Introduction • QB: [under] [over]  • RB: [under] [over]  • WR: [under] [over]  • TE: [under] [over]

Undervalued RBs

Read the introduction to this series if you haven't yet.

Mark Ingram - NO ADP: 50 overall, RB 22 12 votes

Sigmund Bloom - Forget about Sean Payton's history of not having a feature back. He's never had a back like Ingram before. The Saints probably have the best internal offensive line in the league and they routinely produced 20+ RB touchdowns a season before last year's debacle of a backfield. Ingram has wowed all camp observers and should hit the ground running as an RB2 with top 10 RB upside. Take him in the third round if you have to.

Anthony Borbely - Ingram is the unquestioned starting RB for a team with a powerhouse offense. He will be the goal line back and that should give him a great chance at double-digit TDs. Although Darren Sproles will see some time in obvious passing situations, Ingram should still get more than enough touches to be a viable upper-level RB2. A RB like that normally goes in the second round. Ingram offers great value at his ADP of 50, even for those that are skeptical.

Jene Bramel - Ingram's ADP continues to climb as fantasy owners continue to read reports of Ingram's strong play in camp. But it's still way, way too low. Don't fuss over the presence of Darren Sproles or Pierre Thomas or concerns that Sean Payton's spread offense will throw the ball 600 times whether Ingram is capable or not. This offense will be balanced and the vast majority of carries will go to Ingram. There's room for 300 or more touches for Ingram this year and lots of goal line work. Shonn Greene, Knowshon Moreno, DeAngelo Williams, Ryan Mathews and others have better ADPs but are a full tier behind Ingram for me. Get it in your mind that Ingram belongs alongside Frank Gore, Rashard Mendenhall and Darren McFadden in the deep second tier of fantasy running backs now and you'll be ready to take him with the mid-second to mid-third round pick of which he's deserving.

Mike Brown - The Saints didn't select Ingram to make him part of a committee and turn him into the new Reggie Bush. New Orleans was frustrated that Bush was never able to become a featured back, which is why they drafted a player with excellent vision (something Bush seemed to lack at times in the NFL game). He'll be the team's bell cow, so to speak, and should relegate Pierre Thomas to a bench role. Ingram is excellent around the goal line, and really has a chance at RB1 status as soon as this season.

David Dodds - I believe the New Orleans Saints are a team in transition. Although they have had tremendous success throwing a lot more than more running, I think the days of abandoning the run are over starting now. And the reason for this is the skill set that rookie RB Mark Ingram brings to the table. This shortened preseason has kept him under the radar, but that won't be the case once the games are played. On this offense, he could easily finish as a top 10 RB in 2011.

Will Grant - Rookie RBs are sometimes a crap shoot, but Ingram is not your typical rookie RB. He's been having a great pre-season and he scored a TD in the first pre-season game for the Saints. Ingram's going to be a great play this season, and he makes an excellent RB2.

Ryan Hester - Going into this fantasy draft season, it was thought that Mark Ingram might be a polarizing player. Sean Payton never gives one guy a ton of carries; New Orleans is a passing team; Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles! However, with reports coming nearly daily that Ingram is running with the one's in camp and performing quite admirably, he may start shooting up draft boards soon. That's bad news for value-seekers -- the folks who thought things like, "they didn't draft him in the 1st to be a split carries guy." People who thought that way will be right. Ingram was drafted like a starter. Pierre Thomas is paid like a backup. Sproles is a change-of-pace back that almost every NFL team has anyway (so touches lost to him are the same as 75% of the league's #1 RBs). Get Ingram and be happy.

Dave Larkin - If Jason Wood's spotlight on Mark Ingram didn't convince you that this kid is bound to be a superstar in this league, then I don't know what will. Ingram has all the physical tools to be an elite player in the league for many years. He knows how to set up defenses at the second level before making his first cut and has speed to burn when he finds a crease. His running style is downhill and urgent and there is no reason why he can't be a low-end RB1 for your team this year.

Aaron Rudnicki - It's rare that a RB as good as Ingram lands on one of the best offenses in the league and finds no real established incumbent to compete with. One example that comes to mind for me is Edgerrin James with the Colts after they traded Marshall Faulk to the Rams, and all James did is finish as the #1 RB in the league. Well, I don't expect Ingram to have that type of impact but it does seem reasonable to believe that he can be a RB1 for your fantasy team. He was a workhorse while playing in an NFL-style offense in college and players like Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory are probably better suited for backup roles anyway. Darren Sproles is on hand to handle the 3rd down duties, but Ingram should still have a shot at 250 carries and double digit touchdowns. He probably won't remain a value for long so don't be afraid to take him a bit earlier than this if you have a chance.

Chris Smith - I love the combination of skills that Mark Ingram possesses. He has all the tools in the shed to become a top level fantasy running back. Owners are worried about the Saints platooning the backs. Don't be as Ingram will emerge as the man.

Matt Waldman - Late last fall Sigmund Bloom asked me on the Audible who I though the best offensive player in the draft was. He tried to lead the question by saying the choice was obvious. I think I surprised him when I didn't mentioned A.J. Green and opted for Mark Ingram. Granted, Green could wind up the best offensive player in this draft, but Ingram is a beast of a runner. Forget physical skills for a moment. What makes him special is his excellent vision at setting up his runs 2-3 steps ahead of his opponents. Now throw in franchise caliber balance, power, and a strong burst from his cuts. He's a top-12 back. If you are thinking the Saints won't show that kind of commitment to the run with just one back then I implore you to read Jason Woods's spotlight on Ingram.

Jason Wood - Mark Ingram is being penalized for what other backs are incapable of. The fact that the 2009-2010 rookie crops failed to produce an immediate star has fantasy owners wondering if rookie RBs are no longer a good bet. Yet 2006-2008 produced a ton of top tier rookie RBs. Ingram is a prototypical feature back, and would've been considered a better pro prospect than anyone that came out in the last two seasons. Similarly, fantasy owners are looking at the Saints committee approach as a reason to avoid Ingram. Foolishness. Sean Payton has used a committee because he's had no choice, not because it's his doctrine. Ingram has the skills, mentality and build to be a 20 touch per game back, and Payton will not keep him on the bench just to give touches to an inferior alternative.

Marshawn Lynch - SEA ADP: 69 overall, RB 29 7 votes

Sigmund Bloom - First-round tackle James Carpenter. New offensive line coach Tom Cable. New starting guard Robert Gallery. New starting tight end Zach Miller. New #1 wideout and deep threat Sidney Rice. Everything the Seahawks have done this offseason is setting them up to have one of the strongest running games in the league - well, except for their QB situation. As long as they can get adequate QB play from Tarvaris Jackson or Charlie Whitehurst (far from a given), Lynch should have plenty of 100 yard games with touchdowns to boot. Even if the QB play is poor, Lynch will still be a good play against weak NFC West opponents.

Jene Bramel - The Seahawks may have signed Sidney Rice and Zach Miller, but they aren't running this offense through Tarvaris Jackson. And while Leon Washington might force his way into third down duty, neither he nor Justin Forsett is a legitimate threat to Lynch's base offense carries. The Seahawks may not be good enough to support 22-25 carries per game for its lead running back, but Lynch could easily top 250 carries. He'll also get all the goal line carries. Even a pedestrian 4.0 ypc average would make Lynch a strong RB2 with that level of usage. His ADP should be at least five-ten slots higher, alongside players like Shonn Greene and Ryan Mathews and Cedric Benson.

Mike Brown - Let's see, proven performer is a beast down the stretch, turns in one of the great postseason runs in the history of the NFL, enters camp as the no-doubt featured back on a vastly improved offense, aaaaaand he's being taken 70th overall. Got it. He'll put up RB2 numbers, but you can get him as a flex starter or amazingly enough even for your bench!

Clayton Gray - Think back to 2010 (which is a lifetime for some fantasy footballers), and you'll remember how excited the Seahawks were to get Marshawn Lynch. Of course, it was tough for him to fully integrate himself into the offense, but Lynch did put on a show in the playoffs. Despite that excitement and that massive playoff run, people are missing the boat on Lynch. He is being drafted around the likes of Felix Jones, when Lynch is unquestionably the bellcow for his squad.

Ryan Hester - All the talk in the Great Northwest this offseason has been about how terrible the passing game got with little to no mention of Marshawn Lynch and the run game. While the pass is needed to help prevent eight-man fronts, Seattle's run game won't be brought to screeching halt just because a pu-pu platter of quarterbacks are running the show. This team still has a strong offensive line and a weak divisional schedule. Also, "Beast Mode" will roll out of bed and get all of this team's goal-line carries. As few as some think they may be, ask a Ray Rice or Jamaal Charles owner from last year how happy they were to see points vultured from their studs. While Lynch is certainly neither of those guys, he's also not Ryan Torain or Brandon Jacobs either. His situation alone makes him more valuable than his ranking.

Steve Holloway - Over the last five games of the 2010 regular season, Lynch averaged just over 15 carries and 60 yards per game. He followed that up with over 130 yards rushing in the huge home win over the Saints, including the Beast Mode run. During those same five games, Justin Forsett had a total of 22 carries. I think that Lynch's share this season could increase even above those ratios. I also think that the Seahawks new receiving weapons (Sidney Rice and Zach Miller) will open up the field and improve their running success this season.

Aaron Rudnicki - Back when Lynch was a feature back with the Bills, he was a clear top-20 RB who proved he could handle a heavy workload. He's had a rough few seasons since then, but seemed to get back on track late last year as he helped the Seahawks upset the Saints in the playoffs. Matt Hasselbeck will be replaced by Tarvaris Jackson and I think we'll see a bigger emphasis on the running game in Seattle this year. They have some nice big receivers in Sidney Rice and Mike Williams to help with downfield blocking and another receiving threat in TE Zach Miller that should help limit the number of stacked fronts Lynch has to face. As the 29th or 30th RB off the board, he seems highly likely to outperform his draft spot and provide RB2 type production in 2011.

Delone Carter - IND ADP: 144 overall, RB 50 3 votes

Colin Dowling - The Donald Brown era doesn't appear to have worked out very well. Joseph Addai is another year older and hasn't played a full season since 2006. While Addai will not doubt be leaned on as the veteran back in the Colts well-seasoned offense, I expect Carter to get a lot of the punishing carries in the offense to keep Addai healthy. Carter runs with a lot of power and should be a great fit between the tackles for Indianapolis, a place where they have had trouble running the ball in the past.

Jeff Pasquino - Carter is RB52 on the list here as I write this -- and he may be ascending -- but the great news for Carter fans is that everyone is looking at the re-signing of Joseph Addai as a cap to Carter's value. I have always projected Addai for returning to the Colts, and frankly Carter is a better runner between the tackles. Look for a timeshare in the Indianapolis backfield and Carter to score 8+ touchdowns this year for an offense that desperately needs a back who can push the ball over the goal line.

Chris Smith - I believe the best running back in Indianapolis right now may be rookie Delone Carter. He has great size and surprising quickness. Not lovely Joseph Addai, I believe as the season goes on, Carter may emerge as the go to back.

Joseph Addai - IND ADP: 72 overall, RB 30 2 votes

Aaron Rudnicki - Addai is a proven veteran who Peyton Manning and the Colts can trust to pick up a blitz and generally make the smart play. Despite the presence of some other interesting RBs on the roster, Addai should once again line up as the team's feature back. When he's held that role for a full season in the past, he's basically performed like a RB1 so he looks like a huge steal this late in the draft. I think he's got a good chance to finish with 200+ carries, 1000+ yards, and 7 or 8 touchdowns. That type of production is more typical of a 4th or 5th round pick, but you can land Addai in the late 6th or early 7th.

Matt Waldman - No one gives this Colts runner the credit he deserves as a talent. I think injuries and Peyton Manning are to significant and legitimate reasons that overshadow what I believe his due him. When he's played at least 13 games in a season, he's never been less than a top-12 runner. In other words, he's been a top-12 running back in three of his first five seasons. It's an insult that Addia is 73rd on this list and behind the likes of Fred Jackson.

Cedric Benson - CIN ADP: 56 overall, RB 23 2 votes

Anthony Borbely - I realize Benson averaged 3.5 yards per carry last year. If that was the only thing that factored into a RBs ranking, then I would not bother drafting a RB like Benson. But when you get 300 carries, your yards per carry doesn't matter. Even with the low yards per carry, Benson still finished 16th in RB scoring. The Bengals clearly like Benson and I fully expect him to get 300 carries again this year. At his ADP of 55, Benson is among the best values of any player regardless of position. Load up on other positions early and grab your RB2 in the fourth or fifth round.

Steve Holloway - Over the past three seasons, Cedric Benson has been a work horse RB for the Bengals. In 41 games during that period, Benson has averaged over 20 carries and 75 yards per game. The Bengals may not be that successful offensively, but there is no doubt that Benson will be a key component of the offensive attack. He is not likely to lead your team, but he has finished as RB 16 in back to back seasons and a similar level of success should be expected in 2011. If he winds up being suspended for a game or two, his value should spike even more with a drastic drop in his ADP.

Jahvid Best - DET ADP: 40 overall, RB 20 2 votes

Clayton Gray - People are forgetting how fantastic a healthy Jahvid Best was last year. Early in the season, he was dominating, but he suffered a turf toe injury which limited him for the rest of the season. With Mikel Leshoure on board, the 2011 hype was understanably down for Best. However, with LeShoure out for the year, Best belongs in the first couple of rounds of any draft.

Greg Russell - One of the most important factors for a player's fantasy prospects is opportunity, and the injury to Mikel Leshoure has opportunity knocking at Best's door. Healed of the turf toe that slowed him last season and with the return of QB Matthew Stafford to keep defenses honest and keep drives alive, the situation is poised for Best to have an excellent season far ahead of where he's being drafted in the middle of the 4th round.

LeGarrette Blount - TB ADP: 34 overall, RB 16 2 votes

Jeff Haseley - I think people are going to be impressed with the Buccaneers offense this year and the departure of Cadillac Williams means more of a leading role for Blount. Not only could he see several games with 20+ carries, he'll also see the goal line work, being a big bruising back that he is. There are several RBs that I like in the third or fourth round this year. Blount is one of them.

Ryan Hester - LeGarrette Blount is a big and bruising back. In today's NFL, many runners are smaller and more dynamic players as the running-back-by-committee approach takes over. These smaller players are only built for 15-20 touches per game, but Blount is a player whose stature dictates he can handle 25+ carries every Sunday. Tampa Bay's lack of a proven, dynamic RB2 also speaks to Blount's potential this season. Even though he won the job over Cadillac Williams last season, Williams still provided some relief and third-down presence. Unless a total surprise emerges, this is Blount's backfield.

Ryan Grant - GB ADP: 60 overall, RB 25 2 votes

Jeff Pasquino - I do not believe that James Starks poses much threat to his value, and taking the top running back in a high scoring offense is never a bad idea. Grant was really ready to go last December and was only placed on injured reserve because the Packers were devastated due to injuries. Take Grant as your late RB2 or high RB3 and smile.

Mark Wimer - Grant's 2010 season ended abruptly due to a serious ankle injury, but he is fully healthy and participating in training camp this preseason. Grant plays on one of the most powerful offenses in the NFL and had logged back-to-back seasons of over 1,300 yards combined in 2008 and 2009 prior to his injury. Some worry that James Starks will keep him from attaining those levels during 2011, but I think there will be plenty of work to go around in Green Bay - Grant should be able to return to a very high level of fantasy production this season.

Tim Hightower - WAS ADP: 148 overall, RB 51 2 votes

David Dodds - The castoff from Arizona is currently winning the RB battle for the Redskins. And with just Ryan Torain and rookie Roy Helu as his competition, I like Hightower remaining in this role long enough to provide great value with this selection. He is being drafted as if he has a small role in this offense. He will start the year as Washington's #1 RB with a large role in this offense. The fact that this coaching staff went out and got him in free agency also bodes well for his chance to have a significant role in 2011.

Jeff Tefertiller - The Redskins traded for Hightower and plan to use him as the lead back. He only has the injury-prone Ryan Torain and rookie Roy Helu to compete with for carries. Washington chose Hightower via trade over some higher profile options in free agency. The only concern on the new Redskin is his fumbling issues. Coach Shanahan knows how to run the football.

Fred Jackson - BUF ADP: 67 overall, RB 28 2 votes

Mark Wimer - Jackson is a dual-threat back who has accumulated 648/2,860/10 rushing and 136/1,093/4 receiving during his four-year NFL career. All this, despite being teamed with players drafted in premium rounds (Marshawn Lynch was drafted 12th overall in 2007; C.J. Spiller was selected with the 9th overall pick in 2010). The undrafted Jackson out of Coe College has proven to be the most productive Buffalo back the last two seasons with 238/1,062/2 rushing and 46/371/2 receiving during 2009 and 222/927/5 rushing and 31/215/2 receiving last season. Last year, he was handicapped by one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL - yet he still posted a respectable 4.2 yards per carry on the year. This guy is the real deal and should eclipse 1,000 yards combined during 2011 by a comfortable margin.

Jason Wood - Fred Jackson has had some bad luck. He has had to split time with Marshawn Lynch because of Lynch's bulky rookie contract. He has had to split time with C.J. Spiller for the same reason. Fortunately, it seems Chan Gailey has seen the light. Lynch is gone, and Spiller is being treated like a hybrid gimmick player -- which is what he really is at the NFL level. When Jackson has been given a starter's workload, he's put up Top 15 fantasy numbers. You don't need him to produce at that level to feel good about taking him a round earlier than his current ADP.

Felix Jones - DAL ADP: 59 overall, RB 24 2 votes

David Dodds - He has emerged as the starting RB in Dallas and could represent significant value should he play all 16 games in that role. He has flashed a few moments where he has looked great, but it's mostly been an injury-riddled career up to this point. And with only two 100 yard rushing efforts in the last two years and a team that selected a strong running back (DeMarco Murray) in the draft, Jones is being discounted based on that inconsistent history. His upside is his ability to take a handoff or screen pass to the house as he remains one of the fastest backs in the league.

Will Grant - Barber is gone, and Choice is still #2 and rookie DeMarco Murray is behind in his development due to the lockout. Jones performed well in his limited time during the first pre-season game, and you can expect the Cowboys to use him sparingly until the season starts. However, Jones looks like he'll be the #1 guy for the Cowboys for the start of the season.

Willis McGahee - DEN ADP: 130 overall, RB 45 2 votes

Dave Larkin - The majority of the football world may have already written off Willis McGahee, but the Broncos will operate in a committee approach with Moreno and the recently acquired McGahee sharing the load. McGahee may not have the kind of speed he used to, but he is more than savvy enough to crank out the tough yards when need be. Don't be surprised if McGahee outperforms his current ranking.

Mark Wimer - McGahee was Denver's consolation prize when they lost out on DeAngelo Williams, but the early word out of Denver's training camp is that McGahee is showing up Knowshon Moreno in a big way. McGahee has been busting long runs fairly routinely (something that Moreno hasn't been able to do during his NFL career) - during the first preseason game McGahee had a long run of 12 yards (2/17/0) vs. Moreno's long of seven yards (4/23/0). It appears that McGahee may be able to beat out Moreno for the top job in Denver as of mid-August - if that happens, McGahee will crush his current position at #134.

Mike Tolbert - SD ADP: 87 overall, RB 34 2 votes

Sigmund Bloom - You might be able to get the starting RB for the Chargers in the 8th or 9th round. Tolbert has earned the trust of the San Diego coaches enough to force an RBBC, and his goal line abilities make him worth a pick as an RB4 in the 8th or 9th in any scenario. Ryan Mathews has already been dinged up in camp and had some conditioning issues. He missed a handful of games, and Mathews wasn't full speed for most of the season, making Tolbert the clear better fantasy option in the backfield for most of 2010. If that happens again in 2011, Tolbert will be one of the steals of the draft at RB.

Mike Brown - By now, the Ryan Mathews saga is pretty well-known. I'm not sure how many leagues Tolbert is actually going to last 'til the 92nd pick. But if he does, you need to be all over it. Mathews showed a year ago that he's not the most adept goal line runner. And while Tolbert had some fumbling issues, he's a load to bring down and has earned the trust of the staff in scoring situations. What's more, he's an excellent receiver and is more nimble than you'd think for someone his size. One has to wonder, if the Chargers truly knew what they had in Tolbert at the time, would they have even bothered to trade up for Mathews?

Frank Gore - SF ADP: 16 overall, RB 11 1 vote

Matt Waldman - Now that Gore has demonstrated that he's completely healthy, I think the 49ers have the recipe for a big year from its lead ball carrier. The passing game is the offense's weakness. Jim Harbaugh has shown both the desire and ability to develop a ground and pound offense and the 49ers have a line built for that. A significant number of top-12 fantasy backs are on teams where the fantasy passing game isn't starter worthy. Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon may spell Gore a little more, but at age 28 and looking like a holy terror during the Cardinals game in which he got hurt, I think I'm getting a potential top-five RB 16 overall.

Shonn Greene - NYJ ADP: 38 overall, RB 18 1 vote

Jeff Haseley - I am convinced this is finally the year Shonn Greene puts it all together. The Jets have stated that LaDainian Tomlinson will see less carries and Greene will be the main RB. Can he reach 250+ carries this year? We know Rex Ryan loves to run the ball. If Greene is the main back, 250-300 carries is a very good possibility. He is a RB1 that can be had as a low end RB2.

Montario Hardesty - CLE ADP: 150 overall, RB 52 1 vote

Colin Dowling - Hardesty has not yet practiced. But the Browns insist he isn't injured and there is a lot of opportunity for a player of his skill set in the offense. I like the feel-good story of Peyton Hillis as much as the next guy but where Hillis succeeds with grit and power, Hardesty excels with agility and speed. There is actually room for both men to produce well for Cleveland. Finally, no one disputes Hardesty's skill set but rather his ability to stay on the field. As a pick in the 11th or 12th round, his upside more then justifies the gamble.

Peyton Hillis - CLE ADP: 23 overall, RB 14 1 vote

Jason Wood - Sometimes fantasy owners overthink things. Peyton Hillis was the 2nd best fantasy RB last year, and yet no one is willing to bet on another top-10 season, much less a top 5 season. That's crazy. The Browns have a much better offensive line than they're given credit for, Montario Hardesty is gimpy yet again, the coaches know they can't put the game into Colt McCoy's hands, and Hillis has no holes in his game. He's strong, patient, has good hands, and is an effective goal-line option. Some are pointing out Hillis' 2nd half yards-per-rush decline as cause for concern. Yet some of the league's premier runners have endured similar 2nd half swoons, only to bounce back with elite seasons the following year. I'm targeting Hillis as my RB2 in every league I possibly can.

Brandon Jacobs - NYG ADP: 90 overall, RB 35 1 vote

Will Grant - The Giants were willing to let Ahmed Bradshaw test the free agent market, showing big confidence in Jacobs. They recently admitted that he was under-used last season and Jacobs believes that he can handle 200 carries this season. An expanded role in the offense and a personal commitment to improve his performance makes Jacob a nice value at #90 overall.

Rashad Jennings - JAX ADP: 134 overall, RB 47 1 vote

Jeff Pasquino - Do I really need to say much more than Maurice Jones-Drew could be done? Jennings is a capable running back handcuff at worst and has very high upside as a likely featured rusher and receiver if and when MJD gets hurt. Jacksonville is not a great offense and stability at the QB position may become an issue, but grabbing a guy with Top 20 upside or higher in Round 9 or 10 is great, great value.

Ryan Mathews - SD ADP: 37 overall, RB 17 1 vote

Jeff Haseley - Mathews was unable to shake the injury bug last year, which kept him from being the main focal point in the Chargers rushing game. With Darren Sproles now in New Orleans, I think we will see more of Mathews in a leading role this year. In a limited season that included injury issues, Mathews still managed to reach 7 rushing TDs. He is on a great offense with a chance to finally showcase his ability.

Ray Rice - BAL ADP: 5 overall, RB 5 1 vote

Jene Bramel - I like the four backs ranked ahead of Rice. But I think there's an argument that Rice deserves consideration as the RB1. Ricky Williams may rarely spell him, but Rice will get the majority of work on third down and around the goal line. I think he's a lock to get 330-350 touches this year. That's true bell cow status and Rice's talent puts 2000 total yards and 15 scores easily within grasp. I think you're sitting in the catbird seat with the fourth pick in the draft if things fall as the consensus rankings suggest. I think I'd take Rice over Johnson and it's getting harder and harder for me to unequivocally recommend Foster or Peterson over him.

Daniel Thomas - MIA ADP: 63 overall, RB 26 1 vote

Chris Smith - I like what Thomas brings to the table a lot. He is a big, strong back and the Dolphins brought in the perfect compliment to him in Reggie Bush. Thomas will get the bulk of the carries for the team as Bush will be a specialist player, catching passes and having special plays. Thomas should finish with 300+ carries.

Chris Wells - ARI ADP: 86 overall, RB 33 1 vote

Steve Holloway - Chris Wells averaged 4.5 yards per rush as a rookie on 176 carries. His production, like all of the Cardinals dropped dramatically last season and he managed less than 10 carries per game and only 3.4 ypr. However, the Cardinals have added two new offensive linemen, a solid receiving TE in Todd Heap, and Kevin Kolb that should vastly improve their entire offense. Although they drafted a nice rookie, Ryan Williams, they traded Tim Hightower so you can look for Wells' rushing attempts, yards per rush and TDs all to climb as there will be more room for the RBs to operate.

DeAngelo Williams - CAR ADP: 39 overall, RB 19 1 vote

Jeff Haseley - The Panthers offense, with just two weeks of practice with a new regime, looks like a much better unit compared to last year. Jeff Otah's return at RT and the continued cohesion of the offensive line will really help DeAngelo's production this year. Cam Newton's threat to run will keep defenses honest, which will open up more holes for Williams to run through. If he can get into open space more often, the yards will pile up.

© Footballguys - All Rights Reserved