NFL Fantasy Football 2015: Top 5 running back studs
1. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
Bell was perhaps the best overall running back in the NFL last season. He totaled over 2,200 combined rushing and receiving yards. As an exceedingly young player he seems primed for many productive years yet to come. His touchdown production will likely increase, as the offense will have had a full year to gel. Simply put, Le’Veon makes the Steelers offense go.
2. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks
Lynch is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. He has significantly less mileage on his body, because he missed some time early in his career, and that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Marshawn has been selected to the pro bowl in each of his four full seasons with the Seahawks. He deserves it too. Lynch is a consistent touchdown leader.
3. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers
Lacy is talented young back that hasn’t yet peaked. He is a competent receiver, and a consistent producer. The potency of the Green Bay offense means he should get plenty of red zone opportunities. Even though the Packers used Lacy’s abilities with slightly less frequency last season, he still managed to increase his total yards from scrimmage, indicating a marked level of improvement.
4. DeMarco Murray – Philadelphia Eagles
Murray was easy the league leader in rushing yards last season. Now playing for the Eagles, he should continue to see a high level of usage. Without a doubt, Murray should have elite counting statistics if he can stay healthy for the whole season. The only area of concern is that with such a heavy load last season, how long can he keep up with this echelon of production?
5. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills
While with the Eagles, McCoy was one of the most prolific players in fantasy. Since moving to Buffalo now too much has really changed. In his current situation LeSean seems primed for another big season. Everyone knows of Rex Ryan’s affinity for running the ball, and McCoy’s game should benefit greatly from this fact. Expect him to be the focal point of the Bills’ entire offense.
Players of Concern and Talent:
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
With his current circumstances in Minnesota looking doubtful, it’s unclear what will happen moving forward. If you decide to draft AP, proceed with caution. He could come at a discount, but the entire situation could blow up in your face if things go awry.
Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs
Charles’ production dipped significantly last season. He has had injury problems in the past and the series nature of these bodily damages don’t just disappear. He is a great player, but can disappear for times. Charles comes with a significant amount of risk, and is creeping up to the dreaded age 30 season.
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