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Tagged: Rookie running backs (24 Results)

Andy Richardson: Rookie running backs

It's mock draft time, when it's easy to see everyone with an interest in the NFL and fantasy football posting mock drafts. They're easy enough to find with online searches or by simply going to What's not as easy to find are first-round running back selections.   more »


Factoid: Late-round running backs

Only four running backs were selected in the first three rounds of this year's draft. It wasn't a highly regarded class. From the fourth through seventh rounds, though, there 15 college runners selected. What are the chances one of those players has a significant rookie season, or career?  more »


Around the NFL: Rookie running backs

If you were watching the NFL Draft last night, you might have been wondering where all the running backs were. It was a historically thin group, with a total of four selected by the end of Round 3. That was the fewest taken in the first three rounds since 2016, which itself was the lowest number ever. Disappointing for the key position in fantasy leagues.   more »


Factoid: Rookie running backs

There's a lot of excitement about this year's quarterback class, and there's quite a bit of fondness for incoming pass catchers (wide receivers and tight ends), too. You're not hearing as much about the running backs. There will perhaps be a first-rounder or two (Najee Harris and Travis Etienne), but no one would be completely stunned if none were selected. Fantasy teams shouldn't worry too much, though.   more »


Podcast: October 29 episode of the Fantasy Index Podcast available now

Ian Allan and Justin Eleff look back at Week 7 of the NFL regular season and preview tonight's Falcons-Panthers matchup. Sponsored by RealTime Fantasy Sports.  more »

Factoid: Rookie RBs: lesser college producers

Yesterday I ran an item about incoming rookie running backs who put up huge numbers (1,800 total yards) their final seasons of college; how they fared in their rookie seasons. This is the companion piece: how the running backs who weren't as productive their final years of college performed in their first NFL seasons.   more »

Factoid: Rookie RBs: big college producers

It was a great group of incoming rookies, with 26 running backs and wide receivers selected in the first three rounds. With the pandemic, it will be harder than usual for those players to make an impact, but there should be some impact rookies, especially at running back (where the learning curve isn't as steep and injuries are more prevalent).   more »


Factoid: Third-round running backs

In the comments of yesterday's draft thread, there was some discussion of rookie running backs, the ones outside the biggest names. So not Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Jonathan Taylor, who will be selected in the first few rounds of every draft, but the ones available a little later. What kind of rookie impact might the guys taken a little later have?  more »


Andy Richardson: Rookie backups

I don't usually wind up with the top rookie running backs on my roster. People draft them early, usually too early, selecting them as if they're going to be the next LaDainian Tomlinson or Kareem Hunt, even though a lot has to go right for that to happen. I like to take stabs at the later guys.   more »


Factoid: 2nd-round running backs

It was an historic class of wideouts, with more drafted in the first two rounds than ever before, and a noteworthy one for offensive tackles -- four drafted in the top 13 for just the second time since 1992. But it looks like teams also had some fondness for the incoming running backs.   more »


Around the NFL: Jonathan Taylor

The running backs ran the 40 at the combine yesterday, an occurrence that always gets people excited for the upcoming draft. Speed isn't everything, as we're reminded every year when some fast rookie flops, but all things being equal faster is better than slower. Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor, arguably the top back in the class, turned in the fastest 40 among running backs, with a 4.39.   more »


Podcast: May 10 episode of the Fantasy Index Podcast available now

Aaron Bland and Justin Eleff discuss the immediate fantasy potential of 2019 rookie tight ends and running backs. New content available daily at; pre-order your copy of Fantasy Football Index magazine today!  more »

Around the NFL: David Montgomery

When looking at rookie running backs, I think you need to focus on potential -- what this guy can be if everything goes right. Next step is to determine what the odds are of that player actually reaching that potential. Then you're able to rank players both in terms of what they can be, and what they realistically will be. So throughout the pre-draft process, I've been intrigued by David Montgomery.   more »


Andy Richardson: Day 2 running backs

There are two reasons why most mock drafts end up being wildly inaccurate. One is that media types/draftniks frequently grade players much differently than actual NFL teams. Two is that teams select players at positions that don't necessarily seem to be needs, much to the dismay of fantasy teams.   more »


Factoid: Darrell Henderson

Memphis back Darrell Henderson should be one of the first running backs drafted later this week, most likely before the end of Day 2. His 1,909 rushing yards last year were more than any college back but Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor (who will return for his junior season). He did it while averaging 8.9 yards per carry, tops in college football.   more »


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