Dynasty RB's

We take a look at the Top Keeper/Dynasty Running Backs for a 3 year outlook, taking into account skill, scheme fit, organizational consistency, surrounding cast and, yes of course, age. The indicated age of the player is how old the player will be entering next season. Dominate your Fantasy Football leagues but using our Top RB Dynasty and Keeper Rankings Updated: Aug.28/17

1. David Johnson, ARZ - Age 25 Injury Update

After a season and a half of proving he's one of the most productive backs in the league, Johnson is poised to be just as much, if not more, involved in the Arizona offense in 2017. He's openly stated a desire to post both 1000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season, and Arizona tried hard to get him there last year when he finished with 1239 yards on the ground and 879 yards receiving, adding 20 touchdowns as well. Johnson is a mortal lock for 25+ touches per week when healthy, and the Cardinals know they'll need to ride their stud running back to make another playoff run. Carson Palmer will turn 38 years old in December and doesn't seem sold on the prospect of playing beyond that. He's also lost a little bit off his deep ball in recent years so having a target hungry running back to throw to plays well in this offense. Frankly, the only thing that could stand in the way of another monster campaign for Johnson is an injury to Palmer. Not that teams weren't already stacking the box against him, but Drew Stanton or Blaine Gabbert aren't likely to keep defenses honest the way that Palmer can. Johnson should continue to be a top tier fantasy running back for the foreseeable future.

2. Le'Veon Bell, PIT - Age 25

A usage monster in the Pittsburgh offense, health and an unresolved contract situation seem to be the only things standing in the way of what should be another dominant season for Bell. Frankly, the Steelers probably hope they don't need to lean on Bell the way they did when he returned last season, as Martavis Bryant's reinstatement and the addition of JuJu Smith-Schuster should help solidify a passing game that relied heavily on Bell after top wideout Antonio Brown. Despite playing in just 12 games, Bell managed to rack up 336 offensive touches and nearly eclipsed 2000 total yards, even in his shortened season. Expect the Steelers to ratchet this back a little, as that would have equated to nearly 450 touches in a full 16 games. He's also now missed or been severely limited in playoff games in back to back seasons. And for a team trying to make one final run with Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers would be wise not to push him as hard early in the season and perhaps offload some of the rushing work to third round rookie James Connor. Even with a tick down in workload, Bell would remain a top tier fantasy stud.

3. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL - Age 22 Player Update

The only thing that kept Zeke from taking home Offensive Rookie of the Year honors last season was the stellar play of teammate Dak Prescott. But from a fantasy perspective, Elliott was exactly as advertised when the Cowboys made him a top five pick in last year's draft. Running behind the best offensive line in football, he averaged more than 108 rushing yards per game and proved a capable pass catcher as well, coming up just shy of 2000 total yards on the season while visiting the end zone 16 times. Heading into his age 22 season he is already arguably the best back in the league and he may just be scratching the surface. For now the only thing that might slow down Ezekiel Elliott is Ezekiel Elliott, as a series of questionable decisions off the field may ultimately cost him games this season as speculation swirls around a potential suspension heading into 2017.

4. Todd Gurley, LAR - Age 23

There was much hype about Gurley ahead of last year. Reports had him taking on a larger role in the passing game, and after an impressive rookie campaign he was at or near the top of seemingly everyone's running back rankings. The result was an across the board disappointment. Gurley enters 2017 with much to prove, but fortunately he does so with new head coach Sean McVay at the helm. With Jared Goff looking far from a franchise quarterback to this point, the Rams will lean heavily on Gurley and this coaching staff should scheme to find considerably more creative way to utilize his talent than the last. He may never be the receiving threat we hoped, but it does look like he's going to get another shot to prove he's the real deal as a three down weapon. The Rams should also continue to improve across the offensive line so the real x-factor for Gurley's future fantasy fortunes comes down to whether or not Goff can keep opposing defenses honest with his arm.

5. Devonta Freeman, ATL - Age 25 Injury Update

After a breakout 2015 season, many projected a fall off for Freeman in 2016. And after a hot start by teammate Tevin Coleman, a timeshare at the running back position in Atlanta looked imminent. But Freeman eventually grabbed the larger piece of the workload on the way to more than 1500 total yards and 13 touchdowns. With Coleman healthy last season, the Falcons were able to ratchet back Freeman's workload a bit and he actually became a more productive player, upping his yards per carry from 4.0 in 2015 to 4.8 in 2016 and upping his yards per target in the passing game from less than 6.0 to better than 7.0, while only falling off by one total touchdown. He's never going to be a 25 touch-type back, but he's also showed he doesn't need a massive workload to be a productive RB1. Two things to keep an eye on this season are Freeman's ongoing contract extension negotiations (Freeman is in the final year of his rookie deal) and the impact of former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's departure. Neither are huge concerns at this point, and as long as he continues to stay healthy then Freeman should be an RB1 for the foreseeable future.

6. Melvin Gordon, LAC - Age 24 Daily League Sleepers

After a disappointing rookie campaign, Gordon became a fantasy force last season. And the way he did it is perhaps the most encouraging aspect of his future fantasy prospects. San Diego struggled with injuries at both the skill positions and across the offensive line last season. And through the first seven weeks Gordon averaged less than 3.5 yards per carry and just over 90 total yards per game, with 3 receptions per contest mixed in. But he found the end zone 10 times and kept fantasy owners feeling good about plugging him in each week. From Week 8 until a sprained PCL ended his season early in Week 14, the Chargers gave Gordon a few more touches per game and he exploded. Over the five week span he averaged nearly 4.7 yards per carry and 155 total yards per game, catching at least four balls in every contest The problem? He only scored twice. But it's worth noting that in this impressive five game stretch, four of the five teams Gordon faced finished in the top half of Pro Football Outsiders DVOA metric on the season. Assuming he can continue to build upon 2016, the future is bright for Gordon and he should see 300+ touches behind an improving offensive line.

7. LeSean McCoy, BUF - Age 29

Still just 29 years old, McCoy finds himself in a new offensive system that is expected to utilize him similarly to the last one in the run game, but will likely see him threaten 60+ receptions out of the backfield. Heading into his ninth NFL season, McCoy has already logged a monster workload in his career so it's only natural to assume that at some point in the not too distant future he will start to break down. Both the Bills and fantasy owners hope this won't be that season, as the cupboard is essentially bare behind him. Last year's fifth round pick, Jonathan Williams, leads a depth chart that boasts just 50 NFL carries collectively. If he can stay healthy then McCoy is potentially in for a huge season, but it wouldn't be surprising if Buffalo is in the market for an heir apparent next offseason.

8. Joe Mixon, CIN - Age 21

As horrific as it was, at this point we'll set the off-the-field incident in Mixon's past at Oklahoma aside and focus on his fantasy fortunes. With that in mind, it is important to note that while some teams had taken him completely off of their draft board, the Bengals were willing to use a mid-second round pick on selecting Mixon and all the baggage that comes with it. That should tell you a lot about how special they think he can be. At 6'1" and nearly 230 lbs with sub 4.5 speed, Mixon is a freak athlete. Running as the complement to thumper Samaje Perine at Oklahoma the past two seasons, Mixon averaged better than 6.5 yards per carry and hauled in 65 passes. And as much as we hate comps, the LeVeon Bell, Arian Foster, and Ricky Watters comparisons aren't crazy, Many thought on talent alone that he was the best back in this draft. He'll need to learn run with a little more urgency behind a suspect Bengals offensive line, but if he does he could force Cincinnati to leave him on the field early and often in his rookie season.

9. Jordan Howard, CHI - Age 22

Jeremy Langford's run as the Bears bellcow back didn't last long. After a poor start to the season, a Week 3 ankle injury opened the door for Howard and the rookie never looked back. Howard amassed at least a hundred total yards in ten of the thirteen games he started, including seven 100-yard rushing performances. While the touchdowns weren't there (7 total), Howard should be able to improve upon that going forward. He'll once again be counted on as the focal point of the offense, and is capable pass catcher who should easily top 300 touches in a Bears offense with even fewer proven weapons than last season. Both the offensive line and the defense should be better than their 2016 versions, and this is starting to look more and more like the typical run-first John Fox football team we've come to know. Howard may actually be going a bit a bit low in redraft leagues, with the uncertainty at the quarterback position the only thing that dings his long term dynasty prospects.

10. Leonard Fournette, JAX - Age 22

Jacksonville has made no secret about their desire to hand Fournette as much of the workload as possible. After a couple disastrous seasons of T.J. Yeldon, and the addition of Chris Ivory leading to little improvement, the Jags used the fourth overall pick on the consensus top running back in the draft. Fournette is a beast of a back that drew Adrian Peterson comps throughout his prep and college career. And while he may never quite live up to that hype, there's no denying that he has a chance to be a special player. After a 2016 season in which Blake Bortles' limitations were on full display, expect the Jaguars offense to run through Fournette, with the explosive rookie getting as much work as he can handle. He still has a ways to go from a receiving standpoint, but the Jacksonville defense is steadily improving and the ideal game plan from week to week is going to be pounding the rock with Fournette 20+ times a game.

11. Jay Ajayi, PHI - Age 24

Once a highly touted college back, two offseasons ago Ajayi tumbled down NFL draft boards due to growing concerns over a surgically repaired knee. He eventually landed with the Dolphins, who took a fifth round flyer on him, knowing that they already had Lamar Miller as their starter. That gamble paid off in spades, as Ajayi took hold of the starter's role in Week 6 last year with a 204 yard rushing performance against the Steelers. He followed it up the next week by rumbling over Buffalo for 214 yards. But while the highs were high, the lows were certainly low. Ajayi added another 200 yard rushing game late in the season, but outside of those three performances he rushed for more than 100 yards just once, and failed to average better than 2.7 yards per carry over three of the Dolphins final six games. In his second year as the starter, consistency is going to be important for both Ajayi and the Miami offense. Taking the ball out of Tannehill's hands was a positive development, but Ajayi needs to prove he's a bellcow back on an every week basis and that he can improve upon last year's receiving numbers. If he does, he could make for a top ten fantasy back with a lot of runway ahead at just 24 years old.

12. Demarco Murray, TEN - Age 29

It didn't take long for Murray to convince the doubters that his underwhelming 2015 season in Philadelphia wasn't a function of age or a declining skill-set. Running behind a steadily improving Tennessee offensive line, the veteran back averaged 4.4 yards per carry on his way to 1287 yards and 9 TDs on the ground. He also topped 50+ receptions for the third time in his career and added three receiving touchdowns as well. There's no doubt that heading into his age 29 season that talented second year back, Derrick Henry is breathing down his neck on the depth chart. After all, the Titans used a second round pick on the former Heisman winner. But even though Henry should be more up to speed to open the season, if Murray can stay healthy he should still be in position to reach 300 touches again and remain a fantasy asset for at least a few more years.

13. Christian McCaffrey, CAR - Age 21

A dual-threat out of the backfield or in the slot, McCaffrey joins a Panthers team that is looking to keep Cam Newton upright and out of the line of fire after a tough a 2016 campaign and offseason shoulder surgery. Enter the dynamic McCaffrey. He's unlikely to pose an immediate threat to the bulk of Jonathan Stewart's rushing workload, but the Panthers are going to look for ways to get the ball in his hands. Initially it seems like the passing game and a change of pace role are where the rookie will make his mark. But let's face it, the Panthers didn't use a top ten pick on an offensive skill player whose snaps are going to be limited for very long. Stewart is entering his age 30 season and has never been the healthiest player to start with. And while McCaffrey doesn't profile as an every down back, a fair comparison for his first couple seasons is probably something in line with Reggie Bush's entering the league: 150 or so carries and 100+ targets in the passing game. For a player with McCaffrey's ability, 250+ touches should be plenty to threaten low RB1 or high RB2 status in fantasy.

14. Dalvin Cook, MIN - Age 22 Injury Update

The Vikings never expected Cook to fall as far as he did in the second round of this year's draft, but when it happened they weren't shy about making a move to get him. Despite signing Latavius Murray to replace Adrian Peterson, Minnesota clearly sees Cook as the long-term answer in this backfield, and with good reason. After a highly productive college career Cook failed to wow at the combine-in fact, he was downright terrible in some often telling measurables. But Minnesota obviously believes the college tape over the combine times, and on full display at Florida State was a three down back that showed patience and burst, excellent receiving ability, and an above average penchant for pass protection. Already the early returns seem to indicate that Cook could render Murray nothing more than a short yardage and change of pace option before he even makes his way off the PUP list. Cook is not without risk however, as ball security has always been a bit of an issue. Still, he continues to be on the rise in dynasty drafts and could legitimately approach 300 touches even as a rookie.

15. Lamar Miller, HOU - Age 26

Heading into last season Lamar Miller looked poised to finally make the leap to "bell cow" back when he signed with Houston in the offseason. And while the touches were there for Miller, the running room just wasn't. By the second month of the season teams had figured out that Brock Osweiler wasn't a very good quarterback, and that loading up the box and making Osweiler beat them with his arm was a sound strategy for attacking the Houston offense. The bump in carries also wore on Miller as the season went on, and he ultimately missed Weeks 16 and 17 with an ankle injury. The Texans also added third round rookie, D'Onta Foreman to the backfield as well. More of a plodder than Miller, Foreman should mix in enough as a change of pace to actually help Miller be more productive with his touches, which should drop off just a little from the 21+ per game he averaged in 2016.

16. Carlos Hyde, SF - Age 25

Despite being surrounded by a poor supporting cast, Hyde has played well through his first three NFL seasons when healthy. But health is certainly a factor for Hyde, as he's missed 14 games in the three seasons since he came into the league. The other concern here is fit. While Hyde is a talented runner, and showed last season that he can be a capable receiver as well, he simply doesn't appear to excel in the areas needed to effectively run Kyle Shanahan's outside-zone system. It also doesn't help that the new 49ers regime selected Joe Williams in the fourth round, to much fanfare. Hyde is probably the more talented player and has three years of NFL production, but if he isn't getting it done in the scheme then he's going to have a hard time staying on the field. If he's supplanted as the starter by Williams then he makes a logical trade candidate for a team in need of a back. And frankly, getting shipped out of San Francisco may be in the best interest of both Hyde and his fantasy owners.

17. Derrick Henry, TEN - Age 23

Henry's short-term value is linked entirely to the health of DeMarco Murray, who turns 30 years old next offseason. But Henry has already showed enough in spelling Murray, that the Titans should feel comfortable at the running back position for the foreseeable future. Eventually Henry should take over the starter's role, but for now the Titans are expected to lean on the their veteran feature back with Henry mixing in as a change of pace a little more than he did as a rookie. All of this said, Henry immediately catapults into weekly must-play status if Murray were to miss time. He's an expensive insurance policy to be sure, but he could certainly be in line to match Murray's productivity in his stead.

18. Mark Ingram, NWO - Age 27

Despite the signing of Adrian Peterson, Ingram should retain the top spot in the New Orleans backfield. But Peterson's presence, as well as that of rookie Alvin Kamara, is at least a little concerning. The Saints know the clock is ticking for Drew Brees, and they've made moves to try to compete now, rather than build for down the line. Ingram benefits from being a far superior receiver to AP, but he might be hard pressed to repeat the 200+ carry 1000+ yard rushing performance from 2016. Longer term it should help him continue to be productive for fantasy seasons to come. And if Peterson truly doesn't have anything left in the tank, then Ingram is being criminally undervalued and could easily outperform his current ranking.

19. Alvin Kamara, NWO - Age 22 Daily League Sleepers

Kamara has a bright dynasty future and should carve out some passing downs work as a rookie, but barring an injury to starter Mark Ingram or veteran Adrian Peterson, it's difficult to imagine him having a huge impact in 2017. A versatile back, the Saints took Kamara in the third round and envision him filling their immediate needs as a change of pace and passing downs back, but Ingram has proved a capable receiver throughout his career and has caught 50 and 46 balls respectively over the past two seasons. Kamara is a fantastic dynasty option in this offense, but if Peterson can recapture some of his form in New Orleans then it's difficult to see Kamara handling more than 100-125 touches in 2017.

20. C.J. Anderson, DEN - Age 26

A torn meniscus cost Anderson the second half of his 2016 season, but he wasn't exactly lighting the world on fire when he went down. After a big second half and postseason in 2015, many were expecting big things last year. It never came to fruition. By the time he went down Anderson had already ceded some of the work to fourth round pick Devontae Booker. Fortunately for Anderson, Booker was actually worse running as the feature back. And with Booker lost for the entirety of this preseason to a broken wrist, Anderson is going to be pushed for snaps by an aging Jamaal Charles and rookie De'Angelo Henderson. It's a group he should be able to hold off. Still just 26 years old, he's the odds on favorite to lead this backfield in touches, but until the Broncos can remedy their quarterback situation you need to temper your expectations.

21. Samaje Perine, WAS - Age 21

It sounds like Rob Kelley may hold onto his role in the Washington offense to start the season, but it's hard to imagine a scenario where the talent of Perine doesn't eventually win out here. They are more than a little similar as players, early down thumpers that aren't brought down easily and make tacklers pay at the end of runs. Neither player catches passes particularly well, and that's Chris Thompson's role in this offense anyway. But Kelley has nothing in the way of wiggle, while Perine showed much better vision and elusiveness in his time at Oklahoma. Even if Kelley manages to hang onto the job in Washington this season, it's difficult to envision a scenario where Perine doesn't overtake him eventually.

22. C.J. Prosise, SEA - Age 23 Injury Update

After a rookie season that saw him miss far too much time with injuries, the signing of Eddie Lacy and the presence of Thomas Rawls, suggest the Seahawks are sold on the fact that Prosise just can't be an every down back. That said, he's an explosive weapon as a change of pace back and receiver. A former wideout at Notre Dame before shifting to running back in his final season, Prosise is in line to see the bulk of the passing work in this backfield. While Rawls once looked poised to be a three down weapon, injuries and inconsistency led to Lacy's offseasons signing. So while Rawls would assume the bulk of the carries if Lacy were to miss time, Prosise should still catch 50-60 passes in an offense that is short on explosive receiving weapons to start with.

23. Tevin Coleman, ATL - Age 24

Entering his third year, Coleman is the less valuable side of the Falcons running back combo, but he's still a strong fantasy asset. As a dynamic weapon in both the running and passing game, he showed a nose for the end zone last season, scoring 11 touchdowns on less than 150 touches. As long as he's sharing time with Freeman he probably continues to settle into the 10-12 touches per week range, but the home run hitting ability makes him a weekly consideration in deeper leagues. And should Freeman miss any time, Coleman immediately threatens top ten running back status.

24. Kareem Hunt, KC - Age 22 Rising Stock

Hunt is the other half of what is going to be a painful fantasy backfield scenario for owners going forward. Spencer Ware has been far better over a season and a half than many expected, but he did seem to slow a bit as the season wore on in 2016. With that in mind the Chiefs went out and took one of the more intriguing running back prospects in the draft, in Kareem Hunt. While the measurables don't jump off the page, his college production behind a dreadful offensive line is impressive. He's a bigger back that can make tacklers miss and find more yards than what is blocked, but like Ware he lacks breakaway speed. He's a capable pass catcher and could eventually supplant Ware as the starter, perhaps as early as this season. The far more likely scenario though is that, barring injury, the two backs cannibalize each other's production over the next couple years until the Chiefs have to make a decision on Ware's contract after the 2018 campaign is a wrap.

25. Isaiah Crowell, CLE - Age 24 Rising Stock

Crowell has quietly carved out the feature back role in Cleveland, getting better in each of his first three seasons in the league. His 4.8 yards per carry last season on nearly 200 totes was impressive, as were the 40 receptions, more than doubling his previous high. The biggest issue for Crowell is that he's once again playing for a rebuilding Browns squad where the offense is likely to once again be in catchup mode quite often. Still, as Hue Jackson and company seem to be doing a solid job of rebuilding, especially on the defensive side and along the offensive line, there may be more chances to run the ball this season and Crowell should crack 1000 yards for the first time in his career. At just 24 years old and in the final year of his contract, 2017 is a huge opportunity to set himself up long term, either in Cleveland or somewhere else.

26. Ty Montgomery, GB - Age 24 Injury Update

The Packers willingness to roll with Montgomery as the de facto starting running back for 2017, sent a clear signal that they believe in the ability of the former wide receiver. Still Green Bay did hedge a bit by drafting two running backs in the back half of the draft. And by all accounts rookie Jamaal Williams may have the talent to make a run at the starting job this season. Still, Montgomery has the advantage of being productive last season in this system so he undoubtedly has the inside track. He's the superior receiver and athlete, but with the Packers shifting to an even more pass-heavy offense in the second half of last season he's got work to do in pass protection. If he can get that nailed down he should solidify his role as the primary back and could post some eye-popping numbers in the near term, particularly in PPR formats. He's a player that definitely comes with more risk, but the potential ceiling is pretty high, as we saw last season.

27. Ameer Abdullah, DET - Age 24

Despite his 5'9", 200-205 lb frame, the Lions continue to talk about Abdullah as their primary or "feature" back. Given what we know about the Detroit offense, it's difficult to know what this actually means. While Abdullah has shown flashes when healthy, the third year back lost most of last season to injury and struggled to run between the tackles as a rookie. Receiving specialist Theo Riddick has played in 26 games over the past two seasons and caught 133 balls, and Detroit clearly has him slated to continue in that role. Third year back Zack Zenner, second year back Dwayne Washington, and veteran Matt Asiata are also in the mix, battling for the goal line and short yardage work. Barring an injury to Riddick, that essentially puts Abdullah in the early downs role between the twenties-hardly an ideal scenario for fantasy owners. As a former second round pick who is still being hyped by management and the coaching staff, Abdullah is still fantasy relevant. But counting on big plays or other players missing time to shift a player's role from middling to promising is a dicey proposition.

28. Spencer Ware, KC - Age 25 Falling Stock Injury Update

Kansas City's backfield has all the makings of a fantasy nightmare, with third round rookie Kareem Hunt battling Ware for early down snaps. Ware should have the inside track to start, but it's also worth noting that he appeared to wear down in the second half of last season so even if he wins the job we're unlikely to see a repeat of last season's 17+ touches per week average. As long as Hunt is healthy it's a pretty safe bet that Ware will be limited to 12-15 or touches each week, and if the rookie plays well then he could even cut into that number. As talented as Ware is, taking a running back with Hunt's skill set in the third round does send a message about what the Chiefs believe to be Ware's ceiling, and that has to be at least a little concerning. This is a make or break it year for him, and he's not without risk.

29. Eddie Lacy, SEA - Age 27 Falling Stock Injury Update

The fact that Lacy's new contract with the Seahawks included "weight" goals and incentives is far from a strong endorsement. Still, Pete Carroll insists that Lacy is his starter and that they are expecting good things from the big back. Despite all the positive talk about Lacy's potential in Seattle, he's still returning from a surgically repaired ankle and tipping the scales at 250 lbs. His workload also decreased in each of his first four years in the league with Green Bay, and it was a bit surprising to see the Packers let him walk so easily. When healthy and playing well Lacy has been a stud, but unfortunately those periods have been brief, outside of his rookie season. If he turns it around in Seattle as the early downs workhorse then he could be a steal in drafts. At worst, he's a short yardage and goalline back that splits the rushing work with Thomas Rawls. Few players project to be as boom-bust as Lacy over the next few seasons.

30. Paul Perkins, NYG - Age 22 Injury Update

Perkins enters the season as the favorite to lead the Giants backfield in touches, but it's unclear exactly what that means at this stage. Shane Vereen is still on the roster, as is Orleans Darkwa, and the Giants added Shaun Draughn this offseason as well. Perkins' upside is that of a three down back, who looked like he could handle an every down role last season, but isn't a special or elite talent. And while the upside is there from a workload perspective, we'd be remiss not to point out that he'll be running behind one of the poorer offensive lines in the league when the season opens. With the inside track to start, Perkins could certainly run away with this job. But if history is any indication then we should expect the Giants backfield to devolve into a timeshare by midseason, with Perkins leading the team in touches most weeks.

31. Kenneth Dixon, BAL - Age 23 Injury Update

A summer knee operation revealed that Dixon, somewhat surprisingly, needed a full repair of his meniscus, an injury that will cost him the entirety of the 2017 season. He was already facing a four game suspension to start this season, and after an injury that cost him the first month of his rookie campaign, Dixon is now tumbling down dynasty draft boards. Dixon's three down ability, promising rookie season, and the lack of depth at running back in Baltimore, all point to him likely getting at least a chance to make a comeback. But his value is very much up in the air at this point.

32. Doug Martin, TB - Age 28

Martin will sit for the first three games of 2017, serving a PED suspension for Adderall. But by all accounts his treatment and rehab went tremendously well and he looks poised to regain his prior form and role as the Bucs feature back. So far in his five year career Martin has been wildly inconsistent, but he's also playing for his third coaching regime and has suffered some unfortunate injuries along the way. He followed up a monster 2012 rookie season with two years of inconsistent play and missed time before once again breaking out in 2015, rushing for more than 1400 yards for the second time and averaging a career best 4.9 yards per carry. Last year he suffered through injuries and the late season failed PED test. But the fact that the Bucs haven't walked away from Martin and his $35 million contract is pretty telling. Despite some of the hyperbole out of Tampa Bay, no one really believes Jacquizz Rodgers is a difference maker over a sixteen game season and the remainder of the depth chart features somewhat one-dimensional backs. By many offseason accounts Martin looks like the 2015 version of the "muscle hamster," which makes him an interesting proposition in drafts, given that we know he's capable of producing for fantasy owners.

33. Giovani Bernard, CIN - Age 25

It looks unlikely that Bernard will be healthy to start the season after suffering a torn ACL that ended his 2016 campaign. That, combined with the addition of potential every down back, Joe Mixon, leaves one wondering exactly what sort of role the pass catching specialist can carve out going forward. The Bengals drafted Joe Mixon as a three down back, and while he may not get there this season if he can stay on track then it's only a matter of time. If Bernard can fully recover and regain his explosiveness, a best case scenario likely has him filling a passing downs and change of pace role down the line with Jeremy Hill eventually being phased mostly out of the offense. He may never top the 60+ receptions he was on pace for last season, but he should retain some fantasy value, especially in PPR formats.

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35. Duke Johnson, CLE - Age 23

In his two years in the league Johnson has been relegated to change of pace and passing downs work in the Cleveland backfield. Starter Isaiah Crowell has been extremely effective running behind a steadily improving offensive line, and last year he set a career high for receptions as well. That production has limited the opportunity for Johnson so far, but his explosiveness and playmaking ability may finally force the Browns to figure out a way to get him more involved in year three. Johnson totaled 61 and 53 receptions respectively in each of his two NFL seasons, but a lot of that was due to game flow and a game script that consistently had the Browns playing from behind. As this team improves, that may not be the case. With that in mind there has been some talk about utilizing Johnson out of the slot, which makes some sense. Even if Crowell misses time, it's hard to imagine Cleveland giving Johnson more than a 12-15 carries, and with a healthy Crowell he's going to top out in the 80-100 range on the season. He's more valuable as a PPR asset, where he should continue to post 55+ receptions each season.

36. D'Onta Foreman, HOU - Age 21 Injury Update

With such bad quarterback play from Brock Osweiler last season, the Texans leaned heavily on Lamar Miller from the jump. And the results were less than fantastic, as Houston's new feature back wore down quickly and missed the final two games of the season with injury. Enter third round pick D'onta Foreman, who was brought in as an upgrade over current backup running back Alfred Blue. While Blue hasn't been bad, he's in the final year of his rookie deal and just doesn't have the upside of a player like Foreman. But Foreman doesn't come into Texans camp without his own warts. Pass protection and ball security are known issues, and many would like to see the 235 pound back run with more authority and thump, as despite his size he had a tendency to dance a little too much. The battle between Blue and Foreman is one to keep an eye on, given the amount of running the Texans are expected to do this season. Long term Foreman should be able to capture the backup role for Houston and could see some added goalline and short yardage work.

37. Theo Riddick, DET - Age 26 Falling Stock

If all the attention Ameer Abdullah is getting is to be believed, then Riddick could see a shrinking workload in Detroit over the next few seasons. But so far Abdullah has failed to live up to the hype or to stay healthy, while Riddick has filled the receiving back role in the Lions offense with great success. The big negative here is that he gives Detroit nothing in the running game, averaging less than 3.7 yards per carry over four NFL seasons. Still, the Lions trust him in the passing game and he's logged 133 receptions in 26 games over the past two seasons, and that role isn't changing. He also scored all five of his 2016 touchdowns from inside the red zone. With the Lions looking to replace the production of Anquan Boldin near the goal line, he could see an uptick in chances there as well.

38. Thomas Rawls, SEA - Age 24 Falling Stock

Slowed coming into last year by the broken ankle that ended his 2015 season, Rawls never really on got on track in 2016. And even when he started to get healthy later in the season, he never looked like the same back we saw in his rookie season. By all accounts he looks back to his old self, but the Seahawks went out and signed Eddie Lacy this offseason, and 2016 third round pick, C.J. Prosise showed the ability to be an explosive receiving back last season. That leaves Rawls as the odd man out barring an injury or a Lacy implosion. Neither is out of the question. Still just 24 years old, we saw in 2015 what Rawls is capable of with a full workload, and should Lacy falter, Rawls will have an opportunity to seize the feature back role again, or at worst, split some of the work.

39. Joe Williams, SF - Age 24 Falling Stock

It's pretty clear that new 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan views Williams as a natural fit for his offensive scheme. And it will be interesting to see how this 49ers backfield scenario plays out. Starter Carlos Hyde was very good behind a pretty bad offensive line last season, but he's a poor fit for this offense and this regime has no loyalty to him. Williams on the other hand, is a speed back that has shown big play ability throughout his college career and was also handpicked by his head coach. He's going to get plenty of opportunities this season and in the future (Hyde is in the final year of his contract), but there are also quite a few red flags here, including enough off the field issues that he was left off of some draft boards this spring. Add in ball security concerns and a limited track record as a pass catcher, and Williams has one of the widest potential range of outcomes among NFL rookie running backs.

40. Jeremy Hill, CIN - Age 24 Injury Update

Since a surprising 2014 rookie campaign that saw him average better than 5.0 yards per carry and roll up more than 1100 rushing yards and 9 TDs, Hill has averaged less than 3.7 yards per carry on nearly 450 carries. That said, he's found the end zone 21 times in the past two seasons so he's maintained a fair amount of fantasy relevance. But the Bengals didn't use a second round pick on Joe Mixon so that he could sit around and watch Hill fall forward on first and second down. This offensive line is pretty bad, but Hill has had plenty of chances to prove he can overcome it, and it just hasn't happened. Mixon is going to cut into Hill's carries significantly, but his nose for the end zone should seem him retain some of the goal line and short yardage work, if only just for now.

41. Marlon Mack, IND - Age 21

The Colts used a fourth round pick on the dynamic Mack, as they continue to ride with 34 year old Frank Gore as their feature back. Mack ran behind some atrocious offensive lines at USF, and still managed to average more than a hundred yards per game over three seasons as the starter. That's a pretty good sign that he might be able to deliver on the promise Josh Ferguson didn't fulfill last season. While the coaching staff has been talking up Robert Turbin this offseason, heading into his age 28 season with his third NFL team, the career backup has never really flashed starter-type upside. A bit undersized, Mack isn't a banger and there are questions about his ball security and penchant for trying to turn every play into a home run, but he's hands down the most explosive running back on this depth chart.

42. Mike Gillislee, NE - Age 26

After two years in Buffalo, Gillislee enters his age 27 season with a chance to play a big role in the New England offense. In two seasons playing behind LeSean McCoy, Gillislee averaged 5.7 yards per carry and showed some ability in the passing game. When New England moved on from LeGarrette Blount this offseason, many expected the goal was to find a younger and cheaper big back with a little more upside. Instead the Pats signed Rex Burkhead and Gillislee. Subsequently, we learned that one of the team's frustrations with Blount was his lack of ability as a receiver. Essentially New England decided the player in the backfield was too telling to defenses about what might be coming their way. The Pats don't believe that's the case with Gillislee. That said, predicting New England's running back situation is a fool's errand. We should not expect Blount's crazy touchdown numbers here, and we know there are too many talented backs in the mix for Gillislee's role to get too big. But we also know when Belichick finds something that works he tends to roll with it. Gillislee is one of the more intriguing running backs to watch this season.

43. Latavius Murray, MIN - Age 27

Perhaps no player saw a post-draft tumble in value as much as Murray. Signed as the presumptive starter this offseason, he projected to get the bulk of the work running behind an improved Vikings offensive line. Instead, the Vikings traded up to draft Dalvin Cook, who has a serious opportunity to be an every down back. Offseason ankle surgery has actually put Murray behind Cook to start with, as he's yet to see the field in any offseason workouts. A best case scenario may just have the former Raider holding down the backup job with the addition of short yardage and goalline work.

44. Jamaal Williams, GB - Age 22

With Green Bay electing to continuing using Ty Montgomery as their top running back, the second string role will likely come down to a battle between Williams and fellow rookie Aaron Jones. Taken a round earlier, Williams probably has a slight edge here, but he's got a lot to prove. He's not really a plodder, but he's also not a guy that makes many people miss in the open field. He profiles as a physical back that will get what is blocked, but not a whole lot more due to his lack of both elusiveness and patience. With the Green Bay offense running through Rodgers he isn't going to be much more than a short yardage or change of pace option even if he does wind up backing up Montgomery. His biggest asset right off the bat is his readiness in pass protection. It's an area Montgomery struggled in last season, and if Williams has a chance to make some noise in the preseason that could be the differentiator.

45. Bilal Powell, NYJ - Age 28

Powell continued to be quietly impressive last season despite playing second fiddle to Matt Forte until late in the year. The veteran averaged 5.5 yards per carry on 131 rushes and caught 58 balls for 322 yards. It was the second most touches of his career. And despite his productivity the limited usage throughout his career so far makes him extremely interesting from a fantasy perspective, even in his age 29 season. If the Jets move on from Forte, then Powell would see the biggest uptick in value. There's a strong case to be made that based on last year he should open the season as the starter anyway.

46. Adrian Peterson, ARZ - Age 32

If we've learned one thing about the future Hall of Famer, it's not to underestimate a motivated Adrian Peterson. At 32 years old his career is winding down. But it's difficult to evaluate exactly how much, given that he spent last season running behind the worst offensive line in football. He's also never played with a quarterback on the level of Drew Brees, or in an offense like Sean Payton's. Without a doubt the AP hype-train is going to be running out of control into the preseason. But if the backfield winds up being a split between Peterson and Ingram with a little Alvin Kamara mixed in, Peterson has the upside to be a difference maker in any league format. That said, he's not without risk.

47. Charles Sims, TB - Age 26

With Doug Martin suspended for the first three games, Sims should be a safe bet to make the roster. But with the Bucs adding Jeremy McNichols in the draft and Sims entering the final season of his rookie contract, the writing is somewhat on the wall here. The former third round pick and pass catching specialist has struggled to stay healthy since coming into the league, and this offseason brought yet another surgery (shoulder). He has some appeal in deep dynasty formats if he can figure out how to stay healthy and land in a less crowded backfield next season.

48. Danny Woodhead, BAL - Age 32

The injury to Kenneth Dixon should catapult Woodhead up the rankings in redraft leagues, but we need to remember that this is still a 32 year old running back that over the past four seasons in San Diego, only played in 37 games and missed nearly two whole seasons due to significant injuries. But the Ravens brought him in for a reason, and Dixon's season ending injury should mean at least a handful more touches for the veteran. While Terrance West should handle the early down work, expect Woodhead to feature heavily into the passing game and in the red zone. Baltimore gave him a three year contract this offseason so there could be a couple more productive seasons in the former Chadron State running back.

49. James White, NE - Age 25

The Patriots Super Bowl hero got a contract extension this offseason that will keep him in New England through the 2020 season. And while the job security is nice for White, it means absolutely nothing from a fantasy standpoint. A far more effective receiver than runner, White figures to once again man the pass catching back role in the New England offense. But the offseason additions of Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee, along with a now healthier Dion Lewis make for an insanely crowded backfield. White has far more PPR appeal, but even then, it's going to be difficult to predict production week to week.

50. Rex Burkhead, NE - Age 27

Burkhead profiles as exactly the kind of versatile player the Patriots covet for the running back position. And his special teams ability may actually spell the end for Brandon Bolden in New England. He was a lot more exciting from a fantasy standpoint prior to the addition of Mike Gillislee, but he's still got a chance to bring some value in the passing game if James White or Dion Lewis miss extended time.

51. T.J. Yeldon, JAX - Age 23 Falling Stock

Just two seasons into his NFL career the Jags made it pretty clear they were giving up on the idea of Yeldon as a primary ball carrier. After struggling as the starter in his rookie season, Jacksonville added Chris Ivory last offseason to help lessen the load. But now that they've used a top five pick on Leonard Fournette, one of Ivory or Yeldon could very well see the chopping block. Odds are it's Yeldon that sticks. He's five years younger, the better receiver, and considerably cheaper. Durability has been a concern for Yeldon, but with Fournette shouldering the bulk of the rushing work he may actually become intriguing as a PPR option filling the passing downs role.

52. Marshawn Lynch, OAK - Age 31

The 31 year old Lynch didn't play a single snap last season after calling it a career in the wake of an injury plagued 2015 season in Seattle. Still, when healthy Lynch was effective that season and he's known as a bit of a workout warrior so expectations are that he'll come into camp in playing shape. He's an instant upgrade to the Oakland running game and is running behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. Coming out of retirement to try to help his hometown team reach the Super Bowl and playing with last season's breakout quarterback, Derek Carr, Lynch should be productive enough to warrant some serious short-term appeal, even if he doesn't project to have more than a season or two left.

53. Rob Kelley, WAS - Age 24 Falling Stock Injury Update

After making the Redskins 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie free agent, Kelley took over starting running back duties last season when Matt Jones' inability to protect the football finally became too much. He'll open the season as the starter again, but will need to fend off fourth round rookie Samaje Perine for the early down work. While that might happen initially, Perine is simply a more talented and explosive option so it's probably only a matter of time until he supplants Kelley. Still, don't count the second year pro out just yet. This time last year he wasn't even supposed to make the roster, let alone be the presumed starter.

54. Jeremy McNichols, SF - Age 21

McNichols probably doesn't figure prominently into the 2017 plans for Tampa Bay, but they are reportedly working on his pass catching with receiving back Charles Sims in the final season of his rookie deal. In the near term he should figure into the special teams mix with the two biggest red flags being his pass protection and ball security. But even with Doug Martin missing the first three games due to suspension, it would take an eye-popping preseason from McNichols or injuries to Sims or Jacquizz Rodgers for him to find the field regularly in 2017.

55. Jamaal Charles, DEN - Age 30

Charles is a boom or bust running back option in the short-term and isn't likely to hold much long-term dynasty value. A former top five fantasy back, Charles has reportedly looked good in offseason workouts and has voiced confidence that he's back to his old self. Still, the veteran will turn 31 years old in December, has torn both ACLs, and required offseason procedures to clean up both knees. He's clearly a more talented back than C.J. Anderson, but age and injury history are working against him. That said, if he can catch some lightning in a bottle in Denver, he could be a serviceable RB2 or flex option with enough touches.

56. Devontae Booker, DEN - Age 25 Injury Update

In a timeshare early last season Booker looked fantastic as he pushed for more work in the second half. But when he finally got it in the wake of C.J. Anderson's injury, the rookie failed to capitalize. Now he enters the 2017 preseason with a fractured wrist that will require surgery, with a best case scenario seeing him miss camp and possibly recover in time for Week 1. With Anderson's return and the Broncos adding veteran Jamaal Charles, Booker figures to be mired at the back end of the depth chart for now.

57. Jerick McKinnon, MIN - Age 25

A perennial breakout running back candidate, McKinnon has long been a favorite of the fantasy community due to his crazy high SPARQ score coming into the league. And despite flashing upside at times, the fourth year pro has largely been a disappointment despite a seemingly endless string of opportunities. After Adrian Peterson's injury McKinnon finished the year as the starter, but the signing of Latavius Murray and the drafting of Dalvin Cook is a clear indicator that the organization doesn't view McKinnon as a lead back. He should open the season third on the depth chart and any fantasy value will be closely tied to how quickly Cook picks up the offense or how much he struggles in pass protection.

58. Jonathan Stewart, CAR - Age 30

Stewart's value has taken a serious hit in redraft leagues due to the hype surrounding rookie Christian McCaffrey. But the Panthers aren't just bailing on Stewart, and the veteran back is still a strong bet to handle between 150-200 carries this season. He hasn't been a big contributor in the passing game in years and is heading into his age 30 season. And while health has routinely been a concern throughout his career, it's worth noting that Stewart has now played in 13 of 16 games for three straight seasons. On the wrong side of thirty, he probably only has one or two more years of production ahead of him, but he's certainly going overlooked ahead of the 2017 season.

59. Aaron Jones, GB - Age 22 Injury Update

A fifth round pick, Jones will challenge fellow rookie Jamaal Williams for the backup role in the Green Bay backfield. While Williams is a grinder, Jones has the ability to be a home run hitter as the smaller and more explosive of the two. More than likely he winds up third on the depth chart to start the season. Although he's not quite big enough to profile as an every down back in the NFL, it's worth noting that after Ty Montgomery he's probably the best pass catching running back on the roster.

60. Frank Gore, IND - Age 34

Heading into his age 34 season Gore remains the lead back for this Colts offense despite losing a step the past few seasons. That said, he has remained a productive back for fantasy purposes and should once again threaten 300 touches. Obviously there's not much long term value here and a little noise was made about his red zone ineffectiveness last season so he may lose some carries there to Robert Turbin. Even without an heir apparent in Indianapolis, father time is going to catch up to Gore soon.

61. Dion Lewis, NE - Age 26

There's no denying that Lewis is a dynamic runner and receiver, but injuries have taken their toll throughout the course of his NFL career. Predicting New England back usage is the stuff of fantasy nightmares, but the offseason additions of Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee, all but ensure Lewis's snap count will be held in check going forward. He probably needs an injury to James White to make a run at serious fantasy value for the Patriots.

62. DeAndre Washington, OAK - Age 24

The addition of Marshawn Lynch ends any chance of Washington seeing a big bump in carries in the near term. Instead, this backfield should look similar to last season, with Lynch taking over the Latavius Murray role and Washington splitting receiving and change of pace duties with Jalen Richard.

63. James Conner, PIT - Age 22

Veteran DeAngelo Williams was sent packing this offseason, and despite being a top tier fantasy running back, Le'Veon Bell has only played all 16 games once in his four year NFL career. Obviously the Steelers thought Conner was up to the task, as they spent an early third round pick on the former ACC Player of the Year. There's no doubting Conner's resilience, as his story of beating cancer and returning to the field last season is well documented. But most teams didn't have him ranked nearly as high on their draft boards. Still, one has to think the Steelers know exactly what they're getting in the former Pitt Panther and likely view him as more than the short yardage and goal line option he's often been pegged as.

64. Matt Forte, NYJ - Age 31 Injury Update

Entering his age 32 season playing in the worst offense in the NFL, it's hard to envision Forte carrying much fantasy value at all. A borderline Hall of Famer, for a better team it's feasible that Forte could carve out a role as a change of pace/receiving back down the line. And maybe that's what the Jets are waiting for at this point. After cutting most of their big name veterans this offseason, it's possible New York is hoping a preseason running back injury or two pumps up Forte's value enough to get a draft pick back rather than cutting him outright. Then again, maybe they've decided to keep him around for one more year. Either way, his best days are behind him.

65. Alex Collins, BAL - Age 23
66. Wayne Gallman, NYG - Age 22

With Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen all but locked into the top of the Giants depth chart, Gallman will be fighting it out with Orleans Darkwa and Shaun Draughn for a roster spot. Not blessed with elite athleticism, Gallman doesn't have a high ceiling. But he's a better runner than Draughn and a better receiver than Darkwa so he's at least intriguing in that he has the potential to challenge Perkins for touches.

67. Jonathan Williams, DEN - Age 23

Prior to Mike Gillislee jumping ship, Williams was barely on the fantasy radar. Now he finds himself in line for the backup role in a running back heavy offense. Williams will still need to convince the new regime that he can handle the job if McCoy misses time, but if he can't hold off Mike Tolbert and Jonathan Banyard in camp then he's not worth of a roster spot in anything but the deepest dynasty formats anyway. He has some sneaky dynasty format and is a player to watch in the preseason.

68. LeGarrette Blount, PHI - Age 30

Entering the season at 31 years old, Blount figures to be the early downs rusher in a far less effective offense than the one he saw so much success in the past four seasons in New England. Coming off a 300+ touch season where he found the end zone 18 times, the Eagles are looking for around half that many carries, but will gladly take half as many touchdowns. Much like in New England, Blount will cede passing downs to players like Darren Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey, but Wendell Smallwood still lurks and the Eagles added Corey Clement ahead of camp as well. Blount has little dynasty value and needs to fall a ways in redraft leagues to be worth the gamble.

69. Jalen Richard, OAK - Age 23

The addition of Marshawn Lynch ends any chance of Richard seeing a big bump in carries in the near term. Instead, this backfield should look similar to last season, with Lynch taking over the Latavius Murray role and Richard splitting receiving and change of pace duties with DeAndre Washington.

70. Terrance West, BAL - Age 26 Injury Update

West moves up redraft boards with the injury to Kenneth Dixon a season ending one. All but entrenched now in the early down role, West is still a plodder on a team with a shaky defense and questions on the offensive line. There's a reason Baltimore led the league in pass attempts in each of the past two seasons, and West's ineffectiveness figures more prominently into the causes than it does the results.

71. Wendell Smallwood, PHI - Age 23

The addition of Corey Clement to the roster doesn't exactly signal confidence in Smallwood as the early downs runner behind LeGarrette Blount. Still, there are plenty in Philadelphia who think Smallwood may wind up out-touching Blount before the season is over. Still, Smallwood is mired in a crowded backfield on a roster that is going to carry two dedicated receiving backs. It's hard to envision much fantasy value without a significant injury ahead of him on the depth chart.

72. Shane Vereen, NYG - Age 28

Vereen is relegated to the passing downs and change of pace "light" role in this offense (he won't top 60-65 carries). While the Giants could make better use of him, the addition of Brandon Marshall and Evan Ingram suggests that won't be the case. He's never really seemed to fit in this offense and has played in just 63 games over six NFL seasons so it's probably only a matter of time before he goes down again.

73. Donnel Pumphrey, PHI - Age 22

The diminutive Pumphrey was projected as the heir apparent to Darren Sproles when the Eagles selected him in the fourth round. That said, it feels like Sproles has had quite a few "heirs" over the course of his career. Still, reports are that Pumphrey has been outstanding so far, and he should eventually take over the receiving and change of pace role in this backfield.

74. Kenyan Drake, MIA - Age 23

With Ajayi locking down the starter's job with his play last season, Drake should have the inside track on the backup job in Miami. He also should see more touches as the change of pace back and as a receiver. Still, this is a run-first offense that is going to feature Ajayi so barring an injury, Drake is going to be hard pressed to crack triple-digit touches on the season.

75. Elijah McGuire, NYJ - Age 23

McGuire isn't big enough to be an every down back in the NFL, but he was a highly productive college player for four seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette. Finishing his career as the all-purpose yards leader in school history, McGuire projects as a pass catching and change of pace back at the pro level. And given the absence of talent up and down the Jets roster, there's a strong chance the rookie will have an opportunity to compete for at least some playing time in year one.

76. Darren McFadden, DAL - Age 30

Every negative Ezekiel Elliott report pushes McFadden up just a tick on the draft board this preseason. While he missed most of 2016, he's still a capable veteran runner playing behind an impressive offensive line. If Elliott misses any time then McFadden likely projects as a borderline RB1 for those weeks. But don't overpay for him in dynasty formats as he's still an injury prone 30 year old running back playing on a one year deal.

77. Robert Turbin, IND - Age 27 Injury Update

This is Turbin's third NFL stop, but he finally showed some red zone production last season and has the Indy coaches talking up his prospects for 2017. While this may be the aging Frank Gore effect (it's hard not to look explosive next to Gore at this point), if the rhetoric is to be believed then Turbin could carve out a nice role as a runner and receiver in the smaller portion of a backfield timeshare for the Colts.

78. Jeremy Langford, BAL - Age 25

After offseason ankle surgery, Langford will need to hold off Ka'Deem Carey in camp to secure his roster spot. Diminutive rookie Tarik Cohen profiles as an explosive change of pace and pass catching specialist, and that's largely the role Benny Cunningham (also on this roster) has played throughout his career as well. Langford isn't going to see much work playing behind second year stud Jordan Howard, but he's probably the only back left on the roster that could slide in and take a full complement of snaps in the wake of a multi-week Jordan absence.

79. Chris Ivory, JAX - Age 29

With Fournette locked into the early down role and Yeldon the better pass catcher, Ivory is essentially a highly overpaid RB3 for the Jags heading into the season. It's possible that Jacksonville cuts bait here, but the more likely scenario has them hanging onto Ivory for one more season, as new head of football operations and former Giants head coach, Tom Coughlin is notoriously distrustful of rookies and probably sees Ivory as a worthwhile insurance policy.

80. Zach Zenner, DET - Age 25

Zenner filled in admirably late in the season, but he's just depth for the Lions at this point. He needs to hold off intriguing second year back Dwayne Washington and new addition Matt Asiata to remain third on the running back depth chart in Detroit. He's the odds on favorite to secure the short yardage and goalline role.

81. Darren Sproles, PHI - Age 34 Injury Update

Another of the Eagles running back committee, Sproles is technically the lead back in this offense. But at 34 years old and in the final year of his contract, the veteran back is likely going to cede some work to rookie Donnel Pumphrey as the season wears on. Philadelphia's backfield is awfully crowded to start with, and Sproles isn't a strong bet to top 150 touches in what could be his final NFL season.

82. Chris Thompson, WAS - Age 26

You know Jay Gruden and the Redskins believe in Thompson because they tendered him at nearly $3 million this offseason as a restricted free agent. Strictly a third down back, Thompson has shown the explosiveness to be a dynamic weapon out of the backfield. With the early down work going to some combination of Robert Kelley and Samaje Perine, Thompson will see nearly all the passing downs work and should threaten to repeat or exceed his 49 receptions from last season.

83. Elijah Hood, OAK - Age 21
84. Brian Hill, ATL - Age 21
85. Tyler Ervin, HOU - Age 23
86. Ryan Mathews, PHI - Age 29 Injury Update
87. Dwayne Washington, DET - Age 23
88. DeAngelo Henderson, DEN - Age 24
89. Christine Michael, IND - Age 26
90. Matt Jones, IND - Age 24
91. Kapri Bibbs, SF - Age 24
92. Jacquizz Rodgers, TB - Age 27
93. Benny Cunningham, CHI - Age 27 Injury Update
94. Josh Ferguson, IND - Age 24
95. Rashad Jennings, - Age 32
96. Kyle Juszczyk, SF - Age 26
97. Javorius Allen, BAL - Age 26 Rising Stock
98. Corey Clement, PHI - Age 22
99. Charcandrick West, KC - Age 26
100. Cameron Artis-Payne, CAR - Age 25
101. Andre Ellington, ARZ - Age 28 Rising Stock
102. Kenneth Farrow, LAC - Age 24
103. DeAngelo Williams, - Age 34 Injury Update
104. Lance Dunbar, LAR - Age 27 Injury Update
105. Daniel Lasco, NWO - Age 24
106. Branden Oliver, LAC - Age 26
107. Alfred Morris, DAL - Age 28
108. Shaun Draughn, NYG - Age 29
109. Keith Marshall, WAS - Age 23
110. Damien Williams, MIA - Age 25
111. Travaris Cadet, NYJ - Age 28
112. D.J. Foster, ARZ - Age 23
113. Matthew Dayes, CLE - Age 22
114. Ronnie Hillman, - Age 25
115. C.J. Spiller, KC - Age 30
116. Orleans Darkwa, NYG - Age 25
117. Ka'Deem Carey, CHI - Age 24
118. Alfred Blue, HOU - Age 26
119. Lorenzo Taliaferro, BAL - Age 25
120. Fozzy Whittaker, CAR
121. Kenjon Barner, PHI - Age 28

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