by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Earlier in the week we started our running back rankings (click here to view #1-20), so who fills out our Top 40? Let’s take a look:
21. Giovanni Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals
22. T.J. Yeldon – Jacksonville Jaguars
23. Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints
24. Carlos Hyde – San Francisco 49ers
25. Frank Gore – Indianapolis Colts
26. Todd Gurley – St. Louis Rams
27. Joseph Randle – Dallas Cowboys
28. Duke Johnson – Cleveland Browns
29. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30. Tre Mason – St. Louis Rams
31. C.J. Spiller – New Orleans Saints
32. LeGarrette Blount – New England Patriots
33. Rashad Jennings – New York Giants
34. Chris Ivory – New York Jets
35. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons
36. Shane Vereen – New York Giants
37. Ryan Mathews – Philadelphia Eagles
38. Bishop Sankey – Tennessee Titans
39. Tevin Coleman – Atlanta Falcons
40. Montee Ball – Denver Broncos
- We may want to think that Rashad Jennings is going to be the early down back, Shane Vereen will be the receiving back and Andre Williams will be the short yardage back… It’s a formula that would work, but it also may not quite be the case. Look for Jennings and Vereen to both play big roles, making both FLEX options but also limiting their upsides.
- If Todd Gurley were healthy two things would happen; 1) he’d be ranked higher and 2) Tre Mason likely wouldn’t be a viable option. With the potential for Gurley to miss some time, or at least get eased into things, as he works his way back from a knee injury we have to temper our expectations.
- The Cleveland Browns are a mess, and their running game changed on a weekly basis last season. Would it really be a surprise to see rookie Duke Johnson step up and grab the job? It’s something we’ll be taking a close look at in the coming days.
- We talked about the potential of a bounce back campaign for C.J. Spiller, as he could put up numbers like Reggie Bush did (circa 2006-2007). Make sure to check out the article by clicking here.
- Is Devonta Freeman a breakout candidate in his sophomore season? We certainly think so. Find out why by clicking here.
- Speaking of potential breakouts, Joseph Randle is going to be a popular option heading into draft day. However, it’s not a guarantee that he gets a starters workload and could easily share carries with Darren McFadden (though he’s already banged up), Lance Dunbar and others. There’s upside, but temper your expectations.
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