Rushing Expectation 2017 List

Rushing Expectation 2017 List

By Joe Holka (4for4 Contributor), last update Aug 16, 2017

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Joe is from Phoenix, Arizona and avid Cardinals fan. Played Division I Hockey at St. Cloud State University and professional hockey for both the Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers minor league affiliates in the ECHL. NFL and fantasy football enthusiast. Lost a league championship by 1 point due to a stat correction and was never the same.

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Rushing Expectation balances metrics with film evaluation -- one of the toughest things to do in fantasy football. The in-depth charting analysis reveals the true fantasy value of each running back and team backfield situation. 

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Baltimore Ravens: Kenneth DixonTerrance West 

Is early-down work enough for West to hit value? Can West fend off Woodhead in the passing game, or will West’s lack of versatility in that area limit his fantasy upside?


Chicago Bears: Jordan Howard 

Can Howard improve in the passing game, or will his lack of versatility in that area limit his fantasy upside?


Cincinnati Bengals: Giovani BernardJeremy Hill 

The Bengals' offensive line could definitely be an issue, but could that actually increase the receiving role of the team's running backs?  Will Bernard maintain a stranglehold on passing-down work? Will the Bengals continue to lean on Hill at the goal line, or will he quickly become a non-factor in favor of Mixon?


Cleveland Browns: Isaiah CrowellDuke Johnson 

Will the Browns remain fully committed to Crowell? And would Johnson have similar RB1 upside if he was the starter instead?


Denver Broncos: C.J. AndersonDevontae Booker 

Can CJA fend of Charles and Booker to work his way back to a feature-back role? Does CJA even deserve it? Perhaps this muddy situation is better suited as a full fade, but then again, the cost is low ... so let's find out.


Detroit Lions: Ameer AbdullahTheo RiddickZach Zenner 

Are the concerns with Abdullah again priced into his current ADP? And where does that leave the value of Riddick and Zenner?


Green Bay Packers: Ty Montgomery 

Will Jamaal Williams and/or Aaron Jones pose an immediate threat Montgomery's workload in their first year? Can Montgomery even handle a heavy load over a full season? Does he even need to?


Kansas City Chiefs: Spencer Ware

Could a reduced workload actually help Ware, and can he stay healthy enough to regain his RB1 upside? Or will the Chiefs implement a committee? 


Los Angeles Rams: Todd Gurley

Can Gurley return to his rookie-season form with a new coach and upgraded offensive line? And will the addition of Dunbar significantly cut into Gurley's fantasy value?


Miami Dolphins: Jay Ajayi 

Taking into consideration all his big plays, how efficient was Ajayi relative to his offensive line? Can he become more of a factor in the passing game after reportedly looking “much smoother” running routes this offseason?


Minnesota Vikings: Latavius MurrayJerick McKinnon 

Should the concerns surrounding Dalvin Cook, who has an ADP in the fifth round, scare you off? Will the Vikings lean on Murray enough at the goal line and McKinnon enough in passing situations to muddy the waters completely?


New England Patriots: Mike GillisleeDion LewisJames WhiteRex Burkhead 

  • Article coming August 17.

New York Giants: Paul PerkinsShane Vereen 

Can Perkins hold on the the feature-back role? Or is this a situation to avoid completely? Does pass-catching volume make Vereen an intriguing PPR flier? Will Gallman be a factor in his rookie year?


New York Jets: Bilal PowellMatt Forte 

Will the Jets stick to their plans and use both Powell and Forte?


Oakland Raiders: DeAndre WashingtonJalen Richard 

Will the Raiders get a full season from Marshawn Lynch? Would Washington or Richard have RB1 upside if thrust into a bigger role? Most importantly, which one is the better handcuff?


San Diego Chargers: Melvin Gordon 

Will Gordon carry the touchdown upside he had in 2016 over to 2017? Can volume alone make Gordon a difference maker at his current ADP? Or is it more likely that Gordon reverts back to the level of ineffectiveness he displayed in 2015?


Seattle Seahawks: Eddie LacyC.J. ProsiseThomas Rawls 

  • Article coming August 16.

San Francisco 49ers: Carlos Hyde 

Will the new regime move on from Hyde? If not, do Hightower and/or Williams pose an immediate threat Hyde's workload? Does it even matter for an injury-prone back on a bad team?


Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Doug MartinCharles SimsJacquizz Rodgers 

Can Rodgers hold on to the job when Martin returns from suspension? Will we see 2015 Martin? Or the 2016 Martin? What will the role of the talented but disappointing Sims be moving forward?


Tennessee Titans: DeMarco MurrayDerrick Henry 

Is Murray’s upside behind a top-notch offensive line higher than the other high-volume backs in his ADP range? Is the theoretical ceiling of Henry worth his average draft position?


Washington Redskins: Rob KelleyChris Thompson 

Will Samaje Perine pose an immediate threat to Kelley's workload? Is Thompson’s change-of pace role safe, or even valuable enough to care about in fantasy?


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