2016 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 elite backs are much tougher to come by these days. You'll have to act early to get one of the top backs in this year's draft. 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 Devonta Freeman of this season? There are several players capable of having that breakout season, including Jeremy Langford, Thomas Rawls and Carlos Hyde. There is a drop off after the top guys, so finding one of these diamonds in the rough is as important as ever for fantasy teams in 2016.

Updated: 09/05/16
 #1  David Johnson$33  Yr: 2015  TDs: 8  Yds: 581  Rush: 125ArizonaBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Johnson found his way into the starting lineup late last season and was an elite back in that role. He was a fantasy force down the stretch, having 100-plus total yards four of five games to end the season and five touchdowns during that stretch. He didn't have double-digit carries until Week 13 of the season but still finished seventh overall in fantasy running back scoring. He is going to start from day one for the Cardinals this season. Johnson does well between the tackles but has plenty of speed to make plays to the outside. He also catches the ball very well and is a home-run threat with the ball in his hands. He is a complete back in an explosive offense. Fantasy Outlook: There is always risk with players similar to Johnson (i.e. C.J. Anderson last year), but Johnson sure looks like the real deal. He plays in a great offense, is a three-down back, and was very durable in college. Consider him a top-five fantasy back heading into this year. He can get around 1,700 total yards and 14 touchdowns in this offense.
 #2  Adrian Peterson$33  Yr: 2015  TDs: 11  Yds: 1485  Rush: 327MinnesotaBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Peterson returned from his nearly year-long suspension last season and didn't seem to miss a beat. He led the NFL in rushing and finished second overall in fantasy running back season. It was another very good showing for Peterson. He had seven 100-yard games and ran for nearly 1,500 yards. He also scored 11 touchdowns. If there was a knock on Peterson last year, it was a lack of work in the passing game. He caught just 30 passes, which is down some compared to his last few full seasons. Peterson remains the top back for the Vikings and should continue to get plenty of work. He is 31 years old but hasn't shown many signs of slowing down. He keeps himself in great shape and his almost year off the previous season could help the longevity of his career. Peterson has eight 1,000-yard seasons and double-digit touchdowns every year in the NFL that he has played a full season. Peterson is as explosive as any back in the game. He looks like a man among boys. Peterson can run over tacklers but also has great speed to break a big play every time he touches the ball. Fantasy Outlook: Peterson is getting older, which is a concern, but you still have to consider him a top-three fantasy back. You can even make a case for taking him first overall but he does carry some risk because of his age and tendency to get nicked up some during the year. But if he plays a full year, expect another season with around 1,700 total yards and double-digit touchdowns. He remains as consistent as any fantasy back in the game.
 #3  Todd Gurley$32  Yr: 2015  TDs: 10  Yds: 1106  Rush: 229Los AngelesBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Gurley missed the first two games of his rookie season as he recovered from a torn ACL and sat out the last game of the season because of injury, but still finished ninth overall in fantasy running back scoring. He had 1,294 total yards and 10 touchdowns. He had five 100-yard gams and averaged 4.8 yards per carry, running behind a poor offensive line much of the year. He is already one of the top backs in all of football. He is a big back but also possesses very good speed. He does a great job of breaking tackles and making plays after contact. Gurley is great at making the big play and an improving receiver, catching 21 passes as a rookie. Gurley can be a special back in this league as long as he is healthy. Fantasy Outlook: Gurley has a chance to be the top overall fantasy back this season. He has huge potential in this run-first offense. He is a top-five fantasy pick this season. Gurley can get around 1,800 to 1,900 total yards and 13 touchdowns with 40 or so receptions.
 #4  Ezekiel Elliott$29  DallasBye: 7 
 
Player News:
The Cowboys got their franchise back in the draft, taking Elliott with their first pick. Elliott is a three-down back that should excel in this offense from day one. He has very good vision and breakaway speed. Elliott can do the job inside or outside when running the ball. He also is a plus pass catcher and a willing blocker. He'll be the top back in this offense for years to come, starting from day one for the Cowboys.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Elliott is a legit No. 1 fantasy back his rookie season. He gets to run behind a great offensive line and play in a plus offense. He'll get plenty of chances to make plays for the Cowboys. A season with a round 1,700 total yards, 12 touchdowns and around 40 receptions is a really possibility for Elliott.

 #5  Devonta Freeman$29  Yr: 2015  TDs: 11  Yds: 1056  Rush: 265AtlantaBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Freeman opened his second season splitting carries but quickly took over as starter and had a breakout year in that role. He was the top rated fantasy back last season, beating out Adrian Peterson for that honor. Freeman had 1,634 total yards and 14 touchdowns. He had an amazing 73 receptions, doing a great job in the passing game. Freeman had four 100-yard games. He did seem to tire out some late in the year, having fewer than 80-rushing yards his last seven games. He is going to be the starter from day one this year. Freeman showed it all last season, running with power, breaking plays to the outside and making tons of plays in the passing game. He is a complete back for the Falcons and should continue to get plenty of work going forward. He is a big-play back and can make a something happen every time he touches the ball. Fantasy Outlook: Freeman will have a hard time repeating last year, but we still like him to do very well. He is the real deal, especially if you consider how well he does in the passing game. He is a top-five fantasy back this season and should go in the first round of most leagues. Expect around 1,500 total yards and double-digit scores with around 65 receptions.
 #6  Lamar Miller$26  Yr: 2015  TDs: 8  Yds: 872  Rush: 194HoustonBye: 9 
 
Player News:
His season was overlooked a little because the Dolphins disappointed, but Miller was sixth overall in fantasy running back scoring. He was a pretty consistent back in a pass-first offense. Miller had 1,269 total yards and 10 touchdowns. He failed to have double-digit carries six times but still produced this very good numbers. He was a big plus in the passing game, catching 47 passes. Miller is a legit top NFL starting back. He has back-to-back seasons of 1,000-plus total yards and averages 4.6 yards per carry for his career. 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 lacks a little thump for the position. He catches the ball very well out of the backfield, having at least 38 receptions two straight seasons. A move to the Texans is a positive for Miller, getting a chance for more carries in an offense that will run the ball more. He should see more overall touches with his new team. Fantasy Outlook: Miller is a legit top-10 fantasy back, especially with his move to Houston. He is going to get a lot of work. Just look at what Arian Foster did in this offense. Miller is a big-play threat that catches a ton of passes. He'll have very good total yardage numbers and don't overlook that he has at least nine scores two straight seasons. He also finds the end zone. Expect around 1,600 total yards and 10 touchdowns with 40 or so receptions. He is a second-round pick come draft day.
 #7  Mark Ingram$25  Yr: 2015  TDs: 6  Yds: 769  Rush: 166New OrleansBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Ingram missed the last four games of the season because of a shoulder injury but still managed to finish 12th overall in fantasy running back scoring. He was having another fine overall season before getting injured, finishing with 1,174 total yards and six touchdowns. His total yards was a career high. He is yet to have a 1,000-yard rushing season, though. Ingram is the top back in this productive offense. He 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 has really improved as a receiver, getting on the field more and more in passing situations. Ingram has some injury concerns, missing games each of the past three seasons. Fantasy Outlook: Ingram has injury issues but can be a top-five fantasy back if he plays a full season in this offense. Consider him a low-end No. 1 because of the injury concerns, though. He can get around 1,500 total yards and 10 touchdowns with around 50 receptions.
 #8  Le'Veon Bell$25  Yr: 2015  TDs: 3  Yds: 556  Rush: 113PittsburghBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Bell started the season suspended and ended hurt, injuring his knee in Week 8. The good news is he avoided a torn ACL, but damaged his MCL and PCL. These injuries are slightly easier to return from, giving him a good chance to be ready for Week 1 of this year. Bell played a very high level before getting hurt, totaling 692 yards and three touchdowns in six games. Bell might be the most complete back in the game right now. Bell is a big back with strength and speed. He will run over defenders but also has good moves in space. Bell is one of the top pass catchers at running back in the game and is a huge asset in pass protection. Fantasy Outlook: Coming back from injury is a little bit of a concern, but Bell remains capable of being first overall in fantasy scoring despite that. He has huge potential in this offense, getting tons of weekly touches. Consider him at least a top-three back come draft day. He is capable of carrying fantasy teams any given weeks. Count on about 1,900 total yards and double-digit touchdowns with 70 receptions. Bell is suspended the first three games of the season for violating the league's drug policy. This knocks him down a few spots in the rankings but he remains a top 10-back for fantasy teams.
 #9  Eddie Lacy$23  Yr: 2015  TDs: 3  Yds: 758  Rush: 187Green BayBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Lacy had a hugely disappointing season last year, splitting work with James Starks much of the year. He ran for just more than 750 yards and scored just five touchdowns. He did have three 100-yard games but averred just four yards per carry. The Packers were not happy with his fitness and want him to lose a lot of weight this offseason. Lacy will get first crack at the starter's job as long as he is in shape. Lacy had two straight 1,000-yard seasons before last year. He is just 26 years old and should be in the prime of his career. Lacy 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 as evident by his reception totals his first three seasons. Lacy isn't a top big-play back but will break off some long runs in this top offense. Fantasy Outlook: Lacy can return to elite fantasy back status as long as he is in shape and motivated, which he should be after last season. Expect a rebound season. Lacy is a good buy-low candidate in this great offense. He can get around 1,300 total yards and double-digit scores with 30 or so receptions.
 #10  C.J. Anderson$20  Yr: 2015  TDs: 5  Yds: 720  Rush: 152DenverBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Anderson had an erratic season, failing to capitalize on his great finish to the previous year. The good news is Anderson finished last season very well and should have momentum going forward to this year. He split work much of the regular season, finishing with 903 total yards and five touchdowns. But he was the top runner for the Broncos during their Super Bowl run, having at least 72-rushing yards all three playoff games. He also scored twice and finished with 273 total yards. He should get first crack at the starter's job this season for the Broncos. Anderson knows what it takes now to earn that starting job. As long as he doesn't have a slip up during the offseason, the future is bright for Anderson this coming year. Anderson is a good fit for the offense. Anderson runs with some power but has some good moves when he gets outside the tackles. Anderson is best between the tackles, though, churning out the tough yards. He also catches the ball pretty well and continues to improve in that area. Fantasy Outlook: Anderson burnt many teams last year but you have to like his potential for the coming season. His price tag should be much cheaper. Don't be surprised if he emerges as a low-end No. 1 for fantasy teams. He can get around 1,400 total yards and double-digit touchdowns.
 #11  Jeremy Langford$20  Yr: 2015  TDs: 6  Yds: 537  Rush: 148ChicagoBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Langford got plenty of starts his rookie season because of an injury to Matt Forte. Langford did well in that role, finishing with 816 total yards and seven touchdowns. He didn't have a 100-yard rushing game but topped 70-rushing yards three times. He also caught the ball very well, finishing with 22 receptions. Langford should be the starter from day one this year for the Bears. Langford is a rare three-down back. He can make big plays, run between the tackles and does very well as a receiver. He could bulk up a little and make more plays after contact but should improve in those areas over time. Fantasy Outlook: Langford has a lot of potential as a starter. He could be a low-end No. 1 back in this offense, especially if you consider all the work he should get in the passing game. He can finish with around 1,300 total yards, 45 receptions and 10 scores.
 #12  Doug Martin$20  Yr: 2015  TDs: 6  Yds: 1402  Rush: 288Tampa BayBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Martin was a big surprise last year, finishing fourth overall in fantasy running back scoring after doing little the last few seasons. He had a big rebound year, being surrounded by better offensive talent. Martin topped 1,400-rushing yards and caught 33 passes. He finished with 1,673 total yards and seven touchdowns. He had four 100-yard rushing games and double-digit carries every game. His rushing totals weren't a career high but the firs time he had 1,000 yards since his rookie year. Martin proved he still has plenty left in the tank at age 27. He'll continue to be a big part of this offense. Martin does well between the tackles but also has enough 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: The only knock on Martin is he loses out on some goal-line chances. The rest of his resume looks great right now. He can near last season's numbers in this offense. Martin can get around 1,500 total yards and eight touchdowns with 35 or so receptions. He is a late first or second-round pick.
 #13  Latavius Murray$19  Yr: 2015  TDs: 6  Yds: 1066  Rush: 266OaklandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Murray was the starter from day one last season and enjoyed his first 1,000-yard season as a pro. He had nearly 1,300 total yards and six touchdowns. Murray had just two 100-yard games despite getting double-digit carries in every game. He did well as a receiver, though, catching 41 passes. He tried to make the big play too often at times last year, which led to him averaging just four yards per carry. He is the starter for the Raiders, though, and should continue to grow in that role. Murray is more of a power back but has enough speed to make plays on the outside. 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 can build on last season and be a top-10 or even top-five fantasy back in this emerging offense. He is a fantasy player on the rise. He is a rare three-down back that can get around 1,500 total yards and nine touchdowns with 40 or so receptions.
 #14  Matt Forte$19  Yr: 2015  TDs: 4  Yds: 898  Rush: 218New York JetsBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Forte missed three games because of injury last season but still finished eighth overall in fantasy running back scoring. He had another very productive year as the starter for the Bears. Forte had 1,287 total yards and seven touchdowns in 13 games. He did have just one 100-yard rushing game but his 44 receptions helped pad his overall yardage totals. Forte is 30 years old this season and missed some time because of injury last year, so you have to wonder how much he has left in the tank. A move to the Jets isn't a bad thing for Forte, getting to play in a more run-first offense. He should get his touches with his new team. Forte has 1,000-yard rushing seasons five of eight. He has more than 1,000 total yards every season in the NFL. Forte has good size and runs hard. He isn't a huge big-play back but will make some big plays. 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: Forte could slow down a little this year but still consider him a low-end No. 1 for fantasy teams, especially with the position being watered down a little. He has been very consistent through the years, so expect around 1,500 total yards and double-digit scores. He'll continue to get plenty of work in the passing game for the Jets.
 #15  Jamaal Charles$18  Yr: 2015  TDs: 4  Yds: 364  Rush: 71Kansas CityBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Charles suffered a torn ACL in Week 5, ending his season short. He was performing well once again in his five games played, getting 541 total yards and five touchdowns. He had 21 receptions and averaged 5.1 yards per carry. The problem for Charles is Charcandrick West ran well in his place and seems the future at the position for the Chiefs. Charles could be in more of a platoon role for the Chiefs this season, especially since he is returning from a major knee injury. 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 each of his full seasons. Charles is 29 years old and returning from a major injury, which clouds his future a little going forward. Fantasy Outlook: Charles has some things working against him this year but still worth the risk of taking as a low-end No. 1 or top No. 2 fantasy back. He might not be as elite as recent seasons but can post big numbers in this offense - even in more of a platoon role. He'll get his receptions and yards. Charles can get around 1,400 total yards and double-digit scores with around 60 receptions.
 #16  Thomas Rawls$17  Yr: 2015  TDs: 4  Yds: 830  Rush: 147SeattleBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Rawls was a huge surprise his rookie season. Despite being undrafted, he emerged as the top backup for the Seahawks in the preseason and took over the starting role for the team when Marshawn Lynch was injured. Rawls had 906 total yards and five touchdowns in 13 games. Rawls is the favorite to start for the Seahawks this season. He is going to get first shot to start. Rawls is a small back but run with power and has good speed to make plays to the outside. He can get to the next level in a hurry. Rawls is a very good one-cut runner. He needs work in the passing game but should improve in that area with more seasoning.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Rawls has a chance to be a low-end No. 1 for fantasy teams in his second season. The only thing holding him back is his lack of work in the passing game. He can produce big in this offense, though, as the lead back. He can get around 1,500 total yards and double-digit scores.

 #17  Jeremy Hill$15  Yr: 2015  TDs: 11  Yds: 794  Rush: 223CincinnatiBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Hill had a very disappointing second season. He averaged just 3.6 yards per carry and failed to have a 100-yard game all year. The thing that saved him for fantasy teams was his scores, getting 12 overall touchdowns. The touchdowns helped him finished 20th overall in fantasy running back scoring despite rushing for fewer than 800 yards and catching just 15 passes. He also had fumbling issues, losing three during the regular season and a big one during the Bengals only playoff game. Hill needs to get it together this offseason if he hopes to remain a big part of this offense. He needs to get in better shape and find a way to hold onto the ball better. He'll split duties again this year but will get first crack at getting the most carries for the Bengals. Hill is a big back that does a good job of getting downhill in a hurry. Hill also catches the ball pretty well, having 42 receptions in two seasons despite getting little chances in that area. He doesn't have great moves in space but will surprise with his speed and agility. Fantasy Outlook: Hill was a bust last year but is young enough to turn it around. Don't totally give up on him yet, especially if he keeps getting the goal-line work in the explosive offense. But for now, you have to consider him more of a No. 2 back for fantasy teams. You can't overpay for him because he gets little work in the passing game. He can finish with around 1,100 total yards and double-digit scores.
 #18  LeSean McCoy$15  Yr: 2015  TDs: 3  Yds: 895  Rush: 203BuffaloBye: 10 
 
Player News:
McCoy had a little bit of an erratic first season with the Bills. He had some big games along the way but disappeared in others. His overall numbers were solid despite missing four games because of injury. He had 1,187 total yards and five touchdowns, finishing 17th in fantasy running back scoring. McCoy had eight games with 100-plus total yards, playing his best football the second half of the season before hurting his knee and missing the last two games. McCoy should be the top back and a big focal point of the offense this season. McCoy is 28 years old but has a lot of touches in his seven-year NFL career. McCoy probably isn't hitting the wall just yet but getting a few less touches this season wouldn't be a huge surprise. 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 could lose more work to Karlos Williams this year, but he still has plenty of value in this offense. He'll get his work and should get around 1,100 total yards and eight touchdowns with 40 or so receptions. He can still really help fantasy teams.
 #19  Carlos Hyde$14  Yr: 2015  TDs: 3  Yds: 470  Rush: 115San FranciscoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
A foot injury caused Hyde to play about half the season last year. He eventually needed surgery on the foot but should be fine for the coming year. He had a great first game to the season but didn't do a whole lot after that with the entire 49ers offense struggling. Hyde had more than 60-rushing yards just once after Week 1. He averaged just four yards per carry and finished with 521 total yards in seven games. Hyde should return to the starting lineup this year but might have some company competing for carries. Hyde will need to play more consistent football to keep his starting job. Hyde is a big, powerful back that can carry the load. He also catches the ball well. He really is a three-down back. He does lack some elite speed, though, and doesn't have great moves. He is more of a banger. Fantasy Outlook: Hyde isn't going to go nearly as high this season in drafts but still has some potential in this offense. The 49ers played much better offensively down the stretch compared to early in the year. If they keep that up, Hyde can be a solid No. 2 for fantasy teams. He could get 1,200 or so total yards and eight touchdowns with around 30 receptions.
 #20  DeMarco Murray$12  Yr: 2015  TDs: 6  Yds: 702  Rush: 193TennesseeBye: 13 
 
Player News:
Murray had a disappointing first season with the Eagles. He didn't seem a good fit for the new offense and fell in coach Chip Keily's doghouse, leading Murray to fall all the way to No. 3 on the depth chart at one point during the season. Even with that all said, Murray still finished 15th overall in fantasy running back scoring. He had more than 1,000 total yards and scored seven touchdowns. He had fewer than 200 carries, though, after having nearly 400 the previous year. He was traded to the Titans during the offseason and takes over as the lead back for his new team. He has some competent for carries, though, with the Titans drafting Derrick Henry in the second round. These backs could split a lot of work his year. 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: Murray has some durability concerns because of all his touches the last few years and the addition of Henry really hurts his stock. He is going to eat into his workload. Murray will still get plenty of touches but could be a little more erratic. Consider him more of a No. 2 back for fantasy teams. He can get around 1,100 total yards and eight touchdowns.
 #21  Ryan Mathews$9  Yr: 2015  TDs: 6  Yds: 539  Rush: 106PhiladelphiaBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Mathews had double-digit carries just four times for the Eagles last season but made the most of his work, averaging five yards per carry. He scored seven touchdowns and finished with 685 total yards. He seemed a better fit for the Eagles offense than starter DeMarco Murray. And with Murray gone, Mathews should get first shot to start this year for the Eagles. Mathews 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: Mathews looks a lot better in a starting role this year. You always have to worry about him getting hurt but he as long as he is playing, he has big total yardage potential. He is a dual threat with past success. Take him as a low-end No. 2 but don't be surprised if he surpasses that draft sot. Mathews can get around 1,300 total yards and eight or nine touchdowns.
 #22  Jay Ajayi$8  Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 187  Rush: 49MiamiBye: 8 
 
Player News:
A hamstring injury slowed Ajayi early his rookie season but he found the field about halfway through the season and showed some good things. He didn't have double-digit rushes in a game and had 277 total yards in 10 games. He played second fiddle to starter Lamar Miller, hurting his chances for much playing time. There is a chance he is the starter from day one this year, though. Ajayi has great moves in space and is tough to bring down once he gets the ball in his hands. He catches the ball pretty well and has the makeup to be a three-down back in the league. Ajayi will try to make the big play too much, though, and needs to do a better job of hitting the hole in a hurry. Fantasy Outlook: Ajayi is an intriguing back for the coming year. He has some real potential if he plays a three-down role, which is very possible He could get around 1,200 total yards and seven or eight touchdowns in this offense. He could be a solid No. 2 for fantasy teams.
 #23  Chris Ivory$7  Yr: 2015  TDs: 7  Yds: 1070  Rush: 247JacksonvilleBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Ivory had his first 1,000-yard season as a pro last year. He had his best overall year, finishing 11th overall in fantasy running back scoring. He also set a career high in receptions, catching 30 passes. This was a big boost for his fantasy production. Ivory had three 100-yard rushing games and scored eight touchdowns. He had double-digit carries all but two games. Ivory has 800-plus rushing yards three straight seasons. He has 28 years old and should have a few more seasons left but moves to more of a timeshare this season, signing with the Jaguars. He'll get most of the short-yardage work and some other carries throughout the game. 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 but improving in that area, helping his chances to be more of a three-down back. Fantasy Outlook: Ivory has some value because he is going to score some touchdowns in this offense, but his numbers are going to take a hit in a timeshare. Consider him a No. 3 or 4 fantasy back in his current role. He can get around 700-rushing yards with 15 receptions and eight or so scores. He isn't going to have many huge games but should be pretty consistent.
 #24  Danny Woodhead$5  Yr: 2015  TDs: 3  Yds: 336  Rush: 98San DiegoBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Woodhead was an elite fantasy back last year, finishing third overall in fantasy running back scoring in PPR formats. He had an amazing 81 receptions, catching more passes than many receivers last season. He had at least three receptions all but two games. He had five-plus receptions nine times. He finished with 1,091 total yards and nine touchdowns. He had more than 50-rushing yards just twice all season but made up for that with all his work in the passing game. Woodhead has 75-plus receptions two of three seasons with the Chargers. Expect him to play a similar role this season. 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 might be the best receiving back in the game right now. Fantasy Outlook: Woodhead has huge value in PPR formats. It is hard to count on him to score all those touchdowns again but he can get 70-plus receptions in this pass-first offense. Woodhead is overlooked a little but the numbers don't lie. He'll produce on a consistent basis, getting around 1,000 total yards and seven or eight touchdowns.
 #25  T.J. Yeldon $4  Yr: 2015  TDs: 2  Yds: 740  Rush: 182JacksonvilleBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Yeldon had a very productive rookie campaign, finishing with 1,019 total yards and three touchdowns in 12 games. He had his season cut short because of a sprained knee but proved his worth in the starting lineup before the injury. He had two 100-yard gams and caught an impressive 36 passes. He did struggle some running the all at time, averaging just 4.1 yards per carry, but the offensive line wasn't doing a great job of opening holes for him in this pass-first offense. Yeldon is the future at the position for the Jaguars and should continue to start for years to come, but he moves to more a timeshare this season with Chris Ivory on board. Yeldon is a big back that runs with power and can be an asset as a blocker. He lacks a big-time second gear, but still made some big plays last year because of his quickness and moves in space. He'll also help in the passing game. He needs to improve on hitting the hole in a hurry and being more decisive with his runs but that should come with time. Fantasy Outlook: Yeldon would be an intriguing fantasy back in his second NFL season if not for Ivory taking some work and the goal-line chances. He still has some real total yardage potential in an emerging offense, but consider him more of a low-end No. 2 or 3 fantasy back. He can get around 1,200 total yards and five or six touchdowns with 40 or so receptions.
 #26  Matt Jones$4  Yr: 2015  TDs: 3  Yds: 490  Rush: 144WashingtonBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Jones flashed plenty of potential his rookie season but fumbles marred much of his season. He finished with 794 total yards and four touchdowns. He made some big plays along the way, especially early in the year when he had his only 100-yard game in Week 2. Jones will get his chance to start from day one this year but will need to win the job. He needs to get his ball security issues under control and take what the defense give him instead of trying to make the big play often. Jones has the potential to be a top back in this league, though. Jones does a good job of hitting the hole in a hurry and is a home run threat with the ball in his hands. Jones catches the ball pretty well and can be a three-down back if all goes well for him. Fantasy Outlook: Jones has a chance for a big season if all goes well for him but has some question marks heading into the season. Because of that, consider him more of a low-end No. 2 or flex play for fantasy teams. He can get around 1,000 total yards and six touchdowns with 30 or so receptions.
 #27  Jonathan Stewart$3  Yr: 2015  TDs: 6  Yds: 989  Rush: 242CarolinaBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Stewart had a very good season despite missing the last three games of the regular season with an ankle injury. He finished 11 yards shy of 1,000-rushing yards and scored seven touchdowns. He had double-digit carries every game for the Panthers. Stewart did average just 4.1 yards per carry, which wasn't a great number for all the work he got. Stewart hasn't played a full season since 2011 and has just one 1,000-yard season. Stewart is 29 years old and might be running out of time to continue to be a full-time starter. Stewart is a big back, but has plus speed and the ability to break a big play at any time. And he does well in the passing game, having 25 or more catches two of the past five seasons. Stewart does lack consistency at times but he has split work at running back much of his career. And he also is injury plagued, failing to play a full season four straight years. Fantasy Outlook: Stewart is an injury risk that struggled to make many big plays last season but if he is getting the work, he can help fantasy teams as a No. 2 back. Just expect him to miss a few games and not post game-changing numbers. He can get around 1,000 total yards and six touchdowns.
 #28  Arian Foster$2  Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 163  Rush: 63MiamiBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Foster suffered a major injury last year, tearing his Achilles' tendon in Week 7. He was averaged just 2.6 yards per carry before getting hurt, which is a bit of a concern. He did get plenty of work in the passing game, giving him good overall numbers. He finished with 390 total yards and three touchdowns in four games. Foster is a concern going forward. He is 30 years old and returning from a major injury. How much does he have left in the tank? Foster will be the No. 1 back in this offense as long as he is healthy, though. When healthy, Foster is a complete back. Foster has size, speed, vision and plus hands. He does a great job of setting his blocks and hitting the hole in a hurry. Foster might have the best vision of any back in the game. Fantasy Outlook: Foster is a big risk for this season but certainly capable of producing big when healthy and playing. But you can't take him as anything more than a No. 2 back because of all his concerns. Expect around 1,200 total yards and seven or eight scores. You also have to count on Foster missing a few games because of injury.
 #29  Ameer Abdullah$2  Yr: 2015  TDs: 2  Yds: 597  Rush: 143DetroitBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Abdullah didn't live up to his preseason hype. He started some games but wasn't great in an expanded role. He had double-digit carries six times but his season high in rushing was just 77 yards. He averaged just 4.2 yards per carry and had 780 total yards and three touchdowns. He'll need to show more consistency this season if he hopes to start for the Lions. He'll get a chance to start for the Lions, though. The team likes his potential in an expanded role. Abdullah has great speed and can get to the next level in a hurry. He isn't a big back but isn't afraid to lower his shoulder to try to pick up some extra yards. He will struggle in some short-yardage situations, though. He needs to try not to make the big play every time he has the ball in his hands and take what the defenses give him. Abdullah can catch the ball out of the backfield well and should get plenty of chances in the passing game. Fantasy Outlook: Abdullah is an intriguing talent but burnt a lot of fantasy owners last season that were expecting a breakout season. It could happen this year and his price tag should be much lower. He has plenty of potential, especially in PPR formats. Take him as a low-end No. 2 and hope for the best. He can get around 1,100 total yards and five or so touchdowns with around 40 receptions.
 #30  Giovani Bernard$2  Yr: 2015  TDs: 2  Yds: 730  Rush: 154CincinnatiBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Bernard had a solid season as the top pass-catching back on the team. He got plenty of work as a runner and receiver, finishing with 1,202 total yards. He caught 49 passes and ran the ball 154 times. He was a consistent factor for the Bengals and should serve a similar role again this season. Bernard splits the work at running back for the Bengals. He is a huge asset in the passing game, catching 92 passes the last two seasons. Bernard 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 very well out of the backfield. He might not have the ideal size to be an every-down back. Fantasy Outlook: Bernard isn't flashy but he produces. He was 18th overall in fantasy running back scoring last season and can finish with similar numbers this year. Consider Bernard a low-end No. 2 back for fantasy teams. If he can find the end zone a little more, his value would rise even more. That is his big knock - a lack of scores. For now, expect around 1,000 total yards and five touchdowns with around 45 receptions.
 #31  Charles Sims$2  Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 529  Rush: 107Tampa BayBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Sims had a great season as the top backup and third-down back for the Bucs. He did great in a reserve role, finishing with 1,090 total yards and four touchdowns. He was a huge asset in the passing game, finishing with 51 receptions. Sims fits his current role very well. He should continue to serve a similar role this season for the Bucs. Sims is a very good receiver out of the backfield. He isn't much of an inside runner but can make plays on the outside and can get downhill in a hurry. He doesn't have blazing speed but gets to his second level pretty quickly, which is an asset for any back. Fantasy Outlook: Sims doesn't have big touchdown potential but he is gong to get plenty of receptions and good total yardage numbers. Remember, he was 16th in fantasy running back scoring last season. He is a top-10 back, making him a low-end No. 2 or top flex play for fantasy teams. He can finish with around 1,000 total yards and 55 receptions with five or so touchdowns.
 #32  Melvin Gordon$2  Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 641  Rush: 184San DiegoBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Gordon didn't have quite the rookie season as expected. He averaged just 3.5 yards per carry and his season high in rushing yards was just 88 despite having double-digit carries 12 games. He finished with just 833 total yards and didn't score a touchdown. Gordon also fumbled four times, which was cause for concern for the Chargers. He should get a chance to start this season but isn't going to be handed the job. He has to prove his worth, putting in a good offseason of work. Gordon is a home-run threat at running back with great moves and top speed. He can get to a next gear in a hurry. He does try to do too much at times with the ball in his hands, though, and struggles with ball security. He catches the ball well as evident by his 33 receptions last season. Fantasy Outlook: Gordon was a bust last season but he is young enough to turn it around. You have to draft him as a low-end No. 2 or 3 back, though. He carries plenty of risk. For now, count on about 1,000 total yards and four or five scores.
 #33  Duke Johnson$2  Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 379  Rush: 104ClevelandBye: 13 
 
Player News:
Johnson emerged as the top pass-catching back for the Browns, getting him plenty of chances in the passing game. He had double-digit carries just two times but caught 61 passes. His huge reception totals helped him finished 24th overall in fantasy running back scoring his rookie season. He had 913 total yards and two touchdowns on the season. Johnson is going to at least fill the pass-catching role again this season and could even challenge to start. He needs to show better patience as a runner, though. Johnson is more of a speed back. He has top speed for the position and can get downfield in a hurry. He lacks a little size for the position, though, and won't make many plays after contact. Fantasy Outlook: Johnson has value because of all his reception potential. He is going to finish with good total yardage and reception numbers, making him a low-end No. 2 in PPR formats. Expect around 1,000 total yards and 55 receptions with a few scores.
 #34  DeAngelo Williams$2  Yr: 2015  TDs: 11  Yds: 907  Rush: 200PittsburghBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Williams took advantage of getting plenty of starts last season because of suspension and injury to LeVeon Bell. Williams had a great year, finishing an amazing fifth overall in fantasy running back scoring despite not starting all year. Williams had 1,274 total yards and 11 touchdowns. He had four 100-yard games and at least four receptions six games. He proved he can still start in this league and was a great fit for the Steelers offense. He should assume a backup role with the team once again. Williams has plenty of starting experience and success, topping 1,000-rushing 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 is more of a mid to late-round pick this season. You can't expect him to get the playing time he did last year. But he proved he can be a fantasy force when starting, so he is worth grabbing come draft day. He is likely to get around 500 total yards and a few scores in a reserve role.
 #35  Frank Gore$2  Yr: 2015  TDs: 6  Yds: 967  Rush: 260IndianapolisBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Gore had a pretty good first season as the starter for the Colts. He provided some stability to the position, finishing with 1,234 total yards and seven touchdowns. He did fail to have a 100-yard game all season despite having double-digit carries all but two games. His work in the passing game helped pad his overall numbers, though. Gore did show some signs of slowing down, averaging a career-worst 3.7 yards per carry while failing to top 1,000-rushing yards for the first time in four seasons. At age 33, you have you have to wonder how much he has left in the tank, especially if you consider he has 2,702 career carries. Gore might be best suited as a back that split work going forward. In his prime, Gore was 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. Fantasy Outlook: Gore can't keep his current pace at his current age but he can still help as a flex play or No. 3 back for fantasy teams. Just don't count on another season like last year. He is going to get fewer touches. But he can still finish with around 900 or 1,000 total yards and five or six touchdowns.
 #36  Rashad Jennings$2  Yr: 2015  TDs: 3  Yds: 863  Rush: 195New York GiantsBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Jennings finished the season with a flourish after doing little early in the year. He had 100-yard games two of his last three and a season-high 170-rushing yards the last game of the season. He finished the season with 100-plus total yards four straight games. Jennings had fewer than 65-rushing yards his first 12 games of the season, though. Jennings might be best suited for back duty at this stage of his career. He is 31 years old and never topped 1,000-rushing yards in a season. Jennings has been a solid third-down back throughout much of his career. 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 but made improvements in both those areas the last few seasons. Fantasy Outlook: Jennings could see a dip in production with fewer touches, which seems likely. He still has some potential as a No. 3 back but don't count on him to be anything more than that. Look for a season with around 700 total yards and a few scores.
 #37  Theo Riddick$1  Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 133  Rush: 43DetroitBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Riddick emerged as the top pass-catching for the Lions and had a breakout season in that role. He caught 80 passes, having multiple receptions in every single game. He carried the ball just 43 times for 133 yards but was a consistent factor in the passing game every week. Riddick could be setup for even more playing time this season with Joique Bell gone for the Lions. Riddick probably is too small to be an every-down back but he does great as a receiver out of the backfield. He has good moves in open space and top hands at the position. Fantasy Outlook: Riddick was a top-20 fantasy back last season and can finish with similar numbers. His yardage numbers and touchdowns total could even improve a little. Riddick should not be ignored come draft day. He can be a low-end No. 2 or top No. 3 fantasy back. He could get around 900 total yards, 75 receptions and five touchdowns.
 #38  Derrick Henry$1  TennesseeBye: 13 
 
Player News:
Henry was drafted by the Titans in the second round of this year's draft. He doesn't land in a great spot to start from day one with DeMarco Murray around, but should get his chances on a weekly basis. This could be a platoon situation for this season. Henry is a huge back that looks more like a defensive player than a running back. He is a great one-cut runner that can get downhill in a hurry. Henry can be a punishing runner. He lacks some moves in space, though, and needs a little work catching the ball.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Henry has some value but not great value, splitting work with Murray at running back. He could be hit or miss for fantasy teams. Expect around 1,000 total yards with six or so scores. He'll have a lot more value once Murray is gone.

 #39  Shane Vereen$1  Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 260  Rush: 61New York GiantsBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Vereen had a career-high 59 receptions in his first season with the Giants. He has at least 47 receptions three straight seasons. He ran for just 260 yards last year and his career high in rushing yards is 391. Vereen remains more of a third-down back than anything. He serves that role very well, though. Vereen 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 as evident by the last three seasons. Fantasy Outlook: Vereen was 27th overall in fantasy running back s boring despite failing to rush for 300 yards. He gets it done in the passing game and should once again this season. He is a top flex play for fantasy teams in this pass-first offense. He can get around 50 receptions for 700 total yards and five touchdowns.
 #40  LeGarrette Blount$1  Yr: 2015  TDs: 6  Yds: 703  Rush: 165New EnglandBye: 9 
 
Player News:
A hip injury cut his season short by three games but Blount performed well as the lead back for the Patriots much of the year. HE finished with 703-rushing yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games. He had one 100-yard game and averaged 4.3 yards per carry. He had just six receptions, though, getting very little work once again in the passing game. Blount has done alright in a starting role in past seasons but seems best suited as a back to share work or to serve as a top backup. 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 39 receptions in six seasons. And he struggles to make plays to the outside, which hurts his chances to be a three-down back. Fantasy Outlook: Blount has the potential for some big games and some scores but is a hard guy to trust. His production will be erratic. He might get around 700 total yards and six scores if all goes well for him, making him a No. 3 or 4 back for fantasy teams.
 #41  Isaiah Crowell Yr: 2015  TDs: 4  Yds: 706  Rush: 185ClevelandBye: 13 
 
Player News:
Crowell was the starter much of the year for the Browns and had double-digit carries all but three games. He did alright in a starting role, finishing with 888 total yards and five touchdowns. Crowell will have a chance to start again this year but will need to earn the job this offseason and training camp. He won't be handed anything. Crowell has good size for the position but also possesses solid moves and enough speed to make plays to the outside. He isn't a great pass catcher just yet, though, and will need to improve in that area if he ever hopes to be a three-down back. Fantasy Outlook: Crowell isn't a very exciting fantasy option. The Browns could rotate backs often again this year, making Crowell a bit of a wild card for fantasy teams. Count on him to be a No. 3 or 4 back for fantasy teams. Crowell should get around 700 or 800 total yards and four or five touchdowns.
 #42  James Starks Yr: 2015  TDs: 2  Yds: 601  Rush: 148Green BayBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Starks had a solid season, splitting work with Eddie Lacy for the Packers. Starks finished with 993 total yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry and caught 43 passes. All his totals were career highs. Starks is 30 years old but probably seems best suited to split the work at running back. He isn't explosive in any one area but a solid overall back. Starks hits the hole in a hurry and does pretty well between the tackles. He can run with some power because of his size. Starks also catches the ball pretty well out of the backfield. Fantasy Outlook: Starks might have a hard time repeating last season but can still finish with pretty good overall numbers in a platoon role. He could get around 700 total yards and a few scores with 25 or so receptions.
 #43  Bilal Powell Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 313  Rush: 70New York JetsBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Powell had one of his most productive seasons as a pro, mainly because of all his work in the passing game. He had a career high 47 receptions. He also missed five games, so his numbers could have been better. He finished with 701 total yards and three scores as the change-of-pace back for the Jets. Powell serves the role well, having 36 or more receptions two of the past three seasons. 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. Powell also catches the ball well and can be an asset in the passing game despite not looking the part. Fantasy Outlook: Powell was 34th in fantasy running back scoring last season despite missing five games, so don't overlook him come draft day. He can help as a flex play because of his consistent work in the passing game. He could get around 650 total yards and 45 receptions with a few scores.
 #44  Kenneth Dixon BaltimoreBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Dixon was a highly-productive college back, serving as the focal point of the offense almost his entire career. He was a three-down back in college that excelled in the passing game. He could fill that third-down role this season before challenging for the starter's job in a few years. Dixon might lack a little six to be an every-down back right now. He has plus hands, though, and does well in pass protection.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Dixon has some total yardage potential, playing behind an aging back. He could get some weekly chances, especially in the passing game. He is worth a look as a No. 3 or 4 back. Expect around 700 total yards and four or so scores.

 #45  Darren Sproles Yr: 2015  TDs: 3  Yds: 317  Rush: 83PhiladelphiaBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Sproles had another productive season as the third-down back for the Eagles. He had 55 receptions and finished with 705 total yards and four touchdowns. He had double-digit carries just twice all season but at least three receptions 11 of 16 games. Sproles has a chance to fill a similar role this year but at age 33, he'll have to show something in preseason and camp to keep the job. He won't be handed playing time if he isn't displaying his same burst as past seasons. Sproles has been maybe the best third-down or change-of-pace back in the game the last several seasons. 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 six of the last nine seasons. Fantasy Outlook: Sproles isn't a lock to repeat last season but should be worth grabbing come draft day, especially in PPR formats. Expect a bit of a drop but not much. He didn't show many signs of slowing down last season. He'll get around 600 total yards with 40 receptions and five or so scores.
 #46  Dion Lewis Yr: 2015  TDs: 2  Yds: 234  Rush: 49New EnglandBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Lewis was having a breakout season as the top pass-catching back for the Patriots, but had his season cut short because of a torn ACL. He had 36 receptions and 622 total yards in just seven games. Lewis proved he could be a top change-of-pace back in the NFL, a role he'll compete for this season as long as he is healthy. Lewis is a small back with good moves and plus 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. Lewis needed a second surgery on his knee during training camp and might miss two months of the season. Plan accordingly.

Fantasy Outlook:  
His injury is a concern but once he gets back to full strength, he can help fantasy teams, especially in PPR formats. Don't expect a repeat of last season but he'll get some catches. He could finish with around 40 receptions and 600 total yards with a few scores.

 #47  Charcandrick West Yr: 2015  TDs: 4  Yds: 634  Rush: 160Kansas CityBye: 5 
 
Player News:
West was a big surprise for the Chiefs, emerging as the top backup to Jamaal Charles. He got plenty of starts because of injury and did very well in that role. He is the future starter at the position for the Chiefs. West finished with 848 total yards and five touchdowns. He had one 100-yard game and averaged four yards per carry. He could be in more of a timeshare at running back this season for the Chiefs, splitting work with Charles. West is a good fit for the Chiefs' offense. He is capable of the big play, catches the ball well, and can do well between the tackles. He is a three-down back that could be a top player in this league for years to come. Fantasy Outlook: West is a back on the rise. You can't count on him to be a top starter just yet because he won't get enough touches. But he is capable of being a solid flex play for fantasy teams. He can get around 700 or 800 total yards and five or so touchdowns with around 30 receptions.
 #48  Jordan Howard ChicagoBye: 9 
 
Player News:
The Bears took Howard in this year's draft with the hope that he emerges as the top backup for the team. Howard is a punishing runner that does his best work between the tackles. He finishes his runs well and does a great job of getting downhill in a hurry. Howard also doesn't have bad hands for a big back. Howard has some durability issues because of his running style, though. He also lacks some breakaway speed.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Howard might be the top short-yardage back on this team, giving him some fantasy potential. Don't expect huge numbers but he could help fantasy teams in a reserve role. Expect around 400 total yards and four or so scores.

 #49  Chris Johnson Yr: 2015  TDs: 3  Yds: 814  Rush: 196ArizonaBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Johnson took over the starting job for the Cardinals early in the season and did well in that role before breaking his leg. He was having a nice bounce-back season. Johnson had 872 total yards in 11 games. He averaged 4.2 yards per carry and had double-digit carries in every game. Johnson finished with four 100-yard games, showing big-game potential. Johnson turns 31 shortly after the start of the season, so his career is likely trending in a downward fashion. He is best suited as a backup or guy to split the running back duties. Johnson still has plus 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 24 passes each of his first seven seasons in the league. Fantasy Outlook: Johnson showed a lot last season, but he likely won't get near that workload this year. He is worth a reserve look for fantasy teams but that is about it. He'll be up and down. Expect around 700 total yards and a few scores.
 #50  Devontae Booker DenverBye: 11 
 
Player News:
The Broncos added more depth to their running back spot, taking Booker in the fourth round of the draft. Booker is a pretty complete back. He is a physical back that does a good job of bouncing off tacklers. He also catches the ball well and protects well for a young player. He is quick and can get downhill in a hurry. He did have knee surgery in college, though, which is a bit of a concern going forward. He is likely No. 3 on the Broncos depth chart this season but could move up in a hurry if he plays well.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Booker has some potential if he starts getting touches. He seems a good fit for the Broncos offense. He is worth a late-round pick but could be a boom or bust player for fantasy teams. You just don't know how much work he'll get. For now, expect around 400 total yards with a score or two.

 #51  Tevin Coleman Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 392  Rush: 87AtlantaBye: 11 
 
Player News:
An early season injury opened the door for Devonta Freeman at running back, which was bad news for Coleman. He went from splitting work with Freeman to getting few carries off the bench after returning from his injury. Coleman had double-digit carries just three times all year but had one 100-yard game and 80 or more yards two times. He made some plays with his touches, averaging 4.5. yards per carry. He is going to be the top backup for the Falcons, though, with Freeman having a strong grip on the starter's job. Coleman has elite speed and can make a lot of plays to the outside. He also catches the ball pretty well despite getting just two receptions last season. He will make a lot of plays in open space. He isn't much of an inside runner, though, and might need to bulk up some to be a true every-down back in the NFL. Fantasy Outlook: Coleman might improve a little on last season but don't expect a breakout year as long as Freeman is healthy. He is the handcuff to Freeman, though, giving him fantasy value. For now, expect around 500 total yards and a score or two.
 #52  Christine Michael Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 243  Rush: 54SeattleBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Michael had an interesting season. He was released by the Seahawks early in the year, signed with the Cowboys and got some work there before getting released once again. He ended up back on the Seahawks, getting a chance to start for the team late in the year. And Michael did well in an expanded role, having 80-plus rushing yards two of his last three games. He even had a 100-yard game the last week of the season. The Seahawks were pretty high on him at one time but he fell out of favor with the team before the start of last season. He could have worked his way back in good graces with a strong finish to his season. Michael 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, though, and struggles some in pass protection. Fantasy Outlook: Michael is capable of the big game but just won't get enough consistent work to be worth grabbing for fantasy teams. He should get around 300 total yards in a reserve role.
 #53  C.J. Prosise SeattleBye: 5 
 
Player News:
The Seahawks added some much needed depth to the running back spot, taking Prosise in the third round of the this year's draft. Prosise started his college career as a receiver but moved to running back and had a big senior season. He has good size for the position and also good moves in space. He catches the ball well and can be an asset in the passing game. He might lack a little home-run speed and still needs to work on his between the tackles running. He has a good chance to be the top backup for the Seahawks his rookie season.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Prosise has some three-down ability, so he is an intriguing player if he finds his way into the lineup on a frequent basis. He is worth a late-round grab with Thomas Rawls returning from injury this year. He could get around 600 total yards with a few scores.

 #54  Darren McFadden Yr: 2015  TDs: 3  Yds: 1089  Rush: 239DallasBye: 7 
 
Player News:
McFadden quickly emerged as the starter for the Cowboys last season and had his second 1,000-yard season of his career. He had five 100-yard games and finished with 1,417 total yards. The big fantasy knock on him was a lack of scores, finding the end zone just three times. The rest of his numbers were great, averaging 4.6 yards per carry while catching 40 passes. McFadden proved he could be a starter in this league once again. He turns 29 before the start of the season, so he is running out of time to remain starting. He'll move to a backup role this season with Cowboys taking Ezekiel Elliott in the draft. McFadden is a pretty complete back. He catches the ball well, can churn out the tough yards and has enough speed to make the big play every time he touches the ball. He can be a game changer. He has a hard time staying healthy, though, but has played a full season the last two years. Fantasy Outlook: McFadden had about a career year last year but was still just 13th in fantasy running back scoring. He isn't going to repeat with Elliott getting most of the work at running back for the Cowboys. He might get around 500 or so total yards with a few scores. His stock took a big hit after the NFL draft.
 #55  DeAndre Washington OaklandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Washington was taken by the Raiders in the fifth round of this year's draft with the hopes of finding a top backup for Latavius Murray. Washington should get first crack at that job. He is a pretty complete back. He lacks some height but has pretty good size and speed. He does well in short-yardage situations and also catches the ball pretty well out of the backfield. Washington could stand to add some bulk, though, if he hopes to be a really good between the tackles runner.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Washington will get some work as a rookie but likely to be hit or miss in a reserve role. He isn't going to have a huge weekly role. He might get around 500 total yards with a few scores.

 #56  Javorius Allen Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 514  Rush: 137BaltimoreBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Allen started plenty of games as a rookie because of an injury to Justin Forsett. Allen showed pretty well in this role, especially in the passing game. He finished with 45 receptions. Allen had 867 total yards and three touchdowns. He had at least three receptions seven times. Allen might not be suited to be an every-down back just yet but can be a top third-down back for the Ravens. He fits the role very well. Allen is an effective runner between the tackles but also has enough speed to bounce plays to the outside. Allen doesn't always make the right reads, though, and will lose some yards on occasion. He could improve his vision some to be a more complete back. Fantasy Outlook: Allen might have a hard time repeating his rookie season but he has potential in PPR leagues. He'll get his receptions in this offense. But consider him more of a reserve for fantasy teams this year. He could get around 700 total yards and 35 receptions with a few scores. His value takes a hit because he isn't likely to get many goal-line chances.
 #57  Spencer Ware Yr: 2015  TDs: 6  Yds: 403  Rush: 72Kansas CityBye: 5 
 
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Ware got some starts last year and did very well with his chances. He had thee games with double-digit carries and had at least 76-rushing yards in those three games. He averaged a robust 5.6 yard per carry and scored six touchdowns despite getting limited work much of the year. Ware will get some carries this year but being third on the depth chart will limit his work unless injury hits. Ware is a big back that does his best work between tackles. He isn't a speed burner by any means but is capable of the big game. Ware also isn't much of a receiver, catching just six passes for five yards last season. Fantasy Outlook: Ware is going to have a hard time repeating last year. We doubt he gets that much work. He has some talent and showed last year that he can produce in a starting role, but he has two great backs to compete with for carries. He might get around 300 total yards and a few touchdowns.
 #58  Chris Thompson Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 216  Rush: 35WashingtonBye: 9 
 
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Thompson had a good season as the top pass-catching back for the Redskins. He caught 35 passes and finished with 456 total yards and two touchdowns. He had four games with four or more receptions. Thompson should play a similar role with the Redskins this season. Thompson is a pretty ideal change-of-pace back. Thompson has speed and good moves in space. Thompson also catches the ball well and is a willing blocker. Fantasy Outlook: Thompson is an improving fantasy player, especially in PPR formats. He has a chance to improve some on last season, making him a good reserve pick for fantasy teams. He could get around 40 receptions and 500 total yards with a few scores.
 #59  Paul Perkins New York GiantsBye: 8 
 
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Perkins lands in a good spot for his rookie season, playing for a team that is thin at running back. Perkins could get some chances as the No. 2 or 3 back for the Giants. He was a very productive, three-down back in college. He hits the hole in a hurry and gets downfield quickly. He also catches the ball pretty well. Perkins does lack the ideal size for an NFL starter and will need to add some strength to be a consistent producer in this league.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Perkins is going to get some chances as a rookie and could earn more playing time if he plays well. For now, expect around 500 total yards and a few scores. His role could be bigger in a few years.

 #60  Jerick McKinnon Yr: 2015  TDs: 2  Yds: 271  Rush: 52MinnesotaBye: 6 
 
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McKinnon got sporadic work in a reserve role for the Vikings. He finished with 444 total yards and three touchdowns. He did catch 21 passes and average 5.2 yards per carry. He made plays when given the cache but didn't get many chances with Adrian Peterson back in action. Expect more of the same from McKinnon this year in a reserve role. McKinnon is a very good athlete. He is a strong kid with good speed and playmaking ability. He has a little big-play ability and is an improving receiver out of the backfield. Fantasy Outlook: McKinnon would see his value soar if Peterson got hurt, so he is worth a draft pick because of that potential. But as long as Peterson is healthy he is like to finish with around 500 total yards and a few scores.
 #61  Terrance West Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 231  Rush: 62BaltimoreBye: 8 
 
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West spent time with the Titans and Ravens last season, ending the year with Baltimore. He got some chances with the Ravens, running 46 times for 180 yards. West seemed to have a chance to start for the Browns last year, but quickly fell out of favor with the team. At this point, he is just trying to keep a roster spot despite being just 25 years old. West is a big back that does a good job of churning out yards after contact. He isn't easy to bring down. He won't make a ton of guys miss, though, and isn't a great receiver out of the backfield. West needs to improve his consistency if he hopes to keep playing in the NFL. Fantasy Outlook: His career is trending the wrong way at the moment. He is not a guy fantasy teams should mess with right now. West needs to start getting constant playing time once again. He might get around 200 total yards with a score or two in a reserve role.
 #62  Cameron Artis-Payne Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 183  Rush: 45CarolinaBye: 7 
 
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Artis-Payne got little work his rookie season until late in the year, getting double-digit carries two of his last three games. He did alright with his chances, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. He finished with 241 total yards on 50 touches. He is the starter in waiting for the Panthers but that wait might be another year or so. Artis-Payne does a good job of setting up his blocks and making plays between the tackles. He isn't much of a home-run threat, though, and lacks some explosion for the position. Fantasy Outlook: Artis-Payne probably won't get enough work to help fantasy teams. But if injury happens, he'll be worth adding. Expect an up and down second season but maybe a little more work than last year. He could get around 400 or 500 total yards with a couple scores.
 #63  Reggie Bush Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 28  Rush: 8BuffaloBye: 10 
 
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Bush suffered a freak knee injury last year, slipping on the sidelines after running out of bounds. He needed knee surgery but avoided the dreaded ACL tear. He should be ready to go for the coming year. Bush had just 12 touches in five games before the injury. You have to wonder how much he has left in the tank. He is 31 years old and coming off a knee injury. Nothing is guaranteed for Bush going forward. He'll compete for a reserve role with his new team, the Bills, this season.. Bush still has pretty explosive speed with great moves in the open field. He has struggled with some consistency issues in the past but done better in that area later in his career. Bush can still be a playmaker in the open field. He has struggled with injuries throughout his career, playing a full season twice in 10 years. Fantasy Outlook: Bush still has a little value in PPR formats but don't expect his numbers from past seasons. He is on a downward trend. He might get around 30 receptions and 400 or so total yards if all goes well for him. He'll be a bit of a risky pick this year because of the question marks.
 #64  Khiry Robinson Yr: 2015  TDs: 4  Yds: 180  Rush: 56---Bye: - 
 
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Robinson broke his leg in Week 8 and missed the remainder of the esaosn. He didn't do a whole lot before the injury but was getting some chances. He scored four touchdowns but average just 3.2 yards per carry and didn't top 50-rushing yards in a game. Robinson had multiple receptions six of eight games. Robinson remains more backup material for NFL teams. He'll try to win a depth role this season with the Jets, likely serving as the No. 3 on the team. Robinson has eight career touchdowns in three seasons but his season high in rushing yards is just 362. Robinson has good speed but enough power to make plays inside. He has a good build for the running back position. He is improving as a receiver but still isn't a polished player in that role. He has lacked some consistency since entering the league. Fantasy Outlook: Robinson seemed primed for good things last season but wasn't doing much before getting hurt last year. He remains a ho-hum option at the position for fantasy teams. He might get around 400 or 500 total yards with a few scores.
 #65  Alfred Morris Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 751  Rush: 202DallasBye: 7 
 
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Morris started much of the season for the Redskins but wasn't a huge factor in the offense. He disappeared some weeks with the Redskins throwing often or giving rookie Matt Jones more chances to run the ball. Morris ran for 751 yards and scored just one touchdown. He averaged just 3.7 yards per carry and had two one 100-yard games, which came in the first and last weeks of the season. Last year broke a streak of three straight 1,000-yard seasons. Morris is just 27 years old and has plenty of life left in this legs. Morris signed with the Cowboys this offseason, which probably wasn't a good move on his part. He has a lot of competition for work with Ezekiel Elliott and Darren McFadden likely ahead of him on the depth chart. Morris sets up his blocks well and is great between the tackles. He doesn't have breakaway speed but enough to make some big plays. Morris isn't much of a receiver, though, getting few chances to catch the ball. He rarely gets chances in the passing game, limiting his touches a little. Fantasy Outlook: Morris probably isn't even worth a draft pick. He is going to have a hard time getting much work. He might get around 400 total yards with a score or two.
 #66  Andre Ellington Yr: 2015  TDs: 3  Yds: 289  Rush: 45ArizonaBye: 9 
 
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Ellington had an uneven season last year, seeing rookie David Johnson pass him on the depth chart at running back. Ellington finished with 437 total yards and three scores. The only game he had double-digit carries was the first of the year, rushing 12 times for 69 yards. Ellington is likely to be No. 3 on the depth chart for the Cardinals this season. He was once a promising starter for the Cardinals but that isn't the case right now. He might need a change of scenery to jumpstart his career. Ellington has top speed and moves for the running back spot and catches the ball well out of the backfield. He lacks the ideal size to be an every-down back but has carried the load pretty well at times. Ellington is a playmaker that can make big plays, especially when given space to run, but lacks consistency and has a hard time staying healthy. Fantasy Outlook: Ellington is trending the wrong way. He has potential when he gets the touches but not sure that happens again this year. He might get around 400 total yards with a few scores. He is a stretch for fantasy teams right now.
 #67  Kenyan Drake MiamiBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Drake was taken by the Dolphins in the third-round of this year's draft with the hopes of serving a change-of-pace back role with the team. Drake lacks some size for the position but has great moves in space and can get to the next level in a hurry. He is a solid receiver out of the backfield and can do a lot of damage in the passing game. He probably lacks the ideal size to be an every-down back.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Drake has some potential in a pass-friendly offense. He'll get his chances in the passing game. He could finish with around 700 total yards, 30 receptions and five or so scores. He has some value as a reserve for fantasy teams.

 #68  Ka'Deem Carey Yr: 2015  TDs: 2  Yds: 159  Rush: 43ChicagoBye: 9 
 
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The emergence of rookie Jeremy Langford dropped Carey to third on the depth chart last season. He didn't get much work in that role, touching the ball 46 times on the season. He had double-digit carries just once all season. His role could change this year, though, serving as the No. 2 for the Bears. He'll compete for that job. Carey isn't a huge back but gets downhill quickly and does well in churning out the yards. Carey is an improving receiver but still lacks a little in that area. He lacks elite speed for a running back, which could hold him back from starting in this league. Fantasy Outlook: Carey won't get much playing time but would be worth a look if Langford went down with injury. He has some potential in an expanded role. But for now, expect around 400 total yards and maybe a score or two in a backup role.
 #69  Kyle Juszczyk Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 3  Rush: 2BaltimoreBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Juszczyk continues to emerge as a solid pass-catching option for the Ravens. He had a career-high 41 receptions for 321 yards and four scores last season. Juszczyk was a great fit for the new offense and got plenty of chances in his fullback role. He carried the ball just two times but made up for that with all his work in the passing game. Juszczyk serves the role well and should continue starting at fullback. Juszczyk is a good pass catcher and has good speed for a fullback. He excels as a blocker, though. He isn't likely getting many chances to run the ball but should continue to get receptions. Fantasy Outlook: Juszczyk will have a hard time repeating last season but will get his work for the Ravens. He can get around 30 or so receptions, making him a little bit of help for teams in PPR leagues.
 #70  Jonathan Grimes Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 282  Rush: 56HoustonBye: 9 
 
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Grimes got some chances in a reserve role for the Texans, especially when Arian Foster went down with injury. Grimes didn't have double-digit carries in a game but had 26 receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown. He made some plays in the passing game. And while he had just 56 carries, Grimes averaged five yards per carry. He served a nice change-of-pace role for the team. He'll challenge for a similar role this season. Grimes is a pretty complete back. He catches the ball pretty well but also can churn out the yards between the tackles. Grimes has good speed and can make plays outside the tackles. Fantasy Outlook: Grimes might have a hard time matching last season unless injury hits. He isn't worth a draft spot but might be worth grabbing on waivers if he starts getting playing time. For now, expect around 300 or 400 total yards with a score or two.
 #71  C.J. Spiller Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 112  Rush: 36---Bye: - 
 
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Spiller had a hugely disappointing first season with the Saints. HIs playing time was sporadic and he never quite fit the offense well despite having a skill set that should excel in that offense. He did catch 34 passes but never topped 25-rushing yards in a game and finished with just 351 total yards. Spiller topped 50 total yards just once all season. He'll try to regain his past form this season but likely will serve more as a change-of-pace back than anything. Spiller continues to battle consistency issues and could be in a make or break year for his career. Spiller has just one 1,000-yard rushing season under his belt. He has a ton of talent but battled nagging injuries and consistency much of his career. He lacks the ideal bulk for an every-down back. Spiller does well as a receiver, catching 192 passes in six seasons. Fantasy Outlook: Spiller was a major bust last season. He was a second or third round pick in many PPR leagues but failed to crack the top-50 in fantasy running back scoring. He'll got a lot lower this season. He still has some value in PPR leagues but consider him more of a spot flex play. He can get around 400 total yards and 30 receptions with a score or two.
 #72  Andre Williams Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 257  Rush: 88San DiegoBye: 11 
 
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Williams was the top backup for the Giants once again, getting double-digit carries twice all season. He had just one reception and finished with 257-rushing yards. Williams averaged just 2.9 yards per carry. He is a one-dimensional back that will have to improve his play if he hopes to keep the top backup job in New York. Williams is a huge back that does well between the tackles, churning out yards. Williams isn't much of a threat as a receiver and lacks some of that breakaway speed. Fantasy Outlook: Williams took a step backwards last season. He might improve on his numbers a little but seems a stretch to expect a breakout season. Williams is waiver-wire material for fantasy teams - only grab him if he starts to get plenty of touches. For now, expect around 400 total yards with a few scores.
 #73  Mike Tolbert Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 256  Rush: 62CarolinaBye: 7 
 
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Tolbert served his role well again as the starting fullback for the Panthers. He didn't get a ton of offensive touches but scored four touchdowns and finished with 410 total yards. He serves his role well, opening holes and making the occasional offensive play when called on. 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 hurts his chances to be an every-down back but he does well in getting some work at running back and serving as a fullback. He also is a solid pass catcher out of the backfield. Fantasy Outlook: Tolbert has a little value because he can get the occasional score but he doesn't get enough consistent work to help most fantasy teams. He might get around 300 total yards and a few scores.
 #74  Ronnie Hillman Yr: 2015  TDs: 7  Yds: 863  Rush: 207MinnesotaBye: 6 
 
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Hillman pretty much split the running back duties for the Broncos last season. He did pretty well in that role, finishing with 974 total yards and seven touchdowns. He had four 100-yard games and showed his big-play potential much of the year. Hillman isn't guaranteed a starting job this year but will compete for that role. He has filled it pretty well when given the chance. 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 still needs to improve his inside running but is making strides in that area. Fantasy Outlook: Hillman might not be able to repeat last season but is still worth a look as a No. 3 or 4 for fantasy teams. He'll still get his touches and is always capable of the big game. But for now, expect around 700 total yards and a few scores.
 #75  Marcel Reece Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 36  Rush: 10---Bye: - 
 
Player News:
Reece continues to do a good job as the starting fullback for the Raiders. He doesn't get many chances to run the ball but does well in the passing game. He had 30 receptions last season, giving him 25 or more receptions six straight seasons. He continues to be a big part of the Raiders passing game. Reece is a big back that catches the ball very well and runs good routes for a running back. He is tough to bring down in the open field and can be a matchup problem for the opposition. Fantasy Outlook: Reece is worth consideration in PPR formats but that is about it. He won't get enough total yards to be worth owning in other formats. But for PPR leagues, he'll get you around 35 receptions, which gives him obvious value.
 #76  Alex Collins SeattleBye: 5 
 
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The Seahawks added some depth at running back, taking Collins in the fifth round of this year's draft. He is a big back that excels between the tackles. Collins can be a bruising runner that does a great job of moving the tackles. He lacks a little breakaway speed, though, and has plenty of competition at running back in Seattle. He could be No. 4 on the depth chart his rookie season.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Collins might get some short-yardage work but his carries could be a little hit or miss because of the competition. For now, expect around 200 yards with a score or two.

 #77  Alfred Blue Yr: 2015  TDs: 2  Yds: 698  Rush: 183HoustonBye: 9 
 
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Blue had an uneven season for the Texans. He did some good things with his few chances to start but disappeared at times in other starts. He had three 100-yard games but averaged just 3.8 yards per carry. He had nine games with double-digit carries but topped 60-rushing yards just four of those games. Blue can help in a reserve role but isn't suited to be an every-down back. He has good size, runs with some power, catches the ball well and has decent moves in the open field. He lacks explosion, though, and makes few big plays. Fantasy Outlook: Blue is likely to see a drop off in production this season. He isn't even guaranteed the backup job. Look for a season with around 500 total yards and a score or two.
 #78  Lance Dunbar Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 67  Rush: 5DallasBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Dunbar tore his ACL in Week 4 and missed the rest of the season. He had 21 receptions in four games before getting hurt. He was on his way to a big season as the top pass-catching back for the Cowboys. He serves that role well and should compete for that job this year. Dunbar doesn't have the size to be an every-down back but can do well in space. He has good moves in the open field and speed to make the big play. He catches the ball well, having 39 receptions his past 20 games. Fantasy Outlook: Dunbar might have a little value in PPR formats but that is about it. He won't get enough consistent touches or enough scores to be an every-week player. He could get around 40 receptions and 400 or 500 total yards.
 #79  Wendell Smallwood PhiladelphiaBye: 4 
 
Player News:
The Eagles took Smallwood in the fifth round of this year's draft. He is a small, shifty back that was highly productive in college. He catches the ball very well out of the backfield and is a big-play threat with the ball in his hands. He isn't the biggest back, though, and could add some bulk to be a three-down back. Smallwood has a chance to at least serve as the change of pace back his rookie season.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Smallwood will get some touches as a rookie but likely won't have a huge role offensively just yet. He could be better in a year or two. Smallwood should get around 400 total yards and around 20 receptions.

 #80  Branden Oliver Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 108  Rush: 31San DiegoBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Oliver was out much of his second season because of a turf toe injury. He missed about half the year, finishing with just more than 200 total yards for the season. He'll try to be No. 2 or 3 on the depth chart this season at running back. Oliver had a big rookie season, showing he can help an NFL roster. He can be a top change-of-pace option. Oliver is a small back but runs with power and has good moves in space. He also catches the ball well and will make plays between the tackles despite his small size. Fantasy Outlook: Oliver will have a hard time repeating his big rookie season but can improve on last season. He'll get some receptions and have around 400 or 500 total yards. Those numbers won't be much of a help to fantasy teams, though.
 #81  Denard Robinson Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 266  Rush: 67JacksonvilleBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Robinson got a couple starts late in the year because of injury but got few carries much of the year. He had double-digit carries just twice and finished with 417 total yards and a touchdown. Robinson should remain the top backup for the Jaguars but doesn't get a ton of touches in that role. Robinson is a playmaker. He is an explosive player with speed and good moves in space. Robinson also has good size and does well in setting up his blocks as a runner. He has made big strides as a runner since entering the league. Remember, he was a quarterback in college. Fantasy Outlook: Robinson took a step backward last season, taking a backseat to T.J. Yeldon. Expect similar production this year. He'll get some work on passing downs but not much else. Robinson can finish with around 400 or 500 total yards and a score or two with 20 receptions.
 #82  Tyler Ervin HoustonBye: 9 
 
Player News:
The Texans drafted Ervin in the fourth round of this year's draft. He is a small, shifty back that might help in the return game more so than as a running back. Ervin has electric moves in space and does a great job of finding the hole. He lacks power and his small size could prevent him from being an every-down back in the NFL. He is likely No. 3 on the depth chart for the Texans this year.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Ervin will help teams in return yardage leagues but that is about it. He'll have a hard time getting many carries this season. He could finish with around 300 total yards and 20 or so receptions.

 #83  Lorenzo Taliaferro Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 47  Rush: 13BaltimoreBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Taliaferro injured his foot early in the season and played just four games. He needed surgery on the injury but should be just fine for the start of next year. Taliaferro finished with 76 total yards and a touchdown. He had a solid rookie season and should be in the mix for a backup job this season with the Ravens. Taliaferro has good size for the position and does a good job of churning out tough yards between the tackles. He lacks some elite speed, though, and won't make many plays to the outside. He isn't a bad receiver or blocker, giving him some added value at running back. Fantasy Outlook: Taliaferro could finish with a little better numbers than his rookie season, giving him some value in deep fantasy formats. He might get around 400 total yards with a few scores.
 #84  Tre Mason Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 207  Rush: 75Los AngelesBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Mason was No. 2 or 3 on the depth chart much of last season for the Rams, getting little work behind Todd Gurley. He had double-digit carries just twice and ran for just more than 200 yards. He should have a similar role this season with the Rams. Gurley is the man for the Rams going forward. Mason is an elusive back with big-play ability. He also catches the ball well and can help in the passing game. Mason doesn't have great size for the running back spot but still runs with some power and is tough to bring down at times because he keeps his legs churning. Fantasy Outlook: Mason has little value unless injury hits. He probably isn't worth a draft pick. He might get 300 or 400 total yards with a score or two.
 #85  Antonio Andrews Yr: 2015  TDs: 3  Yds: 520  Rush: 143TennesseeBye: 13 
 
Player News:
Andrews was a bit of a surprise last season, finding his way into the starting lineup for the Titans. He had double-digit carries nine times. He didn't have a 100-yard game, though, and topped 50-rushing yards just five times. He wasn't too explosive in a starting role, averaging 3.6 yards per carry. Andrews seems best suited as an NFL backup, a role he'll compete for this season. Andrews is more of a between the tackles runner that lacks a big-time second gear. He catches the ball pretty well and holds his own in blitz pickups.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Andrews probably had his career year last season. We don't see him improving. He might get around 400 total yard and 20 receptions.

 #86  Chris Polk Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 334  Rush: 99HoustonBye: 9 
 
Player News:
The Texans had some injuries at running back, leading to more work for Polk. He had double-digit carries four games and finished with 443 total yards and two touchdowns. He wasn't too explosive with his work, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry. He is best suited as a No. 3 or 4 back in the NFL. Polk isn't a power back by any means but can run inside pretty well and has good moves in space. He also catches the ball pretty well, giving him more value in this offense. Fantasy Outlook: Polk has little value for fantasy teams. He might have a hard time getting as much work this season as he did last year. He could finish with a few hundred total yards and a score or two.
 #87  Karlos Williams Yr: 2015  TDs: 7  Yds: 517  Rush: 93---Bye: - 
 
Player News:
Williams had some injury issues his rookie season but showed a lot when playing. He got some starts and made plenty of big plays with his touches. He opened the season with touchdowns in his first six games. He finished the year with nine touchdowns while averaging 5.6 yards per carry. Williams is a big-play back. He has really good size for the position but has great moves in space and a lot of speed. He does try to make the big play a little too often but should get better in that area with more seasoning. He isn't a bad receiver out of the backfield and has a knack for finding the end zone. Williams had a terrible offseason, getting into off the field trouble while also gaining a bunch of weight. He is just trying to keep a roster spot right now. Fantasy Outlook: His stock is dropping fast. He is suspended the first four games of the season and was grossly out of shape for offseason workouts. He is just trying to keep a roster spot right now. Don't expect much this season, especially compared to last year.
 #88  Robert Turbin Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 199  Rush: 50IndianapolisBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Turbin landed a reserve role with the Cowboys early in the year and didn't do too badly for the team with his limited work. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry and had 195 total yards on 47 touches. He didn't have double-digit carries in a game but had multiple carries seven straight games to end his season. He'll compete for a similar backup role this season. 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 but is making strides in that area. Fantasy Outlook: Turbin has done pretty well with his limited work but isn't likely to start getting a big bump in carries. He remains a stretch for fantasy teams. He might get around 300 total yards with a score or two.
 #89  Josh Robinson Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 39  Rush: 17IndianapolisBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Robinson had 17 carries before a back injury cut his season short. He wasn't too impressive wit his work, though, averaging just 2.3 yards per carry. He had just 72 total yards. Robinson will compete for a backup role this year with the Colts but nothing is guaranteed for him after last year. Robinson is more of a thumper at running back. He is a little like a pinball, bouncing off tacklers and extending the play. He runs with power and can be a load to bring down in the open field. He is a bit raw, though, having little starting experience in college. Fantasy Outlook: Robinson could be worth monitoring if he starts getting short-yardage work but not sure that happens. He is a bit of a stretch for fantasy teams until consistent work starts happening for him. He could get around 300 total yards with a score or two.
 #90  Benny Cunningham Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 140  Rush: 37Los AngelesBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Cunningham emerged as the top backup for the Rams for the second straight season and did well in that role. He didn't get many carries but did well as a receiver, catching 26 passes. He finished with 390 total yards. He has a chance to serve a similar role this season for the Rams, backing up emerging star Todd Gurley. Cunningham is a small back but runs with power and has good moves in the open field. He catches the ball well and is good in blitz pickup. Fantasy Outlook: Cunningham isn't very exciting with Gurley ahead of him on the depth chart. He will get most of his chances in the passing game and could get around 20 receptions and 300 total yards with maybe a score or two.
 #91  Bernard Pierce Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 11  Rush: 6---Bye: - 
 
Player News:
Pierce was inactive many weeks and had a calf injury cut his season short. He had just nine touches for 18 yards for the entire season. He is just trying to keep an NFL roster spot. Pierce is just 25 years old, so he isn't done yet. He has enjoyed some past success, topping 500-rushing yards as a rookie. He can be a solid backup if all goes well for him. Pierce is more of a between the tackles runner, a good one-cut runner. He doesn't have top speed but can make some big plays when given the chance. Pierce has good size for the position and can make some moves in space. Fantasy Outlook: His career is trending the wrong way. Don't bother with him on your roster until he starts getting consistent work once again. We aren't sure that will happen.
 #92  Matt Asiata Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 112  Rush: 29MinnesotaBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Asiata got little work as the top backup for the Vikings last season, rushing 29 times. He did more work as a receiver, catching 19 passes for 132 yards. He should play a similar role this season, backing up one of the best running backs in all of football. Asiata is more of a power back. He is a straight ahead runner that does well running between the tackles. He does lack some speed to make plays to the outside, though. He is an improving receiver that can make plays in the passing game. Fantasy Outlook: Asiata isn't worth a roster spot unless injury hits. Unless that happens, don't waste your time. He might get around 300 or 400 total yards with a score or two.
 #93  Jonathan Williams BuffaloBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Williams was a highly regarded prospect before a foot injury derailed his senior season. He fell to the fifth round of the draft because of his injury concerns. But if healthy, Williams could be a great get for the Bills. He does well between the tackles but has enough speed to make plays on the outside. Williams also catches the ball pretty well. He lacks a little burst, though, and needs to show he is healthy to play a big role with the Bills this season. He is likely No. 3 or 4 on the depth chart for the team this season.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Williams isn't going to get a ton of work this season but could be a factor in a few years. He has plenty of talent and could emerge once he gets his feet wet. For now, expect around 300 total yards with a score or two.

 #94  James White Yr: 2015  TDs: 2  Yds: 56  Rush: 22New EnglandBye: 9 
 
Player News:
White seemed to have a shot to earn the starter's job but injury early in the season marred much of his year. He had just 22 carries but did get plenty of work in the passing game, catching 40 passes for 410 yards. He made his mark as a pass catcher, especially late in the year having multiple receptions seven straight games to end his season. He also had four touchdowns during that stretch. He isn't a sure thing to keep that role going forward, having plenty of competition for touches at running back. White isn't the biggest back but has good moves and enough speed to make plays on the outside. He lacks some strength, though, and doesn't run with a ton of power. He is a solid receiver, which will help his chances to play in this offense. Fantasy Outlook: White might have the occasional good showing but likely won't get enough consistent work to help fantasy teams. He is going to have a hard time repeating his reception numbers of last season but could get around 20 to 30 receptions, giving him some value in PPR formats. Expect around 400 total yards and a few scores.
 #95  Mike Gillislee Yr: 2015  TDs: 3  Yds: 267  Rush: 47BuffaloBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Gillislee made some big plays late in the year, getting a chance for some playing time with the Bill because of injury. He averaged an impressive 5.7 yards per carry. He also scored touchdowns three of the last four games. He got his most work the last game of the year, though, and did little, rushing 24 times for 28 yards. Gillislee is best suited as a backup, a role he'l compete for this season. Gillislee runs with power and has enough speed to make some big plays. He does well between the tackles and is 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 helps his case for getting more playing time.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Gillislee might have earned a little more work for this year but don't expect much more. He is a reserve that will get spot duty. He might get 300 total yards with a score or two.

 #96  Shaun Draughn Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 273  Rush: 78San FranciscoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Draughn was a bit of a surprise for the 49ers last season. He was forced into a starting role and produced pretty well in that role. At one point during the season, he had at least 75 total yards four straight games. He finished the year with 449 total yards in six games. He has bounced around the league most of his career, but last season was a bit of a breakthrough for him. He could challenge for a backup job this season. His biggest asset is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He can be an asset in the passing game. He isn't a great inside runner but did a little better in that area last season, which is encouraging. Fantasy Outlook: Draughn might have peaked last year, so don't get too excited about him. He might get around 300 or 400 total yards in a reserve role.
 #97  Mike Davis Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 58  Rush: 35San FranciscoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Davis had double-digit carries twice last year but did about next to nothing with his work. He averaged just 1.7 yards per carry, running 35 times for 58 yards. Davis didn't show much his rookie season. Davis is a small back but is a power back that can churn out the yards and knock down would-be tacklers. He lacks a bit of a second gear, though, and isn't a huge big-play threat. He'll likely be No. 3 or 4 on the depth chart. Fantasy Outlook: Davis got some chances last season but did about nothing. He could get a little more work but likely not enough to help fantasy teams. He could get around 300 total yards with a score or two.
 #98  Jacquizz Rodgers Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 41  Rush: 14Tampa BayBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Rodgers had 15 touches before breaking his arm early last season. He missed the rest of the year. His numbers have dipped in recent seasons but Rodgers can still serve as a solid pass-catching back. He has two seasons with 50-plus receptions. He'll compete for that role this season. 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 some value in PPR leagues but that is about it. And you can't count on him to have a big season after last year. He got little work even before getting injured. He might get around 200 or 300 total yards with a score and around 20 receptions.
 #99  Brandon Bolden Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 207  Rush: 63New EnglandBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Bolden had double-digit carries two times lat last season but didn't get much work besides that. H finished with 387 total yards and two touchdowns. He averaged just 3.3 yards per carry. Bolden has a lot to compete with for carries but should keep a roster spot because of his strong play on special teams. 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 is an improved pass catcher, but still not great in that area. Fantasy Outlook: Bolden doesn't have much potential at this point in this offense. He might have the big game once or twice but you never know when that will come. He'll likely get around 200 or 300 total yards with a score or two.
 #100  Kelvin Taylor San FranciscoBye: 8 
 
 #101  Jamize Olawale Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 110  Rush: 24OaklandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Olawale emerged as the starting fullback for the Raiders and did pretty well in that role. He caught nine passes and finished with 194 total yards and a touchdown. He didn't get a lot of work but some short-yardage chances and work in the passing game. He should play a similar role this season. He is a big back that blocks pretty well and has decent hands. He can make some plays with short-yardage chances.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Olawale might get a few more touches but not enough to help fantasy teams. He could get around 300 total yards and 15 receptions.

 #102  Fred Jackson Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 100  Rush: 26---Bye: - 
 
Player News:
Jackson landed with the Seahawks last season and served as the third-down back much of the year. He had just 28 carries but caught 32 passes for 257 yards and two scores. Jackson did well as a receiver out of the backfield and made plays when given the chance in that role. Jackson seems to fit that role better than any other these days and will try to fill a similar role this season. His rushing totals haven't been too impressive the past few years, averaging fewer than four yards per carry three of four seasons. Jackson got a later start to his NFL career but his 34 years old, which is a concern. You have to wonder how much he has left in the tank. The good news is his career high in carries is 237, so Jackson doesn't have a ton of wear and tear on him compared to some other backs. Fantasy Outlook: Jackson has a little value in PPR formats but that is about it. And don't expect a repeat of last year. He should get fewer chances at this stage of his career. He might get around 20 receptions and 300 total yards.
 #103  Orleans Darkwa Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 153  Rush: 36New York GiantsBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Darkwa got a little playing time about halfway through the season because of injury at running back for the Giants. Darkwa ran 36 times for 153 yards. He finished with 184 total yards. Darkwa seems setup best to be a change-of-pace back, a role he challenges for this season. He catches the ball and can make plays in space. He isn't much of a runner between the tackles, though, and lacks a little explosion at the position. Fantasy Outlook: Darkwa isn't going to get enough work to help fantasy teams. His numbers should rise some this year but don't expect a huge jump. He might get a few hundred total yards.
 #104  Dan Herron Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 79  Rush: 25---Bye: - 
 
Player News:
Herron got little work in a reserve role for the Colts last season, getting 126 total yards on 34 touches. Herron will compete for a backup job this year but will need to have a good camp and preseason to earn a roster spot. Herron doesn't have a great overall skillset but 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 might get a few more looks this year but don't expect a big jump. He is not worth a roster spot for fantasy teams unless he start suddenly getting a big chunk of playing time. Until that happens, don't bother. He might get around 200 or 300 total yards with a score or two.
 #105  Jordan Todman Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 22  Rush: 4IndianapolisBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Todman had just four carries during the regular season but carried the ball 16 times during two playoff games for the Steelers. He got more chances because of injury and made some plays. Todman will compete for a backup role this season. Todman is a small back, but has top speed and good moves in space. He keeps improving every season as a receiver, giving him value as a change-of-pace back. Fantasy Outlook: Todman needs to be on the field more to help fantasy teams. He has some potential when getting his catches but last year was a step back for him. He is a hard guy to draft, but keep an eye on him during the season to see if he starts getting some receptions. He might get a a few hundred total yards with 15 or so receptions.
 #106  Toby Gerhart Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 44  Rush: 20JacksonvilleBye: 5 
 
Player News:
A groin injury ended his season early but Gerhart was getting little work before getting hurt late in the year. He had just 20 carries for 44 yards. At this point, Gerhart is just trying to keep a roster spot. He has produced little the past few seasons. He can fill a backup role. Gerhart lacks breakaway speed, but is a 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 had his best shot a few years back but that ship has sailed. He might get a few hundred yards with a score or two. He is a reach for fantasy teams.
 #107  Darius Jackson DallasBye: 7 
 
 #108  Kerwynn Williams Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 142  Rush: 27---Bye: - 
 
Player News:
Williams fell down the depth chart last season and didn't get much playing time until late in the year when injury hit. He had at least six carries four straight games and averaged an impressive 5.3 yards per carry. He also scored a touchdown, finishing with 158 total yards on 29 touches. He should play a similar deep reserve role this season. Williams is a shifty back that also does well between the tackles. He isn't the biggest back but has strong legs, making him tough to drag down. Williams still needs work on his receiving skills if he hopes to get more playing time. Fantasy Outlook: Williams isn't going to get a ton of playing time but might be worth a spot play if he starts getting consistent touches. Williams might get around 200 total yards with a score or two.
 #109  DuJuan Harris Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 189  Rush: 48San FranciscoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Harris on and off rosters early in the season, but had double-digit carries three of the last four games of the season. He actually did that with two teams, though, getting extended work with the Seahawks and 49ers. He didn't play too badly in an expanded role, having 80-plus total yards his last two games of the season. He finished with 286 total yards. Harris can help in a reserve role, a spot he'll try to win this season. Harris 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 but making strides in that area. Fantasy Outlook: Harris is a stretch for fantasy teams. He'll be lucky to repeat last season and get that many chances. He might get 200 total yards unless injury hits.
 #110  Taiwan Jones Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 74  Rush: 16OaklandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Jones tied a career high with 16 carries last season but finished the year with just 23 total touches. He got most of his work as a kick return man once again, a role he serves pretty well. Jones has fewer than 10 carries two of four seasons. He is more of a special teams player than anything. Jones has some ability and could be a third-down back if he ever gets the chance. Jones is a speed back, an ideal change-of-pace back. He has blazing speed and top moves in the open field. He isn't big at all, though, which limits his role offensively. Fantasy Outlook: Jones has a little value in return yardage leagues but that is about it. He might get more touches offensively this year but not enough to be a big help to fantasy teams. He might get around 300 total yards with a score or two.
 #111  Ahmad Bradshaw Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 85  Rush: 31IndianapolisBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Bradshaw was out of work much of last year, found work with the Colts and then had his season end early because of a wrist injury. Bradshaw had 41 touches for 149 yards and three touchdowns. He did make some plays in the passing game when given the chance but didn't do much as a runner, averaging 2.7 yards per carry. Bradshaw is 30 years old with a long injury history, so just finding a roster spot isn't a guarantee for him. He is best suited as a change-of-pace back right now. 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. Fantasy Outlook: Bradshaw is trending the wrong way. He could help in a pinch if playing but don't bother with him unless he starts getting regular playing time.
 #112  Robert Kelley WashingtonBye: 9 
 
 #113  Knile Davis Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 72  Rush: 28Kansas CityBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Davis fell to No. 3 on the depth chart last season and carried the ball just 28 times and caught only two passes. He took a big step backwards with Charcandrick West taking over as the top backup for the Chiefs. Davis should play a similar role this season. Davis is more of a power back that runs well between the tackles and can punish a defender with his strength. Davis isn't much of a home-run threat at running back. He catches the ball pretty well, though, and does well in protection, which bodes well for his future. Fantasy Outlook: Davis has little fantasy value unless injury hits. He could improve his numbers a little but likely won't do enough to help fantasy teams. He might get around 200 total yards and a score.
 #114  Zac Stacy Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 89  Rush: 31---Bye: - 
 
Player News:
Stacy was No. 3 or 4 on the depth chart much of the season for the Jets last year. A broken ankle ended his season early. He had double-digit carries just once but did finish with 154 total yards and a touchdown in eight games. HIs numbers are on a steady decline since his rookie season. Stacy is just trying to keep a roster spot. He is 25 years old but his lack of production in recent seasons is a concern. Stacy isn't a flashy runner but does a good job of hitting the hole in a hurry and is a good one-cut runner. He gets downhill in a hurry. Stacy does lack big-play ability because of just so-so speed at the running back spot. He is more of a plodding back than top playmaker at the position. Fantasy Outlook: Stacy is trending the wrong way. He isn't worth a draft pick for fantasy teams. He could get around 200 or 300 total yards with a score or two.
 #115  Steven Jackson Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 50  Rush: 21New EnglandBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Jackson was out of work about all last season before signing with the Patriots late in the year. He had 21 carries for 50 yards the last two games of the regular season. He did manage to find the end zone on one of those carries. He also got work in two playoff games, rushing 10 times for 24 yards and a score. Jackson didn't show a whole lot with his chances and could be about done in the NFL. Jackson turns 33 before the start of the season and is going to have a hard time finding work. When in his prime, Jackson was 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. But at this point, he lacks big-play potential because he is more of a plodding back than game changer. Fantasy Outlook: Jackson is a back to avoid. He is on the downside of his career and a bounce-back isn't likely to happen this year. He could get around 200 total yards if he finds work.
 #116  Bryce Brown Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 72  Rush: 25SeattleBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Brown was out of work much of the season but landed with the Seahawks late in the year and got some playing time because of injury. He had 25 carries in three games but managed just 72 yards. He averaged just 2.9 yards per carry. Brown didn't show much and might have a hard time finding a job this year. Brown 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 but wasn't quite as explosive the past several years. He also isn't a bad receiver but needs to improve some in that area to get more work offensively. Fantasy Outlook: Brown is trending the wrong way. Don't bother with him on your roster. He might get a few hundred yards in a reserve role.
 #117  Justin Forsett Yr: 2015  TDs: 2  Yds: 641  Rush: 151BaltimoreBye: 8 
 
Player News:
A broken arm ended Forsett's season early, missing the last six games. He was producing before the injury, having 794 total yards and two touchdowns in 10 games. If he plays a full season, Forsett finishes with 1,270 total yards and three scores. He had two 100-yard rushing games and at least four receptions six of 10 games. He lost out on goal-line chances, though, which hurt his fantasy value. He should get another shot to start this season but nothing is guaranteed. Remember, he is 30 years old and has been a lead back just a few times during his career. Forsett is a big-play back. He doesn't have great size but proved he could carry the load as a lead back the last few seasons. Forsett possesses very good speed and moves in space. He is a playmaker, averaging 4.9 yards per carry for his career. Fantasy Outlook: Forsett is a bit of a wild card this year. He has some question marks. The good thing is he doesn't have a ton of carries under his belt, so he could remain pretty fresh at this stage of his career. Consider him a solid No. 2 back. He can get around 1,200 total yards and six or seven scores with 40 receptions.
 #118  Joique Bell Yr: 2015  TDs: 4  Yds: 311  Rush: 90ChicagoBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Bell was in and out of the starting lineup last season but didn't have quite the season of the past few years. He did miss three games with injury but had just double-digit carries two times all last season. He finished with 597 total yards and four touchdowns. He did do well in the passing game, catching 22 passes. Bell remains more of a complimentary back than a starter. He is going to be 30 years old before the season starts and his career high in rushing yards is 860. He does have at least 22 receptions in all his seasons. Bell has pretty good size for the running back spot and does well between the tackles. He doesn't have elite speed to make a bunch of plays to the outside but does well with his skill set. Bell is a good receiver out of the backfield and does well in short-yardage situations. Fantasy Outlook: Bell can help as a flex play or spot play for fantasy teams but don't count on him as an every-week starter. His numbers are going the wrong way at this stage of his career. He could get around 700 total yards and 25 receptions with a few scores.
 #119  Bruce Miller Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 14  Rush: 6---Bye: - 
 
Player News:
Miller continues to do well as the starting fullback for the 49ers. He didn't get many touches last season but made some plays in the passing game, catching 10 passes for 135 yards. He also ran six times and managed to score a touchdown on one of those runs. Miller catches the ball pretty well for a fullback and can be another option in the passing game for the 49ers. Miller's biggest asset to the offense is as a blocker, a role he serves well. He won't get many touches offensively but the occasional reception. Fantasy Outlook: Miller has a little reception potential but not enough to be a big help for fantasy teams. He might get around 200 total yards with 15 or so receptions.
 #120  Anthony Dixon Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 44  Rush: 21BuffaloBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Dixon had a poor season in a reserve role for the Bills. He even got some extended looks early in the year because of injury, but did next to nothing. He averaged just 2.1 yards per carry and had 88 total yards on 27 touches. Dixon can help a little in a reserve role, a role he'll compete for this season. 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 is not worth a draft pick. He is a reach to get much playing time. He might get 100 or 200 total yards with a score.
 #121  Michael Burton Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 2  Rush: 4DetroitBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Burton got some work as a fullback and tight end his rookie season for the Lions. He had just four carries for two yards but caught six passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. He could be the starting fullback from day on this season for the Lions. Burton isn't much of a runner or pass catcher, but blocks well and can be an asset in the passing game on dump offs. His work offensively should be more as a blocker than anything. Fantasy Outlook: Burton might catch a few passes and get a couple carries but not enough to help fantasy teams. His value comes as a blocker, which won't help fantasy teams.
 #122  Jalston Fowler Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 13  Rush: 7TennesseeBye: 13 
 
Player News:
Fowler played a fullback role for the Titans during his rookie year. He got some work in that role, touching the ball 12 times for 57 yards and a score. He should have a similar role this season, being used more as a blocker than anything. Fowler is a big back that blocks well but also catches the ball well out of the backfield. He lacks a little strength and size for the fullback spot, and might need to bulk up some to be an ideal starting fullback. Fantasy Outlook: Fowler isn't going to help many fantasy teams but could improve some on last season. He might get a few receptions and the occasional carry, but that is about it.
 #123  John Kuhn Yr: 2015  TDs: 2  Yds: 28  Rush: 9New OrleansBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Kuhn once again got most of his work in a fullback role for the Packers and served that role well. He didn't get many offensive touches, getting 15 total touches for 84 total yards. He failed to score a touchdown. He continues to be more of an asset as a blocker than anything. 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, making a few plays in the passing game the pat few seasons. Fantasy Outlook: Kuhn doesn't have much value at all. He could get a few scores but you never know when they'll come, making him a risk to use. He might get around 100 total yards.
 #124  Kenjon Barner Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 124  Rush: 28PhiladelphiaBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Barner had 28 carries in a reserve role for the Eagles last season. He didn't get many chances but made some plays with his work. He had 37 total touches for 146 yards. He also averaged 4.4 yards per carry. He'll challenge for a reserve role this season. Barner is a speed back that can do a little bit of everything. He runs the ball well, can help as a receiver and as a 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 might get a little more work but is a stretch to help fantasy teams. He isn't going to get enough consistent work. A season with around 300 or 400 total yards offensively seems about right for Barner.

 #125  Joseph Randle Yr: 2015  TDs: 4  Yds: 315  Rush: 76---Bye: - 
 
Player News:
Randle opened the season as the starter for the Cowboys but injury and off the field issues caused him to fall out of favor in a hurry with the team. He was eventually released by the Cowboys, showing his quick fall from grace. He had 400 total yards and four touchdowns in six games last season. Randle has ability but his issues off the field could keep him out of the NFL going forward. He had more problems after his release from the Cowboys. When playing and on the field, Randle 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. Fantasy Outlook: Randle had his chance last year but blew it. He isn't worth drafting for fantasy teams until he gets back onto the field and is getting playing time once again. We aren't so sure that happens.
 #126  Travaris Cadet Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 28  Rush: 11New OrleansBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Cadet was out of work much of last season but landed with the Saints late in the year and got some playing time because of injury. He got most of his work in the passing game, catching 17 passes for 214 yards. He ran 11 times but averaged just 2.6 yards per carry. Cadet has plus speed and good hands. He has good moves in space and is a playmaker. He lacks the ideal size to be a three-down back and does little when getting his chances to run the ball. He'll battle for a reserve role this season. Fantasy Outlook: Cadet has a little value in PPR formats but that might even be a stretch. He is going to get sporadic playing time. He might finish with 200 or so total yards and 15 to 20 receptions.
 #127  Marcus Murphy Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 0  Rush: 1New OrleansBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Murphy had just one offensive touch his rookie season but did well as a return man. He got plenty of chances on punt returns and even had a return touchdown for the season. Murphy could play his way into a little bigger role offensively this season. He has some potential as a third-down back. Murphy is a small back but has great speed and moves in space. He lacks size, though, and isn't much of an inside runner. He catches the ball pretty well, though, and could emerge as a third-down back with more seasoning. For now, expect most of his work to come on special teams. Fantasy Outlook: Murphy has some value in return yardage leagues but that is about it. We aren't sure he gets enough work on offense to help fantasy teams. He could get around 200 total yards.
 #128  Dexter McCluster Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 247  Rush: 55San DiegoBye: 11 
 
Player News:
McCluster broke his wrist late in the year but was having a decent season before the injury. He was getting his work in the passing game, catching 31 passes for 260 yards and a touchdown. He had double-digit carries just a game but ran the ball 55 times and averaged a solid 4.5 yards per carry. So McCluster finished with 507 total yards and two scores. McCluster has 20-plus receptions every season in the NFL. He isn't much of a runner but gets the job done in the passing game. McCluster has top speed and great moves in space. He catches the ball well out of the backfield and also does well lining up as a receiver. Fantasy Outlook: McCluster has some value in PPR formats. He'll get his catches but isn't going to score much or post big total yardage numbers. He might get around 600 total yards with 35 receptions and a few scores.
 #129  Daniel Lasco New OrleansBye: 5 
 
 #130  Rex Burkhead Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 4  Rush: 4CincinnatiBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Burkhead had a few touches last season in a reserve role for the Bengals. He got most of his work in the passing game, catching 10 passes for 94 yards and a score. He ran four times but managed just four yards. Burkhead remains stuck as a No. 3 back, getting little work in that role. Burkhead is a hard working back. 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 can help as a receiver if asked. Fantasy Outlook: Burkhead will have a hard time finding the field this season once again. He might get a few hundred yards if all goes right for him, making him a reach for fantasy teams.
 #131  Pierre Thomas Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 64  Rush: 15---Bye: - 
 
Player News:
Thomas played with the 49ers and Redskins last season, finishing the season with the Redskins. He got some work with the Redskins, totaling 136 yards in four games. He played just a game with the 49ers, though, before getting released by the team. Thomas is 32 years old, so his time in the NFL could be about over. He did play alright with the Redskins, though, so he might have another year left. Thomas is best suited as a third-down or change-of-pace back at this stage of his career. He can still produce in that role. Thomas isn't a huge back, but has good speed and moves. He does have durability concerns, playing a full season just twice in eight years. Fantasy Outlook: Thomas' value peaked a few years back. He might be worth an outside look in PPR formats if he lands a third-down job, but that doesn't seem likely. He could get around 200 total yards and 10 receptions.
 #132  Juwan Thompson Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 48  Rush: 18DenverBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Thompson didn't get much work last season as the No. 3 back for the Broncos. He had just 18 carries and six receptions. Thompson should challenge for the No. 2 or 3 back job this season. Thompson does well between the tackles and has enough speed to make the big play to the outside. He has more speed than power but isn't afraid to mix it up if needed. Fantasy Outlook: Thompson has some potential if he gets the touches but it will be hard to predict when his work will come this year, making him a long shot for fantasy teams. He might get 200 or 300 total yards.
 #133  Joey Iosefa Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 51  Rush: 15New EnglandBye: 9 
 
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Iosefa had double-digit carries in Week 15 but one other carry the rest of the year. He didn't do too badly with his expanded work late in the year, rushing 14 times for 51 yards. He is going to challenge for a roster spot this year. Iosefa is more of a power back. He has good size and runs pretty well between the tackles. He doesn't have great speed, though, and lacks some big-play ability. He also has just so-so hands. Fantasy Outlook: Iosefa might earn a roster spot this year but that doesn't mane he'll get a bunch of carries. He is a stretch to have a breakout year. He might get around 150 total yards.
 #134  Malcolm Johnson Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 0  Rush: 0ClevelandBye: 13 
 
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A groin injury ended his season a little early but Johnson got little work his rookie year before the injury He had four receptions for 15 yards. Johnson is a bigger back but has pretty good hands and can help in the passing game. He is going to challenge for a roster spot this year. Fantasy Outlook: Johnson is a stretch for fantasy teams. He is a long shot to get a big bump in playing time. He might get around 100 or 200 total yards if all goes well for him.
 #135  Stepfan Taylor Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 58  Rush: 17ArizonaBye: 9 
 
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Taylor fell down the depth chart last season and finished with just 17 carries for 58 yards. Taylor might need a change of scenery to jumpstart his career. He'll have a hard time finding the field this season. Taylor 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 catches the ball well and does a good job as a blocker. He probably isn't suited to be an every-down back but can help in a third-down role. Fantasy Outlook: Taylor could improve on last season but that isn't saying much. He might get around 100 or 200 total yards with a score or two.
 #136  Keith Marshall WashingtonBye: 9 
 
 #137  Donald Brown Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 229  Rush: 59---Bye: - 
 
Player News:
Brown was on and off the Chargers' roster last year but finished the season on the team and actually had double-digit carries his last three games of the year. He had 90-plus total yards two of the last three games. He proved he can still help teams in a reserve role, a role he'll compete of this season with the Patriots. Brown is capable of making plays. He has at least 220-plus rushing yards all seven seasons of his NFL career. Brown is 29 years old, so time is running out on him. Brown has good speed and moves in well in space. He still doesn't have ideal size for the position but will make plays with the ball in his hands. Brown catches the ball well and can be an asset some in the passing game. Brown struggles with consistency and lacks some big-play ability. Fantasy Outlook: Brown isn't a very exciting fantasy back. He could get a few hundred yards with a score or two and around 15 receptions.
 #138  Dwayne Washington DetroitBye: 10 
 
 #139  Bishop Sankey Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 193  Rush: 47New EnglandBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Sankey had double-digit carries each of the first two games last year but didn't reach that mark the rest of the year. He went several games without even getting an offensive touch. He had 332 total yards and two touchdowns. He is quickly playing his way out of the mix at running back for the Titans. This could be a make or break year for him. he needs to make huge strides this year. Sankey isn't a huge back but runs well inside and has the enough speed to make big plays to the outside. He also catches the ball well. Sankey tries to make the big play too often, though, and doesn't do a good job of reading the hole. He lacks a second gear to make many big plays. Fantasy Outlook: Sankey continues to flop with his chances. Don't expect him to have a sudden breakout season. He is a reach for fantasy teams. He could get around 400 total yards and a score or two.
 #140  David Cobb Yr: 2015  TDs: 1  Yds: 146  Rush: 52PittsburghBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Injury marred Cobb's rookie season but he eventually found the field in Week 11 and got sporadic work the rest of the year. He had double-digit carries twice but topped 50 yards just once. He averaged just 2.8 yards per carry. Cobb will have a chance to compete for the starting job this year, though. He'll have to show more this season if he hopes to start. Cobb isn't a speed back but does well between the tackles and churning out yards. He has good size for the position and is tough to bring down with the ball in his hands. He lacks a bit of a second gear, though, and isn't going to break off many long runs. Fantasy Outlook: Cobb is no sure thing but could emerge as the starter for the Titans, making him worth a draft pick for fantasy teams. Don't take him as anything more than a No. 3 or 4 fantasy back, though. For now, expect around 800 total yards and four or so scores.
 #141  Roy Helu Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 39  Rush: 17---Bye: - 
 
Player News:
Helu didn't have the first season as expected for the Raiders. He barely saw the field and finished with just more than 100 total yards. Helu never got in favor of the coaching staff, though, and didn't do much with his chances, averaging just 2.3 yards per carry. At this point, he is just trying to keep a roster spot. Helu is a talented player with big-play ability. He has good size and speed. He hits the hole in a hurry and can reach the next level quickly. He also catches the ball very well. He lacks consistency, though, and has never had a huge role offensively. Fantasy Outlook: Helu seemed destined for good things last season but that didn't happen. He can improve on last year but that isn't saying much. Expect a few more touches but not enough to help fantasy teams. Look for around 200 total yards.
 #142  Stevan Ridley Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 90  Rush: 36---Bye: - 
 
Player News:
Ridley took some time to recover from his torn ACL last season but eventually found the field about halfway through the season. He did little once returning, though, having 40 touches for 88 total yards. He showed little with his work and will need to prove he his healthy for the coming year to keep an NFL roster spot. Ridley has enjoyed some solid seasons, though, so the potential is there if all is well for him. Ridley isn't a huge back but runs with power and does well in space. He excels between the tackles as a runner. He isn't much of a receiver, though, having 27 receptions in five seasons. Ridley has battled fumbling issues throughout his career, causing him to lose confidence with the coaching staff. Fantasy Outlook: Ridley was released by the Lions during training camp. Take him off your draft boards.
 #143  Zac Brooks SeattleBye: 5 
 
 #144  Jonas Gray Yr: 2015  TDs: 0  Yds: 176  Rush: 45JacksonvilleBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Gray was No. 3 on the depth chart much of the season for the Jaguars but got some chances when injury hit. He had double-digit carries once and finished with 201 total yards. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry. Gray is likely to have a similar role this season, serving as a No. 3 or 4 back. Gray is more of a power back. He is small but has good strength and speed. He isn't really a big-play back but can make the occasional big play. Gray isn't much of a pass catcher, which isn't great for him to grab more playing time in this pass-first offense. Fantasy Outlook: Gray isn't likely to see a big spike in playing time. He could improve on his numbers a little but probably won't hep fantasy teams. He could get around 300 total yards and a score or two.

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