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Value Plays: Running Backs - Footballguys

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 and identify players that should outperform their draft position.

Players Receiving 4 Votes

Kerryon Johnson, Detroit

Bloom: The other second-round rookie running backs have been more ballyhooed than Johnson, but he is as well-suited to play an every-down role as any of them. While Johnson does have Theo Riddick and LeGarrette Blount to contend with for the passing game and short yardage roles, the rookie has the versatility to fill both of their roles and be the best early-down runner on the team. The Lions signed Blount before they knew whether they would be able to add a rookie back they wanted to build around, when that type of back was available in the draft, the Lions traded up to acquire Johnson. If Johnson plays up to expectations, he’ll have enough opportunity to greatly outperform his modest ADP.

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