We know the most important position in fantasy football, is often the most overlooked position in the NFL. The running back class of 2017 is loaded and not without controversy. Players like Zeke Elliott, who will miss games, Le’Veon Bell, who missed the entire preseason, and Adrian Peterson coming back from injury are some of the question marks at the position. There are those can’t miss guys like David Johnson of Arizona, but who can you get later on in the draft to ensure you win your Fantasy Football League?
5. Todd Gurley: L.A. Rams
Its still weird to call them the L.A. Rams, but they made some great moves this off season and Jarred Goff is actually looking like an NFL QB in the preseason. I know, I know, its only the preseason, but the outlook for the Rams is solid. Look for them to be able to establish a running game. not because they have a great offensive line, but because the addition of Sammy Watkins helps pop the top off the defense. Gurley’s role with the Rams this season. His totals from last year were; 885 Yards, 6 TDs and 3.2 yards per carry. All those numbers should increase with decent QB play and a speedster WR.
4. LaMar Miller: HOU Texans
The Houston Texans are a legitimate contender in the AFC and should handily win the seemingly always up for grabs AFC South. This year the team has moved on from the Brock Lobster and found themselves in quite the QB battle between Tom Savage and rookie DeShaun Watson. Both Savage and Watson have performed well in the preseason and have shown the ability to get the ball to DeAndre Hopkins. If these one of these two QB’s can pan out and allow the offense in Houston to be multi-dimensional, then there is no reason why LaMar Miller wouldn’t be a top tier RB at the end of the season.
3. LeSean McCoy: BUF Bills
Shady McCoy is literally the only offense in Buffalo, and this may scare some people off him knowing some of his production may go down. That benefits you! If McCoy lasts passed any of the early round scoop him up based on the simple fact, he will lead the Bills in every offensive category other than passing… and who knows if thats not debatable.
2. Kareem Hunt: KC Chiefs
Hunt is the beneficiary of a terrible break in the NFL, running back named starter, running back gets hurt. It is after all the shortest career expectancy position in the NFL. However in an Andy Reid offense the running back always gets the ball somehow and since he is now the number one man with Spencer Ware going down, look for Hunt to have a break out season!
1. Adrian Peterson: NO Saints
Yes, the older, oft injured AP is number one on this list. Crazy? Perhaps not. With a two headed monster, AP won’t be the main guy, but he will be THE guy on the short yardage and Goal Line situations. We’ve seen it before, when AP has something to prove, he gets on it, and proves it. This season finally having a QB who can complete a pass, and not being asked to carry an entire franchise on his shoulders, look for Adrian Peterson to put in work. He is listed at a disrespectful 33rd best running back in many projections, this according to Fantasy Pros. AP will be great value in later rounds.
ROOKIE: Aaron Jones: GB
We know all about Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffery. Spent time at the draft wondering what would happen with Joe Mixon, all the while Aaron Jones was quietly setting C-USA records and impressing at the NFL Scouting Combine when he threw his name into the talks as one of the best. This rookie will help establish the run in Green Bay and allow Montgomery to be a true duel threat weapon. Aaron Jones is a sleeping dragon waiting to be woken up.