Once again we witnessed how the NFL is a passing league where running backs by committee are more and more the way teams roll. But also, we saw a bunch of rookie players who were able to make a fantasy impact, earning the starting spot and even causing roster moves on their teams (Matt Forte and Marshawn Lynch).
Now the running back position is one of the most unpredicted ones in fantasy and personally I would only Draft Gurley in the first round out of this list. Looks like the smarter strategy could be drafting the best Wide Receivers, who proved to be one of the most reliable positions.
Here is my ranking:
Todd Gurley (Rams): Do I really have to make an argument to say that he is the best second year running back? Well I’ll just say this: fifth overall between RB without the first two games.
David Johnson (Cardinals): It’s always hard to make a case out of sophomore players, especially because there is a small simple to really trust their production (in Johnson’s case is an even bigger concern), however this kid absolutely killed it when he had the chance to get the ball on his hands; he has the size, strength, speed and instinct to become an NFL starting RB. Plus, his coach has big hopes on him, which could guarantee us a consistent amount of touches.
Thomas Rawls (Seahawks): This player took Lynch’s job and he played like a real pro, in fact I wasn’t afraid of calling him “Baby-Beastmode”. In five of his six games as a featured RB, Ralws managed to put two-digit fantasy points with a skillset to run on the inside, outside and to break tackles making it look way easier than it actually is. I can’t say I’m not worried about his ankle, but with a proper rehab work, he should be good to go.
Jeremy Langford (Bears): When Matt Forte went down, Langford was able to get the job done, not only running the ball but also having big plays in the passing game. This is key in the Chicago’s offense and without the star RB there, this guy could really get a chance to shine. This is the riskier player from this list, but also the one that I think could be the bigger surprise.
Ameer Abdullah (Lions): I had TJ Yeldon as my number 4, but with the news of Chris Ivory as the new Jags RB, his value is now uncertain. So that is why Abdullah made it after all; he wasn’t able toleave to his before-season hype, but without Joique Bell and Calvin Johnson, he could have an increased and more important workload.
fantasyreaList Writer: Aldo Muriá