Posted: 8/1/2011 10:49:10 PM
They managed to finally get Bradshaw resigned which was a must. He's a top 15 back. Jacobs is worth a bench spot on most fantasy rosters. I rank him in the mid 30s.
I give you the new Brian Westbrook, Lesean McCoy. He's a top 10 overall pick in most drafts and top 5 in PPRs.
This situation is a mess. Right now it sounds like Ryan Torain and the newly acquired Tim Hightower will compete for the starting job. The rookie Roy Helu should factor into the rotation as well. At this moment none are top 35 RBs.
I've never been a Felix Jones fan but with the lack of RB depth he's worth a shot in mid 20s. I think Tashard Choice is actually the best back on the team but Jason Garrett's an idiot. However, Choice is banged up right now as is rookie Demarco Murray. Choice is still worth a late round shot though. But remember all of these backs are injury risks.
Matt Forte had a great season in year 1 of the Martz offense and I expect it to continue. He's going as a top 15 RB and deservedly so. I have him at 12. Maybe bump him up even a little more in PPRs. Ignore the Marion Barber pickup. He's finished and won't have an impact on Forte's production.
The lack of a field stretching WR and a horrible offensive line will make life difficult on Adrian Peterson. He's still an elite back but I would take Foster & Johnson ahead of him. In a PPR move Rice & McCoy above him as well.
Ryan Grant has been named the clear starter and is a steal right now in fantasy drafts where he's regularly going in the late 20s. I have him just inside my top 20 RBs but don't get too carried away because James Starks will get some work as well. I think Starks is draftable as well in the mid to late 30s at RB.
Turf toe limited Jahvid Best most of last season but we did see early in the year what he can do. Rookie Mikel Leshoure could be a major factor in the offensive as well. He's the between the tackles runner that Best isn't and should get GL work. Best is worth a shot in the mid to low 20s at RB and Leshoure probably mid to low 30s. Yahoo does rank Leshoure as their 22 overall RB though which seems extremely high.
Not a clue why Carolina paid an aging Deangelo Williams who can't stay healthy all that money. Especially when they have a better RB in Jonathan Stewart. But with that big contract Williams will start and is probably sneaks inside the top 20. Stewart is worth grabbing in the late 20s and hanging onto. Stupid stuipid Panthers.
LeGarrette Blount burst on the scene last year as an undrafted rookie and wound up rushing for over 1,000 yards. I read where he's much more comfortable with the playbook now and they'll look to get him involved even more. Most rankings I see have Blount about 20 which seems low to me. Once Steven Jackson and Forte are gone I feel comfortable taking Blount. He checks in at 13 in my RB rankings.
I'm one that believes Michael Turner has seen too many carries the last few years and will begin to break down this season. He's going as about the 9th or 10th back in most drafts and there's no way I could ever take him there. Mid teens seems more appropriate to me. Jason Snelling is a free agent and not sure they'll end up bringing him back or not. The rookie Quiz Rodgers is nothing more than a passing down back and return man.
New Orleans traded up to get Mark Ingram so expect to see plenty of him immediately. He'll get early down and GL work. The majority of sites have him in the mid 20s and I think that seems about right. Sproles was just added to take over the Reggie Bush role. Pierre Thomas is likely to do some splitting with Sproles. Not sure I have interest in either. Maybe in the mid 40s or 50s but anything before that seems too early.
Their gameplan will once again be built around Frank Gore. Problem is he absolutely, positively, 100%, without a shadow of a doubt, miss a couple of games. If he could ever play an entire season he could be a top 5 back. Instead he's around 9 or 10 which is still pretty respectable. They drafted Kendall Hunter I would guess spells Gore instead of Anthony Dixon. But it doesn't matter since neither is draftable.
Whenever I mention Steven Jackson the first thing someone says is "he can't stay healthy." That seems to me like a misconception since he's only missed 1 game the last 2 seasons. With Bradford in his second year I expect the Rams offense to improve and Jackson's TD total to rise from last year's modest 6. I put him right by Gore in the 9-11 range.
Whisenhunt just announce Beanie Wells as the starter and rookie Ryan Williams as the passing down back. Most sites have Williams overrated and this confirms it. Wells is worth a chance in the early to mid 20s. This could be his last chance so hopefully some motivation there for once. I have Williams in the low to mid 40s. Give him a bump him PPR formats.
I've never been a Marshawn Lynch fan but as I mentioned a couple times, the Rb depth sucks this year. Since he's a starter a majority carry back he's draftable in the late 20s. But he still sucks. No interest in Justin Forsett.
Would love to hear people's thoughts. GL on a great season everyone