RB Keeper Overviews

Note: Ages are accurate as of midseason 2010.

What’s interesting about this position is how watered down it is. Because so many backfield are utilizing two (even three) players in a rotation, the number of clear studs is low. And while there are more players these days than usual who do have some value now due to a fairly large role, they’re still in situations that prevent major fantasy production. We’ve also seen fewer legitimate developmental prospects at the position and a lot of players who are kind of in limbo, with little long-term potential and even questionable short-term potential.

I’ll start off this section with the (surprisingly few) players who are clearly slam-dunks for those in keeper leagues: Adrian Peterson (Min, 25), Steven Jackson (Stl, 27), Chris Johnson (Ten, 24), Maurice Jones-Drew (Jac, 25), and Ray Rice (Bal, 23).

It's probably a little early to proclaim Ray Rice as a legit fantasy stud for the long-term, but the guy was incredibly impressive in 2009 – and he's very young

These five players are clearly the cream of the crop, and with youth on their side. Rice may not be a legit top-5 overall RB over the next few years, as the [...]

Free agent fits

While working on our massive free agency preview, I kept looking into some of these free agents and coming up with teams these guys would be good fits for, so I thought I’d do a quick blog post on some potential landing spots for some of these free agent players. Projecting this stuff can be really difficult, so don’t expect many of these calls to go down as accurate – but it is fun here in late February. Also keep in mind I’m doing these projections off the top of my head based on what I know about the teams, not based on any real inside free agency information out there right now (and there’s not much).

Also keep in mind I’m mainly covering players who are a good bet to move on to another team this offseason.

Chad Pennington – If healthy, he’d be better than all the guys in Cleveland. I’d feel a lot better about the Texan offense if he was their backup, as well. Same thing with the Giants, where he’d be an upgrade over David Carr.

Kellen Clemens – He’d make sense for the Cardinals, who of course will be forced to start Matt Leinart. It’s not inconceivable [...]

Tashard would be a great Choice for the Chargers

We’re seeing more trades lately in the NFL, and one trade rumor that has already popped up is Cowboy RB Tashard Choice to the Chargers. Let me say right now, that would be a fantastic move for San Diego. Yes, there will be RBs freely available in the draft, but Choice has proven a lot in his two seasons, despite not always playing a lot, or much at all.

The Chargers have a window available to them now, so it would be a little risky for them to put the hopes of their running game in the hands of a rookie. Choice has been in the league for two years, and he’s proven a lot. He’s a fine blocker, a very solid receiver, and while he’s not a stud, he’s a tough and instinctive runner. He’s just a damn good football player, and I love the fit in San Diego. If they Chargers manage to pull off a trade, they can then also draft a back somewhat early to complement Choice and give the team a viable backup (they may not have LT or Darren Sproles).

It would be tough for the Cowboys to move Choice, but he’s not helping them as [...]

First look at the RBs

As the draft quickly approaches, we’re trying to bang out as much of the magazine writeups as we possibly can, and I’ve just completed about the top-50 RBs. Of course, the draft will change a lot of things, so it’s hard to rank any player for certain. We have also not yet plugged in projections, which can change things once you see the raw numbers. But I do have some rankings and comments on the top-50 guys now, and I’m pretty comfortable with this list, knowing it’s very early.

So here’s what I got at this early stage.

1. Adrian Peterson, MIN – Has to be top dog this year given youth and talent but more action in the passing game would be nice.

2. Michael Turner, ATL – Carried the load all season with great effectiveness in run-heavy offense and was money near the goal so a no-brainer.

3. Maurice Drew, JAC – Major jump in receptions key for 3rd straight strong season and now he truly carries the load plus Holt will help their shaky team.

4. Matt Forte, CHI – Addition of Cutler should help them move the ball and create more opportunities for the slick and productive runner and receiver.

5. LaDainian [...]

RB Keeper Overviews

It’s been a few weeks since I broke out my QB Keeper Overviews here, and it’s already time to update them. But before I do that I’m going to try to bang out the other key positions within the next week and catch completely up.

Next up, it’s the RBs.

At first glance, while there is good depth, I notice a little bit of a void when it comes to true studs at the position. So if you’re in a keeper league that retains only 3-4 players, I advise your approach your keepers much like you should have been approaching a standard redraft league the last two years: don’t take a RB just because he’s a RB and take the best players, period. Keep in mind, of course, the pool of attractive options will increase after the draft.

That said about the lack of quality at the top, I’m personally ranking some young guys who I do think are for real very high, even though they’ve really only “done it” for one year.

Let’s take a look at the top guys.

There aren’t many RBs who are clearly their team’s workhorse, so if you have one on your team, and he’s a young stud, then [...]

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