Seven Undervalued Fantasy Football Running Backs

Undervalued fantasy football running backs

8/13/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Jul 27, 2013; Latrobe, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) carries the ball in drills during training camp at Saint Vincent College. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY SportsLe'Veon Bell (PIT): When asked about his team's lack of production in the running game, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert pretty much put all the blame on the running backs, as opposed to the offensive line. Colbert now has a runner he feels can be successful behind the team's current offensive line in Bell. The rookie workhorse is fully expected to be the Week 1 starter, and many believe that he could top 300 carries on the season. That would mean he'd need to average just 4.0 yards per carry to top 1,200 rushing yards. Currently at a 70.1 ADP, that looks like a steal to me.

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.


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8/15/13   |   defcomxiii

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8/13/13   |   Jess   |   34827 respect

If I was playing FF this year I would draft McFadden for 3 reasons: new QB (probably), high potential to be awesome, and probably most importantly - he's in a contract year that he himself has made the decision to make the difference in contract negotiations.