Three Running Backs I’m Willing To “Reach” For (Latavius Murray & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are always going to be players that some people like more than others.  Which running backs are we seemingly more favorable on than others as we head into draft season?  Let’s take a look at three running backs we’d be willing to “reach” for, compared to where they are currently being drafted:

 

Latavius Murray – Oakland Raiders
Rotoprofessor Ranking – 33
Average ADP – 45.3

Why I Like Him – We all saw what he can do, when given an opportunity, turning 82 carries into 424 yards last season (while also catching 17 passes for 143 yards); Lack of competition on the depth chart, with Trent Richardson, Roy Helu & Marcel Reece being the only real alternatives; An improved passing game (thanks to the additions of Amari Cooper and, to a lesser extent, Michael Crabtree) should help to keep defenses honest

Risks – He’s never truly be handed regular carries, despite the need for a lead back last season, so it is somewhat unknown if he can thrive in the role

 

Ameer Abdullah – Detroit Lions
Rotoprofessor Ranking – 34
Average ADP – 87.5

Why I Like Him – Explosiveness (averaged 6.0 & 6.1 YPC over his final two seasons at Nebraska); Ability to catch the football (20+ catches in three consecutive college seasons); Easily could be Reggie Bush circa 2013 (1,512 total yards) as he shares time with Joique Bell

Risks – Size could limit him into a rotation role; Could see TD continuously vultured away; Risk that Joique Bell operates as the top back with Abdullah being more of a complimentary option; Rookie

 

Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rotoprofessor Ranking – 76
Average ADP – 95.0

Why I Like Him – Rave reviews this preseason (Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune wrote, “Doug Martin had his best offseason in three years, and the upswing in his play could not have come at a better time.”); Proven what he’s capable of doing before; Should finally be healthy

Risks – Obvious struggles/injuries over the past two seasons (950 yards on 262 carries over just 17 games in two seasons); Presence of Charles Simms, who could win lead back duties and leave Martin playing a complimentary role

 

Sources – ESPN, Fantasy Pros

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