BOSTON (CBS) – Only one more preseason game left on the docket and the real games are right around the corner, which means one of two things.
Either your fantasy football draft has already taken place, or it’s fast approaching.
It may not be the case in real life football, but in fantasy the running backs are considered the most important position no matter the league format. Luckily for us, there’s a great crop of veterans and second-year players to choose from, as well as the rookies entering year one.
Which rookies can make the biggest impact in their first year? Rich Keefe breaks it all down.
“I think it’s only a matter of time in that New York Giants backfield that BC’s own Andre Williams takes over. I’m not saying he has a dynamic season, but I think he’s worth drafting late, or even a couple bucks in an auction format.
“I think there are two rookie running backs to watch, one should be the starter and the other will probably get a lot of carries and eventually win the job. Bishop Sankey of the Titans is the highest drafted rookie running back. He hasn’t had a great preseason; he’s fumbled a little bit. But it looks like it’s his job to lose. And also Terrence West from the Browns. It’s not a great offense, and they do have Ben Tate, but he’s had injury problems galore and has never really been the main guy. Ben Tate will be the starter early, but I think West gets carries early and may even win the job later on.”
Keefe also likes the prospect of Jeremy Hill in Cincinnati and Carlos Hyde in San Francisco.
“Kendall Hunter is out for the season, and it seems like every year with Frank Gore we’re wondering if it’s his last. Carlos Hyde in San Francisco is definitely worth drafting.”
Keefe then provided 7 other names of rookie running backs to add to your watch list, or even possibly draft if you’re in a keeper league with a big bench.
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