Fantasy Football Player Analysis: Running back

by Cory J. Bonini on July 23, 2012 @ 02:26:46 PDT

 

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1) Arian Foster | Houston Texans | 6-foot-1, 225 pounds | 4th year

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Fantasy analysis: The consensus No. 1 overall pick, Foster is coming off another magnificent year. He averaged 4.4 per carry and topped 1,200 rushing yards in just 13 games. The versatile back chipped in 53 receptions for 617 yards and finished with 12 total scores. Much of his production came with nothing to speak of at quarterback after Matt Schaub (foot) was lost for the season with six games to play. Houston's offensive line is built for a strong running game, as their zone-blocking scheme fits Foster's style like a glove. Ben Tate stepped up last year and could scarf some work from Foster, but that isn't all bad if the star rusher stays healthy late into the fantasy playoffs. Simply put, Foster is the safest bet for a huge season in 2012 and fits atop the food chain in any scoring system.

2) LeSean McCoy | Philadelphia Eagles | 5-foot-11, 208 pounds | 4th year

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LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Fantasy analysis: Shady McCoy is coming off a season for the ages. He scored 20 total touchdowns and racked up 1,624 yards of total offense. That kind of offensive explosion will be tough to replicate, but McCoy's style of play makes it possible. He is slippery, elusive and rarely takes a big hit. His role in the passing game should spike if Michael Vick can remain healthy. The Eagles' offense is about as lethal as they come when clicking on all cylinders, and McCoy is always a threat to take it to the distance with so many weapons to focus on. He is drafted, on average, as the second back off the board. Fantasy owners have realized there is less risk of him falling to injury than with Ray Rice, and McCoy's nose for the end zone makes him so appealing in all scoring formats.

3) Ray Rice | Baltimore Ravens | 5-foot-8, 212 pounds | 5th year

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Fantasy analysis: Rice exploded in 2011 in an offense that revolves around him. He hauled in 76 passes, marking the third straight year in which he caught at least 63. His '11 season was defined by the strides Rice made on the ground, rushing for 1,364 yards (4.7 per carry) and 12 scores. He complemented his ground production with three aerial trips to paydirt, as well. The do-all back is the driving force behind Baltimore's offense that lacks playmakers, so you can expect a healthy amount of touches for the pint-sized star. Rice, however, comes with durability concerns based on the sheer volume of touches he has received in the past three seasons. While he hasn't missed a game since his rookie year, the veteran back comes with at least mild concern in this area. Draft him as the No. 2 running back if you aren't worried about injuries creeping up, or in PPR scoring, but he is more safely selected as the third back.

4) Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | 6-foot-2, 210 pounds | 5th year

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Fantasy analysis: McFadden was the top point-earner in fantasy football until a Lisfranc foot injury derailed his season. The explosive back was held out of nine contests but is 100 percent recovered from an ailment that has a relatively low chance of re-injury. Durability has been a huge problem for DMC during his four pro seasons, as he has yet to finish a 16-game slate. The Raiders' new offense - a modified West Coast system - will cater to taking advantage of his ability in the open field. A zone-blocking scheme will also enable McFadden's natural talents to show through. Competency at quarterback is a bonus, and the AFC West isn't exactly a defensive-minded division. DMC is super risky, but the juice will be worth the squeeze if he remains on the field. His average draft position is 14th overall, and we feel that is too low given his unbelievable upside.

5) Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | 6-foot, 218 pounds | 3rd year

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Fantasy analysis: A fantasy darling as a rookie in 2010, Mathews failed to live up to expectations. He blew people away with his versatility in 2011 after catching 50 balls for 455 yards on the year. Mathews rushed 222 times for 1,091 yards and found the end zone six times. Throughout his entire football-playing life, he has struggled with injuries. Last year was no exception. Fantasy footballers will reap the benefits of drafting Mathews, should he remain on the field for 16 games. If you can stomach the injury possibility (inevitability?), No. 24 is a top-five fantasy back in all scoring formats. He has other risks to be aware of, though, such as confidence issues, ball security problems and a head coach whose love for the vertical pass often consumes the offensive play-calling. A toned down aerial game, at least on paper, points to the Chargers relying heavily on Mathews. His upside is tantalizing, but conservative drafters may want to look elsewhere.

6) Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | 5-foot-7, 208 pounds | 7th year

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Fantasy analysis: MJD lead the NFL in rushing yards (1,606) last season, which is remarkable since the Jags had absolutely nothing else to work with on offense. To be that good is a blessing and a curse, in some sense, as defenses target you on every play. It is impressive that he was able to pile up that kind of yardage with eight- and even nine-man boxes, but he took a pounding. Injuries could catch up to Jones-Drew in 2012. In all likelihood, last season was the high point of his NFL career. How much of a drop-off is in store is tough to assess; being underestimated has powered his career. MJD is a versatile back with similar value in all scoring formats. An improved offense should keep him among the top backs, assuming he remains on the field. Cautiously draft him as a midrange No. 1 back and look to build a deeper stable than normal if you do.

7) Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | 5-foot-11, 191 pounds | 5th year

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Fantasy analysis: Johnson endured his worst season as a pro in 2011, rushing for 1,047 yards and a measly four touchdowns. He snagged a career-best 57 balls, which was about the only bright spot of his season. Since his 2,000-yard season in 2009, Johnson's yards-per-carry average has dropped two years in a row and so have the number of big runs (20- and 40-plus). The East Carolina star entered a new offense and blocking system last year. In Chris Palmer's scheme, running backs are responsible for making decisive cuts when presented several options, whereas Johnson previously was assigned a hole to run to and would bounce the play outside if nothing was open for him. A full offseason should be quite beneficial for Johnson grasping the blocking system. His contract holdout likely also played into his down season, as did having a rookie quarterback at the helm a few games (average 2.4 YPC in those games). Johnson is being drafted seventh overall, on average.

8) Steven Jackson | St. Louis Rams | 6-foot-2, 236 pounds | 9th year

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Fantasy analysis: Injuries are a given when you draft Jackson, since he has played only two full seasons in his entire career. Inflating the risk, he has a lot of mileage on him and is going to be 29 years old before the season begins. The Rams return to a conventional, power-running offense that will keep Jackson on the fantasy map. The offense throws more to the running back position than average, but dynamic change-of-pace rook Isaiah Pead could cut into Jackson's third-down work. He probably has one last strong campaign left in him, though. S-Jax should see a spike in touchdowns with any semblance of a passing attack. He never has been much of a contributor in the TD column, though. Jackson is being selected as the 18th running back in the early third round, on average. His PPR placement is slightly higher. If anything, Jackson may be undervalued this year.

9) Marshawn Lynch | Seattle Seahawks | 5-foot-11, 215 pounds | 6th year

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Fantasy analysis: The 2011 season was a career year for Lynch, who set personal bests in total touchdowns (13) and rushing yardage (1,204). For all intents and purposes, Beast Mode was the Seahawks' offense with 326 utilizations. The veteran rusher is expected to face a stiff suspension from the NFL due to yet another off-the-field incident. Stay tuned for their decision, as his fantasy value will be affected. Their offensive line was often an inexperienced, patchwork mess, which makes his performance even more impressive. Toss in the lack of consistency and respectability in Seattle's quarterback play ... you get the point. In 2012, the quarterback situation should be better with Matt Flynn, a second year of Tarvaris Jackson or, possibly, polished rookie Russell Wilson under center. The OL stands a good chance to improve, but the receiving corps remains questionable. Owning Lynch comes with injury concerns, as he never has started a full slate of games, and his role in the passing game is limited in this offense. Expect similar production to last year, but his touchdown figures could regress a tad if the passing game opens up. Fantasy owners have been selecting Lynch as the 11th overall pick, on average.

10) DeMarco Murray | Dallas Cowboys | 6-foot, 224 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy analysis: Fantasy competitors are high on Murray, judging by his draft placement. The hallmarks for an explosive fantasy season are present, although we admit you have to keep grounded expectations. Murray is a big-play talent with mild injury concern after fracturing an ankle last year, but his long-term injury history is alarming. Understand the risk you are assuming. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry in 2011 and burst onto the fantasy scene with a ridiculous 253-yard performance against the St. Louis Rams in Week 7. Dallas boasts a strong offensive line and a formidable passing attack to take pressure off Murray. He can go the distance on any play and is a capable receiver out of the backfield. The 'Boys will work in Felix Jones at times to keep Murray fresh; fantasy owners shouldn't be terribly concerned over Jones' workload. Murray is an ideal RB2 gamble but comes off the board slightly early as the 10th overall average selection. His value is at its peak in yardage-heavy leagues.

11) Willis McGahee | Denver Broncos | 6-foot, 235 pounds | 10th year

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Willis McGahee, RB, Denver Broncos

Fantasy analysis: We are quite high on McGahee and recognize the risk in recommending him here in our rankings. He is coming off a strong season, one in which he had little to no support from the quarterback position, a struggling OL, and a fledgling group of wideouts to carry the passing game. The Broncs signed one Peyton Manning this offseason; his effect on the offense is largely the reasoning behind McGahee's high placement in our rankings. The veteran back ran for 1,199 yards and four touchdowns in last year's offense that changed into a spread option system midway through the season. Manning, assuming he is even 75 percent of what he has been in his career, brings instant credibility to the passing game. Defenses have to play with honesty, and McGahee's red zone involvement immediately upgrades. Knowshon Moreno (knee) isn't likely to be a factor. Rookie Ronnie Hillman's role should be limited to specialty and change-of-pace work. McGahee is a great blocker, and Denver won't put No. 18 in harm's way of a rookie that barely knows how to get in the way of a pass rush. Draft McGahee as a strong third back and expect borderline No. 1 value. He should come off the board in the late third round or early fourth.

12) Michael Turner | Atlanta Falcons | 5-foot-10, 244 pounds | 9th year

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Fantasy analysis: Turner probably will be drafted higher than warranted based on his overall numbers. He finished the year with a bang (172 rushing yards and two scores), yet it was against one of the worst run defenses in the league last season. The five games prior to that, Turner looked to be wearing down. He averaged no better than 3.6 yards per attempt, failed to top 76 rushing yards and scored only once in that span. The Falcons hired Dirk Koetter as offensive coordinator; his focus will be to expand the passing attack. An improved passing game could mean more openings for Turner, although his touches may be lower than normal. He will be a fine low-end No. 1 or strong second back if he can exploit defenses by doing more with less. The 30-year-old has taken a pounding in his four seasons with the Falcons and could see that catch up to him. He isn't a threat in the passing game, either. Turner could be in for a major drop in production, but we have given him the benefit of the doubt as somewhat risky. His ADP is 18th overall.

13) Ahmad Bradshaw | New York Giants | 5-foot-9, 198 pounds | 6th year

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Fantasy analysis: Despite a smallish frame, injuries and sharing carries, Bradshaw has developed a nose for the end zone in the past three seasons. He scored a career-high nine rushing touchdowns on 171 carries last year, adding two more through the air. Brandon Jacobs is gone, and rookie David Wilson enters the picture. Wilson is closer in style to Bradshaw than Jacobs was, but it should be primarily Bradshaw's job, barring injury. Speaking of which, Bradshaw is no stranger to physical ailments, most notably nagging foot problems. The veteran back had bone marrow taken from his hip and injected into his foot this offseason, but he should be perfectly fine for Week 1 of the preseason, unless he has a setback. Draft him as a risk-reward No. 2 fantasy back in all scoring formats; his ADP is the early third round.

14) Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | 6-foot-2, 218 pounds | 5th year

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Fantasy analysis: The addition of running back Michael Bush and a mild contract squabble points to a problematic year ahead for Forte. He is also coming off a knee injury that cost him six games last year. The versatile back is a PPR monster and has only improved as a rusher in recent years. Forte's role in the passing game is bound to be reduced with the addition of reception hog Brandon Marshall on roster. Rookie Alshon Jeffery also has a possession receiver profile. Working in Forte's favor, however, is the promotion of Mike Tice to offensive coordinator. He has a trench-first mentality and should improve the offensive line, as well as employ a ground-first mentality. Fantasy owners are mistaken if the view Forte as a No. 1 back this year; he has too much working against him to take that risk. His ADP is 16th overall.

15) Shonn Greene | New York Jets | 5-foot-11, 228 pounds | 4th year

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Fantasy analysis: The biggest problem with drafting Greene this year may be Tim Tebow. The quarterback could be used in goal line situations and scarf too many scores from the burly back. Greene no longer has LaDainian Tomlinson to contend with and could see a hefty dosage of touches in 2012. The fourth-year back is coming off a somewhat promising 2011 season and is entering a make-or-break year with the Jets. New offensive coordinator Tony Sparano should keep the emphasis on the ground-and-pound mentality that worked so well for the Jets just a few short seasons ago. Greene, who has little proven talent as competition for touches, is a low-risk, potentially high-reward No. 2 fantasy back that you can land at the price of a fourth-round pick, on average.

16) Roy Helu | Washington Redskins | 5-foot-11, 216 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy analysis: Helu is easily the most talented back in Washington, but that means almost nothing to Mike Shanahan. The belief is that Shanny doesn't want Helu to touch the ball more than 17 times per game, which is all he needs to shine. The backfield is muddied by the return of Tim Hightower (knee), whom we have little faith in as he returns from a knee reconstruction. Rookie Alfred Morris could cut into the workload, and Evan Royster, while nothing special, is a big body to steal goal line work. Respectability at quarterback will go a long way, too, and Washington's offensive line has improved, on paper. Helu is a fantastic pass blocker, which will help keep him on the field. Draft him as a somewhat risky No. 2 fantasy back. Helu is undervalued as the 32nd running back off the board in ADP figures. His early sixth-round average placement offers minimal risk.

17) Fred Jackson | Buffalo Bills | 6-foot-1, 215 pounds | 6th year

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Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills

Fantasy analysis: Jackson is coming off a broken leg and is 31 years old. While he doesn't have the mileage most backs do at his age, it still has to be mentioned. The Bills saw their future in C.J. Spiller when F-Jax was on the mend last year. Could they utilize the younger back more in 2012? Jackson is a dual threat in the stats sheet and has a lot of value in point-per-reception setups. However, so does Spiller. Both backs will be used in the backfield at the same time in certain situations. It could be a nightmare trying to decide which one will get the majority of work any given week. Partially because the Bills have invested a fair amount of short-term money in Jackson, he is the better bet. His determination and hunger to succeed - to prove people wrong - is what really drives our ranking of him. He is a low-end No. 2 fantasy back in PPR leagues and usually comes off the board in the third round.

18) Beanie Wells | Arizona Cardinals | 6-foot-2, 229 pounds | 4th year

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Fantasy analysis: Wells showed a nose for the end zone in his breakout 2011 season, rushing for 10 touchdowns in 14 games - one more score than he had in his previous 29 career games. The Cardinals' offensive line is built for power-run blocking. Arizona's quarterback situation is up in the air, but that didn't slow down Wells last year. Ryan Williams returns from a catastrophic knee injury to offer competition for touches. We are not particularly worried about Williams having a big role given the nature of a torn patella tendon's recovery time. Wells is coming off a minor knee scope; he played with the injury throughout the 2011 season. His average draft placement is the early third round.

19) Isaac Redman | Pittsburgh Steelers | 6-foot, 230 pounds | 3rd year

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Fantasy analysis: Rashard Mendenhall (knee) may start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which would cost him at least six games. Even if he is active for Week 1, a late-season ACL tear in 2011 means he will not be 100 percent in 2012. Redman has quality size and a little bit of wiggle to him. He has averaged at least 4.4 yards per carry in the last two seasons and is a capable receiver out of the backfield. Pittsburgh is trying to open up their offense under new OC Todd Haley. Nevertheless, Redman has sneaky fantasy football value as an RB3. He could pass as a low-end No. 2 if you have an elite RB1. He goes in the third round, on average.

20) Trent Richardson | Cleveland Browns | 5-foot-11, 224 pounds | Rookie

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Fantasy analysis: Cleveland's ground game will run through Richardson, who is arguably the best running back prospect to come out since Adrian Peterson in 2007. The do-all back is built for Cleveland's late-season inclement weather and has fantasy owners drooling over his potential. Rookie running backs have struggled in recent years, and Cleveland's prized rusher probably won't be the exception to that rule. He is being overvalued as the sixth running back off the board, going on average at No. 6 overall. Don't make that mistake. He is likely to have a rookie quarterback manning the offense, and defenders will stack the box eight deep until Cleveland's mediocre receiving corps can scare a D.

21) Doug Martin | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | 5-foot-9, 219 pounds | Rookie

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Fantasy analysis: Martin does a little bit of everything but nothing exceptionally well. He should be given the first crack at winning the starting job, although we feel LeGarrette Blount will challenge him for touches throughout the season. Tampa's OL is poised to be one of the best in the league, and new head coach Greg Schiano is committed to pounding the rock. Martin's compact build allows him to run effectively inside and on the perimeter. Investing a high draft pick in a rookie rusher is a daunting pledge, one we are hesitant to make. Fantasy owners are slightly overzealous in their selecting of Martin, as his ADP is 22 overall. Consider him a risky midrange No. 2 fantasy back.

22) Frank Gore | San Francisco 49ers | 5-foot-9, 217 pounds | 8th year

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Fantasy analysis: Gore's ranking is low, and we expect it to rise once this situation becomes clearer. The 49ers added Brandon Jacobs and rookie LaMichael James to an already crowded backfield. Kendall Hunter will vie for playing time, as well. Gore, 29, has a fair amount of mileage on his tires and was nonexistent in the passing game last season with just 17 receptions. San Fran has added weapons to the passing game with the hopes of opening up the offense a bit. Gore is injury-prone and has just one season of double-digit scoring production in his entire career. He is no longer a centerpiece of a fantasy team and, arguably, hasn't been for the last two years. Owners are rolling the dice on him with the 23rd overall pick, which likely makes him a No. 1 on someone's team. Do not be that someone.

23) Jamaal Charles | Kansas City Chiefs | 5-foot-11, 199 pounds | 5th year

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Fantasy analysis: The electric Charles is coming off knee reconstruction for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 2. The biggest fear is that he will be robbed of his explosive nature for much of the season. The Chiefs added bruiser Peyton Hillis to replace Thomas Jones. Charles will have to do a lot with limited touches to be effective for fantasy purposes. We are not so sure that will happen before the second half of the season. His 15th overall average draft placement is a tough pill to swallow. He has more value in PPR leagues and should be drafted as a risky second fantasy back.

24) Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | 6-foot-1, 217 pounds | 6th year

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Fantasy analysis: The prototype for fantasy football workhorse running backs has a busted wheel after tearing medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee Dec. 24, 2011. The running back position is the most difficult for players to come back effectively within 12 months from such a surgery. His reputation has him being drafted as the 10th back off the board, which is borderline insane. However, we feel compelled to give AD the benefit of the doubt given his freakish athleticism and build. Closely monitor his offseason progress. He will fluctuate in our rankings based on how he is coming along, but barring a setback this is probably as low as you will see Peterson ranked.

25) Jonathan Stewart | Carolina Panthers | 5-foot-10, 235 pounds | 4th year

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Fantasy analysis: J-Stew has Cam Newton, DeAngelo Williams and now Mike Tolbert to contend with for touches, especially around the end zone. His receiving figures were nice last year (47 receptions), but his production was erratic. Stewart needs to tote the ball nearly 20 times per game to really get his motor going, and he didn't rush more than 14 times in any game last year. He is a roster-filler at this point as a third fantasy back with more value in PPR leagues.

26) BenJarvus Green-Ellis | Cincinnati Bengals | 5-foot-11, 215 pounds | 5th year

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Fantasy analysis: The Law Firm begins his Bengals career as the projected starter. He may share carries with Bernard Scott, who has failed to live up to expectations. BJGE is a between-the-tackles plodder with history of having a knack for finding the end zone. The Bengals' OL is built for power running; the passing game is competent enough to keep defenses honest. Green-Ellis is an uninspiring but solid No. 3 fantasy back. You typically can land him in the fifth round.

27) Donald Brown | Indianapolis Colts | 5-foot-10, 210 pounds | 4th year

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Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts

Fantasy analysis: Brown has an interesting sleeper quality to him. The Colts will have to depend on some form of a consistent running game to help Andrew Luck's maturation. If Luck is a quick study, Brown could have larger running lanes. Indy's revamped offensive line will be the key. Brown has OC Bruce Arians' unrelenting dedication to the ground game working in his favor. The former first-round pick showed signs last season of being able to play in this league. Draft him as a third back (sixth-round ADP), but be aware of his inconsistent performances.

28) Reggie Bush | Miami Dolphins | 6-foot, 203 pounds | 7th year

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Fantasy analysis: Bush's coming out party may have coincided with a change of scenery. The versatile back rushed for a career-high 1,086 yards and hauled in 43 passes last year for the Dolphins. He will see more time sharing with second-year back Daniel Thomas in '12, but as long as he can stay healthy, the former USC standout should check in as a third fantasy back in all scoring formats. He could be extremely dangerous in the passing game now that the Dolphins will employ a West Coast system under OC Mike Sherman. PPR owners should have more confidence in him.

29) Darren Sproles | New Orleans Saints | 5-foot-6, 190 pounds | 8th year

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Fantasy analysis: Simply put, Sproles was a PPR demon last year. That, however, may overvalue him in 2012. He is going in the fourth round of standard-scoring and PPR formats. The creativity displayed by Sean Payton in how he utilized the diminutive back will be missed. Drew Brees' contract spat with the team also factors in, to a lesser degree. Sproles should have a solid season, but at 29 years old, with the expected healthy return of Mark Ingram, hedge your bets on statistical regression. He is a No. 3 in PPR and a fourth back in standard scoring.

30) Jahvid Best | Detroit Lions | 5-foot-10, 199 pounds | 3rd year

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Fantasy analysis: A major concussion robbed Best of 10 games last year. He started hot by averaging 4.6 yards per carry, catching 27 passes and scoring three times in six games. The Lions are a pass-first team, which isn't all bad given Best's natural receiving talents. Best, who has drawn rave reviews this offseason, will have to contend with a healthy Mikel Leshoure for at least 14 games. PPR owners should look to him as a high-risk, high-reward third back in the middle rounds.

31) DeAngelo Williams | Carolina Panthers | 5-foot-9, 217 pounds | 7th year

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Fantasy analysis: Williams comes with mild injury risk but more importantly has to battle Cam Newton, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert for touches any given week. The big-play veteran can help your team a great deal, but it is maddening to figure out when to play him (seven games with no more than 35 rushing yards in 2011). He came on strong in the second half last year, but he still had four games with single-digit carries and no receptions. DAW is a low-end No. 3 or an ideal fourth back.

32) C.J. Spiller | Buffalo Bills | 5-foot-11, 193 pounds | 3rd year

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Fantasy analysis: Spiller is likely to make a significant jump in our rankings as this offseason makes his role clearer. He could split evenly with Fred Jackson, and the Bills will have packages in which both backs are on the field at the same time. Spiller looked like an NFL running back in 2011 after a miserable showing as a rookie. He hasn't quite put a stranglehold on our confidence yet, but Spiller is inching his way to becoming a weekly flex play if he indeed shares carries. Draft him as a low-end No. 3 in all formats; this valuation is more certain in PPR leagues.

33) Stevan Ridley | New England Patriots | 5-foot-11, 225 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy analysis: Don't expect a lot of carries, and Ridley is not much of a factor in the passing game. Nonetheless, he has the size to handle a 200-carry season of a lot of work between the tackles. Ridley is a No. 3 fantasy back with the upside to produce weak RB2 stats if he has a quality year in the red zone. The Pats love to pass and have a cache of mouths to feed. He is being drafted, on average, in the early seventh round.

34) Mark Ingram | New Orleans Saints | 5-foot-9, 215 pounds | 2nd year

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Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

Fantasy analysis: Ingram's rookie season was marred by injuries and impotent play. The offense runs through Drew Brees' arm and boasts three legitimate rushing threats. Ingram's talent is not in question, although he seemed to be tentative at times as a rook. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason and will be ready for Week 1, sans a setback. Draft him as a weak No. 3 or quality fourth option in the middle rounds of your selection process, if he falls past his overvalued early fifth-round average placement.

35) James Starks | Green Bay Packers | 6-foot-2, 218 pounds | 3rd year

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Fantasy analysis: From a physical skill set perspective, Starks is nothing more than an average player. This high-octane offense has so many weapons that Starks is unlikely to be given a chance to prove he is better than a bit player. Even though Green Bay's pass-happy offense will make it tough for him to garner a lot of work, he has value as a third fantasy back. Starks has little competition for touches. He goes, on average, in the fourth round, which may be a hair too early.

36) Peyton Hillis | Kansas City Chiefs | 6-foot-2, 250 pounds | 5th year

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Fantasy analysis: Hillis may be more than an insurance policy for Jamaal Charles (knee) in 2012. KC's team is built for running, which may be the only way they will have success with Matt Cassel at quarterback. A sustained ground attack means more than just Charles, regardless of his health. Enter Hillis' contrasting style of play. He should be involved in tough-yardage situations as well as near the stripe. Don't forget his savvy as a receiver out of the backfield. Hillis could be a sleeper if you can land him at the right price. He generally comes off the board in the ninth round. 

37) David Wilson | New York Giants | 5-foot-9, 205 pounds | Rookie

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Fantasy analysis: Ahmad Bradshaw should be the primary toter all year, but he has a lengthy history of foot injuries. Wilson is a dynamic back who could play all three downs, if needed, but may specialize as a third-down option if he can prove his worth as a pass protector. That suggests greater value in PPR leagues. Wilson goes in the eighth round, on average, which is fair placement for the rook. Handcuff him to Bradshaw.

38) Toby Gerhart | Minnesota Vikings | 6-foot, 231 pounds | 3rd year

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Toby Gerhart, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Fantasy analysis: The Stanford product should have an increased role in the early stages of the season while Adrian Peterson (knee) works his way back to full strength. Gerhart is a decent receiver, too, and he may be slightly undervalued. Consider him a fourth fantasy back and a handcuff to Peterson. He goes in the early ninth round, on average.

39) Pierre Thomas | New Orleans Saints | 5-foot-11, 215 pounds | 6th year

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Fantasy analysis: Thomas enters training camp 100 percent healthy and looks to maintain a solid role in the offense. He logged 50 receptions and 562 rushing yards last year, scoring six total TDs along the way. His 2012 outlook is cloudy with Mark Ingram (knee) and Darren Sproles competing for touches, so temper your expectations. Fantasy owners opt for PT Cruiser in the ninth round, on average. He is a so-so No. 4 fantasy back.

40) Felix Jones | Dallas Cowboys | 5-foot-10, 215 pounds | 5th year

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Fantasy analysis: The speedster played in 12 games last year and figures to be a role player in 2012. He has big-play ability but struggled with fumbles last season. Jones makes for an acceptable handcuff to DeMarco Murray or a fourth fantasy back. His average draft position is the late 11th round, which is great value if he can stay healthy. He is slightly more valuable to PPR owners.

41) Jacquizz Rodgers | Atlanta Falcons | 5-foot-6, 196 pounds | 2nd year

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Fantasy analysis: Rodgers wasn't very impressive as a rookie, but the coaching staff didn't do the best job at utilizing him. Expect that to change in 2012 under Dirk Koetter's play-calling. The former Jags OC loves to work in the screen game, and we all know Michael Turner won't be the back on the end of that pass. Rodgers has sneaky value in PPR leagues as a low-level sleeper. His ADP is the 16th round in regular setups.

42) Daniel Thomas | Miami Dolphins | 6-foot-1, 233 pounds | 2nd year

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Fantasy analysis: The K-State standout didn't quite separate himself as a rook last year. He started the season in a strong manner but suffered through injuries and played in 13 games. Miami's new zone-blocking system should enhance Thomas' chances for success. We are probably too low on him and will revisit his ranking in training camp once we have a better feel for his expected split with Reggie Bush. His ADP places him in the late ninth round.

43) Ben Tate | Houston Texans | 5-foot-11, 214 pounds | 3rd year

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Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans

Fantasy analysis: Tate's 175-942-4 line last year was nothing short of impressive, but a closer look points to a considerable statistical regression in 2012. He touched the ball double-digit times in four games when Arian Foster was healthy, and three of those games were blowout wins. Tate averaged 14.6 attempts per game without Foster in the lineup and only 8.5 with him in, including half the touchdowns. A sixth-round ADP is too steep of a price to pay for insurance and RB4 production.

44) Michael Bush | Chicago Bears | 6-foot-1, 245 pounds | 5th year

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Fantasy analysis: The former Raider will back up Matt Forte and spell him on occasion. Bush is a versatile back but hit the wall in his final seven games last year, failing to average at least 4.0 yards per carry in six contests. He wasn't much better in games with limited touches, either, averaging 2.9 yards per tote when he touched the ball fewer than 11 times (4.0 YPC in games with at least 11 attempts). Bush's seventh-round ADP should drop now that Forte is under contract. Expect Bush, merely a handcuff to Forte, to fall in our rankings if Forte looks like his former self in training camp and the preseason.

45) Delone Carter | Indianapolis Colts | 5-foot-9, 238 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy analysis: It is tough to gauge just what Carter is in the NFL after his rookie year; Indy's QB situation was just that atrocious. He should snipe some touches from Donald Brown each week; the sophomore back will be given a chance if Brown falters. Carter is a bowling ball and could see considerable goal-line work. His 18th-round ADP illustrates his worth as a low-risk, potentially high-reward back.

46) Isaiah Pead | St. Louis Rams | 5-foot-10, 197 pounds | Rookie

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Fantasy analysis: Pead is a shifty, change-of-pace back and could steal a lot of third-down work from Steven Jackson. S-Jax is no stranger to injury, either, which could pave the way for Pead to see considerable touches. His best value is in PPR leagues and as a handcuff for Jackson owners. Pead's ADP puts him in the 13th round in standard setups.

47) Ryan Williams | Arizona Cardinals | 5-foot-9, 207 pounds | 2nd year

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Fantasy analysis: Williams is coming back from a major knee reconstruction (torn patella tendon), which should dramatically affect his explosiveness in 2012. Beanie Wells is recovering from a minor knee scope and should receive the bulk of the carries this season. Williams' best value is as a late-round stash until later in the season. He is being overvalued as a ninth-round pick. It would be nearly miraculous if he was dynamic in 2012.

48) Kendall Hunter | San Francisco 49ers | 5-foot-7, 199 pounds | 2nd year

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Fantasy analysis: The 49ers drafted LaMichael James this spring, but Hunter should be given priority in fantasy leagues. He will likely be the immediate backup to Frank Gore, with Brandon Jacobs serving as a short-yardage and goal-line option. Hunter and Jacobs would likely tag team if Gore were to fall to injury. PPR players should take a late-round flier on Hunter, especially if you're a Gore owner.

49) Evan Royster | Washington Redskins | 6-foot-1, 216 pounds | 2nd year

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Fantasy analysis: The powerful Royster averaged 5.9 yards per carry on 56 attempts in 2011, and he should have a larger role as a sophomore. We don't believe Tim Hightower (knee) will be ready to contribute in an effective manner until the second half of the season, which gives Royster a chance to showcase his talents. Take a gamble on him and recognize the potential for a running back carousel in Washington. Royster goes, on average, in Round 13.

50) Ronnie Hillman | Denver Broncos | 5-foot-10, 190 pounds | Rookie

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Fantasy analysis: Hillman will get a chance to show off his skills this summer with Knowshon Moreno (knee) on the mend. We are very high on the rookie, primarily because Moreno may not make the team and Willis McGahee is on the wrong side of 30. Hillman is an explosive, multi-threat back but will have to prove himself as a pass protector to earn playing time. McGahee is one of the best in the business in this area, and Denver won't put Peyton Manning in harm's way. Hillman goes in the middle of the eighth round, which is slightly overvalued at this point.

51) Brandon Jackson | Cleveland Browns | 5-foot-10, 216 pounds | 6th year

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Fantasy analysis: A brutal turf toe injury sidelined him for the entire 2011 season, but Jackson is ready to go. He is a quality third-down back and could spell Trent Richardson in this role if the rookie struggles in pass protection. Jackson is worth considering as a fifth back in PPR leagues.

52) Joseph Addai | New England Patriots | 5-foot-11, 205 pounds | 7th year

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Fantasy analysis: Addai still has value as a role player in PPR leagues, and he is a decent enough blocker to be trusted with protecting Tom Brady. Whether he makes the team is yet to be determined; if he does, Addai should be considered a fifth fantasy back in deep leagues that reward receptions.

53) LeGarrette Blount | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | 6-foot, 247 pounds | 3rd year

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LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fantasy analysis: The Bucs drafted Doug Martin to battle with Blount for the starting job. It seems to be a foregone conclusion that the burly back has lost this No. 1 role, but we still believe he will have substantial involvement in the offense. Handcuff him to Martin; Blount should otherwise be a late-round flier target (15th-round ADP).

54) Brandon Jacobs | San Francisco 49ers | 6-foot-4, 264 pounds | 8th year

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Fantasy analysis: San Fran's backfield is a convoluted mess. Jacobs should see work as a goal-line or short-yardage back, but there is no guarantee. He never has been proficient in those situations anyway. Draft him as a roster-filler in deep leagues.

55) Danny Woodhead | New England Patriots | 5-foot-8, 200 pounds | 5th year

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Fantasy analysis: Woodhead is the classic overachiever and has endeared himself to the Patriots' coaching staff. He will have a limited role, and you're better off waiting to see how this backfield shakes out in training camp before investing anything more in him than a very late pick in deep PPR leagues.

56) Bernard Scott | Cincinnati Bengals | 5-foot-10, 198 pounds | 4th year

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Fantasy analysis: Scott has failed to live up to even modest expectations but will get another crack at showing what he can do as a change-of-pace to BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Scott could surprise, as BJGE isn't special and could evenly share carries, or worse, if he doesn't play well. Scott is a flier pick in deep leagues (17th-round ADP).

57) Mikel Leshoure | Detroit Lions | 6-foot, 227 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy analysis: Leshoure will miss the first two games because of a suspension. He isn't 100 percent recovered from an Achilles' tendon injury, and his role will be limited in this pass-first offense. Yet, he is worthy of a draft choice because of Jahvid Best's injury history and Leshoure's potential to find the end zone. Expect erratic performances. He's a No. 5 fantasy back with a 12th-round ADP.

58) Taiwan Jones | Oakland Raiders | 6-foot, 197 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy analysis: Jones is a poor man's Chris Johnson. He has to beat out Mike Goodson for the No. 2 job behind the injury-prone Darren McFadden, which amplifies Jones' value if he wins the backup gig. He is a true flier choice as a fifth back or a handcuff to DMC; watch this battle in training camp.

59) Javon Ringer | Tennessee Titans | 5-foot-9, 213 pounds | 4th year

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Fantasy analysis: The fourth-year back has been less than impressive in his NFL career. He caught 28 balls in 12 games last year, though, giving hope for added value in PPR leagues. He is an uninspiring handcuff to Chris Johnson or a very late gamble in large leagues.

60) Alex Green | Green Bay Packers | 6-foot, 225 pounds | 2nd year

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Fantasy analysis: Green is coming off an ACL reconstruction and will not be 100 percent healthy until late in the year, if at all. He is vying for a third-down role but has a lot to learn and prove. Green Bay may turn to a free-agent veteran to back up James Starks. Stay tuned, and avoid Green for now.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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