It’s that time of year again. Hopefully your league is drafting sometime this week and you got to take full advantage of 3 weeks of preseason to prepare. If you have looked at any draft rankings, they are pretty much the same for the top 5-6 Running Backs. After that they can widely differ. I’ll give you 10 to put towards the top of your list!
Reggie Bush, Lions- He may already be in your top 10. He ripped off an 86 yard run vs the Jaguars, showing he is in mid-season form. If you are in a league that awards 1 point per 10 yards rushing/receiving, he should be high on your list. With the new system they are running in Detroit, he should be maximizing his 15-20 touches a game.
Doug Martin, Buccaneers- 2013 was a mess for the Buccaneers. Martin is coming off a shoulder injury and saved a lot of wear and tear on his legs. He should be the primary back and help Josh McCown not have to throw too much. Lovie Smith loves to run the football.
Rashad Jennings, Giants- In Oakland, Jennings was able to put up some good numbers. He is also speedy enough to overcome a bad Giants offensive line and be a good safety valve for Eli. My only concern here is how bad the Giants have looked so far. You should be able to snag Jennings somewhere in rounds 6-10 in a 10 team league.
Andre Ellington, Cardinals- His draft status took a healthy boost when his head coach came out and said he would like to get him 25-30 touches a game. I for one took notice, as I picked him off the waiver wire last season. The trick is where to pick him. Someone is bound to snag him way too early. I would target the 5th or 6th round.
Bishop Sankey, Titans- The rookie RB out of University of Washington is slated to be the #1 back in Tennessee. With the lack of depth for starting RBs, this could be a great find in the middle rounds.
Ben Tate, Browns- Tate is inline to be the primary ball carrier in Cleveland. Take that for what it is worth. He should be of decent value as long as Hoyer can be productive enough to remain the starter.
Frank Gore, 49ers- Yeah, he is not really a sleeper, but because of his age, he is probably going to be a little overlooked. What I really like about his situation is Carlos Hyde. Hyde is a younger, faster version of Frank. My plan is to grab them both and enjoy the ride.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Raiders- The Raiders are a mess. Still. They will be running the ball though, and MJD will get his share of touches. I wouldn’t take him before round 7-8, but he could be a nice snag later on in your draft.
Ronnie Hillman, Broncos- Montee Ball is the soup de jour. It reminds me very much of CJ Spiller from 2013 or Ryan Mathews when he was drafted. Ball struggled to get playing time last year. While, I don’t suggest drafting Hillman as a starter, in deeper leagues or if you have room to stash him, I would do so. To me he is the better back.
Pierre Thomas, Saints- The Saints RB situation is a Running Back by committee or RBBC. That said, Thomas looks like he is in great shape and has been getting catches out of the backfield. He’s got two other backs to compete with in Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson though. When the Pickens get slim, Slim gets pickin’. I just made that up.
I was really high on Le’Veon Bell–before he got caught with some marijuana. This may or may not have any real impact on his performance, but for me it’s more risk vs reward.
Giovani Bernard will probably get drafted somewhere in the 2-4 round range. The Bengals drafted Jeremy Hill, so he might steal a few carries.
Chris Johnson, Jets- This is kind of a coin flip. CJ2K, has a lot of upside, but in the Jets up and down offense, you never know what you are going to get.
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