by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Earlier in the week we looked at the first half of our PPR Running Back Rankings (click here to view). How do the next 20 shake out? Let’s take a look:
21. T.J. Yeldon – Jacksonville Jaguars
22. Carlos Hyde – San Francisco 49ers
23. Duke Johnson – Cleveland Browns
24. Frank Gore – Indianapolis Colts
25. Todd Gurley – St. Louis Rams
26. Joique Bell – Detroit Lions
27. Tre Mason – St. Louis Rams
28. Joseph Randle – Dallas Cowboys
29. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30. C.J. Spiller – New Orleans Saints
31. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons
32. Rashad Jennings – New York Giants
33. Shane Vereen – New York Giants
34. Ryan Mathews – Philadelphia Eagles
35. LeGarrette Blount – New England Patriots
36. Alfred Blue – Houston Texans
37. Isaiah Crowell – Cleveland Browns
38. Reggie Bush – San Francisco 49ers
39. Chris Ivory – New York Jets
40. Denard Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars
- Yes Cleveland is an absolute disaster and it’s hard to predict what they are going to do with their running backs. However, at the very least, you have to believe that Duke Johnson will step into the third down/change of pace/pass catching role. He caught 38 passes at the University of Miami last year, while consistently showing explosiveness (yards per carry of 6.8, 6.3 and 6.8). In PPR formats he’s definitely a great pick as a RB3/FLEX type.
- The uncertainty surrounding Todd Gurley certainly helps Tre Mason’s stock, as he’s going to see more early season carries then we would’ve expected. The fact that he also proved that he can catch the football last season (16 receptions) only helps matters.
- If C.J. Spiller hadn’t recently undergone arthroscopic knee surgery he would’ve been slotted a few spots higher on these rankings. However given his injury history and the potential to miss time early in the season, and be eased into his role, he has to fall a few spots.
- While many want to pigeon hole Shane Vereen as a pass catching back, he is likely going to see early down work as well. In PPR formats he was always going to be a FLEX option, but with the potential explosiveness of the Giants’ offense it is hard not to buy him in all formats.
- It’s easy to forget about Denard Robinson, thanks to the addition of T.J. Yeldon. However, at the very least Robinson figures to be the pass catching back (especially after he had 23 receptions on 31 targets a year ago). He showed flashes last season overall, including three straight games of 90+ rushing yards, and has the potential to be a sneaky play in PPR Formats.
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