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Saturday, June 25, 2016

2016 FANTASY FOOTBALL RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

1.  Le'Veon Bell:  Take out injury risk and this is not even close for first. 
2.  David Johnson:  Some concern about how much Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington will play but last December no running back was better.  Major potential and worth first round pick, especially in PPR.
3.  Todd Gurley:  Electric runner who is in the same class as Jamaal Charles in terms of blazing speed but penchant for injuries.  High risk quotient for a first round pick. 
4.  Adrian Peterson:  Eventually all the carries will start taking a toll but Peterson looked as fresh as ever in 2015.  Has to stop fumbling so much though. 
5.  Lamar Miller:  I am all-in on Miller who will be used a TON both as a receiver and runner.  You should be able to get him in Round 2 but he will produce like a Round 1 back.  Write it in ink. 
6.  Doug Martin:  Now that he has been paid you have to wonder if the edge is still there.  With A very capable Charles Sims handling rceiving duties, I am not paying to find out. 
7.  Jamaal Charles:  Creeping up there in age and now has had two ACP reconstructions.  Also count on Andy Reid curtailing some work for Charles in order to keep him on the field.  In other words ignore the name brand and draft someone else. 
8.  Ezekiel Elliott:  From being drafted to becoming a first round pick as a rookie
9.  Devonta Freeman:  Tevin Coleman will likely handle a sizable amount of carries as the Atlanta front office drafted him  Also Freeman's yards per carry was not impressive despite some early big games in 2015.  Proceed carefully here.  In PPR leagues though Freeman's very good receiving skills make him more safe. 
10. Mark Ingram:  Got to hand it to Ingram as he changed the narrative of his career from being a bust to a continually improving top ten back.  Not banking on the uptick in receptions from last season repeating and injury risk remains VERY high.  Use only in standards. 
11. Matt Forte:  Can still run and catch the football but Forte's yards per carry average dropped, he missed games with injury in 2015, and will likely cede third down plays to Bilal Powell.  Another big name brand you should move away from. 
12. Tomas Rawls:  In standard leagues Rawls is very interesting as the main runner in a ground-based attack.  Rawls has to prove he can handle a full load though after coming down with injuries as a rookie.  Also C.J. Prosise will handle all of the receotions so avoid in PPR. 
13. Eddie Lacy:  Arguably the biggest bust in all of fantasy football in 2015, Lacy's draft stock will plummet this season.  Reports are he lost weight but that means nothing to us.  With a very solid James Starks knocking on the door behind him, Lacy has small margin for error so don't even think of drafting him as anything more than your RB 2. 
14. Carlos Hyde:  Power back who will be featured on the ground in Chip Kelly's offense but this is a standard play only.  Also Hyde has to kick the injury bug that has robbed him of half his starts already in his career. 
15. LeSean McCoy:  Lots of carries on a smallish frame that started the decline early for LeSean McCoy.  He can still run and catch enough to be a RB 2 but there is a lot of volatility here and a good Karlos Williams who is the future behind him. 
16. C.J. Anderson:  Correctly told you all to avoid Anderson a year ago and there remains a lot of volatility here with Ronnie Hillman still in the mix. 
17. Latavius Murray:  Potential remains as Murray can run and catch but he tends to level off as the carries pile up which is not what you want from your running back in December when leagues are won. 
18. Jonathan Stewart
19. Jay Ajayi:  Will get first crack at starting for Miami but Dolphins backs have not been big fantasy producers lately and Ajayi doesn't catch the football. 
20. Jeremy Hill:  Hill was another big bust a year ago and another slow start could get Giovani Bernard the lion's share of work.  Small margin for error for this power runner as there are no receptions to be had. 
21. Ryan Matthews:  Leading man in the Philly backfield for now but getting major heat already from rookie Wendell Smallwood.  Also Matthews staying healthy would be a first. 
22. DeMarco Murray:  Looked like Murray was set for a big comeback year after getting moved to the Tennessee Titans but then they go and draft Derrick Henry.  Won't go near him. 
23. Jeremy Langford:  Inside track to being the starter for the Bears but Langford was not overly impressive as a rookie in 2015 spelling Matt Forte. 
24. Matt Jones:  Speedy and electrifying back who can be a big sleeper if he stops dancing so much. 
25. Giovani Bernard:  Still really like the product here as Bernard is one of the best receiving backs in the game and has big speed.  If Jeremy Hill were to get hurt, Bernard would be a top ten guy easy and maybe top five.  Seriously. 
26. Frank Gore:  Tires are almost completely worn here but Gore will get a high workload at the very least. 
27. Dion Lewis:  Was a PPR gem until season-ending injury put him on I.R.  Lewis should be ready for Week 1 which means in PPR he is a RB 2 again. 
28. Rashad Jennings:  Likely will start Week 1 but with five other backs in the New York Giants' backfield, this is one big mess. 
29. Danny Woodhead:  Usual RB 2 production expected in PPR formats for Woodhead who should be avoided in standards. 
30. T.J. Yeldon:  The arrival of Chris Ivory hurts both guys as a 50/50 split could ensue.  Could work as a RB 3 in PPR. 
31. Melvin Gordon
32. Justin Forsett:  Can still be a RB 2 if the health allows but this seems like a fading storyline. 
33. Chris Ivory
34. Karlos Williams: 
35. Charles Sims:  Can really catch the football but there is little value here unless Doug Martin gets nicked.



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