Undervalued fantasy football running backs
Shane Vereen (NE): With Danny Woodhead headed to San Diego and Aaron Hernandez headed to jail, the Patriots have four pretty big shoes to fill on offense. Vereen may only have two feet, but the Patriots are going to do their best to have him fill both roles. Thus far in camp, Vereen has been used as the primary third-down back, as well as a motion wide receiver on early downs. He'll be a nice asset in PPR leagues, and I'm having a hard time imagining he'll be less productive than Woodhead was last season - as a matter of fact, I think he could be significantly more productive than Woodhead was. Woodhead finished 2012 with the 28th most points among running backs, and Vereen's current ADP of 107.8 ranks 31st at his position.
Giovani Bernard (CIN): All that the first running back taken in this year's draft has to do to get a big workload is beat out the plodding BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Bernard is simply the more talented runner, and is way more dynamic, meaning he'll be a factor in passing situations right from the start. It may take a few weeks, but I think the Bengals will eventually have a hard time not feeding Bernard constantly, leaving those who took a flier on him at his 111.1 ADP leaping for joy.
Daryl Richardson (STL): How could a starting running back drop to an ADP of 118.6? Richardson is expected to share the backfield with Isaiah Pead this season, but Richardson has already beat out Pead once in his career (for backup duties behind Steven Jackson in 2012), so I don't see why he won't be able to do it again. Richardson will get the first crack at the starting job, as Pead is suspended for the first game of the season. If Richardson performs well, he could easily see enough carries to make him a reliable flex option. Not bad for the 118th overall pick.
Here are links to my overvalued quarterbacks and undervalued quarterbacks. Be sure to check back for my undervalued running backs, as well as my over/undervalued players at other positions.