Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, and C.J. Prosise, Seattle Seahawks – This is one of the most difficult backfield timeshares to navigate in fantasy. At least until the injury bug strikes, which could be inevitable for all three backs this season. Lacy is going in the 6th round and should be a good buy. But for me, the real steal is Thomas Rawls. Rawls is going to potentially be available in rounds 12-14. These are the same rounds that your league’s “kicker guy” is going to take Stephen Gostkowski way too early in your draft. This is a flier price for a running back who should be, at the very least, sharing touches from Day One. Plus, he should in a tandem to a running back that has had issues the last few years in Lacy. I still love Eddie Lacy. I simply can’t quit on the guy, but Rawls is a great bargain at his price.
In a PPR league, C.J. Prosise, who is currently going in rounds 9-11, should be acting as the third-down back. Prosises’ positives are his receiving skills, which makes him a great flier in the mid-to-latter rounds . He was a receiver in college before switching to the running back position and should be a decent match up flex play or bye-week fill in with the potential to be a regular flex in your lineup.
Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens – The running back situation in Baltimore is muddled and bleak except for one joyful light of fantasy points. Woodhead has a great situation going into training camp and has a great price in rounds 7-9. With the state of the Ravens’ backfield, I would even consider him in rounds 10-12 in a standard league.
LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia Eagles – As an Eagle, Blount is still on a roster with smaller speedsters like Darren Sproles and rookie Donnel Pumphrey. And like years past, he still has to worry about his weight. However, his coach is no longer William Stephen Belichick AKA the “Fantasy Devil”. I am not saying Philly head coach Doug Pederson cares about your fantasy team — he doesn’t. I am just saying there should be slightly less head scratching about Blount’s backfield compared to years past. Blount has earned his weight bonus on his contract and should earn the primary steamroller, errr….rusher job. In rounds 7-8, the value is there and he should be a good RB2 or flex start most weeks.
Paul Perkins, New York Giants – His current ADP puts him in rounds 6-7. He should be the starter after the Giants whiffed on a few opportunities to sign or draft a potential starter in 2017. It has been awhile since the Giants’ running game has garnered any love from the fantasy community. And as much as I hate to say it, I don’t think Perkins or the Giants’ backfield will change that thinking for now. However, Perkins has gotten praise all the way from the 2016 season, making him a legitimate RB3. Especially as a possible starter. He is a solid buy in the middle rounds if you skipped running backs early.
Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions – If you are in a PPR league you should be looking to target Riddick. Riddick’s value seems to be leaving him available in rounds 8-10 in drafts so far. The guy just quietly grinds points for his owners every year (mostly coming from passing yards). The Lions are yearning for an accomplished running game this year and a healthy Riddick could give it to them.
Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts – For all the players that we have been comparing to machines and super heroes throughout the years, Gore has been churning out yards and points for his real and fantasy teams since 2005. Yes, 2005. In those seasons he has only missed a handful of games. He is 34 (which is like 100 in running back years) and averaged almost 250 carries a season. I am not saying he isn’t human, but maybe checking for a connection to Skynet isn’t a terrible idea. I love Adrian Peterson, but I would much rather take Gore two rounds later in rounds 7-9 than Peterson at his current price. Maybe this is the year the wheels fall off for both of these guys. But if I have to bet on one to succeed, I’ll bet on Gore.