2017 Player Rankings: Running Backs Generated: December 15, 2018

Rank Player Team Bye FF Pts Rushing
Catches Receiving
1 David Johnson ARI 8 341 1300 16 75 850 5 2150 21 0 0
He's only 26 years old and at his absolute prime. Johnson blew up in 2016 with 2,118 total yards and 20 touchdowns and that was with him sitting out Week 17. He has a great schedule and remains the biggest part of the Cardinals offense. He's arguably the best fantasy back in the draft. 
2 Le'Veon Bell PIT 9 294 1360 9 80 800 4 2160 13 0 0
Bell is playing under the franchise tag this year ($12M) so a big 2017 would only make it more expensive for the Steelers. Bell will likely make for a contentious negotiation since he wants to be the highest-paid back and "reset" the market for running backs that became depressed in recent years. But that is 2018. Bell was the No. 1 fantasy back in 2014, missed ten games the next year and ended as No. 3 for 2016 despite sitting out four games. His dual role as a rusher and receiver can easily generate over 2,000 yards per season along with double-digit touchdowns. In a reception-points league, Bell must be gone by the third pick of the draft. 
3 LeSean McCoy BUF 6 255 1310 12 49 400 2 1710 14 0 0
OC Rick Dennison takes over and while he had a committee approach in Denver, it was more from a lack of talent. Dennison helped Arian Foster to become a fantasy star and McCoy is 29 years old and still in his prime. He comes off his best rushing effort of 5.4 yards per carry last year when he rushed for 1,267 yards and 13 touchdowns while adding 50 receptions for 356 more yards. Not a concern that McCoy is due for any letdown. The Bills have a good rushing schedule again this year and McCoy can be the centerpiece of this new offense. 
4 DeMarco Murray FA x 245 1270 10 52 400 3 1670 13 0 0
Murray went to Tennessee where the fear was that the rookie Derrick Henry would really dig into his workload. Instead, Murray turned in the second best rushing year of his career - 293-1287-9 and even added 53 catches for 377 yards and three more touchdowns. Murray ended ranked No. 5 in most fantasy scoring and that made it three of the last four years producing top ten fantasy stats. Henry is expected to see a higher workload this season. He was coming off a 395-carry year at Alabama and a lighter year served him well. But HC Mike Mularkey has already reiterated that Murray remains the workhorse of this offense and one of the best offensive lines in the business will keep Murray successful. While Murray may see a slight decrease - he may not. His role as a receiver helps him maintain his value and one of the best rushing schedules should ensure his success. 
5 Devonta Freeman ATL 5 242 1040 11 60 480 4 1520 15 0 0
Freeman comes off almost an identical year to 2015. In both, he ended with around 1600 total yards and 13 touchdowns. And at 25 years of age, he's in his prime. The offensive line is above average and the schedule is roughly the same strength. He's a safe bet for a top ten finish and could easily end up top five. He signed a five-year contract extension so he no longer has to worry about his contract. But he loses that motivation to earn a bigger paycheck with his $41M deal that included $22M guaranteed and had a $15M signing bonus. 
6 Melvin Gordon LAC 9 226 1200 9 42 400 2 1600 11 0 0
After a lackluster rookie season, Gordon broke out in 2016 when he rushed for 997 yards and ten touchdowns along with 41 receptions for 419 yards and two more scores. He rushed for over 100 yards three times and was consistently good for at least four catches per week. His stats would have been better but he missed the final three games with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). What is unfavorable is that he only averaged 3.9 yards per run and now gets a far worse schedule to play against. And moving to Los Angeles devastated Todd Gurley's 2016 season. Gordon is a high-use back that typically gets over 90% of the running back workload for the Chargers. His role as a receiver should help him maintain his fantasy value (unlike Gurley). In a league rife with committee backfields, Gordon offers one of the few chances to get a player with 20+ touches every week. 
7 Jordan Howard CHI 9 225 1350 9 25 300 1 1650 10 0 0
Howard was one of the biggest surprises last year. The rookie was taken in the fifth round but by Week 3 had taken over the starting role. He never looked back. Howard would end with seven 100+ yard rushing efforts and a total of 1,313 yards on 252 carries for a 5.2-yard average. All six of his rushing scores came in home games but twice he topped 100 rushing yards against the Vikings. Howard finished second only to Ezekiel Elliott for the NFL rushing lead. Howard is the only fantasy play from the Bears with no question marks. He averaged only about two receptions per week but offered nine straight games with at least 99 yards to end the season. With another uncertain quarterback situation, the Bears are certain to lean heavily on Howard again. 
8 Todd GurleyUpside LAR 8 205 1160 9 42 350 0 1510 9 0 0
Gurley quickly became the focus of the Rams offense as a rookie when he ran for 1,106 yards on 229 carries (4.8 YPC) and added 21 catches for 188 yards. Last year was a disaster with only 885 rushing yards and a 3.2 YPC. The offense is entirely new this year with HC Sean McVay and Gurley said he is "loving" the new scheme. Gurley openly complained about the unimaginative offense last year. Gurley stepped up to 43 catches for 327 yards last year though and McVay has spoken to using Gurley more as a receiver as well to keep him on the field and not tip the defense if the play is a run or pass. There is a tough rushing schedule and the team is rebuilding/installing so expectations have to be held in check. Much also depends on the development of quarterback Jared Goff. Compared to 2016, Gurley has much more upside. The offensive line was upgraded at left tackle and should be better. He's worth expecting a rebound and is going high enough in drafts to suggest no one expects him to repeat 2016. 
9 Jay Ajayi PHI 10 199 1190 8 38 260 1 1450 9 0 0
Ajayi broke out in Week 6 last year when he rushed for 204 yards and two scores on the Steelers. He later added two more games with more than 200 rushing yards and both happened against the Bills. Ajay rushed for 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns but only scored twice over the final nine games. Ajayi totaled over 1,400 yards but that was greatly skewed by the three 200-yard efforts. Over half of his games failed to break 50 rushing yards and his role as a receiver was minimal with only 27 catches which again was skewed by a couple of high catch games. The plan is to involve Ajayi more as a receiver but this offense already ranked No. 25 with only 66 completions to running backs last year. Kenyon Drake and Damien Williams were involved last season such that Ajayi only accounted for around 70% of the in- game fantasy points by running backs. The schedule is no worse or better than last year but the offensive line remains below average. Ajayi will likely be drafted earlier based on his 2016 totals rather than what he did in most games. Switching to Jay Cutler won't help Ajayi but shouldn't really hurt him much either. Week 1 has been cancelled and that makes Ajayi play in 16 straight games - that is going to be tough. 
10 Isaiah CrowellUpside NYJ 11 198 1200 8 36 300 0 1500 8 0 0
Isaiah Crowell improved in all three of his seasons with the Browns, ending with a 198-952-7 stat line last year. He added 40 catches for 319 yards and averaged 4.8 yards per carry. It helps that the Browns have one of the more talented offensive lines but they also ranked No. 32 in running back carries last year (279). Duke Johnson is the third-down back and takes four or five carries per game as well. Crowell has a slightly better schedule but the quarterback situation is yet again unsettled and almost certainly below average. But HC Hue Jackson said they would run more often this year and that all goes to Crowell. He even was catching about four passes per week in the second half of 2016. There is some upside here and not a lot of downside considering there are no real challengers and the 24-year- old Crowell has been durable. 
11 Leonard FournetteUpsideRisk JAC 8 176 1080 8 28 200 0 1280 8 0 0
Fournette comes in with all the pedigree and success to create high expectations. He was considered the No. 1 high school recruit and now became the top rookie running back this year. Mike Mayock likened him to Adrian Peterson. Fournette offers a rare mixture of size (6-0/240), 4.5/40 speed and power. He runs very aggressively which could shorten his career but Fournette doesn't shy away from contact. His best year was 2015 when he ran for 1,953 yards on 300 carries and scored 22 touchdowns for LSU. His junior season was less productive due to an ankle injury. The Jaguars should have a better offensive line this year and Fournette will make his own path when needed. An improved schedule this year should also help. The Jags have been a committee backfield but that ends with the addition of Fournette. His role as a receiver may take time with only 41 college catches but there is no question about the primary rusher for the Jags. It is a concern that Fournette only had 12 plays in the preseason before injuring the same foot he hurt in college. He is not expected to play in the final preseason games and has to be considered a bit more risky with such little playing time. 
12 Dalvin CookUpside MIN 9 173 1100 5 35 330 0 1430 5 0 0
The three-year starter at Florida State broke 1,000 yards in each season. He topped 1,600 rush yards the last two years and ended with a 1,765-yard, 19-touchdown year as a rusher plus 33 catches for 488 and another score. That's a total of 2,253 yards in just 13 games. Cook is an all-around back that has to replace Adrian Peterson - no small task. But he brings in good speed (4.49/40), size (5-10/210) and established skills in all facets of the position. He is dangerous in open field and hard to catch in traffic. He had a turnover problem in college and several run-ins with the law that have to be addressed. But Cook has a rare opportunity to take over as a primary back as a rookie. The Vikings upgraded their line that should at least be average this year and the Vikings defense should provide a chance to run out the clock in many games. The Vikings also brought in Latavius Murray and he will have a role. But he's still mending and the bigger concern is if he ends up taking the shorter scores away from Cook. For his later round cost, Cook offers nice upside.  
13 Lamar Miller HOU 7 172 980 7 30 260 1 1240 8 0 0
Miller's first season in Houston wasn't that much different than the last two he produced in Miami. He ended with 1,073 yards and five touchdowns but only caught 31 passes for 188 yards. But he rushed a career-high 268 times despite missing two games with a sprained ankle. He rushed for over 100 yards four times and ran for a score in three of his final four games. Miller doesn't add more than two or three catches per week and doesn't gain much when he does. The concern this year is that the schedule is one of the worst for running backs and Miller didn't stay healthy with only 268 carries. HC Bill O'Brien said he asked too much from Miller last year and they drafted D'Onta Foreman with their 3.25 pick to offer a change of pace. Miller remains the primary back but he's facing a tougher schedule and a "more managed" workload. 
14 Ezekiel ElliottRisk DAL 6 168 940 9 34 200 0 1140 9 0 0
After rushing for an NFL-high 1,631 yards, Elliott is a slam-dunk for a top three spot in fantasy drafts. His lack of receptions (32-363-1) drops him behind Le'Veon Bell and David Johnson but the Cowboys intend on using him more as a receiver this year. The offensive line remains one of the best and the schedule is better than most. Elliott (322) was the only rusher in 2017 with more than 300 carries. Elliott received a six-game suspension on August 11 and will appeal. As of SEP 5, the suspension was upheld. He will play Week 1 and on FRI there will be a ruling on the injunction that if accepted throws it into court like Tom Brady did. 
15 Ameer AbdullahUpside DET 7 164 910 6 37 310 1 1220 7 0 0
Is it "third time is the charm" or "three strikes and you're out?" Abdullah was limited to only 143 carries as a rookie but looked better in the latter half of the year when OC Jim Bob Cooter took over. With the promise of a breakout season in 2016, Abdullah was drafted to be a fantasy starter but he lasted only a game and a half before injuring his Lis Franc and being lost for the year. His one game totaled 120 yards and a score in Indianapolis. Abdullah is healthy again by all reports and impressed in OTAs with his burst and catching ability. The Lions have used a committee under Cooter but mainly because no single back merited a heavy load. And Theo Riddick will be the third-down back. Abdullah has potential and he falls so far in drafts for a starting back that he has upside. But the Lions line is below average and as a team, they have not produced any running backs of any note since Barry Sanders two decades ago. For teams that load up early on wideouts, Abdullah offers a full-time back with potential. But the Lions have ranked only No. 30 in running back carries for the last two seasons. 
16 C.J. AndersonUpsideRisk CAR 11 160 900 5 35 400 0 1300 5 0 0
This could be a huge career year for Anderson or it could just as easily be yet another disappointment. Anderson teased in past years that he could be special in this offense and he has a career 4.7 yard-per-carry average. But an encouraging end to 2014 was followed by a terrible start to 2015. But he picked it up later that season with six scores in his final eight games including two during the playoff run. Just when it seemed he was back, he again disappointed and then was lost for the year with a knee injury. There is a new offense this year that intends to use a committee approach. Anderson is the lead dog going into training camp and Devontae Booker already proved last year he was not up to being the primary back. But Jamaal Charles joined the team and with him, there is at least a small chance that he could figure in prominently. The Broncos have the best rushing schedule in the NFL and that has to help. But this committee could change roles all season and no one back is that likely to have enough work to be more than a lower-end fantasy starter. 
17 Tevin Coleman ATL 5 158 600 8 36 380 2 980 10 0 0
Coleman's second season showed a nice progression though he missed three games with a hamstring strain. He rushed around eight to ten times in games and unlike his rookie season, he also tossed in two to three catches per week. That allowed him to rush for 520 yards and catch 31 passes for 421 yards. With 941 total yards and 11 touchdowns, he offered the rare No. 2 back that was worthy of a weekly fantasy start. He averaged almost 12 touches per week for about 70 yards. If Freeman was to miss time, Coleman would be big. But even as the No. 2, he's worth considering as a low-end fantasy start. 
18 Christian McCaffreyUpside CAR 11 155 700 5 40 430 2 1130 7 0 0
The Panthers spent their 1.08 pick on this Stanford star whose bloodline comes from father Ed McCaffrey of Broncos fame. McCaffrey rushed for 2,019 yards as a sophomore and added 45 catches for 645 yards and 13 total scores. Last year, he still gained 1603 rushing yards and 310 more as a receiver for a total of 1,913 yards and 16 scores in just 11 games. He's a surprising pick considering that the Panthers ranked No. 32 in RB targets for the last two years. But the intention is to change the style of offense away from Can Newton rushing so much and limiting themselves when they pass. McCaffrey would be a waste if all he did was to continue the tradition of rushing without adding receptions. And - Jonathan Stewart is still the starter. He will get the larger workload at least on early downs. McCaffrey's future is bright if the Panthers use him optimally. But he's also easier to overvalue as a rookie considering the presence of Stewart. But - Stewart always missed three or more games and is already 30 years old. That at least gives McCaffrey a full workload for those weeks. He is a risk, but there's as much upside here as with any rookie back. 
19 Frank Gore MIA 11 150 1000 4 31 200 1 1200 5 0 0
Here's the driving force behind FRANK GORE 2017. He currently stands at 13,065 rushing yards to place eighth on the all-time list. He's never had fewer than 1,000 yards in a 16-game season and has not missed a game since 2010. With 620 yards, he becomes the No. 5 of all time ahead of Eric Dickerson, Jerome Bettis, and LaDainian Tomlinson. With 1,307 yards, he jumps over Curtis Martin. Next up is Sanders but he is 2,204 yards ahead. But Gore is already 34 years old. He's been remarkably durable and is good for 250+ carries every season so far. But he dipped below the four yards per carry average for the last two seasons and there is talk (like every year) of lightening his load more to keep him fresh. Gore caught 38 passes last year for his best receiving stats in seven years. He's been a top 20 back for a decade. Gore is not a good bet to break to top ten but he's almost always outperformed his draft slot and he is plenty motivated to get his name in the record book in front of all but three backs. That's jumping past a lot of Hall-of-Famers, a club he wants to join and merits inclusion. He may be used less this year, but he has to be a lock for the 620 yards and if he can strap on a helmet, he'll do everything to get that 1,307 yards. That will be tough with his age and that schedule. But he's plenty motivated. 
20 Kareem HuntUpside KCC 10 150 880 6 33 260 0 1140 6 50 0
The expectation is that Hunt becomes the primary back sooner than later. The Chiefs moved up to grab Hunt with the 3.22 pick in the draft. He was a four-year starter at Toledo where he topped out at 1,631 yards and 16 touchdowns in a season. As a senior, he picked up receiving duties as well and caught 41 passes for 403 yards and a score. Hunt is prototypical in size at 5-10 and 216 pounds. He only ran a 4.6/40 at the combine but runs with good vision and lateral cuts. He may not turn in a lot of long plays but Hunt is a three-down back that can fill all needed roles. And he only has Spencer Ware to beat out for the starting job. Hunt becomes the starter after the ACL tear for Spencer Ware. It is a terrible schedule but Hunt should see heavy use. 
21 Mark Ingram NOS 5 149 700 5 40 370 2 1070 7 0 0
This promises to be a hard one to call. Ingram comes off a career-best season with 1,043 rushing yards and 46 receptions for 319 while scoring a total of ten touchdowns. His 5.1 YPC was also a best. But the Saints signed Adrian Peterson to ostensibly replace Tim Hightower and the guessing game begins. The Saints doled out 371 carries to running backs last year and Ingram led the pack with just 205. So there is work to share in this offense and Ingram already has established himself as a receiver as well with 96 receptions over the last two years. That's about twice what Peterson produced even as the everything in Minnesota. Training camp may help clear up the roles or may just make it worse. The Saints even have a lighter schedule this year but have lost their best blocker for at least four months. The addition of Peterson naturally drops the outlook for Ingram. What actually happens between the two may be a fantasy headache but it should be great for the Saints regardless. 
22 Bilal Powell NYJ 11 149 850 5 39 340 0 1190 5 0 0
Powell stepped in at the end of 2016 and reeled off four straight games with great results. He turned in 100- yard efforts in two of his final four weeks and even caught 11 passes for 78 yards in Week 15 versus the Dolphins. Powell is 29 years old and in his seventh NFL season but has never exceeded 180 carries. He's been mainly used as a change-of-pace and third-down back. Matt Forte slowed down last year and could not finish the season. The plan is to use a committee approach with Powell taking the larger share. He's gained the trust and confidence of the new offensive coaches and Forte's best strength is that he is guaranteed $4 million this year. The offensive line is average at best and there is even the rookie Elijah McGuire that could be involved. Powell is the best bet in a Jets running back but that doesn't mean he'll garner more than 50% of the touches. 
23 Carlos HydeRisk JAC 8 147 850 6 25 200 1 1050 7 0 0
Hyde may be the primary back going into training camp but he may not be to start the season. And regardless, he could end up getting passed by the rookie Joe Williams at any time and that assumes he stays healthy - which he never has. Hyde's attempt to be the primary back the last two years have seen him miss 12 of 32 games. He's been marginally successful when healthy but that too was a different offense (every year). Hyde is not a good fit for HC Kyle Shanahan's offense and the new coaching staff has no ties to him. They do have a tie to Joe Washington who they moved up in the draft to acquire. With a shaky quarterback situation and a bad schedule, Hyde has never looked less appealing. The 49ers will employ a committee backfield and where Hyde ends up could be changing all season long. 
24 Doug MartinUpside OAK 10 146 900 6 25 200 0 1100 6 0 0
Martin comes off his worst season while somehow garnering the most offseason hype of his career. Martin is as hot and cold as any player in the NFL. He turned in two top five years with over 1,400 rushing yards but then only managed around 450 yards in three other seasons - including last year. Martin is suspended for the first three games with a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. By all accounts, he has seen "the light" and was thoroughly impressive in the offseason. He's been as fast and sharp as any time in his career and appears ready to even up those horrible seasons with his third big year. The Bucs use a committee approach so Martin won't likely get more than 70% of the touches. And waiting until Week 4 to use him will hurt. But he comes later in the draft because of the suspension and a late draft grab of Jacquizz Rodgers will cover those initial weeks. The Buccaneers have one of the worst offensive lines but the addition of tight end O.J. Howard helps the run game as much as the pass.  
25 Marshawn LynchRisk OAK 10 141 790 9 17 80 0 870 9 0 0
Lynch returns to football after a year off and replaces Latavius Murray as the primary rusher. But Lynch hasn't been effective since 2014. His 2015 season saw him break down and miss nine games while only running for 3.8 yards per carry. Lynch has been only marginally involved as a receiver. At 31 years old, he'll do well enough to match the 195 carries that Murray turned in last year and likely with fewer than the 33 catches he had. Lynch should lock down the goal line work. Murray rushed for 12 scores last year and the Raiders still have one of the premier lines in the NFL. That is an upgrade from his final years with the Seahawks. He could break down again. He may have lost a step. But he's running behind a great line and that alone qualifies him as an RB3 or even RB2. 
26 Ty Montgomery GBP 8 139 700 4 42 330 2 1030 6 250 1
Montgomery was a true surprise in 2016 when he converted from wideout to running back once the Packers shelves were stripped by injuries. He ended with a 5.9 yards-per- carry average and clamped down on the starting role. The Packers failed to bring in any free agent backs or use an early pick in the draft on the position. Montgomery enters the season as the primary back for whatever that means. The reality is that the Packers prefer a committee backfield even when Eddie Lacy had good seasons (2013- 2014). Montgomery exceeded 11 carries in only one game and his stats were greatly aided by the 162 yards and two scores on 16 carries in Chicago during Week 15. Over his final five games, Montgomery never gained more than 47 rushing yards. His role as a receiver even declined after a hot start. He turned in around 12 touches in most games - hardly a full-time back. The Packers drafted three running backs albeit starting only in the late fourth round. Montgomery is still trying to learn the position and pass blocking in particular. Fullback Aaron Ripowski could be getting more playing time if only to pass block if Montgomery is not up to the task. Montgomery is the only known variable in the rushing game but how he is used cannot yet be certain. How well the other backs perform in training camp will be key. He's only safe to draft as a low-end fantasy starter in a reception points league. 
27 Rob Kelley WAS 5 139 830 6 26 200 0 1030 6 0 0
Kelley has plummeted in fantasy drafting this summer - around the No. 40 to No. 45 back taken. But he is still the starting tailback at least to begin training camp. His drop reflects the drafting of Samaje Perine and his decline later in the 2016 season. From Week 11 onward, he never rushed for more than 76 yards despite getting 14+ carries in most games. Offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh already said that Kelley has the right to start but that there will be a competition in camp and that the Skins will rely on a committee approach to see which back has the hotter hand that week. Not what you want to hear from a fantasy standpoint. Kelley had a couple of decent games last year but ended on a sour note which led to Perine being drafted. Kelley is likely being under-drafted from the hype that Perine generated. But until camp gives a taste of reality, Kelley has to be considered the smaller half of whatever timeshare the position uses this year. 
28 Joe MixonUpside CIN 6 138 800 5 24 220 1 1020 6 0 0
Mixon sparks great optimism in fantasy drafts though the reality may not be quite as shining. The ex-Sooner was selected with the Bengals 2.16 pick which was a surprise given that he never had more than 187 rushing attempts in either year that he started. He's a complete back at 6-1 and 226 pounds, and he caught 37 passes last year. For his collegiate career, Mixon only totaled exactly 300 carries. Giovani Bernard is recovering from a torn ACL and may not be ready to start the season. Mixon helps out in the third down role as needed. The Bengals have also soured on Jeremy Hill. But this has always been a committee backfield. And while Mixon may appear to be a major upgrade to both starters, he's far less experienced. And Hill may not be benched since he's still been a good goal line back with at least nine scores in every season. The health of Bernard has a large bearing on what Mixon is asked to do. And he has impressed in the offseason. But the Bengals line is below average and the notion that Mixon just takes over with a high percentage of the work may not be accurate. His status will be clearer as the season nears. 
29 Adrian PetersonUpsideRisk WAS 5 137 750 6 28 200 1 950 7 0 0
Peterson moves to New Orleans where predicting his production is everything but the "Big Easy". Peterson has suffered season-ending knee injuries in two of the last three years. But those sandwiched a 1,485 yard season when he led the NFL. Peterson is 32 years old and has always been good for at least 1200 rush yards and double-digit scores when he was in Minnesota. Now he's part of a three- man rotation that will also involve Mark Ingram and the rookie Alvin Kamara. Peterson is easy to write-off with the recent injuries and landing in a new, complicated offense that already has a starting running back. He could just fade away and start preparing his speech for Canton in five more years. Or... he could lead the league again playing in the best offense of his career where the defenses would never dare to load up against the run. He is motivated and playing with a chip on his shoulder from being written off. And Peterson has always been exceptional in his returns. He was being drafted very late in June but is moving up the boards weekly. By late August, his hype may exceed his production. 
30 Terrance West BAL 10 137 860 6 22 150 0 1010 6 0 0
The Ravens have had a different lead back in each of the last four seasons and it may happen again. West is poised to be the primary back for whatever that means in Baltimore. But this is an RBBC team that never allows any back more than 65% of the touches and that is likely to change with the addition of Danny Woodhead. West rarely had more than 13 carries in a game for 2016 but he added three or four catches in the latter half of the year. The loss of Kenneth Dixon for the year helps but the Ravens like to use a committee and may add another veteran back. Woodhead's addition likely drops the reception totals if not the carries as well. The Ravens only ranked 25th last year with 327 carries by running backs. 
31 Matt ForteRisk FA x 131 700 5 30 250 1 950 6 0 0
Forte comes off the worst season of his career with only 813 rushing yards and seven scores. He added 30 receptions for 263 yards and another score. But he only averaged 3.7 yards per carry and missed the final three games with shoulder and knee injuries. He failed to score after Week 9 and starting in Week 12 did not rush for more than 27 yards while Bilal Powell assumed the primary back role. There are conflicting reports as to the usage of Forte and Powell but his RB coach Stump Mitchell said the plan was to use both backs and then alluded to Powell being the better back right now. New OC John Morton also said it would be a committee approach this year. Both players totaled around 1100 yards last year going against one of the lightest rushing schedules. 2016 presents a slightly tougher set of opponents but remains above average. Forte has to be considered as just a part of a committee and by all appearances seems destined for the lesser role with Powell. 
32 Jonathan StewartRisk NYG 8 130 800 7 12 80 0 880 7 0 0
Stewart is going dirt cheap in drafts thanks to the rookie Christian McCaffrey. At 30 years old, Stewart is certainly on the back nine in view of the clubhouse. As usual, he missed three games for the third season in a row and only averaged 3.8 yards per carry. It's been five seasons before he lasted all 16 games and his role as a receiver further declined to just eight catches in 2016. Stewart scored nine times for a seven-year high. McCaffrey will impact Stewart - no doubt. But Stewart is not going to disappear. HC Ron Rivera said that Stewart's role is not going to change and that McCaffrey fits in after Stewart's normal workload. The Panthers want to diversify their offense away from Cam Newton rushing and that only helps Stewart. He's going to be an injury risk and will miss games. And he is unlikely to turn in any monster points in any given week. But Stewart is not without value. 
33 Danny WoodheadUpsideRisk FA x 129 340 2 60 590 4 930 6 0 0
This is a play for all or nothing. Danny Woodhead turns 32 years old and comes off a torn ACL from Week 2 of 2016. He also missed 13 games in 2014 because of an ankle injury. But he totaled over 1,000 yards in 2015 and 2013 with the Chargers when he caught 76-605-6 and 80-755-6 respectively. He's already worked with Flacco in the offseason where he was a "popular target' in their passing offense. The Ravens feature a committee backfield so the rushing workload is split up (and not that high anyway with just 327 team carries last year). But the Ravens ranked No. 2 with 156 passes and 118 completions to running backs last year. Woodhead should get a nice chunk of that - health willing. 
34 Mike GillisleeUpside NEP 9 128 780 7 14 80 0 860 7 0 0
Mike Gillislee heads up a four-man set of running backs that should all contribute this year in varying, frustrating and unpredictable ways. But Gillislee comes off his final year in Buffalo when he ran for 5.7 yards per carry and scored nine touchdowns. He's first in line to replace LeGarrette Blount who turned in a stat line of 299- 1161-18 last year. It was a career year for Blount to be sure and he never scored more than seven touchdowns in his other two seasons with the Patriots. Gillislee only caught 15 passes in his three-year career so he'll live off his rushing totals almost exclusively - much like Blount. It is a committee though and even the primary back may not get enough work to merit more than a low-end fantasy start - if Gillislee even ends up to be that every week. 
35 Derrick Henry TEN 8 120 620 7 23 160 0 780 7 0 0
Derrick Henry ran 395 times in his final season at Alabama so the 110 carries last year for the Titans was a major step down. He needed it. Henry only caught 13 passes but scored a total of five touchdowns. His contributions were inconsistent and varied mostly according to the game situation. DeMarco Murray always got his carries. Henry varied from one to 16 rushes per week depending on the game. The expectation is that Henry sees more work but he's not going to timeshare with Murray who remains the workhorse. Henry is a great insurance pick for the Murray owner and may be more of a daily option when the Titans face a weak opponent. A great offensive line and a very soft schedule should turn into plenty of productive carries for both runners. His hype is getting a little ahead of him this year but Henry has the talent. He just doesn't possess the starting job.  
36 Thomas Rawls NYJ 11 119 680 5 20 150 1 830 6 0 0
Rawls is only making $615K and this is the final year of his contract - plenty to play for this season. He's impressed in the offseason and can remain a part of the backfield rotation even with the addition of Eddie Lacy. Rawls had a shot at being the primary back last year but failed. He dealt with shoulder and leg issues that limited him to only nine games and a 3.2 yard-per-carry average. It's worth watching in camp but at best Rawls remains part of a three-man rotation. Rawls has six 100 yard games over the last two years but mixes those with very inconsistent play. A bad offensive line is no help. Thomas is worth a depth spot on the roster but he may not produce fantasy relevant numbers. 
37 Eddie LacyRisk SEA 6 118 750 5 17 130 0 880 5 0 0
After four years with a continual decline, Lacy lands in Seattle where he'll seek to restart his career that started so well with 1,435 total yards and 11 scores as a rookie. He only lasted for five games last year due to an ankle injury. The Seahawks signed him to a one-year, $5.5M contract with $3M guaranteed. Lacy will get his shot but he only has one season to make it count. Lacy was already a problem with his weight and the Seahawks want him to play at no more than 245 pounds.Now he goes from being the primary back to becoming part of a rotation while rushing behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league. There is speculation that he could split carries with Thomas Rawls and the hot hand takes the game. Throw in C.J. Prosise and decoding this backfield is not only tough but could change throughout the season. Lacy needs this to work out but the situation (O-line, RBBC) will work against him rekindling his previous success. 
38 LeGarrette BlountRisk DET 7 111 700 6 8 50 0 750 6 200 1
The Eagles have a terrible committee approach to their backfield and nothing will change but the names this year. Blount comes over after scoring 18 times for the Patriots last year but he never had more than seven in any other season. Blount enjoyed a magic year that was far better than anything he had done and now he is 31 years old and on a new team. One that rarely saw any fantasy back garner muchmore than around 33% of the touches in a game. Blount will assume the goal line work along with early down rushes. But he's just a part of up to four different backs that could see action in any given week. Blount gets a boost from playing behind one of the better offensive lines in the NFL. Now in late August, Blount has not impressed and is reported to have had weight issues. There has even been speculation that he could be released at the 53-man cut- down. But Blount still remains the most likely for early down and goal line work. 
39 Jeremy Hill NEP 9 110 620 7 10 60 0 680 7 0 0
Hill fell from favor after two straight seasons with 3.8 yards per carry or less. And the Bengals drafted Joe Mixon as the apparent replacement. But the second-round pick from 2014 should still have some role and this offense has long used a committee backfield. OC Ken Zampese did not change that when he started last year. Hill may still have fantasy value despite plummetting in fantasy drafts. He's never scored fewer than nine touchdowns every year and his role as a goal line back may still remain. If Giovani Bernard misses any weeks for the start of the season, Hill will be used anyway. Mixon is the upside play to be sure. And Bernard may struggle with his knee. But Hill has not been entirely benched and should outperform his low draft value if only marginally.  
40 Duke Johnson CLE 9 108 340 2 62 560 1 900 3 140 0
Johnson's two seasons with the Browns produced almost the exact same results as the third-down back. His average of 89 carries for 369 yards and one score plus 57 catches for 524 yards and another touchdown has roughly been his ceiling and floor. He offers moderate fantasy points in reception leagues but won't likely become anything more than he already is. 
41 Paul Perkins NYG 8 106 700 3 24 180 0 880 3 0 0
Perkins enters his second season as the favorite for primary back duties but that doesn't mean a lot with the Giants. The coaching staff changed last year (sort of) but there is no difference. The Giants continue to employ a committee backfield which all combined is below average. Case in point - in 2016, there were five different running backs that scored the most fantasy points in an individual game. Rashad Jennings was the primary and rarely got more than 60% of the touches. Perkins only rushed for 456 yards on 112 carries as a rookie and he still has not actually scored in the NFL. He only totaled 15 receptions. The Giants offensive line remains below average. Their rushing schedule strength drops dramatically from last year. There is no guarantee that Perkins plays as the primary that much - even Jennings only played as such in nine games last year. 
42 Jamaal WilliamsUpside GBP 8 106 620 4 25 200 0 820 4 0 0
Williams led BYU all four seasons as the starter and ended with a 234-375-12 stat line as a senior. His role as a receiver diminished as his role as a rusher increased and he only caught seven passes last year. Williams comes to the Packers as a two-down rusher. He has the size for inside running at 6-0 and 212 pounds but he only ran a 4.6/40 at the combine. The Packers like their running back committee and it is rare the backfield ranks in the top half of any category. Ty Montgomery will be the primary and Williams is the best bet to take the No. 2 role but training camp will confirm it. If any back here surprises, it will be Williams.  
43 DeAndre Washington OAK 10 105 580 4 20 170 1 750 5 0 0
Washington ran for 467 yards and two scores on 87 runs as a rookie but he only caught 17 passes. He remains in the rotation with Marshawn Lynch and Jalen Richard. Washington is most likely to remain no better than the No. 3 back in fantasy terms but should Lynch get injured, Washington would likely get the bigger share of rushing. Washington goes undrafted in many leagues. But he'll get scraped off every waiver wire if Lynch does not meet expectations. 
44 Darren McFadden FA x 104 500 5 25 240 0 740 5 0 0
McFadden accepted a secondary role with Ezekiel Elliott playing. He won't get enough work to merit anything more than a handcuff for the Elliott owner. 
45 James White NEP 9 102 260 1 55 520 3 780 4 0 0
White had a solid season in his third year with the Pats when he caught 60 passes for 551 yards and five scores. His 14 receptions for 110 yards and a score during the Super Bowl alone ensures that he gets to reprise his third-down role again this year. Dion Lewis will be involved as a receiver in some measure but White should be the safest play in the Pats backfield this year. A healthy Rob Gronkowski likely impacts the targets that White sees this year. 
46 Jalen RichardUpside OAK 10 99 400 3 40 350 1 750 4 400 0
The undrafted Richard made the Raiders team last year and surprised with 83 carries for 491 yards and a touchdown for 5.9 yards per carry. He added 29 catches for 194 yards and two more scores. Richard never had more than nine carries in any game but he's a home run hitter with speed to score the long touchdown. Richard saw more work in the later half of the season but shared with DeAndre Washington when Latavius Murray was not in the game. The addition of Marshawn Lynch keeps Richard and Washington as the lesser parts of the rotation but there is upside here since Lynch is no lock to remain healthy for the first time since 2014. Training camp will help define if Richard - or Washington - appears likely to get the most work. Since Murray is gone and Lynch is not likely to catch much, Richard should be the third-down back since he's been the better receiver. 
47 Robert Turbin IND 11 97 260 7 35 290 0 550 7 0 0
Turbin became the goal-line back last year with seven touchdowns despite only 47 carries for 164 yards. He also tossed in 26 catches for 179 yards and a score as well. The Colts drafted Marlon Mack in the fourth round and he should figure in this year. But Turbin was new to the team in 2016 and ended the year as the No. 2 back with around eight touches per game. Turbin garnered praise in the offseason for being better and the expectations are that he'll remain the No. 2 back. He's not going to turn into a weekly viable fantasy start with Gore healthy, but he should reprise at least the same role from the end of last season with the chance for more. Training camp should clarify now much of a challenger Mack is to the distribution of work. But barring changes, consider Turbin as the primary back-up to Gore who has not needed a handcuff in seven years. 
48 Darren Sproles PHI 10 95 300 2 50 410 2 710 4 200 1
Sproles holds onto the third-down role despite turning 34 years of age. He delivered his best season in four years when he ran for 438 yards and caught 52 passes for 427 yards while scoring four touchdowns. Sproles already has bent space and time to remain as productive at his age, and he'll retire at some point. But he remains a flex option in a reception-points league. 
49 Jacquizz Rodgers TBB 11 92 500 4 15 120 1 620 5 0 0
Rodgers re-signed with the Buccaneers after filling in last year with good results. He rushed for over 100 yards twice in relief of Doug Martin and ended with a career-best 658 total yards and two scores. He's a handcuff for Martin that becomes worth stealing since he'll be the starter for the first three weeks of the season while Martin is suspended. If you draft Martin, Rodgers is an obviously prudent pick. 
50 Shane Vereen NOS 5 91 250 1 50 480 2 730 3 0 0
Vereen is easy to forget about since he only played in three games before tearing his triceps that ruined the rest of the season. But the third down back had a career best season in 2015 when his first season with the Giants produced 59 receptions for 495 yards and four scores. He ended with roughly the same production he had in his two final seasons with the Patriots. Vereen is fully recovered from his triceps injury and will assume the third-down role again. The rookie Wayne Gallman could figure in since this is always a committee but Vereen makes a reasonable depth pick in a reception points league. He's not going to become the lead rusher regardless of what happens but should provide enough catches to offer some week-to-week consistency. 
51 Matt Breida SFO 11 91 480 3 30 250 0 730 3 0 0
The UFDA is challenging Joe Williams for the primary back- up role behind Carlos Hyde. That usually serves up at least a few games of higher volume work but the 49ers are rebuilding and this situation is not yet certain. 
52 Giovani BernardRisk CIN 6 88 300 2 50 400 1 700 3 0 0
Bernard was good for around 1,000 total yards per year but tore his ACL last season. He was cleared to be a full participant in training camp which was a bit surprising. He still has a role but the Bengals drafted Joe Mixon who also is a good receiver out of the backfield. That throws at least a bit of concern about how much Bernard is used. Bernard has never been a difference maker but he's worth a lower-end fantasy start in a reception point league since he usually catches four or five passes in most games. Regardless of Mixon's success, Bernard should still contribute health willing. But there is more risk around him coming off the torn ACL and with Mixon potentially soaking up touches. 
53 Latavius Murray MIN 9 88 450 6 14 70 0 520 6 0 0
Murray came over from the Raiders but the drafting of Dalvin Cook means less optimism about the move. He leaves one of the best offensive lines in the league for an average one and is likely just the No. 2 back in this offense. Murray scored 12 times last year but only averaged 4.0 yards per carry behind that line. He missed the entire offseason because of ankle surgery. He may not be available until during camp if not into the season. He's missed valuable time while Dalvin Cook has shined since joining the team. Consider Murray as the likely short-yardage rusher for the Vikings since he has that size (6-3/230) advantage over Cook. He's a handcuff for the Cook owner as well but Murray takes a step backward from his primary role with the Raiders. 
54 Jamaal CharlesRisk FA x 84 500 3 24 160 0 660 3 0 0
Charles enters training camp claiming to be nearing complete health again and being able to cut on his surgically-repaired knee. No question that he was a fantasy god from 2009 until 2014. But the last two seasons both were shortened by his knee injuries and at 31 years of age, the notion that he can step back in time is hard to rely on. Charles hasn't been effective since Week 5 of 2015. No doubt he will be drafted too early (assuming he still is around for Week 1) purely on the power of his name. But even the most optimistic drafter realizes he is far more risk than reward and can be nothing more than a deep speculative pick. The Anderson owner would do well to grab him but this will be a committee backfield no matter who is available. At best, Charles days as the primary back and focus of the offense are long gone. 
55 Theo RiddickRisk DET 7 83 160 0 58 430 4 590 4 0 0
Riddick enters his fifth season with the Lions and he's spent the last two years as the third-down back that led the backfield in fantasy points because the other backs were injured or ineffective. Plus the bar has been low in Detroit for a long time. Riddick caught 80 passes for 697 yards and three scores in the first year of OC Jim Bob Cooter's offense and was on a similar path last year until injuring his wrist. Riddick may not be healthy in August. He already was held out of most work during OTAs. Riddick had surgeries on both wrists and the Lions may take it easier with him in the early weeks if he is not completely healthy and back to form. That makes Riddick a risk to rely on but worth drafting late and holding him to cover bye weeks in a reception point league. 
56 Wendell Smallwood PHI 10 83 450 3 22 200 0 650 3 250 0
Smallwood will be in the rotation at running back for the Eagles but the committee approach makes him highly unlikely to offer fantasy relevant stats short of injuries clearing the way for more playing time. Smallwood only carried the ball 77 times last year and caught just six passes. If LeGarrette Blount is released or plays as badly as many are starting to believe, then Smallwood gains a bigger role. 
57 Tarik CohenUpside CHI 9 83 250 1 44 400 2 650 3 0 0
The Bears spent their 4.13 pick on Cohen who will become the third down back. Cohen is only 5-6 and 179 pounds but was described as a "human highlights reel" at North Carolina A&T where he rushed for 5,619 yards and 56 touchdowns while adding 98 receptions during his four years as the starter. He runs a 4.4/40. His size limits him to a third down role. But he was the all-time leading rusher in MEAC history. He can offer a new aspect to the offense that only ranked No. 31 in RB completions last year (55). He is a highly speculative pick in a reception points league but offers some upside. Cohen has been electric in preseason games and bought himself playing time as the change-of-pace back. 
58 Samaje PerineUpside WAS 5 82 600 3 6 40 0 640 3 0 0
The Oklahoma bowling ball ran for over 1,000 yards in each of his three seasons and scored double-digit touchdowns as well. He totaled 4,122 rushing yards and 51 touchdowns as a Sooner but never caught more than 15 passes in any year. Perine was the 4.07 pick by the Skins as the ninth running back taken. He was part of a committee backfield in college (albeit a really productive one) and will have to really show up Rob Kelley in order to get significant playing time. Perine was devastating in college at times and even set the NCAA single-game rushing mark in 2014 when he ran for 427 yards and five touchdowns against Kansas. He's 5-11 and 233 pounds of aggressive rushing. The Skins have an average offensive line but Perine can make it look better when running inside. The best description of Perine was that he is "all bully with very little ballerina". He has power but not great speed or moves. He only ran a 4.65/40 at the combine. He has limited experience as a receiver. He will also run you over and never look back. Camp will help determine what the ratio will be between Rob Kelley and Perine.  
59 Charles Sims TBB 11 80 250 1 46 430 1 680 2 0 0
Sims landed on injured reserve for the second time in his three seasons in Tampa Bay and that alone was reason enough for the Bucs to draft Jeremy McNichols as a replacement if needed. In his only good year, Sims rushed for 529 yards and caught 51 passes for 561 yards and four scores. Sims looked good in offseason practices but at best he's a bye-week filler in a reception-points league. And the presence of McNichols presents some risk this year and potentially a replacement in future seasons. 
60 C.J. Prosise SEA 6 80 200 1 50 480 1 680 2 0 0
Prosise is a wild card since of the three-man rotation now in play in Seattle, he's had the least experience. Prosise was the third-round pick out of Notre Dame last year but only managed 30 carries and 17 catches in the six games he was able to play. He dealt with hamstring and wrist injuries and was unable to give a clear sample of what he could do. The Seahawks added Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls remains. The expectation is that Prosise is the third-down back. Even in his limited play, he's already shown he can be a good receiver as evidenced by his seven receptions for 87 yards in New England last year. But his upside is balanced out with his durability issues. Prosise came out of college already established as a good receiver with 62 catches in two years but he only carried 167 times in his career. 
61 D'Onta Foreman HOU 7 75 450 3 10 120 0 570 3 0 0
The 3.25 pick of the draft brings a big body (6-0/233) to the rushing game. Foreman was a starter as a junior at Texas and all he did was to rush 323 times for 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns in just 11 games. His role as a receiver was limited with only 13 receptions in college though he averaged 11.2 yards per catch. Foreman also ran for 6.4 yards per carry in his career. Foreman won the Doak Walker Award last year as the nation's top running back. He offers a plug-and-play option for the Texans when they rest Lamar Miller or need to replace him if he is injured again. Foreman is a north-south runner who should fit into the scheme. He has minimal experience as a receiver and that will limit him until he proves he can remain on the field for third down. Foreman is a handcuff for the Miller owner though the Texans are facing one of the worst rushing schedules in the NFL. Foreman will have a weekly role though it will remain below fantasy relevance to start. 
62 Charcandrick West NYJ 11 74 360 2 30 200 1 560 3 0 0
West rises to the #2 spot with the PCL tear by Spencer Ware. He becomes worth a deep pick as a handcuff and potentially a low-end play in a reception point league. 
63 Alvin Kamara NOS 5 72 120 1 40 420 2 540 3 0 0
Normally the fifth-overall drafted back that lands on arguably the best offense would generate a lot of excitement. Less so for Kamara who went as the 3.03 pick of the Saints but starts out a definite third to Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson. Kamara started out as the Alabama freshman who had a knee injury and later behavioral problems that forced to play at a community college the next year. He transferred to Tennessee for the next two years where he impressed as a rusher and a receiver. He could become the running back of the future in New Orleans but his outlook for 2016 is limited. Kamara has impressed in camp but he's still a rookie in a crowded backfield. 
64 Mike Tolbert BUF 6 65 420 3 6 50 0 470 3 0 0
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65 Rex Burkhead NEP 9 59 320 4 6 30 0 350 4 0 0
After four years with the Bengals, Burkhead lands in New England where he'll compete for backfield carries and play special teams. He topped out with 74-344-2 as a rusher last year and should figure into the rotation along with Mike Gillislee as the main rushers. Burkhead won't merit drafting unless he gains ground in training camp and even then, he'll just be part of an ever-changing backfield. 
66 Chris Thompson WAS 5 58 100 0 42 360 2 460 2 350 0
Chris Thompson was the third-down back the last two years with Sean McVay running the offense but there are no real changes expected after his departure. Thompson ran for 356 yards and three scores last year while catching 49 passes for 349 yards and two more touchdowns. His role as a receiver should remain but those rushes are sure to decrease since Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine have to share. Thompson was never anything more than a bye-week filler in a reception points league. He's unlikely to improve upon his mediocre stats of last year. 
67 Damien Williams KCC 10 53 100 2 22 250 1 350 3 0 0
Four seasons into his career with the Fins and Williams produces almost exactly the same each year. He offers around 100 rushing yards and 20 catches for 300 yards as a receiver. In 2016, he rolled up six scores as opposed to the more typical one touchdown. No reason to draft other than if Jay Ajayi was injured. 
68 T.J. Yeldon JAC 8 53 170 0 44 300 1 470 1 0 0
The second-round pick of 2015 never became the hoped-answer for running back. Yeldon topped out as a rookie when he rushed for 740 yards and two touchdowns on 182 carries. Last year he became the third-down back for Chris Ivory and caught 50 passes for 312 yards and one score. He's only been a marginal low-end start in a reception points league. The addition of Leonard Fournette only further pushes him down the depth chart as a rusher though his receiving skills should keep him on the field like last year. If Fournette gets up to speed as a receiver, it would further devalue what Yeldon could do. 
69 Devontae BookerRisk DEN 5 53 200 2 20 150 1 350 3 0 0
The fourth-round pick last year had the chance to grab the primary job and even was given a heavy load once C.J. Anderson was out. But he only averaged 3.5 yards per carry. He scored four touchdowns but lost three fumbles. He will figure into the committee approach this year but at best as the No. 2 and possibly the No. 3 if Jamaal Charles can bend the laws of physics. Booker's value will go up as a third-down type if Charles falters or is injured. But until that is apparent, he's not worth drafting as the No. 3 man in a committee backfield. Booker injured his wrist and may not be ready by the start of the season. Pending encouraging news about his recovery, Booker is not worth considering in a redraft league. 
70 Donnel PumphreyUpside PHI 10 52 230 1 22 170 1 400 2 0 0
Pumphrey was a four-year starter at San Diego State where he finished up with a senior year of 349 carries for 2,133 yards and 17 touchdowns plus 27 catches for 231 yards. Along with Ron Dayne, he is one of the top two rushers in FBS history and gained a total of 6,405 yards while averaging 6.0 yards per carry. But - Pumphrey is only 5-9 and 178 pounds. His best asset for the NFL is the 99 catches he made in college. Darren Sproles is in his final contract year and already 34 years old. Pumphrey won't have much on his plate as a rookie but is a great dynasty pick since he's slated to take over the third-down back role in 2018. 
71 De'Angelo Henderson DEN 5 52 300 2 15 100 0 400 2 0 0
The 6.19 pick of the Broncos was a small school player at Coastal Carolina where he topped 1,100 rushing yards in each of his last three seasons. He scored 64 touchdowns in college and even caught a total of 97 passes with as many as 40 in a single season. He runs a 4.5/40 but is only 5-7 and 208 pounds. His size drops him into a spot duty category but he could do something in his rookie season. The Broncos could see Jamaal Charles flop and Devontae Booker injured his wrist and may not be healed for the start of the season. Henderson is still not worth even a speculative pick in all but the biggest and deepest leagues. But he is worth noting in training camp in case the Denver depth chart starts to lose running backs. 
72 Malcolm Brown LAR 8 51 230 1 22 160 1 390 2 0 0
Brown gets the No. 2 spot while Lance Dunbar is injured and that could extend into the season. But he's not a handcuff and he only had six catches as a rookie. 
73 Kerwynn Williams FA x 50 300 2 10 80 0 380 2 150 0
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74 Wayne Gallman NYG 8 50 260 3 10 60 0 320 3 0 0
Gallman was selected with the Giants 4.34 pick. He comes from the wildly successful program at Clemson and scored 17 times last season while rushing for 1,133 yards. But that was on an offense that racked up plenty of points passing and with a mobile quarterback. He only ran a 4.6/40 at the combine and became the fourteenth back taken last April. Gallman is a downfield power rusher and could gain inside work since he's bigger than Paul Perkins. But he's only the No. 3 back at best and this is a committee backfield so no back is going to rack up much per game. Much less when he's only the third option. He carries some upside from being a rookie from a successful college program. And there's nothing special about Paul Perkins or Shane Vereen. But he usually goes undrafted in fantasy drafts for a good reason. 
75 Zach Zenner DET 7 48 180 3 10 60 1 240 4 0 0
Zenner stepped in and score three touchdowns over the final two games of the 2016 season subbing for the injured Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah. And Zenner has drawn praise in the offseason but he'll remain no better than the No. 3 back unless injuries happen again. He's another guy that will bounce on and off the waiver wire. 
76 Aaron JonesUpside GBP 8 44 180 1 18 140 1 320 2 0 0
Jones played all four years at UT-El Paso and was a first- team All-Conference USA pick last year. He was lost for 2015 when he tore a ligament in his ankle but finished 2016 with 1,773 yards and 17 scores as a rusher, plus 28 catches for 233 yards and three more scores. Jones only ran a 4.56/40 at the combine. He can carve himself out a role in the Packers committee backfield, particularly using his receiving skills. The No. 3 back in Green Bay won't likely produce fantasy relevant stats, but injuries raided the shelves last year and the Packers were down to a converted wideout as their primary back. There is minor upside here and Jones usually goes undrafted in a redraft league. He's worth a very late flyer in a dynasty league. 
77 Kenyan Drake MIA 11 43 250 2 12 60 0 310 2 0 0
The third-round rookie last year only carried the ball 33 times but totaled 179 yards (5.4 YPC) and two touchdowns. He's the primary back-up to Jay Ajayi but doesn't get enough work to merit any fantasy consideration other than as a handcuff in a very deep league. 
78 Dion Lewis TEN 8 40 120 1 22 160 1 280 2 0 0
There was speculation that Lewis wouldn't make the final roster this year but that appears less likely now. Lewis has been an injury problem for his entire career and has never played a full 16 game season. Lewis remains a part of the four-man committee backfield but doesn't merit drafting. 
79 James Conner PIT 9 39 240 2 5 30 0 270 2 0 0
Conner was the 3.41 pick of the draft and slides in to backing up Le'Veon Bell. He had a big sophomore season with 1,765 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns. He missed nearly all of 2015 after he was rehabbing a torn MCL and doctors discovered cancer. He returned in 2016 after beating it and still gained 1.092 rushing yards and scored 25 touchdowns. Conner won't see much work so long as Bell remains healthy. But the 6-1, 233-pound battering ram could do some damage behind the Steelers offensive line if called. Consider him just a very late speculative pick. Toussaint Fitzgerald should figure in as well if Bell was injured. 
80 Chris Ivory BUF 6 35 240 1 8 50 0 290 1 0 0
Ivory's first year with the Jags only resulted in 625 yards and three touchdowns. He also only managed 3.8 yards per carry after having far more success with the Jets. The 29- year-old back signed a $32M, five-year contract last year with $10 million guaranteed so he will remain despite the drafting of Leonard Fournette. Ivory is now just a back-up for the rookie though the season could see Ivory with more work until Fournette gets up to speed. Ivory isn't worth drafting unless you own Fournette and want some insurance. He rarely gets drafted this summer and T.J. Yeldon will figure in more as a receiving back. 
81 Alfred Morris SFO 11 35 200 1 14 90 0 290 1 0 0
Morris turned in 69 carries last year with the Cowboys but that was thanks mostly to 17 runs in the Cleveland game. Morris was phased out to end the season once Darren McFadden was able to play. Morris was on the trading block at the draft but had no takers. He could be on sale again during training camp if other teams have injuries and need a back. No reason to draft unless he lands on another team. 
82 Jerick McKinnon SFO 11 33 180 1 14 90 0 270 1 0 0
McKinnon takes a step backward to become the No. 3 running back for the Vikings after the additions of Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray. He won't offer any fantasy relevance unless there are injuries. Even then, McKinnon has not proven to be any more than a change of pace back. 
83 Kenneth Farrow LAC 9 27 180 0 12 90 0 270 0 0 0
Farrow is the primary back-up for Melvin Gordon but isn't worth a handcuff except for deep leagues. 
84 Andre Ellington FA x 24 150 0 12 90 0 240 0 0 0
The Cardinals flirted with turning Ellington into a wideout but decided better. There is very little left over from David Johnson's workload and Kerwynn Williams will likely be involved as well should Johnson be injured. Ellington is best left on the waiver wire until the unthinkable happens. 
85 Marlon Mack IND 11 23 130 1 6 40 0 170 1 0 0
What's not to like about a fourth-round rookie back playing behind a 34-year-old running back? That alone will create some hype and higher expectations. Mack set the all-time rushing record at South Florida with 3,609 yards on 586 carries (6.2 YPC). The three-year starter also caught a total of 65 passes as well. Mack also did himself favors when he was a top back at the Combine, running a 4.5/40 among other high marks. Mack could well become the next starting back in Indy with Gore obviously nearing the end. But for 2016, Gore is chasing NFL history and has not missed a game in seven years. Plus Robert Turbin is expected to remain the No. 2 back with goal line duties as well. There just isn't much left over for Mack to merit much expectation as a rookie. 2018 is promising once Gore has likely left. Mack could be a very nice dynasty hold. 
86 Elijah McGuire NYJ 11 22 100 0 16 120 0 220 0 0 0
When McGuire was drafted with the Jets 6.04 pick, he was the 20th back taken. That normally means an absence of any fantasy value as a rookie if ever. But the four-year starter from Louisiana-Lafayette has caught the eye of the coaches who have no ties to anyone on the roster. McGuire was actually less effective in each year in college and his outlook was limited since he was considered a better athlete than running back. But he caught 130 passes and scored ten times as a receiver and impressed in OTAs with his ability to catch. That can help him get onto the field as a rookie but he'll be no better than No. 3 on a bad offense. Short of greatly impressive preseason games, McGuire is just a name to remember when the depth chart changes in 2018. 
87 Lance Dunbar FA x 20 100 0 10 100 0 200 0 0 0
Dunbar comes over after five years with the Cowboys. He'll replace Benny Cunningham as the back-up to Todd Gurley and provide a third-down role. Sean McVay used Chris Thompson for up to 49 catches in a season. His week-to-week role was never consistent though so he offered minimal if any fantasy reward. Dunbar injured his knee in camp and is out indefinitely. No reason to draft. 
88 Brian Hill CIN 6 16 150 0 2 10 0 160 0 0 0
The Falcons used their 5.12 pick to grab Hill who set all the rushing records while at Wyoming. He gained 4,287 yards and scored 35 times. He never lost a fumble. He's got the size (6-1/219) and runs a 4.5/40. He's safely tucked away as the No. 3 in a premier rushing offense. But he'll become a hot property on the waiver wire should Devonta Freeman or Tevin Coleman miss time from injury. He was rarely used as a receiver in college, so that will limit him at least until he improves in that area. 
89 Alfred Blue HOU 7 15 120 0 5 30 0 150 0 0 0
Blue drops to No. 3 with the addition of D'Onta Foreman and that's well below any fantasy consideration. Barring an injury, Blue won't have much of a role. 
90 Dwayne Washington DET 7 8 60 0 5 20 0 80 0 100 0
Washington had 90 carries as a rookie but only averaged 2.9 yards per carry. He'll remain locked at the No. 4 back but wasn't even that helpful when injuries decimated the backfield last year. No upside here. 
91 Fozzy Whittaker CAR 11 6 50 0 2 10 0 60 0 0 0
Whitaker takes the No. 3 role but with Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey ahead of him, there's no fantasy value here.  

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