Best RBBC Situations

Running backs are back on top when it comes to fantasy.  What was once a depleted position riddled with aging veterans has since been rejuvenated with an influx of young talent.  The past few years have seen a slew of backfields getting a complete makeover, with committees being the preferred method.  Reason being: keep the tread on the tires of your guys much longer. With it being such a violent position that sees constant big hits almost every play, it pays to constantly rotate your guys.  With all this being said, this week’s article will dive into the best backfields with regards to fantasy.  More specifically we’ll be looking at the backfields where more than one running back will be a useful fantasy option.

5. Cincinnati Bengals – Projected depth chart: 1. Joe Mixon, 2. Giovani Bernard, 3. Brian Hill, 4. Mark Walton, 5. Tra Carson, 6. Ray Lawry, 7. Quinton Flowers, 8. Jarveon Williams

This may be a surprise on this list, but I actually think this backfield has a lot of potential heading into this season. Joe Mixon figures to be the starter with Gio Bernard spelling him and also having a third-down role, whether that’s with Mixon on the field or not. This is definitely one of the more crowded backfields in the league with Mark Walton, Brian Hill, and Tra Carson all being in the mix as well.  Walton is a bit undersized and we’ve yet to see what we have in Brian Hill, but those two, figure to make the roster and battle it out for backup duty.  Carson is interesting because he brings something to the table that the Bengals don’t really have, in that he’s more of a bruiser, north-south type of runner.  In redrafts, the two guys to own are Mixon and Bernard.  But, don’t be surprised if you see some big things from one of the backups during the year.

Cleveland Browns – Projected depth chart: 1. Carlos Hyde, 2. Duke Johnson Jr., 3. Nick Chubb, 4. Matt Days, 5. Dontrell Hilliard

Another possible eye opener but how can you write a prediction article and not make a few bold calls. The entire offense is going to be revamped and that includes an entirely new backfield, besides Duke Johnson. In comes, Nick Chubb from the draft and Carlos Hyde signed from the 49ers.  PPR wise, Duke Johnson is one of the best, so he’s most likely going to be drafted.  Carlos Hyde is obviously a viable talent, so he’s going to be owned even as well. Both will have their niches carved out for them in the offense, too.  Nick Chubb should also see his workload increase as the season winds on, but I’m not sure what his impact will be in his first season.  Dynasty wise, I really like his prospects.

3. Tennessee Titans – Projected depth chart: 1. Derrick Henry, 2. Dion Lewis, David Fluellen, 4. Akrum Wadley, 5. Dalyn Dawkins

A returner to this list from last year, the Titans have replaced DeMarco Murray with former Patriot Dion Lewis. This should bolster their backfield after Murray’s down year in what is now the back nine of his career. Lewis is the perfect complement to Derrick Henry in a hopefully revitalized offense now that Mike Mularkey is out and Mike Vrabel is in.  There is a role for both in this offense and I’m expecting a bounce-back year from this entire offense.  And watch out if that offensive line can get back to their 2016 ways.  Both players should be rostered in all leagues as RB2 material.

2. Atlanta Falcons – Projected depth chart: 1. Devonta Freeman, 2. Tevin Coleman, 3. Ito Smith, 4. Terrence Magee, 5. Malik Williams, 6. Justin Crawford, 7. Ricky Ortiz

Number one from last year is making a return. Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman spearhead one of the most dynamic backfields in the league. They have similar skill sets but both find many opportunities in one of the higher powered offenses.  Steve Sarkisian started to get a better handle on the offense towards the end of the season last year, so I’m confident this team can return to its 2016 form.  Devonta Freeman had a bit of a down year and only scored eight touchdowns.  I’m expecting a low-end RB1 year from him and a middle of the road RB2 year for Coleman.  Moreover, don’t sleep on Ito Smith.

1. New Orleans Saints – Projected depth chart: 1. Alvin Kamara, 2. Mark Ingram, 3. Daniel Lasco, 4. Boston Scott, 5. Trey Edmunds, 6. Jonathan Williams, 7. Terrance West

Rookie of the year Alvin Kamara will get to lead this backfield for the first quarter of the season with some sprinkling in from some combination of the following: Terrance West, Trey Edmunds, and Jonathan Williams. After Mark Ingram’s suspension is up, he and Kamara will lead the league’s best one-two backfield punch. Both finished last year as RB1s and if it weren’t for Ingram’s four-game absence coming up, they’d be right back in that conversation.  Even if one of those backups plays well during Ingram’s departure, I’m not worried at all about him losing his role.  None of the aforementioned players is on his skill level. Draft these bad Larrys with confidence, although Ingram will be going a little later than pre-suspension.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Kansas City Chiefs – Projected Depth Chart: 1. Kareem Hunt, 2.Spencer Ware, 3.Charcandrick West
  • New England Patriots – Projected Depth Chart:  1. Sony Michel, 2. Rex Burkhead, 2. James White, 3.Jeremy Hill, 4. Mike Gillislee
  • Chicago Bears– Projected Depth Chart: 1. Jordan Howard, 2. Tarik Cohen,
  • Minnesota Vikings – Projected Depth Chart: 1. Dalvin Cook, 2. Latavius Murray, 3. Roc Thomas
  • Houston Texans – Projected Depth Chart: 1. Lamar Miller, 2. D’Onta Foreman, 3. Tyler Ervin

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