Fantasy Football Draft 2015: Running Back (RB) Busts
Taking a Look at the Potential Busts at RB in the 2015 Fantasy Draft
August 28, 2015
This week, we’ve begun analyzing the 2015 fantasy football draft from a different angle: that is, the negative one. We’re checking out some potential draft busts at each position, and today it’s time for the running back slot.
RB can be a notoriously boom-or-bust spot on your roster, and this year will be no different. You’ll be taking chances on a running back even within the first round, so let’s take a closer look at some less-than-sure things that could really tank your lineup this season.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: A lot of people are picking Peterson within the top handful of selections this season, and there are plenty of reasons for that--he’s a sure-fire No. 1 back, and when he’s on, there’s no one in the league quite like him.
Still, there are some reasons to doubt his potential production in 2015. He has been out of the league for a year, and hasn’t lasted a full season since 2009. He’s also got two other very capable backs right behind him. For us, there are just too many red flags to grab him as a top pick.
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DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles: It’s easy to get excited about Murray, considering he’s coming off that gargantuan season in 2014. He’s also now part of a very capable offense in Philly, which could lead to a lot of scoring opportunities.
That said, he won’t get anywhere near as many touches with the Eagles as he did in Dallas, and he’s got some legitimate competition for snaps along that RB depth chart. Don’t reach too high here.
Matt Forte, Chicago Bears: Forte is a top-10 draft pick at this point, but there’s reason to be cautious on him as well. He’s been a workhorse for Chicago for quite some time now, but you can expect his touches to decrease in this new offense.
We doubt Forte will see north of 300 touches this year (he had 368 in 2014), as the team will try to keep him fresh from game to game with restricted carries. No one seems all that excited about the Bears’ offense as a whole, anyway.
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers: A lot of owners are on the Stewart bandwagon this year, and it’s honestly tough to see why. He was able to break 100 yards rushing just twice last year, and really should have gotten into the end zone more when you consider his goal-line touches.
If you can get Stewart on the cheap, go for it, but just be careful.
Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts: It’s easy to get excited about Gore, given the fact that he’s finally a reliable name behind Andrew Luck and one of the best offenses in the game.
That said, Gore is ancient for a No. 1 RB (he’s 32 now), and will have to fend off Dan Herron and Vick Ballard for touches--both of whom can be solid when given the chance. Gore’s another one to be careful on when you’re picking.
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