Running Back Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
 
Todd Gurley, RB, ATL6/27/2015 10:22:00 AM
Description: St. Louis Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley will have a checkup with Dr. James Andrews at which time we should know more about his availability for the start of the season, according to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports.
Insight: Gurley tore his ACL in November last season, so fantasy owners need all the input they can get to evaluate when he'll be ready and therefore when he should be drafted. For keeper leagues, he'll be the Rams' most talented back since Steven Jackson in his prime.
Todd Gurley, RB, ATL6/25/2015 11:10:00 AM
Description: St. Louis Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley hopes to at least partially participate in training camp, according to an nfl.com report.
Insight: Gurley tore his ACL in November last season, so fantasy owners need all the input they can get to evaluate when he'll be ready and therefore when he should be drafted. For keeper leagues, he'll be the Rams' most talented back since Steven Jackson in his prime.
Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL6/23/2015 7:52:00 PM
Description: Atlanta Falcons rookie running back Tevin Coleman will enter training camp behind Devonta Freeman for the starting running back job according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: The Falcons have bragged about Freeman's passing catching and blocking ability, but the team has left the early downs open to competition. Coleman has a high ceiling, but owners will probably want to see what kind of role he has first.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND6/23/2015 2:49:00 PM
Description: Forner Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw has yet to generate much interest for the upcoming season.
Insight: Bradshaw fractured his fibula in mid-November and recently received a one-game suspension for marijuana misdemeanor. He was a good receiving back in the games he played last season, catching 30 balls for 300 yards and six touchdowns, but he may have to wait until there are some injuries to find a place to play in 2015-16.
Doug Martin, RB, TAM6/23/2015 11:32:00 AM
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has put together a great offseason and is probably the favorite to start in Week 1, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Martin has never come close to matching his 2012 production (1,454 yards, 11 TDs on the ground) and the Bucs also like second-year RB Charles Sims, so this certainly isn't written in stone.
Andre Williams, RB, NYG6/23/2015 11:20:00 AM
Description: Giants running back Andre Williams may only be a handcuff value in 2015.
Insight: Despite rushing for 721 yards and seven touchdowns, a healthy Rashad Jennings gets the lion's share of the early down carries and just acquired Shane Vereen is locked in as the third-down back. That doesn't leave much for Williams unless Jennings gets injured.
Tre Mason, RB, STL6/22/2015 10:00:00 AM
Description: Rams running back Tre Mason could have more than handcuff value if Todd Gurley's rehab from ACL surgery gets delayed in any way.
Insight: Mason played very well last season, rushing for 765 yards and four touchdowns in his rookie campaign. A report by Joe Lyons in the St. Louis Dispatch has him slimmed down and faster.
C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN6/22/2015 9:21:00 AM
Description: Broncos running backs C.J. Anderson will be the "bellcow" in the Denver backfield, according to Denver Post beat writer Troy E. Renck.
Insight: He doesn't believe coach Gary Kubiak wants a shared back situation. That would mean as long as Anderson stays healthy, Montee Ball will have handcuff value only.
C.J. Spiller, RB, NOS6/20/2015 12:08:00 PM
Description: It will be interesting to see how Saints coach sean Payton uses running back C.J. Spiller this season.
Insight: Will he split time with Mark Ingram, or will he be more of the third-down receiving back like the old Reggie Bush role? Spiller was once a highly-touted fantasy option, but never lived up to the hype, primarily because he always seemed to be injured. Or outplayed by Fred Jackson.
Shane Vereen, RB, NYG6/19/2015 9:19:00 PM
Description: Giants running back Shane Vereen is not going to just be a third-down back according to NJ.com.
Insight: Vereen was always a fantasy football favorite, especially in PPR leagues, but last season, Bill Belichick just never gave any running back consistent playing time, and Vereen's fantasy value suffered from that. Vereen is a potential sleeper.
Joseph Randle, RB, DAL6/19/2015 9:00:00 PM
Description: The Dallas Cowboys are expected to "spread the touches" between Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar this season according to the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram.
Insight: But if the Cowboys run the same amount as last season, they have over 31 carries to "spread around" between those three guys. He might not get the 24 carries DeMarco Murray saw in 2014, but Randle has to be in line for the majority of the touches. He averaged 6.7 yards per carry last season and clearly has the most talent. Meanwhile, McFadden will likely not make it through the season unhurt.
Daniel Thomas, RB, CHI6/19/2015 8:49:00 PM
Description: Chicago signed running back Daniel Thomas.
Insight: Thomas will try to provide some depth behind Matt Forte. The former second-round pick has averaged 3.6 yards per carry and scored 13 touchdowns in his four-year career.
Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL6/19/2015 1:01:00 PM
Description: It appears Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is still ahead of Indiana rookie Tevin Coleman, according to an Atlanta Journal Constitution report.
Insight: "He’s going to be a guy we're going to feature in a lot of different ways," said coach Dan Quinn. Rookies always have a lot to learn so it is expected that Freeman will be out in front in June. Check back in August.
Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET6/18/2015 10:10:00 AM
Description: Detroit Lions rookie running back Ameer Abdullah is getting first-team reps with Joique Bell sidelined.
Insight: Abdullah could see plenty of action in his first year and appears to be the handcuff for Bell, not Theo Riddick
Danny Woodhead, RB, SDC6/15/2015 2:40:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Danny Woodhead's rehab is right on track, according to Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Insight: Woodhead was a top PPR back in 2013 when he hauled in 76 balls for 605 yards and six scores. He should return to that role behind rookie running back Melvin Gordon in 2015.

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