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Five running backs who'll come too cheaply in fantasy football drafts

By Nicholas Minnix

Law enforcement officials are exploring the possibility of Aaron Hernandez's involvement in the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Otherwise, it's a slow day in the NFL.

Happy Independence Day, everybody.

To celebrate, how about five RBs who might set your fantasy football teams free:

Ben Tate, Houston Texans

St. Louis Rams RB Daryl Richardson
D. Richardson: too easily dismissed

I share the concerns that I'm sure plenty of others have expressed regarding the man Tate backs up, Arian Foster. Tate's piss-poor 2012 just means that he'll be more attractive to the cost-conscious, like me, who are aware that Tate may be the more dangerous rusher in this backfield nowadays.

Andre Brown, New York Giants

The more I examined this 6-foot, 227-pounder while researching for projections, the more I began to appreciate what he seems likely to bring to the table for the Giants. I won't call him the goal-line back, but I think the G-Men will turn to him inside the 20s more often than they do the spring-loaded David Wilson.

Shane Vereen, New England Patriots

I think the story about the Pats' offense isn't the decline of its passing game but the rise of its running game, as I discussed recently. Vereen is a home run hitter, as he demonstrated at the tail end of 2012 and in the postseason. He'll make waves in the passing game, and he's at least good enough to do the type of damage that Kevin Faulk did on his best days.

Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals clearly believe that Bernard is a potential long-term answer for them as a featured back. BenJarvus Green-Ellis will lead the team in carries, certainly, but Cincy wants to get the ball into Bernard's hands and may line him up at receiver in order to do it. I think the rookie is good enough to cut into BJGE's touches at least a little, too.

Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams

Considering how dynamic this ball carrier looked last season, it's a little disappointing that there won't be greater interest in his services, at least initially. There are clearly enough people who believe that Isaiah Pead is still the future of the position now that Steven Jackson is gone. I don't see it, never did. Tim tells me to watch out for Zac Stacy, too. I suspect that, if the Rams have their wits about them, Stacy and D-Rich will formulate a dangerous 1-2 punch and let Pead return kicks or carry towels or something.



 


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