Top Fantasy Runningbacks 2015

Leveon Bell was a PPR monster last year.  He’s out the first two weeks with a suspension.  Adrian Peterson is back after missing all but one game.  At 30 years old will a year off hurt or help him?  Lacy, Charles and Lynch, The debate is strong in 2015.  Multiple rookies could make an impact this year.  Who will make the biggest?

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1. Le’Veon Bell

Yes, he’s missing the first two weeks.  But after that he’ll be putting up top points every week.

2. Eddie Lacy

The big man can run catch and spin with the best of them.  He’s the safest RB to me.  Double digit TD’s and 40+ catches.
3. Jamaal Charles

The numbers weren’t what they were in 2013.  Charles is still capable of huge points.  He may run a bit less, but he’ll still be featured and catch passes.

4. Marshawn Lynch

Lynch will still be a top rusher this season.  He scored a total of 17 touchdowns which could go down with Jimmy Graham in town.  Lynch is still a top back and should be drafted high.

5. Adrian Peterson

He may never be the 2,000 yard rusher he once was.  I wonder if he will slow down as the season progresses.  I expect Peterson to be very productive early to mid-season.  After that is when things may slow down.  Peterson could just as easy be the top pick.

6. Jeremy Hill

Hill scored 9 TD’s and rushed for 100+ yards five times last season.  two of them over 150 and another two were very close.  I like Hill to get 250 carries this season and up his TD’s.

7. CJ Anderson

Anderson blew up halfway through the season.  He should be very productive and the main back for the Broncos.

8. DeMarco Murray

Murray has a new home is Philly.  They spent a ton of money on him.  He will be used.  His 392 carries last year worry me.  But if they manage him right with Ryan Mathews, Murray should have another good year.  I wouldn’t expect a repeat of 2014.

9. Matt Forte

Forte is far more valuable in PPR formats.  He doesn’t score much.  He should once again catch a high volume of passes with Marshall gone and rookie White injured.

10. Lesean McCoy

The Bills are going to run a lot.  McCoy could bounce back to top RB status.  He could be worth a first round pick.

11. Lamar Miller

Miller is serious breakout candidate.  He’s 24 years old and in a contract year.  Do not let him slip past pick 30.  I’d take him in the mid 20’s.

12. Latavius Murray

Another breakout candidate.  We saw a quick flash last season.  Murray is finally the full-time back in Oakland.  This offense should be much better this year.

13. Justin Forsett

Some have Forsett down as a bust for this season.  I think he’s a perfect second RB.  He can run and catch.

14. Alfred Morris

Morris is a standard league RB2.  I think he’ll rush for a little more yardage this season.  Double digit TD’s would be a bonus.  17 receptions last season was about as good as it gets.  Redskins say he’s been working on his receiving skills.  But I’ve heard that each offseason with Morris.  Rookie Matt Jones looms….

15. Mark Ingram

Ingram came into his own last season.  Spiller is on the roster and will take some carries and receptions away.  But he’s always hurt.  Ingram should be a solid RB2 or flex play.

16. Frank Gore

Frank Gore is still going at age 32.  In the Colts offense I expect near 1,000 yards and touchdowns in the 5-7 area.

17. Doug Martin

Doug Martin is getting rave reviews from his coaching staff.  He’s lost weight and the team expects him to bounce back from two injury-plagued seasons.

18. Todd Gurley

Gurley may start slow.  Rumor is he may not play week 1.  even when he does play, carries will be limited.  Gurley could be they type of back to blow up during the year.  Especially come later in the season when the playoffs arrive.

19. Chris Ivory

It looks like the job is his. He will run and catch passes and has been under valued in many drafts.  Surprise RB2/Flex back.

20. Ameer Abdullah

Abdullah is a smaller back that plays much bigger than he is.  he can successfully run between the tackles and could end up as the main ball carrier in Detroit this year.

21. Andre Ellington

If Ellington can stay on the field, he has big play ability.  He wont carry the ball a lot.  But he will catch passes and is always a home run threat.  David Johnson should be the workhorse.

22. Carlos Hyde

Hyde has a lot to prove.  If he doesn’t take the starting role and run with it, he may never be a good fantasy asset.  The team seems pretty happy with Kendall Hunter.  So draft with caution.

23. Jonathon Stewart

If Stewart can stay healthy he has a chance a t a nice season.  Carolina desperately needs someone to take the lead rushing spot and stay there.

24. Melvin Gordon

The rookie hasn’t been very impressive so far.  But neither was Tre Mason in the preseason last year.  Gordon will get his chance but multiple back will rotate with him.  They didn’t draft him in the first round not to play.  So they’ll give him a chance.

25. Rashad Jennings

Jennings has an opportunity to be a feature back.  Andre Williams didn’t do much to challenge for his job.  Shane Vereen can’t run between the tackles. He’s best served as a flex/RB2 fill-in.

26. Legarrette Blount

He wont play week one due to suspension.  The Patriots are a hot hand type of team.  Jonas Gray has a great chance week one to take carries away.  New England doesn’t feature one back.  Until the end part of the season when they just let Blount run wild.  Hang on to him if they limit his carries.  He could pay off big near the end.

27. Joseph Randle

Randle has huge upside because of the Dallas Offensive line.  If he wins the job and stays healthy, Randle has low-end RB1 potential.  The job isn’t his for sure.  Dunbar will challenge for carries and McFadden….is on the roster.

28. Tre Mason

Mason came up big at times last year.  He’ll get most of the work early in the season.  When Gurley is full tilt things could change.  but I expect the Rams to run a lot and Mason to have value all season.

29. Arian Foster

Foster had groin surgery and was supposed to miss a huge chunk of the regular seas.  multiple recent reports say Foster could be back on the field late Septebmber.  This would be big for his fantasy value and diminish Blue’s.  If Blue is playing well, I’d expect the Texans to give him carries after Foster’s return.  Just to take the load off the injury prone Foster.

30. Carlos Hyde

Hyde has a lot to prove.  If he doesn’t take the starting role and run with it, he may never be a good fantasy asset.  The team seems pretty happy with Kendall Hunter.  So draft with caution.  I’m not taking him and I don’t like the 49ers offense as a whole.

31. David Johnson

I like Johnson a lot this year.  He played well in the second preseason game.  Bruce Arians commented after the game, saying once Johnson “stopped dancing” he be came much more productive.  You can get Johnson in the late rounds and he could be a steal.

32. TJ Yeldon

It’s anyone’s job In Jacksonville.  If Yeldon can make an early impact he could be a solid draft pick late.

 33. CJ Spiller

Boom or Bust.  When he’s healthy he will put up points.  Especially in PPR formats.

34. Isaiah Crowell

Crowell and West will battle for carries.  Duke Johnson could cut into it if he’s not still hurt with a hamstring injury when the season begins.

35. Terrence West

The Coaching staff has been frustrated by West’s immaturity.  He’ll have his chance to win the job.

36. Tevin Coleman

There’s no clear cut top rusher in Atlanta.  Coleman could lock it down.

THE REST

37. Joique Bell

38. Ryan Mathews

39. Jonas Gray

40. Bishop Sankey

41. Alfred Blue

42. Shane Vereen

43. Giovanni Bernard

44. Danny Woodhead

45. Fred Jackson

46. DeAngelo Williams

47. David Cobb

48. Cameron Artis-Payne

49. Lance Dunbar

50. Duke Johnson

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