Fantasy Football: 5 Running Back Values

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Terrance West – Cleveland Browns ADP: 201 Round 17 – RB73

He flashed in preseason, creating some great elusive, shifty runs. West has a better missed tackle rate than Crowell which I introduced here. Crowell had an abysmal MTR of .06 compared to West’s .146. Pettine himself said that no Browns running back has yet claimed the job. Crowell played behind Terrance West in the week 2 preseason game. The two alternated first team reps in the week 3 dress rehearsal. West’s upside at his ADP is alarming compared to Crowell’s.

Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – ADP: Pick 42 – Round 4 – RB21

A 2 down back in an offense that should have a new spark with Jameis Winston. Winston will be taking shots, getting the ball in the air down the field to his two towers, Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. I could see a ton of goal line looks, which is work Martin will get. “We talked about being able to establish the run,” said Smith. “Doug will be the lead guy doing that, so it’s very important that we open up some holes and let him do his thing.” . He has been running with purpose and wiggle, looking incredible.

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Chris Ivory – New York Jets – ADP: Pick 49 – Round 5 – RB24

The path is clearing and I can see the light. Ivory is bursting through the powerback chimera as the lead animal as I thought he would. I wrote about it here.

Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers – Pick 44 – Round 4 – RB22

DeAngelo Williams is finally gone, having always limited Stewart’s opportunity. Stewart finished as the RB25 in half points per reception(PPR) scoring, not having a significant role until week 13. Week 13-17 he had 13.94 half PPR points per game, which would have been 9th best season long, not including players that played less than 2 games. Earlier in the offseason, the Panther’s stated they would like to hold Stewart to 15 carries per game, but recently the head coach stated otherwise. “Honestly it’s going to come down to how you are doing,” Rivera said. “If you are running the ball well, obviously you are going to feed him.”  He has his work cut out for him and is going to have a huge year.

Danny Woodhead – San Diego Chargers – Pick 103 – Round 9 – RB43

He finished as the RB16 in standard scoring while healthy in 2013. He will have a similar role to that point in time, where he played behind Ryan Mathews, with Melvin Gordon in his place. He looked good coming back from a broken leg and broken ankle injury, finding the end zone with his first rush back on a short scamper in which he broke a tackle. Woodhead and Philip Rivers work well together and he is a plus in pass protection so he will certainly be on the field a great deal. He will also be the back during the 2 minute drill. High floor, high ceiling value.

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Matt Dulcan