by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Obviously the injury to Arian Foster has caused sweeping changes in our rankings, but is his free fall the only change? Even if someone’s ranking hasn’t moved, is there a better (or worse) outlook thanks to the early training camp news? Let’s take a look:
- Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs
- Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
- Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
- Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers
- LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills
- Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks
- DeMarco Murray – Philadelphia Eagles
- Matt Forte – Chicago Bears
- Jeremy Hill – Cincinnati Bengals
- C.J. Anderson – Denver Broncos
- Justin Forsett – Baltimore Ravens
- Melvin Gordon – San Diego Chargers
- Lamar Miller – Miami Dolphins
- Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins
- Latavius Murray – Oakland Raiders
- Ameer Abdullah – Detroit Lions
- Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals
- Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers
- Giovani Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals
- T.J. Yeldon – Jacksonville Jaguars
- With his suspension being reduced from three games to two, Le’Veon Bell gets a boost up the rankings to #3. If he wasn’t suspended he’d be the easy #1 overall pick and, even with only 14 games we couldn’t blame anyone for slotting him atop their rankings. He’s too big of a threat both running and catching the football and should be a dominant force for the fantasy playoffs. Keep that in mind.
- While C.J. Anderson is a viable RB1 this season, that doesn’t make him a first round pick. We discussed the risks involved in investing in him, ultimately deciding that he wasn’t worth it. To read the article click here.
- There had been concerns that rookie Jay Ajayi could push Miller for the lead back duties in Miami. However the preseason reports have been bad and the team is suddenly talking up the idea of Miller receiving a heavier workload (click here for an article from ESPN’s James Walker). More carries and less competition would certainly mean more value for Miller.
- Did anyone really believe that Trent Richardson was going to put pressure on Latavius Murray and potentially steal the lead back role? Murray is someone we’ve been hyping for a while and he should get the opportunity to put his talent on display this season. Don’t be surprised to see him emerge as a RB1.
- Ameer Abdullah is currently benefiting from the injuries to Joique Bell. As it is Abdullah should provide a Reggie Bush like performance, which would make him the more valuable back over the long-term.
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