Posted August 4, 2017
Today I want to take a look at some of my personal Buys at the Running Back position. There will be some high profile names and some low profile names on this list. I will start with a high profile name and work my way down the average draft position. Let’s jump right into it and start with some guys I will be buying this offseason.
Todd Gurley burst onto the scene his rookie year rushing for 1106 yards, 10 touchdowns, on 229 carries. He also had 20 receptions for 188 yards. Now you probably went out and paid a hefty price for him last year because in your mind he was going to do the same thing last year. Compared to Todd’s rookie season, his sophomore season was a letdown to most. For this reason I am buying Todd Gurley. In 2016 he rushed for 885 yards, 6 touchdowns and caught 43 passes for 327 yards. He had over 1100 all-purpose yards and finished as the RB 15 last year. I am going to say Todd is a buy “lower” because a top 15 back cannot be bought low. Another reason I am going out and buying Todd Gurley is because of Sean McVay. Sean McVay is the former offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins. Last year Sean McVay was able to make Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson fantasy relevant. Imagine what he can do with a top 15 running back? I would trade any rookie pick outside the top 5 and a solid young WR 2 for Todd right now and feel great about it. Go out and get your shares because once the season starts you will be mad you did not buy this man.
Kareem is in a weird situation right now, but I can see him making a first year impact. He led the NCAA in missed tacklers with 22, finishing right in front of Christian McCaffrey. He is for sure a dynamic running back but Spencer Ware is a big issue. In 2016 Kareem rushed for 1475 yards on 264 carries which is not bad at all. On top of that he caught 41 passes for 403 yards. He is the next best running back in this class after the glorious top 4. He will not likely push Spencer Ware for carries until about week 3 or 4 but in Dynasty leagues I think he is worth the buy. In Kansas City’s new Wide Receiver deprived offense I can see Kareem taking a chunk of carries and passing down work from Spencer Ware by the end of the year. He is easily a top 8 pick in rookie drafts and that might end up being a steal. Go out and buy into the rookie hype because this kid is going to be good and you probably did not hear it from me first.
I know what you are thinking, “Why are we still talking about CJ Anderson?” Well my answer is simple: I have no faith in Trevor Simien, Paxton Lynch, Jamaal Charles and Devontae Booker. CJ Anderson has proven himself as a true workhorse running back when he stays healthy. This year we get a healthy CJ Anderson who is currently going in the 6th round of startups right AFTER Doug Martin who is suspended for the first 3 games of the season. That is ridiculous to me. Last year he averaged 4 yards a carry before getting hurt and I believe he can easily replicate that this year. My only issue with CJ is that you will probably have to sell him at the end of the year because I believe the Broncos will draft a replacement in next years stacked draft class. If CJ is healthy though I fully expect 200+ touches along with 900+ yards and 6+ touchdowns. Drafting that guy in the 6th round just seems like a steal to me. Go out and buy low on CJ Anderson and sit back and relax while he does the rest!