Rounding out the running back selection for the NFL this season, I present the top 5 RBs that you should focus on. Ones that will remain productive, but not cost you a first round gamble. Guys that will shine on just a dime. Chris Johnson almost made my “stay away from” list, but his contract has been worked out today, and he’s ready to rock & roll until 2016.
I won’t mention guys like Adrian Peterson, as it should be obvious — pretty much everyone’s #1 overall pick the past 2 years. You know the production you’ll get out of him, and you know it’s going to cost you a top-3 first round pick.
As such, here are guys to look for after that crucial first round:
Yes, I did. I put the ex Buffalo Bill starter on the top of this list, and here’s why:
- Oh, wait, you thought Seattle was going to throw the ball with Tavaris Jackson this year?
- Playoffs, Seattle Seahawks versus the Superbowl Champions, New Orleans Saints. Tracy Porter should feel ashamed.
I’m just going to throw in a little video here for you.
Given where he’s being drafted at, somewhere in the 7th or 8th round, my vote is to draft Lynch as an immediate priority. Look for him in the 5th or 6th round to be sure.
For the same reason I told you to not draft Pierre Thomas, I am telling you to grab Mark Ingram. Seriously, have you seen some of the moves he has made in the preseason?
Heisman Trophy. On an incredible offense. I’m looking at Atlanta to go to the Superbowl, but it won’t be easy to beat out the Saints again this year.
You’ll find Ingram around the same time you’ll find Marshawn Lynch. While Ingram still has to share the backfield with an assortment of other Saints players, including Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas, this is the guy who will be your winner for the season. Despite the timeshare, he’s worth better than 7th-8th round.
Da Bears. NFC North division winners, and yet still losers. However, just because they have Jay Cutler throwing interceptions, doesn’t mean Matt Forte isn’t going to tear up a defense here and there.
Unfortunately Forte will be found around the 3rd, but that’s better than he’s been at in previous years. Plus with the new offensive system, and lack of Greg Olsen, look for Forte to be more involved in the passing game.
The best news is, Forte is not in a timeshare. He’s all alone, with a shaky passing game, and a solid defense.
Another year in the league, and he’s supposedly super healthy. Unfortunately he has a timeshare with ex-Ravens star Willis McGahee, who looks to steal those crucial redzone touches, but you never know how long veteran players are going to last. Knowshon Moreno has looked great in the preseason this far. Plus, it’s not as if the Broncos have much going for them. Kyle Orton and Brandom Lloyd? Accidental success, I like to call it.
Moreno offers better value, found around the 4th round of your fantasy draft. He’ll be a solid 2nd/3rd RB to your team this year, provided he stays healthy.
Forget about last year’s injury. Grant would have come back last year had he of not been placed on IR. He and Jermichael Finley are two of the strongest weapons on the Green Bay Packers offense, and with him gone they still won the Superbowl.
Last year Ryan Grant dwelled in the 1st-2nd round. Ouch. The year before he was a 3rd-4th rounder. You’re going to get 800-900 yards from him, even with sharing some of that space with James Starks.
This year, he’s in the 7th round, and I’d be okay using a 4th round pick on him.
PS – I sport my Ryan Grant jersey proudly!