2013 DRAFT GUIDE
By Jeff Paur
Senior Fantasy Writer
Realtime Fantasy Sports

Running Backs:

When it comes to fantasy, the running back position is a top priority. And this will be the case even more this season. The top five or so backs really stand out over the other options. These guys will go fast come draft day, and teams having them will have an advantage over their opponents. There just aren't that many elite backs any more, especially with more teams using a two-back approach or throwing on nearly every down.

But there are other options out there with potential after those top guys are gone. Who is the Alfred Morris of this season? Lamar Miller is one guy capable of posting big numbers. He is the favorite to start in Miami and should be playing in a much better offense. Another guy to watch is David Wilson, who will get his chance to start for the Giants. New York has produced some solid fantasy backs throughout the years. So there are options out there after those top guys are gone. Don't give up hope if you don't get an early-round pick.

Updated: 02/26/14
 #1  Adrian Peterson$39  Yr: 2012  TDs: 12  Yds: 2097  Rush: 348MinnesotaBye: 5 
 
Player News:
There were concerns Peterson wouldn't be healthy to start last season after returning from an ACL injury. He surprised everyone by starting from day one. Peterson did start a little slow but looked better than ever after a few weeks of the season. In fact, he had one of the best seasons for a running back in the history of the NFL, which is amazing if you consider the circumstances. He also played some of the season with a sports hernia, which he said slowed him some. Even with all that, Peterson topped 2,000-rushing yards. He topped the 100-yard mark 10 times, including two games with 200-plus yards. He was unstoppable much of the season. The Vikings struggled throwing the ball, so teams focused on stopping Peterson about every week and still couldn't. Peterson looks like a man among boys. He could be even stronger this season, a year removed from surgery and over his sports hernia. This has to be scary for NFL teams. Peterson has six 1,000-yard seasons and double-digit touchdowns every year in the NFL. Peterson is as explosive as any back in the game. He can run over tacklers but also has great speed to break a big play every time he touches the ball. Peterson also is an improving receiver, having 20-plus receptions four times during his career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Peterson is our No. 1 rated player this season. He has more upside for the huge game than any player in the game. He can carry a team any given week because of his big-game potential. We aren't sure he can top 2,000-rushing yards again but we wouldn't put it past him. He is good for double-digit scores and huge yardage totals. He can get 2,400 or so total yards and 16 touchdowns in 2013.

 #2  Jamaal Charles$34  Yr: 2012  TDs: 5  Yds: 1509  Rush: 285Kansas CityBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Charles returned from serious knee injury and looked about as good as ever last season. He had a career high in rushing yards (1,509) and finished with 1,745 total yards. The only knock on Charles was he scored just six touchdowns. But the rest of his game looked just fine, topping the 100-yard mark seven times. He even had two 200-yard rushing games. Charles was his usual explosive self. He'll continue to carry the load in the Chiefs' offense, an offense that should be better with Andy Reid running the show. Charles should play a similar role to LeSean McCoy for Reid. He'll get plenty of touches as both a runner and receiver. Charles has top speed, great moves and even runs with some power despite weighing less than 200 pounds. He is the complete package at running back. Charles also catches the ball well, having 27 or more receptions in his full seasons.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Charles has huge upside for 2013. You have to like his chances for a career season in this new offense. We wouldn't be surprised to see him be a top-five fantasy back before it is all said and done. The only concern is his touchdowns. If he can get some more goal-line work, he could be a fantasy force. But for now, expect around 2,000 total yards and 10 touchdowns.

 #3  LeSean McCoy$31  Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 840  Rush: 200PhiladelphiaBye: 12 
 
Player News:
The injury bug hit McCoy for really the first time in his career last season, missing four games because of a concussion. But his overall season was disappointing, much like his team. McCoy posted fine numbers overall but his season was way down compared to the previous year. He scored just five touchdowns after having 20 the previous year. McCoy did top 1,000 total yards in just 12 games, though, averaging 101 total yards per game. He averages 1,503 total yards per season the last three years. He moves to a new offense this year but should still be a big part of the offense. His rushing totals could go up some with a few more chances. And Chip Kelly has a history of producing big offenses, which bodes well for McCoy's yardage and touchdown totals. He is 25 years old and in the prime of his career. McCoy is an elusive back with great hands. He just makes plays in space. McCoy also is a much better runner these days between the tackles, making some tough runs throughout the past few seasons.

Fantasy Outlook:  
McCoy might be overlooked some after last season but we still love his upside going forward. He has huge yardage potential in this offense. We wouldn't be surprised to see him break the 2,000-yard mark for total yards. He probably won't score 20 touchdowns again but can get double-digit scores. He is a top-five pick come draft day.

 #4  Matt Forte$19  Yr: 2012  TDs: 5  Yds: 1094  Rush: 248ChicagoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Forte enjoyed his third 1,000-yard season of his career, finishing with just more than 1,400 total yards. He had just three 100-yard rushing games but averaged 95.6 total yards per game. He got consistent work in the offense once again as the lead back for the Bears. He did miss out on goal-line work, though, and scored just six touchdowns. Forte has double-digit touchdowns just once in his career, his rookie season. Forte has good size and runs hard. He isn't a huge big-play back but will make the occasional big play. He'll churn out some tough yards and make a lot of plays out of the backfield as a receiver. Forte is a solid overall NFL back.

Fantasy Outlook:  
His lack of scores his hurts his value, which should be the case once again this year. He'll get you nice yardage totals but his touchdowns will be below average for a top fantasy back. He can get 1,700 or so total yards and seven touchdowns. Consider him a low-end No. 1 or top No. 2 back come draft day.

 #5  Marshawn Lynch$28  Yr: 2012  TDs: 11  Yds: 1590  Rush: 315SeattleBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Lynch had his best season as a pro last year, once again producing big numbers as the Seahawks top back. He topped 1,500-rushing yards for the first time in his score and scored 12 touchdowns. He had an amazing 10, 100-yard rushing games. Lynch was so consistent for the Seahawks. He took advantage of the new offense with Russell Wilson at the helm, which opened even more holes for Lynch. He has two straight 1,000 yard, double-digit touchdown seasons with the Seahawks. And at age 27, Lynch still has some good seasons left as the Seahawks No. 1 back. Lynch is a big back with top speed and big-play ability. He also is a pretty good receiver out of the backfield. He used to battle consistency issues but that doesn't seem to be an issue anymore.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Lynch might have a hard time topping last season but we like his chances for another big season. He is a solid No. 1 back that you can get after the top guys are gone. We would feel fine about getting Lynch at the end of the first or early second round. He is a dependable option in an emerging offense. Expect around 1,600 or so total yards and double-digit touchdowns.

 #6  Eddie Lacy$11  Green BayBye: 4 
 
Player News:
The Packers finally got a legit starting running back, drafting Lacy in the second round of this year's draft. He'll take over as the No. 1 back from day one for Green Bay. He has some injury concerns but is a perfect three-down back when healthy. He has great size for the position and runs with a lot of power. He isn't a finesse back but has pretty good moves in space but does his best work between the tackles. He also isn't a bad receiver, having the ability to make plays out of the backfield. Lacy isn't the best blocker, though, and lacks some elite speed.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Lacy isn't going to get a ton of work in this offense but should get near 20 touches per game as long as he can stay healthy. He is a solid No. 2 for fantasy teams. We are looking for around 1,200 total yards and near double-digit scores his rookie season. He has plenty of upside in this offense but his yardage totals could be a little up and down, considering the Packers are a pass-first team.

 #7  Doug Martin$36  Yr: 2012  TDs: 11  Yds: 1454  Rush: 319Tampa BayBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Martin won the starting job before last season and never looked back, having a huge rookie season for the Bucs. He is going to be the franchise back in Tampa for years to come. Martin rushed for nearly 1,500 yards and had about 500-receiving yards, giving him 1,926 total yards and 12 touchdowns. He had five 100-yard games, including a monster 251-yard performance in Week 9. Martin had more than 50-rushing yards all but two games, showing consistency about the entire season. Martin is about the complete package at running back. He does well between the tackles but also has the speed to break plays to the outside. He isn't a huge back but runs with some power and has good moves in the open field. He also is a good receiver out of the backfield, giving him another way to touch the ball often.

Fantasy Outlook:  
We already consider Martin an elite fantasy back. He does it all - gets yard, TDs and receptions. Expect him to build on last season. He can top 2,000 total yards and score double-digit touchdowns. Consider him a first-round pick capable of leading all running backs in fantasy scoring. Martin is the real deal.

 #8  Montee Ball$7  DenverBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Ball was drafted by the Broncos and could be their No. 1 back his rookie season. He is an every-down back that runs hard and does well between the tackles. He isn't a flashy back but hits the hole hard and churns out the yards. He lacks a little breakaway speed, though, and had a lot of work in college, which is a concern going forward. Ball catches the ball pretty well and will need to show he can block out of the backfield if he hopes to gain the trust of Peyton Manning in this pass-first offense.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Ball has some upside in this offense, especially for touchdowns. He could be a little hit or miss with his production because the Broncos throw often but you have to think he can get 1,200 or so total yards and eight touchdowns. He is worth a look as a No. 2 back.

 #9  Le'Veon Bell$3  PittsburghBye: 5 
 
Player News:
The Steelers used a second-round pick on Bell in hopes of finding their starting back for the next several seasons. He'll be given first crack at the starting job this season. Bell is a huge back with strength and speed. He will run over defenders but also has good moves in space. Bell does lack some breakaway speed, though, and isn't great in pass protection just yet. He also isn't a great pass catcher just yet, which will have to change if he hopes to be a full-time starting back in this league.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
Bell is the back to own in Pittsburgh this season. But keep in mind that the Steelers haven't produced a solid fantasy running back in several seasons. While Bell has upside, don't expect huge numbers in this offense. We like him for around 1,200 yards with seven or so touchdowns. He is worth a look as a low-end No. 2 or top No. 3 fantasy back.

 #10  DeMarco Murray$17  Yr: 2012  TDs: 4  Yds: 663  Rush: 161DallasBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Murray missed six games because of a foot injury but still managed 914 yards in 10 games. He was very productive when healthy. Murray had just one 100-yard game but more than 70 yards five of 10 games. He also had at least four receptions six times. He was a big part of the passing attack. Murray will continue to be the workhorse back in the Cowboys' offense going forward. His big issue has been staying healthy, missing nine games in two seasons. But when healthy, he is a difference maker. Murray is the complete package at running back. He is a home-run threat every time he touches the ball. Murray isn't a huge back but has decent strength. He has elite speed and great moves in the open field. Murray also is a very good receiver out of the backfield.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Health is the big issue with Murray. If he can make it through a full season, he can be an elite fantasy back. But it is tough taking him too high come draft day because of his health issues. Consider him a low-end No. 1 back with high upside. We think he can get 1,600 total yards and double-digit scores if all goes well for him.

 #11  Arian Foster$32  Yr: 2012  TDs: 15  Yds: 1424  Rush: 351HoustonBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Foster had another big season, topping 1,400-rushing yards while scoring double-digit touchdowns. He had at least 1,600 total yards and 12 touchdowns for the third straight season. Foster did have a career high 351 carries, which is a concern. He had at least 25 carries seven times and showed some signs of slowing down late in the season, having fewer than 50-rushing yards three of the last five games. But for the year, he had seven 100-yard games and scored touchdowns all but three games. He was the driving force in the Texans' offense once again and should be once again in 2013. Foster is 27 years old and in the prime of his career. But he has a ton of carries the last three seasons, so look for the Texans to try to lessen his load some to keep him fresh all year. Foster might be the most complete back in the game right now. The Texans blocking scheme is a perfect fit for Foster, who cuts as well as any back in the game. Foster has size, speed, vision and plus hands.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
Foster is as consistent as any fantasy back in the game. He gets a ton of work and produces good yardage totals while finding the end zone on a regular basis. You can make a case for him to be the top pick this year but likely will be No. 2 or 3 in most drafts. We think the Texans have to lighten his load some but that might not be a bad thing for him. Less carries could keep his legs fresh for those big runs. We think Foster can get 1,800 or so total yards and 18 touchdowns.

 #12  Alfred Morris$25  Yr: 2012  TDs: 13  Yds: 1613  Rush: 335WashingtonBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Morris was a big surprise, grabbing the starting job before his rookie season and posting big weekly numbers. He had a huge rookie year, rushing for more than 1,600 and 13 touchdowns. He had seven 100-yard games and he had fewer than 50-rushing yards just once all year. Morris was a perfect fit for the Redskins running game. He sets up his blocks well and is great between the tackles. He doesn't have breakaway speed but enough to make some big plays. He showed a little more big-play ability than expected. Morris isn't much of a receiver, though, having 11 receptions. This might be his one weakness right now but has plenty of time to improve on that. He should be the No. 1 back for the Redskins for years to come.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Morris is a top-10 fantasy back. We think he can get 1,800 or 1,900 total yards and 14 total touchdowns in this emerging offense. He is the perfect back for the Redskins right now. His only knock is a lack of receptions, which knocks his value down some in PPR formats.

 #13  Giovani Bernard$8  CincinnatiBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Bernard is likely going to split time with BenJarvus Green-Ellis at running back this season but is the future at the position for the team. He should be the No. 1 back in another season or two. He doesn't have great size at running back but has quick feet and does well in space. He does run pretty well between the tackles despite not being the biggest back, though. He also catches the ball well out of the backfield and is a top return man. He should get plenty of touches his rookie season as a running back and in the return game.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Bernard has some total yardage potential his rookie season. He could help as a flex play this season for fantasy teams. We are looking for a season with around 1,000 total yards and five touchdowns. He should be a bigger fantasy factor in another season or two when Green-Ellis isn't around.

 #14  Chris Johnson$19  Yr: 2012  TDs: 6  Yds: 1243  Rush: 276New York JetsBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Johnson had another season all over the place. The good news was he topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark and had nearly 1,500 total yards. He had five 100-yard games and five games with fewer than 30-rushing yards. Johnson continues to battle consistency issues the last few seasons. He remains a big-play threat every time he touches the ball but struggles some because of this. Instead of taking the yards given to him, he tries to hit the home run too much and gains next to nothing many times when trying that. He remains the starter in Tennessee, though, and should continue to get the bulk of the carries. Johnson has hit the 1,000-yard mark every season in the NFL. He averages 1,709 total yards and 10 touchdowns per season. Johnson has explosive speed and great moves in the open field. He also runs with a little power for a back of his size. Johnson also is a very good receiver, catching at least 36 passes each of his first five seasons in the league. But as mentioned, he has lacked consistency the last few seasons, not playing near the level of early in his career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Johnson is scary for fantasy teams because he is so boom or bust. It is tough to take him since you are going to have to use such a high pick on him. But he will get his yards and scores in the end. We consider him a low-end No. 1 back. He isn't in that elite category anymore. Look for a season with around 1,500 total yards and eight touchdowns.

 #15  C.J. Spiller$36  Yr: 2012  TDs: 6  Yds: 1244  Rush: 207BuffaloBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Spiller was the starter much of the year for the Bills and had a breakout season in that role. He had his first 1,000-yard rushing season and finished with 1,703 total yards and eight touchdowns. He had 11 games with more than 100 total yards. He was a consistent factor in the offense, capable of the huge game any given week. Spiller averaged an amazing 6.0 yards per carry, showing his big-play ability. He topped 1,000-rushing yards on just 207 carries. Spiller should get even more work this season, serving as the starter from day one for the Bills. Spiller is a dynamic player because of his speed and big-play ability. He does lack the ideal bulk for an every-down back but has shown the last few years he can handle starter duties. Spiller also does well as a receiver, catching 106 passes in three seasons. He is the complete package at running back for the Bills.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Spiller is a legit first-round pick and top-10 fantasy back for the coming season. He has huge total yardage potential and should be the focal point of the Bills new offense. A season with around 2,000 total yards and double-digit scores seems realistic for Spiller in 2013.

 #16  Zac Stacy St LouisBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Stacy adds another running back to the mix for the Rams. He'll compete for playing time with Isaiah Pead and Darryl Richardson. He gives the Rams a little different look at running back. He runs with more power and is a solid between the tackles runner. He also catches the ball pretty well. Stacy has just so-so moves in the open field, though, and isn't a huge home-run threat at the position. He seems likely to open the season as the No. 3 back for the Rams.

Fantasy Outlook: Sleeper
Stacy could surprise before the season is out but probably isn't worth a draft pick this season. He is more waiver-wire material. Stacy seems setup for sporadic work in the offense. He could get about 450 total yards and a score or two.

 #17  Knowshon Moreno$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 4  Yds: 525  Rush: 138MiamiBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Moreno was inactive much of the year, falling way down the depth chart, but eventually found his way into the starting lineup before the season was out. And Moreno did well in a starting role, having 100-plus total yards four of the last six games. He finished the year with 695 total yards in eight games and barely saw the field in two of those games. Moreno played well with his chances, showing he can still be a legit player in the NFL. Moreno has two seasons with 1,000-plus total yards but those came his first two seasons in the league. He has been trying to work his way back into a bigger role, which he likely did last season. Moreno is a big-play back with top speed but also enough size to move the pile. He still lacks consistency, though, and needs to be more patient running the ball. And his ability to stay healthy is a concern as Moreno has played a full season just once in four years.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Moreno has some ability but we don't see him getting the chances this season to produce like he did last year. He will be a spot play as much as anything. He has some total yardage potential. Expect a season with around 700 or so total yards and a few scores.

 #18  Maurice Jones-Drew$17  Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 414  Rush: 86OaklandBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Jones-Drew had the injury bug hit him for the first time in his career last season. He hurt his foot in Week 6 and didn't play again, eventually needing surgery to repair the injury. Jones-Drew had 500 total yards and two touchdowns in six games before the injury, posting his usual good numbers once again. Jones-Drew remains the No. 1 back in the Jaguars' offense, a new offense this year that will incorporate a zone-blocking scheme. This probably is a pretty good fit for Jones-Drew, who should be able to run well in this system. Jones-Drew has three 1,000-yard seasons and double-digit touchdowns four of seven seasons. Jones-Drew is the complete package at running back. He has top speed, great moves and can also run with some power. Jones-Drew also does a great job as a receiver out of the backfield, having 40 or more receptions all but two seasons.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
You have to be somewhat concerned he will start to breakdown, especially after last season. He has a lot of work under his belt in seven seasons. We don't see him as the elite back of past seasons. He is more of a low-end No. 1 or top No. 2 back. He can get 1,700 or so yards and nine touchdowns if he is able to stay healthy. Just don't expect the monster seasons of past years. Last year could be the start of a downward trend for Jones-Drew.

 #19  Reggie Bush$16  Yr: 2012  TDs: 6  Yds: 986  Rush: 227DetroitBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Bush failed to top 1,000-rushing yards last year but still had a solid season, going over 1,000 total yards and scoring eight touchdowns. He had just two 100-yard games but averaged 4.3 yards per carry and had 35 receptions. He has two straight 1,000 total yard seasons as the primary back for the Dolphins. Bush has proven the last few seasons he can be a successful starter in the NFL after struggling in that role early in his career. And at age 28, he still has some good seasons left as a primary back in this league. Bush becomes the starter in Detroit this season. He'll be the lead back for the Lions and should get plenty of work as both a rusher and receiver. Bush is an explosive back with lightning quick moves and speed. His past consistency issues might be a thing of the past after last season. Bush is a big-time playmaker in the open field. He has struggled with injuries throughout his career, playing a full season twice in seven years.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Bush has been pretty consistent the last few seasons. He gets overlooked at times but has even better fantasy value this season with is move to the Lions. His receptions potential is huge in this offense. Bush could lead all fantasy backs in receptions. He is a top No. 2 back for fantasy teams and even has value as a No. 1 back in PPR formats. He can get 1,400 or so total yards and near double-digit scores this season.

 #20  Ryan Mathews$13  Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 707  Rush: 184San DiegoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Mathews failed to build on the momentum of the previous season, struggling much of last year. He missed more time because of injury and rushed for just 707 yards in 12 games. He also scored just one touchdown, another huge disappointment. Mathews averaged less than four yards per carry for the first time in his career (3.8). Mathews has one 1,000-yard season in his career but less than 710-rushing yards his other two seasons. He has missed games each of his first three seasons in the league, failing to shed his injury-prone label. This season could be a make or break season for Mathews. He will need to prove he is a legit starter than can be trusted in this league. He will get to play in a new offense, though, which could be a good thing for him. A fresh start could help jumpstart his career. Mathews certainly has the ability to be a top player. He runs with power, but also has good speed and explosiveness, a rare combination at running back. Mathews doesn't have great moves in the open field but still has some big-play ability. Mathews does well as a blocker and is a capable receiver.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Please don't take him as a No. 1 back despite his upside. Take him as a No. 2 and hope all finally goes well for him. He certainly is capable of helping fantasy teams. We would temper expectations, though. If - and that is a big if - he can stay healthy, we think he can get 1,400 or so total yards and eight touchdowns.

 #21  Andre Ellington ArizonaBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Ellington is setup to be the top change-of-pace back for the Cardinals. He has top speed and moves for the running back spot and catches the ball well out of the backfield. He lacks the size to be an every-down back but can help in spot duty. Ellington is a playmaker that can make big plays, especially when given space to run.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Ellington won't get a ton of work in his role with the Cardinals this year but could get around 300 total yards and 20 receptions. He'll get some chances to break some big plays. We just don't see him getting enough touches to help fantasy teams.

 #22  Steven Jackson$22  Yr: 2012  TDs: 4  Yds: 1042  Rush: 257AtlantaBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Jackson had his eighth straight 1,000-yard season. He started the season a little slow, splitting some work with rookie Daryl Richardson, but got much of the work late in the year and carried the offense at times. Jackson had 80-plus total yards seven of the last eight games. He proved he still has something left in the tank and can carry a heavy load at running back. Jackson will be 30 years old when the season starts and has 2,395 carries under his belt. You have to wonder if he can continue to play at this current pace. He has to slow down sooner or later, right? He might be best suited for more of a time share at this stage of his career but should get most of the work at running back for his new team this season, the Falcons. He'll be the go-to back in the Falcons high-powered offense. Jackson is the complete package at running back. He has enough speed to break a play to the outside but also isn't afraid to run over a would-be tackler. Jackson is as big as some linebackers, making him a scary proposition for defenses. He does lack a little big-play ability, though, because he isn't as fast as he used to be.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Jackson produced just fine last year but wasn't a great fantasy play, scoring just four touchdowns. He hasn't found the end zone on a regular basis the last few seasons, scoring 20 touchdowns the last four years, but that should change this season in a much better offense. Consider him a low-end No. 1 or top No. 2 back, mainly because of his huge total yardage potential. He can have another 1,000-yard season with the Falcons and score double-digit touchdowns, producing some of the better numbers of his career.

 #23  Ray Rice$28  Yr: 2012  TDs: 9  Yds: 1143  Rush: 257BaltimoreBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Rice had his lowest totals since his rookie year but still produced well, getting 1,621 yards and 10 total touchdowns. So even in a down year for his standards, Rice was among the best backs in the game, averaging more than 100 total yards per game. Rice has four straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons and at least 1,600 total yards in all of those years. He remains a consistent force in the Ravens' offense. Bernard Pierce did come on strong at the end of the year, though, so he could be a bigger factor in the running game, which could cut into Rice's workload some this season. But overall, it probably isn't a bad thing for Rice, who should be a little more fresh throughout the season. Either way, expect Rice to get plenty of work as the No. 1 back for the Ravens. Rice is a good between the tackles runner for his size, but has game-breaking speed and great moves in the open field. He has very good vision and does a good job of setting up his blocks. And he is much improved in short-yardage situations, which is a huge plus for fantasy teams.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Rice remains a top-10 back but it wouldn't surprise to see him post similar numbers to last season. Pierce is emerging in the offense and could take some goal-line work from Rice, which is a concern for fantasy teams. Rice will still post big yardage totals, though, and be a consistent weekly option for fantasy teams. Expect 1,700 or so yards and 10 touchdowns.

 #24  Frank Gore$15  Yr: 2012  TDs: 8  Yds: 1214  Rush: 258San FranciscoBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Gore had the second highest rushing total of his career last season, continuing to do well as the starter for the 49ers. He had three 100-yard games and scored double-digit touchdowns (10). Gore averaged an impressive 4.7 yards per carry. He didn't have a 100-yard game during the regular season once Colin Kaepernick took over as starter but played well in the playoffs, having two 100-yard games and at least 90-rushing yards in every playoff game. Gore proved he can do well with Kaepernick as the starter. Gore has 1,000-yard seasons six of the last seven seasons. He could lose out on more work this season, though, with LaMichael James emerging in the running game for the 49ers. Plus, Gore turns 30 before the start of the season, which is another concern for the 49ers. Gore is an explosive back. He has good speed and moves in the open field. He has big-play potential and does well in the passing game. He is an injury risk, though, playing a full season just three during his career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Gore has to start slowing down some. We wouldn't be surprised if this year is the year he starts to slip some, especially with James trying to become a bigger part of the offense. Gore could have a hard time topping 1,000 yards this year but has good touchdown potential in the offense. Consider him a decent No. 2 for fantasy teams, getting around 1,000 total yards and eight touchdowns.

 #25  Lamar Miller$15  Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 250  Rush: 51MiamiBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Miller didn't get a ton of work his rookie season but showed some good things with his carries. He had double-digit carries just twice but averaged more than six yards per game in those games. For the season, he averaged 4.9 yards per carry, a more than respectable number. Miller seems in store for a much bigger role in 2013. He even has a chance to start if he progresses well this offseason and training camp. The Dolphins are high on Miller going forward. Miller is a home-run threat with the ball in his hands. He has track speed - actually running some track in college. He can get to the next level in a hurry. Miller isn't a huge back, though, and needs to bulk up some to be an every-down back in the NFL. He needs to prove he can run well between the tackles before getting an every-down gig.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Miller is a solid sleeper for the coming year. He is worth a look as a low-end No. 2 back. He has upside in an offense that is getting better. We like his total yardage potential. It wouldn't surprise to see him get around 1,200 total yards and six or so touchdowns. He is going to make some big plays.

 #26  Joique Bell$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 3  Yds: 414  Rush: 82DetroitBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Bell emerged as the top backup for the Lions, getting a ton of work in the passing game. He finished with 52 receptions and 899 total yards. He had more than 400 rushing and receiving yards. Bell did well getting consistent yardage totals every week. He had multiple receptions all but four games. Bell should continue to get plenty of chances in the passing game going forward. He is a solid third-down back, catching 52 of 69 passes thrown his way. Bell isn't a big back but is tough to bring down because of strong legs and good size. He doesn't have great speed but enough to make some big plays to the outside.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Bell might have a hard time reaching his total yards of last season but you still have to like his chances to get 40-plus receptions. He can get 650 or so total yards and a few scores, making him worth a look as a low-end No. 3 or 4 back.

 #27  Darren McFadden$14  Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 707  Rush: 216OaklandBye: 7 
 
Player News:
McFadden had another injury-plagued season, missing four games. He also struggled when playing, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry. He had trouble picking up the new offense all season. McFadden had three 100-yard games and three touchdowns in 12 games. McFadden has one big season as a pro but his other four years in the league have been uneventful. He has fewer than 1,000 total yards four of five years. He also has failed to play a full season since entering the league, missing at least three games every season. McFadden has a ton of talent, though, and gets another new offense to learn for 2013. This could be a make or break year for him with the Raiders. He has a lot to prove. And although he has been in the league five years, McFadden is just 26 years old. McFadden is a complete back. He catches the ball well (158 receptions in five seasons), can churn out the tough yards and has elite speed to make the big play every time he touches the ball. He is a game changer. As mentioned, though, he has a hard time staying healthy and struggles with consistency at times.

Fantasy Outlook:  
McFadden is a boom or bust pick. He has plenty of upside but past history suggests he is far from a sure thing. He isn't worth an early-round pick but worth a look as a top No. 2 back because of his upside. He can carry a team when all is well with him. But for now, expect him to miss a few games and get around 1,200 total yards and nine touchdowns. You can't count on much more from him than that going into a season but he could surprise if all the stars align for him.

 #28  LeGarrette Blount Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 151  Rush: 41PittsburghBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Blount saw a big dip in production, taking a backseat to rookie Doug Martin. Blount had just 41 carries after having 385 carries his first two seasons. Blount was the backup and got few chances all season, failing to have double-digit carries in any game. He was traded to the Patriots in the offseason and will compete with a host of backs for playing time this season. Blount had a 1,000-yard season as a rookie but been far from impressive since that point. Blount is a big back but has surprising speed and moves for a big man. His game is power, though. Blount will run over, through and around would-be tacklers. He isn't much of a factor in the passing game, having just 21 receptions in two seasons. And he struggles to make plays to the outside, which is a main reason he played a second fiddle to Martin last season. Blount makes few big plays in the running game.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Blount's career path is going the wrong way. He even struggled with short-yardage work last season, which doesn't bode well for his future going forward. He could see a slight uptick in production this season with the Patriots but don't expect much. He isn't even worth drafting at this point. The Patriots have more talented backs on their roster.

 #29  Shane Vereen$3  Yr: 2012  TDs: 3  Yds: 251  Rush: 62New EnglandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Vereen had double-digit carries just two times and didn't top 50-rushing yards in a game but did have a bigger role in the offense than his rookie season. He had 400 total yards and got a lot of work in the passing game during the playoffs, which could be a sign of things to come for Vereen. He could be the third-down back for the Patriots in 2013. He would get a lot more playing time in that role. Vereen is a big-play option at running back. He isn't a huge back, which hurts his chances to be an every-down back, but he has the speed and hands to excel as a third-down back.

Fantasy Outlook: Hot
Vereen has more upside in PPR formats but still more overall value for the coming season. We look for his total yards to go up and get a few more scores. A season with 700 or 800 yards and six touchdowns looks about right for Vereen. He is worth a look as a No. 3 back for fantasy teams.

 #30  Ben Tate$3  Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 279  Rush: 65ClevelandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Tate didn't build on his huge season from the previous year, rushing for just 279 yards. He did miss some time because of a hamstring injury but wasn't a huge factor in the offense even when healthy with Arian Foster carrying much of the load. Tate had double-digit carries just two times and had more than 50 yards just once. Tate remains a valuable backup, though. He can do well as a starter and seems to have the makeup to be a solid starter in the league. Remember, he ran for nearly 1,000 yards in a reserve role the previous year. Tate is a good fit for the Texans' offense. He is a one-cut runner that hits the hole in a hurry and can get to the next level with little effort. Tate also has good size, giving him the ability to run over would-be tacklers.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Tate is a must handcuff for Foster owners but his value outside of that isn't great. He took a step backwards last season, failing to do much with his limited touches. He should get more work this year but even with that said, don't expect huge numbers. He can get 600 or so total yards and a few scores.

 #31  Darren Sproles$13  Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 244  Rush: 48PhiladelphiaBye: 12 
 
Player News:
A hand injury knocked Sproles out of three games last season but he was productive once again when healthy. His rushing totals were down compared to last season but he still managed 911 total yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games. He got plenty of weekly touches and played well with his chances. Sproles has been targeted more than 100 times each of the last two seasons and has 161 receptions. He is an integral part of the Saints passing game. Sproles probably is the best third-down or change-of-pace back in the game. He fits the role perfectly. Sproles has great speed and moves, but lacks the ideal size to be an every-down back. He also is a great return man, having return scores four of the last six seasons.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Sproles is an elite back in PPR leagues but a solid No. 2 back in all other formats. He should improve on his yardage totals from last season as long as he can stay healthy. We look for him to get around 1,000 total yards and nine touchdowns.

 #32  David Wilson$17  Yr: 2012  TDs: 4  Yds: 358  Rush: 71New York GiantsBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Wilson was a big factor in the running game late in his rookie season, having double-digit carries three of his last four games. He scored four touchdowns during that stretch and had a 100-yard game. His overall rookie season wasn't too impressive but he showed enough for the Giants to make him their No. 1 back for this coming season. He'll be given first shot to carry the load for the Giants. Wilson is an explosive back. He has electric speed and great moves in space. He also is a top receiver out of the backfield and return man. Wilson isn't a great inside runner as of now, though, and will need to become a little more patient to become a top NFL starter. Wilson also doesn't seem to have the makeup to be a good short-yardage back, so he could miss out on some touchdowns.

Fantasy Outlook: Hot
Wilson has high upside for the coming season. We really like his total yardage potential in this offense, having the possibility to get 1,600 or so total yards. The big concern is his touchdown totals. Even if he doesn't get the goal-line work, he can still get eight or so touchdowns. Consider him a low-end No. 1 or top No. 2 back for fantasy teams.

 #33  DeAngelo Williams$3  Yr: 2012  TDs: 5  Yds: 737  Rush: 173CarolinaBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Williams saved his best for last, rushing for 210 yards the last game of the season. That was the only game he topped 100-rushing yards all season. He finished with 737-rushing yards with a lot of help from that last game of the year. He was pretty pedestrian the rest of the season. He got plenty of start with Jonathan Stewart injured but topped 70-rushing yards just twice all season. Williams has fewer than 840-rushing yards each of the last three seasons. At age 30, his days of being an every-week starter seem about over, especially with his declining numbers the last few seasons. But Williams can be a valuable backup. He has plenty of starting experience and success, topping 1,000 yards two times during his career. Williams is a big-play back. He also will run with some power, but is a home-run threat with the ball in his hands. Williams is a much more patient runner than earlier in his career and can help in the passing game.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Williams isn't a great fantasy option any more but a decent No. 3 or 4 fantasy back. He can help on occasion. He'll have a hard time matching last year's production. He could get around 700 total yards and a few scores.

 #34  Pierre Thomas$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 473  Rush: 105New OrleansBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Thomas produced his usual consistent numbers in a reserve role for the Saints last season. He had 827 total yards and two touchdowns. He had only two games but double-digit carries but had at least four carries and a reception all but a game. He continues to get plenty of touches in the Saints' offense. He knows his role and does well with his chances. In six seasons with the Saints, Thomas averages 782 total yards per season. Thomas isn't a huge back, but has good speed and moves. Thomas also can run with a little power and is a more than capable receiver. He does have durability concerns, playing a full season just once in six years.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Thomas flies under the radar at times but is a consistent fantasy back. He'll get around 700 total yards and 30 receptions, making him a solid No. 3 fantasy back. He can help in a pinch as a No. 2 back. The only knock on Thomas is a lack of scores having just 10 the last three seasons.

 #35  Mike Tolbert Yr: 2012  TDs: 7  Yds: 183  Rush: 54CarolinaBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Tolbert moved to the Panthers last season and got a decent number of chances as a fullback and No. 3 back for the team. He got much of his work in the passing game, catching 27 passes. He wasn't quite as effective as a runner, rushing for 183 yards. He was able to score seven touchdowns, though, getting plenty of goal-line chances. This could be a trend going forward for Tolbert as he fits that role well. He should have a similar role for this coming season with the Panthers. Tolbert has seven or more touchdowns three straight seasons. He has fewer than 500-rushing yards two straight seasons but at least 25 receptions each of those seasons. Tolbert has very good size, but has some burst and does well at hitting the hole in a hurry. He isn't going to run away from a ton of defenders, but can do well in spurts. His lack of big-play ability will hurt his chances to be an every-down back but he does well in splitting time at running back and serving as a fullback.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Tolbert's touchdown potential helps his fantasy value. He won't get a ton of total yards but his ability to catch the ball helps his value in PPR leagues as well. He can get 500 total yards and near double-digit scores. Consider him a No. 3 fantasy back.

 #36  Stevan Ridley$22  Yr: 2012  TDs: 12  Yds: 1263  Rush: 290New EnglandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Ridley had a breakout season as the Patriots lead back. He proved he can start and produce big numbers as their No. 1 back. Ridley was a consistent force all season, having 70-plus yards 11 of 16 games. He had four 100-yard games and his first 1,000-yard season as a pro. He also scored 12 touchdowns, having touchdowns all but six games. The only knock was a lack of work in the passing game, having six receptions all season despite the Patriots being a pass-heavy team. Ridley should once again be the lead back for the Patriots this season. Ridley isn't a huge back but runs with power and does well in space. He excels between the tackles as a runner. As mentioned, he isn't much of a receiver, though, having nine receptions in two seasons.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Ridley has more value in TD-only leagues but still is a solid fantasy back outside of those leagues. His lack of work in the passing game just hurts his value although we think he'll get more chances in that area this season. Ridley is a low-end No. 1 or top No. 2 fantasy back. We think he can improve his yardage totals from last season, getting around 1,600 total yards and double-digit scores.

 #37  Rashard Mendenhall$6  Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 182  Rush: 51ArizonaBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Mendenhall started a couple games last season but was inactive many weeks and even got a one-game suspension from the team because of some comments made. Needless to say, he did little to help his case to start in the NFL going forward. His 182 yards last season were his lowest since his rookie year. Mendenhall has two 1,000-yard seasons under his belt but battled injury much of his career and struggled with consistency at times. He is only 26 years old, though, and will get his chance to prove his worth with the Cardinals this season. He'll compete for the starting job with Ryan Williams and might have a slight edge since he is familiar with new coach Bruce Arians. Mendenhall is a good between the tackles runner but has the speed to break some big plays. He also is a decent receiving option capable of helping in the passing game.

Fantasy Outlook:  
It wouldn't surprise to see him rebound some from last season and grab the starting job but don't expect him to reach 1,000-yard status once again. He could get around 800 total yards and a few scores, making him worth a look as a No. 3 back for fantasy teams.

 #38  BenJarvus Green-Ellis$3  Yr: 2012  TDs: 6  Yds: 1094  Rush: 278CincinnatiBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Green-Ellis set a career high in rushing yards, his first with the Bengals. He had the second 1,000-yard season of his career. He wasn't great early in the year but really finished well, having 100-yard games four of the six games he played. He did break a streak of two straight seasons with double-digit scores, though, scoring just six times. Green-Ellis also averaged less than four yards per carry for the year, which wasn't too impressive. He might have a hard time getting as much work this season as the Bengals try to find a more explosive back in the running back. Green-Ellis isn't a speed burner, but a solid inside runner and tough to bring down once he gets going. He does a good job of hitting the hole with a head of steam. He isn't much of a receiver, though, having 48 receptions in five seasons.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Green-Ellis might have a hard time repeating last year. We think he'll get fewer touches, so his numbers will suffer some. We still like his touchdown potential, though, and it could improve this season. Expect around 1,000 total yards and nine touchdowns for Green-Ellis.

 #39  Fred Jackson$3  Yr: 2012  TDs: 3  Yds: 437  Rush: 115BuffaloBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Jackson had an injury plagued season, missing six games. He was eventually placed on Injured Reserve because of a sprained knee. Jackson had 654 total yards and four touchdowns in 10 games. He produced when playing but C.J. Spiller really emerged while Jackson was out of the lineup. Spiller will get more work this season, meaning Jackson will lose out on some touches. Jackson might get a little more work than your typical backup, though. He has more than 1,000 total yards three of the last four seasons. Jackson isn't a huge back, but has good speed and great moves in the open field. He has improved as an inside runner and continues to make plays in the passing game. Jackson is 32 years old, though, which is a bit of a concern but his career high in carries is 237 so Jackson seems to have some life left in his legs.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Jackson can help as a flex play but Spiller is the back to own in Buffalo this season. But with that said, Jackson still has value. He'll get his touches, especially in the passing game. He can still help as a flex play and spot No. 2 back. He can get around 700 or 800 yards and six touchdowns.

 #40  Bernard Pierce$3  Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 532  Rush: 108BaltimoreBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Pierce had a strong finish to his rookie season and seems setup for a bigger role from day one in 2013. Pierce had 212-rushing yards his last two games and had a 100-yard game in the playoffs, having double-digit carries two of four playoff games. Pierce averaged a solid 4.9 yards per carry for the season. Ray Rice is the clear starter for the Ravens but Pierce might spell him a little more often this coming year. Pierce seems a good compliment to Rice. Pierce is more of a between the tackles runner, a good one-cut runner. He doesn't have top speed but made some big plays when given the chance last season, which is encouraging. Pierce has good size for the position and can make some moves in space.

Fantasy Outlook: Hot
Pierce is the handcuff for Ray Rice and has value even outside of that role. It wouldn't surprise to see him get 800 or so total yards and five touchdowns. He is worth a look as a No. 3 back. And if Rice goes down, Pierce could be an elite back for fantasy teams.

 #41  Mark Ingram$4  Yr: 2012  TDs: 5  Yds: 602  Rush: 156New OrleansBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Ingram was able to stay healthy and saw a surge in production playing full a season, but still didn't produce great number. He was just over 600-rushing yards and scored five touchdowns. Ingram averaged a so-so 3.9 yards per carry. He did have eight games with double-digit carries, though, including seven of eight to end the season. This could be a sign for things to come for this coming year. The Saints should give him first crack at the bulk of the carries at running back this season. But the Saints like to rotate a host of backs at running back, so even if Ingram starts, he won't get the work of a normal starting back. Ingram is a big, physical back capable of moving the pile while running well between the tackles. He is a punishing runner with good vision and the ability to break off some long runs despite just so-so speed. He doesn't get much work in the passing game, though, which hurts his chances for more playing time.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Ingram has upside in this offense, but hasn't reached that yet. He could see a surge in production his third season but don't count on a huge year. We think he can get near 1,000 yards and double-digit touchdowns, making him a low-end No. 2 or 3 back for fantasy teams. Just don't be surprised if he disappears some weeks in this offense, competing for carries with some talented backs.

 #42  Chris Ivory$4  Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 217  Rush: 40New York JetsBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Ivory had his lowest rushing totals of his career but did well with his chances. He ran for just 217 yards and had double-digit carries only once but averaged a career-high 5.4 yards per carry. Ivory had 716-rushing yards his rookie season but his numbers have declined each season since. But he has shared work and gotten sporadic carries, which doesn't help his cause. Ivory has some talent and could do well in an expanded role, which should happen with the Jets this season. Ivory will compete for the starting job and has a good chance to earn that role. Ivory is a big back that runs with power but also has decent speed and the ability to make some big plays. He isn't polished as a receiver, though, which hurts his chances to maximize his playing time.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Ivory sees a big spike in value with his move to the Jets. He has a legit chance to start this year. Nothing is certain with him but he is certainly worth a look as a low-end No. 2 or No. 3 back. He has some yardage and touchdown potential if he gets more chances, which seems likely this season. We wouldn't be surprised to see him get 800 or so yards and six touchdowns.

 #43  Shonn Greene$2  Yr: 2012  TDs: 8  Yds: 1063  Rush: 276TennesseeBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Greene had his second straight 1,000-yard season and had a career high eight touchdowns. But his season wasn't overly impressive, getting most of the carries in the Jets' offense. He topped 100 yards just twice and had fewer than 80-rushing yards all but three games. At this point, Greene hasn't shown he is a top starting running back in the NFL. He seems best suited as a backup, a role he should play this season with his new team, the Titans. Greene should be the No. 2 back for Tennessee but could get a little more work than your typical backup since he has a different skill set than starter Chris Johnson. Greene is a powerful back that does a good job of running between the tackles. He hits the hole in a hurry. He has battled some fumbling issues throughout his career, though, and doesn't make many big plays in the running game. Greene lacks breakaway speed.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Greene is likely to get fewer touches this season in a backup role. Consider him a flex option. He has some touchdown potential but his yards won't be very good. We like him for a season of around 700 total yards and six or so scores.

 #44  Mikel Leshoure$2  Yr: 2012  TDs: 9  Yds: 798  Rush: 215DetroitBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Leshoure didn't play the first two games of the season as he recovered from his torn Achilles but started pretty much the rest of the season. He played alright in a starting role, showing some flashes of good things along the way. He finished with 1,012 total yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games. He has just one 100-yard rushing game, though, which was in Week 3 - his first game of the season. Leshoure proved he could start in this league but needs to show improvement in some areas. Leshoure lacked a little patience running the ball. He also didn't display much big-play ability, averaging just 3.7 yards per carry. Leshoure is a big back that does well between the tackles. He can move the pile with his size and strength. Leshoure also does pretty well as a receiver as evident by his 34 receptions. He seems setup for a platoon role at running back for the Lions this coming season with Reggie Bush now on board. He'll be a backup more than anything but should get his chances.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Leshoure showed some promise last season, especially since he got most of the goal-line work. He has obvious touchdown potential in this offense. We just wouldn't expect him to improve much on last season with Bush getting most of the work at running back. Expect something around 650 total yards and six or seven touchdowns, making him a No. 3 back.

 #45  Isaac Redman$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 410  Rush: 110PittsburghBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Redman started a couple games and had a 100-yard showing in Week 9 but didn't do much besides that game. In fact, he didn't have more than 50-rushing yards in any other game. Redman finished with 410-rushing yards, down 69 from the previous year. Redman hasn't taken off since entering the league, looking like backup material more than a starter. Redman isn't really a speed back but runs with some power and does pretty well between the tackles. He doesn't make a ton of plays to the outside, which is a concern for his long-term status. He should continue to play a backup role going forward.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Redman doesn't seem likely to take a big step forward this season. He might set career highs but that isn't saying much. Look for another season around 500 or 600 total yards with a couple scores. He isn't anything more than a low-end No. 3 or 4 fantasy back.

 #46  Bilal Powell$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 4  Yds: 437  Rush: 110New York JetsBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Powell started to get more and more work as the season progressed, especially with Shonn Greene showing little as the starter. And Powell didn't look too bad with his chances, finishing with 437-rushing yards in 14 games and averaged 4.0 yards per carry. He also did some damage in the passing game, catching 17 passes for 140 yards. He should have a bigger role from day one in 2013, likely serving as the top backup or No. 3 back for the Jets. Powell is more of a power back, doing well as a downhill runner and between the tackles. He doesn't have breakaway speed, but is a solid one-cut runner.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Powell might be worth a late-round pick in deeper leagues. He can improve on last season some but don't expect many more chances. He could get 600 or so total yards and a few touchdowns.

 #47  Danny Woodhead$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 4  Yds: 301  Rush: 76San DiegoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Woodhead had one of his best seasons to date last year, scoring a season-high seven touchdowns. He also finished with career highs in receptions and receiving yards, catching 40 passes for 446 yards. He finished with 747 total yards, averaging 47 yards per game. Woodhead was the top third-down back for the team, a role he serves well. He averaged 727 total yards per season in three years with the Patriots. Woodhead is a very small back, but has great speed and moves in the open field. His lack of size will prevent him from being an every-down back, but he can be a top change-of-pace option. He'll serve this role with the Chargers this season, getting plenty of chances in the passing game and some carries.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Woodhead is a decent option in PPR leagues as a No. 3 back. He can get 30 to 40 receptions and 600 or so total yards with five touchdowns. Woodhead also will help a little in standard leagues as a No. 4 back but his value is more limited in those formats. A move to San Diego doesn't really hurt or help his value. He should get similar work.

 #48  Donald Brown Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 417  Rush: 108San DiegoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Brown missed some time last season because of an ankle injury but wasn't much of a factor even before the injury. He got a few starts but didn't exactly excel with those chances. He had 417-rushing yards and averaged fewer than four yards per carry. He has gotten some chances to start in past seasons but failed to seize the opportunities. His career high in rushing is 645 and he has averaged fewer than four yards per carry three of four seasons. At this point, he is backup material, trying to be the No. 2 or 3 back. Brown has good speed and moves in well in space. He still doesn't have ideal size, hurting his chances to be an every-down back. He catches the ball well, though, and can be an asset some in the passing game. Brown struggles with consistency and lacks big-play ability.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Brown is going the wrong direction in his career. He isn't a fantasy factor right now. Expect a season with around 500 total yards and a couple scores.

 #49  Jacquizz Rodgers$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 362  Rush: 94AtlantaBye: 6 
 
Player News:
As expected, Rodgers had a bigger role in the offense, about doubling his rushing attempts and receptions from the previous season. He finished with 764 total yards and two touchdowns. He did most of his damage in the passing game, catching 53 passes for 402 yards. He had more than 50-rushing yards just once all season, failing to get a ton of work running the ball. Rodgers had double-digit carries just three times. Rodgers is expected to serve a similar role this coming season but might get a few less carries with Steven Jackson around. Rodgers is a small back with good moves and solid speed. Rodgers does well as a receiver and hits the hole in a hurry when given a chance to run the ball. Rodgers is really small, though, which is why he is suited to be a third-down back more than a starter.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Rodgers has definite value in PPR leagues. He'll get plenty of receptions in the Falcons pass-heavy offense. Just don't expect a ton of rushing yards and touchdowns. And we aren't sure his numbers improve on last season with Jackson getting a lot of work at running back. He can get 700 or so total yards and a few scores.

 #50  Trent Richardson$30  Yr: 2012  TDs: 11  Yds: 950  Rush: 267IndianapolisBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Richardson had an up and down rookie season as the Browns' offense struggled to move the ball much of the year. Richardson failed to top 1,000-rushing yards but did have three 100-yard games and 12 total touchdowns. His big touchdown totals made up for his lack of rushing yards. He had seven games with fewer than 50-rushing yards. Richardson was a surprise in the passing game, though, having 51 receptions. He finished the season with 1,317 total yards, so all was not lost by any means for Richardson. He'll only get better, especially as the Browns' offense improves, which should be the case this season. Richardson is a big back with pretty good speed. He is a physical runner that does well in finding the hole and making plays after contact. He is an improving receiver and does well in the screen game. Richardson doesn't have breakaway speed, though, and has a bit of a hard time breaking many plays to the outside.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
Richardson was overlooked a little last year but his numbers in the end were just fine for fantasy teams. He should improve on those this season, making him a guy to consider as a low-end No. 1 back. He has high upside as the workhorse back for the Browns. He can get 1,600 total yards and double-digit scores in 2013.

 #51  James Starks Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 255  Rush: 71Green BayBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Starks had a chance to grab the starter's job in Green Bay but couldn't stay healthy last season, playing just six games. He did have 15 or more carries three of those games and finished with 255-rushing yards. He had 60-plus yards three of six games. Starks had 794 total yards the previous season but wasn't able to build on that momentum. He averages just four yards per carry for his career, lacking some big play ability. He seems better suited as a backup than a starter. Starks hits the hole in a hurry and does pretty well between the tackles. He can run with some power because of his size. He isn't a finesse runner. Starks still needs work on making the right read, but is making progress in that area.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Starks has some upside, but is a bit of a wild card after last season. Remember, he has failed to stay healthy for a full season in three years. Grab him as a late-round pick and hope for the best. If all goes well, he could get around 650 total yards and a few scores. We just don't see him as an every-down back.

 #52  Jonathan Stewart$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 336  Rush: 93CarolinaBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Stewart was knocked out of the last five games of the season because of an ankle injury. He needed surgery on the injury but should be fine for the coming season. Stewart wasn't too impressive before the injury, though, having 493 total yards and two scores in nine games. His yardage totals were the lowest of his career. The good news is Stewart is likely to be the starter and get most of the carries in the Panthers' offense this season. He just needs to stay healthy. Stewart has more than 1,000 total yards two of the last four seasons. He has double-digit touchdowns totals two of five seasons as a pro. At 26 years old, Stewart is in the prime of his career. He is a big back, but has plus speed and the ability to break a big play at any time. And he is a big-time factor in the passing game, having 64 receptions the last two seasons. He does lack consistency at times but his sporadic workload the last few seasons probably doesn't help him in this area.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
Stewart is never a sure thing but is capable of being a big help to fantasy teams if he stays healthy and gets most of the work at running back. He has high upside. Just don't expect big touchdown totals with Cam Newton stealing many of the rushing touchdowns. Consider Stewart a low-end No. 2 back or solid flex play for fantasy teams. He can get around 1,100 total yards and seven or so touchdowns.

 #53  Bryce Brown$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 4  Yds: 564  Rush: 115PhiladelphiaBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Brown had some big moments his rookie season, getting a chance to start because of injury and rushing for more than 165 yards in back-to-back starts. But he had fewer than 50-rushing yards every other game last year and had fumbling issues, losing three of them. Brown seems to have a bright future in this league, though, if he can solve his fumbling problems. He seems the complete package at running back. He is a big back that runs with power but also has speed to get to the next level in a hurry. He made a lot of big plays his rookie season. He also isn't a bad receiver but needs to improve some in that area. Brown should be the top backup for the Eagles and get weekly touches in the new offense.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Brown is worth a late-round pick come draft day. He has upside, especially if he starts getting around double-digit touches per game, which is possible. We think he could have a season with around 750 total yards and four or so touchdowns.

 #54  Toby Gerhart Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 169  Rush: 50JacksonvilleBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Adrian Peterson was full strength sooner than expected and got about all the work at running back last season, limiting Gerhart. He had the fewest carries in three seasons with the Vikings, rushing just 50 times. His rushing yardage total was his lowest as a result. He got his usual work in the passing game, though, catching at least 20 passes for the third straight season. Gerhart should continue to play a similar role this season for the Vikings, serving as the top backup at running back. Gerhart lacks breakaway speed, but is a very good between the tackles runner that does well in finishing his runs. He isn't a bad receiver out of the backfield or blocker, which helps his case to find the field. Gerhart might not be the best athlete on the field, but he is a gamer.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Gerhart is the handcuff for Adrian Peterson, but doesn't have much value besides that. Even if he were forced to start, his numbers wouldn't be off the charts if you consider his skill set. Consider him a No. 4 back for fantasy teams. He could get around 400 total yards and a few scores.

 #55  Andre Brown$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 8  Yds: 385  Rush: 73HoustonBye: 8 
 
Player News:
A broken leg cut short his season last year but Brown emerged as a legit threat in the Giants running game. This bodes well for his future with the team. Brown is expected to serve as the top backup for the Giants this year. Brown ran for 385 yards and averaged nearly six yards per carry last year. He scored eight touchdowns, showing he could be a top short-yardage option for the team. Brown is a good straight-ahead runner that does well between the tackles. He does a good job of hitting the hole in a hurry. Brown isn't really a home-run threat, though, because he lacks a little bit of a second gear but can break some long plays on occasion.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
Brown has a chance to be a legit fantasy starter this season. He could be a top No. 2 back, likely getting the goal-line chances as well as double-digit touches per game. Brown could have 800 or so total yards and double-digit scores.

 #56  Kendall Hunter$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 371  Rush: 72San FranciscoBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Hunter missed the last five games of the season because of an Achilles' injury. He was the top backup at running back before the injury, though, and played pretty well with his chances. He had 371-rushing yards and scored two touchdowns, averaging more than five yards per carry. He'll compete for that top backup spot again this year but might be destined to be the No. 3 back for the 49ers with LaMichael James expected to play a bigger role. Hunter might lack some size to be a starter, but has good quickness and does well in space. He also is a solid receiver but didn't get a ton of work in that area last season. Despite his size, though, Hunter runs with some power and physicality. He has good vision and does well hitting the hole in a hurry.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Hunter gets his weekly chances and has some total yardage potential in this offense. He could improve a little on last season but will need to hold off a host of other backs for playing time. If that happens, he can get 500 or so total yards and four touchdowns. He is a playmaker, so the 49ers will try to get him involved.

 #57  Marcus Lattimore San FranciscoBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Lattimore suffered a devastating knee injury his last college season, giving him two straight years with major knee injuries. He has tons of talent, though, if healthy. But for this season, expect him brought along slowly, serving as the No. 3 or 4 back for the 49ers once he gets up to speed. Durability is a huge concern for Lattimore but he has as much talent as any rookie back. He gets downhill in a hurry and has top moves in space. He is a home-run threat with the ball in his hands. He also has the size to carry the load at running back and has three-down ability because of top pass-catching skills.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Lattimore isn't likely to make much of an impact this season but we like his chances in another year or two to take over as the 49ers starting running back. Keep this in mind for those of you in dynasty. He has huge upside going forward .

 #58  Daniel Thomas$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 4  Yds: 325  Rush: 91MiamiBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Thomas had double-digit carries four times last season but topped 50 yards just twice all year. He didn't get many chances and didn't do much with the chances he did get, which isn't a good combination. Thomas had more than 200 fewer rushing yards than his rookie season. Thomas doesn't look to be in the long-term plans for the Dolphins but could be their top backup for the next few seasons. Thomas is a big back that runs well between the tackles and does a good job of churning out the tough yards. He has decent moves in the open field, but doesn't have top speed at running back. He isn't much of a home-run threat.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Thomas might get a few more chances this season but still isn't a great fantasy play. He won't get enough consistent work to be a solid fantasy play. For now, consider him a low-end No. 3 or No. 4 back. He can get 600 or so total yards and a few scores.

 #59  Michael Bush$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 5  Yds: 411  Rush: 114ChicagoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Bush didn't have quite the season as expected with the Bears, his first with the team. He was the goal-line back but scored just five times. And he ran for just 411 yards, averaging 3.6 yards per carry. He missed the last three games of the season because of a rib injury but should be fine going forward. Bush saw a big dip in production after rushing for nearly 1,000 yards the season before. His rushing total was the lowest of his career. But even with that said, Bush still have plenty of value as a backup. He has starting experience and does well in spot duty. Bush struggled some in short-yardage work last season but has done well in the past with those situations. Bush is a big, athletic back with speed. Injuries have dogged him some throughout his career, but he has been able to stay healthy the past few seasons. Bush also does pretty well as a receiver considering his size.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Bush took a step backwards last season but still has some upside, especially if he is getting the goal-line work. Consider him a low-end No. 3 or 4 back for the coming year. He can improve on last season and get around 700 total yards and six or so scores. He isn't a bad guy to target late in your draft. Bush can rebound.

 #60  Knile Davis Kansas CityBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Davis gives the Chiefs a nice compliment at running back to Jamaal Charles. Davis is a different type of back. He is more of a power back that runs well between the tackles and can punish a defender with his strength. Davis battled injury issues throughout college, though, so durability is a concern going forward. He also isn't much of a home-run threat at running back. Davis has a chance to be the top backup for the Chiefs his rookie season.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Davis has a little fantasy value but not much - unless Charles gets hurt. He could get 400 or so total yards and a score or two in a reserve role.

 #61  Ronnie Hillman$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 330  Rush: 85DenverBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Hillman didn't get a ton of chances his rookie season but some consistent work, getting a few carries about every game. He even had double-digit carries four times. He had a career-high 86-rushing yards in Week 8, showing his big-play ability in the game. He also led the Broncos in rushing in their playoff game, rushing 22 times for 83 yards. Hillman should have a big role from day one in 2013. He has a chance to be the every-down back with a good offseason and preseason. The Broncos are high on Hillman and hope he can emerge as their top back for years to come. Hillman is a small back that does well in space and has the speed to make big plays. Hillman excels in the screen game and does well as a receiver out of the backfield. He needs to improve his inside running if he hopes to be a legit starting back in the NFL.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Hillman is an intriguing player for the coming season. He has obvious upside in an explosive offense but his role isn't quite defined, making him a bit of a wild card. But either way, we think he'll get consistent work and can end up topping 1,000 total yards while scoring seven or so touchdowns. Consider him a low-end No. 2 back or top No. 3.

 #62  Christine Michael$1  SeattleBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Michael might not make a huge impact his rookie season in Seattle but could be a big factor in a few seasons. He might be the eventual replacement for Marshawn Lynch. But for now, Michael is likely the No. 3 back for the Seahawks. Michael has the makeup of a solid NFL back. He runs with a lot of power and is tough to take down because of his very strong legs. He also has speed to make plays to the outside and does a good job of spinning out of tackles. He doesn't have great hands just yet, though, and struggles some in pass protection. He'll need to improve in both those areas if he hopes to be a starter in the NFL.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Michael doesn't have much upside this season as long as Lynch is around. But he is worth a look in dynasty leagues because of his long-term potential. He could be the starter for the Seahawks in a few seasons. But for this year, expect a few hundred yards with a score or two.

 #63  Roy Helu Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 2  Rush: 2WashingtonBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Helu had another injury plagued season last year. At this point, he needs to show he can stay healthy to earn a roster spot. Helu had offseason toe surgery but is expected to be ready for the start of the season. Helu is a talented player. Helu has good size and speed. He hits the hole in a hurry and can reach the next level quickly. He also catches the ball well. At this point, Helu might be best suited for third-down duties with the Redskins.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Helu has all sorts of injury issues. And even if healthy, his role is uncertain this season in this offense. He might get 500 or so total yards and a few scores if all goes well. He might be worth a look as a low-end No. 3 or 4 back.

 #64  Ryan Williams Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 164  Rush: 58ArizonaBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Williams suffered his second straight season-ending injury last year, suffering a fractured shoulder in Week 5. The good news is this latest injury isn't quite as serious to return from, so he should be just fine for the start of 2013. The bad news is Williams didn't play well before getting injured. He had double-digit carries four of five games and topped 35 yards just one of those games. Williams averaged just 2.8 yards per carry. But in fairness, the Cardinals were awful offensively last season and the offensive line was pretty bad, so Williams was at a disadvantage with his chances. The Cardinals remain high on Williams going forward, though. He'll be given first crack at the starter's job for this coming season but has competition in Rashard Mendenhall for the job. Williams is a big-play back capable of taking it to the house every time he touches the ball. He makes plays happen in space. He also runs with some power, though, and has good vision. Williams has a lot of ability but needs to show he can stay healthy and produce in a prominent role.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Two straight injury-plagued seasons will cause his stock to drop this season, making him a good buy-low candidate. He has obvious upside if he can win the starting job. The Cardinals running attack should be better with a new coaching staff in place. Don't count on huge numbers for Williams but he can get around 1,000 total yards and six or so touchdowns if all goes well for him.

 #65  Denard Robinson JacksonvilleBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Robinson played quarterback in college and had big-time success in that role but will move to running back in the NFL. Robinson is a playmaker that should do well in whatever role he tries to pursue in the NFL. He is an explosive player with speed and good moves in space. He also has good size for the position and does well in setting up his blocks as a runner. It might take some time for him to adjust to his new role but the Jaguars will find ways to get him the ball as a running back, receiver and even return man.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Robinson has some total yardage potential but probably won't get a ton of work as he tries to learn his new position. He should be a better option in another season or two. He can get around 400 total yards and a few scores this season.

 #66  Stepfan Taylor ArizonaBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Taylor could be the third-down back for the Cardinals his rookie season. He is a good fit for this role. He isn't a flashy back but a well-rounded back that does a little bit of everything well. He isn't a huge home-run threat but has decent speed and will make some plays to the outside. He also catches the ball well and does a good job as a blocker. He probably isn't suited to be an every-down back but could excel in a third-down role.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Taylor has some reception and total yardage potential but don't expect big numbers. He could get around 25 receptions and 400 total yards. He might be worth a late-round look in PPR formats.

 #67  Daryl Richardson$8  Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 475  Rush: 98St LouisBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Richardson won the top backup job before the season and served as the No. 2 back for the Rams his rookie season. He even served more of a platoon role early in the year with Steven Jackson, getting six or more carries nine of his first 11 games. His role got smaller with Jackson playing well down the stretch, though, having five or fewer carries each of his last five games. Richardson had 638 total yards and averaged a solid 4.9 yards per carry. He proved he might be a solid starter in this league. Richardson isn't a huge back but runs with some power and has very good speed to break some big plays. He also isn't a bad receiver, catching 24 passes his rookie season. Richardson might need to bulk up a tad to be a full-time starter but seems to have the ability to be a productive starter in this league. He should compete for the starter's job in St. Louis this season.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Richardson could get even more work his second season. If he wins the starting gig, which is possible, his upside would be high in an offense that likes to run the ball. His big-play potential gives him the ability for some big fantasy games. We think he can get around 1,000 total yards and five touchdowns.

 #68  DuJuan Harris Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 157  Rush: 34Green BayBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Harris was on the Packers practice squad much of last season but eventually got his chances late in the year. He played the last four games and ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns. And he had double-digit carries in each of the Packers two playoff games, totaling 164 yards and two touchdowns. Harris has a future with the Packers but seems more so as a backup. He isn't a very big back but has speed and does well in space. He also isn't afraid to run between the tackles despite a lack of size. Harris isn't a great receiver just yet but making strides in that area. Expect him to serve as the No. 2 or 3 back for the Packers this season.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
Harris should get more work from day one but the Packers are a pass-first team, so don't expect a ton of production from a backup back on the roster. He might get around 450 total yards with a score or two.

 #69  Felix Jones Yr: 2012  TDs: 3  Yds: 402  Rush: 111PittsburghBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Jones served as the top backup for the Cowboys last season and got a few starts because of injury. He had a so-so showing for the team. He had just two games with more than 50-rushing yards but had a high game of 92-rushing yards. Jones showed better in the passing game, catching 25 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns. He proved once again he isn't really starting material in the NFL but can do well in a backup role. Jones does have a season with 1,000-plus total yards but has fewer than 700-rushing yards four of five seasons. Jones is 26 years old and in the prime of his career but likely to continue to serve as backup, competing for the No. 3 or 4 job with the Eagles. Jones is a home-run threat every time he touches the ball and is as fast as any back in the game. Jones isn't the biggest back, though, which lends him to getting nicked up from time to time. He is a plus receiver, catching an impressive 127 passes in five seasons.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Jones has some total yardage potential even in a reserve role but his lack of scores hurts his fantasy value. He might be worth a look as a No. 4 back for fantasy teams. Jones can get 500 or so total yards and a few scores.

 #70  Brandon Bolden Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 274  Rush: 56New EnglandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Bolden was a surprise his rookie season. He was an undrafted free agent but got his chances for the Patriots. Bolden had two games with double-digit carries and even a 100-yard performance in Week 4. Bolden finished with 285 total yards in 10 games. Bolden averaged a solid 4.9 yards per carry for his season. He will compete for the No. 2 or 3 running back duties this season. Bolden is a big back that runs with some power but also has plenty of speed. He does well between the tackles and churning out the yards. Bolden isn't a polished pass catcher, though, which could hurt his chances in this offense a little.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Bolden has a little upside to improve on last season but don't expect a sudden breakout season. He could get 400 or so total yards with a few scores. He'll be hit or miss in an offense that likes to rotate backs.

 #71  Isaiah Pead Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 54  Rush: 10St LouisBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Pead was expected to serve as the top backup to Steven Jackson his rookie season but lost out on that job to fellow rookie Daryl Richardson. Pead had just 10 carries all season and finished with 70 total yards. The Rams aren't giving up on him by any means, though. He can still work his way into the rotation with a strong offseason and preseason of work. Pead isn't a very big back but has great speed and moves in space. He isn't a great receiver just yet and not much of a blocker, which hurt his chances of playing more last season. He'll need to work on both to get much more playing time in the NFL.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Expect Pead to get a lot more work this season but he probably still isn't a guy to draft just yet unless you are in a deep format. He can get 600 or so total yards and a few scores. He has big-play ability and Rams need playmakers offensively, so we look for a bump in chances for Pead.

 #72  LaMichael James$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 125  Rush: 27San FranciscoBye: 9 
 
Player News:
James was inactive most weeks his rookie season but started getting some work late in the year, having 154 total yards the last four games. He also had at least three carries in every playoff game and scored his first touchdown as a pro during that stretch. James is expected to have a much bigger role for the 49ers from day one in 2013. James isn't a big back but has great moves and speed. He is tough to bring down in the open field. James really gets to the next level in a hurry. He isn't a great between the tackles runner just yet but has made strides in that area. He should be the No. 2 back for the 49ers and get close to double-digit carries per game.

Fantasy Outlook: Sleeper
You have to like his upside for the coming season. James should get more and more work this year. He is a big-play threat with the ball in his hands. A season with around 1,000 total yards and six touchdowns wouldn't be a surprise, making him a top No. 3 back.

 #73  Robert Turbin Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 354  Rush: 80SeattleBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Turbin emerged as the top backup his rookie season and didn't get a ton of work but made plays with his chances. He finished with more than 500 total yards displayed some big-play ability during the season. He looks to be the future at running back for the Seahawks. Turbin should get a few more chances this season with Marshawn Lynch another year older. The starter's job probably isn't his for another season or two, though. Turbin is a powerful back that runs well inside but also has enough speed to make big plays and does well as a receiver. He is a good athlete that just seems to make plays. Turbin does need to improve his blocking some but is making strides in that area, which should help his playing time increased this season.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Turbin is the handcuff for Lynch and would have huge value if Lynch were to get hurt. But for now, consider him a low-end No. 3 back or top No. 4. He can improve some on last season getting 700 or so total yards and a few scores.

 #74  Chris Polk Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 0  Rush: 0PhiladelphiaBye: 12 
 
 #75  Edwin Baker ClevelandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Baker was a practice squad player for the Chargers his rookie season. He'll battle for a roster spot this coming year but nothing is guaranteed. He'll need to show he is ready to contribute at the NFL level to earn a roster spot. Baker is a small back but has some good speed and runs with some power.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Don't bother using a draft pick on him. Even if he makes the team, he won't get a ton of playing time in a deep reserve role.

 #76  Evan Royster Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 88  Rush: 23WashingtonBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Royster was unable to win the starter's job before the season and served as the No. 2 or 3 back most weeks for the Redskins, getting very little work. He had fewer than 100-rushing yards for the season. His season high in carries was four. Royster wasn't able to build on the momentum from his rookie year and seems destined for backup duty as long as he is with the Redskins. Alfred Morris will be the starter in Washington for the foreseeable future. Royster doesn't have a lot of burst or breakaway speed, but makes plays and moves the pile. Royster runs pretty well between the tackles and has solid vision. He isn't a flashy runner but just seems to get the job done.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Unless Morris gets hurt, don't bother with Royster. He won't get enough touches to be worth a roster spot. We wouldn't doubt that he improves on last season but not by much, getting around 300 or 400 total yards and a few scores.

 #77  Peyton Hillis Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 309  Rush: 85New York GiantsBye: 9 
 
Player News:
A move to Kansas City didn't get Hillis going. He struggled once again last year, rushing for just 309 yards. He topped 50 yards just twice all season. He also scored just one time despite getting some goal-line chances. Hillis' career is going in the wrong direction right now. His rushing totals have declined each of the past two seasons after his monster '10 season. He looks like backup material, a role he'll compete for with the Bucs this season. Hillis is a huge back with surprising quickness and very good hands (93 receptions the last three seasons). He has enough speed to break plays to the outside but also runs well between the tackles because of his size. He has some fumbling, durability and consistency issues, though, which have derailed his career the last two seasons.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Hillis could rebound some from last season but don't expect a huge spike in production. He could get around 600 total yards and five touchdowns. He isn't anything more than a No. 4 fantasy back right now. Don't take him based off his one big season. Look at his total body of work.

 #78  LaRod Stephens-Howling Yr: 2012  TDs: 4  Yds: 356  Rush: 110PittsburghBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Stephens-Howling got a couple starts last season and actually had two 100-yard games, showing some good things. Unfortunately, he had 25 or fewer rushing yards all but one other game last season. He finished the year with 463 total yards and four touchdowns. Stephens-Howling set a career high in rushing yards, total yards and touchdowns. He has fewer than 200-rushing yards all but one season in the NFL. Stephens-Howling seems an ideal change-of-pace back but hasn't exactly excelled in that role. This could be a make or break year for him with his new team, the Steelers. Stephens-Howling is a big-play back that can make a lot of stuff happen in the open field. He has top speed and good moves in the open field. He doesn't have the size to be an NFL starter, though.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Stephens-Howling might get 300 total yards and a few scores, but don't expect big things offensively even with the move to a new team. He'll have a hard time matching last season. Stephens-Howling isn't going to help many fantasy teams this year.

 #79  Mike Gillislee MiamiBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Gillislee is a pretty well-rounded back that will compete for the No. 2 or 3 running back for the Dolphins his rookie season. Gillislee runs with power and has enough speed to make some big plays. He does well between the tackles and will be effective in short-yardage situations because he does a good job of keeping his legs going after contact. He also is a solid pass catcher, which will help his case for getting more playing time.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Gillislee isn't likely to get much work his rookie season but could be a bigger factor in a few seasons as he moves up the depth chart. The Dolphins aren't stacked at running back, though, so Gillislee could move up the depth chart in a hurry if he plays well. Gillislee isn't a guy to draft but might be worth a waiver-wire add before the season is out.

 #80  Joseph Randle DallasBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Randle has a chance to serve as the change-of-pace back for the Cowboys his rookie season. He isn't a huge back but has good speed and does well catching the ball out of the backfield. He is built more like a receiver than running back but can be effective running the ball. He has good speed and the ability to make the big run. Randle also has pretty good moves in space and could help as a return man for the Cowboys this season.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Randle isn't going to get a ton of playing time in a backup, third-down role but might get around 400 total yards with 20 or so receptions. He is a stretch for fantasy teams outside of deep PPR formats.

 #81  Kenjon Barner CarolinaBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Barner is a speed back that should get his chances for the Panthers as a running back, receiver out of the backfield and return man. He is a quick back with big-play ability. Barner isn't a huge back but has top speed and great moves in the open field. He is a playmaker. Barner does lack the size to probably be an every-down back but could excel in spot duty.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Barner should get some chances to touch the ball but his work likely will be sporadic. He might be a bigger factor on special teams more than anything. A season with around 300 total yards offensively seems about right for Barner his rookie season.

 #82  Rashad Jennings Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 283  Rush: 101New York GiantsBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Maurice Jones-Drew got hurt but Jennings struggled with his chances to start. He had a rough time getting going, averaging a poor 2.8 yards per carry. He had almost 20 more carries than the previous season but rushed for 176 fewer yards. You didn't expect his rushing totals to go down with more chances. And he eventually was placed on Injured Reserve with a shoulder injury, ending his season early. Jennings is yet to play a full season since entering the league, missing games each of his first three years. Jennings has some upside but seems best suited as a third-down back. He has good hands for the passing game and big-play ability. He also displays very good speed. Jennings doesn't run with a ton of power, though, and isn't great between the tackles. Jennings will challenge for a backup job with the Raiders this season, likely serving as the No. 2 or 3 back.

Fantasy Outlook:  
We really thought Jennings would do better in an expanded role last season but he struggled. This doesn't 'bode well for his future. He seems destined to be a backup, limiting his numbers. We would expect a season with around 500 total yards and a few scores.

 #83  Orson Charles Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 0  Rush: 0CincinnatiBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Charles got a little work in a reserve role for the Bengals his rookie season, catching eight passes for 101 yards. He is going to compete for the top backup spot with the team this season. He gives the Bengals a little bit of a different look at tight end. Charles is more of a deep threat than Gresham. He has the speed and size to make plays down field. Charles is a big kid with some power and the ability to make plays with the ball in his hands. He isn't much of a blocker just yet, though, and struggles with his route running.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Charles has some talent but is a stretch to find the field enough to help fantasy teams. His production will be hit or miss. He could get 20 or so receptions for 300 yards with a few scores.

 #84  Chris Thompson WashingtonBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Thompson should have some value as a change-of-pace back for the Redskins his rookie season. Thompson lacks the size to be an every-down back in the NFL but should do well in a third-down role. He has speed and good moves in space. Thompson also catches the ball well and is a willing blocker.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Thompson probably won't get much work in his current role. He'll have a hard time finding the field a whole lot with Alfred Morris around. But Thompson could get a few hundred total yards and maybe a score or two. He'll have a few big games along the way.

 #85  Latavius Murray OaklandBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Murray is a power back that gives the Raiders a bit of a different look at running back. He could challenge for the backup job in Oakland this season but likely will be the No. 3 or 4 as he gets accustomed to the pro game. Murray has great size for the position and runs with power. He also has pretty good speed for his size and catches the ball well out of the backfield. He does a little bit of everything and does it all pretty well.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Murray doesn't seem to have much value this season unless injury occurs. He is waiver-wire material more than draft material for fantasy teams. He could get a few hundred yards with a touchdown or two.

 #86  John Kuhn Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 63  Rush: 23Green BayBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Kuhn had just 23 carries last season but caught 15 passes for the third straight season. He scored just a touchdown, though, breaking a streak of two straight seasons with six touchdowns. Kuhn averages 248 total yards the last three seasons. He doesn't get a ton of work as a reserve and short-yardage option for the Packers but gets a few touches per game. Kuhn isn't a fast back, but runs with power and does well in short-yardage situations. He also isn't a bad pass catcher, finishing with 15 receptions each of the last three seasons.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Kuhn has a little value in TD only leagues but that is about it. He could get around four or five scores but his yardage totals won't help fantasy teams. He might get around 200 total yards.

 #87  Ronnie Brown Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 220  Rush: 46San DiegoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Brown was the third-down back for the Chargers last season and had a career high in receptions, catching 49 passes. He didn't get a ton of chances to run the ball (46) but did average a solid 4.8 yards per carry. He filled his role well last season for the Chargers. But at age 31, Brown might have a hard time getting as many chances this season, especially with Danny Woodhead now in the mix for the Chargers. Brown didn't make many big plays with his work last season. Brown is a pretty big back with decent speed and big-play ability. He seems to lack some of the burst of past seasons, though. And Brown is an injury risk, playing a full season just twice in his career. Brown does catch the ball well, having 30-plus catches six times during his career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Brown might have a hard time repeating last year. We just don't think he'll get the chances. But he could still get 20 or so receptions and 400 total yards, making him a look as a No. 4 back in PPR formats.

 #88  Tashard Choice Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 193  Rush: 47IndianapolisBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Choice had his best season in a few years but still wasn't a huge factor, serving as the No. 3 back most of the year for the Bills. He had 202 total yards and a touchdown. Choice had one big game during the season, rushing 20 times 92 yards in Week 3. He had just 62 yards after that game, though, getting few chances. Choice has good quickness and some big-play ability. He does a good job of setting his blocks and hitting the hole. One of the knocks on Choice, though, is his size, which prevents him from being an every-down back. He'll battle for a No. 2 or 3 role in 2013.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Choice isn't worth a draft pick. He might be worth a look if he suddenly starts getting playing time but don't count on that happen. He might get 300 total yards and a score.

 #89  Justin Forsett Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 374  Rush: 63BaltimoreBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Forsett didn't get a ton of carries in his first season with the Texans but played well with his chances. He averaged 6.0 yards per carry and had 375 yards on just 64 carries. The only negative for Forsett was a lack of work in the passing game, catching just three passes. He had three straight seasons with 20-plus receptions before last year. Forsett is a big-play back. He doesn't have the size to be an every-down back, but Forsett possesses very good speed and moves in space. He is a playmaker, averaging 4.9 yards per carry for his career. He should continue to be a change-of-pace back this season with the Jaguars, a role he serves well.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Forsett probably doesn't get enough touches to be worth a roster spot. And his downturn in receptions hurts his value in PPR leagues. He could get around 400 total yards, making him a guy that probably isn't worth drafting.

 #90  Theo Riddick DetroitBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Riddick is a little similar to Reggie Bush, so he landed in a good spot his rookie season. He gets to learn from Bush. Riddick projects to be more of a third-down back. He isn't a great runner but is a top receiver out of the backfield. He is a little small to be an every-down back but is a playmaker. The Lions will find ways to get him involved.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Riddick probably won't get much work his rookie season but should have a bigger role in the offense in a few seasons. He might get a few hundred roles this year but don't expect much more unless injury occurs.

 #91  Kyle Juszczyk BaltimoreBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Juszczyk probably won't be the starting fullback his rookie season for the Ravens but should be in the near future. As for this year, he'll be used as a blocker and get some work as a receiver out of the backfield. He is a pretty good pass catcher and has good speed for a fullback. He excels as a blocker, though, so that gives him the most value to the Ravens. He isn't likely getting many chances to run the ball but could get some receptions.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Juszczyk isn't going to be much of a help to fantasy teams, especially as a backup fullback. And even when he gets that starting job, he isn't going to get enough touches to have fantasy value. He might have a little outside value in PPR formats.

 #92  Le'Ron McClain San DiegoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
McClain had just 14 carries as a fullback for the Chargers last season. He had fewer than 100 total yards and has just 29 carries the last two seasons. McClain has topped 100-rushing yards just twice in his career. McClain is a blocker more than anything. He does some things well when he gets some carries, though, as he has some past success with the Ravens (902-rushing yards in 2008). McClain isn't a speed demon by any means, but runs hard and moves a pile with his size and strength. He isn't likely to get a lot more touches as a running back but should continue to get plenty of time blocking.

Fantasy Outlook:  
McClain really isn't worth a roster spot. His numbers continue to decline and his fewer chances in the passing game are a concern. Go with younger options with more upside

 #93  Leon Washington Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 83  Rush: 23TennesseeBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Washington had just 23 carries last season, his fewest as a pro. But he continued to be a big asset on special teams, returning another kickoff for a touchdown. Washington has eight career return touchdowns. Washington makes things happen with the ball in his hands. He has great moves and is tough to bring down in the open field. Washington has quick feet and good strength for his size. He can be an effective third-down or change of pace back (three seasons with 25-plus receptions), and could serve that role with the Patriots this season. He has topped 500-rushing yards just twice.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Washington sees his value spike with his new team. He has some reception potential if he gets consistent work on passing downs, which is very possible. He could get 30 or so receptions and around 500 total yards with a few scores.

 #94  Rex Burkhead CincinnatiBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Burkhead is a hard working back that will carry the load if asked. He lacks some speed for the running back spot but makes up for that with some toughness. He does well between the tackles and is a pretty good one-cut runner, making defenders miss. He also has pretty good hands and could help as a receiver if asked. He is likely No. 3 or 4 on the depth chart for the Bengals this season.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Burkhead will have a hard time finding the field his rookie season. He might get a few hundred yards, making him a reach for fantasy teams.

 #95  Joe McKnight Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 179  Rush: 30Kansas CityBye: 10 
 
Player News:
McKnight continues to play a minimal role in the Jets' offense. He has between 30 and 43 carries in each of his three seasons in the league. He has failed to rush for more than 200 yards in any season and his career high in receptions is 13. His biggest asset is as a return man, having return touchdowns each of the last two seasons. McKnight seems to have the makeup to be a solid third-down back but just hasn't excelled in that role. He is a top athlete with playmaking ability. He has great speed and big-play ability. He lacks the size to be a full-time starter at running back. McKnight also has struggled in his reads and ability to do much after contact.

Fantasy Outlook: Cold
McKnight probably won't get much more work than last season, making him a guy to avoid come draft day. He might get 300 or 400 total yards. Remember, he has yet to score a touchdown offensively in his career.

 #96  Da'Rel Scott New York GiantsBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Knee surgery cut short Scott's season after just four games. He did have a career high six carries before getting injured, though. He has 11 carries in two seasons. His knee surgery was minor last season, so he'll be just fine for the coming year. But his lack of work in two seasons is a concern. At this point, Scott is likely fighting for his NFL life, just trying to stay on a roster. Scott projects as a third-down back. He has explosive speed and moves in the open field. He does lack some bulk, though, and isn't that great between the tackles.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Scott has some talent and ability but just hasn't put it together to date. If he gets his chances, he could surprise, but we wouldn't count on anything big from him. He might have a hard time just making a roster.

 #97  Mike James Tampa BayBye: 5 
 
Player News:
James is a pretty well-rounded back that could eventually be the top backup to Doug Martin. He has the makeup to be a three-down back in the NFL. James isn't a top athlete but does everything pretty well. He is a willing blocker, can catch the ball and has enough speed to make some plays to the outside. He is more of a tough runner, though, and makes his mark as a power back. James is likely to be the No. 3 back this season for the Bucs but could move up before the season is out.

Fantasy Outlook:  
James isn't in a great situation for playing time but would be worth a waiver-wire look if Martin gets hurt. But until that happens, don't bother with James. He won't play very much.

 #98  Alfonso Smith Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 0  Rush: 0ArizonaBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Smith didn't get a carry last season after having 30 his rookie season. He did catch a couple passes in 11 games. At this point, Smith is fighting to keep an NFL roster spot. He hasn't shown much in two seasons, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry for his career. Smith has good size and runs with some power but doesn't have top speed or great moves in space. He does have decent hands, though, and has made plays at times with his few chances in the passing game. He'll fight for a backup spot at running back this season.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Smith isn't worth a draft pick. He is a long shot to see a big jump in playing time this season.

 #99  Chris Rainey Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 102  Rush: 26IndianapolisBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Rainey got a little work his rookie season, rushing 26 times 102 yard and caught 14 passes. The bad news is the Steelers had a lot of injuries at running back last season but Rainey didn't get a whole lot of chances. This doesn't bode too well for his future with the team. He has the makeup to be a solid third-down back, though. He is a small back with track speed and solid hands. He can make a big play in a hurry because of his elite speed and moves. He struggles running inside, though, and isn't much of a blocker because of his size. He'll get plenty of work on passing downs but likely doesn't have the size and strength to be an every-down back in the NFL.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Rainey could get a few more chances in the passing game this season but don't expect a huge surge in stats. He could get around 25 receptions and 350 total yards. Rainey doesn't bring much fantasy value to the table.

 #100  Mike Goodson Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 221  Rush: 35New York JetsBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Goodson was the top backup for the Raiders much of the season, but didn't get much work in this role. He had double-digit carries just once, which came in Week 15. Goodson had 221-rushing yards for the year and topped 50 yards just twice. Goodson has never topped 500-rushing yards in a season but did have 762 total yards for the Panthers in 2010. He can provide some value as a backup but might get his chance to start this season, competing for that job with the Jets. Goodson isn't a big back, but has top speed and moves well in space. Goodson also is a good return man, giving him value on special teams. Goodson doesn't run with much power, but makes up for that because of his speed and ability to make tacklers miss.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Goodson is worth watching this camp and preseason. If he earns a lot of playing time, he could be worth drafting for fantasy teams this year. He has some upside in an expanded role. Goodson can get some total yards in this offense. For now, expect around 800 total yards and a few scores, making him a No. 3 back for fantasy teams.

 #101  Brian Leonard Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 106  Rush: 33Tampa BayBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Leonard had 33 carries last season and topped 100-rushing yards. Both totals were his highest since his rookie season. He did catch just 11 passes, though, which was his lowest career receiving total. He got more work running but less as a receiver. He still brings more value as a receiver, having 20 or more receptions all but one season. He has just one touchdown in five seasons, though. Leonard is an effective receiver and blocker out of the backfield. Leonard seems to have found his niche offensively, serving many different roles from third-down back to fullback to special teams player. He is a good depth guy because of his ability to play many roles. He should continue to play a variety of roles with his new team, Tampa Bay, this season.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Leonard has a little value in PPR leagues because of his pass-catching ability. But outside of those leagues, don't bother with Leonard. He'll get around 250 total yards and isn't likely to find the end zone. Don't expect a surge in production with his new team.

 #102  Michael Cox New York GiantsBye: 9 
 
 #103  Benny Cunningham St LouisBye: 11 
 
 #104  Cyrus Gray Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 44  Rush: 7Kansas CityBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Gray had seven carries in 10 games his rookie season. The positive was he averaged an impressive 6.3 yards per carry. But he got very little work with some talented backs ahead of him on the depth chart. He has a chance to move up the depth chart his season, competing to be the No. 2 or 3 back for the Chiefs. Gray is a well-rounded back that should do well in a reserve role. He does well between the tackles and moves well in space despite having good size for the position. Gray runs with power and can move a pile, keeping his legs churning. Gray lacks a little speed, which could hold him back from getting a larger role with the team.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Gray seems setup for more work this season but nothing is certain. He'll need to earn it. So he isn't worth drafting just yet but might be worth a waiver-wire add in deeper formats if he starts grabbing consistent playing time.

 #105  Anthony Dixon Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 78  Rush: 21BuffaloBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Dixon fell down the depth chart and didn't get much work for the 49ers last season, rushing 21 times for 78 yards. His numbers have declined every season since entering the NFL. He has just 402-rushing yards in three seasons and fewer than 100 yards each of the last two years. At this point, Dixon is hoping to be a No. 3 or 4 back, fighting for his NFL life. Dixon is a big back that isn't brought down easy and does a good job of moving the pile. He is more of a finisher than big-play threat. Dixon doesn't have much speed and won't make many plays on the outside.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Dixon has little value as he might not even have a roster spot this coming year. He isn't worth a draft spot. Until he starts getting consistent work, don't bother.

 #106  Dennis Johnson HoustonBye: 8 
 
 #107  Dan Herron Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 5  Rush: 4IndianapolisBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Herron was on the practice squad nearly his entire rookie season but played a few games at the end of the year. He ran four times for five yards. Herron didn't get enough chances to prove his worth just yet. He has a lot to prove at this point. Herron is fighting for a roster spot this season with the Bengals. He could be the No. 3 back if all goes well for him. Herron is a pretty complete back with the ability to play three downs. He has good acceleration and can make plays to the outside but also runs with some power because of his good size. He has good quickness for the position and will make some plays as a receiver out of the backfield.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Herron could get more chances this season but still isn't worth drafting just yet. We don't see a ton of carries and receptions in his future. He might get a few hundred total yards and a score or two.

 #108  Michael Smith Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 0  Rush: 0Tampa BayBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Smith played a game his rookie season but didn't get a touch offensively. He did get a chance to return some kicks, though. Smith could compete for a depth role at running back this season with the Bucs. He isn't a big back but has pretty good speed and decent hands. Smith is a better bet to help on special teams than as a running back. He can make big plays because of his top speed and moves in the open field.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Smith could get a few more carries but not enough to help fantasy teams. He'll probably be a bigger help as a return man, which could give him a little value in return yardage leagues.

 #109  Willis McGahee Yr: 2012  TDs: 4  Yds: 731  Rush: 167ClevelandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
McGahee had last season cut short because of a broken leg and torn MCL. He was having another productive season before the injury, though, rushing for 731 yards in 10 games. He had three 100-yard games. McGahee turns 32 shortly after the season starts, so his days of starting might be about over. He might be best suited as a backup now. McGahee has four 1,000-yard seasons in nine years. McGahee is a powerful back with plus-speed and the ability to make a big play on the outside. He also is a decent receiver, catching 22 or more passes five of nine seasons.

Fantasy Outlook:  
His value is going the wrong direction. He won't get near the work this year. He is more of a No. 3 back than anything right now.

 #110  Khiry Robinson New OrleansBye: 7 
 
 #111  Marcel Reece Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 271  Rush: 59OaklandBye: 7 
 
 #112  Spencer Ware SeattleBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Ware is a big back that does his best work between tackles. He is a solid option for short-yardage work. He isn't a speed burner by any means, though, and really lacks a second gear. He probably doesn't have the makeup for a full-time starter unless he loses some weight and gets faster. He is likely No. 3 or 4 on the depth chart for the Seahawks his rookie season.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Ware might get some short-yardage work, which gives him some touchdown potential but don't count on many of those chances. His value will be better in a few years.

 #113  Tommy Bohanon New York JetsBye: 10 
 
 #114  Matt Asiata Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 9  Rush: 3MinnesotaBye: 5 
 
 #115  Jonathan Dwyer Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 623  Rush: 156ArizonaBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Dwyer had just 25 carries going into last season but ran 156 times, getting plenty of starts for the Steelers. He had some good moments but was up and down as a starter. Dwyer had back-to-back 100-yard games his season high was just 56 yards after those games despite having double-digit carries five more times. Dwyer didn't prove he could be an every-down back in the league, averaging four yards per carry. He has room to grow but seems best suited as a backup. Dwyer is a big back, but has good speed and cutback ability. Dwyer also is tough to bring down once he has the ball in his hands. He lacks some big-play ability, though, and breakaway speed.

Fantasy Outlook: Cold
Dwyer might not ever get the chances as he got last season. He doesn't seem to have the makeup to be a legit starter in this league but can help as a backup, which won't be a big help to fantasy teams. We expect a season with around 450 total yards and a few scores.

 #116  Alex Green Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 464  Rush: 135New York JetsBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Green finally got some starts last season but didn't do much with those chances. He had three straight games with 20 or more carries but his high rushing total was 65 during that stretch. His season high in rushing yards was just 69. Green ran for 464 yards and failed to score a touchdown, averaging 3.4 yards per carry. Green didn't show much with his chances, showing he is more backup or third-down back material for NFL teams. Green is a good pass catcher and has top moves in the open field. He doesn't lack size, but doesn't run with a lot of power, hurting his chances to be a starter.

Fantasy Outlook: Cold
Green has a little value because he'll get some work in this offense, but don't expect big numbers by any means. Last season was probably his best chance for a big season, and he failed to capitalize. For this season, expect around 500 total yards and 20 receptions.

 #117  Dion Lewis Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 69  Rush: 13ClevelandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Just when you thought Lewis would take a step forward and grab a bigger role, another back passes him on the depth chart. Bryce Brown took over the backup duties for the Eagles, making Lewis expendable. Lewis was traded to the Browns during the offseason. Lewis should challenge for the top backup job in Cleveland. He could have a much bigger role offensively after rushing 13 times for 69 yards last season. Lewis is a small back with good moves and decent hands. He makes plays in space and can be an asset in the passing game. Lewis also doesn't do too badly between the tackles despite not being the biggest back.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
Lewis can get more work and has some reception upside, but don't reach early for him by any means. He isn't guaranteed any playing time and will have to earn it. He could get 20 or so receptions and around 500 total yards in an expanded role.

 #118  Jordan Todman Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 8  Rush: 3JacksonvilleBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Todman had his second season cut short because of a calf injury but played just a game before the injury. He had three carries for eight yards but did get some work as the kick returner. Todman has gotten in just a game in two seasons in the NFL. Todman is a small back, but has top speed and good moves in space. He still needs some work as a receiver, but has the makeup to do well in a third-down back role. Even if he doesn't get much work again as a running back this season, Todman could be a solid return man on special teams if he gets the chances.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Todman needs to actually do something on an NFL field before you can use a roster spot on him.

 #119  Ahmad Bradshaw$7  Yr: 2012  TDs: 6  Yds: 1015  Rush: 221IndianapolisBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Bradshaw had his second 1,000-yard season of his career despite missing a couple games because of injury. He still managed 1,260 total yards and six touchdowns in 14 games, producing when on the field. He had four 100-yard games and averaged a solid 4.6 yards per carry. But Bradshaw had another surgery on his foot this offseason, which is a big concern. He has endured multiple foot surgeries the last few seasons, making you wonder if he can hold up at this point of his career. The good news is Bradshaw produces when playing. He has 1,000-yard season two of the last three and 20-plus receptions four straight seasons. Bradshaw is a pretty complete back. Bradshaw is a shifty back with elite speed. He has home-run potential with the ball in his hands. Bradshaw isn't the biggest back but runs with some power and does well between the tackles. His lack of size lends him to injury, but he is a tough back that plays through pain and still performs. He heads to the Colts this season and is the likely starter if he can prove he is healthy.

Fantasy Outlook: Sleeper
Bradshaw is an obvious injury risk, which hurts his value. But his potential is high when he is healthy and playing, especially in this Colts' offense. He will produce. But you can't take him as anything more than a No. 3 fantasy back because of his injury risks. We would expect a season with around 1,100 total yards and six touchdowns.

 #120  Vick Ballard Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 814  Rush: 211IndianapolisBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Ballard emerged as the starting back his rookie season and played pretty well in the role. He had nearly 1,000 total yards (966). Ballard had more than 50-rushing yards eight times. His numbers weren't eye popping, though, averaging 3.8 yards per carry while scoring just three touchdowns. He had just one 100-yard game all season less than 90-rushing yards every other game despite having double-digit carries 10 times. Ballard was expected to start this season before the arrival of Ahmad Bradshaw. But Ballard should be the No. 2 back for the Colts as long as Bradshaw proves he is healthy. Ballard is a big back that will run over would-be tacklers. Ballard does lack some speed, though, and will make few plays to the outside, which hurts his chances to be an every down back. He needs to show he can make more big plays if he hopes to win the starting job in Indy.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
Don't overvalue Ballard because he could be starting at some point. He has some upside in a good offense but the Colts remain pass first. Ballard has more touchdown potential than anything. He can get around 700 total yards this season and get around seven or so scores. Consider him a No. 3 fantasy back. Bradshaw is no thing to stay healthy all year, which would boost the value of Ballard.

 #121  Jackie Battle Yr: 2012  TDs: 3  Yds: 311  Rush: 95TennesseeBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Battle did alright in his backup role with the Chargers, his first with the team. Battle had double-digit carries four times and totaled 420 yards. He topped 50-rushing yards just once, though, and averaged just 3.3 yards per carry. After getting little work offensively his first several seasons in the league, Battle has 1,084 total yards his last two seasons. He has proved to be a decent depth guy at running back, a role he should continue to serve this season. Battle isn't a huge back but has some speed and runs with a little power. He doesn't do a whole lot at receiver (38 career receptions) but has decent hands. Battle does lack some explosion and big-play ability, which holds him back from getting more work offensively.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Battle might have a hard time repeating last year. He didn't do much with his chances last year, so it wouldn't surprise to see him get less work. He might get a few hundred yards with a touchdown or two.

 #122  Lex Hilliard Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 33  Rush: 9New York JetsBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Hilliard had eight carries and four receptions in 12 games for the Jets last season. He has never topped 100-rushing yards in any season but did catch 20 passes for 158 yards his rookie season. His career has been uneventful since his rookie year, though. He is fighting for his NFL life right now. Hilliard isn't an ideal pass-catching option because of his size, but catches the ball well and is tough to bring down once he gets going. Hilliard runs hard and likes to initiate contact. Hilliard doesn't have great speed, though, and won't be breaking many long runs. He'll battle for a reserve spot.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
Hilliard has some receiving skills, but isn't likely to get enough work to help fantasy teams.

 #123  Greg Jones Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 8  Rush: 5HoustonBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Jones broke his leg Week 16 but didn't have much work offensive before then, getting his work as a fullback. He had five carries and 11 receptions before the injury. Jones has served the fullback role the last few seasons but gotten few chances offensively. Jones has fewer than 100 total yards five straight seasons. He is a blocker more than anything these days. His days of helping as a runner seem over. Jones makes his mark as a blocker, a role he should continue to serve this season.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Jones isn't getting enough work to warrant fantasy consideration. He has rushed for more than 200 yards just once in his career and his career high in touchdowns is four. A sudden breakthrough isn't expected this season, especially in his current role.

 #124  Cedric Peerman Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 258  Rush: 36CincinnatiBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Peerman emerged as a change-of-pace back for the Bengals and served the role well, averaging an impressive 7.2 yards per carry. He also caught nine passes for 85 yards. He finished with a career high 343 total yards. Peerman had fewer than 20 total yards his first two seasons in the league. Peerman showed last season he can help in a reserve role for NFL teams. Expect him to serve a similar role this season, getting sporadic work as a change-of-pace back. Peerman has above-average speed and good moves in the open field. Peerman also has pretty good hands, making him a help on third downs. He lacks some size and strength, which likely holds him back from being a starting back.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Peerman finally got his chances last season and played well with them. A repeat or better wouldn't be a surprise. He can get around 500 total yards and a few scores, making him worth a look as a low-end No. 3 or 4 fantasy back.

 #125  Chris Ogbonnaya Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 30  Rush: 8ClevelandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Ogbonnaya got plenty of work as the third-down back for the Browns last season, catching a career high 24 passes. He has 47 receptions the last two seasons, getting plenty of chances in the passing game. He carried the ball just eight times last year, though, after having 76 carries the previous season. Ogbonnaya will battle for a reserve role this coming season, likely serving as a No. 3 or 4 running back. His lack of size hurts his value but he has proved in the past he can carry the load at running back and produce some. Ogbonnaya is best suited as a change-of-pace back. He has pretty good speed and decent hands, but lacks the size to be a dependable between the tackles runner.

Fantasy Outlook:  
He has a little value in PPR formats but that is about it. He could get around 20 receptions and 200 total yards.


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