Felix Jones: The second-year Dallas Cowboy could end up being a star on your team, even though he is number two on the depth chart behind
Rashard Mendenhall: Entering his second year in the NFL as well, Mendenhall also went down due to injury during his rookie season. While Rashard had very limited carries before succumbing to injury, just 19 attempts for 59 yards, he was a highly touted running back leaving
Chris “Beanie” Wells: The Arizona Cardinals’ first-round pick in the 2009 draft may be an early contributor to the Cards’ running attack. Wells had injury problems in college, due to his pounding style and heavy workload. In his final year at
Michael Bush: The Oakland Raider runner is third on the depth chart behind Darren McFadden and Justin Fargas, but don’t let this stop you from taking a chance on this classic sleeper in the later rounds of your draft. While Bush only carried the ball 95 times last year, the pounding agile back made the most of his carries and averaged 4.4 yards per rush. In Week 2, Bush ran for 90 yards and a touchdown in a win at
Donald Brown: A rookie out of UConn and the Colts’ first draft pick, Brown is a powerhouse runner and a welcome addition to the Colts backfield. With Colts running back Joseph Addai struggling to stay healthy and to maintain consistent output, the Colts drafted Brown looking for some much needed help in the run game. Coming out of UConn as a junior, Brown posted striking numbers in his final college season, rushing for 2,083 yards, 18 touchdowns and averaging a eye-catching 5.7 yards per carry. The talented rookie should keep the heat on Addai, who is looking to bounce back from a tough 2008 season, and see 6-8 carries a game early on. If Addai struggles to perform or stay healthy, look for Brown to become a very big part of the Indy run game. You should be able to grab Brown in your draft’s later rounds.