Drafted in the top four of almost every fantasy draft, Rice went from being overlooked at the NFL draft to one of the top five running backs in the entire NFL.
While Rice has definitely made almost every other NFL team regret not taking him in the first round, he is not the only fantasy star who was drafted in the second round of his respective NFL draft that has had great success.
While there are only a select amount of running backs of fantasy relevance whom were selected in the second round of the NFL draft, the three that were could start for any fantasy team in any league:
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Along with Rice, MJD is another consensus top-four pick in almost every fantasy draft.
In 2009, his first full year of being the Jaguars feature back without Fred Taylor in the picture, MJD racked up 1,391 yards and 15 touchdowns to go along with his 52 catches for 374 yards.
The former 2006 NFL Draft pick, MJD has set the mark for what second-rounders can achieve in fantasy and the NFL.
Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte, chosen 10 picks ahead of Rice in the ’08 NFL Draft, has already become a fixture in the top three rounds of fantasy drafts.
Coming from small Tulane University, Forte finished his rookie year third in the NFL in rushing with 1,238 yards on the ground.
Coming off a disappointing sophomore season in 2009, Forte will be given every opportunity to produce like he did in ’08 and should provide the Bears with over 1,000 yards rushing and six to eight touchdowns this year.
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
McCoy, the Eagles second-round draft pick in 2009, established himself as a productive fantasy running back as a rookie sharing carries with Brian Westbrook.
Counted on to carry the entire load this season, the expectations for McCoy are much greater than simply being productive. Drafted in the second or third round of most fantasy football leagues, fantasy owners are hoping for the same type of breakout season Ray Rice had last year.
Around 1,300-plus yards with 10 touchdowns is not out of the question for this emerging second-year running back from Pitt.