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Regular Season, Updated: 9/4/17


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 Robert Turbin, IND (Bye: 11)
61
Height: 5’10”   Weight: 222   DOB: 1989-12-02   Age: 28
College: Utah State   Draft: 2012 Round 4 (11) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014SEA1674 310 0 16 186 2 61.6 3.9
2015DAL1050 199 1 7 23 0 28.2 2.8
2016IND1547 164 7 26 179 1 82.3 5.5
2017 (Projected)IND 86 336 2 19 126 1 64.2  

Outlook: Prior to scoring eight touchdowns last year, Robert Turbin had three career touchdowns. Consequently, there is tepid enthusiasm surrounding his chances of making a larger impact in his second year with the team. With the Colts looking to keep Gore upright for another season, the coaching staff is undoubtedly hoping one of the younger running backs steps up this preseason to earn more carries. Turbin will have the first shot to impress during training camp as Frank Gore gets the "veteran" treatment this summer. Proving he can be effective inside the red zone could lead to a fantasy friendly "vulture" role. Rookie Marlon Mack will also be in the backfield mix so fantasy owners will want to pay attention to this battle over the course of the preseason. If Turbin emerges as the primary backup, he would offer mild upside as a handcuff making him a worthwhile stash in deep leagues.


 Dion Lewis, NE (Bye: 9)
62
Height: 5’8”   Weight: 195   DOB: 1990-09-27   Age: 27
College: Pittsburgh   Draft: 2011 Round 5 (18) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2015NE749 234 2 36 388 2 86.2 12.3
2016NE764 283 0 17 94 0 37.7 5.4
2017 (Projected)NE 58 266 1 39 305 2 75.1  

 Marlon Mack, IND (Bye: 11)
63
Height: 5’11”   Weight: 213   DOB: 1996-03-07   Age: 21
College: South Florida   Draft: 2017 Round 4 (37) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2017 (Projected)IND 85 355 2 17 116 1 65.1  

Outlook: Marlon Mack has a Darren Sproles skill set that the Colts will likely deploy all over the field. He should be fun to follow this preseason but it's unlikely that he will slide into consistent carries in his rookie campaign. Mack's ability to catch the ball out of the backfield could force 2016 UDFA Josh Ferguson off the roster prior to the season. Ferguson attempted to fill the pass catching role in Indy but lacks the vision and explosiveness this offense wants from a multi-dimensional running back.


 Jerick McKinnon, MIN (Bye: 9)
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Height: 5’9”   Weight: 209   DOB: 1992-05-03   Age: 25
College: Georgia Southern   Draft: 2014 Round 3 (32) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014MIN11113 538 0 27 135 0 67.3 6.1
2015MIN1652 271 2 21 173 1 62.4 3.9
2016MIN15159 539 2 43 255 2 103.4 6.9
2017 (Projected)MIN 67 266 1 25 192 1 57.8  

Outlook: The clear odd-man out of the Vikings backfield, McKinnon is the sole returning starter from the 2016 Minnesota backfield. Oozing athletic ability, McKinnon fell flat last season in his bid to replace AP. Constantly dodging defenders who had broken through the sieve-like line, McKinnon had a hard time flashing the speed and playmaking ability he had shown his first two seasons. His 3.4 yards per carry average was down nearly two yards from 2015, and was a nonexistent part of the passing game before compiling 28 receptions over the final five games of the season. McKinnon now sits squarely behind Cook and Murray for touches in this backfield, and is going to need an injury to one, or both to return any fantasy value. At present he's a late round flier as a handcuff for Cook/Murray owners and nothing more.


 Zach Zenner, DET (Bye: 7)
65
Height: 5’11”   Weight: 223   DOB: 1991-09-13   Age: 26
College: South Dakota State   Draft:
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2015DET417 60 0 2 11 0 7.1 1.8
2016DET1188 334 4 18 196 0 77.0 7.0
2017 (Projected)DET 72 265 3 19 166 0 61.1  

Outlook: Let's make this quick. While young and athletic, neither Zenner or Dwayne Washington should be on your re-draft radar. Although each showed flashes at times last year, these guys are the RB3/4 on their own team at the moment, and baring a serious injury to either Abdullah or Riddick (which is a distinct possibility) they simply won't get enough meaningful touches to be rostered players. For what it's worth, I do feel that Zenner is the player with more upside, and the guy I'd go with if I was an Abdullah or Riddick owner who needed insurance. He was the Lions "workhorse" in the most important games at the end of the season, and delivered 21 and 17 point games in Weeks 16 and 17. He's entering his third season, and showing more polish after playing at South Dakota State. He's the guy the Lions would trust if they had to.


 Tarik Cohen, CHI (Bye: 9)
66
Height: 5’6”   Weight: 179   DOB: 1995-07-26   Age: 22
College: North Carolina A&T   Draft: 2017 Round 4 (13) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2017 (Projected)CHI 68 286 2 13 112 0 51.8  

 Wendell Smallwood, PHI (Bye: 10)
67
Height: 5’10”   Weight: 208   DOB: 1994-01-29   Age: 23
College: West Virginia   Draft: 2016 Round 5 (14) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2016PHI1277 312 1 6 55 0 42.7 3.6
2017 (Projected)PHI 87 375 2 12 89 0 58.4  

 Charcandrick West, KC (Bye: 10)
68
Height: 5’10”   Weight: 205   DOB: 1991-06-02   Age: 26
College: Abilene Christian   Draft:
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014KC20 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2015KC12160 634 4 20 214 1 114.8 9.6
2016KC1588 293 1 28 188 2 66.1 4.4
2017 (Projected)KC 93 345 2 17 116 0 58.1  

 T.J. Yeldon, JAC (Bye: 8)
69
Height: 6’1”   Weight: 226   DOB: 1993-10-02   Age: 24
College: Alabama   Draft: 2015 Round 2 (4) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2015JAC12182 740 2 36 279 1 119.9 10.0
2016JAC15130 465 1 50 312 1 89.7 6.0
2017 (Projected)JAC 57 216 1 34 245 1 58.1  

Outlook: It wasn't long ago when T.J. Yeldon was inspiring optimism on a Jacksonville team that hadn't had much success since the departure of Maurice Jones-Drew. The Jags relegated Yeldon to being a passing down specialist in 2016 where he reached the 50-catch plateau on only 68 targets. Yeldon has failed to impress near the goal and offers little touchdown upside. The new coaching staff will certainly put his receiving skills to work again this season but he will have a tough time reaching the century mark in carries now that he has moved further down the depth chart. Chris Ivory's injury history could create more touches for Yeldon during the regular season but that doesn't guarantee that he will see more carries if Fournette is getting the job done. As a result, Yeldon's fantasy value coming into his third year has been reduced to deeper PPR leagues.


 Alvin Kamara, NO (Bye: 5)
70
Height: 5’10”   Weight: 214   DOB: 1995-07-25   Age: 22
College: Tennessee   Draft: 2017 Round 3 (3) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2017 (Projected)NO 57 246 1 23 186 0 49.2  

 James Conner, PIT (Bye: 9)
71
Height: 6’1”   Weight: 233   DOB: 1995-05-05   Age: 22
College: Pittsburgh   Draft: 2017 Round 3 (41) 
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2017 (Projected)PIT 68 286 2 11 76 0 48.2  

Outlook: Terminator jokes aside, Conner not only is an amazing story of cancer survival, but a testament to spirit, hard work, and dedication. Conner joins his hometown team, and should soak up plenty of off-season reps with the first team while Bell holds out.

Conner isn't just a feel good story, he's a hell of a football player. A former ACC Player of the Year, Conner possesses a heart of a lion to go along with a physical running style. His agility and speed don't jump off the tape, and he's much more of a thumper than anyone else on the roster, so this certainly limits the upside he can have in this offense. He's a capable pass catcher, but had only 30 receptions in his college career. If the Steelers don't end up signing a veteran to back up Bell, Conner makes for an acceptable possible handcuff option. He's more than the sum of his parts, and could return value playing in that explosive Pittsburgh offense.


 Chris Ivory, JAC (Bye: 8)
72
Height: 6’0”   Weight: 222   DOB: 1988-03-22   Age: 29
College: Tiffin   Draft:
SeasonTeamGameAtt Yard TDRec Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014NYJ16198 820 6 18 123 1 136.3 8.5
2015NYJ15247 1,070 7 30 217 1 176.7 11.8
2016JAC11117 439 3 20 186 0 80.5 7.3
2017 (Projected)JAC 62 240 2 17 106 0 46.6  

Outlook: Chris Ivory was brought in to be the answer to Jacksonville's rushing attack but durability issues and ineffectiveness led to his lowest total touches since injuries limited him to six games in 2013. Jacksonville gave him the rock at least 15 times in only two of his eleven games played in 2016 and the addition of Leonard Fournette is telling of the team's confidence in Ivory moving forward. Ivory gets the job done when healthy so there is a chance he starts the year splitting carries with Fournette. However, it is more likely that Ivory serves as a caddie to Fournette and sees his touches per game dwindle into single digit territory. Unless an injury or off-the-field issue with Fournette occurs, Ivory is probably not worth owning in all but the deepest leagues.