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

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2013 RB ADP Trends: Should Running Back Alfred Morris Be a 1st-Round Pick?
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Don't forget about Alfred Morris at the end of the first round.

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

 ADP

Adrian Peterson, MIN

 1.01

Arian Foster, HOU

 1.02

Doug Martin, TB

 1.03

Jamaal Charles, KC

 1.04

Marshawn Lynch, SEA

 1.05
 C.J. Spiller, BUF  1.07

Ray Rice, BAL

 1.07

LeSean McCoy, PHI

 1.08

Trent Richardson, CLE

 1.10

Alfred Morris, WAS

 2.01

Steven Jackson, ATL

 2.03

Matt Forte, CHI

 2.04

Stevan Ridley, NE

 2.06

Chris Johnson, TEN

 2.08

Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC (I)

 2.09

Reggie Bush, DET

 3.04

Frank Gore, SF

 3.05

DeMarco Murray, DAL

 3.08

Lamar Miller, MIA

 3.09

Darren McFadden, OAK

 4.02

David Wilson, NYG

 4.04

Darren Sproles, NO

 4.08

Montee Ball, DEN

 5.02

Le’Veon Bell, PIT

 5.03

Chris Ivory, NYJ

 5.07

Ahmad Bradshaw, IND

 6.03

Ryan Mathews, SD

 6.05

Eddie Lacy, GB (I)

 6.09

Rashard Mendenhall, ARI

 7.02

Giovani Bernard, CIN

 7.06

Shane Vereen, NE

 7.09

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, CIN

 8.05

Daryl Richardson, STL

 8.06

Andre Brown, NYG

 8.09

Jonathan Stewart, CAR (I)

 9.08

Ben Tate, HOU

 9.10

Bryce Brown, PHI

 10.05

Mark Ingram, NO

 10.07

Fred Jackson, BUF

 10.09

Bernard Pierce, BAL

 11.03

Danny Woodhead, SD

 11.07

Vick Ballard, IND

 11.09

DeAngelo Williams, CAR

 12.02

Isaiah Pead, STL

 12.04

Mikel Leshoure, DET

 12.07

Johnathan Franklin, GB

 12.10

Zac Stacy, STL

 13.02

Pierre Thomas, NO

 13.06

Jacquizz Rodgers, ATL

 13.06

Ronnie Hillman, DEN

 13.07

LaMichael James, SF

 13.09

Joseph Randle, DAL

 13.10

Michael Bush, CHI

 13.10

Marcel Reece, OAK

 14.03

Denard Robinson, JAC

 14.05

Standard league ADPs are from Fantasy Football Calculator.

 

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