In this section of Ranking the Rbs’ #s 35-26 we will go over as we approach the best ranked fantasy football players of 2017 as projected very carefully. See prior and/or future posts to see the whole of the rankings:
35: Terrence West
West has the Redzone TD potential you like in a fantasy back, based on last year’s performance, which was better then projected last year. However a drop down in carries may well happen obviously with the return of Kenneth Dixon, and is sort of a plug in at this spot. In what would seem like a crowded backfield with Dixon, Woodhead, and even Buck Allen lobbying for carried, with Dixon out for that time, West has a chance to keep proving a %50 backfield mix of carries in a good rushing offense with that line.
34: James Stewart
While no one expects Stewart’s numbers to stay the same as last year’s value, based on being the #1 back, with a rookie on the rise on this roster, the Panthers have no other real options running in goal line and between the tackle, or clock management situations other than Stewart and/or Cam Newton. Look for Stewart’s Co-Efficient Variable to perhaps be more consistent than last year, if the want to keep Newton clean in the pocket.
33. Rob Kelley
With no real challenger other than the rookie, Perine to be competing with in this backfield, its still Kelley’s job to lose, and while Kelley beat out Matt Jones, can he hold off Perine for a while to obtain the bulk of the carries or will this be a split backfield all season with Chris Thompson coming in to take some time back there, this backfield wont’ get any higher of a ranking than this.
32. Frank Gore
Yes, Gore is still running, and running he will do util the mentioned back in the last post proves to start taking significant carries away from him. Once again, this backfield will not have any more players representing this list beyond this rankings as Gore has historically proven to be one of the better fantasy backs with a top 3 caliber Co-Efficient most of his career.
31. Spencer Ware
Its going to be tough this year for Ware to sustain the numbers he once had with a highly productive rookie on his tail coming out of Kent State. Ware was one of the better value options in DFS and daily fantasy most of last year, and stayed healthy enough to make him a better option than hoping for Jamall Charles to bring something to the table. Ware will lose time this year in carries.
30. Bilal Powell
Powell heads into this season with really good potential for upside thanks to the aging of Matt Forte and the Jets NOT drafting a RB in this year’s draft witch gives him the opportunity to show that he’s more than just a PPR lower end option but to give the split time in the backfield, and be the guy next to Forte, as hopes for him are good in standard scoring as well.
29. Dalvin Cook
While Dalvin Cook was one of the most talented RB’s in the draft, and has potential to be a steal of a deal for the Vikes, he simply did not get drafted into the right situation with players such as Murray, and McKinnon in place and in their prime, and knowing the offenses better than a rookie would in other facets of the game such as pass protection. Cook seems like a sleeper with high upside if he can get increases towards mid to late season.
28. Kareem Hunt
With the mentioned Ware, the Hunt projection makes it a split backfield situation, with Hunt having a lot of overall utility play at the least to be able to do everything this team will ask him to do. Since there does seem to be a 3rd down back in the mix, CJ Spiller at this time, this is as high as he gets, which is higher than Ware because of better upside.
27. Paul Perkins
While I do like Perkins film study from last year’s entering the NFL i have not seen enough of him professionally to conclude him as any higher than this at this time. He has the potential for Thurman Thomas type ability and with the new OC, hopefully they will stop changing #1 backs every week, especially with the exit of Rashad Jennings from the mix, there is another guy I would watch by the name of Wayne Gallman, who could make some impact this year as well, as the 3rd down back is solidified with Shane Vereen.
26. Jamaal Williams
I would like to rank Williams higher as a RB but the Packers may struggle at times still, trying to balance out this offense out for Aaron Rodgers. Williams could be the #1 RB, but the #1 offensive versatile player in the league is looking to keep a job ahead to keep one step ahead of letting Williams take over. Will Jamaal be ready? The Packers have not been great at drafting RB’s in recent years.