Fantasy Football Draft 2015: Running Back (RB) Value Picks
Taking a Look at the Undervalued RBs in the 2015 Fantasy Draft
September 2, 2015
We’ve been examining the 2015 fantasy football draft from all different angles over the past couple of weeks, and right now it’s time to look at a few undervalued running backs out there.
The RB slot is still the most important tool in your fantasy roster, and getting a solid guy in the later rounds can end up saving your season. Let’s check out some undervalued sleeper candidates in this year’s draft.
Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts: Gore is a popular pickup this year, which is interesting despite his advanced age and presence of competition in Indianapolis. Even though he’s 32 years old--ancient for an RB--he’s proven himself to be very durable.
Gore can excel in the high-scoring offensive attack of the Colts, and should get enough scoring opportunities to make him worth your while in fantasy.
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Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens: Forsett was a bona fide fantasy star last season, and he’s got plenty of doubters as he looks to repeat the stats he had in 2014.
Forsett gets extra consideration if you’re in a PPR league, as he could very well serve as a Matt Forte-type player in this new offense. Look for a nice mix of rushing and receiving yards from Forsett in 2015.
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals: Bernard was a high pick last season, which led to a lot of frustrated fantasy owners. Injury derailed his 2014 campaign, and the emergence of fellow Cincy RB Jeremy Hill pretty much tanked any shot he had at making a fantasy difference.
All of that said, if you can get Bernard relatively cheaply in your draft, go for it. The Bengals will still feature him as part of a two-headed attack, and even if he’s not getting the lion’s share of the carries he’s still a nice matchup play.
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Martin is another former fantasy star that has fallen from grace over the past couple of seasons, and that means you can get him in the later rounds of your draft.
The Buccaneers offense still isn’t anything to brag about, but should be putting up some better numbers than they did in 2014. Martin’s got a lot to prove, but if he can step up to the challenge he’ll pay off nicely.
Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles: Mathews is a popular pickup simply due to the fact that Philly’s No. 1 RB DeMarco Murray had about a million touches last year. Due to that, many people are expecting his production to go way down.
That’s where Mathews comes in. If he can remain healthy, he’ll be a frequent contributor on one of the hottest offenses in the league. Snatch him up as a handcuff if nothing else.
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