In any fantasy football draft, running backs seem to dominate the first round. There are fewer and fewer feature running backs in the NFL, so the dynamic is going to change a little bit. With that being said, here is a look at how the top five picks should go in any draft this year.
The safest number one pick in fantasy football this year has to be Eddie Lacy of the Green Bay Packers. He is a steady force for one of the best teams in the NFL, and he gets to play with a quarterback who can spread the field with the best of them. Defenses can’t really focus on stopping the running game and the passing game, so they have to pick their poison. He has been pretty durable early on in his career, and there is no reason to think he won’t be fresh in 2015. Going well over 1300 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns or more on the ground seems perfectly doable for this running back.
The only reason he gets the nod over Le’Veon Bell is due to the suspension for the guy listed below. Charles was a top three pick in most fantasy football leagues last year, but the Kansas City Chiefs switched up his role a little bit. He barely went over 1000 yards, despite the fact that he averaged 5.0 yards per carry. He will be looking to increase his work load on the ground and in the air in 2015. Kansas City needs that, so it should workout.
It is pretty remarkable that Bell is so good that he still makes the top three despite missing the first three games of the year due to suspension. Once he is back, the Pittsburgh Steelers have high expectations for him. He is somebody who can run the football very affectively, and Ben Roethlisberger loves finding him through the air as well. If they want to get back to the playoffs, they need high productivity out of Bell.
The perennial standout for the Minnesota Vikings played in just one game last year before he was suspended by the NFL. Anyone who plays fantasy football knows his track record, and he should be able to have quite a bit of success once again in 2015. He is the oldest running back on this list, but he should be fully healthy after basically getting a full year off.
Part of what makes Seattle great is the fact that they have so many talented players on their roster. However, that can be a hindrance for guys trying to put up strong individual statistics. Lynch is as talented as they come at running back, but he simply is not going to get the same touches at some of the other running backs in the NFL. He does get a chance to score a lot of touchdowns, so that is always nice to see.