Hello again, Folks.
Oh, the beauty of the RB. Many drafts will be won and lost because of these gentlemen.
A top level back will inevitably go down with an injury and a relative unknown will come out of no where and win a league for you. Happens every year. C.J. Anderson, Justin Forsett and Jeremy Hill were on a lot of winning rosters last season. Even with a solid draft you need to be diligent and find the in-season gems.
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This draft season is a little different than most. Four running backs could realistically go at the #1 spot. It's really a preference to the owner. Jamaal Charles is always in the mix, even with his injury history he seems to be good for a top-five finish. Adrian Peterson had a year off, hopefully his body and more importantly, his mind is right. Le'Veon Bell is missing the first two games and if he wasn't he would be the consensus top pick. Last of the group is Eddie Lacy. There are worse things for a back than having Aaron Rodgers as a QB.
There are still a few position battles to be won, so keep an eye on that and the upcoming rankings that will reflect that.
1. Le'Veon Bell (RB, Pit) - Two games doesn't change anything for me.
2. Jamaal Charles (RB, KC) - Always near the top, but draft Knile Davis also.
3. Adrian Peterson (RB, Min) - Could easily end at #1.
4. Eddie Lacy (RB, GB) - Great offense and cold weather.
5. C.J. Anderson (RB, Den) - Peyton is getting older, and Kubiak likes to run.
6. Marshawn Lynch (RB, Sea) - He plays every game.
*7. Arian Foster (RB, Hou) - PPG monster, but draft his handcuff.
8. Jeremy Hill (RB, Cin) - They want to run, and he's the best at that.
9. LeSean McCoy (RB, Buf) - Not in Philly anymore, but Rex will run a lot.
10. Matt Forte (RB, Chi) - Don't expect 100 receptions.
11. DeMarco Murray (RB, Phi) - Dorothy, we're not in Dallas anymore.
12. Melvin Gordon (RB, SD) - Opportunity and speed.
13. Alfred Morris (RB, Was) - Callahan did wonders in Dallas.
14. Lamar Miller (RB, Mia) - He's better than we all think.
15. Frank Gore (RB, Ind) - He might catch 60 passes.
16. Justin Forsett (RB, Bal) - Trestman likes to throw to his backs.
17. Latavius Murray (RB, Oak) - Don't mess this up, Oak.
18. Carlos Hyde (RB, SF) - Big, fast and starting.
19. Mark Ingram (RB, NO) - Maybe he wasn't a bust after all.
20. Jonathan Stewart (RB, Car) - If he stays healthy, he's a bad man.
21. TJ Yeldon (RB, Jax) - He's already been named the starter.
22. Todd Gurley (RB, StL) - Health is a concern early. No concerns late.
23. Andre Ellington (RB, Arz) - Gio Bernard clone but has the starting job.
24. Joseph Randle (RB, Dal) - Best OL in football.
25. C.J. Spiller (RB, NO) - He's going to catch a ton. He might even run.
26. LeGarrette Blount (RB, NE) - One game out, but he has Belichick's trust.
27. Rashad Jennings (RB, NYG) - When healthy, a great player.
28. Isaiah Crowell (RB, Cle) - He's their best true back....for now.
29. Ameer Abdullah (RB, Det) - You don't draft him in the 2nd to sit him.
30. Joique Bell (RB, Det) - Already hurt.
31. Chris Ivory (RB, NYJ) - Who else is going to run the ball?
32. Giovani Bernard (RB, Cin) - Perfect compliment to Hill. Both are good.
33. Tevin Coleman (RB, Atl) - Much higher if he starts immediately.
34. Doug Martin (RB, TB) - Starter for now. Watch for Sims.
35. Ryan Mathews (RB, Phi) - Might be the best back in Philly.
36. David Johnson (RB, Arz) - Starting by week ten. A better Joique Bell.
37. Tre Mason (RB, StL) - He gets to ease in Gurley, great Le'Veon stack.
38. Darren McFadden (RB, Dal) - If healthy, watch out.
39. David Cobb (RB, Ten) - He has to beat out Bishop Sankey...done.
40. Duke Johnson (RB, Cle) - See Ellington/Gio for a comp. Very fast.
There will be guys that are not on this list that will be difference makers. Also, be sure and understand your league scoring and roster limitations. They can make a difference with a few of these players. Watch the Atlanta backfield situation, the winner should have a really good opportunity to do well.