Best Running Back for the season so far:
These 4 guys are all having good years but I would rank them so far this season as:
1. Shawn Alexander, 2. Warrick Dunn, 3. Edgerrin James, 4. LaDainian Tomlinson
This was close for me but I went with Shawn Alexander (may my Ram soul burn in hell) by a hair over Warrick Dunn. Alexander has the most yards (949) and the best average (5.4) despite everyone stacking the box against the Seahawks. Hasselbeck's been no slouch (still bald) this year but Alexander has been their offense and a scoring machine.
Some would ask how I could not put Charger back LaDainian Tomlinson (also a fantasy stud) or Edgerrin James over Warrick Dunn (or for that matter Alexander). Tomlinson (835 yards) only has 15 more yards than Warrick Dunn (820) and only a 4.3 yard per carry average compared to Dunn's 5.1 average. Granted, LT's a monster in the red zone, and he does have 264 yards receiving (much more than Dunn and Alexander)-- but despite the hype around him, he hasn't run the ball quite as effectively as Alexander or Dunn (based mainly on rushing average) and they don't call them RUNNING backs just because it sounds cool. James has good stats and has been crucial for the Colt's this year (906 yards, 4.6 average, 181 rec.yards) but the the danger of a All Pro QB has helped him moreso than the other backs. Bottom line is that Alexander and Dunn so far this year have had to go against defenses waiting for the run and they still are piling up the yards.
Most mis-used running back this year:
Marshall Faulk is averaging over 5 yards a carry but has been given the rock only 27 times! Now I know Steven Jackson is the future in St. Louis but Faulk has looked healthy and quick and should be getting a chance to show that he still has it. The Rams have treated this guy with no class this year. He may have agreed that Jackson should be the starter this year but I'm sure he didn't envision getting less than 4 carries a game. I'm not entirely rational about this because of what he's done in the past but I don't think I 'm out to lunch either in thinking he should be playing a bigger part in their offense.