2011′s Highest Number of 20+ Yard Runs
Top 20+ Yards RB’s of 2011
40+LngYdsAvgTDLeSean McCoyPHI142601,3094.817Matt ForteCHI124469974.93Frank GoreSF113551,2114.38Chris JohnsonTEN11148T1,04744Michael TurnerATL11481T1,3404.511DeAngelo WilliamsCAR11274T8365.47Fred JacksonBUF10380T9345.56Willis McGaheeDEN10160T1,1994.84M. Jones-DrewJAC93561,6064.78Ryan MathewsSD90391,0914.96Ray RiceBAL9570T1,3644.712Darren McFaddenOAK8370T6145.44Reggie BushMIA7176T1,08656Arian FosterHOU72431,2244.410DeMarco MurrayDAL7291T8975.52Adrian PetersonMIN73549704.712C.J. SpillerBUF70385615.24Darren SprolesNO70366036.92Steven JacksonSTL6247T1,1454.45Cam Newton*CAR6149T7065.614Jonathan StewartCAR60327615.44Ben TateHOU62569425.44
<a href="http://gridironexperts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/images2.jpg?9d7bd4" class="lightview" rel="gallery['25738']"" title="Fantasy Football">Being elusive in the NFL is what makes good running backs great. The offensive line pulls and blocks to create holes for it’s running backs to run though, but after the first wave of defenders it’s up to the ball carrier to bust loose.
It’s no surprise we see the leagues best fantasy running backs atop this list, yet players like Ryan Mathews, DeMarco Murray, C.J. Spiller and Ben Tate are definitely sleepers brewing.
What’s important to remember is that any running back can break a big one on any given play, but the RB’s who can do it consistently have that x-factor that fantasy owners love.
Chris Johnson didn’t have the same sort of season we all expected in 2011, although he did tie for 3rd in the leagues with 20+ yard carries.
One thing to take note of when looking at these statistics is the potential for greater things to come. These stats can showcase the best of the best at making people miss, but also show us the guys who never caught a break. I don’t know about you, but Ryan Mathews stands out to me on this board. The San Diego RB had an excellent season with 1,091 yards 6 touchdowns but never broke off a big run greater than 39 yards. That’s quite amazing for a guy that was 10th in the league for rushing yards. Matt Forte had 12 carries that went for 20+ yard runs and 4 that went 40+ yards, yet his longest run of the season was only 46 yards. Padding the stats happens each and every week, one big run that pushes a fantasy RB’s performance over the 100 yard mark, yet some guys are just workhorses, and while we may pigeonhole them as not home run threat talent, all it takes is a little luck before they go from top 10 performers, to leading the league in yards.
*Cam Newton was added to the list to remind us all we should ignore any sort of sophomore slump talk leading up to the start of the season. The Panthers QB 2011 rookie was a bigger threat on the ground than most of the RB’s in the league, including Jonathan Stewart who he tied for most 20+ yard runs.