Posted: 9/2/2012 12:56:17 PM
There are many capable young backs out there this year that went undrafted and this could be a year that someone emerges from these ashes as a top bonafide RB. These are guys that mostly went undrafted on ares probably still on your waiver wire. Here are several players on my watch list and any tidbits I may have on them;
Ryan Williams (ARI) - Highly touted back out of VTech drafted 2nd round last year. He was even drafted (fantasy wise) in some leagues last year before his devastating injury. If this guy can regain for form and Beanie reverts to his injury plagued self, you could see this guy take on a feature role with relatively smooth transition.
Robert Turbin (SEA) - Another guy who suffered amajor injury, this one back in hisn college days. He had a solid performance in a preseason game 14 carries, 93 yards and a TD. With all the trouble surrounding Lynch (injury + threat of suspension), this physical specimen could emerge as the backup with an increased load as the season progresses.
Ronnie Hillman (Den) - Smaller guy, cant say Ive seen much of him on tape. He is said to have good hands and could be more formiddable in PPR. Without much knowledge on this guy, Ill say he is a poor man' CJ Spiller. For whatever that last statement is worth. On my watch list but I just do not have much info on this guy.
LaMichael James (SF) - No one can discount his college career. He was in th Heisman running. He has incredible speed and is on a very very good football team that needs playmakers. The backfield is crowded and the QB play iffy. If he can get on the field and play, this guy has some very intriguing potential. Or he is another college great that cant take the bruiing in the NFL. Very deep sleeper.
Lamar Miller (MIA) - Not many miles on this kid. He is on perhaps the least talented team in the league and behind Reggie Bush. Not sure if he has surpasses last years #2 pick Daniel Thomas, who Ive read has "Brandon Jacobs disease." Ive watched this kid in college and he has many of the same qualities as the great Miami backs Edge/McGahee/Gore. Very interested to see his development.
Jon Dwyer (Pitt) - Mixed reports on Mendenhall. And now Redman may be injured. This kid is not very explosive but still a capable back. If you are desperate at RB in week 1, depending on the latest reports he could be worthy of a start as he may get 10-12 touches on the ball.
If anyone wishes to add anyone, please do so.