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 Terrance West, BAL (Bye: 10)
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Height: 5’9”   Weight: 225   DOB: 1991-01-28   Age: 26
College: Towson   Draft: 2014 Round 3 (30) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014CLE14171 673 4 11 64 1 103.7 7.4
2015BAL861 229 0 4 21 0 25.0 3.1
2016BAL16193 774 5 34 236 1 137.0 8.6
2017 (Projected)BAL 154 616 4 30 207 1 112.3  

Outlook: During his second year in Baltimore, after being cast off from Cleveland, West became a surprising borderline RB2 in fantasy last year. West has been part of the multi-year turnover at the position for the Ravens, as they haven't been able to find a franchise runner in quite some time. It was a mild surprise that the Ravens didn't add a runner in the draft, and their only meaningful move at the position was adding Danny Woodhead. West enters 2017 firmly atop the depth chart, something no one saw coming. After a decent first half of the season, he seemed to lose favor with the coaching staff, and it seemed like Kenneth Dixon would take over. Well, Dixon is gone for the year, West has had a good off-season, and suddenly the 4th year back out of Towson is someone fantasy owners have to pay attention to. Someone has to run the ball in Baltimore, and with Woodhead more of a receiver, and only disappointments and mediocre talent behind him, West could be on track for a repeat of his standard league RB2 finish. He should surpass 200 carries, so 800 yards and 6 touchdowns isn't outside the realm of possibility.


 Duke Johnson, CLE (Bye: 9)
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Height: 5’9”   Weight: 207   DOB: 1993-09-23   Age: 24
College: Miami   Draft: 2015 Round 3 (13) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2015CLE16104 379 0 61 534 2 103.3 6.5
2016CLE1674 366 1 53 514 0 94.0 5.9
2017 (Projected)CLE 77 345 1 61 522 2 104.7  

Outlook: Other than being slightly more efficient on the ground last year, Duke Johnson has been the exact same player during his two years in the league. Drafted in 2015 to be a receiving threat out of the backfield, Johnson has lived up to the role, finishing with the 4th and 6th most receptions among running backs in his two years with the Browns. With Isaiah Crowell handling the early down and goal line work, Johnson is left to fight for scraps. A more direct route to playing time could come in the slot, where he's worked at times this off-season. Cleveland doesn't have a reliable slot receiver, and Johnson is comfortable running routes. An uptick in targets and receptions could definitely make him more attractive in PPR formats, but his lack of touchdowns (3 career) and consistent backfield work make him a FLEX player at best in standard formats.


 Darren Sproles, PHI (Bye: 10)
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Height: 5’6”   Weight: 190   DOB: 1983-06-20   Age: 34
College: Kansas State   Draft: 2005 Round 4 (29) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014PHI1557 329 6 40 387 0 107.6 7.2
2015PHI1683 317 3 55 388 1 94.5 5.9
2016PHI1594 438 2 52 427 2 110.5 7.4
2017 (Projected)PHI 89 392 2 48 385 2 101.7  

Outlook: As part of the running back-by-committee last season, Sproles posted the most rushing yards (438), attempts (94), and receiving yards (427) in his three seasons with the Eagles. His relatively low touchdown total of only four combined scores limited his effectiveness in standard leagues, but his usage in the passing game made up for his shortcomings (pardon the pun) in PPR formats.

At age 34, the diminutive running back continues to prove his detractors wrong by delivering productive seasons well into his 30's. The addition of Donnell Pumphrey is a significant threat to Sproles, as Pumphrey is a talented pass catching back that could take the third-down duties away from the ageless one.

For this reason, Sproles should only be considered in deep PPR formats and not standard leagues. The addition of Blount to an already crowded backfield will certainly limit Sproles' usage in the red zone, and Pumphrey could take the receiving back lead in training camp.


 Jacquizz Rodgers, TB (Bye: 1)
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Height: 5’6”   Weight: 196   DOB: 1990-02-06   Age: 27
College: Oregon State   Draft: 2011 Round 5 (14) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014ATL1658 217 1 29 173 1 51.0 3.2
2015CHI514 41 0 1 10 0 5.1 1.0
2016TB10129 560 2 13 98 0 77.8 7.8
2017 (Projected)TB 103 455 2 17 121 0 69.6  

Outlook: The Buccaneers scooped up Rodgers in Week 2 of the 2016 season shortly after the Bears released him. He quickly provided quality depth for a Bucs team that had just lost Doug Martin. Rodgers had previously played in Dirk Koetter's offense while in Atlanta so it wasn't a surprise to see him make an impact once he his number was called. The perfect storm for Rodgers occurred when Charles Sims joined Doug Martin on the sidelines creating ample opportunities for touches over the middle of the year. When the dust settled, Jacquizz set career highs in rushing attempts, rushing yards and perhaps most importantly yards per carry. Rodgers' 4.3 ypc was a big reason the Bucs extended a two-year deal to Rodgers this spring. Rodgers wasn't asked to do much in the passing game last year but he has two 50-catch seasons to his credit so there is potential for more fantasy output if the Bucs tap into that element of his skill set. He's set to enter the year as the starter while Martin serves the rest of his four-game suspension and figures to provide the team with a quality backup once Martin returns to action.


 Danny Woodhead, BAL (Bye: 10)
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Height: 5’8”   Weight: 200   DOB: 1985-01-25   Age: 32
College: Chadron State   Draft:
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014SD315 38 0 5 34 0 7.2 2.4
2015SD1697 335 3 81 756 6 163.1 10.2
2016SD219 116 0 6 35 1 21.1 10.6
2017 (Projected)BAL 77 316 2 52 385 2 94.1  

Outlook: The plan for Danny Woodhead has likely changed greatly from the day he was signed by the Ravens in the off-season. Coming off a torn ACL in Week 2 of the 2016 season, Woodhead was brought in to spell young runners Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West, and provide a reliable 3rd down target. Since then, Dixon has been lost for the year with a torn up knee, and the road to meaningful snaps only goes through a guy who was dumped by the Cleveland Browns.

During his entire career, teams intend for Woodhead to only be a role player, but when coaches see the kind of consistency and ability he provides, he ends up being a big part of an offense. Take 2015 for example. The Chargers took Melvin Gordon with a high draft pick, but Woodhead out-touchdowned him 9-0 and had over 1,000 total yards to Gordon's 813. Even in the one full week he played last year, Woodhead scored a touchdown and had over 100 total yards while Gordon was barely noticeable.

John Harbaugh is a coach who respects veterans who can get the job done, even if they don't provide game breaking ability. Terrance West is a better running back than Woodhead, but the little dynamo from Chadron State is a better football player. In standard leagues Woodhead's lack of rushing attempts will hurt, but in PPR leagues I think he provides tremendous value. The big knock on Woodhead is age, and the fact he's missed most of the games in two of the last three years, but I'll be more than happy to snap him up in my drafts and have a high floor guy at a low price.


 Darren McFadden, DAL (Bye: 6)
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Height: 6’2”   Weight: 210   DOB: 1987-08-27   Age: 30
College: Arkansas   Draft: 2008 Round 1 (4) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014OAK16155 534 2 36 212 0 86.6 5.4
2015DAL16239 1,089 3 40 328 0 159.7 10.0
2016DAL324 87 0 3 17 0 10.4 3.5
2017 (Projected)DAL 103 476 5 16 136 0 91.2  

 Rex Burkhead, NE (Bye: 9)
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Height: 5’11”   Weight: 210   DOB: 1991-11-22   Age: 26
College: Nebraska   Draft: 2013 Round 6 (22) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014CIN49 27 1 7 49 0 13.6 3.4
2015CIN124 4 0 10 94 1 15.8 1.3
2016CIN974 344 2 17 145 0 60.9 6.8
2017 (Projected)NE 132 582 5 19 142 1 108.4  

Outlook: A special teams ace who flashed some talent last season in spot play for the Cincinnati Bengals, Burkhead joins the crowded Patriot backfield along with Mike Gillislee, Dion Lewis, James White, James Develin, D.J. Foster, and of course, Brandon Bolden.

Despite having only 97 career carries, Burkhead owns somewhat of a cult following with fantasy analysts, with the hope that the former Nebraska Cornhusker will emerge as the every down back for Bill Belichick. The more likely scenario is Burkhead will continue to be a fixture on special teams and work in periodically at running back depending on the matchup. He's worth a dart throw late in the double-digit rounds of your draft.


 Matt Forte, NYJ (Bye: 11)
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Height: 6’2”   Weight: 218   DOB: 1985-12-10   Age: 32
College: Tulane   Draft: 2008 Round 2 (13) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014CHI16266 1,038 6 102 808 4 244.6 15.3
2015CHI13218 898 4 44 389 3 170.7 13.1
2016NYJ14218 813 7 30 263 1 155.6 11.1
2017 (Projected)NYJ 139 556 3 25 195 2 105.1  

Outlook: It might surprise some fantasy owners to learn that Forte, a 31-year-old veteran tailback well into the twilight of his career, finished 2016 with the 20th-most points per game for running backs, ahead of more highly touted players like Isaiah Crowell, Todd Gurley, and Rob Kelley.

Forte's age, his 3.7 yards-per-carry average last season, the timeshare with Bilal Powell, and the fact that the Jets are clearly in a rebuilding mode make him an unattractive option for many heading into the 2017 season. Unfavorable game scripts, with the Jets likely behind early and often, forcing whoever ends up under center to throw the ball more to Powell in the receiving game, should also be red flags when considering drafting Forte.

Despite these numerous negative factors, Forte is a starting tailback that will likely receive more than 200 carries if healthy, including the goal line work for the Jets (assuming the offense can move the ball).


 James White, NE (Bye: 9)
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Height: 5’9”   Weight: 204   DOB: 1992-02-03   Age: 25
College: Wisconsin   Draft: 2014 Round 4 (30) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014NE39 38 0 5 23 0 6.1 2.0
2015NE1222 56 2 40 410 4 82.6 6.9
2016NE1639 166 0 60 551 5 101.7 6.4
2017 (Projected)NE 58 244 1 62 452 3 93.6  

Outlook: The main receiving back in the New England passing game, White finished 2016 with 60 catches for 551 yards and five touchdowns. His role appears to be clearly defined heading into 2017, but as is always the case with Bill Belichick teams, expecting a certain amount of volume for a running back is an exercise in futility.

White's extensive usage in the Super Bowl is often cited as a reason to think he may see more action in the 2017 regular season. But that narrative is flawed due to the fact that the Patriots were down for most of the game and an injury to Dion Lewis gave White exclusive work in the backfield on passing downs. White is more of a target in PPR leagues and can typically be had early in Round 10.


 Thomas Rawls, SEA (Bye: 6)
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Height: 5’9”   Weight: 215   DOB: 1993-08-18   Age: 24
College: Central Michigan   Draft:
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2015SEA12147 830 4 9 76 1 120.6 10.1
2016SEA9109 349 3 13 96 0 62.5 6.9
2017 (Projected)SEA 119 486 4 13 102 0 82.8  

Outlook: When Marshawn Lynch walked away from the game, Seahawks fans believed that they were in good hands with Thomas Rawls stepping into the role as the team's top running back. After compiling just 54 yards on 15 touches in Week 1 however, Seattle fans, and fantasy owners alike, got the bad news that the young tailback had broken his leg. When he did finally return, it was not in the capacity that many had hoped as Rawls put together just one game of real fantasy production (Wk 13 vs. CAR) for the remainder of the regular season before a big game against the Lions in the playoffs.

Still just 24 years old, Rawls now finds himself in a battle for snaps with veteran tailback Eddie Lacy heading into his third season as a pro. It's hard to write him completely off given that his 2016 season was so injury-riddled, but all reports out of Seattle suggest this is Lacy's job to lose. We've seen Rawls put together some impressive fantasy performances in the past, but his value is tied to the health and production coming from Lacy. Pass-catching specialist C.J. Prosise is likely to get plenty of playing time, but Rawls could find himself getting fewer than 10 touches per game early in the season, which really limits his upside for fantasy purposes.

If things pan out how the Seahawks seem to want them to with Lacy, there will likely be many fantasy leagues where Rawls gets drafted and then dropped not long into the season. He then becomes a player to watch on waiver wires as the team could very well opt to go in his direction if they're not getting what they want from Lacy. That's not necessarily a given, however, as Prosise is not built to be only a "pass catching specialist." There's a real chance that if Lacy does not get the job done that the team could opt to implement a shared workload between Rawls and Prosise, or even one that favors Prosise. This Seattle backfield is a mess right now for fantasy purposes, especially given the team's poor offensive line, and unfortunately Rawls seems to offer the least upside of the group at the moment.


 DeAndre Washington, OAK (Bye: 10)
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Height: 5’8”   Weight: 204   DOB: 1993-02-22   Age: 24
College: Texas Tech   Draft: 2016 Round 5 (4) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2016OAK1386 467 2 17 115 0 70.2 5.4
2017 (Projected)OAK 95 485 3 22 166 0 83.1  

Outlook: Prior to the signing of Marshawn Lynch, the DeAndre Washington hype train for 2017 was in full effect. The 5'8" back was effective as a rookie, rushing for an impressive 5.4 yards per carry while entrenched in a running back by committee fantasy nightmare alongside Latavius Murray and Jalen Richard. Murray was the lead dog in that backfield but did miss some time in the middle of the season. During that time, it was Washington who saw his snaps increase most significantly, nearly out-snapping Richard by a 2-to-1 ratio while Murray was out. Lynch will almost certainly see the lion's share of the early down snaps for the Raiders in 2017 and while Richard is better suited to handle passing down duties, it could be Washington who is really the "handcuff" to Lynch if there is one to be had. This means that while Richard will likely outscore Washington on the season, Washington's upside might actually be higher. Either way, this situation is unpredictable and there's a good chance that both Washington and Richard will go undrafted in many leagues.


 Jamaal Williams, GB (Bye: 8)
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Height: 6’0”   Weight: 212   DOB: 1995-04-03   Age: 22
College: Brigham Young   Draft: 2017 Round 4 (28) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2017 (Projected)GB 94 415 4 6 46 0 70.1  

Outlook: While he lacks elite size, speed, or athleticism (hence the 4th round pick designation), Williams tape stands out, showing a nifty one-cut runner who churns out tough yards, and has exceptional vision and leg drive. Despite missing three games last season, Williams still eclipsed the 1,300 yard mark to go along with 12 touchdowns. On most NFL offenses he's probably at best a low-upside back-up, but on Green Bay, I think he has some special potential to carve out fantasy value. Much like former Packer James Starks, Williams is a smart, versatile back who can be the main ball carrier if called upon. His lack of elusiveness is made up for the fact he'll never see run blitzes or stacked boxes, and can instead use his instincts and field vision to find small creases and get to the next level of the defense. His size and power should make him a favorite at the goal line as well. With Lacy and Starks the Packers had a versatile 1-2 punch that could whittle down the clock, but make splash plays as well. I think Williams has a chance to contribute to the Pack, as well as your fantasy team this year, and is a fantastic late round flier if you can grab him there.