2015 Fantasy Rankings – Top 10 Running Backs
By Josh Trotta
The 2015 fantasy football season has officially kicked off and your leagues draft day is weeks away. Well Fantasy Football Guru’s is here to help you dominate your league this year. Just like last years widely successful top ten lists, the fellas at Guru’s are back at it again. Compiling a top ten list for you each and every week. Counting you down to your league’s draft and the start of the 2015 Fantasy Football season. So with out further ado sick back, grab a cold one and take our handoff all the way to the house. It is time to count down the top 10 RB’s of the 2015 season.
1. Eddie Lacy – Lacy was disappointing to say the least out of the gates last year. Even had some owners out there thinking he was a one year wonder like his Alabama teammate Trent Richardson. Then Lacy showed why he is one of the best young running backs in the league finishing the remainder of the season as one of the best fantasy RB’s and the one you want to have come draft day. Even in a pass happy offense like the Packers, Lacy faces the least amount of 8 man boxes and handles all the goal line work. Take him number 1 and you will be happy.
2. Adrian Peterson – A year off, a year for Teddy Bridgewater to learn the offense and the healthiest he has been in sometime. AP is back this year and if your not looking at him at this spot then your crazy. Fight the urge to pass because he is turning 30 and has a lot of carries under his belt. The last time he played a full season he carved up the NFL and finished in the top 5 in his position. Now healthy and maybe a little angry with a chip on his shoulder, we take AP to get back to form and destroy the NFL week in and week out.
3. Le’Veon Bell – Bell would be the number 1 guy on our list if he didn’t have a 3 game suspension to start the season. He was fantasies number one running back in most standard scoring leagues from week 5 on and other then DeMarco Murray he was the most consistent running back all season. Bell was masterful at finding holes and exploiting missed tackles. You can’t go wrong with choosing Bell at #1 but we feel a #1 pick can’t take 3 games off no matter what the circumstances are. Take Bell and sit back and enjoy the ride.
4. Jamall Charles – Charles plays for one of the top rushing team in the NFL and oh by the way he is really good! Fantasy Owners always look for touches, because touches equal opportunity and opportunity hopefully will equal a big fantasy season. Charles has not disappointed and has been finishing towards the top of his position in fantasy the last 3 seasons. Knile Davis and De’Anthony Thomas are a concern already cutting into Charles’s workload last year but his ability to take it to the house on every single carry is why you see him at number 4.
5. Marshawn Lynch – BEAST MODE is the real deal. Don’t give me this he is going to decline because of age and carries BS. Beast mode has eaten enough Skittles to make sure he is ready to go each and every week. He seems to be getting stronger each year and just last year tied for the most touchdowns by a running back. The man is not built like any other running back in the league and the style of offense the Seahawks run, allows Lynch to see less and less big hits. The drop off is coming but feel safe in picking the most durable running back of the entire top ten!
6. Arian Foster – Foster’s silky smooth style fits perfectly in Houston’s zone blocking scheme. He still has one of the quickest first steps in the NFL and makes every run look easy. If he can stay healthy you may be getting the steal of the running back class here but injury’s are something Foster deals with each and every year. Foster has missed 11 games since the 2013 season and will likely miss time this year. Silky and smooth when he is on the field, a total disappointment when he is not. Let’s hope he stays healthy this year.
7. Matt Forte – Mr. Reliable. Forte was a beast under Marc Trestman’s creative offensive scheme. He was good in normal scoring leagues but was something special when it came to PPR formats. This year the Bears have brought in a new head coach and with it a new offensive scheme. Last year Forte fell off a little and at 7 for best in the RB class we would air on the side of caution about poking this Bear before the end of the 1st round or the start of the 2nd. He is a great player but we just don’t know what we are working with in Gotham City.
8. DeMarco Murray – Just like Forte, Murray has a new coach and offensive scheme but unlike Forte this offensive scheme could be the best in the NFL. Leaving Dallas raises some major questions for Murray. Will he be able to replicate his phenomenal 2014 season now that he has left that amazing offensive line? Traditionally injury prone, Murray was surprisingly healthy all year long but can it happen again? Murray would have fought Lacy for the number 1 spot if he had stayed in Dallas this off season but since there are so many unknown’s with his new situation, we air on the side of caution when picking Murray. You may be getting the best running back of 2015 or a guy who was a one hit wonder.
9. C.J. Anderson – He plays for the Broncos and was arguably the scariest fantasy player you faced once he was named the starter mid way through the season. We love his upside but the Broncos make us nervous because two years ago it was Moreno, then last year it was going to be Ball, then Hillman, until finally settling on Anderson. He should be able to replicate his performance from a year ago or the Broncos will get inpatient and in comes another running back who will be on our list come next year. Pick him and cross your fingers he produces.
10. Jeremy Hill – What no McCoy?!? Ya no McCoy. McCoy has amazing open field moves but if his last year in Philadelphia is any indication of future performance, we feel the NFL might have figured him out. We love Hill’s game and he plays on a great team that can move the ball up and down the field setting Hill up for goal line carriers. For a bigger back he possesses great vision, quick feet and has the burst to break away from linebackers and make safeties work to catch up to him. Hill could be the steal of the draft this year and we feel he is primed for a great season.
Well that is our Top Ten RB list. Let us know what you think and like always we appreciate hearing what our followers think.