2013 RB ADP Trends: Should Running Back Alfred Morris Be a 1st-Round Pick?

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIIJuly 25, 2013

Don't forget about Alfred Morris at the end of the first round.
Don't forget about Alfred Morris at the end of the first round.USA TODAY Sports

It feels like a throwback year for fantasy drafts as running backs are dominating the early portion of the draft with nine backs going in the first round of 10-team leagues. What makes the 2013 class different than past groups is the top 13 options present little concern in terms of injury or lack of production on their resumes.

That wasn’t the case just a season ago; coming into August, Ryan Mathews, DeMarco Murray, Darren McFadden, Jamaal Charles and Adrian Peterson were all top options who were either coming off a major injury or had a history of health problems.

On my personal draft board, I even had two rookies in Trent Richardson and Doug Martin in the top 10 running backs because of the uncertainty of the position.

As it turns out, some of the tailbacks with injury concerns worked out and others did not, while Martin and Richardson played well.

Don’t Forget About the Man from Washington

While Richardson and Martin are worthy of first-round selections this year, there is another second-year running back we should consider as a first-round pick in Redskins starter Alfred Morris.

Morris ran for 1,600 yards, and what impressed me most about his performance was that the rookie not only carried a bigger workload down the stretch but also played his best football in the final month of the season.

A Week 17 performance against the Cowboys with over 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns—with a division title on the line—should be all we need to know about what this young runner is made of and how his coaches feel about him.

Already a clutch go-to option in the offense, we shouldn’t worry about coach Mike Shanahan tinkering with his bell-cow back. Because of the track record running backs have in Shanahan’s zone-blocking offense, I’m confident Morris will have another terrific season, so don’t worry (for the running game that is) if you hear about teams catching up to the zone-read offense.

If Morris lands in your lap in the second round, pick him up in standard leagues over options like Jimmy Graham or A.J. Green. Morris may not have the receiving skills of some of the backs in front of him, but he’s going to be a productive back weekly and a terrific RB2 option.

Running Back


Adrian Peterson, MIN


Arian Foster, HOU


Doug Martin, TB


Jamaal Charles, KC


Marshawn Lynch, SEA

 C.J. Spiller, BUF 1.07

Ray Rice, BAL


LeSean McCoy, PHI


Trent Richardson, CLE


Alfred Morris, WAS


Steven Jackson, ATL


Matt Forte, CHI


Stevan Ridley, NE


Chris Johnson, TEN


Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC (I)


Reggie Bush, DET


Frank Gore, SF


DeMarco Murray, DAL


Lamar Miller, MIA


Darren McFadden, OAK


David Wilson, NYG


Darren Sproles, NO


Montee Ball, DEN


Le’Veon Bell, PIT


Chris Ivory, NYJ


Ahmad Bradshaw, IND


Ryan Mathews, SD


Eddie Lacy, GB (I)


Rashard Mendenhall, ARI


Giovani Bernard, CIN


Shane Vereen, NE


BenJarvus Green-Ellis, CIN


Daryl Richardson, STL


Andre Brown, NYG


Jonathan Stewart, CAR (I)


Ben Tate, HOU


Bryce Brown, PHI


Mark Ingram, NO


Fred Jackson, BUF


Bernard Pierce, BAL


Danny Woodhead, SD


Vick Ballard, IND


DeAngelo Williams, CAR


Isaiah Pead, STL


Mikel Leshoure, DET


Johnathan Franklin, GB


Zac Stacy, STL


Pierre Thomas, NO


Jacquizz Rodgers, ATL


Ronnie Hillman, DEN


LaMichael James, SF


Joseph Randle, DAL


Michael Bush, CHI


Marcel Reece, OAK


Denard Robinson, JAC


Standard league ADPs are from Fantasy Football Calculator.

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