Fantasy Football Focus...RBs
by Mark Neal
posted Aug 8 2013 12:00AM
Today on Dayton Sports Scene, we will have the 2nd installment of the Fantasy Football Focus presented by Buffalo Wild Wings! For 5 straight weeks, I will do position breakdowns at 5:45p on Thursdays getting you ready for your Fantasy Draft! I started yesterday with Quarterbacks last week, today it's RBs...here were my top 8, plus 2 to remember.
1. Adrian Peterson...the consensus #1 RB on most everyone's board, Peterson is coming off of the finest season of his great career. Peterson is an every down back that gets those extra touches you need to be a great Fantasy RB. He scores touchdowns, gains yards, and can be the cornerstone of anyone's team. Only issue for me is the workload needed for that 2000+ yard season in 2012. Multiple knee injuries, plus those carries...but a high reward!
2. Arian Foster...As steady as there has been at the RB position in the NFL over the past 3 season. Foster gets yeards, and finishes those drives with touchdowns, 41 of them combined over the past 3 seasons. He will again gets a yoemen's share of the handoffs in Houston, health is the only concern because he produces.
3. Ray Rice...Maybe a stretch this high, but who else is going to touch the football in Baltimore? No Pitta, no Bolden, means Rice is that much more important. He will get those carries, but his catches are what separates him from most others. They get him the ball consistantly, that's 1/2 the fantasy battle.
4. Jamaal Charles...I know, I know, if he can stay healthy...have I said that line before? When he is in, sharing carries or not, he is a stud. Big carries, shorter carries...catches and production, he brings is all to the table. His TD numbers could go up, and maybe they will on a team that resembles an NFL squad? Andy Reid doesn't hand the ball off enough, right? He will once he sees Jamaal Charles run it!
5. Marshawn Lynch...Back to back bigs seasons has made many people forget about the 4 average season prior to that...well I don't! Lynch plays for a good team, with a solid QB, but how productive will he be in 2013? He will be 27 this season, an age most athletes flourish. Plus, he scores TDs, 23 the past 2 seasons combined.
6. Doug Martin...The former Boise State Bronco burst onto the scene last season with 1454 yards on the ground, stealing some of the headlines from fellow Redskin rookie RGIII. Martin is solid, no really, he is solid, and gets the position. He has one of the best Head Coaches in the history of the NFL in terms of using RBs in Mike Shannahan. He may not do 1400+ yards again, but they will get him the rock. Shanny had Elway in Denver, but still had time to make an MVP out of Terrell Davis.
7. Steven Jackson...Old man, grandpa, whatever you want to call him, he can still get it done. Freshly turned 30, he is still in solid shape, and not broken down by any means. He joins a great offense that makes its hay throwing the football. Someone has to punch it in from the 3, and Jackson will be that guy. Michael Turner was on his downside, and still having solid fantasy seasons in Atlanta.
8. Trent Richardson...A Browns' player in the Top 8 of anything? Yeah, I know, but T Rich is tough. Injured most of last season, Richardson still toughed it out. The 3.6 yards per carry will get better, and this team will score some points...right? When they do, it will be the former Alabama All-American. If Weeded continues to progress, that will only make things better. Look out for Richardson to show everyone something.
Player to remember: Darren McFadden...Not a great season in 2012 by any means. That team stuck, and when teams stink like the Raiders stunk, well things don't always work out. If he stays healthy, DMC is still a man
Sleeper Pick: Laveon Bell...He is getting 1st team reps with the Steelers right now. He reminds me some of Barry Foster, the former Steelers back that had a great rookie campaign in the Steel City. Bell is tough, saw it on Saturday's in the Big 10, we should see it on Sundays too.
Filed Under :
Adrian Peterson, Andy Reid, Arian Foster, Barry Foster, Darren McFadden, Doug Martin, Jamaal Charles, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Turner, Steven Jackson, Terrell Davis, Trent Richardson