This might be the perception but the numbers prove otherwise. Rudi Johnson may be the most consistent RB the last two years.
2004: 1,457 yds rushing, 84 yds receiving, 12 TD's
2005: 1,458 yds rushing, 90 yds receiving, 12 TD's
You can't get much more consistent than that. He finished seventh in my league(non-ppr), which would make him a first round pick. Most people will still consider him a second round pick so if you pick at the beginning of the second round he will make a very safe and valuable pick at that position.
This conversation got started because someone said there was a big drop between Rudi/Lamont and the other guys (Tiki, LJ etc.). That is correct there is.Actually the perception I have is that he is a second round pick. And I believe that perception is correct.
In 2005: He was the #7 back but #12 overall.
In 2004: He was the #8 back but #20 overall.
In my league this year he was #7 RB, but was 40 FP behind the #5 guy. Thats a big drop and I'm not even talking PPR. Rudi is the type of back you pair up with a risky play at the turn with a boom/bust guy like SJax or McGahee. IMO he should be taken somewhere between 12-16.