wisconsin Badgers).

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Fantasy Football: 2011 AFC North Running Back Situations

While the AFC East running back landscape is a mess, the AFC North is a goldmine.

Ray Rice is a force, both running and catching the football. He regressed some last year, but still managed 1776 total yards (1220 rushing, 556 receiving) and six touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving). Willis McGahee is up in the air, but it makes sense for him to return to Baltimore next year. Rice is a top five to eight fantasy running back depending on your format.
Rashard Mendenhall followed up his 1108 yard, seven touchdown season with an even more impressive 1273 yard, 11 touchdown season. Mendy is a clear RB1 and a top eight to ten fantasy running back depending on your format. I actually like him a little better than Ray Rice in non-PPR leagues. He may make some bonehead comments, but he is a fantasy force with little competition for carries.
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