There are two things that bring value to running backs, their ability to generate yards on the ground and their ability to generate yards through the air. Obviously, if they can do both all the better, however that isn’t very common. The focus is often on running backs who can run the ball, but what about those that get significant opportunities through the air? Let’s take a look at who could bring some unsuspected value:
1) Darren Sproles – New Orleans Saints – 52
2) Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens – 50
3) Darren McFadden – Oakland Raiders – 48
4t) LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – 43
4t) Trent Richardson – Cleveland Browns – 43
4t) Marcel Reece – Oakland Raiders – 43
7) Joique Bell – Detroit Lions – 38
8) Ronnie Brown – San Diego Chargers – 37
9t) Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – 36
9t) Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 36
- Despite missing the past two games Darren Sproles still leads all running backs in targets. That just goes to show his value to PPR owners.
- Joique Bell’s value to PPR owners is just now starting to appear. Early on he was buried on the depth chart, but things have really picked up as of late. He has had more than half his targets in the past four weeks (20) and also has occasionally been given carries as well (7 or more in three of the past five games). In a passing offense, you have to like the trend. Obviously it would be better if he was finding the end zone, but we can’t be too picky. In PPR formats he is well worth adding.
- Don’t think Doug Martin is becoming one of the elite backs in the league? Couple his impressive running with the targets and it shows you that he is quickly emerging as one of the few every down backs in the league. In dynasty formats, he has the potential to be a gold mine (the same can be said for Trent Richardson).
- Interesting to see Ronnie Brown on this list, though keep in mind that Ryan Mathews just missed with 35 targets and has missed time this season (both due to injury and the coaching staff not being behind him). While Brown has potential, I wouldn’t be going crazy about getting him.
- Marcel Reece found himself valuable in Week 10 thanks to the absence of Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, but as you can tell by the number of targets he has had PPR value for longer than that. Over the past two weeks he as 15 receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown and with the Raiders going pass heavy you have to think this is going to continue. While Darren McFadden has also been a consistent target, Reece is worth grabbing as a potential FLEX option in all PPR formats.
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