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Top 5 Fantasy Running Backs

Today I’ll be giving you guys my top 5 Fantasy RBs as we move ahead in our series. Let’s take a look at the position:

  1. Le’Veon Bell

Bell is a do it all back that is sometimes underappreciated. He can hurt defenders on the ground and through the air, making him elite in fantasy football. Now who knows how long Bell will hold out for, but I’m not expecting it to last into the regular season. Bell will still be a player I target in all my fantasy leagues. He totaled 351.6 fantasy points in ESPN last year & is projected to total 352.3 points this season. I would expect Bell to be drafted within the first 5 picks. 

2. Todd Gurley

If you drafted Gurley last year, I have to give you props. He went on a tear last season. Gurley totaled a whopping 13 rushing TDs on 279 attempts last season. He is definitely somebody you would love to have on your team throughout the season, and can get you a win if needed. Gurley totaled 383.3 fantasy points last season and is projected to have 329.4 points this season. I would expect Gurley to be drafted within the first 5 picks.

3. Ezekiel Elliott

These 3 RBs that I’ve listed so far are all great fantasy players. Elliott totaled 983 yards and 7 TDs in 10 games, which is good for 203.2 fantasy points depending on what league you’re in. With a full 16 games under his belt in 2018, Elliott is projected to have another amazing fantasy season. According to ESPN, Elliott is projected to total 294.3 fantasy points this season. I would expect Elliott to be drafted within the first 7 picks.

  1. David Johnson

David Johnson had a career year in 2016 when he rushed for 1239 yards and 16 touchdowns while also having 879 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. According to FantasyData that is 327.8 fantasy points which also gives you around 20 points per game. He did suffer an injury last year which does drop his stock a little, but if he is back to pre-injury form, like CBSSports reported, he could go in the top 5, but as of now, he should be available in the top 7.

  1. Alvin Kamara

Kamara’s stock goes up due to Mark Ingram being out for four weeks. Last year, the second round pick out of Tennessee solidified his ability to be a threat in both the running and passing game. He had 233.4 points this past year, but he should be getting more touches due to Mark Ingram being out a couple of games.

Honorable Mentions

Saquon Barkley
The hype surrounding Barkley is insane, but he deserves it. In his first career run, he showed patience for the holes to open up and great speed to explode through the hole and strength to break a couple tackles on a 39 yard run. He has the potential to be an elite running back and should be available in the mid to late first round.

Kareem Hunt
In the drafts I have done, I have been able to get Kareem Hunt in the late first to early second. In my opinion, he is very slept on. He should see an increased workload due to a new quarterback. His 242 fantasy points from last year should increase massively.

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