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2012 Fantasy Football Stock Report: Running Backs



May 8, 2012

There will be many more 2012 Fantasy Football Rankings and features in the late spring and summer, including tons of 2012 Fantasy Football Mock Drafts, Player Rankings, Sleepers and Busts. I'll also have an extensive 2012 NFL Fantasy Football Preseason Stock Report.



2012 Fantasy Football Stock Report: Running Backs

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Buccaneers
The coaching staff hated LeGarrette Blount last year because he could not learn how to pass protect. Doug Martin, drafted in the first round, will have more touches than Blount.

Delone Carter, RB, Colts
Delone Carter, who had fumbling problems last year, was the pick of the old regime. This new Colts' regime likes fifth-rounder Vick Ballard better, so if Donald Brown struggles or gets hurt, it's likely that Ballard will shoulder most of the workload.

Montario Hardesty, RB, Browns
My condolences to anyone who had Montario Hardesty on their dynasty team. Trent Richardson won't be coming off the field very much.



Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers
Why would the 49ers draft LaMichael James when they already had a somewhat similar player in Kendall Hunter? Frank Gore will get injured next year, but there will be too many backs taking touches for a reliable fantasy player to emerge.

Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
Mark Ingram had a knee scope recently. Knee scopes normally aren't a big deal, but Ingram fell in the 2012 NFL Draft because of knee concerns. I'm dropping Ingram in my 2012 Fantasy Football Rankings because he could spend most of 2012 on the injury report.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos
Ronnie Hillman won't take touches away from Willis McGahee; the Broncos see him as a chance-of-pace back who will likely displace Knowshon Moreno - though Moreno probably shouldn't be on the roster anyway.



Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
This has nothing to do with the NFL Draft, but it was recently reported that Adrian Peterson has been running sprints with his teammates. I don't need to tell you that's good news. Peterson's outlook is better now, but he's not out of the woods yet; he needs to prove that he can cut.

Isaac Redman, RB, Steelers
The Steelers didn't draft a real running back, which says they're confident in Isaac Redman's ability to handle the bulk of the carries until Rashard Mendenhall returns from injury.

Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots
The Patriots just signed Joseph Addai. Bill Belichick didn't trust Stevan Ridley last year, so there's a chance he'll roll with Addai as the starter for at least the first half of the season.



James Starks, RB, Packers
I thought the Packers would bring in some competition for James Starks. They didn't, so that might mean that they're confident in his ability to shoulder the workload.

Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints
I'm moving Pierre Thomas up for the same reason I'm moving Mark Ingram down.

Michael Turner, RB, Falcons
Michael Turner really struggled down the stretch last year. He's running on fumes at this point of his career, but the good news is that the Falcons spent their first two selections on offensive linemen.





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Most important, know your scnriog system within your league. Example, a QB is less valuable in a league that credits him with 3 points per TD and 1 point per 50 yards thrown as opposed to a league that credits him with 6 points per TD and 1 point per 25 yards thrown. Don't assume that the stats from a prior year are going to carry over to the next season. Older running backs that saw a lot of work in the prior year have a tendency to slow down or get injured. Major personnel moves on the offensive line may affect offensive players, particularly RBs and QBs. The loss of two to three key defensive players will affect a defense.Factor in injuries from the prior season. Especially for running backs. Major injuries may cause a decline for at least the first half, if not the entire season for a player. A guy like Ronnie Brown is someone that I'm very cautious about this year.Pass on rookie WRs and QBs. They very rarely do well, and in the case of QBs usually don't even start. Rookie RBs can do well, but look at the teams that drafted them to see if they're going to end up in the dreaded RBBC (running back by committee).Factor in player movement. A good example was Edge James going from Indy to Arizona. His yards per carry, receiving yards, and touchdowns have dropped in 2006 and 2007 as opposed to his last three years 2003-2005 with the Colts. His value is definitely down in a Cardinals uniform.Most people use a formula for drafting like RB RB QB or RB RB WR, etc. I don't. Based on expected points per game, I factor in prior seasons, personnel moves, and whether I think that player can repeat; I'll draft the best player available. I typically draft a RB in the first round, but if the seven RB's on my short list are gone, I'd take Brady if he's still there or Moss. I'm more likely to take two RBs and two WRs in the first four rounds. I've typically waited to draft a QB until round 5. I will skip drafting a QB in round 5 or even beyond if I can't find one that I think is a value pick for that round. Every season, you can typically find a guy like Derek Anderson on the FA list for last year. I drafted Tony Romo in Round 8 last year. Guys like Tom Brady were FA pick ups in 2001, Kurt Warner in 1999, Matt Hasselbeck in 2002. Derek Anderson, Jay Cutler, Kurt Warner, and Jon Kitna were all FA pick ups in my league last year. Its good to have a plan like RB RB WR, or RB WR RB; but don't take a player based solely on position if you know he's not a good value at that spot and have reason to believe you can pick that same player or a comparable one in a later round.Defenses are pretty similar to QBs, in that you can usually wait and draft a good one in the later rounds or pick up a good one off the FA list. Its true that there are usually 2-3 DEF that stand out above the rest, but there were easily more than 12 teams that logged over 75 combined sacks, fumble recoveries, and interceptions. You can also rotate your defense to whoever is playing a weak offense that week. I played with a guy last year that employed the strategy of adding and dropping defenses to start whoever was playing either SF, Buffalo, Atlanta, St Louis, Miami, or the Jets last season. At least one of those teams opponents was available on the FA list every week.I draft a kicker with the last pick in the draft. With your last pick, it makes it easy to drop the guy for someone else without hesitating. I drafted Nick Folk in the last round who ended up finishing fourth among kickers. Other top ten guys like Bironas and Phil Dawson were on the FA list over the course of the season.The other position I place a lower priority on is TE. After Gonzalez, Winslow, and Gates; the rest in the top 12 are fairly close in points per game. I picked Donald Lee of the FA list last year. He finished 9th in yards, and tied for 6th in TDs among tight ends.
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