Most overvalued fantasy RBs

Is Ravens RB Ray Rice, whose current average ESPN live draft position is 5.5, being overvalued? Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports

This is a painfully thin era in terms of fantasy football running back depth. That type of situation generally prevents running backs from being overvalued, but it doesn't completely stop it from happening.

This second in a four-part series (we previously looked at overvalued QBs) aims to help fantasy owners by identifying 10 running backs who fall into this category. These players are being taken earlier in drafts (as determined by ESPN.com's average draft position) than they should be based on my own value analysis.

Here are my 10 most overvalued fantasy running backs:

1. Ray Rice

Current ESPN Live Draft ADP: 5.5
Current ESPN Live Draft positional rank: No. 4
The Football Scientist (TFS) positional rank: No. 8

Last season, Rice had a four-game slump during which his good blocking yards per attempt (GBYPA), a measure of rushing productivity on plays with good blocking, plummeted to a mediocre 6.0-yard level. That led to his ending the season with a 7.2 GBYPA, a mark that tied for 19th among qualifying ball carriers (at least 100 carries).