Running Back Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
Doug Martin, RB, TAM5/4/2015 10:22:00 AM
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin finished the 2014 season strong, but his 2016 option wasn't picked up and he may not be part of the team's long-term plans.
Insight: Martin has never come close to matching his 2012 production (1,454 yards, 11 TDs on the ground) and the Bucs seem to be moving toward second-year RB Charles Sims.
Charles Sims, RB, TAM5/4/2015 10:17:00 AM
Description: The Buccaneers want second-year running back Charles Sims to be the "feature" back this season, according to the Pewter Report.
Insight: While Sims may turn into Tampa Bay's lead back, there is too much uncertainty surrounding the Buccaneers backfield for us to recommend starting him ... yet. He played the final eight games in 2014, averaging just 2.8 ypg, but caught 19 balls for 190 yards. Lovie Smith seems to like his pass-catching ability and Doug Martin could be on his way out of town.
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS5/3/2015 10:04:00 PM
Description: Washington coach Jay Gruden confirmed with ESPN that running back Alfred Morris will continue to see a majority of the carries next season.
Insight: Washington took Florida running back Matt Jones in the third round, but Gruden reassured Morris that Jones is only going to provide the position depth. Roy Helu, who was Morris' backup, left the team via free agency. Morris had his worst season of his career last year, but he could be a bounce back candidate with offensive line guru Bill Callahan in town and No. 5 overall pick right tackle Brandon Scherff the team's newest blocker.
Andre Ellington, RB, ARI5/3/2015 9:59:00 PM
Description: Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told ESPN that running back Andre Ellington will keep the same role he had last season before his injury.
Insight: Arizona did address the running back position in the draft, but the team picked Northern Iowa running back David Johnson, who is not a true workhorse. Johnson, like Ellington, is better in the receiving game, so he really will only be Ellington's backup. Hopefully, Ellington can completely recover from his foot injury and produce more than last season. After he averaged 5.5 yards per attempt his rookie season, he only averaged 3.3 yards per attempt in 2014.
Zac Stacy, RB, NYJ5/2/2015 5:26:00 PM
Description: Running back Zac Stacy has apparently been traded to the Jets.
Insight: Stacy will compete for playing time with Chris Ivory and Stevan Ridley, but will likely not be much of a fantasy factor in New York.
Karlos Williams, RB, BUF5/2/2015 2:46:00 PM
Description: The Bills selected RB Karlos Williams of Florida State in the fifth round.
Insight: Not a great landing spot for Williams, what with LeSean McCoy and Fred Jackson in front of him. He's a project at best and fantasy owners should wait and see how the project turns out.
Jay Ajayi, RB, MIA5/2/2015 2:36:00 PM
Description: The Miami Dolphins added running back help with a fifth-round selection from Boise State - Jay Ajayi.
Insight: Ajayi might have been a second-day selection except for worries about a right knee issue. At Boise he rushed for 3,796 yards and 50 touchdowns and caught 73 balls. He ran a 4.57 40 at the Combine.
David Cobb, RB, TEN5/2/2015 2:23:00 PM
Description: Obviously not completely happy with their running back situation, the Titans selected Davis Cobb in the fifth round.
Insight: Cobb was a workhorse back in 2014 for the Gophers, but is similar in style to Shonn Greene. Bishop Sankey owners can't be happy.
Mike Davis, RB, SFX5/2/2015 1:25:00 PM
Description: The 49ers selected Mike Davis of South Carolina with a fourth round pick.
Insight: Davis was a bit disappointing in 2014 after a solid 2013 season and a 4.61 40 time doesn't help his cause. He'll start pretty deep on the depth chart behind Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush and Kendall Hunter and probably won't help fantasy owners in his rookie season.
Javorius Allen, RB, BAL5/2/2015 1:19:00 PM
Description: The Ravens selected Javorius Allen of USC in the fourth round.
Insight: Allen isn't a workhorse back, but can make one cut and go, block and catch passes, so he could be a useful third-down back in the NFL. However, that's unlikely to make him a high value fantasy asset.
Jeremy Langford, RB, CHI5/2/2015 12:36:00 PM
Description: The Bears selected Michigan State running back Jeremy Langford, but don't expect much fantasy value in his rookie season behind workhorse Matt Forte.
Insight: Langford ran a 4.42 40 at the combine after rushing for 2,967 yards following in Le'Veon Bell's footsteps at MSU, but as long as Forte is healthy he'll be fighting for leftovers.
Duke Johnson, RB, CLE5/1/2015 10:41:00 PM
Description: The Cleveland Browns drafted Miami running back Duke Johnson with the No. 77 overall pick in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: The Browns are obviously not sold on the running backs, Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell, they selected last season. Who can blame them? Neither running back was able to emerge as a clear front-runner to the starting job. Part of the problem could have been too many "cooks in the kitchen" as the Browns also had veteran Ben Tate in the backfield at the beginning of last season, but Tate was released in the middle of the season. This pick makes the Browns backfield a three-headed monster once again.
Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL5/1/2015 10:28:00 PM
Description: The Atlanta Falcons selected Indiana running back Travis Coleman with the No. 73 overall pick in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: Coleman was a very productive runner in college, rushing for 3,219 yards and 28 touchdowns in 452 career rushes. Coleman can also pass protect, so there is a good chance he starts right away with only Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith left at running back on the Falcons roster. With Kyle Shanahan as his offensive coordinator, Coleman has high upside in fantasy this season.
Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET5/1/2015 8:54:00 PM
Description: The Detroit Lions selected Nebrask running back Ameer Abdullah with the No. 54 overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: Detroit averaged just 1.8 yards before contact while running the ball in 2014, so their blocking certainly needs help. Rather than trying to fix the entire offensive line, the Lions took Abdullah, who loves running straight ahead and hitting defenders. He will be a great complement to Joique Bell and Theo Riddick, but it is too early to tell what kind of fantasy impact Abdullah could have in his rookie season.
T.J. Yeldon, RB, JAC5/1/2015 7:27:00 PM
Description: The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon with the No. 36 overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: Yeldon might be an early steal in the second round. He is a proven winner, playing for National Championship at Alabama, and he fills an obvious need in Jacksonville. With Toby Gerhart, Denard Robinson, Storm Johnson and Bernard Pierce the four running backs currently on the Jacksonville roster, Yeldon needs to be on fantasy radars in all leagues. Yeldon could be the Jaguars starter from Day 1.
Melvin Gordon, RB4/30/2015 9:47:00 PM
Description: The San Diego Chargers traded up three spots to pick Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon with the No. 15 overall pick.
Insight: Gordon broke the single-game Division I college record with 408 rushing yards against Nebraska last season. He also ran for 2,587 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns last season. This is a great selection for the Chargers, who are lacking playmakers on offense, especially at running back. Gordon should be targeted as a RB3 in redraft fantasy leagues next season.
Todd Gurley, RB, ATL4/30/2015 9:18:00 PM
Description: The St. Louis Rams drafted Georgia running back Todd Gurley with the No. 10 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: This is a big selection for Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams. This is probably the Rams best running back since Stephen Jackson. However, Gurley is unlikely to play in the first month of the season according to the Miami Herald. Gurley tore his ACL in November last season, so fantasy owners probably don't need to target him in redraft leagues. In dynasty leagues, though, he is can't miss.
Andre Ellington, RB, ARI4/23/2015 2:30:00 PM
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington is almost completely recovered from his foot injury and sports-hernia surgery, according to coach Bruce Arians.
Insight: There has been much speculation about the Cardinals being interested in the Vikings' Adrian Peterson, but given his age and high salary it's more likely Arizona features a soon-to-be healthy Ellington with a talented rookie draft pick backing him up.
Todd Gurley, RB, ATL4/20/2015 4:06:00 PM
Description: Georgia star running back, Todd Gurley, received a clean bill of health from the medical recheck at the Combine.
Insight: Gurley figures to be the first or second running back off the board and should be a viable fantasy option in his rookie year depending upon where he ends up. Gurley could go as high as No. 8 to Atlanta, but more likely ends up in Arizona, Baltimore or Dallas.

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