Fantasy Football Draft 2015: Running Back (RB) Breakouts
2015-09-03 11:00:00 EDT
With less than a week to go before the opening games of the 2015 NFL season, we fantasy football owners are finalizing our picks and finishing up our drafts. Before we close things out, let’s check in on some potential breakout players at the running back position.
While these guys aren’t necessarily “sleepers,” they’ve got the goods to post monster numbers in 2015 and could very well jump to the highest tier of the RB position. Let’s take a closer look.
Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals: Hill burst onto the fantasy radar last year after unseating Giovani Bernard (injury) for the No. 1 back role in Cincinnati–and ruining a lot of fantasy seasons in the process.
Hill is ranked pretty highly among running backs this season, but could prove himself a must-have fantasy asset. He solidified himself as the lead option with a great stretch run last season and should monopolize the goal-line carries as well. Bernard will be a factor, but not as much as some people think.
Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys: Randle is another guy that most fantasy owners have pretty high hopes for. He’s got just about everything going for him, including a bruiser of an offensive line and a run-first scheme down in Dallas.
The Cowboys didn’t seem to be too worried when DeMarco Murray left town for Philly, and that’s because they believe in Randle, who will get ample opportunity to jump into the upper echelon of NFL running backs. He should finish with top-10 fantasy numbers in 2015.
Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams: Okay, we admit that Gurley carries some risk coming into the season, but which fantasy player doesn’t? He’s coming off a torn ACL last season and won’t be seeing any preseason action. Week 1 is still up in the air as well.
All of that said, there’s no denying the appeal here. A healthy Gurley–even if he misses a few games to start the year–has all the goods to become one of the most dynamic rushers in the league. We should see an improved offense in St. Louis, with Gurley as one of the lynchpins of the attack.
Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts: A lot of fantasy owners are on the fence about Gore. Sure, he’s in a much better offensive franchise now, but it’s tough to get excited about a 32-year-old running back who hasn’t posted too many notable numbers over the past few seasons.
Count us among the optimists with Gore. He could very well turn into a PPR dynamo, as he’ll get plenty of receiving opportunities out of the backfield. His YPC should also see a significant up-tick, as teams won’t be loading the box with the threat of an aerial attack over the top. That should add up to a great all-around fantasy campaign for Gore.
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