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Fantasy Dog’s Pre-Season Rankings: RB #11 – #20

11. DeMarco Murray PHI – Volume play. Do I think he will be as dynamic without the best run blocking Oline in the nfl? No. But I think the volume, even with Matthews/Sproles, will be enormous in this fast paced offense.

12. Matt Forte CHI – With John Fox in Matt’s hen house his touches will surely be affected. But Forte remains one of the most versatile RBs in the league and he will produce yet again. Another player I would choose to avoid in a dynasty though.

13. Mark Ingram NO – NOs has shown a new found commitment to the run game. Ingram will be the focus of that attack. With Robinson and to a greater degree Spiller mixed in, especially in passing situations. Spiller has a role but Ingram’s role is center to the offense and his value will only be affected marginally from 2014. If at all. But make no mistake Ingram is the top dog in this backfield and my #13 RB for 2015.

14. Melvin Gordon SD – Dynamic all around RB. Natural pass catcher even though not a utilized skill at WI. Has some work to do on pass protection but nothing that will hold him back. Expect Melvin to hit the ground running on his way to rookie of the year honors. His ceiling is immense.

15. Alfred Morris WAS – Don’t get me wrong, I like Morris. But his ceiling is low. His usage still lands him in top end RB2 territory, but not a player with much possibility of exceeding his ADP.

16. Frank Gore IND – Expect a fantastic year from Gore in this high octane Indy attack. Maybe his last year of FF relevance. A great and inexpensive RB2 option. Another player to avoid in a dynasty. A great RB2 in a redraft.

17. Lamar Miller MIA – Lamar had a terrific year in 2014. Expect more of the same. Lamar is another player who I believe lacks the high possibility of outplaying his ADP. Fine RB2 though.

18. Joique Bell DET – Okay Reggie is gone. It is your show now. I feel fine having Bell as long as I have the rookie Abdullah as a handcuff. Ceiling is higher than this ranking. Injury seems to always creep into the equation with Bell though. If you draft him get the rookie. Hell if you have the room get Riddick too(obviously in very deep leagues only). This is why Bell is not higher. You need to carry a handcuff or leave yourself exposed.

19.  Justin Forsett BAL – After a profound 2014 Forsett will once again get the keys to the car. The first shot at retaining his huge role. I expect him to do just that. Solid rb2. Not a dynasty target however.

20. Andre Ellington AZ – Elly produces. Elly gets hurt. He will lose some touches to the rook Johnson in 2015. But nothing to remove him from my top 20. When active Elly’s numbers reflect near top 10 production. When he is hurt he produces nothing. In that lies the problem. Handcuff him with the rook and enjoy the production while it lasts.

*Rankings formulated solely by Cleat Geeks columnist Fantasy Dog

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