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Value Plays: Running Backs

The Footballguys staff finds value at the running back position

A fantasy draft is all about obtaining the most value with each selection. There is value available throughout a draft, and grabbing it is one of the most important keys to a successful fantasy team. In an attempt to point out this value, we asked our staff to look through the top 150 players and identify players that should outperform their draft position.

Player Receiving 5 Votes

Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland

Mike Brown: LeBron James leads the Cavs to a title, the Indians are in first place, and the Republican convention broke all kinds of television ratings records. Cleveland is hot right now! And if the Browns follow suit to complete the grand slam for the former mistake by the lake, it will be Crowell who plays a large part. I fully expect the Cleveland offense to be resurrected from what we've seen in past iterations, and Crowell has the talent and opportunity to far exceed his draft position.

Cian Fahey: Isaiah Crowell is not being drafted like a starting running back. Crowell is falling behind Duke Johnson, which is fair, but Johnson's value comes more in the receiving game than as a runner. Crowell should remain a prominent part of the Browns running game and he should be the team's redzone runner. Hue Jackson shared snaps between Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill in Cincinnati, he should do the same in Cleveland. With Robert Griffin III as their starting quarterback the Browns will work to remain balanced so he can throw off of play action.

Jeff Haseley: Sigmund Bloom brought up this interesting stat - Isaiah Crowell scored a touchdown in every game the Browns won last year. The down side to that is the team won only three games. It's good to know Crowell was involved in the offense when the team was playing well. As it looks right now, Crowell should be the team's primary back and goal line back, which bodes well for carry volume and touchdown opportunities. If the Browns offense can turn it around under Hue Jackson, there's a good chance that Crowell will have a strong season.