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I’m sure that everyone is going to think I’m crazy for putting Le’Veon Bell as the second ranked RB in my rankings, but I honestly believe that Todd Gurley is going to be the highest scoring non-QB in the upcoming season. I believe the team is going to use him in the passing game like no one thinks and that he will have 60+ receptions to add to his rushing. One player that could drop significantly as the off-season rolls on is LeSean McCoy. He could see a suspension for some time for his role in assaulting an off-duty police officer, which would should Karlos Williams up quite a few spots depending on the length of time out. Two other players that are linked to one another are Jay Ajayi and Lamar Miller. If Lamar Miller leaves Miami I believe his production will finally be in the top-10 like he has the talent for, and Jay Ajayi will be in the top-20 if he is the lead-dog in Miami. Dion Lewis was having a great season before he went down for the year and he should build off of that, but I don’t and never will trust New England when it comes to RBs. One interesting player I am going to watch over the off-season is Matt Jones. Jones is very powerful and very fast for his size and he could be a top-15 back easily if he is given most of the workload and if he can fix his fumbling woes. Watch out for him if he is the No. 1 in Washington next year.
Lamar Miller: Lamar Miller could be really good next season, I have him all the way at 5. If he ends up with a team that wants to use him or the Dolphins realize that they should start using him he will be very productive. He has the talent to be top five he just need the play callers to call his number more often.
Devonta Freeman: Devonta Freeman broke out this year, but every week it felt like I was saying to myself “there is no way that Freeman is going to keep this up,” or “Freeman will get injured.” I was kind of right in the fact that he eventually got concussed, but it seems like he runs like a bigger back, but does not have the build of a bigger back. I think that Freeman will be the CJ Anderson of this year.
DeMarco Murray: I have Murray ranked in the 20’s because I do not trust the Eagles to use him well. Murray is not effective running out of the shot gun; however, Murray has the skill to be a top ten running back.
David Cobb: I really like David Cobb, I think he is the best RB currently on the Titans depth chart. David Cobb missed most of this past season due to injury, but I would expect unless the Titans sign a player in the offseason Cobb will be the opening day starter. I think we are going to watch him break out next season.
I’m not ready to anoint Todd Gurley as the top back I the league. I know Leveon is officially an injury concern at this point but he’s still my number 1 in that potent Pittsburgh offense. Adrian Peterson enjoyed his year off and got back to work in 2015. He remains my number 2 running back until further notice. The last time I bet against that man it did not turn out well. Unfortunately I may be a year late on predicting his downfall but Peterson is a generational talent I will be. I’m also not sold on Devonta Freeman just yet. He had some monster games last season to buoy his 2015 campaign – nevertheless we cannot discount his overall scoring from a year ago. I have Freeman at a respectable 7th overall and my colleagues seem to agree with my sentiment. We have some potential free agent situations to work out so this may be the most fluid of all of our way to early positional rankings. Some of the biggest question marks for me are Lamar Miller, Doug Martin and Matt Forte; be on the lookout for updated blogs regarding these three once they find new homes (or remain in old ones)