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2013 Player Rankings: Running Backs
Updated: September 4, 2013   Print this page Print 
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Tier 1
Adrian Peterson - MIN YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 1
Keeper: 2
Auction 10: 25%
Auction 12: 28%
2010 MIN 15 1639 13 283 1298 4.6 12 36 341 1
2011 MIN 12 1109 13 208 970 4.7 12 18 139 1
2012 MIN 16 2314 13 348 2097 6.0 12 40 217 1
Avg   14 1687 13 280 1455 5.1 12 31 232 1
Proj MIN   1880 17   1550   15 35 330 2

What to think? He blows three ligaments in his knee and eight months later he embarks on one of the greatest seasons by any running back in NFL history. He runs 348 times and gained 2097 yards. He averaged a career best 6.0 yards per carry. He basically was the entirety of the Vikings offense. Now he says he wants to rush for 2500 yards this year. Why not? He is not bound by the laws of nature. Peterson does have a tougher rushing schedule than he did in 2012 but he's far bigger than his schedule. He's bound to see a decrease this year but he's already proven everyone wrong before.

Doug Martin - TBB YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 2
Keeper: 1
Auction 10: 23%
Auction 12: 27%
2010                      
2011                      
2012 TBB 16 1926 12 319 1454 4.6 11 49 472 1
Avg   16 1926 12 319 1454 4.6 11 49 472 1
Proj TBB   1960 13   1500   12 50 460 1

Martin had a rookie season that harkened back to the glory days of running backs. He ended as the #2 fantasy back trailing only Adrian Peterson. He ran for 1454 yards and added 49 catches for 472 yards with a total of 12 touchdowns. He got better as the season progressed, running for over 120 yards in five of his final ten games. Martin once again gets one of the softer rushing schedules and his role as a receiver ensures that there is never a week that he doesn't turn in good stats.

Jamaal Charles - KCC YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 3
Keeper: 3
Auction 10: 23%
Auction 12: 25%
2010 KCC 16 1935 8 230 1467 6.4 5 45 468 3
2011 KCC 2 92 1 12 83 6.9   5 9 1
2012 KCC 16 1745 6 285 1509 5.3 5 35 236 1
Avg   11 1257 5 176 1020 6.2 3 28 238 2
Proj KCC   1850 12   1350   9 58 500 3

(+Upside) This should be a big year for Charles who is in his prime at 27 years old and now becomes the full-time back in an Andy Reid offense. Charles was coming off a blown knee last year and merely racked up 1509 rushing yards and a 5.3 YPC. His career best reception total was in 2010 when he caught 45 passes for 468 yards and three touchdowns. The WCO offense installed by Reid and OC Pat Shurmur never failed to throw at least 90 passes to running backs each year. Just last season, Philly completed 120 passes to tailbacks. Sean McCoy hauled in 54 and he only played in 12 games. Charles is set for a nice season and as the offense is installed, it's a fair expectation that Smith is going to want to dump off to Charles often in the early stages of the season if not the entire year. In a reception points league, Charles will be one of the first backs taken. Make that any kind of league.

Tier 2
Trent Richardson - IND YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 4
Keeper: 4
Auction 10: 22%
Auction 12: 24%
2010                      
2011                      
2012 CLE 15 1317 12 267 950 3.6 11 51 367 1
Avg   15 1317 12 267 950 3.6 11 51 367 1
Proj IND   1710 13   1220   12 53 490 1

(+Upside) Both Richardson and Doug Martin reversed a decade long trend that said rookie running backs did not matter. Both ended up top ten in the league and in the case of Richardson, he did it despite playing for one of the worst offenses. He ran 267 times for 950 yards and 11 rushing scores and added 51 receptions for 367 yards and one score. Bringing in Norv Turner to be the offensive coordinator can only mean even bigger and better things for Richardson. He's already a top ten back and that's going to remain for many years.

Marshawn Lynch - SEA YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 5
Keeper: 9
Auction 10: 18%
Auction 12: 22%
2010 BUF 16 882 6 202 737 3.6 6 22 145  
2011 SEA 15 1416 13 285 1204 4.2 12 28 212 1
2012 SEA 16 1786 12 315 1590 5.0 11 23 196 1
Avg   16 1361 10 267 1177 4.3 10 24 184 1
Proj SEA   1740 12   1500   12 30 240  

Lynch turned in a dominating performance last year, rushing for a career best 1590 yards and averaging 5.0 per run. He scored 12 touchdowns in all and added 23 receptions for 196 yards. At the age of 27, Lynch is in his absolute prime and in an offense that loves to turn him into a workhorse. He was a top 5 back in most fantasy scoring rules and is granted one of the softest rushing schedules in the league again this year. He should be a lock for another great year that offers consistent production every week. His lack of receptions compared to other elite backs is balanced by his scoring and heavy load every game.

Ray Rice - BAL YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 6
Keeper: 5
Auction 10: 17%
Auction 12: 22%
2010 BAL 16 1776 6 307 1220 4.0 5 63 556 1
2011 BAL 16 2068 15 291 1364 4.7 12 76 704 3
2012 BAL 16 1621 10 257 1143 4.4 9 61 478 1
Avg   16 1822 10 285 1242 4.4 9 67 579 2
Proj BAL   1830 9   1200   7 63 630 2

Rice was no worse than the #2 overall draft pick in most fantasy leagues last year. He was coming off a season with 2068 total yards and 15 touchdowns. What happened in 2013 was less about him and more about Bernard Pierce getting so much work. Rice had a lower yards per carry (4.7 to 4.4) and yards per catch (9.3 to 7.8). He still ended up around 5th best or so for running backs depending on the scoring rules used. His problem was that he slipped from being a huge difference maker to being just a really good fantasy running back. The same offense is in place and the Ravens will want to run no less. The schedule strength is not good here but it rarely is anyway. Rice has less upside with Pierce around but still remains a solid pick - just one that is less likely to outperform his draft spot. The absence of Anquan Boldin may end up giving Rice more receptions.

C.J. Spiller - BUF YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 7
Keeper: 7
Auction 10: 17%
Auction 12: 20%
2010 BUF 14 440 1 74 283 3.8   24 157 1
2011 BUF 16 830 6 107 561 5.2 4 39 269 2
2012 BUF 16 1703 8 207 1244 6.0 6 43 459 2
Avg   15 991 5 129 696 5.0 3 35 295 2
Proj BUF   1800 9   1300   7 60 500 2

(+Upside) This should be a banner year for Spiller who finally gets all the stars aligned. Fred Jackson is 32 years old and coming off major injuries. He's unlikely to take a prominent role though he will continue to figure in. Plus Spiller gets a new offense brought in by HC Doug Marrone and his OC Nathaniel Hackett both fresh from Syracuse. The offense should be much more of a fast-paced, no-huddle scheme that should really play into the speedy, open field ability of Spiller. Last year they allowed Spiller a heavier load once Jackson was out and he ended with 1244 yards while averaging a full six yards per carry. Add in his 43 catches for 459 yards and this should be a very nice season indeed. The Bills also get one of the lighter rushing schedules. Expect Spiller to be taken in the first round this summer.

08-08-13 Update: While troublesome that Spiller has never had more than 252 touches in any NFL or college season, the intention is to work him hard and he'll respond with big fantasy stats if he remains healthy.

Arian Foster - HOU YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 8
Keeper: 8
Auction 10: 15%
Auction 12: 18%
2010 HOU 16 2220 18 327 1616 4.9 16 66 604 2
2011 HOU 13 1841 12 278 1224 4.4 10 53 617 2
2012 HOU 16 1641 17 351 1424 4.1 15 40 217 2
Avg   15 1901 16 319 1421 4.5 14 53 479 2
Proj HOU   1620 12   1300   12 35 320  

(-Risk) The Texans have ranked in the top four in rushing yardage by running backs for each of the last three years. They have also never had fewer than 16 rushing scores in that time. That has a 1:1 relationship to when Foster became a starter. Last season was not his best so he ended up only ranked #3 in his position instead of #1. He has never been worse than #3 in any year as a starter. Where he declined slightly was in catches with only 40 for 217 yards. His two previous seasons produced over 600 receiving yards each. The plan is to have Ben Tate help out more and reduce the incredible workload that Foster has shouldered but they have said as much the last two seasons. Foster is as low-risk of a pick as there is in fantasy football.

07-25-13 Update: Foster opened camp on the active/PUP list because of a calf strain he suffered in spring practice that still has not healed after two months. It is a cause for concern for a back that has been ridden hard and put away wet for three straight years.

08-18-13 Update: Foster remains out and is taking injections for pain in his back. There is speculation by HOU reporters already that he may miss the season opener if not more. He's more risky than before and not a recommended draft pick. Let someone else take the risk.

Matt Forte - CHI YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 9
Keeper: 6
Auction 10: 15%
Auction 12: 18%
2010 CHI 16 1616 9 237 1069 4.5 6 51 547 3
2011 CHI 12 1487 4 203 997 4.9 3 52 490 1
2012 CHI 15 1434 6 248 1094 4.4 5 44 340 1
Avg   14 1512 6 229 1053 4.6 5 49 459 2
Proj CHI   1670 11   1150   8 55 520 3

(+Upside) The new west coast offense being ushered in by HC Marc Trestman and OC Aaron Kromer should be tailor-made for the skills of Forte. The rushing effort may not change so much but Trestman has already pointed to Forte's past as a receiver as a skill set that will be exploited. Installing a new offense that is predicated on timing and shorter throws should be all about Forte. He's been consistently a solid fantasy draft pick, especially in reception point leagues. This new offense has the potential to yield Forte's best fantasy season yet.

LeSean McCoy - PHI YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 10
Keeper: 10
Auction 10: 13%
Auction 12: 16%
2010 PHI 15 1672 9 207 1080 5.2 7 78 592 2
2011 PHI 15 1624 20 273 1309 4.8 17 48 315 3
2012 PHI 12 1213 5 200 840 4.2 2 54 373 3
Avg   14 1503 11 227 1076 4.7 9 60 427 3
Proj PHI   1540 12   1210   10 34 330 2

(+Upside) McCoy certainly looks more attractive this year in a high- powered offense (on paper anyway) that wants to seriously increase the number of plays which only means good things in fantasy football. How this plays out with McCoy is not 100% certain. He may lose a few of the 60+ receptions he received each year in Andy Reid's west coast offense. Not that it is 1:1 by any means, but at Oregon the lead back never had more than 20 receptions in any of his four seasons (Kenjon Barner). This offense will seek to increase the amount of rushes at least incrementally and possibly significantly. HC Chip Kelly's offense averaged 39 carries per game last year. That is not to say Kelly won't use what works best, but heavier workload for McCoy may not play out well. He has missed one to three games per season since 2009 and he has never carries more than 273 times in a year. In fact, he has only 2011 when he ran more than 207 times. While there are unknowns and some concerns, McCoy in this offense should be very productive as long as he remains healthy. Taking McCoy and doubling down with Bryce Brown could end up a very strong play likely to exceed their draft slots. One caveat here - the Eagles have the toughest rushing schedule in the league this year. That will have some effect.

Alfred Morris - WAS YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 11
Keeper: 12
Auction 10: 14%
Auction 12: 19%
2010                      
2011                      
2012 WAS 16 1690 13 335 1613 4.8 13 11 77  
Avg   16 1690 13 335 1613 4.8 13 11 77 0
Proj WAS   1480 13   1400   12 12 80 1

Morris was one of the bigger surprises last year and yet another "gotcha" foisted on fantasy football by Mike Shanahan. The sixth-round pick ended up second in the NFL with 1613 rushing yards and ranked in the top 5 among fantasy backs in most leagues. He rushed for more yards than any rookie since Eric Dickerson in 1983. He has almost no role as a receiver but with around 20 carries in every game he provides consistent points each week and scores in half of his matchups. His totals were no doubt helped by a week 17 beat down of the Cowboys when he rushed for 200 yards and three scores. Morris worked hard in the offseason to avoid a sophomore slump and the only things working against him will be the health of Robert Griffin and his schedule shapes up to be tougher in 2013 when he doesn't face any of the top 20 easiest venues until week 14 and week 15. He doesn't have a lot of upside above what he did last year but then again the Skins love to ride him and that creates very little downside.

Chris Johnson - NYJ YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 12
Keeper: 11
Auction 10: 13%
Auction 12: 16%
2010 TEN 16 1609 12 316 1364 4.3 11 44 245 1
2011 TEN 16 1465 4 262 1047 4.0 4 57 418  
2012 TEN 16 1475 6 276 1243 4.5 6 36 232  
Avg   16 1516 7 285 1218 4.3 7 46 298 0
Proj NYJ   1690 7   1300   6 42 390 1

Johnson had a bounce back year of sorts after a horrible 2011 campaign. He rushed for 1243 yards and added 36 catches for 232 more yards but only scored six times. His reception total was also the lowest of his career and a product of the new offense installed last year. And now Shonn Greene is on board to reprise the same "Lendale White" role from Johnson's rookie season. The offensive line has improved and the schedule is about average. But the Titans are still limited with a shaky quarterback situation. Johnson may improve incrementally in yardage, but he is not being used as a receiver as much in this offense and will lose at least some carries and most of the shorter touchdowns to Greene.

Steven Jackson - ATL YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 13
Keeper: 23
Auction 10: 12%
Auction 12: 15%
2010 STL 16 1624 6 330 1241 3.8 6 46 383  
2011 STL 15 1478 6 260 1145 4.4 5 42 333 1
2012 STL 16 1363 4 257 1042 4.1 4 38 321  
Avg   16 1488 5 282 1143 4.1 5 42 346 0
Proj ATL   1420 10   1040   10 42 380  

Jackson remains the elder statesman of running backs with far more carries than any other starting back. He's also 30 years old with those balding tires and has slowed down for the last two seasons when he was limited to around 260 rushes in both. But he has an eight-year streak of 1000 yard rushing seasons and has been good for around 35+ receptions each year. He replaces Michael Turner which is significant because the Falcons have been producing double-digit rushing scores. Even last season, Turner accounted for 800 rush yards and 10 touchdowns. Jackson is on the decline but he should be a lock to repeat the 10+ touchdowns. Turner rushed for 1300+ yards in the two previous seasons. Jackson doesn't have a lot of upside but should be safe for an RB2 level of production.

Maurice Jones-Drew - OAK YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 14
Keeper: 16
Auction 10: 12%
Auction 12: 14%
2010 JAC 14 1641 7 299 1324 4.4 5 34 317 2
2011 JAC 16 1980 11 343 1606 4.7 8 43 374 3
2012 JAC 6 500 2 86 414 4.8 1 14 86 1
Avg   12 1374 7 243 1115 4.6 5 30 259 2
Proj OAK   1450 9   1300   8 18 150 1

Jones-Drew will be an interesting one this season and a risky draft pick. Last year he held out until right before the season, came back with his tail between his legs and then was lost for the season six games later because of a LisFranc injury. The injury is hoped to be completely healed by training camp but once again Jones-Drew will need to learn a new offense. OC Jedd Fisch is installing a zone blocking scheme that will at least take the offensive line some time to learn. The Jags say they will revisit MJD's contract after the season so he needs to show up big this season to get a big contract - with whatever team it ends up being. MJD turns 28 and has just one more decent contract left to sign. But it will be tougher with a new offensive scheme as we saw in Oakland last year. One advantage with MJD - he has three straight home games during weeks 14 - 16.

Tier 3
Stevan Ridley - NEP YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 15
Keeper: 15
Auction 10: 12%
Auction 12: 14%
2010                      
2011 NEP 14 454 1 87 441 5.1 1 3 13  
2012 NEP 16 1314 12 290 1263 4.4 12 6 51  
Avg   15 884 7 189 852 4.8 7 5 32 0
Proj NEP   1360 10   1200   10 21 160  

Ridley is a prime example of how important it is to land on the right team. The third-round pick of 2011 easily outdistanced all his other class mates when his second season produced 1263 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Those came in 11 different games and he had a six game touchdown streak going at one time. His role as a receiver is minimal. But he's a near lock for 70+ rush yards every week and there were only six regular season games when he didn't score. Shane Vereen is a threat to share more carries but that was true the last two years with little results. Vereen is the only thing standing in the way of Ridley and a big year. This should - should - be a great year for Ridley with the Patriots enjoying a very light rushing schedule and the passing game needing to find a new chemistry and tempo with so many new receivers. There will always be some risk with a NE back, but Ridley paid off handsomely last year.

David Wilson - NYG YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 16
Keeper: 21
Auction 10: 12%
Auction 12: 14%
2010                      
2011                      
2012 NYG 16 392 5 71 358 5.0 4 4 34 1
Avg   16 392 5 71 358 5.0 4 4 34 1
Proj NYG   1360 9   1160   9 26 200  

(+Upside) No doubt that Wilson will be considered one of the players most likely to improve. He only ran for 358 yards on 71 carries and added just four catches for 34 yards. He scored five total touchdowns. But he gained 5.0 yards per carry and Ahmad Bradshaw is out of the picture now. Bradshaw ran for more than 1000 yards in two of the last three years (injured in 2011) and added 20 to 30 receptions in each year. Wilson was finally allowed some work in the final weeks of 2013 when he rolled up almost all his stats. He even gained 100 rush yards on only 13 carries when the Saints visited. How big a jump that Wilson makes will be at least partially limited by a tough rushing schedule. He'll also witness Andre Brown steal most of the touchdowns as well. But the upside is there for the most talented back on the Giants roster.

08-29-13 Update: Andre Brown was lost to yet another fractured left leg and that means Wilson is the clear #1 and full-time back. His backu-up is third year player De'Rel Scott at least until the Giants make any other moves.

Reggie Bush - DET YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 17
Keeper: 14
Auction 10: 10%
Auction 12: 12%
2010 NOS 8 358 1 36 150 4.2   34 208 1
2011 MIA 15 1382 7 216 1086 5.0 6 43 296 1
2012 MIA 16 1278 8 227 986 4.3 6 35 292 2
Avg   13 1006 5 160 741 4.5 4 37 265 1
Proj DET   1440 7   800   4 55 640 3

(+Upside) Bush spent two seasons as the primary runner in Miami and turned in seasons of 268-1086 and 227-986 as a runner. That is not what is going to happen in Detroit where they intend to return him to his most dangerous as a receiver. The Lions have completed 90 to 100 passes to running backs in recent years and Bush could see up to 80 catches according to HC Jim Schwartz. Bush won't be the run-first back that he was in Miami and that should help him to remain healthy. Bush becomes a very attractive pick in reception point leagues.

Frank Gore - SFO YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 18
Keeper: 32
Auction 10: 10%
Auction 12: 12%
2010 SFO 11 1305 5 203 853 4.2 3 46 452 2
2011 SFO 16 1325 8 282 1211 4.3 8 17 114  
2012 SFO 16 1448 9 258 1214 4.7 8 28 234 1
Avg   14 1359 7 248 1093 4.4 6 30 267 1
Proj SFO   1320 9   1100   8 27 220 1

Gore turned 30 in April and has already grabbed the franchise record for all-time rushing. He is bound to start his decline soon but so far - no real signs. In each of the three playoff games he ran for 90+ yards and at least one touchdown. His regular season totals included a second best mark for rushing yards (1214) and he gained 4.7 yards per carry despite facing more eight man fronts than any other runner. Gore continues to have only a marginal role as a receiver and his eight rushing scores last year was the second best of his career. That limits his upside and he did just turn 30 years old. But he lasted a full 16 games for the last two seasons while having nearly mirror-image years. He remains consistently good and yet almost never great.

DeMarco Murray - DAL YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 19
Keeper: 17
Auction 10: 10%
Auction 12: 10%
2010                      
2011 DAL 13 1080 2 164 897 5.5 2 26 183  
2012 DAL 10 914 4 161 663 4.1 4 35 251  
Avg   12 997 3 163 780 4.8 3 31 217 0
Proj DAL   1300 8   1000   8 35 300  

(-Risk) Murray fell to the third round in 2011 thanks to a history of injuries at Oklahoma. Never a major injury, just constant dings and dents. So far in two seasons, Murray has averaged 4.8 yards per carry and been a decent receiver as well. And he continues to be injured. After missing three games as a rookie, he was gone for six last year. His lack of durability is a fantasy killer because he is not reliable. The rushing schedule for the Cowboys is also one of the worst ones they faced in years. Murray was a top runner in the NFL for a four game stretch in midseason of 2011 when he turned in three of four games with 130+ rushing yards and even set a Cowboys record with 253 yards against the Rams. But he only managed one 100 yard game last year and that was in the opening week. Even when Murray was playing last year he was battling a sore foot. By this point, he is a risky choice for a RB1 though he usually delivers a few nice games. If he ever strings 16 straight games healthy, he could easily be top ten. So far that has not happened and the schedule is tougher this year than in his previous two seasons.

Darren McFadden - OAK YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 20
Keeper: 13
Auction 10: 9%
Auction 12: 10%
2010 OAK 13 1664 10 223 1157 5.2 7 47 507 3
2011 OAK 7 768 5 113 614 5.4 4 19 154 1
2012 OAK 12 965 3 216 707 3.3 2 42 258 1
Avg   11 1132 6 184 826 4.6 4 36 306 2
Proj OAK   1400 6   1050   5 40 350 1

(-Risk) (+Upside) McFadden's stats took a nosedive last year when the zone- blocking rushing scheme was the opposite of the "hit the hole and go" skill he has. His average run went down from 5.4 YPC to only 3.3 YPC. That was the lowest in franchise history for any team runner with 150+ carries. He also missed four games with an ankle sprain making it all five years in the NFL that he has failed to play a full season. His best year so far was 2010 when he lasted a career high 13 games and ran for 1157 yards on 223 carries with seven scores. He also added a career best 47 catches for 507 yards as well. The power rushing game being installed will be better suited to the skills of McFadden. But despite his occasional teasing performance, he has to be expected to miss at least a handful of games. The passing game for Oakland doesn't look particularly threatening either. The situation is better this year but his risk is undeniable.

Eddie Lacy - GBP YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 21
Keeper: 20
Auction 10: 6%
Auction 12: 7%
2010                      
2011                      
2012                      
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj GBP   1220 8   1000   7 25 220 1

The Packers used their 2.29 pick on the player some expected to end up with them in the first round. Despite falling to be the 4th running back drafted, the needle is certainly pointing up for this Alabama bruiser who finished 2012 with 1,322 rush yards on 204 carries (6.5 YPC) and scored 17 touchdowns. He fell on concerns with his health – he was a big back who picked up foot and ankle injuries in college plus a concern that he has been a workhorse and could wear down earlier in his career. But he is also considered a very tough runner with some moves and is an accomplished receiver out of the backfield. More than all that, he ends up in Green Bay where the Packers already mention him as an every down back and he won’t ever face an eight-man front thanks to Aaron Rodgers. But he won’t run 25 times in any game and maybe not even 20 but he will get goal line opportunities. The Packers also drafted the highly ranked Johnathan Franklin who could end up as the complement to Lacy as the smaller, third-down back. It won't take much for Lacy to be considered successful. The Packers have ranked no better than 30th in running back rushing yardage for the last three seasons.

Darren Sproles - PHI YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 22
Keeper: 26
Auction 10: 7%
Auction 12: 10%
2010 SDC 16 787 2 50 267 5.3   59 520 2
2011 NOS 16 1313 9 87 603 6.9 2 86 710 7
2012 NOS 13 911 8 48 244 5.1 1 75 667 7
Avg   15 1004 6 62 371 5.8 1 73 632 5
Proj PHI   1070 10   360   2 71 710 8

Sproles is 30 years old now and unlikely to do much as a rusher. Other than 2011, He's been stuck at around 200 to 300 rush yards every year. But two seasons with the Saints have produced 86 and 75 catches respectively with around 700 yards both years. He may start a down turn in a year or two but Sproles should be good to go for one more of the same.

Daryl Richardson - NYJ YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 23
Keeper: 28
Auction 10: 7%
Auction 12: 8%
2010                      
2011                      
2012 STL 16 638   98 475 4.8   24 163  
Avg   16 638 0 98 475 4.8 0 24 163 0
Proj NYJ   1220 7   970   6 26 250 1

Richardson stepped in to provide a complement to Steven Jackson last year though by week 13 his use almost entirely faded. He still ended with 475 yards on 98 carries and notched a 4.8 yard per carry average. He added 24 receptions for 163 yards. He was a low-end bye week filler for as long as he lasted but never scored. He'll now be in a committee with Isaiah Pead to some measure and may not be the primary back. Training camp should help sort this out and there will be a darkhorse in the race with rookie Zac Stacy also a potential factor. For now - the Rams backfield looks less fantasy relevant than it has in more than a decade but that could change if Fisher elects to ride just one back as he usually ends up doing.

08-20-13 Update: Named the starter for week one, he has already outplayed Pead. There will still be some amount of committee present.

Ryan Mathews - SDC YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 24
Keeper: 27
Auction 10: 7%
Auction 12: 8%
2010 SDC 12 823 7 158 678 4.3 7 22 145  
2011 SDC 14 1546 6 222 1091 4.9 6 50 455  
2012 SDC 12 959 1 184 707 3.8 1 39 252  
Avg   13 1109 5 188 825 4.3 5 37 284 0
Proj SDC   1180 7   980   7 24 200  

(-Risk) (+Upside) Mathews no longer has running back guru Norv Turner around. His 2012 campaign was billed by the team as the breakout year for a new workhorse back. It never happened. Mathews once again is being called a talented back that the Chargers are looking to get more involved and even become a "bellcow" (Part IV). No one is buying it anymore. Mathews started out last year with a broken clavicle and missed the first two games. He ended 2012 by breaking the very same clavicle and missed the last two weeks. In three seasons, he's never missed fewer than two games and comes off a 3.8 YPC with just one touchdown. 2011 was a year that may end up legendary for Mathews who ran for 1091 yards, caught 50 passes for 455 yards and scored a total of six times. And he only missed two games. The only move the Chargers made that impacts the backfield was adding Danny Woodhead who probably would have been out of the league by now had he not played for the Patriots. Woodhead will be seeded in during the season and Mathews is more likely part of a committee and that is when he is healthy. He has some upside if only because he would wildly exceed expectations if he could ever remain healthy and meet the promise his first round draft pick suggested. The line is being upgraded but is still a work in progress.

Lamar Miller - MIA YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 25
Keeper: 22
Auction 10: 7%
Auction 12: 8%
2010                      
2011                      
2012 MIA 13 295 1 51 250 4.9 1 6 45  
Avg   13 295 1 51 250 4.9 1 6 45 0
Proj MIA   1160 7   900   6 30 260 1

Miller is expected to win the starting job this summer if only because he is not Daniel Thomas who ran 91 times last year and only gained 325 yards (3.6) and lost two fumbles. Miller only ran 51 times but gained 250 yards (4.9 YPC) and the team likes him enough that they did not get any real competition to the primary rushing job. He will have to win it this summer but it is almost a foregone conclusion that he will be replacing Reggie Bush. There is some upside here but the offense overall does not appear that upgraded so expecting more rushing opportunities may be optimistic. Miller won't be any better than a very low-end RB2.

08-21-13 Update: According to OC Mike Sherman, Miller has not won the job outright against Daniel Thomas so he carries more risk now. Miller is the better back and that should be proven again, but Sherman is more than kind talking about Thomas.

Giovani Bernard - CIN YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 26
Keeper: 19
Auction 10: 7%
Auction 12: 8%
2010                      
2011                      
2012                      
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj CIN   1210 6   850   4 34 360 2

(+Upside) The Bengals made Bernard the first back drafted and the electric runner from North Carolina leaves school with two years of eligibility left. Had he elected to remain, he was expected to become a Heisman Trophy candidate for 2013. Playing in the spread offense last year saw him lead the ACC with 122 rushing yards per game. He missed all of 2010 with a torn ACL and lacks top end speed despite being a smaller player. The early expectation is that he will be a complementary runner to BenJarvus Green-Ellis that could make the backfield much more of a committee. He is as talented as any rookie back and more so than Green-Ellis so it is more a matter of time to see him take over the majority of work. There is much speculation surrounding his use and different sources have expectations from just a third down back to becoming the primary in week one. Training camp will help determine his role but regardless he is the more desirable back in Cincy.

Montee Ball - DEN YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 27
Keeper: 18
Auction 10: 7%
Auction 12: 7%
2010                      
2011                      
2012                      
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj DEN   1150 7   1050   7 15 100  

(+Upside) There is a new Ball in town and this one was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2011 when he finished with a staggering 307 carries for 1,923 yards and tied the all-time record held by Barry Sanders with 39 total touchdowns scored. Changes in the offensive line did not help Ball as a senior when he rushed 356 times for 1830 yards and 22 touchdowns. There is no debate that Ball is anything less than a natural runner who excels as a workhorse. He merely scored an NCAA record 83 touchdowns in his four years in Wisconsin. But there is a legitimate concern that the heavy load (924 carries) will make for a shorter NFL career and open him more to injuries. The Broncos did opt for Ball over Lacy because he seemed more durable. The expectation is that Willis McGahee will be released and that gives Ball the chance to be a full-time back for a offense that will never, ever face an eight man front. This is a golden opportunity for a big rookie year.

Chris Ivory - NYJ YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 28
Keeper: 24
Auction 10: 7%
Auction 12: 7%
2010 NOS 12 733 5 137 716 5.2 5 1 17  
2011 NOS 6 374 1 79 374 4.7 1      
2012 NOS 6 232 2 40 217 5.4 2 2 15  
Avg   8 446 3 85 436 5.1 3 1 11 0
Proj NYJ   1190 6   1000   6 25 190  

(+Upside) No doubt that Ivory will be a very common "sleeper" for many and likely overdrafted in many leagues. On the face of it, what is not to like? He inherits the softest running back schedule in the NFL. He has little competition for carries though Joe McKnight misguidedly thinks publicly that he has some shot at being the primary. The Jets will want to run the ball as much as they can. And Ivory has a career rushing average of 5.1 yards. A bit of reality here - Ivory never had more than 137 carries for the Saints in any season. He has never played more than 12 games in any year and the last two seasons only showed up in six games each. And he is the #4 running back in New Orleans for a reason. Oh yes, and it is rather doubtful that the defenses cared when Chris Ivory trotted onto the field when they were facing the #1 passing attack in the NFL. This year, Ivory goes from being a little used #4 from the best passing team in the league to being a primary back for one of the worst passing teams in the league. Ivory will discover what it is like when half the defenders don't automatically start sprinting backwards at every snap. That all said though - who else are Jets going to use and the schedule is really kind.

Shane Vereen - NEP YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 29
Keeper: 25
Auction 10: 5%
Auction 12: 7%
2010                      
2011 NEP 5 57 1 15 57 3.8 1      
2012 NEP 13 400 4 62 251 4.0 3 8 149 1
Avg   9 229 3 39 154 3.9 2 4 75 1
Proj NEP   990 8   420   5 54 570 3

(+Upside) There is some upside on Vereen this year thanks in part to the departure of Danny Woodhead and the fact that Stevan Ridley is never a factor as a receiver. No doubt Vereen did himself a big favor when he exploded in the HOU game in the second round of the playoffs. He totaled 124 yards, five catches and three touchdowns. It was almost entire season doubled. It was far more than his rookie totals. Vereen was a good receiver out of the backfield at CAL and should get first shot at that role. He is worth a fantasy backup role in a reception point league.

Rashard Mendenhall - FA YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 30
Keeper: 29
Auction 10: 5%
Auction 12: 7%
2010 PIT 16 1440 13 324 1273 3.9 13 23 167  
2011 PIT 15 1082 9 228 928 4.1 9 18 154  
2012 PIT 6 244 1 51 182 3.6   9 62 1
Avg   12 922 8 201 794 3.9 7 17 128 0
Proj FA   1090 5   900   5 22 190  

Enters his sixth season and comes off a very bad 2012 when he struggled to get over his knee injury of 2011. He’s not been healthy for two years but that is – hopefully – no longer an issue this year. Mendenhall peaked in 2010 with 1273 rush yards and 13 touchdowns but that season now stands out as an aberration. His problem too is that the Cardinals have ranked in the bottom five in rushing attempts and yards for as long as they have made pencils to record it. As a team, they only managed a paltry 3.1 yards per carry last year. Mendenhall reunites with his PIT OC Bruce Arians who is now the Cards head coach and was there for all of the successful years for Mendenhall. It is largely a motley crew in Arizona with the ever-injured Ryan Williams as the #2 and two rookies on board to contend for playing time. Mendenhall is not in a great place historically but he’s likely to be drafted low enough to be a value pick. He’s only averaged 3.9 yards per carry over his career. The Cards did spend their first pick on OG Cooper and the line play is expected to improve this year.

Tier 4
Ahmad Bradshaw - IND YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 31
Keeper: 35
Auction 10: 5%
Auction 12: 6%
2010 NYG 16 1549 8 276 1235 4.5 8 47 314  
2011 NYG 12 926 11 171 659 3.9 9 34 267 2
2012 NYG 14 1260 6 221 1015 4.6 6 23 245  
Avg   14 1245 8 223 970 4.3 8 35 275 1
Proj IND   930 6   750   5 18 180 1

Bradshaw is twiddling his thumbs hoping some team wakes up and decides they need a veteran back on the roster. His injury history means his days as a primary are over.

06-11-13 Update: Bradshaw was picked up by the Colts despite still wearing a walking boot from his surgery in January. He is expected to be ready for training camp. His presence only serves to ruin what Vick Ballard might have been.

Mark Ingram - NOS YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 32
Keeper: 30
Auction 10: 4%
Auction 12: 6%
2010                      
2011 NOS 10 520 5 122 474 3.9 5 11 46  
2012 NOS 16 631 5 156 602 3.9 5 6 29  
Avg   13 576 5 139 538 3.9 5 9 38 0
Proj NOS   810 8   780   8 5 30  

Two seasons in New Orleans and Ingram so far has displayed no real progress or positive change. A full season in 2012 only resulted in 156 carries for 602 yards (3.9) and he scored five times. He has no real role as a receiver and in most weeks ended up with around 10 touches. Ingram saw an unusually heavy load in the final weeks of last year when he was running 14+ times per game but that still only had a moderate yardage as a runner, no receptions and only occasionally a touchdown. This time the Saints are more optimistic that Ingram is over toe and knee injuries of the past and is finally completely healthy in an offense that at least says it wants to run more in 2013. He's not going to be a true primary back in this committee offense but this should be his best year so far - how much better remains to be seen.

Le'Veon Bell - PIT YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 33
Keeper: 31
Auction 10: 3%
Auction 12: 5%
2010                      
2011                      
2012                      
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj PIT   900 6   800   6 14 100  

(+Upside) Bell is a big back who led the Big Ten last year with 1,793 rushing yards and ended with 671 carries for 3,346 yards in his three seasons with Michigan State. He could end up as the next incarnation of Jerome Bettis and OC Todd Haley has already talked up Bell as a three down back and workhorse runner. He can catch the ball and pass block. His downside is his size which limits his speed and has even caused him to wear down later in games. When the offensive coordinator says "He's not a guy that you'd shy away from giving it to him 30 times a game." you have to take notice. Bell should end up as the leading scorer for the Steelers this year and will compete to be the most productive rookie if only because his team appears willing to throw a saddle on and ride him.

08-20-13 Update: Bell sprained his mid-foot but it was not reported to be a Lis Franc injury. At this point, he is expected to be done for the preseason but may be back as early as week one. It is troublesome that he has already suffered a sprained knee and now a foot sprain in camp. He carries a little more risk now but still has upside.

08-24-13 Update: It is now described as a very small tear and that he could be back as early as week four. The week 5 bye means he's not likely to be back before week 6 and even then - a risk to assuming when he is back and how healthy he will be then.

Ben Tate - CLE YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 34
Keeper: 39
Auction 10: 3%
Auction 12: 5%
2010                      
2011 HOU 15 1040 4 175 942 5.4 4 13 98  
2012 HOU 11 328 2 65 279 4.3 2 11 49  
Avg   13 684 3 120 611 4.9 3 12 74 0
Proj CLE   930 5   730   5 20 200  

Tate missed his rookie season with an ankle injury but then racked up 942 rush yards and four scores in 2011. Last year he was beset with hamstring and foot issues all year and was rarely used for more than five touches a game if he even played. This is the final year of his rookie deal and as such plenty of rea$on$ to play well. He is always a prudent handcuff to the Foster owner and in 2011 was worth a fantasy start on his own. 2013 should see his value return to 2011 levels assuming he can remain healthy.

08-18-13 Update: Tate's stock cannot help but rise with Foster still out and a question mark by week one. If you draft Foster - and you probably should not at this point - you MUST acquire Tate. Also said - Tate makes a really attractive steal with upside.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis - CIN YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 35
Keeper: 40
Auction 10: 3%
Auction 12: 4%
2010 NEP 16 1093 13 229 1008 4.4 13 12 85  
2011 NEP 16 826 11 181 667 3.7 11 9 159  
2012 CIN 15 1198 6 278 1094 3.9 6 22 104  
Avg   16 1039 10 229 923 4.0 10 14 116 0
Proj CIN   780 6   640   6 15 140  

(-Risk) This will be a situation that may not be clear until well into the regular season. It may be an evolving situation. And not because of Green-Ellis. He remains the same average player he has always been. He gained 1094 yards on 278 carries for the Bengals last year which was only a 3.9 YPC. He was basically no different than what Cedric Benson had given them. Cedric Peerman and Brian Leonard both ran around 50 times each but they offered little improvement. Bernard Scott was lost last year to an ACL tear but he never grabbed any real workload. The Bengals drafted Giovani Bernard with their 2.05 pick as the first back taken and his success will dictate the role that all others will play. Early word is that he's likely destined for the third down role of the committee and likely some work that is more than merely relief of Green-Ellis. Until there is clarity here, and there simply may not be, Green-Ellis deserves a major downgrade and is a risk to rely on for anything beyond short yardage and goal line carries.

DeAngelo Williams - CAR YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 36
Keeper: 52
Auction 10: 3%
Auction 12: 4%
2010 CAR 6 422 1 87 361 4.1 1 11 61  
2011 CAR 16 971 7 155 836 5.4 7 16 135  
2012 CAR 16 924 7 173 737 4.3 5 13 187 2
Avg   13 772 5 138 645 4.6 4 13 128 1
Proj CAR   870 4   720   4 20 150  

(-Risk) Williams turned 30 in April and despite rampant rumors, he was not traded prior to the NFL draft. He is a drag on the Panthers with a $9.6 million cap hit that can be halved and spread over two seasons if they release him. He continues to be productive with a 4.3 ypc last year and he ended as the leading rusher for the Panthers thanks to Jonathan Stewart's balky ankles all year. Williams still has something in the tank despite hitting 30 and he has only been given a split workload these last three seasons. He'll play the #2 in Carolina but will be a risk to be traded or released up until week one.

07-15-13 Update: With Jonathan Stewart not able to practice at the start of camp, Williams is going to have a chance to be the #1 back in week one and potentially beyond. The backfield has offered marginal fantasy value anyway, but at least Williams may actually have some value if Stewart remains out.

08-21-13 Update: HC Ron Rivera says that Jonathan Stewart may start the season on the PUP list so Williams would be the #1 for however long it would last. Still not an attractive situation.

08-27-13 Update: Williams will now be the primary back in one of the worst rush attacks in the league.

Isaac Redman - FA YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 37
Keeper: 55
Auction 10: 3%
Auction 12: 4%
2010 PIT 16 319 2 52 247 4.8   9 72 2
2011 PIT 16 557 3 110 479 4.4 3 18 78  
2012 PIT 14 654 2 110 410 3.7 2 19 244  
Avg   15 510 2 91 379 4.3 2 15 131 1
Proj FA   740 4   500   4 20 240  

Most speculation has Redman now in front of Jonathan Dwyer for the #2 role but that won't be as productive a spot as in recent years. The addition of rookie Le'von Bell has sparked a willingness to just ride one back and reduce the committee approach. Redman has really never been good for much more than spot duty and now becomes just a handcuff for the Bell owner. Should Bell go down, the Steelers might end up back with their split backfield of Dwyer and Redman anyway.

Vick Ballard - IND YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 38
Keeper: 37
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 4%
2010                      
2011                      
2012 IND 16 966 3 211 814 3.9 2 17 152 1
Avg   16 966 3 211 814 3.9 2 17 152 1
Proj IND   790 3   680   3 17 110  

Ballard made good on his rookie season opportunity by grabbing the feature back role and ended with 814 rushing yards. He also caught 17 passes and scored three total touchdowns. The Colts are not going to turn to the running game any more this year than last and that limits what Ballard is able to contribute. He makes nothing better than a low-end RB2 and is not above turning in a clunker every so often.

06-11-13 Update: The addition of Ahmad Bradshaw hurts Ballard in what will be a committee backfield.

Fred Jackson - BUF YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 39
Keeper: 73
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 3%
2010 BUF 16 1142 7 222 927 4.2 5 31 215 2
2011 BUF 10 1376 6 170 934 5.5 6 39 442  
2012 BUF 10 654 4 115 437 3.8 3 34 217 1
Avg   12 1057 6 169 766 4.5 5 35 291 1
Proj BUF   770 3   550   3 25 220  

(-Risk) Jackson finally showed his age last year when he suffered from the right LCL sprain and right MCL sprain that ruined his 2012 season. He sprained his right LCL in week one and missed three games and then again in week 14 when he had a Grade 2 MCL sprain. He claimed to never really get over that week one injury and his 3.8 ypc agrees he was not the same. He was limited to only 115 runs for 437 yards and scored just four times. He will be part of a committee again with C.J. Spiller but at the age of 32, there is no reason to expect him to be more than the minor player last year. He's worth a pick as a Spiller owner but is not expected to have enough fantasy value himself to merit a start otherwise.

Joique Bell - DET YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 40
Keeper: 51
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 2%
2010 PHI 8                  
2011                      
2012 DET 16 899 3 82 414 5.0 3 52 485  
Avg   12 450 2 41 207 2.5 2 26 243 0
Proj DET   710 4   600   4 12 110  

Bell remains merely depth for the Lions and no better than #3 on the depth chart. The only good thing here is that the Lions running backs always get injured. Bell played third downs last year and caught 52 passes for 485 yards. Now that Reggie Bush takes the lead, Bell falls back down the depth chart and will try to play special teams.

07-28-13 Update: Bell has started training camp ahead of Mikel Leshoure as the #2 back behind Reggie Bush. That's hardly any guarantee that Bell will remain the handcuff for Bush and mostly just makes backing up Bush unclear so far in training camp.

Bryce Brown - BUF YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 41
Keeper: 44
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 2%
2010                      
2011                      
2012 PHI 16 620 4 115 564 4.9 4 13 56  
Avg   16 620 4 115 564 4.9 4 13 56 0
Proj BUF   640 5   560   5 10 80  

(+Upside) Brown not only gets to play on the much anticipated Eagles new offense, but a rise in the number of carries is a lock. The West Coast offense is gone and replaced by one that will want to generate as many plays as possible and focus on a solid ground game. That not only leaves room for Brown to get carries helping out LeSean McCoy, but McCoy has always been injured each of the last three years. Brown stepped in last season and in two games he ran for over 160 yards and two scores. Brown is only a depth pick on a fantasy team and more of interest to the McCoy owner. But he's a little more "steal- able" in a draft than most #2 backs. There is upside here to be sure and Brown turned in a 4.9 YPC last season as a rookie.

Ronnie Hillman - DEN YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 42
Keeper: 45
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 2%
2010                      
2011                      
2012 DEN 14 389 1 84 327 3.9 1 10 62  
Avg   14 389 1 84 327 3.9 1 10 62 0
Proj DEN   690 4   500   3 22 190 1

Hillman's rookie year was largely a wash and by the end of the year his weight was down to only 180 pounds - hardly enough to withstand a RB workload much less move any pile. He was expected to play a bigger role as a third down back and relief player but only ran 85 times for 330 yards (3.9) and caught just 10 passes for 62 yards. A full off season of conditioning should see him better this year but his use is so sporadic that he doesn't really carry much fantasy value. The intention is to use him more and in particular on passing downs. But he's a marginal pick so far and not even reliable for anything should the #1 back get injured as we saw last year.

Bilal Powell - NYJ YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 43
Keeper: 58
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 2%
2010                      
2011 NYJ 2 28   13 21 1.6   1 7  
2012 NYJ 14 577 4 110 437 4.0 4 17 140  
Avg   8 303 2 62 229 2.8 2 9 74 0
Proj NYJ   810 2   580   2 25 230  

Powell is the #2 RB to start camp and has little competition. His upside is almost non-existent but with Chris Ivory injury- prone, the Jets could be looking for more than a few relief carries during the season.

Bernard Pierce - BAL YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 44
Keeper: 43
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 2%
2010                      
2011                      
2012 BAL 16 579 1 108 532 4.9 1 7 47  
Avg   16 579 1 108 532 4.9 1 7 47 0
Proj BAL   720 3   670   3 8 50  

(+Upside) Pierce was a big surprise when he really came on strong after mid-season of 2012. Through week eight, he accumulated only 23 runs for 122 yards. The next nine games served up 85 runs for 410 yards and he ended with a 4.9 yard per carry average. Ray Rice takes care of all goal line work and is the receiving back as well. But Pierce came on strong and even topped 100 rush yards in two of the final three games. He still remains outside of a fantasy starter and his lack of any work as a receiver limits him even further. But he is a must-have handcuff for the Ray Rice owner and should see at least incremental increases this year.

Rashad Jennings - NYG YEAR TM GMS TYD TTD CAR RYD YPC RTD CAT CYD CTD
Huddle Rank: 45
Keeper: 65
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 JAC 13 682 4 84 459 5.5 4 26 223  
2011 JAC                    
2012 JAC 10 413 2 101 283 2.8 2 19 130  
Avg   8 365 2 62 247 2.8 2 15 118 0
Proj NYG   690 3   450   3 38 240  

Jennings comes over from the Jaguars where he finally got the change to be a starting running back. He replaced Maurice Jones-Drew and after gaining a whopping 283 yards on 101 carries (2.8 YPC), he was benched and allowed to leave. Darren McFadden will get injured and will need someone to take his place. Nothing says Jennings will do anything with that opportunity either.

   
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