Fantasy Trader’s NFL Roundtable: 2011 Sleeper Running Back

Mar 10, 2011

This week’s topic
What non-top 25 running back do you project to finish in the top 15?

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My response:
The truth is, I don’t think I have one. I mean, I like (in no particular order) Arian Foster, AP, Jamaal Charles, Chris Johnson, MJD, Ray Rice, Michael Turner, Rashard Mendenhall, Frank Gore, Darren McFadden, LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, and Steven Jackson. That’s 13 running backs. I like Jonathan Stewart and LeGarrette Blount, but they are top-25 backs. Even guys like Jahvid Best, Shonn Greene, Ryan Mathews, and Knowshon Moreno can’t be considered based upon the parameters.
One running back that I think will easily top last year’s production is Marshawn Lynch. He seemed to get better as the season wore on, and the touchdown he scored against the Saints showed a burst we haven’t seen from him in years. It seems like he’s been in the league forever, but he’ll be just 25 when (and if) the season begins. He’s averaged just 213 carries per season in his four-year career so there is plenty of tread on the tires. Russell Okung was hurt a good chunk of last year, and if he stay healthy, it should improve their offensive line tremendously.
I don’t think he has a chance of being a top 15 running back, but Marshawn Lynch could be a solid RB2 next year.

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