NFL Fantasy Football Forgotten Firepower: Running Backs

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NFL Fantasy Football Forgotten Firepower: Running Backs
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Every year there’s that one guy who spends half the season bragging about the late-round steal he picked up in your live draft.  Last year, he was parading his “wizardry” with the likes of Jamaal Charles, Rashard Mendenhall, and maybe even Jerome Harrison. Or in my case last season, Cedric Benson.

We all hate that guy for two reasons:

1. He never shuts up.

2. You wish it was you who picked up Matt Schaub in the waning moments of your draft.  You spent hours and hours forecasting performances, predicting the next fantasy savior, and T.J. Whosyourmamma guy hit the jackpot with Jamaal Charles.

Who will be the player that earns you bragging rights all season?  Here are a few suggestions.  But, before you Joan-of-Arc me at the stake, remember; the following three backs are meant to be selected in the sixth to ninth rounds, after you’ve picked a top quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end.


1. Justin Forsett, Seattle Seahawks

Seattle’s 5’8” firecracker is ready to make an impact.  Last year, his carries were spotty until week ten, when Seattle’s brass had more confidence in the Cal grad.  After Week 10 (and the final decline of backfield bust Julius Jones) Forsett touched the ball at least 10 times every game except one: 22, 16, 22, 8, 13, 11, 15, 12.  In Week 13, he only had eight touches, but he scored a touchdown. 

Forsett’s main value lies in his ability to break the big play on the ground and in the air. In the four games he ran the ball at least ten times, Forsett scampered for runs of 16, 24, 24, 26, and 35 yards. In two of the games in which he didn’t get ten carries, he had catches of 45 and 47 yards.

My suggestion?  Forget the handcuff rumors about Leon Washington.  Justin Forsett is the beast that will strike fear in your opponents hearts, like the sound of French’s M-80’s going off outside the apartment in The Departed.

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