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Fantasy Football by Brad - Early 2016 Running Back Rankings

  1. Adrian Peterson
  2. Le'Veon Bell
  3. Todd Gurley
  4. David Johnson
  5. Ezekiel Elliott
  6. Lamar Miller
  7. Devonta Freeman
  8. Doug Martin
  9. Thomas Rawls
  10. Mark Ingram
  11. Jamaal Charles
  12. Eddie Lacy
  13. LeSean McCoy
  14. Matt Forte
  15. Jonathan Stewart
  16. C.J. Anderson
  17. Carlos Hyde
  18. Dion Lewis
  19. Jeremy Hill
  20. Jay Ajayi
  21. Ryan Mathews
  22. Latavius Murray
  23. T.J. Yeldon
  24. DeMarco Murray
  25. Jeremy Langford
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Running back is a position that was decimated by injury last year. Because of that, people are going to be more cautious and selective about which RB's they draft and when they even draft a RB. I've always been a strong RB in the first round guy, but this year I might end up changing my philosophy. 

Adrian Peterson has the highest floor among all the RB's. That's why I still have him as my number 1 RB. Le'Veon Bell scares me too much coming off the knee injury to take him at 1, and with his off the field issues he isn't always a lock to play all 16 games. I still love Bell though. He should still be a top 5 back as long as he is healthy. He led me to a Championship in 2014, so I will always love me some Le'Veon Bell.

The Cowboys took rookie RB Ezekiel Elliot at number 4 overall. Elliot is one of the most complete RB prospects coming out of college in the last 10 years. He is a true 3 down back with great hands and excellent vision. Running behind one of, if not, the best offensive lines in the league, Elliot should be a lock to finish in the top 10 among RB's and he has upside as a top 5 back. I also like Lamar Miller in his new situation in Houston. Miami never gave Miller enough carries and thus kept the talented back from reaching his true potential. Miller should get plenty of carries in Houston's run heavy offense, and with plenty of weapons in the passing game, defenses won't be able to stack the box against Miller.

I love Ryan Mathews this year. With no DeMarco Murray stealing carries from Mathews, he should thrive in the Eagles' offense.

I know Jacksonville signed Chris Ivory in free agency, but other than the 2014 season Ivory has never played all 16 games. Coming off of a career high 247 carries; I think it is likely Ivory misses some time. I like T.J. Yeldon for that reason. I see Ivory getting hurt and Yeldon becoming more of a feature back for the Jags. He's in his second year in the league which should lead to more success. 

The Jaguars defense should also be much improved with key free agent signings of Malik Jackson and Jared Odrick. Their 2015 1st round draft pick Dante Fowler Jr. tore his ACL on the first day of mini-camp last year and is healthy now. Their first two picks - former Florida State safety Jalen Ramsey and former UCLA linebacker Myles Jack - were considered by some to be the two best defensive players in the draft. 

With the defense improved, Jacksonville should trail in games much less than last year, which will allow the Jags to run the ball more. This will lead to success for T.J. Yeldon. His draft price will be much lower after the Ivory signing so Yeldon could end up being a bargain in fantasy drafts this year.

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