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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
I spent time this weekend updating our Keeper League Rankings, and while doing so I found a good number of players who are kind of jumping off the page right now as keeper values, sleepers, etc. So I figured they would make for a good post. Here’s what I got right now at QB and RB, beyond the obvious.
Trent Edwards (QB, Buf) – Clearly, the addition of Terrell Owens helps a lot for the short-term. You could easily make the argument that Owens and Lee Evans is one of the best three 1-2 punches in the league at WR. Some people think Edwards stinks, but those people either haven’t seen him play much, or are basically clueless. I’m not saying Edwards will be great, or even very good, but what I am saying is that he has the tools and the intangibles to excel. He’s exhibited enough game to lead me to believe that he’ll have a very nice career these next 5-7 years.
Luke McCown (QB, TB) – If the Bucs don’t get Jay Cutler, then we’re looking at McCown being Tampa’s starter in 2009. McCown may be somewhat similar to Aaron Rodgers in that he’s young but experienced in [...]