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1. Kevin Smith: Lions
2. Rashad Jennings: Jaguars
3. Jacquizz Rodgers: Falcons
4. Kendall Hunter: 49ers
5. Isaiah Pead: Rams
Finding a valuable running back in the later rounds is one of the toughest tasks in your draft.
Players either classify as the clear handcuff to a feature back, or someone that is a dark horse to win a starting job in the preseason.
Kevin Smith was the Lions’ best running back last season in only seven games. He is the favorite to win the starting job with the injuries to Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure. Once the team confirms his status on the depth chart, his ADP is sure to rise.
Rashad Jennings is a must-draft for anyone owning Maurice Jones-Drew this season. Although, he is a player worth targeting in his own right. Jennings missed all of last season on injured reserve but has been one of the most impressive players in training camp.
If Jones-Drew continues his holdout, Jennings will be the feature back with plenty of fantasy value.
Jacquizz Rodgers is primed to take touches away from Michael Turner this season. Rodgers saw time with the first-team offense in the Falcons’ first preseason game—scoring a goal-line touchdown and handling third-down duties.
With the Falcons transitioning to a more pass-heavy offense under new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, Rodgers could have a Darren Sproles-type season in 2012.
Kendall Hunter and Isaiah Pead are the top handcuff running backs to Frank Gore and Steven Jackson. Both Gore and Jackson are nearing the end of their careers.