For fantasy purposes, no other prospects enter the league with as much fanfare as running backs, as they are the most ready-made to make immediate contributions for our fantasy squads.
We’re all in search of the next best thing at running back. We also love something new.
If you paid attention last year, you’ll know the importance that rookie running backs have, as Doug Martin, Trent Richardson and Alfred Morris all burst on the scene and were major fantasy contributors. As a result, all three of them are almost universally ranked among the top-10 running backs in the game and will surely be drafted within the first two rounds in fantasy drafts.
The following running backs should be in high demand come draft day this summer, but they'll have trouble coming close to having the impact that last year’s class had. That should not take way from the fact that the six players mentioned here (ranking down from No. 6 to No. 1) should contribute for fantasy purposes this coming season. Far from it.
So when preparing to draft this summer, definitely keep these guys in mind, as they can be legitimate difference-makers.