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Fantasy Dog’s Pre-Season Rankings : RB #21 and beyond.

21. Joseph Randle / DMC DAL – I put them together because DMC could pull the upset and steal the gig. But I really like the smash mouth style of Randle and I believe he gets the nod week 1. His 205 lb frame may prove to wear down with his style, so cuff him, most likely with Dunbar if DMC fails.  Running behind the league’s best OLine makes any RB very valuable. Get them both and you could steal a top 10 rb season with a later round pick.

22. Todd Gurley STL – A future star. When we don’t know. Either 2nd half 2015 or week 1 2015. But he will be a star. Grab Mason later to bridge any gap that may appear and be happy with a sensational soon to be factor back. Obviously his value is much higher in a dynasty league.

23. Devonta Freeman ATL – The sky is the limit. Sjax is out of the way. The ATL brass is raving about Freeman in the offseason. It is his gig. I expect big things from Freeman in 2015. A great RB2 with much higher upside. But make sure you cover yourself with the rookie handcuff Coleman.

24. Jonathon Stewart CAR – He has the gig to himself, well more to himself with no dwilly. But injuries and time share issues are still in play. If you draft him, handcuff him with Todman. Hope he stays upright. Not a dynasty prospect but a decent roll of the dice in redraft formats.

25. Latavius Murray OAK – Ceiling is high with this one. Lat has some wiggle but he has real jets. If he comes out on top, I think he will, he could be a top 15-20 RB for later round prices. High upside pick.

26. LaGarrette Blount NE – Appears to be the favorite to retain his role as a goal line back and to expand upon his between the end zones touches. Ridley gone, Vereen gone. Blount retained. Potent offense even if Brady misses a few. Solid draft pick with upside.

27. TJ Yeldon JAX – TJ has no real competition for the JAX rb1 gig. Robinson is too small and better suited to change of pace/3rd down work. Toby is an underwhelming big body who JAX has reportedly decided to work as a FB. If the JAX O was a better unit, more mature unit, I would have TJ higher. But until I see it I won’t believe it.

28. Doug Martin TB – One more time around for Doug. I think he will hold off Sims and I think he will produce viably in 2015. This is a speculative pick however. We have seen nothing of the once explosive Martin in 2 seasons. Ideally you would want both rbs.

29. Bishop Sankey TN – Sankey will get the shot to be the bell cow. I expect he will hold it. Most likely scenario is to plod through another less than stellar off-season. Not a rb I have a high ceiling for. Nothing behind him on the bench to fear either. I am not big on Cobb. Nothing to fear, nothing to cheer. If you do venture on a Sankey, try to handcuff him.

30. NYG RBS – Vereen will likely carve out the most snaps overall. I see it starting like this, Jennings lead, Vereen 3rd/passing/changepace, Williams some goalline/changepace and ending like this, Williams lead, Vereen.Jennings changepace, Vereen passing situations. I want nothing to do with the whole mess. You decide how you want to squeeze one of these yokels in. I am not touching it.

31. CLE RBS – Crowell, Johnson. West. Same as NYG you figure out the week to week gamble if you like. I am abstaining. If I had to guess, I would venture Crowell is the most usable entity of the 3. But I expect Johnson to carve out a sizable complimentary role.

32. NYJ RBS – A rb wasteland. I want nothing to do with any of them. Week to week blind rb whack-a-mole. Stay clear, If i had to venture a guess at the best bet of all bad bets, Ivory. But as in 2014, Ivory may get you ten or get you 2. Ceiling is low and risk his high.

 

BACKUPS WITH A ROLE:

CJ Spiller NO – CJ should see a lot of opportunities as a pass catcher. NOs is obviously trying to recreate the Sproles experience. Fragility could be the major obstacle.

Gio Bernard CIN – The ultimate swerve compliment. His production will be sporadic. But some weeks he will go completely nuts. But being a compliment means he will be a week to week crap shoot.

Ryan Matthews PHI – Volume play. So much to go around in PHI. Some weeks Ryan will get off. Most weeks you will be left wanting.

Shane Vereen NYG – Pretty much a lock for the passing work. Occasionally even turning it into decent production.

DEEPER SLEEPERS:

Ameer Abdullah DET – Outstanding physical skills. Will challenge Riddick for 3rd down work right away. One Bell injury away from extreme value. His tiny little baby hands may prove to be an issue with interior rushing.

Travaris Cadet NE – The new vereen who I actually think is better than the old vereen. I expect him to work himself into a long term role with NE. Maybe even usurps Blount if he should be slow starting after his suspension.

Montee Ball DEN – Still a great talent who never really got a true shot at the rb1 role in Denver. He remains lurking ready for a shot to usurp CJ or an injury to open the door.

David Johnson AZ – Elly is not the most durable rb in the NFL. Johnson may already have the inside track on goal line work. One injury away from Elly type numbers.

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