NFL Fantasy Value Picks – Week 1 – Running Backs
With the 2015 NFL Pro Football regular season quickly approaching, its time to take a close look at some value picks for Week 1 rosters for one day leagues.
Jeremy Hill: Led all running backs in yards gained the final nine weeks of the regular season. The Bengals have explosive targets in the passing game in Marvin Jones, A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert in pass patterns. The Bengals coaching staff could be losing confidence in quarterback Andy Dalton in protecting leads. He tends to make huge mistakes at the wrong time. Look for Hill to get the bulk of the work to run time off the clock which will pad his fantasy stats. Hill had 1124 rushing yards and 5.1 yards a carry a season ago and will be called upon in the red zone near the end zone because of Dalton’s tendencies to make mistakes. Another plus is Hill has a lot of tread on his tires because he is just 22 years old.
LeSean McCoy: The Buffalo Bills have issues with their quarterback situation. Rex Ryan is now the head coach for the club and is going to build a solid defense. He will need his run game to stay competitive because the choices at quarterback are Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor, E.J. Manuel and Matt Simms. There is not much depth in the Bills receiving corps so McCoy will be asked to run and catch balls out of the backfield. He made headlines following his trade from the Eagles so he has a chip on his shoulder. Look for McCoy to start fast for Buffalo.
Ameer Abdullah: Here is a sleeper rookie pick from the Detroit Lions. Lead running back Joique Bell ran for just 3.9 yards a carry last year which is not very good. Abdullah was asked to do a lot at Nebraska during his time in college. He is very quick and moves side to side very well. The quick playing surface at Detroit will benefit Abdullah. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Brandon Pettigrew in his passing plays. The speed outside for Abdullah could go for big plays and fantasy points for draft managers.
Alfred Blue: He will benefit greatly from the Arian Foster injury. The Texans won’t change their game plan much as Blue has shown some speed to the holes and ability to get first downs in critical plays. He comes from a proven school in college at LSU and ran for 156 yards in a regular season game against Cleveland last year. Against the New York Giants in week three of the regular season last year Blue average 6 yards per carry on the ground. The Texans passing game is in question after Andre Johnson moved to Indianapolis. The quarterback play in Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett does not look very promising adding more carries for Blue in Foster’s absence.
Darren McFadden: The former Oakland Raiders running back has a new home with the Dallas Cowboys. He will have the benefit of running behind a very good offensive line that developed nicely for the Cowboys last year. The Dallas coaching staff has finally figured out how to be successful in the end game. That is relying less on Tony Romo to hold leads late and to turn it over to the offensive line and running back to run clock plus move the sticks. McFadden won’t be utilized much in the preseason because he is injury prone. He always looks good early so take advantage of McFadden fresh than when he wears down later in the season.
Tevin Coleman: Atlanta Falcons could be one of the most improved teams from a season ago. They hire former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and he knows a little bit about how a run game can win games plus keep defenses fresh. Coleman played his college football at Indiana. Last year the Hoosiers had major quarterback injuries and were forced to hand the ball off to Coleman on most downs. His Big Ten opponents knew this yet Coleman ran wild last year in college with over 2000 yards on the ground.
Running Back 2015 Value Fantasy Football Picks
1. Jeremy Hill (Bengals)
2. LeSean McCoy (Bills)
3. Ameer Abdullah (Lions)
4. Alfred Blue (Texans)
5. Darren McFadden (Cowboys)
6. Tevin Coleman (Falcons)