RB Rankings - Value Picks

Here are a few RBs I like this year relative to where they are being ranked:

  • LeGarrette Blount is the starting RB for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots who have one of the most productive offenses in the league (4th highest scoring offense in 2014). Blount didn't join the Patriots last season until after Week 11 when he quit the Steelers by walking off the field during the game; he ended up playing a big role in the Patriots' Super Bowl run. LeGarrette Blount is currently the 29th drafted RB and, on average, is being taken at the beginning of the 9th round in ESPN standard leagues. Blount's only current competition in the backfield is James White, Jonas Gray, and Travaris Cadet. As long as he stays on Belichick's good side, LeGarrette is a great value pick in almost any league format.
  • Chris Ivory is still the bell cow in New York. People quickly forget that he was a top 20 fantasy RB last year. Despite some additional competition in the backfield this year with Zac Stacy and Stevan Ridley joining the Jets' offense, Ivory is still expected to get the bulk of the carries. Chris Ivory is currently the 31st RB taken off the board, usually going late in the 9th round - not too shabby for a starting RB. 
  • Ameer Abdullah rushed for over 1,600 yards and 19 TDs last year for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. College football skills don't always translate to the NFL (see Tim Tebow), but these numbers are still pretty impressive. Additionally, Abdullah will likely be backing up the less-than-impressive Joique Bell to start the year - need I say more? It's not a matter of if but when; give Abdullah until Week 5 before he officially passes Bell on the depth chart. Ameer Abdullah could be a sneaky pick in the 11th round of standard league drafts. 

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